Friday, April 27, 2012

Gregg Proposes End to Gas Sales Tax

John Gregg is proposing an end to the sales tax on gas in Indiana. He call his plan Hoosier Handshake. "I am convinced this will fire up our economic engines and put more money in the pockets of Hoosiers," Gregg said. He projects that the average Hoosier family would save from $261 to $522 annually. It would eliminate about $540 million in revenue to the state, but Gregg indicates that other states have found comparable amounts through efficiency audits of state government, and he is confident that would hold true for Indiana as well. Read more about Gregg's plan here.

Donnelly for Dinner

Our candidate for the US Senate, Rep. Joe Donnelly, will join us for Tippecanoe County Democrats' Jefferson/Jackson dinner on June 13! Save the date to spend the evening with Joe, John Gregg, State Representative Sheila Klinker, Mayor Roswarski, and other elected Democrats and friends! Details to follow.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Chuck Todd Interviews Joe Donnelly

On the Deep Dive segment of Chuck Todd's MSNBC The Daily Rundown, the NBC political analyst does a detailed analysis of the Senate race in Indiana, including a a nice interview with Joe Donnelly.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Daniels "Not Interested" in VP Spot

Mitch Daniels has given Jim Shella of WISH-TV his most definitive answer yet to whether he would run as Mitt Romney's VP: "I don't want to do it. I don't expect it to happen, don't look for it. It's just, you know, that I decided that national office was not something that I was interested in doing." You can read more and see a video clip here. Time's analysis of Daniels' likelihood as a VP candidate was less than inspiring; you can read it here.

John Gregg's Saturday Stop in Lafayette

Here is WLFI video of John Gregg's campaign stop in Lafayette on Saturday.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Illinois Union Workers Protest Daniels' Appearance in Champaign

The appearance of Indiana's right-to-work governor at at the Champaign County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner did not go unnoticed by supporters of Illinois labor. On Thursday thousands of them showed up to protest Gov. Daniels' policies toward labor. Here is coverage of the protest from the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette. Below is coverage from WISH-TV.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

AFL-CIO Primary Endorsements

The AFL-CIO has announced its endorsements for the 2012 primary elections. In our area it has endorsed Lester Terry Moore for the US 4th Congressional District, Rick Cornstuble for Indiana House District 26, and Sheila Klinker for Indiana House District 27.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lafayette Installs Green Technologies in Parking Garage

The city of Lafayette has installed LED lighting and charging stations for electric cars in its 5th Street parking garage. “The LED lighting and these charging stations are two more environmentally sound steps the city of Lafayette is taking as we continue to lead and model green initiatives,” Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said. The lighting was paid for by a an Energy Efficiency Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy; the city will save about $4,000 a year in reduced energy costs. There was no installation cost for the charging stations, thanks to Duke Energy's Project Plug-IN. Read more here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tully Takes Daniels to Task for Lost Half Billion

Indianapolis Star political columnist Matthew Tully didn't take the Daniels administration's losing track of a half billion dollars lightly. Reacting to the Governor's response to Pat Bauer's criticisms ("When I want management advice, I won't start with Bauer"), Tully remarks
"Snootiness isn't an appropriate strategy for a guy who now has responsibility for $526 million worth of accounting mistakes. As I read his words Thursday, I recalled the jokes he relentlessly unleashed as a candidate in 2004 about the previous administration's management errors. Defend Daniels all you want, but his administration has racked up a hefty record of foul-ups -- from the bungled welfare privatization to what seems to be an inability to count."
Read more from Tully's column here.

John Gregg Offers Accounting Tips to Daniels Administration

With the revelation of another accounting gaffe of $206 million, gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, holding a copy of Accounting for Dummies, suggested that the Daniels administration could use some basic training in accounting practices. Gregg also challenged Rep. Mike Pence to speak out on the matter. Read more from WISH-TV here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

State Discovers $206 Million Belonging to Counties

Not again! It was only a couple of months ago that the Indiana Department of Revenue figured out that the state had about $300 million more in revenues than it thought it had. Now it stumbles across has another $206 million that should have been distributed to Indiana counties--counties that have been struggling! That's a half billion--and counting. Are we sure we had a budget shortfall? Read more from WBAA here.

WBAA Profiles Contested Democratic Races

WBAA has aired profiles of contested races for two Democratic nominations. Here is a link to the profile for the 4th Congressional District between Tara Nelson and Lester Moore. And here is the profile for House district 26 featuring Rick Cornstuble and Eric Thiel. These will be resolved in the primary election on May 8.

Monday, April 2, 2012

District 9's Shelli Yoder Makes Huffington Post "Must Vote For" List

Shelli Yoder is one of five Democratic candidates for Indiana's 9th District, but Huffington Post writer Nick Mitch says she stands out as "a visionary leader who fights for students." Yoder is one of 10 candidates that Mitch cites as people that students should vote for. Yoder is a professor in IU's Kelly School of Business, led a state commission on eating disorder awareness, and directed a shelter for at-risk youth. Read more from Huffington Post here.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Senator Lugar Will Be Voting from a New Address

While admitting to no wrongdoing for using the Indianapolis address of a home he hasn't owned for 35 years as his legal voting address, Senator Richard Lugar has cut a deal the Marion County Board of Elections to change his voting residence to a family farm north of town that he does in fact own. You can read more here.

More About the 51% Club

Here's some more information about the 51% Club that Heather will be heading up for the Indiana Democratic Party in her new role. Just to be clear, she will continue to chair the Tippecanoe County Democrats.