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Republican Young defeats Hill in 9th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Todd Young has defeated five-term Democratic Rep. Baron Hill in southern Indiana's 9th district, dealing Democrats a second loss in congressional seats they held in the state.
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Indiana voters OK property tax cap amendment

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana voters have overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that will make property tax limits more permanent.
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UPDATE: Coats returns to U.S. Senate from Indiana

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Coats defeated Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth and Libertarian Rebecca Sink-Burris on Tuesday in the race to succeed Democrat Evan Bayh. The GOP counted on a Coats victory to help the party win the 10 seats it needs to gain control of the Senate.
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GOP gains seat with Bucshon's win in 8th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Larry Bucshon has won southwestern Indiana's 8th Congressional District, giving the GOP a U.S. House seat that Democrats have held the last four years.
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Democrat Carson re-elected

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Democratic Rep. Andre Carson has easily won election to a second term from Indiana's 7th Congressional District despite his unwavering support for President Barack Obama.
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Rokita wins in 4th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has kept the state's 4th Congressional District in the Republican column by winning the election to replace retiring Rep. Steve Buyer.
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GOP's Pence scores easy re-election in 6th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Congressman Mike Pence easily defeated Democrat Barry Welsh, a United Methodist minister from Connersville who has lost three straight challenges to Pence.
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GOP's Burton wins 15th term in Indiana's 5th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Dan Burton will continue his reign as Indiana's longest-serving congressman after winning election to his 15th term.
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Indiana voters deciding outcome of big GOP push

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters headed to the polls Tuesday amid Republican hopes for big gains in the state's congressional delegation and Legislature, but it wasn't immediately clear whether voters were turning out in the numbers the party had hoped for.
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Manufacturer plans to hire 40 in Portland

November 2, 2010
Fort Recovery Industries Inc., an Ohio-based aluminum and zinc die cast hardware manufacturer, said it plans to create the jobs by locating a manufacturing plant in the northeastern Indiana city.
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Fraud allegations focus of secretary of state race

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Charges of voter fraud have already marred Tuesday's election for Indiana's next chief election official, with the Republican candidate accused of using a false address to cast a ballot in May's primary.
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Election Board agrees to lease former Marsh store

November 2, 2010
Cory Schouten
The Marion County Election Board has agreed to lease about 41,000 square feet in a former Marsh store along East Washington Street for an election services center.
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In rough economy, state candidates tout biz skills

November 1, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Candidates might brag about their business credentials in any campaign year, but in the lead-up to Tuesday’s election, some say it’s been particularly intense.
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Anti-incumbent wave unlikely to swamp ‘lucky’ Burton

November 1, 2010
Mary Dieter
Congressman Dan Burton is expected to win his 15th term Tuesday despite what some say is an anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the nation.
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Voters expected to OK property-tax cap amendment

October 31, 2010
Associated Press
A recent poll found that more than 60 percent of likely voters support the proposed constitutional amendment, and some of the measure's biggest opponents have given up the fight.
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Critics say state ethics panel too lenient

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The Indiana State Ethics Commission, which has been under fire for allowing a state regulator to take a job with a utility, has a long history of lenient decisions.
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Indiana life sciences sector copes with shrinking VC poolRestricted Content

October 30, 2010
Chris O\'malley
Venture funds nationwide crested at $100 billion in 2000, but that number last year had drooped to $18 billion.
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City seeks privatization of Velodrome

October 30, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
City officials are hoping that privatizing the Major Taylor Velodrome, which now is in disrepair, will breathe new life into the cycling venue built in 1982 as a key part of Indianapolis’ efforts to become a sports capital.
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Downtown apartment developers take divergent paths to financing

October 30, 2010
Cory Schouten
J.C. Hart Co. spent more than a year securing a $5 million bank loan to expand an existing project; Buckingham Cos. turned to the city to finance its ambitious project just north of the Eli Lilly and Co. campus.
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New parking meter plan could yield Indianapolis more cash

October 30, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
The revised plan calls for less money up front, more over the life of the contract and more flexibility to terminate the 50-year deal early.
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Mayor's communications strategist leaving city post

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Robert Vane, Ballard’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, plans to start his own firm specializing in crisis and strategic communications. His last day with the city is Nov. 5.
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Rail company plans new plant, 650 jobs in Muncie

October 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Alabama-based Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., said it plans to invest about $50 million to open the first locomotive manufacturing and assembly plant in the United States in many years.
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Ascension aims to cut costs with $10.9M service center

October 29, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
St. Louis-based Ascension Health announced Friday morning that it would open a professional service center in Indianapolis, creating up to 500 jobs by 2013.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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National unemployment claims drop sharply

October 28, 2010
Associated Press
Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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