May 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Republican field in the 2012 presidential race narrowed as another establishment favorite opted against a run and prompted a new round of hand-wringing among GOP figures worried about the strength of the confirmed candidates. With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels officially out, the race now pits front-runner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney against a crop of challengers, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and lesser-knowns such as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who will make his formal announcement Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, home of the leadoff caucuses.
August 15, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The wind gust that toppled a stage at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night, killing five and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform, was a "fluke" that no one could have anticipated, the governor and others said yesterday. The wind was far stronger than that in other areas of the fairgrounds, said Dan McCarthy, chief meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Indiana. He estimated the gust at 60 to 70 mph. Gov. Mitch Daniels said that no one could have foreseen such a strong gust focused in one place.
January 26, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is poised to become the first right-to-work state in more than a decade after the Republican-controlled House passed legislation on Wednesday banning unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers. It is yet another blow to organized labor in the heavily unionized Midwest, which is home to many manufacturing jobs. Wisconsin last year stripped public unions of collective-bargaining rights. The vote came after weeks of protest by minority Democrats who tried various tactics to stop the bill.
June 22, 2012 |
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was introduced Thursday as the next president of Purdue University, quashing speculation he could be the Republican nominee for vice president. Purdue officials announced the former White House budget director and Eli Lilly executive would be the university's 12th president after a unanimous vote by the school's board of brustees, eight of whose members were appointed by Daniels. One trustee was out of the country and did not vote. The governor will replace France Cordova, who is stepping down in July after five years at Purdue's helm.
April 29, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana who last year called for a "truce on the so-called social issues," faces a test of his resolve as he approaches his self-imposed deadline for deciding whether to run for president. In the final days of the state's legislative session, lawmakers approved plans to create the nation's broadest private-school voucher system and make Indiana the first state to cut off all government funding for Planned Parenthood. Daniels has pushed the voucher program, but the Planned Parenthood measure presents a political predicament for him as he nears a decision on a presidential run. He has said it's a decision he will make after lawmakers adjourn for the year, though he told the Indianapolis Star on Thursday that he would not have an announcement this weekend even though the legislative session ends Friday.
May 29, 2011 |
Mitch Daniels would have added some much-needed substance to the national dialogue. His reason for not running for president is a sad commentary on the sideshow our elections have become. I spoke with Indiana's popular chief executive last week. We discussed how he had turned a $200 million deficit into a $1.3 billion surplus without raising taxes. And how his insistence on drastic spending cuts had played a large part in Indiana's ability to avoid a dip into the red. "All in all, it's a matter of matching means to ends, deciding what's most important, and doing less of the things that are secondary," he told me. Some say Daniels doesn't have the personality for a national campaign.
August 19, 2011
Ind. hires firm to probe collapse INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself. Gov. Mitch Daniels' office announced Thursday that the state had hired Witt Associates, a public-safety and crisis-management firm based in Washington to conduct a "comprehensive, independent analysis of the state fair's preparedness and response" to the collapse Saturday that killed five people and injured four dozen as they waited for a concert by the country act Sugarland.
April 17, 2012 |
Now that Rick Santorum, the last plausible alternative to Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential contest, has suspended his campaign, it's worth recalling what another non-Romney Republican, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, had to say about the 2012 election. Daniels turned his state's deficit into a surplus during the recession. While the nation's credit rating was downgraded for the first time, the Hoosier state earned its first ever AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor's under his leadership.
September 22, 2011 |
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Two wish-list presidential candidates offered unsolicited advice to the current Republican contenders on Thursday: Be more like us. During what was billed as a "conversation" on stage before more than 300 students and others at Rider University's Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, Gov. Christie interviewed his friend and fellow fiscal conservative, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, and repeated that he's not running...