Saturday, May 17, 2014

President Obama's Remarks at the Opening of the 9/11 Museum

Judge Busch Will Run for Circuit Court

Judge Thomas Busch, a Democrat who presides over Tippecanoe County Superior Court 2, will run for Circuit Court judge in the general election. He will oppose Republican Les Meade who is currently judge of Superior Court 5. Judge Busch had announced his intention to retire from Superior Court 2 and had not sought renomination in the primary. Read more from the J&C here.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Marriage Amendment a Political Albatross for Pence in 2016?

Brian Howey wrote an interesting analysis of the political fallout of the removal of the "second sentence" from the proposed same-sex constitutional amendment. Howey notes that Gov. Pence wanted the referendum vote that is required for constitutional amendments to occur in this year's election. He does not want to have the referendum on the ballot when he runs for re-election in 2016. He will be pressed by very conservative "family coalitions" to back "the amendment for the year when he could seek re-election. Pence administration sources have indicated to me that they view support for the marriage amendment to be eroding, and that the emphasis on 2015 will be on the biennial budget." Two more years of rapidly evolving views on same-sex marriage might make that a very uncomfortable position for Gov. Pence, even in Indiana! Maybe he'll just decide to run for president. Read Howey's column here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

North White School Board Votes to Arm School Administrators

The just-ended General Assembly passed a bill (just signed by the governor) that allows firearms to be kept in automobiles parked on public school property. Now just a few miles north of here the board of the North White School Corporation voted unanimously that its school administrators should be armed. And they won't be packing just any weapons up in Monon--they'll be toting concealed semi-automatic guns. Armed school personnel will be required to attend of two annual training exercises, a six-hour session on firearm basics and a 40-hour course on crisis management and defensive tactics; they'll also be subject to annual psychological evaluations. Board president Shannon Mattix said "We heard from both sides on the argument. Basically, as a board, we stuck with facts and statistics over emotion. It's an emotional issue." Read more from the J&C here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Three State Republican Incumbents Lose Seats

It's unusual for incumbents to lose their seats in a primary, but three Republican legislators managed it in Tuesday's primary. Sen. John Waterman lost largely due to his vote against the "right to work" bill in 2012. Reps.Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse and Kathy Heuer of Huntington lost to more conservative candidates because they voted against inclusion of the "second sentence" of the same-sex marriage constitutional amendment that would have also banned any same-sex civil unions. Read about Waterman's loss here, and about Kubacki's and Heuer's here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Congratulations John Dale!

John Dale defeated four other Democratic candidates to be the candidate for Indiana's 4th Congressional District, currently occupied by Todd Rokita. You can view some video of Dale after the election from the Journal Courier here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Is Gov. Pence Poised to Run for President?

Though it may be hard for Democrats to fathom why Gov. Mike Pence would get serious consideration as a presidential candidate, it's a meme that keeps cropping up. Brian Howey put together a column on the topic, and the departure of his long-time chief of staff to form a political consulting firm was interpreted as possible harbinger of presidential ambitions. Now no less than US News is interpreting Pence's somewhat subdued presentation to the NRA convention in Indianapolis last week as the sounds of a man trying to keep his presidential options open. One thing Democrats might agree on though is that Pence's being in the 2016 field as presidential candidate rather than as gubernatorial one would be a good thing.