Politics

Once an Obama coup, Indiana less a battleground

May 18, 2012
Associated Press
Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana in the 2008 presidential race. A repeat seems doubtful this year.
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Indiana issues call for external audit of tax agency

May 17, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana budget leaders are looking for an external auditor to review the state Department of Revenue after workers discovered $526 million in errors in recent months.
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Indiana governor hopefuls detail ideas for job growth

May 12, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham each say job creation would be "job one" if elected governor. But their means to reaching employment goals vary from dispatching missionary-style investment gurus, to growing more hemp and bamboo, to increasing wind-turbine manufacturing in the state.
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Lugar's legacy in Senate: Cooperation and security

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
Colleagues considered six-term Sen. Richard Lugar a visionary who looked beyond U.S. exuberance over the end of the Cold War and saw the dangers and opportunities in the collapse of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.
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Lugar's frustration surfaces after Indiana defeat

May 9, 2012
Associated Press
Conceding defeat for the first time in nearly four decades, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar pledged to support the tea party-backed rival who had just ousted him. But hours later, the Indiana Republican issued a statement chastising primary winner Richard Mourdock.
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Carson, May to meet in 7th District congressional race

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Rep. Andre Carson easily defeated three Democratic challengers in Tuesday's primary to win his party's nomination in central Indiana's 7th District. He will face Carlos May, a former aide to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.
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Brooks wins GOP nod for retiring Burton's seat

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks has won the Republican nomination for the 5th congressional district seat in central Indiana that retiring GOP Rep. Dan Burton is giving up after 30 years.
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Lugar loses Indiana GOP primary to tea party rival

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was ousted Tuesday by tea party-backed challenger Richard Mourdock in Indiana's Republican primary, abruptly ending the nearly four-decade career of a popular politician who built a reputation as a diplomat but whose critics argued had ceded too much ideological ground to represent a conservative state.
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GOP looking to pad majority in Indiana House

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Republicans are hoping new election districts they drew last year and a wave of Democratic retirements help them strengthen their control of the Indiana Legislature. Voters in Tuesday's primary are selecting Republican and Democratic nominees for all 100 Indiana House seats and half of the 50 state Senate seats.
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Mourdock says he expects to win GOP Senate bid

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
State treasurer Richard Mourdock said Tuesday morning that he's "reasonably optimistic" he'll defeat six-term incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana's Republican primary.
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Indiana early voting down despite Lugar-Mourdock race

May 7, 2012
Associated Press
Early voting has wrapped up ahead of Indiana's primary, with the Republican Senate race between Richard Lugar and Richard Mourdock not grabbing voter interest like the Democratic presidential primary did four years ago.
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MORRIS: Let's vote our way out of this mess

May 5, 2012
Greg Morris
Politics only gets worse when people stop participating in the process.
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Lawsuit: Anderson mayor fired 10 workers over politics

May 4, 2012
Associated Press
A central Indiana mayor is fighting a lawsuit filed by 10 former city employees who claim they lost their jobs because they backed the mayor's opponent in last year's election.
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Poll shows Lugar trailing Mourdock by double digits

May 4, 2012
Scott Olson
Results released Friday morning by Howey Politics Indiana and DePauw University have incumbent Richard Lugar trailing Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock by 48 percent to 38 percent in the Indiana Republican Senate primary race.
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Anti-tax advocate Norquist poised to throw support behind Mourdock

May 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Grover Norquist, the anti-tax activist who leads Americans for Tax Reform, said he is set to make an announcement Wednesday with Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who is opposing six-term Senator Richard Lugar in the state’s May 8 Republican primary.
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Single-minded super-PACs work to beat one candidate at a time

April 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Super-PACs are playing a heavy role in this year's election campaigns, including the race between Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar and challenger Richard Mourdock in the Republican primary.
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Mourdock will keep energy stocks if elected to Senate

April 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who is challenging Republican Sen. Richard Lugar in the May 8 primary, held six different energy-related stocks last year, according to his most recent filing with the state.
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Candidate Gregg proposes lifting state's gas tax

April 25, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg's first bite of Hoosier populism is likely to run up against some hard economic realism: $540 million is a lot of money to account for.
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Indiana GOP probes if campaign used data improperly

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republican leaders met Wednesday to discuss how to handle allegations that a U.S. Senate campaign improperly tried to access a critical database of voter information.
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Daniels endorses Romney for president

April 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney after declining for months to publicly support any of the Republican candidates.
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U.S. Chamber backs Lugar in heated GOP primary

April 17, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the latest national interest group to stake a claim in Indiana's heated Republican Senate primary, announcing Tuesday it is endorsing U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in his toughest re-election battle in decades.
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Pence maintains massive money lead in race for governor

April 16, 2012
Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence reported Monday that he raised $1.8 million through the first three months of 2012. Democrat John Gregg raised $585,000 during the same period. Pence had $4.9 million in his campaign coffers compared to Gregg's $1.5 million.
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Officials asked to investigate McIntosh residency

April 12, 2012
Associated Press
An attorney asked state and county election officials Thursday to investigate whether Indiana Republican 5th District congressional candidate David McIntosh committed voter fraud and perjury.
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Lugar strong, but Mourdock more poised in debate

April 11, 2012
Associated Press
After struggling at times during the early Republican primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar sounded more like the legislator he's been for the past 35 years in a debate Wednesday night with Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
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Lugar, foes spar on outside campaign spending

April 10, 2012
Associated Press
Longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar appears to be shifting his re-election message to focus on attacking national interest groups, which the Republican accuses of having an exaggerated say in his Indiana race.
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