Elections

As politics finds new mediums, local firms are along for the rideRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

In this year's election cycle, the policy watchword is "change." But amid the partisan debate, another type of change is revolutionizing the way candidates track voters and spread messages. Communication tools like text messaging, social networking and YouTube are increasingly integral to successful politics.

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Gubernatorial candidates Daniels, Thompson see economic development differentlyRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson promises to buoy Indiana's slumping rural counties with a three-tiered incentive plan. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has a different vision for stoking the state economy. He wants to build on Indiana's strengths--such as world-class research at universities--to innovate and create jobs.
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Key races will decide who controls Indiana House of RepresentativesRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Most of Indiana's 100 House districts are strongly Democratic or strongly Republican. That means control of the House of Representatives will come down to a handful of battleground districts--probably fewer than a dozen, political experts say.


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Daniels still wants more from lottery, through privatizing or bond issueRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is building his campaign for re-election in part on another attempt to cash in a jackpot on the Hoosier Lottery. This time, he's hedging his bet. In case leasing the Hoosier Lottery outright to a private operator is politically impossible, Daniels is exploring a major bond issue backed by its future revenue.

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Leaders disagree about Clinton, Obama preferenceRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
J.K. Wall
The topic of health care sparked the most spirited comments from business leaders interviewed by IBJ ahead of the May 6 presidential primary. When asked whether they thought Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would be better for business, executives in manufacturing, exporting, computer technology, logistics and education largely demurred.
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Pumped-up business leaders give big sums to Clinton, ObamaRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
J.K. Wall
Indiana's business community is divided in its support during this presidential election. Many Republicans are disenchanted, which has contributed to slow contributions to their candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain. But those looking to support Democrats are torn this year, as the fierce competition between Clinton and Obama has made Indiana's normally sleepy May primary a battleground.
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Ballard pulls off long-shot campaign, defeats PetersonRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
In early 2007, many expected Marion County Republicans to punt on the chance to unseat Democratic Mayor Bart Peterson. After all, the two-term incumbent had high approval ratings and a campaign war chest of $2.5 million. Attractive GOP candidates willing to embrace the challenge were in short supply.
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City law firm a key player in GOP winsRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Three members of a small, young, downtown law firm played key rolls in Republican election wins this month, boosting the firm's profile as it tackles aggressive growth plans that include beefing up its lobbying business. John Lewis and Wilkins LLP set up shop on Monument Circle in 2005 and since then has grown from the three attorneys to 11.
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Ballard's sketchy agenda fuels uneaseRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
The afternoon after Greg Ballard's shocking victory at the polls, the mood was sober at Marion County Republican headquarters. Jubilation had given way to reality. Although mayor-elect Ballard described himself "as tired as a guy could get," he has no time for a break. And what the former U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel will do is largely a mystery.
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Jones taps friends nationwide for Daniels fund raisingRestricted Content

October 8, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Jack Gill--and dozens like him--are being recruited from far beyond state lines to support Indiana's incumbent governor. On Oct. 9, Gill will be in the crowd at technology entrepreneur Scott Jones' Carmel mansion. Jones, who organized the event, aims to collect $1 million for Daniels in a single day.
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Giuliani leads race for Indiana donationsRestricted Content

May 21, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Campaign finance records through the first quarter of 2007 show Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, has raised $176,950 in Indiana. That's more than twice as much as one-time Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, his closest Republican rival.
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Democrats grooming Schellinger as candidate for governorRestricted Content

March 5, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
In the Democrats' field of potential candidates to unseat Gov. Mitch Daniels, there are few household names. That's why they're preparing to spend the next 19 months introducing you to Jim Schellinger.
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Political upstart unloads auto dealershipRestricted Content

August 21, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Eric Dickerson, the Republican trying to unseat Julia Carson in the 7th congressional District, plans to sell his north-side Buick dealership to Ed Martin Automotive Group as early as next month. But the dealership could become a campaign liability even if it's sold.
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