Elections

Lawmakers see atmosphere shift inside Indiana Statehouse

March 3, 2013
Associated Press
The first half of this year's General Assembly session has been much quieter, at least partly because of election victories in November that gave Republicans a larger House majority, preventing new Democratic walkouts from stopping legislative action.
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GOP House blocks Dems' push for Pence tax-cut vote

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
House Republicans blocked a vote Thursday on Gov. Mike Pence's proposed tax cut, fending off — at least for now — an attempt by Democrats to force them into the awkward position of rejecting one of the new GOP governor's top legislative priorities.
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Mourdock not ruling out another run for office

February 18, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he hasn't ruled out another run for political office — something he considered after his failed bid for U.S. Senate.
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Shape of 'jobs budget' depends on the state

January 20, 2013
Associated Press
The proposals of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley epitomize the reality of the Red State and Blue State philosophy of just what a 'jobs budget' looks like.
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Pence sworn in as Indiana's 50th governor

January 14, 2013
Associated Press
Mike Pence, the former six-term Republican congressman from Columbus, used his inaugural address from a Statehouse balcony in front of a crowd of supporters and state officials to call upon all residents to help better the state.
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Pence orders Indiana family impact statements

January 14, 2013
Associated Press
New Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is telling several state agencies they must consider the impact any new regulations would have on families. That's among 15 executive orders that Pence signed in the governor's office Monday, a few hours after his inauguration.
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Fishers Town Council elects new leadership

January 8, 2013
The seven-member council chose John Weingardt as president and Pete Peterson as vice president. Weingardt replaces Scott Faultless, who had been president since 2001.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: School librarian Ritz won with grass-roots campaign

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Democrat Glenda Ritz pulled off a David-versus-Goliath victory to unseat Republican Tony Bennett as Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction.
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Lugar's storied political career comes to a closeRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Colleagues and friends say Lugar’s commitment to foreign policy, which earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and his belief in bipartisanship, which contributed to his thrashing by Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock in the May primary, will be sorely missed when he leaves the Senate in January after 36 years.
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Pence travels Indiana to thank supporters, voters

December 6, 2012
Associated Press
Gov.-elect Mike Pence pledged to work with both parties to improve Indiana's economy but sidestepped potential political minefields as he hit the road Thursday for a two-day trip to thank supporters who helped him win the governor's office.
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Charter, voucher backers wary of schools chief RitzRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
During Republican Tony Bennett’s tenure as superintendent of public instruction, Indiana became the poster child for school choice. But with Bennett’s surprising election loss to Democrat Glenda Ritz this month, the future of charter schools and private-school vouchers is murkier.
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Lugar considering think tank, university positions

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
A spokesman for Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar says the senator has been talking with some think tanks and universities about positions taking advantage of his long tenure as a leading member of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee.
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Freshman wave shifts dynamics of Indiana HouseRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Election Day brought 24 new members to the House of Representatives. That huge freshman wave, plus the return of 18 reps who were newly elected in 2010, means 42 percent of the House will begin the 2013 session with two years of experience or less.
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Indiana House Dems select Pelath for post-Bauer era

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
House Democrats have chosen a pair of northern Indiana representatives to lead their rebuilding after their poor showing in Tuesday's elections.
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Stocks plunge after election, and as Europe woes deepen

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but slid into the close and ended down 313, its biggest point drop since this time last year.
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Voters embrace education reform locally, but not in state race

November 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Three new reform-minded IPS board members could help usher in sweeping changes to the school district. At the state level, however, school librarian Glenda Ritz denied Tony Bennett a second term as voters spurned his sweeping education overhaul.
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Republicans keep supermajority in Indiana Senate

November 7, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Republicans held on to their supermajority in the Indiana Senate, maintaining a 37-13 edge after Tuesday's election.
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Mass-transit advocates make headway in new Legislature

November 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $1.3 billion transit plan for Hamilton and Marion counties is one of a few lingering issues — along with Sunday alcohol sales and a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — likely to appear before lawmakers in 2013.
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GOP's Pence wins election as Indiana governor

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence won election Tuesday as Indiana governor, extending his party's control of the state's top office.
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Indiana GOP adds seat in U.S. congressional delegation

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
Susan Brooks' victory over Democratic U.S. Rep. Scott Reske on Tuesday breaks a half-century of Republican male dominance in the state's U.S. congressional delegation.
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Teacher wrath boosts Ritz to upset in state education race

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
In the shocker of Tuesday night's election results, teachers unhappy with Republican Tony Bennett's sweeping education reforms propelled dark-horse Democrat Glenda Ritz into the role of superintendent of public instruction.
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Carson, Stutzman win re-election in House races

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman and incumbent Democratic Rep. Andre Carson were re-elected to the U.S. House on Tuesday along with two other incumbents.
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Messer defeats Bookout, wins Pence's 6th seat

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
A former state leader of the Republican Party and school choice supporter will succeed Mike Pence as Indiana's 6th District representative in Congress.
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Donnelly wins Senate race over Mourdock

November 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock for an open U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, one of Republicans’ must-win races in their effort to gain control of the chamber.
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Reform-minded candidates secure IPS board seats

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Public Schools board will have a new look in the new year.
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