Mike Delph

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A group of Senate lawmakers aim to end straight ticket voting in Indiana, after failing to advance the issue last year. While the arguments around the bill haven’t changed, the measure’s advocates say they hope time will make a difference.

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Indianapolis Republican Senator Mike Delph says he felt morally compelled to share the stories of proud, law-abiding Muslim-Americans in the wake of terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.  During a press conference Tuesday, members of Indiana’s Islamic community decried the attacks perpetrated by what they say are not Muslims, but criminals and terrorists.

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Next year’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Dan Coats will remain at three challengers after State Senator Mike Delph Tuesday opted against a bid. 

Free-for-all Could Ensue For Coats' Senate Seat

Jun 1, 2015
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The field for the seat of the retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) may not be complete yet. Former Coats and Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) are already seeking the Republican nomination. But Rep. Todd Young (R-9th) hasn‘t ruled it out, and says he‘s laying groundwork in case he decides to take the plunge.

"In due time we will make known my family’s decision, my own decision… It should be soon enough," Young says.

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The feeding frenzy sure to follow the announcement of a U.S. Senate seat coming open in Indiana commenced in earnest Wednesday, with a bevy of current and former politicians saying they’re considering trying to replace Dan Coats (R-IN).

Rep. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), who toyed with running for Indy mayor before deciding against it, now says he thinks his platform may be better suited for an even higher office.

Senate Slows Bill To End Straight Ticket Voting

Feb 17, 2015
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A bill to do away with straight-ticket voting has stalled in the Senate.

The Senate Elections Committee voted Monday to send the issue to a study committee for review following this year’s legislative session.

The bill is the brainchild of Carmel Republican Senator Mike Delph, who’s introduced it several sessions in a row.

He says no longer allowing straight party-line voting would encourage more engaged citizenship by making voters more responsible for their choices.

Bill Would Let DNR Sell Tree And Flower Seeds Out Of State

Feb 10, 2015
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Department of Natural Resources nurseries could sell surplus seeds out of state, under a bill scheduled for a Senate committee vote next week.

Carmel Senator Mike Delph says state nurseries are turning some tree and wildflower seeds into mulch because they‘re producing more than they can use. He says letting the DNR sell those seeds would both prevent waste and help with the agency’s budget.

“It’s just simply wasteful for the state to have this excess stock that we could do something with, but we choose not to. And then we just grind it up into mulch.”

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Indiana's May primary comes so late that the state almost never plays a role in choosing the presidential nominees. The Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton contest of 2008 was the first in 24 years to reach Indiana. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says Obama's primary campaign not only brought attention to the state, but helped Obama win the state that November.

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Democrats are mounting a full-court press to unseat one of the most conservative members of the Indiana Senate.

Carmel Republican Mike Delph won his last reelection race by 18 points, narrowly winning the district‘s Indianapolis precincts while piling up most of his seven-thousand-vote margin in conservative Hamilton County.

Since then, Delph‘s L-shaped district has been slightly redrawn, adding Zionsville and more of Indy‘s westside.

Indiana’s highest performing schools would be freed from several state regulations under legislation headed to the Indiana House. 

Senator Mike Delph’s (R-Carmel) legislation grew out of schools in his district asking for greater flexibility from the state.  Delph says his bill is all about rewarding the state’s highest-performing school districts with more freedom.

“Freedom over their curriculum, freedom over academically gifted students and programs, freedom over vocational education and training.”