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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on Republican Todd Akin to abandon his U.S. Senate bid in the Midwest state of Missouri after the congressman’s comments about rape. ]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:59:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP image still muddled, a year after suggestions ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party’s appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012. “The issue that remains an open book for the Republicans is: What is the character of the party?” said Ari Fleischer, a top aide to President George W. Bush, who helped author the report of the “Growth and Opportunity Project. “Are we a more inclusive and welcoming party yet?” As the Republican National Committee opens its … ]]> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Competition from Ohio blamed for Indiana casino tax revenue drop ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Officials are expecting Indiana’s state government to see a big drop in casino tax revenue over the next two years because of competition from new casinos in Ohio. The latest state revenue forecast projects the state’s annual casino tax revenue to decline by about $42 million, or 9 percent, for the second year of the new two-year state budget legislators will decide during their session that starts next month. State Senate appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley says that he doesn’t believe Indiana’s casino revenue will ever return to the levels seen when there was little competition from other states. … ]]> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:02:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pence inner circle includes old, new hands ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Inside the Indiana Statehouse, people will occasionally joke that Gov. Mitch Daniels is the always smartest man in the room. Taken literally, the surface statement is accurate. But the punch line stems from Daniels’ management style, which is centered on his assessments of the politics and the policy of the situation. That, among other things, will change when Mike Pence takes over the governor’s office. Pence’s staff says he likes to chew over an issue extensively before presenting it to the public, and wants to hear from multiple sides before making up his mind. As Pence builds his … ]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:22:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP wins pair of Indiana House seats from Democrats ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans have won two Indiana House seats from Democrats in their bid to strengthen their control of the General Assembly. Republican Richard Hamm defeated Democratic Rep. Phil Pflum of Richmond and Republican Dale DeVon won an open seat given up by retiring Democratic Rep. Craig Fry of Mishawaka. In a matchup of two incumbents in southwestern Indiana, Democratic Rep. Kreg Battles of Vincennes held an 89-vote advantage over Republican Rep. Bruce Borders of Jasonville out of nearly 25,000 votes cast in District 45. Unofficial tallies collected by The Associated Press show Battles with 50.2 percent of the … ]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:23:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Messer defeats Bookout, wins Pence’s 6th seat ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former state leader of the Republican Party and school choice supporter will succeed Mike Pence as Indiana’s 6th District representative in Congress. Former state Rep. Luke Messer defeated former Democratic Delaware County Council member Bradley Bookout on Tuesday to win the seat Pence gave up to run for governor. Messer is a former executive director of the state GOP who heads School Choice Indiana. The group lobbied in support of the state’s new private school voucher law. Messer promised during his campaign to work for the repeal of the federal health care overhaul. Messer finished second … ]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:23:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Romney brings Indiana back into Republican fold ]]> Lead story image

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — 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. Four years ago, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Indiana since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. But the presidential campaigns bypassed Indiana this year in favor of battleground states such as Ohio. The gamble paid off for Romney, who handily won the state as voters expressed their disenchantment with Obama’s handling of the stumbling economy. For some who voted for the … ]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 23:23:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mourdock gets final push ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — 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. Volunteers with Hoosiers for Conservative Senate lined an Indianapolis intersection Sunday, waving signs and cheering on cars that honked at them. Drivers heading north on Keystone Avenue honked as they crossed into the battleground of Hamilton County, one of the “doughnut counties” ringing Indianapolis and populated with “Lugar Republicans” who are seen as a key voting bloc. A handful of drivers stopped … ]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 06:25:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP pursues last chances to upend Senate Dems ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans vigorously pursued their last, best, chances for taking control of the Senate — Pennsylvania topped their list — as Democrats remained cautiously optimistic that they’d retain their narrow majority after Tuesday’s suspense-filled elections. In the final days of a caustic campaign marked by negative ads, more than $1 billion in spending and the direct impact of a close White House race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, Democrats who were once considered a sure-fire best to lose the Senate were upbeat about flipping Republican seats in Maine and Massachusetts and holding most of the … ]]> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 23:15:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ At the end, Romney, Obama spar over voter revenge ]]> Lead story image

MENTOR, Ohio (AP) — Reaching for the finish line, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama embarked Saturday on the final 72-hour haul of their long, grinding quest for victory, swatting at one another over what should motivate Americans to vote, which candidate they can trust and offering dueling pictures of what the next four years should bring. Romney opened a three-state campaign day in New Hampshire by faulting Obama for telling supporters a day earlier that voting would be their “best revenge.” “Vote for ‘revenge?’” the GOP candidate asked, oozing incredulity. “Let me tell you what I’d like to … ]]> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 23:15:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ind. superintendent race a showdown over ed policy ]]> Lead story image

A traditionally sleepy race for Indiana’s top elected school position has turned into a referendum on education policies that are endorsed by conservatives across the country. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, a Republican, earned a national reputation by helping Gov. Mitch Daniels push through a 2011 legislative agenda that included tying teachers’ pay to student performance, limiting teacher union contracts to wages and benefits and expanding charter schools and what has become the country’s largest school voucher program. “This is definitely being watched nationally as a referendum on reform. If Tony Bennett can push this kind of aggressive reform … ]]> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 16:24:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Storm wreaks havoc on presidential race ]]> Lead story image

CELINA, Ohio — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama frantically sought to close the deal with voters with precious few days left in an incredibly close race as this year’s October surprise — an unprecedented storm menacing the East Coast — wreaked havoc on their best-laid plans. Ever mindful of his narrow path to the requisite 270 electoral votes, Romney looked to expand his map, weighing an intensified effort in traditionally left-leaning Minnesota. Obama sought to defend historically Democratic turf as the race tightened heading into the final week. Wary of being seen as putting their political … ]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:29:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Powell standing by Obama in 2012 presidential race ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year’s election. He told CBS’ “This Morning” he respects fellow Republican Mitt Romney but thinks he’s been vague on many issues. Powell said the president got the United States out of Iraq, has laid out a plan for leaving Afghanistan “and didn’t get us into any new wars.” He praised Obama’s economic performance, saying, while difficult choices are ahead on taxes, spending and budgetary policies, “steadily, I think we’ve begun to come out of the dive and we’re gaining altitude.” … ]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:05:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama assails Romney in bid for women’s vote ]]> Lead story image

TAMPA, Fla. — A scratchy-voiced President Barack Obama powered through a sleepless drive to get his supporters to vote Thursday and planned to set an example by becoming the first president to cast his own ballot ahead of time. With a new Associated Press-GfK poll showing that Republican Mitt Romney has erased Obama’s 16-point advantage among women, the president tried to keep a GOP abortion controversy alive. The risers behind him stacked with female supporters, Obama made a veiled reference to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s comment that pregnancies resulting from rape are “something God intended.” “As we saw again … ]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 23:05:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ind. GOP Senate candidate stands by rape comment ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that he is standing by his statement that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape “that’s something God intended.” He says some people have twisted the meaning of his comment. Mourdock said in a news conference that he abhors any sexual violence and regrets it if his comment during a debate Tuesday night left another impression. He said he firmly believes all life is precious and that he abhors violence of any kind. “I spoke from my heart. And speaking from my heart, speaking from the deepest level of … ]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 23:39:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mourdock: God at work when rape leads to pregnancy ]]> Lead story image

NEW ALBANY (AP) — Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it’s something God intended.” Mourdock was asked Tuesday during the final minutes of a debate whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. He replied: “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that’s something God intended to happen.” In response to Mourdock’s comment, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly said after the debate that he doesn’t believe “my God, or any God, would intend that to happen.” Mourdock and Donnelly have been locked in a … ]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:16:22 -0500