Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mayor Reinstates "Mayor's Night In"

Mayor Tony Roswarski will renew his practice of "Mayor's Night In," an open-access event where anyone who requests an appointment can have 15 minutes of one-on-one time with Lafayette's Chief Executive. The next “Mayor’s Night In” will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, in city hall at 20 N. Sixth St. To schedule a 15-minute appointment, call 807-1002.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

President Obama on Counterterrorism

Here is the full video of President Obama's speech on May 23, 2013. He explains the administration's policy on the use of drone strikes and declares that the global war on terrorism can last forever. Here is a video of this watershed speech.

Mayor Want Sewage Treatment Powered by Methane

Mayor Tony Roswarski wants to use all of the methane gas produced by by the city's sewage processing plant to power the plant itself. “Our goal is to take the treatment plant off the grid,” Roswarski said. Lafayette's Board of Works has authorized a $20,000 study to explore the best way to accomplish that. Read more from the Journal and Courier here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Subaru Will Add 900 New Jobs at Lafayette Plant

Subaru will invest $400 million in expanding its automotive operation here, creating 900 jobs locally and as many as 9,000 throughout the state."From the tax base that it helps create to what it can do for our schools, to what it can do for additional businesses in our community, and the collateral jobs that will be created," said Mayor Tony Roswarski.

900 jobs means more opportunities

Mangus To Serve as Democratic Co-Chair of Election Board

Brian Mangus will assume the position of Democratic co-director of the Tippecanoe County Board of Elections and Registration after Amy Wenrick's 13-month tenure in the position. “She did a great job, and we’re thankful for her service,” Tippecanoe County Democratic Party chairwoman Heather Maddox said. Mangus, who has worked in several elections, will start on May 20. “I am very excited.... It’s very important that citizens participate so that our voices are heard,” he said. Read more from the J&C here.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Donnelly Introduces His First Senate Bill--Military Suicide Prevention

Last week Senator Joe Donnelly introduced his first bill as U.S. Senator, the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2013, which would establish a pilot program in each of the military services and reserve components to integrate annual mental health assessments into a servicemember’s Periodic Health Assessment (PHA) and identify risk factors for mental illness so that servicemembers can access preventative care. Donnelly said: “In 2012, approximately 349 members of the United States Military, including active duty, Guard, and Reserve, committed suicide, more than the total number of servicemembers who died in combat operations. This number does not even include the more than 6,000 veterans who committed suicide in 2012. This is unacceptable. This has to end."

Senator Donnelly introduces his bill to the Senate below.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Survey Shows 83 Percent of Hoosiers Support Gun Background Checks

Hoosier political analyst Brian Howey recently published "shocking" results of a survey of Indiana registered voters that shows 83 percent of them support expanded background checks of gun purchasers. Forty-seven percent of the responders said there is a gun in their household. That includes 77.7 percent of Republicans,77.2 percent of independents, and 94.5 percent of Democrats. Why then, according to Howey, did every Republican member of the Indiana congressional delegation bring up Second Amendment infringement up as a reason to oppose background checks, and Sen. Dan Coats to vote against it? Fear of being "primaried" by the NRA, Howey concludes. Read Howey's column here.