Saturday, July 30, 2011

President's Weekly Address, 7/30/2011

The President uses his weekly address to deliver speak out for compromise on the debt ceiling.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Mayor Roswarski Endorses Gregg for Governor

Mayor Tony Roswarski was one of ten central Indiana mayors to endorse John Gregg for the Democratic nomination for governor.  Others include mayors of Delphi, Crawfordsville, Logansport, Anderson, Columbus, Greencastle, Kokomo, Richmond, and Rushville.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Anti-Obama Ads Start in Indiana Today

We must be in full swing for the 2012 election cycle because the RNC started running anti-Obama ads in five states today, including (unfortunately) Indiana.  This must be interpreted as meaning that Republican strategists consider Indiana a battleground state, which means we'll be subjected to this stuff for a year.  We won't show you the ad here, since you'll see it soon enough on your TV.  If you can't wait, you can view the ad in this Indy Star story.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tell Your Congressmen to Do a Deficit Deal

Our Republican congressmen need to hear from us about finding a balanced compromise on the debt ceiling crisis they created.  Click their names below to drop them a line. Be reasonable but firm.

Senator Richard Lugar

Senator Dan Coats

Rep. Todd Rokita

Some Perspective on the Indiana Budget Surplus

All of the sudden Indiana has a $1.3 billion surplus. Where'd that come from? Democratic House leader Pat Bauer told the Chicago Tribune: "In part, he [Gov. Daniels] used federal stimulus money and accounting tricks to come up with this surplus. Then he took money from programs for the poor, children, veterans and the unemployed while cutting corporate taxes 25 percent."

Bauer's office provided the Tribune with a list of Republican budget cuts including s a $326 million reduction in K-12 education, a $37 million reduction in higher education, a $321 million cut to social service programs, a $62 million cut to the corrections and public safety budget, $44 million from economic development and roughly $15 million from environmental protection.

The column also quotes Indiana economist Morton Marcus characterizing the impact of the Republican agenda as a "slow, cancerous disfiguration of Indiana" and bemoans that "the quality of our communities crumbles under the fiscal burden of a tea party mentality."

Read more from the Trib here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Report Sees Growth in Lafayette Jobs and Capital Investments

A report released by Greater Lafayette Commerce indicated that the first half of 2011 saw growth in the area's economy. $355.5 million in capital spending made or committed in the first two quarters, and 1,275 new jobs were announced or filled. "New jobs, new product lines and new construction add up to a very positive outlook for Greater Lafayette," said Jody Hamilton, director of economic development at GLC. "Our community's diversity of industries and Greater Lafayette's role as a regional hub for education, health care and retail are all contributors to the significant rise in numbers and jobs." Read more from the J&C here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Lafayette's Violent Crime Rate Goes Down; Too Soon to Know if Cameras Helped

The level of violent crime in Lafayette decreased about six percent in the first six months of 2011 compared to the first six months of 2010. The decline coincides with the period in which about two dozen surveillance cameras have been placed downtown and in high-traffic parks. Lafayette Police Chief Don Roush says that the cameras' impact in crime won't be known for another year. He does observe that the cameras do "have the effect of making people feel safer." Read more from the J&C here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Rokita Says Concerns for Debt Ceiling "Piggish," "Unamerican"

Our representative in the House says he's not too concerned about a default on the federal debt. In fact Rep. Todd Rokita seems rather hostile towards those who are concerned: “I don't know anything more piggish -- I don't know anything more un-American than saying, ‘Oh, I'm worried about my own little handout or my own little program or my own little economy and we'll kick this can down the road and let some future generation deal with it.'" This is not good news for seniors who rely on their Social Security checks, veterans who are cared for in VA hospitals, etc.

And what happens after August 2 when the US can no longer meet its fiscal obligations to its debtors and to its citizens? Debtors get paid, says Rep. Rokita, and other obligations are "prioritized": "We can pay our interest payments. And then we can prioritize what government programs that have been given to the American people that are unsustainable promises that have been made by reckless politicians that can't possibly be sustained. We can determine which ones of those if any we need to keep.”

Which obligations if any? You can read more of Rep. Rokita's remarks to ABC News here.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Visit Us at the Fair

Be sure to stop by and visit our booth at the County Fair between now and Saturday!

Roswarski Opponent Withdraws

The Tippecanoe County Board of Elections has announced the Drew Phillips has withdrawn as a Republican candidate for mayor, leaving Mayor Tony Roswarski without an opponent for now. The Republican Party has 30 days to appoint a new candidate. Mayor Rowaswarski says the withdrawal will not affect the way he campaigns for re-election. Read more from WLFI here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Democrat Mullen Will Run in 2nd District

Iraq veteran and West Point graduate Brendan Mullen will compete for the northern Indiana 2nd District seat being vacated by Joe Donnelly so that he can run for the Senate. An official announcement is expected next week. Read more here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Greater Lafayette Ranks 5th in MSN Most Livable Survey

Following quickly on the heels of the Forbes magazine rankings comes Lafayette's fifth place in the 2011 MSN Real Estate Most Livable Bargain Markets. We come in just ahead of Ann Arbor! MSN Real Estate's  description of the city begins, "Look no further if you want.an affordable, safe, sports-happy university town with a growing economy." You can see MSN's complete profile of Greater Lafayette here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Forbes Ranks Lafayette 11th Best Small City for Business

In their annual ranking of smaller cities for business and careers, Forbes magazine has ranked Greater Lafayette at number 11.  In last year's survey we were 12.  The rankings are based on a number of factors, including costs of doing business and living, income growth and projected economic growth, crime rates, cultural and recreational opportunities, and annual college rankings.  Congratulations, Lafayette! Read more from the J&C here.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Democrat Greeno to Compete for Frankfort Mayor

With its current independent mayor choosing not to run again, Frankfort has a wide open mayoral race. A recent Butler University graduate, 24-year-old Chris McBarnes won the Republican nomination a a primary race against a sitting councilman earlier this spring.  Local retailer Richard Greeno has now announced that he will run as a Democrat. A feature of the race will be the age difference between the candidates: Greeno is 70.  Read more about the Frankfort race here

Growth Plan for South Lafayette Advances with Widened Concord Road

Mayor Tony Roswarski participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly widened section of Concord Road between Veterans Memorial Parkway and Brady Lane.  The project is part of the overall plan to improve the infrastructure of fast-growing south Lafayette to support the city's economic development.  The plan, said Mayor Roswarski "helps keep Lafayette on the map. It promotes . . . getting people to move, live and play here, (and) to continue to move the community forward."  Previous projects included the transformation of County Road 350 South into Veterans Memorial Parkway; a planned future project is the widening of South 18th Street between Veterans Memorial Parkway and County Road 430 South.  You can read more here.

Injunction Sought Against Voucher Program; Support from Local Educators

Like other controversial legislation passed in the last legislative session, Indiana's new law on vouchers is facing a court challenge.  Summing it up well, the AP story on the subject began as follows:
"Teachers, administrators and clergy sued Friday to block the nation's broadest private school voucher plan on the day it took effect, arguing that the new Indiana law violates state constitutional provisions on education and protecting taxpayers from supporting religious institutions."
The AP story observes that the suit seeks a "preliminary injunction on grounds that most of the 352 private schools whose students are eligible for the vouchers are affiliated with churches or other religious institutions. The suit also argues that  "the Indiana Constitution directs the General Assembly to educate children through a 'general and uniform system of Common Schools.'"  You can read the entire AP story here.

The suit was filed by the Indiana State Teachers Association, but several Lafayette-area educators joined as plaintiffs, including Lafayette School Corp. Superintendent Ed Eiler, LSC board member Robert Stwalley, Glen Acres Elementary School Principal Karen Combs and Glen Acres teacher Debbie Patterson.  Read more about local educators' participation here.