Sunday, June 18, 2017

Buttigieg to Visit Iowa in the Fall

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will travel to Iowa to headline the Progress Iowa Corn Feed event on September 10, says Brian Howey. Perhaps he is fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit Iowa as the corn crop is maturing. Others suspect different motives. "You don't go to Iowa unless you're thinking about running for president,” says Chris Sautter, a Washington-based Democratic media consultant. Buttigieg will be joined by others who may have aspirations for a 2020 presidential bid, including Senators Jeff Merkley and Amy Klobuchar, as well as 2016 presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders. Read Howey's comments here.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mike Pence Hires Himself a Lawyer

Like most folks associated with the Trump White House, Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence is getting lawyered up. Seeing the Mueller investigation focusing in on Trump's inner circle, and even Trump himself, Pence hired former Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen to keep him out of trouble. What does Pence have to worry about? Plenty, it would seem. Among other things, as head of the Trump transition, he was the guy who supposed to vet Mike Flynn, who was acting as an agent of a foreign government at the time Pence was blessing him to serve as National Security Advisor. As Rachel Maddow put it:
Mike Pence was the head of the [Trump] transition, while all of those news stories of Mike Flynn being on the Turkish government’s payroll were breaking. He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn was being vetted for the National Security Advisor job. He was the head of the transition when Congress formally notified the head of the transition that Mike Flynn appears to be on a foreign government’s payroll. He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn’s personal lawyers came and told the transition that Mike Flynn maybe needed to register as a foreign agent. . . . It’s something to pick someone manifestly unfit for the job of National Security Advisor to be National Security Advisor, that’s one thing. It is another thing when you bring somebody on board to a top national security position while they’re also on the payroll of a foreign government! And you either don’t notice or you don’t care.
You can read a detailed analysis of what Pence has to worry about from Daily Kos here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Donnelly Learns of Shooting While at Democrats' Practice for Congressional Baseball Game

Like the Republicans, Democrats held an early morning practice for the annual congressional baseball game. At that practice Senator Joe Donnelly learned of the shooting at the Republicans' practice. He had just left the field and come in for batting practice when he heard Rep. Mike Doyle say, "Oh my God" and then explain the shooting.

“Mike immediately went out to the field and called everybody in and brought everybody into the dugout, told everybody what had happened,” Donnelly said. “We kind of put our arms around each other and said a prayer for our friend [Majority Whip Steve Scalise] and for the officers and for the aid and for everyone else who was injured."

Donnelly felt it was important to to play the game as scheduled: “We don’t want to be seen as folks who stand down and worry about these kinds of things. Our job is to try to help do what’s right for the country to make the country stronger, and the last thing the country needs to see is us kind of walking away when we have a chance to do something that benefits others.”

Read more here.

Monday, June 12, 2017

4th District Candidates Post Websites

Election 2018 is starting to heat up, as candidates for the 4th Congressional District are emerging with websites. Here are some of them:

Joe Mackey: http://www.joe4hoosiers.com/

Sherry Shipley: https://www.shipley4indiana.com/

Tobi Beck: http://www.beck4indiana.org/

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pence's Credibility Problems Grow

Analysis by the Washington Post suggests Vice President Mike Pence has begun to suffer a decline in his credibility as he becomes increasingly enmeshed in President Trump's web of scandal and ever-changing explanations of events. The Post explains Pence's problems with Michael Flynn's status as a foreign agent for Turkey (even as Pence was recommending him to Trump as National Security Adviser), the explanation for James Comey's firing (Pence was selling the mishandling of Hillary Clinton's case as the cause), and his denial that Michael Flynn had spoken with Russian ambassador Kislyak about lifting Obama sanctions on Russia. (Flynn had talked Kislyak about that.) These doubts come at a moment when many are considering the possibility of Pence as president if the Trump administration implodes. You can read the Washington Post analysis here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Notre Dame Graduates Walk Out on Pence Commencement Speech

Dozens of new Notre Dame graduates and their family memebers walked out of the Notre Dame graduation ceremony in protest as Vice President Mike Pence began his commencement speech. Pence had been invited to deliver the address after students and faculty protested a proposal that President Trump deliver the address. You can read more about the walkout here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Support the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party

Join us this April to support the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party!

The goal of our Spring into Action campaign is simple: 200 members to donate $10/month!

With all that is going on with the Trump administration and the Republican majority, we feel it is extremely important to keep a physical presence with our 826 Main St HQ, as well as up our online game with the building and launching of a new and improved website. Your $10 a month recurring donation will help with these things as well as help with the following: our data committee can have the tools they need to continue analyzing data so we can use it to better target voters, enable us continue our monthly candidate trainings, help with regular precinct committee engagement, and continue things like our monthly cocktail hours, book discussions, and community service events. All of these things play a critical role in keeping voters active and involved as we move forward to 2018!

You can learn more about the campaign here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Solar Power Bill Drastically Cuts Payment for Solar Customers Excess Power

Senate Bill 309, which undermines Indiana's fledgling solar industry, has passed both houses of the Indiana legislature and now awaits the governor's signature. The bill cuts the amount that untilities pay to buy the excess power generated by solar powered homes and businesses. The cut is draconian--75 per cent! The bill’s author, Sen. Brandt Hershman of Buck Creek, says "I’m not opposed to solar, it’s just that the current subsidy is too lucrative considering the current state of affairs.” Solar power advocates argue that it's a give away to the utility companies and that it undermines the viability of solar power in the state. Read more here.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Trump Budget Would Take $56 Million from Indiana Schools

If President Trump's proposed Education budget were to be adopted, Indiana schools would lose a projected $56 million as part of a 13.5 percent cut to the federal Department of Education. Most of the cuts would come from funding for two major programs--the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, which funds teacher training and retainment, and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which funds after school programs for low-income students. Republican State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick calls after school programs " a vital part of what we're doing." The loss of Supporting Effective Instruction grants "would be devastating,” McCormick says. “Many districts use that money now for class size reduction, for professional development, for teacher leadership development.” Read more here.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mysogynist Posters Appear On Purdue Campus

On International Women's, anti-feminist/anti-women's rights fliers were posted on the Purdue campus. No campus group took responsibility for distributing the fliers published by a group called Third Position. Viviana Tsangaropoul, an organizer with Purdue Social Justice Coalition, said the Coalition submitted copies of the fliers to to Provost Deba Dutta in hopes that a formal condemnation would be forthcoming from the university. Provost Dutta said, "Although no one knows who posted the leaflets, the messages and the mission of the group named on them are, of course, totally repugnant." No statement has been offered from Preseint Daniels.

According to Journal and Courier reporting, "Tsangaropoul said it is outrageous Purdue President Mitch Daniels has not more forcefully criticized the propagation of these ideals by Third Position or any of the other white supremacy groups posting material on campus. Occupy Purdue, a campus group that has been staging a sit-in at Purdue's Hovde Hall, has stated its central mission is to compel Daniels to speak out against such tactics."

Read J&C coverage here.