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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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Zoeller wins 2nd term as Indiana attorney general

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has won re-election as the state government's top lawyer. The Republican defeated Democratic nominee Kay Fleming to win a second four-year term.
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Romney wins Indiana as state returns to GOP

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Mitt Romney brought Indiana back into the Republican fold Tuesday, reclaiming a traditionally GOP state that was usurped by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 on his way to his first term as president.
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Exit polls shows economy still the top concern

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
Rising prices and unemployment were heavy on the minds of national and Indiana voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through, with 4 in 10 saying the nation's economy is getting better.
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Indiana congressional delegation to get makeover

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
For the second straight election, Indiana has three open seats, following the retirement of 30-year U.S. Rep. Dan Burton in the 5th District and decisions by Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Joe Donnelly to seek other office.
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GOP looks for big wins in Indiana, but spoiler lurks

November 5, 2012
Associated Press
Republicans working to move Indiana firmly back into the land of red states after its 2008 support of Democrat Barack Obama hope to have plenty to celebrate Tuesday, but a U.S. Senate seat that has been a lock for the GOP for nearly four decades could be the night's spoiler.
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Long lines for early voting, but Indiana turnout down

November 5, 2012
Associated Press
Lines at polling places stretched out the door and down the block in some Indiana cities on Monday as voters scrambled to meet the early-voting deadline of noon.
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Indiana's Vigo County a bellwether for presidential races

November 5, 2012
Bloomberg News
The voters of Vigo County may know more about who will win the presidential race than any pollster or strategist. In more than half a century, Vigo County election returns have been right every time, making it the nation’s finest bellwether county.
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Lawmaker cries foul over Fishers vote endorsement

November 4, 2012
Associated Press
A state lawmaker is taking issue with a group that backs a new "hybrid city" government in an Indianapolis suburb and says she never endorsed the plan.
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Tea party looks for Mourdock win with final push

November 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tea party advocates in Indiana who aced their first test by ousting U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in May likely face a much tougher final exam Tuesday as they work to push Republican Richard Mourdock to victory.
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Dems, GOP marshal troops in last weekend of race

November 3, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic and Republican volunteers took the phones and the Indiana sidewalks on Saturday to make sure their supporters make it to the polls by or on Election Day.
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GOP expected to make gains in Indiana delegation

November 2, 2012
Associated Press
Republicans could strengthen their hold on Indiana's nine-member congressional delegation Tuesday, but even with new political districts designed to give them an advantage, Democrats aren't likely to be down and out for the long haul.
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New poll shows Donnelly, Pence with big leads

November 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Howey/DePauw University Battleground poll released Friday shows Republican Richard Mourdock trailing Democrat Joe Donnelly by 11 points.
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Gregg using attack ads in homestretch

November 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat John Gregg has been trying for months to paint Republican Mike Pence as an extremist, and his latest ad is the most direct attack in the governor's race to date.
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Donnelly took same stance as Mourdock in abortion bill

November 1, 2012
Associated Press
What Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly doesn't bring up in attack ads against Richard Mourdock is that last year he backed a measure that would have denied federal abortion funding even in cases of rape and incest.
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Ad spending tops $25 million in Indiana Senate race

October 31, 2012
Associated Press
Spending on television ads in the race for Indiana's open Senate seat between Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly topped $25 million this week, nearly five times what was spent in the 2010 Indiana Senate race.
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Financial crisis pushes millennials to fiscal conservatism

October 28, 2012
Associated Press
Researchers find that the recession had a particularly profound effect on the political attitudes of younger millennials, who've come of age as the adults who preceded them have lost homes, jobs and retirement funds. Their age group also faces high unemployment.
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Gregg tries to tie Pence to Mourdock in debate

October 25, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg worked to score political points at Thursday night's debate by trying to tie Republican opponent Mike Pence to embattled U.S. Senate nominee Richard Mourdock.
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Mourdock keeps up fundraising after uproar over remark

October 25, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Senate candidate smiled and laughed while working the room at a private reception for Indiana Republicans.
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Democrats seize on Mourdock's rape comment

October 24, 2012
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Democrats are attacking Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for saying that when a pregnancy occurs during a rape, the resulting life is "something that God intended."
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Local television stations reap election windfalls

October 24, 2012
Scott Olson
The hotly contested race for U.S. Senate between Joe Donnelly and Richard Mourdock, in addition to the governor's contest, has netted four local television stations millions in advertising dollars, according to FCC filings.
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Libertarian presidential candidate stumps in Indiana

October 24, 2012
Associated Press
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to appear in South Bend, the Shelby County town of Fairland and in Indianapolis this week.
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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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