Sunday, June 28, 2015

Baron Hill's Campaign Video for US Senate Race

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Posted by Baron Hill on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Indiana Democrats Respond to the Supreme Court's Same Sex Marriage Decision

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly: “We are a stronger state in Indiana and a stronger country when we support inclusion, respect, and equality for all Americans.”

Rep. Scott Pelath, House minority leader: “For those in the LGBT community, it must have seemed that this day would never come. But it has, and our world is better for it.”

John Zody, chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party: "In Indiana, we believe a good government is one that solves today's problems and improves the overall well-being of hardworking families. Today's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow full marriage equality nationwide reaffirms this principle. The hard work and efforts of so many in Indiana is now not only vindicated, but also lets same-sex couples know they are on equal footing to their peers. While we still have more work to do to ensure every single Hoosier is protected under our civil rights statutes in Indiana, today's ruling shows that we're one step closer to equality under the law. That is a freedom we should all be proud of."

John Gregg, gubernatorial candidate: "Today's historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is an affirmation of that core American principle that all individuals are created equal and should be treated as such regardless of what they look like, where they live or who they love. Hoosiers and all Americans face great challenges in the years ahead, but we will only be able to meet them if we stand together. There can be no room in our state or nation for discrimination of any kind and today's court ruling is another step in that direction.

Sen. Tim Lanane, Senate Democratic Leader: "Today's ruling reinforces the belief that a solid majority of Hoosiers have already expressed: that marriage equality is a matter of fundamental fairness. This ruling makes even clearer the need to extend Indiana's civil rights protections to members of the LGBT community. The journey toward equality in the Hoosier state has been winding but today's decision signifies a momentous victory along that path. This decision gives ultimate resolution to same-sex couples recently married but unsure upon what legal ground their nuptials stood. This decision adds significance to the growing chorus of Hoosiers who have and continue to say it's time to outlaw discrimination in Indiana. Today we celebrate progress. Tomorrow we begin anew our efforts to make sure everyone knows that Indiana is an accepting and welcoming state that does not discriminate."

Former U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis mayoral candidate: "Today's decision is a victory for thousands of families in Indianapolis and millions across the United States. We are blessed to live in a city that truly welcomes all, and I'm proud that our country has taken this historic step toward greater equality for all."

For more Hoosier reactions, visit the Journal and Courier here and the Statehouse File here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Polling Shows Hoosiers Want a Different Governor

According to a new poll, 54 percent of Hoosier votes would prefer a new governor. Voters remain dissatisfied with Mike Pence's handling of education and RFRA. However, Pence's prospective Democratic challengers are certainly not assured of winning; the poll found voters preferred John Gregg to Pence 41 percent to 40, and Glenda Ritz tied with Pence at 42 percent. But it's a start! Read more about the poll here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Budget Committee Approves Construction Projects In Tippecanoe County

Last Friday Rep. Sheila Klinker announced that the State Budget Committee, of which she is a member, has approved four new construction projects in Tippecanoe County totaling nearly $100 million, including four projects at Purdue. Klinker noted that Purdue was particularly persuasive: “Purdue’s folks are readily prepared and do a great job of presenting the needs to the Indiana Higher Education Commission, which has to OK the projects before they come to the Budget Committee." Read more from WLFI here.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Next Monthly Meeting will be held Saturday, June 20, 10am at Hanna Community Center.

Come hear about our volunteer plan for the 2015 Municipal Elections and how this will also feed into 2016.

Light refreshments will be served! 

 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Game On! Glenda Ritz Announces Governor Bid

Today State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that she would seek the Democratic nomination to run against her arch nemesis, Mike Pence, as governor. She joins John Gregg and Senator Karen Tallian as announced Democratic candidates for governor. Read about her announcement here. Some have voiced concern over whether a competitive Democratic primary will hurt the party's chances in the fall; IPFW political scientist Andy Downs says there will inevitably be a split: "The question is will it be a nasty split?" (read more here).

On the other hand, Indy Star political analyst Matt Tully says that Ritz brings something neither Pence nor Gregg has--passionate followers who think her leadership is crucial: "Over and over, for at least a year now, I've heard supporters of the state's superintendent of public instruction say that they not only wanted her to run for governor, but that the state needed her to run for governor." Tully notes that Ritz is an able fighter and observes that "If this turns into a political street fight, Ritz and her team will win. They play that game a lot better. Just ask [Tony] Bennett." Read more of Tully's analysis here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pelath Says He Won't Run for Governor

Despite intriguing speculation by Indiana political guru Brian Howey ("a ticket of some combination of Ritz and Pelath could be hard to resist"), House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says he will not participate in a contested primary for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination because a "free-for-all primary" would damage the party's chances to defeat incumbent governor Mike Pence. He says he will stay focused on legislative progress: “We have very pressing problems in Indiana. We need a new direction. We have an image we have to repair. That’s going to take a team and there’s plenty of work to go around.” Read more about Pelath's decision not to run here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Website Says Ritz Will Announce Governor Run

The Indianapolis-based website Indy Politics says that they have learned that Superintendent Glenda Ritz will seek the Democratic nomination for governor, and that her announcement will come in the first week of June. Should she not win the nomination, she can run for re-election the the State Superintendent of Public Instruction office she currently holds. Read more from Indy Politics here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baron Hill Will Run for US Senate

Five-time Democratic congressman Baron Hill from Indiana's hotly contested 9th District told a Columbus Jefferson/Jackson dinner audience that he plans to run for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Dan Coats. He will make a formal announcement in June. In Hill's 1990 Senate campaign against Coats he famously walked the length of Indiana to build his statewide name recognition, and he says he might consider doing it again. But he expects his main focus to be economic: "Wages have fallen way behind, so I want to focus like a laser beam on what we can do to get those up." Read more from ABC News here.