Indiana Senate leaders face Republican primary challenges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two top Indiana Senate leaders are working to fend off Republican primary challengers who have targeted their handling of contentious issues in the GOP-dominated General Assembly.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne faces criticism going into the May 3 primary from social conservatives for pushing an unsuccessful proposal this year that would have extended state anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

The opponent to Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley of Noblesville argues he hasn’t done enough to boost funding for schools and road projects in the fast-growing suburban area north of Indianapolis.

Long and Kenley both have plenty of campaign money, but Allen County Republican chairman Steve Shine says legislative leaders can face local backlash because of the statewide view they must take on issues.

 

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