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There's rare bipartisan backing from Indiana's congressional delegation for President Obama's decision to extend the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan.

Republicans and Democrats alike invoke the specter of Iraq as a cautionary lesson on the risk of pulling out American troops before security forces are capable of taking over.

Congressman Andre Carson (D-7th) says he's disappointed Obama isn't keeping a pledge to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of next year, but says with the Taliban still a threat, the U.S. has no choice.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is making his first bid for federal office, announcing Monday he will join a crowded field seeking to replace Ninth District Congressman Todd Young.

Zoeller says as Attorney General he’s repeatedly battled what he sees as overreach by the federal government, defending Indiana’s right to make its own decisions on everything from EPA regulations to the Affordable Care Act. 

The southern Indiana native says he’s running for Congress to continue that battle.

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Congressman Todd Young's (R-9th) announcement he‘ll run for the Senate creates a second open U.S. House race in Indiana next year. Senator Erin Houchin (R-Salem) says she‘s considering a bid for Young‘s seat. She was U.S. Senator Dan Coats‘ regional director before running for office herself last year, and was Ninth District Republican Party chair when Young wrested the seat away from Democrat Baron Hill.

Houchin says she doesn‘t have a timeline in mind for a decision, but says constituents have been encouraging her to make the race.

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Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) Sunday confirmed widespread speculation, joining what’s now a crowded Republican primary for U.S. Senator Dan Coats’ seat. 

There had been expectations circling for weeks that Young, a two-term congressman and former Marine, would join the race to replace Dan Coats.  Those expectations were boosted by recent fundraising numbers showing a one million dollar haul last quarter for the Bloomington attorney. 

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There's still only one House member running to replace Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) next year -- at least for now.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) sent an e-mail Wednesday indicating he will not challenge former state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) for the GOP nomination next year.

"While I am prepared to serve statewide again," the former Secretary of State writes, "If the question is ‘where can we do the most good for Indiana?’," Rokita feels the answer for him is still in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Baron Hill Enters Senate Race

Jun 3, 2015
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Former Congressman Baron Hill (D- 9th) has announced he’ll seek the seat of retiring Republican Senator Dan Coats. Hill is the first Democratic candidate to enter the race. 

Hill’s online statement says he hopes run a campaign focused on middle-income Hoosiers.

"I’m going to fight for the middle class people in the state, many of which have not caught up with the economic recovery. That’s going to be my focus and I’ll focus like a laser beam on it," Hill says.

Free-for-all Could Ensue For Coats' Senate Seat

Jun 1, 2015
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The field for the seat of the retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) may not be complete yet. Former Coats and Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) are already seeking the Republican nomination. But Rep. Todd Young (R-9th) hasn‘t ruled it out, and says he‘s laying groundwork in case he decides to take the plunge.

"In due time we will make known my family’s decision, my own decision… It should be soon enough," Young says.

Bill Would Cut Price Of Hard Liquor

May 28, 2015
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The price of bourbon and other hard liquor could go down sharply under a bill introduced by an Indiana congressman.

Distilled spirits are subject to a $13.50 a gallon tax.

Ninth District Republican Todd Young says his district is home to several small distillers, and he thinks they‘re the kind of small business government should encourage.

Young argues the whole notion of so-called "sin taxes" on alcohol is out of date, and says the tax on bourbon and other spirits is out of proportion -- he says it can be responsible for as much as half the retail price.

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Eric Holcomb steered former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2008 reelection campaign, led the Indiana Republican Party and most recently served as State Chief of Staff to Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN).  But Thursday, Holcomb announced a personal first: a run for office:

“And that’s why today, ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud, I’m excited to announced my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Holcomb says.

Despite never serving in elected office, he says he’s not worried about making the jump all the way to a Senate run:

Repealing The Affordable Care Act Could Eliminate HIP 2.0

Feb 4, 2015
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Indiana’s Republican congressional delegation is expected to vote this week in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act — only a week after applauding federal approval of HIP 2.0.

A repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law could have consequences for Indiana’s recent expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

“Technically speaking, if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, then the federal funding for HIP 2.0 would go away with it,” Seth Freedman, associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs says.

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