Politics

Daniels rescinds crowd limits at Indiana Statehouse

January 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has rescinded new Statehouse security rules that put a 3,000-person limit on the number of people allowed in the building at any one time.
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Indiana House Speaker plans fast start for labor bill

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's Republican House leader said Tuesday that lawmakers will almost immediately take up right-to-work legislation that's likely to dominate much of the state's 2012 session.
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Daniels outlines agenda for General Assembly

January 3, 2012
 The Statehouse File
In a wide-ranging interview, Gov. Mitch Daniels discusses his goals for the General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday. Among them: Implement a statewide smoking ban, make Indiana a right-to-work state, and end what he calls "credit creep" for college students.
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Anderson mayor resigns, takes back police job

December 27, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana city's mayor has resigned with less than a week left to go in his term. Anderson Mayor Kris Ockomon submitted his resignation at a safety board meeting Monday.
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Amid leadership issues, Indiana Dems fight over future

December 26, 2011
Associated Press
Before he changed his mind, Dan Parker's decision to step down as party chairman was seen by many as an opportunity to find fresh blood to lead Democrats through fights to win back the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat next year.
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Lugar: Tea Party could cost Senate GOP majority

December 26, 2011
Bloomberg News
Tea Party supporters that helped the Republicans win a U.S. House majority last year also prevented the party from taking control of the Senate and could do it again in 2012, Senator Richard Lugar said.
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Democrats rankled by 'flawed' leadership vote

December 20, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Indiana Democrats admit they face a significant challenge trying to unite the party in time for important 2012 elections after a messy leadership squabble over the weekend left key officials divided.
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Panel rejects audit of Indiana revenue department

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Republican members of the State Budget Committee have rejected Democrats' request for an independent audit of the Indiana Department of Revenue for misplacing $320 million.
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Parker resigning as state Democratic Party chairman

December 12, 2011
 Franklin College News Bureau
Dan Parker said Monday morning that he will step down as chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party after a seven-year tenure that included big political highs—including President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory in the state—but recent lows as well.
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Determining jobless rate far from exact science

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
The key number used nationally to determine just how deep the problem is, the unemployment rate, is the subject of its own debate.
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Ex-aide running for Indiana seat Pence is giving up

December 1, 2011
Associated Press
Andrew Phipps, a former aide to Republican Rep. Mike Pence, is joining the field for the congressional seat that Pence is giving up to run for governor.
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EDITORIAL: Political gridlock unwelcome hereRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Now that roughly 30 percent of the city’s registered voters have determined who will lead the city the next four years, we have some advice for Mayor Greg Ballard and the newly elected City-County Council: Keep your victory in perspective.
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New Republican councilor beat long odds

November 11, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Republican Jeff Miller's wife died three months before the Nov. 8 election, but he kept campaigning for City-County Council—and won in a district that leans Democratic against an incumbent.
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Outsider appeal, moderate stance helped Ballard win

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Mayor Greg Ballard maintained an appeal as a political outsider and moderate Republican that drew enough Democratic support to secure him a second term Tuesday, experts said.
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Mayoral roundup: Republicans dominate elections

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Republican Party tally gives the GOP a 61-54 majority over Democrats among the state's mayor's offices — a shift from a 68-48 Democratic lead.
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Dems gain 16-13 edge on City-County Council

November 9, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democrats won control of the Indianapolis City-County Council on Tuesday, capturing 16 of 29 seats and taking over the city’s legislative body for the first time since 2007.
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Ballard cruises to victory in bid for second term

November 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard won a second term Tuesday, pulling off a solid victory against Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy by claiming more than 51 percent of the vote.
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Democrats win mayoral elections in Fort Wayne, Muncie

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Tom Henry has won a second term as mayor of Fort Wayne after a bitter campaign. Meanwhile, Muncie elected its first Democratic mayor in 20 years and Anderson elected a Republican.
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Incumbent defeats Speedway exec in Terre Haute

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
Republican Duke Bennett was elected for a second term Tuesday, defeating Democrat Fred Nation, an Indianapolis Motor Speedway executive.
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South Bend elects 29-year-old former Rhodes scholar

November 8, 2011
Associated Press
South Bend residents elected former Rhodes scholar and Democrat Pete Buttigieg as mayor as he easily defeated Republican Wayne Curry.
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Few polling problems reported in Marion County

November 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters are deciding Tuesday who will lead their cities for the next four years, providing an early barometer of their mood heading into a presidential election year.
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Mayoral election outcome could hinge on turnout

November 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The fate of mayoral and City-County Council candidates in Tuesday’s election is likely to come down to turnout in a few key districts, including Center Township and southern Marion County.
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Candidates downplay party labels in campaigns

November 6, 2011
Associated Press
The "unbranding" of the Indiana candidates is a clear political strategy as more voters tend to shed their party affiliation and identify themselves as independents.
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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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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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