Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pence Walks Out of Colts Game as Players Exercise First Amendment Rights

Vice President flew to Indianapolis to attend a Colts game where former Colts quarterback would be honored at halftime by having his jersey retired. However, Pence and his wife walked out before the game even started when 23 players on the opposing San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem, as they have been doing since the start of the 2016 season. Pence explained his action in a tweet: "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem."

Many Colts fans complained that Pence's action detracted from the honoring of Peyton Manning. Reporters accompanying Pence to Indianapolis were not brought to the stadium and were advised that he might be leaving the game early, suggesting that the walk-out was a planned political stunt (conducted at tax-payer expense).

You can read more about Pence's stunt in Politico.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Indiana Republicans Silent on Multi-Trillion Deficit from Trump Tax Plan

The Indiana political analyst Brian Howey observes that the Indiana Republican delegation has been silent on the explosion of deficit that Trump's so-called "tax reform" package would generate. Estimates range from $2.4 trillion to $10 trillion in the next decade.

"Where have all the deficit hawks gone?" Howey asks. "The Indiana Republican delegation lauded the plan, but no one mentioned the potential deficits." Particularly galling are Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, who voted against hurricane relief for their fellow citizens because of a lack of budget offsets for the proposed relief. But they are silent on multi-trillion dollar holes blown in the budget so that Trump can give massive tax breaks to the richest .1 percent, including himself.

You can read more from Howey here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

White Supremacist Group Publicizes Itself on the Purdue Campus

The Journal and Courier reports that the white supremacist group Identity Evropa, identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, put up posters on the Purdue campus on Sunday and then tweeted pictures of the posters. The tweet referenced Project Siege, which the group's website describes as the "beginning of a long term cultural war of attrition against academia's Cultural Marxist narrative." A similar event occurred last November when the American Vanguard put up posters on campus. In a brief statement President Mitch Daniels expressed his "disinclination to do exactly what these despicable people want most, which is to give them attention their minuscule numbers and their abhorrent views do not merit."

Read the complete Journal and Courier report on their website.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rokita and Messer Oppose Harvey Aid

Senator Joe Donnelly voted with the Senate majority in favor of a $15 billion disaster aid package for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Both of his most likely Republican opponents for 2018, Representatives Luke Messer and Todd Rokita voted against the aid in the House (where the vote was 316 to 90 in favor). Both stuck to the Republican hardline of demanding spending cuts for disaster aid to prevent increasing federal debt, with Messer saying the aid package "piles on" the deficit and Rokita calling the spending reckless. Not a great look.

You may recall that Ted Cruz loudly voted against aid for Hurrricane Sandy victims in New York and now looks hypocritical in accepting aid for his state of Texas. Indiana Republican voters weren't kind to Cruz in the 2016 presidential primary.

Read more about the vote for Harvey aid here.

Walt Dalsimer

The Tippecanoe Democratic Party is sad to hear of the passing of longtime volunteer and supporter, Walt Dalsimer. Walt was a wonderful person who gave his all to what he believed in. We were fortunate to have him in our corner, and to count him as a friend. He will be very missed.

Memorial donations may be given to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or the Tippecanoe County Historical Society. See his obituary here for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Holcomb Ducks DACA Question

The associated Press reports that Governor Holcomb ducked a question that asked him to express his view of President Trump's action rescinding DACA. The report says, "Holcomb echoed Trump, saying it’s Congress’ job to take up the issue now. He added that he hopes the matter can be addressed with 'compassion and common sense,' though he did not say what he thinks that should entail." You can read the AP release here.

Purdue Issues Statement of Support for DACA

Here is the text of a statement issued by Purdue in support of DACA:

President Daniels, on behalf of Purdue, joined other college and university presidents last year in calling on the country’s leaders to continue and expand the DACA program. In the language of that November 2016 letter, ‘America needs talent - and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community.’

Since the courts have ruled that the current program was created without lawful process, it’s important that Congress remove any cloud over its legal validity. We hope for quick action to enact the substance of this program and provide it permanence and certainty.

You can read the 2016 statement by college and university presidents referenced above here.

How to Help Hoosier Dreamers

With DACA under fire by the Trump administration, here is an article from NUVO of Indianapolis that describes ways that you can support the 10,000 dreamers here in Indiana.

Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Help Texas Flood VIctims

This article, from the New Orleans Times Picayune, provides information about organizations you can contribute to to aid those attempting to deal with the flooding crisis in Texas.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pence's Job: "Translate" Trump for Other Countries

NPR political reporter Tamara Keith describes Mike Pence's job as international "translator" for President Trump, which consists of "offering reassurance to allies in soothing tones while projecting unflinching loyalty to the president by quoting him repeatedly and with reverence."

Keith notes that in just one speech to business leaders in Argentina, Pence referenced or quoted Trump 22 times, and that the version of Trump that Pence quotes "is a man who only says the most presidential things." Apparently Pence's "translations" are loose ones. Keith's analysis is worth a listen.