Sunday, July 23, 2017

Visit Us at the Fair

If you're coming to the Tippecanoe County Fair this week, stop by our booth! We'll be there through Saturday, July 29.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Under Trumpcare 37,900 Will Lose Healthcare in District 4

The Center for American Progress used CBO projections to calculate the number of individuals in every congressional district who will lose health insurance by 2026 under the devastating healthcare bill passed by the House. In our Indiana 4th District it is projected that a total of 37,900 nonelderly people will lose insurance coverage they have today. Medicaid losses including 6,200 children; 1,100 disabled; 1,300 elderly, and 8,000 covered in the ACA Medicaid expansion. 18,800 are expected lose their employer provided insurance, and 1,800 will lose coverage in the ACA exchanges and other coverage. You can read more about the losses by congressional district here.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

207,400 Hoosiers Will Lose Insurance Under Trumpcare

The Center for American Progress used CBO projections to calculate how many people in every state would lose their healthcare under the Wealthcare bill Senate Republicans are trying to pass. Their analysis suggests that 207,400 Hoosiers will lose coverage by 2026. That's a lot of votes being cast by people Republicans have chosen to put in extreme peril to provide large tax cuts for the very rich. You can read more about states' losses under Trump's Wealthcare here.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Indiana Secretary of State Won't Comply with Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Request for Voter Data

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (a Republican, needless to say) says that Indiana will not be able to comply with the request for data on voters that President Trump's Commission on voter fraud has requested from all states. Lawson says that state law allows her only to release the names, addresses, and congressional district of Hoosier voters. Kris Koback, the Kansas Secretary of State and vice chair of the commission, is requesting much more than that: birth dates, and social security numbers, voting history, law enforcement record, and political party of each voter.

About half the states have refused to cooperate with the request. The commission chair is Vice President Mike Pence. Ironically, Lawson is a member of the 16-person commission. The commission originates from President Trump's unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in 2016, a claim that secretaries of state (who are responsible for elections in their states) vehemently deny.

You can read more about Indiana's non-participation from NPR here and the Indianapolis Star here.

Buttigieg on Seth Meyers Show

Here is South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looking good on Late Night with Seth Meyers.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tully: Senate "Health Care Bill" Will Harm Hoosiers

Indianapolis Star political columnist Matt Tully writes that the Senate health care bill is a "national disgrace, and "Indiana’s leading Republicans — namely Gov. Eric Holcomb and Sen. Todd Young — should put their state ahead of their party and say out loud what they must already know: The Senate’s so-called health care bill is a mess that would harm Indiana and shatter the lives of many of its citizens." You can rear Tully's column here. You can read Tully's column here.

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/