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  • Richard Lugar Loses GOP Indiana Senate Primary by Landslide

    01/18/2013 4:53:47 AM PST · by RC one · 110 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2012 10:52 PM EDT | Lloyd Grove
    The 36-year Senate veteran is trounced by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, whose business and Tea Party backers spent $2.7 million to defeat a once-powerful pol they portrayed as out of touch.That cracking, thudding sound emanating from Indiana on primary night Tuesday was the crumbling of a Washington institution, punctuated by muffled shrieks of terror from incumbent office-holders everywhere.Republican Sen. Richard Lugar—a towering figure in the national-security, arms-control, and foreign-policy realms who six years ago was so popular in his home state that local Democrats didn’t bother to field an opponent—lost his bid for a seventh term to a lesser-known,...
  • Conservative Mike Pence Wins Indiana Governor’s Race (GOP also pick up NC governorship)

    11/07/2012 9:09:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/07/2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Conservative Mike Pence has won the governor’s office in Indiana, despite a stumble by Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock. With 87 percent of precincts in, the former congressman had 50 percent of the vote compared to 46 percent for Democrat John R. Gregg. Pence will replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels. Pence is former chairman of the House Republican Conference and also former leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee. He’s also a member of the Tea Party Caucus. Republicans also picked up a governor’s seat in North Carolina, with the victory of former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory. McCrory becomes...
  • Reading God’s Will in Indiana (Mourdock and Conception After Rape)

    10/25/2012 7:15:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/25/2012 | The Editors
    Attempting to read the divine will is a notoriously perilous enterprise, all the more so in the middle of a hotly contested Senate race. Richard Mourdock, the Republican nominee from Indiana, has come to appreciate this fact since answering a debate question about his views on abortion in cases of rape. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Mourdock was not saying that God...
  • Freep this poll

    10/22/2012 9:59:17 AM PDT · by Stymee · 12 replies
    The News-Sentinel ^ | October 20, 2012 | Christian Sheckler
    Both candidates for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat agree that Capitol Hill is dominated by partisan gridlock – but they differ on if and how Congress can solve the problem, even as they compete for the same undecided voters. U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Granger, has preached a message of centrism and bipartisanship while relentlessly painting Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock as an extreme, right-wing ideologue.

    09/24/2012 2:31:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/23/2012 | John Gizzi
    In response to repeated queries from conservatives as to whether Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is supporting the conservative Republican who defeated the 36-year incumbent for renomination this year, Human Events called Lugar’s office and asked whether the lameduck incumbent is backing State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, now locked in a tight contest with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly. “Yes, the senator is supporting Treasurer Mourdock,” Lugar press secretary Andy Fisher told us Friday. “On the night of the Friday election (when Mourdock defeated Lugar by a margin of 3-to-2), he said he would vote for him in November.” Fisher also pointed out...
  • Lugar will not campaign for Mourdock in Ind.

    09/17/2012 2:02:11 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | TOM LoBIANCO
    <p>NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Richard Lugar says he will not campaign for the man who vanquished him in May's Republican primary.</p> <p>Lugar told conservative Indiana blogger Abdul Hakim-Shabazz in an interview posted Monday that he would not actively support Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on the campaign trail. The six-term senator had previously left the question unanswered. But he raised eyebrows in July when he introduced Mourdock to Senate Republicans at a weekly lunch.</p>
  • Why Dick Lugar lost (MEGABARF - GOP-E helps the drive bys re-write history in real time)

    05/09/2012 5:57:40 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 22 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | May 9th | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    Instant analysis of Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar’s crushing defeat at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in Tuesday’s Republican primary cast it as yet another example of a tea party-aligned GOPer ousting a prominent face of the party establishment. And that instant analysis would be wrong. Lugar lost — and lost badly — for a number of reasons, the vast majority of which had nothing to do with the relative tea party-ness of his opponent. At its heart, Lugar’s defeat was attributable to the fact that he broke the political golden rule: Never lose touch with the people who...
  • Indiana Senate: Mourdock (R) 42%, Donnelly (D) 40%

    08/07/2012 5:31:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 3, 2012
    The U.S. Senate race in Indiana remains a dead heat between Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly and Tea Party-backed State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Hoosier State finds Mourdock earning 42% of the vote, while Donnelly draws support from 40%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, but another 15% are still undecided.
  • Rasmussen Poll of Indiana: Romney 51 Obama 35

    Four years ago, President Obama became the first Democrat since 1964 to win Indiana. He looks unlikely to repeat that feat.
  • Indiana Law: Citizens Now Allowed to Shoot Law Enforcement During Unlawful Entry

    08/06/2012 9:26:31 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 94 replies
    The Intell Hub ^ | July 10, 2012 | Shepard Ambellas
    A new law in Indiana authorizes the general public to use deadly force against public servants (including law enforcement officers) who unlawfully enter private property. The measure, approved by Gov. Mitch Daniels in March, (who himself is a Bilderberg member, making the situation even more interesting) is a real game changer as the script has been flipped on the police when it comes to deadly force.
  • Romney stumps for Indiana tea party Senate candidate Mourdock

    08/04/2012 4:20:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 4, 2012 | by Seema Mehta
    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Mitt Romney stumped for tea party Senate candidate Richard Mourdock here on Saturday, arguing that as president he will need such supporters in Washington to help him enact policies to restore fiscal order. Mourdock introduced Romney, noting he had done so four years ago when Romney came to Indiana stumping for 2008 Republican nominee John McCain. “He is back and he’s here in part because he’s the ultimate team player, and politics is all about being a team. This is not a solo sport,” Mourdock said. “And for that purpose alone, governor, thank you so much for...
  • Mitch Daniels: Richard Mourdock no tea party win (Will the GOP-E ever accept the GOP-TEA?

    05/16/2012 10:22:36 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16th | MJ Lee
    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that Richard Mourdock's upset victory over incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) last week was a "tea party phenomenon."
  • Conservatives Can't Wait to Vote

    05/09/2012 11:25:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Rush ^ | May 9, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'm gonna break this down in even more detail as the program unfolds. Lugar has issued a very lengthy and quite telling statement. Lugar is comparing his defeat to the end of reason, the end of the Republican Party, the end of compromise, the end of people working together. Lugar is saying that his defeat is a bad thing. It's gonna lead to partisanship and rancor. It's gonna lead to the end. The Senate is gonna descend now. It's not gonna be nearly the august body it has been. Not because he's not there. He's not that...
  • Dick Lugar's Indiana Loss Is a Win for Democrats

    05/09/2012 9:21:11 AM PDT · by central_va · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | 5/9/12 | Chris Good
    In a tough year for Senate campaigns, Democrats will take everything they can get. This year's map of Senate races heavily favors the GOP, which will defend only 10 seats to Democrats' 23. Six Democratic incumbents have declined to run, and Democrats will have to defend seats in 11 competitive races, while Republicans will only defend in five. All of which makes Sen. Dick Lugar's loss welcome news for Democrats, who seem to have figured all along that their candidate, Blue Dog Rep. Joe Donnelly, would fare better against Tea Party-backed, Saran Palin-endorsed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in November. Now...
  • Why Lugar Lost

    05/09/2012 4:35:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/09/2012 | Brian Bolduc
    Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana lost his party’s nomination tonight because he had lost touch with the party’s grassroots. Since his election to the Senate in 1976, Lugar had cut a profile as a moderate Republican: He had supported the ethanol mandate, backed the Brady Bill, and opposed the Iraq surge. In previous cycles, Republicans had forgiven Lugar his ideological transgressions, but in recent years, he had become more brazen. Not only did Lugar support the DREAM Act; he cosponsored it. Not only did he vote for New START, he spoke forcefully in its favor. True, Lugar wasn’t Arlen Specter...
  • Statement from Chris W. Cox on Richard Mourdock’s Significant Win...

    05/09/2012 7:43:25 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 7 replies
    NRA Political Victory Fund ^ | May 08, 2012 | Chris W. Cox
    Statement from Chris W. Cox on Richard Mourdock’s Significant Win in the Indiana U.S. Senate Primary Election Thanks to your votes, Richard Mourdock has won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Indiana defeating 36-year incumbent, Sen. Richard Lugar. Since the 1990s, Sen. Lugar has become notorious for his zealous support of gun control schemes and his fervent anti-gun positions.
  • What Lugar's loss could mean for a Pres. Romney (You cannot underestimate the Tea Party movement)

    05/09/2012 6:32:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 05/09/2012 | Philip Klein
    Not only did Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock just put an end to Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar's 35-year U.S. Senate career, but it wasn't even close. NBC projected Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer, the winner of the Republican primary shortly after polls closed, as he was trouncing Lugar by over 20 points. In and of itself, the crushing defeat of such a long-time veteran of the Senate would be a big story, but the importance of this development will be felt way beyond Indiana. As I wrote earlier this week, a lot of pundits have been prematurely writing the obituary to...
  • Richard Lugar and the End of Moderate Republicanism

    05/08/2012 12:38:54 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 82 replies
    Nation ^ | 5-8-12 | Ari Berman
    If Indiana Senator Dick Lugar loses his Republican primary race to Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock tonight, as polls indicate is likely, his defeat will signal the end of moderate Republican internationalism in the US Senate and the GOP more broadly. Lugar, a two time chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee best known for his work on arms control and nonproliferation treaties, used to be one of the GOP’s leading figures on foreign policy. Now he’s an outlier. The Senate Republican caucus was once filled with the likes of Dick Lugar—sensible realists such as Lincoln Chafee, Chuck Hagel, George...
  • Dick Lugar: Tea party trespassed on my farm (erecting ‘Retire Lugar’ signs on primary eve)

    05/07/2012 12:36:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/07/2012 | By DAVID CATANESE
    FRANKFORT, Ind. — Sen. Dick Lugar is accusing tea party members of trespassing on his family farm and erecting ‘Retire Lugar’ signs on the eve of the Senate primary. The six-term Republican incumbent said Monday he was alerted by his son that members of the Owen County tea party climbed over a fence at his Marion County farm to take down his campaign signs and put up their own. “[They] had their pictures taken in front of a sign that said, ‘Dick Lugar, tree farmer of the year, 2003,’” Lugar said during a stop at an assisted living facility, speaking...
  • Palin Endorses Mourdock, KO’s GOP Establishment Group’s Plans in Indiana

    04/28/2012 10:43:17 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 44 replies ^ | Tony Lee
    At 2:51 p.m. eastern time on Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who many in the Republican establishment try to dismiss as being irrelevant, endorsed Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on her Facebook page over establishment Republican incumbent Richard Lugar. Four hours later, at 6:36 p.m. eastern time, Politico ran a story about how the “American Action Network,” previously described as the establishment cavalry, would be pulling out of the Indiana race.
  • Cantor-allied Young Guns Network urges non-Republicans to vote in Lugar race

    04/28/2012 11:51:23 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 55 replies ^ | 4/27/12 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN
    I reported the other day that the Young Guns Network, a group led by two former top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is spending $100,000 in the primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and state treasurer Richard Mourdock in a bid to protect the Indiana incumbent - and here's what some of that mail looks like. A lit piece that the YG Network dropped focuses, as they'd said it would, on energy policy - but it is targeted to non-Republicans, as it reminds voters that Indiana's GOP primary is an open one in which Democrats and independents can vote....
  • Polls show Sen. Lugar in trouble in GOP primary

    03/19/2012 7:02:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/19/2012 | Rick Moran
    Two polls -- neither one from unbiased sources -- show that Senator Dick Lugar's re-election campaign is in big trouble. Politico: _____________________ Richard Mourdock has closed within single digits of Sen. Dick Lugar in the Indiana GOP Senate primary race, according to a pair of polls commissioned by groups seeking to oust the six-term incumbent. Both polls -- one paid for by Citizens United, the other by Rep. Joe Donnelly's campaign -- produced the same result: Lugar ahead by just 6 points, 45 percent to 39 percent. The Citizens United-Wenzel Strategies survey last week of likely primary voters shared first...
  • Donnelly (D) Thanks Lugar for Standing Up to Tea Party (Indiana)

    03/15/2012 12:05:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies ^ | December 20, 2011 | Kathy Bottorff
    Joe Donnelly, Democratic candidate for United States Senate, reached across the aisle to thank Republican Senator Richard Lugar for standing up to the Tea Party on Monday. Lugar called for the House of Representatives to pass the Senate’s version of the Payroll Tax Cut Extension on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “I thank Senator Lugar for reaching across the aisle and standing with me to support this tax cut over the objections of extremists in his party,” said Donnelly. “I said last week that Congress should stay in session through Christmas if that’s what it took to make sure taxes don’t...
  • Mourdock picks up NRA endorsement in GOP primary (Indiana)

    03/11/2012 12:51:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies · 1+ views
    WTHR Channel 13 ^ | March 6, 2012
    The National Rifle Association is supporting tea-party favorite Richard Mourdock in his GOP primary race against veteran U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. National NRA lobbyist Chris Cox is scheduled Wednesday to announce his group's support for Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer running against Lugar in the May primary. The Mourdock campaign confirmed the endorsement Tuesday. A handful of high-profile conservative groups have lined up behind Mourdock in his bid to oust Lugar. The anti-tax Club for Growth threw its support behind Mourdock last month. Lugar's supporters have opened a pair of Super PACs recently to raise unlimited funds to support his...
  • Richard Lugar: U.S. Senator Defends His Indiana Residency

    03/03/2012 9:23:46 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 59 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 29, 2012 | Joel Siegel
    Tea Party groups in Indiana have made him their No. 1 target, saying the silver-hailed senator has strayed from Republican principles too many times. They are backing state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, creating Lugar's first Republican primary challenge since he took office. Another complication: Lugar's startling revelation that he sold his home in Indianapolis and bought one outside Washington shortly after winning his first election to the Senate three decades ago.
  • US Rep Dan Burton to retire

    01/31/2012 8:10:57 AM PST · by zaxtres · 17 replies
    According to Fox59 of Indianapolis, US Rep. Dan Burton is to retire. More to come.
  • Democratic Insiders See Indiana as Obama’s Biggest Hurdle in 2012

    03/29/2011 10:36:22 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | James A. Barnes
    From the states that he won in 2008, Democratic operatives believe that President Obama will have the most difficulty carrying Indiana again when he runs for reelection, according to a special National Journal Political Insiders Poll released on Tuesday. Choosing from a list of 10 swing states that he won in 2008, Democratic Political Insiders were asked to rank the top five states one-thru-five that would be the hardest for Obama to carry in 2012. Indiana was the clear consensus pick of the Democratic Insiders for where the president’s reelection campaign is likely to encounter the most difficulty—nearly two thirds...
  • Lugar to Tea Party: "Get real" (RINO attacks Tea Party over START, his support for Obama)

    02/11/2011 7:26:26 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    (snip) Among other criticisms, Tea Party activists have taken Lugar to task for supporting the new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, claiming the U.S. is giving up too much and Russia is not giving up enough. "I've been working systematically for 20 years going to Russia trying to help direct a situation in which we're taking warheads off of missiles every day, destroying missiles that were aimed at us; destroying submarines that carried misslies up and down our coast," said Lugar. "I've got to say 'Get real'. I hear Tea Party or other people talking about they were against...
  • Sen. Richard Lugar to seek re-election in 2012

    01/18/2011 11:16:55 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 90 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 18, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. Richard Lugar plans to seek a re-election in 2012. Lugar spokesman Mark Helmke said Tuesday that Lugar plans to run a vigorous campaign and is committed to winning a seventh term representing Indiana in the Senate.
  • Tea party groups seek candidate to challenge Lugar

    01/09/2011 12:48:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 2011-01-08 | AP
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tea party activists from across the state will gather later this month to try to agree on a candidate to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in next year's Republican primary. Representatives from more than 50 tea party groups will meet Jan. 22 in Tipton, said Monica Boyer, co-founder of the northern Indiana group Kosciusko County Silent No More and one of the organizers of the anti-Lugar group Hoosiers for Conservative Senate. Unlike the 2010 Senate primary, when tea party activists were divided among five candidates, "we don't want to split the vote. It is vital and...
  • Potential Lugar challenger says GOP already has him in sight

    12/20/2010 5:13:09 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 15, 2010 | Shane D'Aprile
    Indiana state Sen. Mike Delph (R), the man some conservative activists in the state are courting to primary Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) in 2012, says he already has the attention of national Republicans. In an interview, Delph told The Ballot Box that his very public flirtation with a potential run against Lugar in a Republican primary has attracted the notice of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, although he hasn't exactly heard from the committee just yet. "I've already been told the NRSC is Googling my name," said Delph, who claimed that a local Indiana blogger told him he had tracked...
  • Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh won't run for governor in 2012

    12/11/2010 8:54:22 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/11/10 | Chris Cillizza
    Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh has decided against a run for governor in 2012, robbing Democrats of their top recruit in the Hoosier State. "After careful consideration, I have concluded that the appropriate decision is not to be a candidate for governor of Indiana in 2012," Bayh said in a statement released to the Fix. ""The principle reason for my decision is the welfare of my twin sons." Bayh's decision leaves the Democratic field wide open. Reps. Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill, both of whom lost races this fall, are likely to consider the Bayh-less contest. Others mentioned include Rep....
  • Pence seems to be leaning toward a White House run

    12/01/2010 7:34:57 PM PST · by pissant · 10 replies
    News Sentinel ^ | 12/1/10 | editors
    That's good news for those wanting to hear some fiscal sanity. Indiana 6th District U.S. Rep. Mike Pence has been hinting coyly for months that he might seek higher office. When he quit his House leadership role shortly after winning re-election, that put some substance behind the hints. But which race was he aiming at – the GOP gubernatorial primary or the presidential contest? It now appears it is the White House that Pence seeks, not the governor's mansion. In a major speech this week to the Detroit Economic Club, Pence laid out the major economic course he thinks this...
  • Lugar not too worried about a possible Tea Party challenge emerging in 2012

    11/23/2010 9:26:55 PM PST · by Reagan is King · 25 replies ^ | 11/22/10 07:34 PM ET | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) appears to be daring the Tea Party to challenge him in the 2012 Senate primary. While most of his GOP colleagues are heeding the advice of their Senate campaign chiefs and preparing for conservative primary challengers, Lugar is bucking his party on several high-profile issues. Last week, he split with Senate Republicans, rejecting a voluntary, two-year ban on congressional earmarks. He posed for pictures with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as part of a photo-op on the START arms-control treaty between the U.S. and Russia, which is expected to come up...
  • Indiana's Mitch Daniels 'open' to a White House run

    02/22/2010 5:58:33 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 24 replies · 592+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/22/10 | Dan Balz
    Add one more name to the list of possible 2012 Republican candidates for president: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Two months ago, in an interview in his state capitol office, Daniels said explicitly he was not interested in running for president and dismissed speculation that he might be a candidate. That has now changed. During an interview at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association here over the weekend, Daniels said he has now been persuaded to keep open the door to a possible candidacy. Daniels said he has had a number of conversations in recent months -- "none initiated...