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Bucshon open to future Senate run

Evansville Courier & Press reporter Tom Langhorne catches up with Rep. Larry Bucshon and finds the Congressman open to a possible future run for statewide office. It came with the standard politician’s disclaimer that he is focusing on his current job, but 8th District Rep. Larry Bucshon left the door open recently to a future […]

Pence won’t rule out ’16 Presidential run

Governor Mike Pence was in Washington last weekend and sat down with NBC’s Chuck Todd for a wide-ranging interview. The eight minute discussion hit on a series of topics including, gay marriage, medicaid expansion, and climate change, but is most noteworthy for Todd’s repeated attempts to get Governor Pence to categorically rule in or rule […]

Indiana 4th Quarter Campaign Finance Reports released

Federal candidates were required to file their 2013 year end campaign finance reports with the FEC by midnight. Indiana Congressional incumbents look strong for reelection, most with only token opposition. Here are the totals for each candidate in each race including all candidates who have filed for the ballot through January 31 (regardless of if […]

2014 IN House Retirement Watch

Just for fun, here’s a look at the list of incumbents in the Indiana House who have yet to file for re-election as of January 29th or announced that they are retiring or running for other office. (The filing deadline is February 7th.)

Todd Young “too thoughtful and rational” for Congress?

Matt Tully takes a look at rising star Republican Congressman Todd Young finds that Young’s “biggest problem, at least on Capitol Hill, might be that he is too thoughtful and too rational. Because in this political era, and in this divisive environment, those traits don’t always raise a politician’s profile.” It’s funny, because it is […]

 

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The intrigue behind the curtain cloaking the HJR-3 debate

When the Indiana Senate cast its vote Monday on the proposed same-sex marriage ban, it all seemed pretty straightforward, even predictable. The vast majority of Republicans voted for the measure and it passed 32-17. But outside public view, another story was playing out. In the days and hours leading up to the vote, a group of socially conservative senators was plotting in private to kill the marriage amendment.
Why Immigration Reform Matters

Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a dismal future only Democrats can relish: government growing in order to allocate scarce opportunity.
Indiana’s Nick Goepper nets bronze in slopestyle at Sochi Olympics

Two American teammates prevented Nick Goepper from becoming the first Olympic Winter Games gold medalist in slopestyle. But a bronze medal represented a landmark achievement for a skier who grew up not in the mountains, but on the Indiana prairie. Goepper, 19, Lawrenceburg, finished third today at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, in the first slopestyle competition held at a Winter Olympics.
Tully: IPS wants you – to share your opinion

It's worth contrasting this effort with the arrogance of union leaders and others who scold those of us who aren't educators from daring to offer our thoughts on how schools should operate. Recently, for instance, Teresa Meredith, president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, chastised me for writing about schools despite the fact that I was "never an educator." In her eyes, it seems, those of us who are mere residents, taxpayers and parents should just shut up. In her misguided view, it appears, an operation should listen only to those who work for it, and not its customers.
Top Republicans to Call for Legal Status for Some Immigrants

The House Republican leadership’s broad framework for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status — but not citizenship — for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party’s statement of principles. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship.
Barack Obama’s lows could hurt Democrats in 5 states

Senate Democrats must defend seats this year in five of the 10 states where President Barack Obama is most unpopular. Daily tracking numbers published Monday by Gallup highlight the treacherous map facing Democrats in the midterm elections and offer a reminder of why incumbents in West Virginia, South Dakota and Montana decided to retire rather than run again.
 
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