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

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cook Report Rates Indiana Governor's Race a Toss-Up

The prestigious, nonpartisan Cook Political Report has changed its rating of the Indiana gubernatorial race from Leans Republican to Toss-Up. In its Governors Overview analyst Jennifer Duffy writes, "This contest is still in its infancy and needs time to develop, but expect a very competitive contest." Read more here.

Poll Shows Gregg and Bayh Leading

Brian Howey reports that an internal Democratic poll shows John Gregg leading Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb 46-39% in the campaign for governor. Six percent backed Libertarian Rex Bell and 9% were undecided. In the US senate campaign the poll shows Evan Bayh with a 58-32% lead over U.S. Rep. Todd Young with 9% undecided. Howey says three nonpartisan polls will be conducted in Indiana before the election in November.
Read more from Howey Politics here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lafayette City Council Votes to Protect Transgender Rights

The Lafayette City Council voted 8-0 to expand the city's Human Relations Ordinance to protect transgender residents. Lafayette's ordinance originally covered complaints about housing, employment and accommodations based on race, sex, religion, color, handicap, familial status and national origin. In 1993 protections for gays and lesbians were added. This year's expansion added age and veteran status, along with gender identity, as protected statuses. Mayor Roswarski led the charge, saying, “I feel it’s time we do this.” A final vote will be held at the next council meeting. Read the J&C's coverage here. Channel 18 coverage is below.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Rep. Andre Carson Rhymes on Trump/Pence in Convention Roll Call

Pundits See Holcomb Appointment Benefitting John Gregg

In two recent columns leading Indiana political pundits expressed the view that John Gregg's candidacy for governor was boosted by Mike Pence's ascension to ice presidential nominee and Eric Holcomb's selection to replace him on the ticket.

In a column published in the J&C on Fiday, July 29, Brian Howey wrote, "given the sensational twists and turns, this race has gone from a tossup to leans Gregg." You can read Howey's column here.

John Krull's column published in the J&C on SUnday, July 31 argues that Holcomb "was the one candidate before the Republican State Committee who didn’t offer the GOP a chance for a fresh start" and that Gregg "has to feel right now that Christmas this year in fact did come in July." Krull's entire column is available here.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bayh Gets It Going

Evan Bayh is wasting no time getting his Senate campaign going. He did an interview with the Indy Star's Maureen Groppe; you can read a longer version than the one printed in the J&C here. He also released a pretty slick campaign ad. Game on!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Baron Hill Ends Senate Bid to Make Room for Evan Bayh(?)

Democratic nominee for the US Senate Baron Hill announced today that he would withdraw from the race in anticipation of Evan Bayh's joining it. Former two-term governor and senator, Bayh withdrew from the 2010 senate race and was replaced by Republican Dan Coats. Coats is retiring and former 9th District congressman Baron Hill earned the Democratic nomination but was struggling to raise money.

Bayh has enjoyed an approval rating of about 60 percent among Hoosiers throughout his career and, importantly, he has nearly $10 million in campaign funds left from his aborted 2010 campaign. If he enters the race he will automatically become one of the best funded senate candidates in the country. His presence in the race also heightens the Democrats' chances of regaining the majority in the Senate. It is also thought to bode well for gubernatorial candidate John Gregg and even for the possibility of a blue Indiana in the presidential.

As of this writing there has been no official confirmation of Bayh's candidacy, but it certainly raises the hopes of Democrats statewide. Stay tuned!

Here's the Indianaplois Star story on Bayh's plans. And here is Politico's coverage.