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Bennett rakes in record cash in education raceRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Reform-minded Superintendent of Public Instruction draws contributions from across the country.
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Indiana House Dems boot Bauer, install Lawson as leader

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Members of the state's Democratic caucus voted to replace longtime leader Rep. Patrick Bauer on Thursday amid criticism over how he's handled campaign fundraising and spending heading into the November elections. Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond was chosen as his replacement.
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Indiana GOP loses big gun Daniels ahead of elections

July 1, 2012
Associated Press
One of the biggest surprises of the announcement that Gov. Mitch Daniels would take over as Purdue University president in January was his pledge to stop campaigning and commenting on politics until then.
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Daniels unsure of lobbying role as Purdue president

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
The governor said Friday he was checking whether he could press members of the General Assembly on the university's behalf after he becomes Purdue's president in January, because of state ethics rules that require a one-year "cool down" for public officials after leaving office.
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Ballard vetoes council's redistricting proposal

June 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The debate over Indianapolis City-County Council districts may need to be resolved in court, council President Maggie Lewis predicted, after Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed an ordinance that would have funded redistricting.
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Indiana governor hopefuls detail ideas for job growth

May 12, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham each say job creation would be "job one" if elected governor. But their means to reaching employment goals vary from dispatching missionary-style investment gurus, to growing more hemp and bamboo, to increasing wind-turbine manufacturing in the state.
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Lugar's legacy in Senate: Cooperation and security

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
Colleagues considered six-term Sen. Richard Lugar a visionary who looked beyond U.S. exuberance over the end of the Cold War and saw the dangers and opportunities in the collapse of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.
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Brooks wins GOP nod for retiring Burton's seat

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks has won the Republican nomination for the 5th congressional district seat in central Indiana that retiring GOP Rep. Dan Burton is giving up after 30 years.
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Lugar loses Indiana GOP primary to tea party rival

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was ousted Tuesday by tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock in Indiana's Republican primary, abruptly ending the nearly four-decade career of a popular politician who built a reputation as a diplomat but whose critics argued had ceded too much ideological ground to represent a conservative state.
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Lawsuit: Anderson mayor fired 10 workers over politics

May 4, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor is fighting a lawsuit filed by 10 former city employees who claim they lost their jobs because they backed the mayor's opponent in last year's election.
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Poll shows Lugar trailing Mourdock by double digits

May 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Results released Friday morning by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University have incumbent Richard Lugar trailing Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock by 48 percent to 38 percent in the Indiana Republican Senate primary race.
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Single-minded super-PACs work to beat one candidate at a time

April 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Super-PACs are playing a heavy role in this year's election campaigns, including the race between Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock in the Republican primary.
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Mourdock will keep energy stocks if elected to Senate

April 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who is challenging Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in the May 8 primary, held six different energy-related stocks last year, according to his most recent filing with the state.
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Mayor signs tougher public smoking ordinance

April 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The ordinance, which takes effect at 6 a.m. on June 1, expands existing citywide restrictions against indoor public smoking to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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Daniels endorses Romney for president

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after declining for months to publicly support any of the Republican candidates.
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Daniels preparing changes following stage collapse

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday outlined a handful of changes Indiana is taking following last year's deadly state fair stage collapse.
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Pence maintains massive money lead in race for governor

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence reported Monday that he raised $1.8 million through the first three months of 2012. Democrat John Gregg raised $585,000 during the same period. Pence had $4.9 million in his campaign coffers compared to Gregg's $1.5 million.
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Lugar, foes spar on outside campaign spending

April 10, 2012
Associated Press
Longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar appears to be shifting his re-election message to focus on attacking national interest groups, which the Republican accuses of having an exaggerated say in his Indiana race.
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Lugar, Mourdock prepare for lone debate in Senate race

April 8, 2012
Associated Press
Until now, Indiana's Senate Republican primary race between longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has been dominated by television ads, millions of campaign phone calls and foment among Indiana's strong base of conservative voters:
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Daniels reputation on line with Indiana's $205M tax error

April 5, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has built a national image as a persnickety fiscal manager with an eye for detail, but two massive accounting errors that have tilted Indiana's books by more than half-a-billion dollars threaten to tarnish that reputation as the popular Republican prepares to leave office.
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Democrats, Mourdock attack Lugar on gas prices

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar's opponents are hitting the embattled incumbent on policies they say would be driving gas prices higher than they already are.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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Former Evansville mayor joins Faegre Baker Daniels

April 3, 2012
Jonathan D. Weinzapfel will use his political experience as a member of the firm's government practice. He served two terms as mayor before leaving office in January.
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Deal allows Lugar to move Indiana voter registration

March 30, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar will switch his voter registration to his family farm in resolving a dispute with local election officials who ruled that he couldn't vote using the address of an Indianapolis home he sold in 1977.
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Governor signs state smoking ban into law

March 19, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday morning at his Statehouse office.
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