Friday, December 13, 2013

Mary Cheney Speaks at Freedom Indiana Fund Raiser

Mary Cheney, a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, spoke in opposition to the proposed same sex marriage amendment at a fundraiser for Freedom Indiana. Cheney is in a gay marriage herself and spoke of the need to support all families:
"As a conservative, I also believe that strong families are the cornerstone of our society, and that we as a society need to do everything we can to ensure that all families are provided for the greatest opportunity. I believe that all families - regardless of how they look, or how they're made, or where they live - that all families deserve to be treated with the same respect, rights and legal recognition."
Read more here.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

President Obama on Nelson Mandela: "He Belongs to the Ages Now"

President Obama remembers his friend and inspiration, Nelson Mandela, who inspired his first political act--a protest against South African apartheid.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Eiler and Others File Complaint Against Board of Education Marion County Court

After a complaint to the Public Access Counselor failed to bring about action, Ed Eiler and three others have filed a complaint with the Marion Superior/Circuit Court regarding a violation of the state's Open Door Policy when the State Board of Education signed onto a letter to lawmakers by email. Their complaint seeks a declaration of a violation, injunction against future violations and voiding of any action taken. Eiler said
"Having been member of the State Board of Education, I think the current board is acting in fashion inconsistent with my experience in the state board as well as my experience on any other public board in terms of Open Door Laws. I think it is incumbent upon boards to not only honor the law, but the intent of the law, which is that the public has a right to know when (the board members) are in the process of deliberation and making a decision about something. (The public) has a right to know what they’re thinking and discussing."
Read more from the J&C here.

Department of Education Releases Document Showing Plan to Unseat Her as Chair of Board

The Department of Education has released a copy of the Center for Education and Career Innovation's 2013 Education Policy Document that demonstrates its intent to remove her from her role as chair of the State Board of Education. It recommends that the legislature "Revise the statute to provide that the governor appoints the chair of the State Board of Education from among the gubernatorial appointments." Ritz has claimed that there is an intent to unseat her from her leadership role with the Board, and the document adds credibility to her assertion. You can see the CECI Policy Document here, and you can read more from the Indy Star here.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Mayor Roswarski Speaks Out on Marriage Amendment

Mayor Tony Roswarski has added his voice to the growing chorus (Republicans and Democrats) of opposition to the passage of HJR-6, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage in Indiana. The Mayor's entire statement on Freedom Indiana's website reads as follows:
“HJR-6 is unnecessary legislation that hurts Hoosier families, hurts Hoosier businesses, and sends the wrong message to the global economy. We need to ensure that our State and local communities are welcoming, that all people and their contributions are valued, and that we send the message of respect and understanding. In Lafayette we work every day to bring people together to find solutions to difficult problems, to lift people up, move Lafayette forward and to create a quality of life for everyone to enjoy.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pence and Ritz Agree to Mediation by National Group

After a one-on-one meeting last week, Governor Pence and Superintendent Ritz announced their agreement to engage the National Association of State Boards of Education to help mediate a review with Indiana State Board of Education members regarding roles, responsibilities and the operations of the board. Pence said, "I also appreciate the Superintendent's willingness to work with members of the Indiana State Board of Education and NASBE to resolve differences that have arisen on the board." Read more from the Evansville Courier Press here.

Mayor Roswarski on WLFI's Mayor Monday