Thursday, November 20, 2014

President's Speech on Immigration

In case you missed President Obama's powerful and moving speech announcing his new guidelines on enforcement of immigration law, here is in the complete presentation.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pelath Sees Strong Role for Dems in House

Regarding last week's election losses, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath opts for understatement: "Not every election goes as we would like." However, Pelath is upbeat about the role Democrats can play as the minority in the legislature. He says that Democrats have been able to exploit divisions among Republicans to defeat the most conservative proposals. He notes that had it not been for Democratic resistance, Indiana voters would have been voting on a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. Pelath likes how the party is positioned: "We feel very good about the course we have set for the Indiana Democratic party. You know, 2016 is going to be a very, very different election." In the broader universe of voters that come out in a presidential election year, "we’re well positioned to appeal to the center of this state for a new direction," says Pelath. You can read more of Scott Pelath's post-election thoughts here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Congratulations to Local Democratic Candidates

While national and state Democrats weren't faring so well, our local Democrats did very well indeed! Eric Grossman was elected as county assessor over a Republican incumbent. Sheila Klinker will serve as state representative for District 27 for her 17th term. Steve Meyer will serve as judge of Superior Court 2, and Tom Busch will serve as judge of the Circuit Court. And, among Tippecanoe County voters, John Dale came with five percentage points of a well-financed Republican incumbent. That's pretty amazing. Many thanks to all who volunteered to get our voters to the polls and make this possible. Thanks to those who came out to vote in a year with no glamour races at the top of ticket.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Where to Vote

Tippecanoe County uses vote centers so that residents do not have to vote in their home precinct but can vote at any of the 19 vote centers across the county. Vote centers are open on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the vote center voters must show a valid government-issued photo ID, which can be an Indiana driver’s license or photo ID card, a military or veteran’s ID or a U.S. passport. Here are the vote center locations:

• St. Lawrence Church, 1916 Meharry St., Lafayette

• Faith Community Center, 5526 Indiana 26 East, Lafayette

• Lafayette City Hall, 20 N. Sixth St., Lafayette

• Center@Jenks Rest, 1915 Scott St., Lafayette

• Lafayette Fire Station No. 5, 750 N. Creasy Lane, Lafayette

• Lafayette Shrine Club, 3024 Old Indiana 25 North, Lafayette

• 4-H Fairgrounds, Home Ec Building, 1010 Teal Road, Lafayette

• Eagles Lodge, 3208 S. 18th St., Lafayette

• Evangelical Covenant Church, 3600 S. Ninth St., Lafayette

• The Outpost Catering, 2501 Old U.S. 231, Lafayette

• Purdue Memorial Union, 101 N. Grant St., West Lafayette

• Morton Community Center, 22 N. Chauncey Ave., West Lafayette

• Federated Christian Church, 2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette

• Burtsfield Gymnasium, 1800 N. Salisbury St., West Lafayette

• Calvary Baptist Church, 310 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette

• Wabash Township Fire Station No. 1, 2899 Klondike Road, West Lafayette

• Battle Ground Fire Station, 112 North St., Battle Ground

• Dayton United Methodist, 7201 Wesleyan Drive, Dayton

• Clarks Hill Christian Church, 9510 Pearl St., Clarks Hill

Take a friend or relative with you to vote!

Need a Ride to Vote?

Need a ride to a vote center or know someone who does? We can help with that! Call 423-1457.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Meyer and Busch: Outstanding Candidates for Judge!

Tippecanoe County Democrats are fortunate to have two experienced and eminently qualified candidates running for judge.

Circuit Court candidate Judge Tom Busch has served as Superior Court 2 judge for 12 years and has managed many high-profile cases, most recently Cody Cousin's murder trial. Judge Busch is widely respected by his peers as a model of fairness and efficiency. Judge Busch's webpage is judgebusch.org and his Facebook page is www.facebook.com/JudgeBusch.

Steve Meyer, candidate for judge of Superior Court 2, has been a prominent attorney in our community for 30 years, 14 of which he served as a public defender. In addition to his distinguished legal career, Steve has taken an active role in the leadership of our community; in addition to serving on many volunteer boards, he has served as an elected city councilman for 24 years and has been the president of the council. Steve is a native of Lafayette with roots in the community that run generations deep. Steve's website is www.meyer4tippecanoe2.org and his Facebook page is www.facebook.com/Meyer4Judge.

These are truly outstanding candidates of impeccable experience and character who deserve your support. Our community needs judges of their quality. Vote for them by Nov. 4 and encourage your friends!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hockema and the Tea Party's "Fresh Perspective"

Being a card-carrying Tea Party member isn't as stylish as it was a couple of years ago, and maybe that's why Chuck Hockema doesn't bring up that connection much. But if you have any doubts about the matter, take a look at this page on the Lafayette Tea Party web page from April 2012, proclaiming Hockema "a long-time active Citizens in Action/Lafayette Tea Party member."

Generally Hockema has been pretty coy about his positions, emphasizing his so-called "fresh perspective." For example, this from his website: "He will bring a fresh perspective to the statehouse along with a young, energetic voice fighting for District 27." Or this from a different page: "I believe that holding office should be a sacrifice and opportunity to serve, not an entitlement of career politicians. When politicians become too familiar and comfortable with their surroundings, important issues that need attention can go unnoticed. A fresh perspective can make all the difference at our State House."

Hockema's implicit message about his opponent, the irrepressible Sheila Klinker, is not too subtle. And it is demonstrably false. While perhaps no longer youthful, there is no more impassioned and energetic "voice fighting for District 27" than Sheila. No one who has contact with her would say that she she has a sense of entitlement about the office she holds, and no one works harder that her to satisfy her constituents and to earn their support.

With respect to bringing a fresh perspective to the State House, Hockema's Tea Party views are hardly news to the Republican supermajority. It is clearly the down-to-earth pragmatism of Sheila Klinker that provides the "fresh perspective" in the legislature, and, as a respected leader in the House who can work across the aisle, hers is the District 27 voice that can make itself heard and disrupt the Tea Party groupthink.

Vote for Sheila. Remind your friends of what she brings to our district.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rokita Continues to Demagogue Ebola

Back in August Todd Rokita started demagoguing Ebola when he claimed unaccompanied children seeking to enter the United States from Central America might be carrying Ebola; John Dale slapped him down at that time: "His comments were to inflame the public and divide the nation. The purpose of this is to rile people up and get them in a panic."

But you can't keep a good demgogue down. Now Rokita is calling for a complete travel ban to and from West Africa: "I support a ban on flights from infected countries, visa suspensions, as well as stronger screenings at our ports of entry, including airports and border crossings." No epidemiologist shares his view that locking countries down will resolve the problem (although the Governor does).

Incredibly, in the midst of his own demagoguery, Rokita accuses Democrats of the same: "We're in this situation because liberal Democrats are so beholden to political correctness that we can no longer have honest conversations with each other about what needs to be done or what honest ideas are anymore. In the face of this serious crisis, they will still go to political correctness and demagogue this issue."

Really? "Honest ideas" like travel bans will resolve the Ebola problem. And what liberal Democrat-induced "situation" does Rokita reference? The current one where exactly one person has died of Ebola in the US (and he came here with it) and dozens of people who have been held in isolation during the 21-day incubation are being released as Ebola-free?

Rokita needs to be replaced by honest, straight talking John Dale!

Eric Grossman Wants Transparency

Eric Grossman wants to bring transparency to the county's assessing process and to the office of the assessor. He says on his website,
Transparency is crucial; the public wants the ability to reproduce and understand their assessments. We can achieve this by making assessment data available online. It is troublesome that vital property record card, trending and income capitalization data is not readily available to the public. The county has all the resources necessary to conveniently convey assessment information without additional monetary cost. . . If we are to be accountable for the public, we must be accountable to the public.
He wants the assessor's office to be a resource to Tippecanoe County citizens, and has the skills to make that desire a reality.