Thursday, March 29, 2012

Heather Maddox Assumes New Role Supporting Women Voters

Heather Maddox, chair of Tippecanoe County Democrats, has resigned her position as the Democratic representative to the Tippecanoe County Election Board to take on a new challenge as director of the 51 Percent Club, an organization that supports women voters in Indiana. She will continue as party chair. Good luck, Heather!

Maddox resigns as election co-chair: wlfi.com

Monday, March 26, 2012

Indianapolis Marchers Support Trayvon Martin

Thousands of marchers, mostly dressed in "hoodie" sweatshirts, marched through downtown Indianapolis today in support of slain Florida youth Trayvon Martin and his family. Two separate "marches for justice," one starting about 4:30 p.m. and the second about 6 p.m., drew crowds of about 2,500 each. Read more from the J&C here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Indiana Supreme Court Will Rule on Vouchers

The Indiana Supreme Court has announced that it will hear an appeal of a lower court's rejection of a challenge to the vouchers law passed last year. More than a dozen opponents of the law sued Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett on the basis that the law unconstitutionally funds religious schools with public funds. The date for a hearing has not been set. Read more here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Indiana Democrats' Wish Lawson Well as Secretary of State

Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker issued the following statement in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ appointment of GOP State Sen. Connie Lawson to complete the remainder of disgraced Secretary of State Charlie White’s term.
“We congratulate Senator Lawson on her appointment and wish her well in this position. We hope she will uphold the election code and work across the aisle to protect and expand the Hoosier electorate and not disenfranchise voters. Senator Lawson has a tough road ahead of her to restore integrity to an office stained by the record of the convicted felon who most recently occupied it. We hope, for all Hoosiers, that she is able to successfully rebuild.”

Touted Company Says "Right to Work" Had No Part in Decision to Grow

The one company that the Daniels administration held up as the example how "right to work" is bringing more business to Indiana says that legislation had nothing to do with their decision. "We are not a union shop. The effect that this was going to have was not going to affect our decision one way or another," said MBC Group President Eric Holloway said Thursday that he always planned to expand his Brookville operations. Oops. Read more from the Fort Wayne News Sentinel here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Supreme Court Rules Against Democrats in White Case

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled against Indiana Democrats in their suit arguing that Charlie White was not a legal candidate and that second hightest vote-getter, Democrat Vop Osili, should become Secretary of State. The Supreme Court overruled a lower court in concluding that the Democrats needed to have brought their charge before the election. Read more about the ruling here.

Meanwhile Gov. Daniels appointed state senator Connie Lawson as Secretary of State. Read more here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

President's Campaign Video

Below is President Obama's beautiful campaign video, The Road We've Traveled, with narration by Tom Hanks. It is a dramatic and effective reminder of how the country has benefited from hard decisions made by Barack Obama.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Prez Likes Purdue in NCAA (in the First Round)

In what has become a March Madness tradition, here's President Obama making his picks for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on ESPN. The President takes Purdue in the first round against the higher seeded St. Mary's, but not against No. 1 seed Kansas in the second round: "I think it's terrific that Purdue gets past the first round."

Monday, March 12, 2012

Looking Back on the Legislative Session

Rep. Sheila Klinker and Sen. Ron Alting look back on the just-completed legislative session.

Legislators say session was successful: wlfi.com

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mayor Roswarski Proposes Annexation



Last week Mayor Tony Roswarski presented a proposal to annex about 850 acres into the city of Lafayette. The largest parcel, called the "donut hole," is already surrounded by the city. It is bordered by Creasy Lane to the west, McCarty Lane to the north, Veteran's Memorial Parkway to the east, and Haggerty Lane to the south. The Mayor sees major economic development possibilities for the land; 74 percent of it is zoned as industrial. "It's about creating jobs; it's about creating economic development," Mayor Roswarski said.

Before the June 4 reading of the proposal in the city council, meetings designed for citizen input will be conducted. The annexation could occur by January 2013. Read more about the proposal from the Journal and Courier here.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sheila Klinker Backs Reorganization of Child Services

Rep. Sheila Klinker has published an op-ed on a bill she co-sponsors to reconsider the organization of the state's Department of Child Services that move it from a centralized structure to a locally controlled one. Read her J&C op-ed here.