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Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits

June 25, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.
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Democrats see opportunities in non-Indy convention

June 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Democrats will host their annual state convention outside Indianapolis for the first time as the party tries to energize voters in an area dominated by Republicans.
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Indiana GOP ready for Paul delegates at convention

June 5, 2012
Associated Press
Paul has effectively suspended his race for president, but his supporters have pressed on with hopes of crafting the party's national platform by winning delegate seats in state-level convention battles.
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Facing money gap, candidate Gregg plays small ball

May 27, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg hopes time is money as he heads into the heart of the 2012 Indiana governor's race.
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Gregg picks Simpson to add balance to ticket

May 22, 2012
Associated Press
Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg reached out to his party's base Tuesday with his pick for lieutenant governor, a liberal lawmaker with decades of experience at the Indiana Statehouse.
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Gregg, Pence tap women for gubernatorial tickets

May 21, 2012
Associated Press
Republican candidate Mike Pence toured the state Monday with his choice for lieutenant governor: state Rep. Sue Ellspermann. Democratic candidate John Gregg, meanwhile, is set to announce that longtime Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson will join his ticket.
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Pence picks Indiana legislator as running mate

May 21, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Mike Pence has picked first-term state Rep. Sue Ellspermann as his running mate in his campaign to become Indiana's next governor.
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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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