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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Tallian launches campaign for governor with call for change"

Here are Dan Carden's stories yesterday and a longer story May 10th in the NWI Times. The May 10th story began:

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, will announce Tuesday she is running for governor to give Hoosiers a new choice in who should lead Indiana into the future.

The 10-year state lawmaker believes voters deserve more than a rerun of the 2012 Mike Pence-John Gregg contest, which featured few significant policy differences between the Republican and Democratic candidates who both plan to run again in 2016.

"Somebody needs to stand for the Democratic, progressive point of view, because in that last election there's almost half the people in the state of Indiana whose voices were not recognized," Tallian said.

"I am a clearer choice, and a more progressive choice."

Despite near-total Republican control of state government, Tallian said she knows Hoosiers of both political parties are not satisfied with the officials representing them at the Statehouse — especially following the recent national attention prompted by legislative passage and Pence approval of the potentially discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

"Everywhere I look there are people that are very angry by what's going on down here, or embarrassed by what's going on down here," Tallian said. "Democrats are angry; Republicans are embarrassed."

From May 12th, here is a story by Brian Eason of the Indianapolis Star that began:
Declaring that Indiana "is not as conservative" as many believe, state Sen. Karen Tallian said Tuesday she plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor to give Hoosiers a progressive voice in the 2016 election.

"I'm running because it's time to step up for everyday Hoosiers," she said at a campaign announcement on the Statehouse steps. "We can sit back and wait for progress, or we can fight to achieve it."

The Democrat from Portage, a Northwest Indiana city near Gary, was appointed to the Senate in 2005, after her predecessor resigned to become Merrillville clerk-treasurer. Since then, she has won three four-year terms and is the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

With Tuesday's announcement, she became the second Democrat to enter the race, after former House Speaker John Gregg, who lost to Republican Mike Pence in 2012. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has said she's mulling a run but has not committed to doing so.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 13, 2015 01:42 PM
Posted to Indiana Government