Politics

New Indiana members of Congress settle in to roles

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Four new Republicans began representing the state in the U.S. House on Wednesday as the 112th Congress began.
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Mayoral contender Kennedy to leave day job

December 28, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Democratic mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy will leave her attorney job at law firm Baker and Daniels on Friday to begin campaigning full-time next month.
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WAGNER: Democrats should be pleased, cautiousRestricted Content

December 25, 2010
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis is in desperate need of leadership, both the vision to steer a wayward ship back on course and the competence to implement large projects while deftly managing daily operations.
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2010 NEWSMAKER: Daniels keeps fans in suspense

December 24, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Political observers of Gov. Mitch Daniels see plenty of signs that the 61-year-old Republican is eyeing a presidential run in 2012.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Carson talks Congress, whips, soft rock

December 22, 2010
Mason King
Carson Watch VideoU.S. Rep. Andre Carson on his new duties, earmarks, anti-Islam rhetoric, and his love for smooth tunes.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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Indiana GOP chairman stepping down after 5 years

December 15, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark announced his decision Wednesday, saying it was time to turn over the party leadership.
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Bill would provide oversight for key state appointments

December 8, 2010
Scott Olson
Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, wants to give lawmakers a voice in key state appointments made by the governor following an ethics scandal that led to the firing of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Marion County GOP chairman stepping down

December 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Tom John will resign as chairman of the Marion County Republican Party once a new chairman is elected, he announced in a letter sent to Republican party members.
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COAN: Stocks will get worse before they get better

November 20, 2010
Paul Coan
Looking at the final years of the Great Depression tells me that next year might not be so kind to investors.
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Governors see GOP’s Midwest gains as path to presidency

November 19, 2010
Bloomberg News
Republican governors meeting in San Diego said Thursday their statehouse victories in the Midwest leave the party well positioned for 2012 in the battlefield that often determines the presidency.
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Drugmakers seek Republican allies to defeat cost-cutting panel

November 15, 2010
Bloomberg News
Pharmaceutical firms led by Eli Lilly are trying to eliminate a government panel aimed at controlling Medicare spending seven months after they supported the health-care overhaul that created it.
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Poll: Daniels little known among potential GOP candidates

November 10, 2010
Associated Press
Sarah Palin is the most polarizing of the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, while Mitch Daniels is one of the least recognized, a new survey finds.
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Daniels: No word on White House run until April

November 5, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says politicians thinking about the next election in 2012 should "stifle" themselves for a while.
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Indiana's GOP leaders want school changes

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
The school plan that House Republicans presented during the campaign calls for giving parents more options, holding teachers accountable and putting more education dollars in classrooms rather than administration.
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Pence to step down as No. 3 House GOP leader

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Rep. Mike Pence alluded to a potential presidential bid in a statement he issued to his colleagues announcing he will step down as GOP conference chairman.
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After 2008 change, Indiana returns to GOP roots

November 3, 2010
Associated Press
Republicans picked up the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat Evan Bayh and two southern Indiana congressional seats that had been held by Democrats. They also appeared poised to claim a two-thirds majority in the Indiana Senate and take control of the state House of Representatives.
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GOP's Burton wins 15th term in Indiana's 5th District

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Republican Rep. Dan Burton will continue his reign as Indiana's longest-serving congressman after winning election to his 15th term.
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Indiana voters deciding outcome of big GOP push

November 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters headed to the polls Tuesday amid Republican hopes for big gains in the state's congressional delegation and Legislature, but it wasn't immediately clear whether voters were turning out in the numbers the party had hoped for.
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Fraud allegations focus of secretary of state race

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Charges of voter fraud have already marred Tuesday's election for Indiana's next chief election official, with the Republican candidate accused of using a false address to cast a ballot in May's primary.
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In rough economy, state candidates tout biz skills

November 1, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Candidates might brag about their business credentials in any campaign year, but in the lead-up to Tuesday’s election, some say it’s been particularly intense.
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Anti-incumbent wave unlikely to swamp ‘lucky’ Burton

November 1, 2010
Mary Dieter
Congressman Dan Burton is expected to win his 15th term Tuesday despite what some say is an anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the nation.
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GOP could gain quorum in state Senate election

October 25, 2010
Mary Dieter
Indiana Senate Democrats, long considered the last bastion of liberal thought in state government, are in danger of becoming politically irrelevant after the Nov. 2 election—something they say would disenfranchise nearly 2 million Hoosiers who live in their districts.
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Presidential hopefuls Daniels, Pence reflect two sides of GOP

October 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
If Gov. Mitch Daniels and U.S. Rep. Mike Pence become presidential candidates, through them Indiana will represent something of a microcosm of the national Republican Party and its philosophical wings.
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Election could give GOP control of state policy decisions

October 7, 2010
Mary Dieter
With a Republican tide predicted to wash over the country in next month’s election, there is a very real chance that the Indiana House will be dominated by the GOP for the first time since 2005-06, putting virtually all policy-setting responsibilities in Indiana in one party’s hands.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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