Indiana businessman Bob Thomas, who announced last week he was exploring a run for either governor or Indiana's 3rd Congressional District, said Monday he has decided to focus his efforts on the former. He says the governor's seat is the best position to be in if your goal is to make people's lives better.
The head of the state GOP announced today Gov. Mike Pence will make a bid for a second term. A Pence run for reelection wasn't always considered a lock as the Hoosier governor had been mentioned - sometimes prominently - as a 2016 presidential contender.
The Natural Resources Commission approved Tuesday a new fee for mountain biking in state parks. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, cyclists in state parks biking "off-road" must have a $5 daily permit or a $20 annual permit. The permit will not be required for people biking near campgrounds or hard surface trails.
Photo: Gretchen Frazee State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, officially announced her candidacy for governor Tuesday. A ten-year veteran of the state Senate, Tallian says she's been considering a gubernatorial run for two years. The Northwest Indiana attorney says the Statehouse has been under one-party control for too long.
Hoosiers will be getting more refunds from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles over the next couple of months as further overcharges surface. Now an outside assessment of the BMV has revealed rampant problems within the embattled agency. The BMV, in the wake of lawsuits over fee overcharges and millions handed out in refunds, hired consulting firm BKD to evaluate the agency.
Photo: Brandon Smith Congressman Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana 3rd District, on Saturday announced he is running for Senate, to replace outgoing Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana. With his announcement event occupying a whole block in downtown Roanoke, Ind., Stutzman talked to a crowd of supporters about a wide range of issues, from Iran to the national debt, Benghazi to healthcare.
Photo: Brandon Smith/Indiana Public Broadcasting Indiana's new budget is officially law as Gov. Mike Pence signed it Thursday. Pence hails the state's two-year, $31 billion spending plan as something "every Hoosier can be proud of." The governor signed the budget in front of a sea of students at an elementary school in Lebanon, Ind., highlighting the largest funding increase for K-12 schools in state history.
Gov. Mike Pence says excitement is palpable as he talks to local communities about the Regional Cities Initiative. He signed a bill into law creating the program Wednesday. Pence says the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has spent months traveling around the country, talking to leaders in areas that adopted a regional economic development approach.
House Speaker Brian Bosma says his one disappointment from the 2015 legislative session is a failure to boost infrastructure funding as much as he'd like. Lawmakers increased infrastructure funding by more than two hundred million dollars in the 2013 budget to take care of state and local roads.
Photo: Office of Marlin Stutzman Republican Congressman Marlin Stutzman announced on Facebook Friday he will make a 'major announcement' next weekend. According to NewsChannel 15, Stutzman previously said he was considering running for Senator Dan Coats' seat. Coats announced in March he will not seek re-election. That leaves the GOP field wide open.