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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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Mourdock's answer to rape question overshadows debate

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock ignited a firestorm with a response to a question about rape late in Tuesday night's debate with Democratic challenger Rep. Joe Donnelly.
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Early voting rises across Indiana as GOP gets on board

October 22, 2012
Associated Press
The number of Hoosiers voting ahead of Election Day is rising across Indiana in part because of an effort by Republicans to urge their supporters to get to the polls.
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  1. I'm a CPA who works with a wide range of companies (through my firm K.B.Parrish & Co.); however, we work with quite a few car dealerships, so I'm fairly interested in Fatwin (mentioned in the article). Does anyone have much information on that, or a link to such information? Thanks.

  2. Historically high long-term unemployment, unprecedented labor market slack and the loss of human capital should not be accepted as "the economy at work [and] what is supposed to happen" and is certainly not raising wages in Indiana. See Chicago Fed Reserve: goo.gl/IJ4JhQ Also, here's our research on Work Sharing and our support testimony at yesterday's hearing: goo.gl/NhC9W4

  3. I am always curious why teachers don't believe in accountability. It's the only profession in the world that things they are better than everyone else. It's really a shame.

  4. It's not often in Indiana that people from both major political parties and from both labor and business groups come together to endorse a proposal. I really think this is going to help create a more flexible labor force, which is what businesses claim to need, while also reducing outright layoffs, and mitigating the impact of salary/wage reductions, both of which have been highlighted as important issues affecting Hoosier workers. Like many other public policies, I'm sure that this one will, over time, be tweaked and changed as needed to meet Indiana's needs. But when you have such broad agreement, why not give this a try?

  5. I could not agree more with Ben's statement. Every time I look at my unemployment insurance rate, "irritated" hardly describes my sentiment. We are talking about a surplus of funds, and possibly refunding that, why, so we can say we did it and get a notch in our political belt? This is real money, to real companies, large and small. The impact is felt across the board; in the spending of the company, the hiring (or lack thereof due to higher insurance costs), as well as in the personal spending of the owners of a smaller company.

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