Elections

Mayoral race draws gifts from outside city, stateRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
About a third of the money that flowed to Indianapolis mayoral candidates Greg Ballard and Melina Kennedy in the most recent fundraising cycle came from donors not eligible to vote in the election.
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RUSTHOVEN: Kennedy verges on criminal accusationsRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis residents cannot turn on a TV or radio without hearing Melina Kennedy ads telling voters that Mayor Greg Ballard “gave $300 million in city contracts to his political contributors.”
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Republicans plan early strategy to win back Indiana

October 24, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Republicans took their first presidential loss in 40 years when Barack Obama carried the state. To return the state to the GOP column and nail it there, national Republicans say they plan to treat Indiana as if it were a long-standing battleground state.
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'Survivor' all-star Boneham to run for governor

October 22, 2011
Associated Press
"Survivor" fan favorite Rupert Boneham announced Saturday in Indianapolis that he's seeking to become the Libertarian Party's gubernatorial nominee in next year's election, saying in a statement that, "It's time for a change in Indiana."
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Control of City-County Council hangs in balance

October 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Several close City-County Council races this fall are expected to make the battle over which party controls Indianapolis’ legislative body fiercely competitive.
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HETRICK: Four things considered at the mayoral ballot box

October 22, 2011
Bruce Hetrick
Four stories to consider at the mayoral ballot box in November.
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Ballard, Kennedy add more than $1M in campaign funds

October 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy each raised more than $1 million in the most recent seven-month reporting period and are neck-in-neck in the amount of campaign money they have on hand.
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White's request for Bayh investigation rejected

October 20, 2011
Associated Press
A prosecutor has turned down embattled Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's request for an independent investigation of his vote fraud allegations against former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
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Kennedy's persistence put to testRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Supporters and detractors of Melina Kennedy agree on this description of her: a persistently hard worker. Whether that trait is enough to make the 42-year-old Democrat an effective leader of the nation’s 12th-largest city is an open question.
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Tea party sees Lugar as best target in Senate

October 13, 2011
Associated Press
The tea party movement's best remaining hope in 2012 for picking off an incumbent Republican in the Senate has boiled down to one state, Indiana, where six-term Sen. Richard Lugar still faces a challenge from the right.
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Election spending to exceed $6B thanks to Indiana lawyer

October 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana attorney James Bopp Jr. has spent 30 years fighting limits on campaign spending, and next year’s political landscape could be transformed by his labor.
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In 'jobs' elections, foreign goods cause trouble

October 2, 2011
Associated Press
In an election cycle focused on jobs, campaign material made by foreign workers tends to become political kryptonite.
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Candidates' pledges keeps the campaign rhetoric flowingRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Melina Kennedy, the Democrat taking on Mayor Greg Ballard in the November election, has made some campaign promises of her own. And some in Ballard’s camp have questioned whether she’ll be able to bring those to fruition.
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Ballard fulfilled some pledges; others fell by waysideRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The Republican mayor says he curbed crime, made government transparent, and pushed for property tax reform. His Democratic challenger says Ballard didn’t make good on repealing an income tax increase, hiring hundreds of police officers, or making education a top priority.
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Angling to be VP: Republicans run without campaigning

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
More than a year from Election Day, all sorts of Republicans, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are making a point of keeping themselves in the national spotlight, stoking speculation that they are potential running mates for the eventual GOP presidential nominee.
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Non-candidates Christie, Daniels loom over presidential race

September 22, 2011
Bloomberg News
Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mitch Daniels of Indiana have ruled themselves out of the 2012 race for the White House. Yet both Republicans are keeping themselves in the public eye.
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Attorney General agrees to return Durham campaign funds

September 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has reached a settlement with the Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee to give back $11,000 in contributions he received from indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Greenwood mayoral rivals run from big-spender labelRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Greenwood's three mayoral candidates are distancing themselves from current Mayor Charles Henderson, who lost in the May primary in large part because of his unpopular proposals for adding amenities to the southern suburb designed to attract new businesses.
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Conservative legislator Delph won't challenge Lugar

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
State Sen. Mike Delph said Wednesday he would stay in the Indiana Legislature and focus on raising his family.
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Indiana tea party groups look to endorse Lugar foe

September 7, 2011
Associated Press
A coalition of Indiana tea party groups is planning a statewide convention this month that will culminate with them endorsing a candidate to run against Sen. Richard Lugar, an organizer said.
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Mayoral foes see different paths to boost businessRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Both candidates for Indianapolis mayor are touting a host of ways to improve the city's business climate. Incumbent Greg Ballard champions improving the city's amenities. Challenger Melina Kennedy focuses on recruiting entrepreneurs to the city.
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'Survivor' contestant considers run for governor

August 30, 2011
Associated Press
Former "Survivor" contestant Rupert Boneham has formed an exploratory committee to possibly seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for governor.
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Indiana officials settle voter registration lawsuit

August 26, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials have settled a class-action lawsuit that claimed the state wasn't following federal laws over the opportunity for voter registration at public assistance offices.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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Indicted elections chief hires ex-prosecutor Brizzi

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has hired former Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi as his lead defense attorney in his fight against voter fraud charges.
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