Monday, September 19, 2016

WTHR/Howey Poll Shows Gregg and Bayh Maintaining Leads

Evan Bayh and John Gregg continue to outperform the top of the Democratic ticket in Indiana. The latest WTHR/Howey poll of Indiana voters shows John Gregg maintaining a five point lead over Eric Holcomb, 40 to 35 percent with Libertarian Rex Bell polling 6 percent. Evan Bayh holds a four point lead over Todd Young, 44-40. Howey also notes that Pence has done Trump no good in Indiana; his numbers have actually declined in the state since adding Pence to the ticket. Read more at Howey Politics here.

Pence Ducks Birther Questions in Raddatz Grilling

Watch Mike Pence dance around Martha Raddatz's strightforward questions about why Donald Trump took so long to acknowledge that the President was born in the US and his lame defense of Trump's threatening comments about denying Hillary Clinton armed Secret Service protection.

Being Trump's VP candidate and rationalizer-in-chief must be a tough job, but Pence signed on for it--and he gets a plane with his name on it!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Howey: Pence Is AWOL as Governor

Brain Howey lambasts Mike Pence for leaving Indiana in the lurch to seek higher office, while, Howey points out, he is "still being paid by Indiana’s hard working taxpayers." (You'd think Pence could turn some things over to his Lt. Gov Eric Holcomb, but he's busy running for governor!) "Meanwhile," says Howey, "messy life goes on in the Great Hoosier State. And there are an array of issues that the governor should be discussing." You can see the Indiana issue agenda Pence is ignoring in Howey's full column here.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lafayette City Council and County Commissioners Vote to Protect Gender Identity

The Lafayette City Council voted unanimously to amend the city's Human Relations Ordinance to include age, veteran status and gender identity to the city's protected classes. The vote occurred on the second reading of the amendement, which is the final one.

The Tippecanoe County Board of Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve gender identity as a protected class in Tippecanoe County. The county amendment must pass on a second reading.

Channel 18 coverage is below and J&C coverage is here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Governor's Forum Video

Below is a video of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's hosts the Thriving Communities, Thriving State Gubernatorial Forum conducted on August 30. All three candidates for Indiana Governor – Libertarian Rex Bell, Democrat John Gregg, and Republican Eric Holcomb – are interviewed individually by Justice Randall Shepard. John Gregg's portion starts at 18:48.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gregg Releases Plan for Safe, Healthy Indiana

John Gregg has released a seven-point plan to ensure the safety and health of Hoosier communities. The “Safe Communities Plan” lays out his strategies to combat sexual violence against children, reduce recidivism and offer support to state and local law enforcement officers. The plan also creates a statewide drug treatment network, community policing strategies, protections against sexual predators, and creates a cybercrime unit for the State Police. “Ensuring that all Hoosiers are safe where they live, work and go to school is a fundamental responsibility of government and will be a hallmark of a Gregg/Hale administration,” Gregg said.

You can read the campaign's press relese on the Safe Communities Plan here and you can read the entire plan at Gregg's website here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bayh Has Strong Showing in New Poll

A new Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group poll shows Evan Bayh in a strong position in his race for a Senate seat with Todd Young.   Just one month into his  campaign, Evan Bayh has withstood a strong battery of negative ads with  55 percent, and Bayh has support from one in five Republicans. The poll also shows Bayh with a 68-20 lead over Young with independent voters. Read more about the poll here.

Glenda Ritz Interview

Here's an opportunity to hear Superintendent Glenda Ritz speak in-depth on education issues--a 52-minute podcast interview with her. You'll find it here. Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bayh Visits Lafayette

Senate candidate Evan Bayh vistied Lafayette on Saturday. He is shown above with supporters at the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party headquarters. Bayh told reporters that his campaign will focus on creating jobs and growing small businesses through tax credits. He supports eliminating the capital gains tax for up to seven years on small business investors. "I think the government needs to do more to particularly help smaller businesses invest in the skills and the talents of their working men and women," he said. You can read the J&C coverage of Bayh's visit here.

Kerns Announces Run for County Treasurer