Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mourdock Resigns to Maximize His Pension

Last week state treasurer Richard Mourdock announced that he was stepping down from his office just months before his term expires. The reason? Evidently a new law, which went into effect the day after he announced his resignation, would have reduced his pension somewhat. When he learned of its impact from a retirement counselor, Mourdock reported to the Evansville Courier Press that “it caused me to think about it differently.” Political analyst Lesley Widenbener found Mourdock's decision "disappointing":

Mourdock has made a career out of lecturing voters about the importance of being a good citizen. He’s used history and public policy and fiery rhetoric to tell Hoosiers why they should vote, why they should be concerned about the state and the nation’s spending and debt, and why they should hold their political leaders accountable.

And along the way he’s made controversial decisions in the name of doing what’s right for Indiana. Most notably, he sued to stop the Obama administration from bailing out Chrysler, a move he said cheated the state, which had invested in the company. He took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court – where he lost – even as his critics complained that the state had to spend millions on the suit and that winning could have cost Indiana even more – thousands of jobs if Chrysler had gone under.

Mourdock maintained throughout the situation that he was simply trying to do what was right – and doing so was more important than doing what was popular.

This week, Mourdock did the opposite. Rather than doing what’s right – finishing a job voters elected him to do – Mourdock made a selfish decision for his own economic future.

You can read Weidenbener's analysis from the Statehouse File here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Are You Registered to Vote?

The election is getting close and one thing we know is we will need every supporters vote out there to win. One of the worst feelings in the world is when a person goes to vote, and finds out they are not registered or have not updated their registration. Please do not let this happen to you or to your friends who are supporters. It only takes a few seconds to check out. Simply go to IndianaVoters Home and confirm you are registered! Please share this link and message with your friends.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Indiana Higher Ed Takes Another Cut Despite $2 Billion in Reserve

Governor Mike Pence is requiring Indiana's public colleges and universities, as well as other state agencies, to put two percent of their state funds into reserve despite the state's current $2 billion in the reserve fund. State Budget Director Brian Bailey said public universities could eventually receive all the money allocated by lawmakers if tax revenue meets projections for most of the year. This comes as lawmakers have been discussing increasing higher education funding to avoid possible tuition increases. And how about a little love for the state's "good" university, Purdue, that is going into its third year of a tuition freeze? Read more from Indiana Public Media here.

Garden Party for Candidates

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hear Mayor Roswarski Interviewed on Ask the Mayor

You can hear WBAA's half-hour Ask the Mayor interview with Mayor Roswarski from last Thursday here. The Mayor fields questions on crime in Lafayette, Amtrak, Lafayettte's homeless population, and downtown development.

John Dale at Java Roaster

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gregg Will Match Gifts to House Election Fund

According to the Indiana House Democrats' Facebook page, John Gregg has offered to double all individual contributions (up to $5,000) to the Indiana House Democrats for the next 30 days. There's never been a better time to contribute to the effort to win back the House. As of today 387 supporters had donated $14,212. The House contribution website is here.

Mayor Roswarski on Ask the Mayor

Mayor Tony Roswarski will be this week's guest on WBAA's Ask the Mayor program on Thursday at noon on AM 920. The program is rebroadcast the same evening at 6 on both AM 920 and 101.3 FM.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hoggset Appears to Set to Run for Indy Mayor

Having resigned his position as US attorney, Joe Hoggset appears ready to make a run at the mayoral race in Indianapolis. When asked if Hoggset will run, his political ally, Evan Bayh, responded, "I hope so. . . . I think he would be a great mayor, particularly given his record on fighting crime." Bayh also indicated that he would support Hoggset's campaign with some of his leftover senate campaign money. Hoggset is a former Indiana Secretary of State and Democratic Party chair. Indianapolis Star political analyst Matthew Tully says Hoggset's entry would "change everything" in the race because of his popularity with the party's base and his strong stance on crime, a problem that has plagued Indianapolis under Republican mayor Greg Ballard.

You can read Matthew Tully's analysis of Hogsett's entry into the race here.

WL Councilman Eddie vanBogaert Steps Down

West Lafayette Democratic City Councilman Eddie vanBogaert has resigned his position to pursue career opportunities in the Chicago area. His replacement for the First District is Nick Deboer, appointed by Democratic County Chair Heather Maddox. A stalwart for the Party, vanBogaert's departure is a loss for the local political scene.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dale Calls Rokita Out on Ebola Fear-Mongering

Todd Rokita is fear-mongering by suggesting that the 245 immigrant children being temporarily housed in Indiana may be bringing the Ebola virus into the state, a preposterous claim for which there is no factual justification. His Democratic opponent in the 2014 elections, John Dale has rightly called him out on the tactic: ""His comments were to inflame the public and divide the nation. The purpose of this is to rile people up and get them in a panic."

Reporting from Maureen Groppe reports the following:

The nonpartisan fact-checking site PolitiFact.com investigated the claim and reported that the CDC and independent epidemiologists say there's "zero evidence that these migrants are carrying the virus to the border."

The CDC has received no reports of a human Ebola infection in the Western Hemisphere, according to PolitiFact.com.

The site quoted Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center, as saying that anyone with the virus would be too sick to make it to the U.S. border on foot.

Read Groppe's article from the J&C here.