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Indiana House Republicans rejected an attempt to exempt breastfeeding equipment from the state sales tax.

Rep. Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis) offered the amendment on the House floor.

"Breast milk is food. It's food and Indiana law already exempts sales tax of food and food ingredients," Macer says. "And it would just be common sense for us to do what's right and help newborns and families in the state of Indiana."

Indiana Gov. Holcomb Keeps Padding Huge Campaign Cash Lead

Jan 15, 2020
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has continued adding to his already huge campaign cash advantage over his potential Democratic rivals.

New state campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show the Republican governor raised nearly $2 million in the last six months of 2019, leaving him with about $7.25 million in the bank for his 2020 reelection bid.

The governor’s fundraising dwarfs that of the two Democratic candidates, health care business executive Woody Myers and tech business executive Josh Owens.

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Indiana House Republicans rejected all of Democrats’ attempts Thursday to change how the state will use its extra state surplus money.

The state collected nearly $300 million more last year than expected. Republicans plan to use it to pay cash for higher education building projects that were approved in the last budget.

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Republican legislative leaders aren’t sold on a proposal to lower the minimum age at which a Hoosier could serve in the General Assembly.

The Indiana Constitution says Hoosiers must be 25 years old to serve in the state Senate, 21 in the House. Rep. Chris Chyung (D-Dyer) wants to lower that, ideally to 18. He argues it will help both parties build the future.

Indiana College Republicans Join Climate Campaign

Dec 17, 2019
Courtesy of Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends)

Indiana college Republicans have joined other young conservatives in a climate campaign. Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends urges Republican lawmakers to pass a carbon tax. 

The campaign is based on a plan that would gradually increase a tax on carbon dioxide emissions and give that money back to U.S. citizens. It would also get rid of any environmental regulations on emissions that are no longer necessary because of the tax.

Courtesy of Sean Haas for Mayor via Facebook,

South Bend voters go to the polls Nov. 5 to choose a new mayor for the city. WVPE's Michael Linville is speaking with both candidates looking to replace Pete Buttigieg who is not seeking re-election as he pursues a presidential run.

Monday Michael aired his conversation with Republican Sean Haas.

You can listen to it here. 

Tuesday morning, Michael's interview with Democrat James Mueller will air.   

Michigan Rep. Amash Formally Withdraws From House GOP Caucus

Jul 8, 2019
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan formally withdrew from the House Republican conference Monday, days after announcing he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and "frightened by what I see from it."

Jim Merritt Will Not March at Indy Pride

Jun 6, 2019

Republican mayoral candidate Jim Merritt says he will not march in the Indy Pride parade out of respect for the feelings and wishes of the organizers and participants of the event.

This comes after a statement from Indy Pride on Tuesday which said while Merritt is permitted at the event, he is not welcome.

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Hate crimes legislation advocates say Gov. Eric Holcomb should veto a current bias crimes bill if lawmakers don’t make it more comprehensive.

President Trump's Return to West Michigan Comes Amid Democratic Gains

Mar 28, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The 50 or so party faithful gathered at a western Michigan GOP headquarters prayed for President Donald Trump's re-election and hummed with excitement about his upcoming visit — a meeting-turned-pep rally for the effort they'll mount on his behalf in 2020.

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The St. Joseph County Republican Party hosted the Governor and several candidates for a Get Out The Vote rally on Sunday.

Governor Eric Holcomb, the Republican incumbents for state treasurer, auditor and secretary of state, U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun and Representative Jackie Walorski thanked volunteers and urged people at the St. Joseph County Republican headquarters to get to the polls

Walorski had words of thanks for one person in particular. “This lady made 33,000 phone calls.”

Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7 PM

The candidates vying for the Republican nomination for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Joe Donnelly meet to debate one last time before the May 8 Primary Election. Former State Rep. Mike Braun faces off against U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.

The debate sponsored by the Indiana Debate Commission takes place at the studios of WFYI in Indianapolis and is moderated by Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.

The senator says recent GOP victories will allow lawmakers to advance alternatives to President Obama's proposals.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, says he will also look for opportunities to work with the GOP.

The GOP picked up one seat in the state Senate and a few in the House, to retain their supermajority in both houses of government.