Sunday, September 30, 2012

Howey Blasts Mourdock

Political columnist Brian Howey portrays Richard Mourdock harshly in his opinion piece that appeared in today's J&C. Mourdock, who has hardly been seen lately, "is hiding from voters, instead using the millions of dollars of Super PACs who are buying his vote for the TV ads you see every day." Mourdock's stated opposition to working with Democrats leads Howey to conclude that there is "a temperament issue" with Mourdock that merits consideration by voters: "The question voters should be asking is this: Does this candidate want to be a legislator who gets things done? Or a partisan warrior in a system that is already gridlocked as the extreme wings drive the party agendas?" Read Howey's entire analysis here.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Donnelly's Hoosier Common Sense Middle

Here's a new ad for Joe Donnelly staking out the "common sense middle" against Mourdock's partisan extremism.

Economic Patriotism

Here's President Obama's new video stating his plan for moving forward. In it he coins the phrase "economic patriotism," which we'll probably hear more of. Some commentators think the video has the feel of a final argument. To see the plan he references in the video, click here.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Pence Pushes "Marriage Impact Statements"

Mike Pence is proposing using the preservation of traditional families as a standard for legislative initiatives by requiring "family impact statements" for all proposed legislation. Pence argues that there is casual link between single-parent families and poverty and a correlation between two-parent families and success in standardized testing. Pence wants Indiana to become the first state to use marriage and its "success formula" as a means to combat poverty. Let the social engineering begin!

John Gregg asks a simple question about Pence's initiative: “Why on earth are we talking about the state promoting marriage when unemployment is over 8 percent?” Gregg continues,“Hoosier families come in all shapes and sizes, and our next Governor needs to be a Governor for them all, not just those that fit in Congressman Pence’s social agenda.” Read more here.

The idea doesn't get a warm reception from mothers interviewed by WANE news below.

Tara Nelson Campaign Ad

Here's a 30-second spot in support of Tara Nelson's campaign for the District 4 congressional seat currently held by Republican Todd Rokita. You can contribute to Tara's campaign at Act Blue here.

Gregg: "I've Delivered Results"

Here's John Gregg speaking for about two minutes on a radio talk show about why he should be governor. Gregg's main point is that he has accomplished things as House speaker in a bi-partisan fashion.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Guy Who Doesn't Write Off Half of America

Gregg and Simpson Announce Infrastructure Plan

Today John Gregg and Vi Simpson announced their plan to improve Indiana's infrastructure. The plan gives Indiana potential access to $3.5 billion to spend on infrastructure projects throughout the state without dipping into existing reserves, and could create 97,300 Indiana jobs. Gregg says, “Nearly all businesses in Indiana, large or small, local or global, rely on a robust transportation infrastructure to enable not only their growth, but their very survival. To compete globally, Hoosier businesses must be able to move freight via the fastest and most cost-effective mode of transportation over land, across the water and through the air.”

The plan also calls for moving forward immediately on university construction projects that have already been approved. There are currently $227 million worth of projects which have already been approved for bonding by the Indiana General Assembly, most of which have also been approved by the joint Budget Committee, but have yet to released for bidding.

You can read more about the Hoosier Handshake infrastructure plan here.

Another Poll Showing Donnelly Ahead

A new internal poll shows Joe Donnelly three points ahead of Richard Mourdock, 45 percent to 42 percent. A similar poll in August showed him with a one-point lead. Read more from The Hill here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gregg's New "Rainy Day" ad

Here's the latest of John Gregg's wonderful campaign ads.

Senate Dems Give $516K to Support Donnelly

Joe Donnelly got a lift from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Friday. They announced plans to contribute over half a million dollars to support a statewide ad campaign for Donnelly. An Associated Press article called that "a $516,000 bet next week that Rep. Joe Donnelly can beat Republican Richard Mourdock in the race for Indiana's open seat." Obviously, they wouldn't be placing that bet if they thought the candidate didn't have a good shot.

Even though Republican special interest groups have been pouring money into the state to support Richard Mourdock, Donnelly is apparently holding his own: "In total, Democrats tracking Indiana ad spending say Mourdock and his allies will have spent $2.9 million on air by the end of next week, while Donnelly and his supporters will have blasted out $3.3 million."

Read more about the Senate Democrats' contribution here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Washington Post's Cillizza Analyzes Donnelly's Position

Washington Post political analyst Chris Cillizza devoted his column today to analyzing Joe Donnelly's situation in his Senate race against Richard Mourdock. He notes that turning Richard Lugar's seat to the Democrats would be a major accomplishment. He thinks it's a challenging but doable task:
To win, Donnelly has to defy the increasingly Republican tilt of the state and outpace his party’s presidential nominee there. These are no small tasks and for that reason Mourdock should still generally be regarded as the favorite. But Donnelly’s performance so far has put him in a strong position to compete. And that’s welcome news for Democrats looking to hold their slim majority in November.
You can read Cillizza's column here.

Voting Sites Set for Tippecanoe County

You can see a listing of all voting sites in Tippecanoe County offered by the Journal and Courier here. Early voting starts October 27.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Debate Schedule Announced for Senate and Governor

The Indiana Debate Commission has announced the schedule for debates among the candidates for Indiana's open Senate seat and the governorship.

Confirmed dates, times and locations for the gubernatorial debates with Republican Mike Pence, Libertarian Rupert Boneham and Democrat John Gregg are:

Date: Wednesday, October 10
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: Zionsville, Ind.
Venue: Zionsville Performing Arts Center

Date: Wednesday, October 17
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: South Bend, Ind.
Venue: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Date: Thursday, Oct. 25
Broadcast time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Venue: WFWA-TV PBS 39

Tentative dates, times and locations for the U.S. Senate debates with Republican Richard Mourdock, Libertarian Andrew Horning and Democrat Joe Donnelly are:

Date: Monday, October 15
Broadcast Time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: Indianapolis
Venue: WFYI-TV

Date: Tuesday, October 23
Broadcast Time: 7 p.m. EDT
City: New Albany
Venue: Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center, Indiana University Southeast

We will announce broadcast information when it becomes available. Read the Commission's statement here.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Two Against One

Joe Donnelly is up against Richard Mourdock and Chris Chocola, the leader of the Club for Growth and the man Donnelly defeated for his current seat in the House of Representatives. The Club for Growth is launching an $800,000 ad campaign depicting Donnelly as a "Washington liberal," and Mourdock has begun parroting that line. Club for Growth advertising played an important role in defeating Richard Lugar in last spring's Republican primary. Read more here.

New Donnelly Ad Puts Mourdock at Odds with Ryan

Here's the latest ad from Joe Donnelly, this time putting some space between Richard Mourdock and Paul Ryan. If Paul Ryan thinks your position is extreme, it's probably pretty extreme!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

New John Gregg "Hometown" Ad

Here is the third John Gregg ad based in his hometown. Funny but pointed.

From Heather Maddox: Keep the Convention's Energy Alive!

"And [President Obama] believes that when you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of do not slam it shut behind reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed." First Lady Michelle Obama

"We can not afford to double down on trickle down..." former President Bill Clinton

"Never ever, never been a good bet, it never makes sense, to bet against the American people!" Vice President Joe Biden

"We also believe in something called citizenship -– a word at the very heart of our founding, at the very essence of our democracy; the idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another, and to future generations." President Barack Obama

I don't know about you but I am full of optimism, enthusiasm, and hope after this week!! It is so nice to see people talking about how great this country is and how alive the American dream is, as opposed to doom and gloom we heard last week. Because you and I know this country is about the spirit of its people--the people who work hard every day to make it the great place it is, and who just want a fair shot. The difference, my friends, is this-we believe what Michelle Obama said so elegantly, that when you succeed, you don't slam the door behind you, you reach back and hold it open for those trying to get through!

We need to take this energy and keep it alive all the way to November 6. Our success is going to lie in voter turn-out, so we need to get our folks registered and to the polls. We need to make phone calls, we need to canvass, we need to write letters to the editor, we need to donate what money we can, we need to canvass, we need to keep fighting!

As Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts said "I will not stand by and let him (President Obama) be bullied out of office--and neither should you!"

We need to stop letting them bully the President, and bully us. We need some brass, as President Clinton said, and we need to stand proud as Indiana Democrats!

Democratic Convention Highlights

What a great week for Democrats! Below we've posted videos of some of the best speeches in case you missed them or just want to enjoy them again. In addition to the President, Vice President, First Lady, and former President, here are links to Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator John Kerry, Mayor Julian Castro, and former Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ale to the Chief: White House Releases Beer Recipes

As you contemplate how to spend your Labor Day, you might consider that next year, with a little industriousness, you could be enjoying the holiday with the official beers of the Obama White House. The President paid for beer making equipment and ingredients and White House chefs have been experimenting with three ales, all containing honey from the White House bee hives. In response to many public requests, the White House has released the recipes for the ales here and the video below. Enjoy!

Gregg Takes Pragmatic Position on Affordalble Health Care Act

Gov. Mitch Daniels has conferred with all three candidates to succeed him about how to proceed with funding for Medicaid in the context of a Nov. 16 deadline to state to federal authorities how the state wishes to proceed. Predictably, Mike Pence expressed his absolute opposition to doing anything two weeks ago. Daniels met with John Gregg last week and he took a less predictable, more nuanced stance. Here's some of what Gregg reported that he shared with Gov. Daniels, as summarized in a column by Brian Howey:

"I want to make this clear, it does not matter whether you support the Affordable Care Act or not, whether you love it or hate it, it is the law of the land. My job as governor will be to protect the best interests of the people of this state and enforce the law in a way that will benefit all Hoosiers and make health care more affordable and more accessible for all Hoosiers."

"Our belief is that the most responsible position for the governor to take is the one that Gov. Daniels has been pursuing all along – to meet deadlines and apply for grant monies available to keep all options open to us.” He said Daniels’ actions have brought $8 million to the state.

And for the first time in this campaign, Gregg and Pence exchanged shots. Gregg chided his opponent, saying, "Unfortunately, Congressman Pence has chosen to do nothing. In doing so, he makes the choice to abdicate his responsibility and throw Hoosiers under the federal bureaucracy bus, the same bureaucratic bus that he claims he so adamantly opposes."

Howey's conclusion about the positions of the two major candidates is that "we find the Democrat taking a pragmatic approach to the law, while Pence has adopted an ideological stance that will likely be more politically popular."

This is precisely why John Gregg needs to be governor: Hoosiers can't afford to spend four years under Mike Pence's ideological bus.

You can read all of Howey's column here.