Thursday, September 11, 2014

What Is Indiana Spending to Defend the Gay Marriage Ban?

State Democratic chairman John Zody has submitted a public records request asking state Attorney General Greg Zoeller for information about how much the of the state's tax dollars are being spent to defend the ban on same sex marriage in the courts. At a time when funding is being cut for state agencies, Zody argues, it seems questionable "to keep fighting on an issue that we are seeing nationwide is becoming less of an issue.” Read more about Zody's request here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Court of Appeals Rules Against Indiana's and Wisconsin's Gay Marriage Bans

Today the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana; the three-judge panel was unanimous in their ruling. Judge Richard Posner, a Republican appointee, called the states' arguments in defense of the bans "totally implausible." The outspoken judge continued
"Heterosexuals get drunk and pregnant, producing unwanted children; their reward is to be allowed to marry. Homosexual couples do not produce unwanted children; their reward is to be denied the right to marry. Go figure."
Undeterred, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said he will seek a suspension of the appeals court ruling pending a quick decision from the Supreme Court. This despite the fact that more than 30 courts have ruled in favor of gay marriage since the Supreme Court gutted the Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mourdock Resigns to Maximize His Pension

Last week state treasurer Richard Mourdock announced that he was stepping down from his office just months before his term expires. The reason? Evidently a new law, which went into effect the day after he announced his resignation, would have reduced his pension somewhat. When he learned of its impact from a retirement counselor, Mourdock reported to the Evansville Courier Press that “it caused me to think about it differently.” Political analyst Lesley Widenbener found Mourdock's decision "disappointing":

Mourdock has made a career out of lecturing voters about the importance of being a good citizen. He’s used history and public policy and fiery rhetoric to tell Hoosiers why they should vote, why they should be concerned about the state and the nation’s spending and debt, and why they should hold their political leaders accountable.

And along the way he’s made controversial decisions in the name of doing what’s right for Indiana. Most notably, he sued to stop the Obama administration from bailing out Chrysler, a move he said cheated the state, which had invested in the company. He took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court – where he lost – even as his critics complained that the state had to spend millions on the suit and that winning could have cost Indiana even more – thousands of jobs if Chrysler had gone under.

Mourdock maintained throughout the situation that he was simply trying to do what was right – and doing so was more important than doing what was popular.

This week, Mourdock did the opposite. Rather than doing what’s right – finishing a job voters elected him to do – Mourdock made a selfish decision for his own economic future.

You can read Weidenbener's analysis from the Statehouse File here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Are You Registered to Vote?

The election is getting close and one thing we know is we will need every supporters vote out there to win. One of the worst feelings in the world is when a person goes to vote, and finds out they are not registered or have not updated their registration. Please do not let this happen to you or to your friends who are supporters. It only takes a few seconds to check out. Simply go to IndianaVoters Home and confirm you are registered! Please share this link and message with your friends.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Indiana Higher Ed Takes Another Cut Despite $2 Billion in Reserve

Governor Mike Pence is requiring Indiana's public colleges and universities, as well as other state agencies, to put two percent of their state funds into reserve despite the state's current $2 billion in the reserve fund. State Budget Director Brian Bailey said public universities could eventually receive all the money allocated by lawmakers if tax revenue meets projections for most of the year. This comes as lawmakers have been discussing increasing higher education funding to avoid possible tuition increases. And how about a little love for the state's "good" university, Purdue, that is going into its third year of a tuition freeze? Read more from Indiana Public Media here.

Garden Party for Candidates

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hear Mayor Roswarski Interviewed on Ask the Mayor

You can hear WBAA's half-hour Ask the Mayor interview with Mayor Roswarski from last Thursday here. The Mayor fields questions on crime in Lafayette, Amtrak, Lafayettte's homeless population, and downtown development.

John Dale at Java Roaster

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gregg Will Match Gifts to House Election Fund

According to the Indiana House Democrats' Facebook page, John Gregg has offered to double all individual contributions (up to $5,000) to the Indiana House Democrats for the next 30 days. There's never been a better time to contribute to the effort to win back the House. As of today 387 supporters had donated $14,212. The House contribution website is here.