Politics

Casinos bet $19M at Statehouse with mixed results

March 16, 2013
Associated Press
The gambling industry spent more than $19 million lobbying at the Indiana Statehouse from 2000-2012, according to reports filed online by the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission.
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Donnelly gets his pick for Indiana Democratic chairman

March 6, 2013
Associated Press
Democratic Party officials announced that veteran Capitol Hill staffer John Zody was the only person to meet Wednesday's deadline to be considered for the chairmanship when the state central committee votes on its leadership Saturday.
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Councilor's party switch shrinks Democrats' edge

March 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
City-County Councilor Jose Evans, twice elected as Democrat, announced Tuesday he would become a member of the Republican Party and caucus with Republican councilors, taking the Democratic majority from 16-13 to 15-14.
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Federal cuts to hit Indiana jobless, National Guard

March 4, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana agencies are cutting jobless benefits, furloughing National Guard members and losing food funds for the Women Infants and Children program because of the automatic federal budget cuts, officials said Monday.
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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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Let the sequester begin: Senate fails to block spending cuts

February 28, 2013
Associated Press
The $85 billion in across-the-board federal cuts are set to kick off on Friday, but will fall into place gradually over several months. The Obama administration has pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms.
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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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Bill to ban Indiana teacher union deductions advances

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
Republicans sparked protests from teachers and union officials Tuesday by pushing legislation through a House committee that would bar Indiana schools from automatically deducting union dues from teacher paychecks, an issue that critics thought was off the table this year.
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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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Ex-gubernatorial candidates, biz leaders seek national debt fix

January 18, 2013
Associated Press
A group of Indiana political and business leaders are joining a national effort to pressure Washington, D.C., politicians to find a long-term debt fix.
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Judge dismisses Indiana right-to-work law challenge

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in Hammond ruled that none of the union's arguments against the law could succeed in federal court, although a challenge could still be made in state courts.
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Indiana Democrats pushing for more health care action

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Democratic lawmakers pushed Wednesday for Indiana to take steps toward implementing the federal health care overhaul that Republicans who control state government have so far rejected.
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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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Lawmakers plans to renew bill against same-sex marriage

January 8, 2013
Associated Press
A proposal to write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution may be on hold as Republican leaders ponder its fate this year, but the House and Senate sponsors are charging ahead anyway.
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Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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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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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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Bosma: Indiana Legislature needs another 'odd couple'

November 20, 2012
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma used the ceremonial opening of Indiana's legislative session Tuesday to call for bipartisanship, even though Republicans now enjoy a supermajority that largely allows them to circumvent Democrats to push through their plans.
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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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