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The tone of Indiana’s Senate race turned sharply negative essentially since Evan Bayh joined the campaign in July.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith talks to some of the candidates about that tone and explores what impact it will have as the race enters its final stretch.

If you’ve watched TV or listened to the radio in Indiana the last few months, you’ve probably heard an ad like this:  “Bailout Bayh. A sellout, not a senator.”

And this: “Congressman Todd Young will hurt our families.”

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Indiana’s race for U.S. Senate between Republican Todd Young and Democrat Evan Bayh is going negative, with no end in sight.

Almost immediately after Evan Bayh entered the race a few weeks ago, the Young campaign and its national Republican backers began their attacks, focusing on whether Bayh lives in Indiana.

The negativity permeates the two candidates’ personal interactions.  Here’s Bayh and Young greeting each other at the State Fair last week.

Bayh: “Hey Todd, how are you?”

Young: “Did you just fly in this morning?”

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Former Senator Evan Bayh will seek to regain his old job, making the official announcement Wednesday that he’s joining the race for Indiana’s open U-S Senate seat.

Bayh, who abruptly dropped out of a reelection run in 2010, says he’s running because partisan bickering has ground Washington to a halt, the very same reason he gave for leaving the Senate six years ago.

Now, the former Democratic Senator says he can no longer sit on the sidelines.

Indiana Senators Weigh In On Gun Control Debate

Jun 16, 2016
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Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly participated in a nearly 15-hour filibuster on gun control in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut started the filibuster, urging his colleagues to vote on gun control measures after 49 people died over the weekend in the country’s largest mass shooting.

Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly echoed some of Murphy’s sentiments, saying he’s a strong supporter of the second amendment but believes there are smart ways to reduce gun violence.

   Republican Congressman Todd Young cruised to a double-digit victory Tuesday, finishing off a bitter and sometimes divisive Senate primary race against U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on how the night unfolded for the two campaigns, and whether Republicans can unite behind the winner.

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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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Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly introduced an amendment to federal legislation Wednesday that addresses the national opioid and heroin use epidemic.

The legislation would give money to state and local response programs.

Donnelly’s proposed amendment is part of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA.  The legislation would fund state and local programs that address prescription practices, improve treatment and expand access to opioid abuse prevention and education methods.  

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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Leaders from Indiana’s medical device industry and both of the state’s U.S. Senators hailed Congress’ passage Friday of a more than trillion-dollar spending bill, a measure that temporarily halts a controversial medical device tax.

Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats have long criticized the medical device tax created by the Affordable Care Act, calling for its repeal.  The omnibus spending measure approved by Congress suspends the tax for two years. 

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