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The two Republicans seeking their party's nomination to run for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat are placing plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, at the center of their campaigns.

Indiana Public Broadcasting's Brandon Smith reports the candidates agree more often than not, but some aspects of their proposals are met with skepticism from public healthcare experts.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidates Marlin Stutzman and Todd Young met Monday for their first and only televised debate prior to Indiana’s May 3 primary election. 

The two U-S representatives are similar in many ways.  Both argue for lower taxes and reduced regulation.  And, both tout support from anti-abortion groups and the NRA. 

As they sought to define themselves for Republican voters, most of the sparring was over terms like “establishment candidate” and “career politician.”

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is throwing its weight behind Todd Young (R-9th) in the race for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.  The Chamber’s endorsement comes about a month before Young will face off against Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) in May’s primary.

The U.S. Chamber – along with its Indiana counterpart – calls Todd Young a “consistent, constructive conservative.”  Young says the Chamber’s support sends a signal that his leadership will help Hoosiers find good jobs.

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The Indiana Election Commission will hold a hearing Friday in which all challenges for state and national seat ballot appearances are on the agenda. A total of ten candidates have been challenged.

One noteworthy hearing will be that of Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) who is running for U.S. Senate. Democrats are claiming Young is short on the signatures needed to appear on the ballot in the primary for a U.S. Senate seat. Young disagrees.

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The dispute over Congressman Todd Young's petition signatures could lead to a change in Indiana's ballot access laws.

Since at least 1986, candidates for U.S. Senate, governor, or president have needed to collect at least 500 signatures in each of Indiana's nine congressional districts.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says the possibility of a leading candidate for U-S Senate being kicked off the ballot makes it a "reasonable assumption" that legislators will discuss whether that rule is outdated.

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Political sniping is ramping up between the two Republican candidates for Indiana’s open U-S Senate seat.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) officially challenged Rep. Todd Young’s (R-9th) candidacy Friday.  Stutzman’s action piles on a challenge filed earlier this week by the state Democratic Party.

Democrats filed a challenge earlier this week with the Indiana Election Division claiming Young doesn’t have the required number of signatures to be on the ballot. 

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State Democrats filed a challenge Wednesday to Rep. Todd Young’s (R-9th) place on the ballot for the U.S. Senate Republican primary. They say Young doesn’t have enough of the signatures he needs to be on the ballot in May.

Senate candidates need 500 signatures from registered voters in each congressional district in order to appear on the primary ballot.  Clerks in the three northwest Indiana counties that make up the First District certified 501 signatures for Todd Young. 

Eric Holcomb Exits U.S. Senate Race

Feb 8, 2016
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Former Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb has quit the race for U.S. Senate.

Holcomb formally pulled out of the race half an hour before the noon deadline to get his name off the May primary ballot.

His withdrawal leaves Republicans with a two-way race between Congressmen Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) and Todd Young (R-9th).

Holcomb was the first candidate to enter the race -- he jumped in days after Dan Coats announced his retirement last March.

Former Arc Of Indiana Director Quits Senate Race

Jan 22, 2016
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One of the five candidates for Indiana's open U.S. Senate seat has quit the race.

Former Arc of Indiana director John M. Dickerson reported just $34,000 in fundraising in his last finance report in October, putting him at a 12-to-1 disadvantage against former Congressman Baron Hill.

He says he's "decided to face reality." Dickerson's withdrawal leaves Hill unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Congressmen Todd Young (R-9th) and Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) and former state party chairman Eric Holcomb  are seeking the GOP nod to replace retiring Republican Dan Coats.

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Governor Mike Pence is suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana, one of several governors to take this step in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in France.

 

Governor Mike Pence announced Monday the state will suspend its resettlement program for Syrian refugees until the federal government assures him proper security measures are in place.

 

Senate Pro Tem David Long says he supports the governor’s decision.

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