Monday, August 27, 2012

Republican Convention Trailer

Here's a special preview of this week's upcoming Republican Convention courtesy of the Obama campaign.

The Heavy Artillery

Here's a new Obama ad featuring former President Bill Clinton. Seems like it hits the right notes in the distinctive, clear voice America appreciates.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Second "Down Home" Ad for John Gregg

John Gregg's campaign offers its second light-hearted ad featuring his hometown of Sandborn, Indiana. Here is Matthew Tully's analysis of the ad's effectiveness--which is that it works because you will remember it.

Bayh Campaigns with Donnelly

Bayh campaigns for Donnelly

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pence Advises Daniels: No Healthcare Exchange for Indiana

Governor Mitch Daniels is conferring with the candidates to succeed him about creating a healthcare exchange for Indiana citizens. He must inform the federal government of the state's intention by November 16, only weeks before he will step down from the office. Predictably, Mike Pence is opposed; yesterday he declared: "There is too much uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act for Indiana to even consider implementing our own exchange. The national debate is far from over and the regulatory, fiscal and legal implications have the potential to cost Hoosier taxpayers and employers millions." Daniels has estimated that the exchange would cost Hoosiers at least $50 million a year. Gov. Daniels has not yet conferred with John Gregg.

One wonders if either Republican's calculations include savings the state and individual Hoosiers would enjoy from lowered insurance costs from the exchange. If the state does not form an exchange, Hoosiers would have to rely on federally operated ones, a fate one would assume Republicans would not wish on their worst enemies (but would accept for Hoosiers). You can read more from the Indianapolis Star here.

Gov Candidates Participate in Forum

The three Indiana gubernatorial candidates participated in a a forum moderated by former Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice, Randall Shepard. The format had each candidate interviewed by Shepherd for 25 minutes about tax policy, education and work force development, and energy and the environment under their leadership as governor. So far there does not appear to be video of the event available. Here are summaries from the Indianapolis Star and from the Gregg campaign.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Akin and Pence

John Gregg is pointing out that there is little daylight between Mike Pence's position on abortion and Congressman Todd Akin's. Below WISH reporter Jim Shella discusses how the Akin controversy may impact the Indiana governor's race.

Controversial abortion comments may affect Indiana governor's race

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Poll Shows Donnelly with an Edge

A new Garin-Hart-Yang poll shows Joe Donnelly with a 45/43 lead over Richard Mourdock for the Senate seat. That's within the four-point margin of error, so it still very close, and 12 percent remain undecided. But this race is definitely winnable with every Democrat's support for Joe! In fact, you can contribute right now by clicking here. Here's a link to the polling data.

Lt. Governor Candidates Debate

Apparently there was a debate between the three candidates for Lieutenant Governor yesterday at the State Fair. Who knew? Apparently it was attended by about 300 people, was not televised, and there are no plans for another such debate. It was focused around agricultural issues (hence the venue?) since the Lt. Gov serves as the state's Secretary of Agriculture. Here's a pretty good summary by the Evansville Courier Press.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chant in Iowa: "Four More Beers"

At the Iowa State Fair, President Obama turned down a smoothie in favor of a pork chop and a beer. Later he paid for ten beers (out of his own wallet)for folks hanging around the beer tent, provoking a chant of "Four more beers, four more beers."

Raw Video: Obama Surprises Iowa Fairgoers by associatedpress

Time's Swampland campaign blog discusses the role of beer in Obama's effort to reinforce his regular-guy image as opposed to the tee-totalling Romney's rich-guy strangeness; read about it here.

Wait a minute . . . they've got beer at the Iowa State Fair?!?

Michelle Obama Fundraising in Indy

First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a fundraiser for her husband's presidential campaign on Aug. 23 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets begin at $100 will support the Obama Victory Fund.

New Gregg Ad Features Sandborn Roots

John Gregg's campaign has released this get-to-know-me ad featuring some of his pals from Sandborn.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Inspector General Rules Daniels Can Lobby as Purdue President

Indiana 's inspector general and the Indiana Department of Administration’s executive director of executive branch lobbying have ruled that it would not be a violation of the one-year “cooling off period” required by the State Ethics Code for Mitch Daniels to lobby the legislature as Purdue's president next year. Both opinions are informal, however, and are not binding. Only the full ethics commission can issue an official advisory opinion. You can read more here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mayor Roswarski Campaigning with John Gregg

John Gregg campaigning in Battleground with a friend.

Poll Shows Statistical Tie in Senate Race

A Rasmussen poll shows Richard Mourdock at 42 percent and Joe Donnelly at 40 percent, but it has a five point margin of error. Perhaps more importantly it shows Mourdock winning just 75 percent of the Republican vote and Donnelly winning 85 percent of the Democratic vote. Donnelly also seems to have with more independents going his way. So it would look like the key is getting more Democrats and independents to vote--winning the ground game! Read more here.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Birthday President Obama!

Today is President Obama's birthday (51 and still smiling). Below an audience in Florida sings "Happy Birthday" to him. You can sign an electronic card for him here. And if you think about it for a minute, you can probably figure out an appropriate birthday gift as well!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Attorney General Concedes Indiana Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on the Arizona immigration law, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has conceded that key portions of Indiana's new immigration law are likewise unconstitutional. “The Supreme Court made clear that immigration enforcement is a federal government responsibility,” Zoeller said. (Did he need the Supreme Court to tell him that when the Constitution is pretty clear about it?)

The Indianapolis Star reports that House Speaker Brian Bosma, "regretted allowing the section regarding warrantless arrests to remain in the bill." But does "regret" adequately cover passing highly questionable legislation for political positioning? Happily Bosma indicated that the next legislative session will be too busy with other matters to dabble again in federal jurisdictions. Read the Indy Star's story here.

Locally, law enforcement officers seemed generally relieved by Zoeller's concession. West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski, who lobbied against the bill, said “It looks like common sense prevailed.” Lafayette Police Chief Don Roush said, “We do not work or enforce immigration laws.” Read more from the Journal and Courier here.

Donnelly on Hardball

Joe Donnelly got a sympathetic hearing from Chris Matthews' Hardball on MSNBC.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chatham Square Wins State Community Achievement Award

Lafayette officials have learned that Chatham Square and the neighborhood revitalization work in Glen Acres and Vinton neighborhoods have received the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns’ Community Achievement Award for 2012. The city will will formally receive its award at an Indiana Association of Cities and Town’s luncheon on October 3. Congratulations, Mayor Roswarski and all who have worked on the Bridgeway/Chatham Square project for more than five years! Read more here.

Gregg Announces Plan for Equal Pay

The newest element of John Gregg's plan for Hoosier prosperity, his Hoosier Handshake, is a plan to take steps to equalize women's pay in the workplace: "It is hard to believe that in this day and age wage discrimination is still something that exists, but the sad truth is that women in Indiana still only make 74 cents to the dollar that men make-- and even less if that woman happens to be African American or Hispanic. This doesn't only hurt women-- it hurts their families, and especially their children." Gregg noted that Indiana's pay gender gap is the fifth worst in the country, a fact he finds "unacceptable." You can read the proposals in Gregg's plan here