Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Democrats Ask for INDOT Communications on I-65 Wildcat Creek Bridge

Yesterday the Indiana Democratic Party requested that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) release all its communications regarding the I-65 Wildcat Creek Bridge. Party Chairman John Zody said the following:
“With more than six major accidents along the proposed INDOT detour and the state feeling a significant impact to its economy, the I-65 Bridge closure represents the headache Hoosiers have when it comes to Indiana’s D+ rated infrastructure. In just one month, their state has seen yet another one of its coveted reputations – ‘Crossroads of America’ – placed in jeopardy. Frustrated Hoosiers have the right to know if this problem was at all preventable because this bridge closure has single-handedly clogged one of the most vital transportation and economic arteries in the state. It’s time answers are brought to the table right now. Indiana’s economic and overall well-being are depending on it.”
You can read more about the Democrats' request from Indiana Talks here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tippecanoe Democrats Proud to Support Labor and United Way

Local Democrats were proud to support the local Labor Participation Committee United Way of Lafayette efforts at the 13th Annual Mini Golf Outing on August 13.  Thank you to the United Way and our Labor friends for all you do for our community! 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Arredondo Announces Candidacy for Attorney General

Judge Lorenzo Arredondo, who served as a Lake County judge for 34 years, has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Indiana attorney general. At the time of his retirement from the bench in 2011, he was the nation's longest serving Hispanic state trial judge. He was one of the founders of the nationwide Hispanic Bar Association and is a professor at the National Judicial College. The justice center in Lake County is named for this distinguished jurist. Shaw Friedman writes in Howey Politics Indiana, "Having Judge Arredondo run for attorney general means having a marquee, top flight candidate for our party." The nominee of the party will be named at the 2016 Democratic Party convention next June. Read more from NWI Times here and here.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Donnelly Will Back Iran Deal

Senator Joe Donnelly announced today that he would back the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the US and its allies. Donnelly cited his well-known commitment to military families and veterans as the reason for his support:
“With or without this deal, the day may come when we are left with no alternative but to take military action to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold. If that day does come, and I am faced with a vote to authorize military force against Iran, I owe it to the men and women of our Armed Forces and to the people of Indiana to have exhausted every other option to stop Iran before we would consider putting any of our servicemembers in harm’s way.”
Read more about Donnelly's decision here.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tallian Withdraws from Governor's Race

Today Rep. Karen Tallian announced that she was dropping her bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Tallian's official statement said:
“After much consideration, I am announcing my withdrawal as a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Governor. My congratulations go out to John Gregg, and I support his efforts to lead this state.

I am humbled by the welcome I received from all corners of the state over the last few months. I will continue to build on my decade of experience as a state senator, fighting to ensure equal rights, well-paying jobs, and quality education for all Hoosiers. I want to extend my heartfelt thank you to all of my supporters for your belief in a more progressive Indiana.”
John Gregg released the following statement about Tallian: “Karen Tallian has been, is and will continue to be a true champion for working Hoosiers – and I am proud to call her my friend. I look forward to standing with her in the years ahead to improve our schools, rebuild our infrastructure and create an economy that works for all workers.” Gregg is currently the only Democrat seeking the nomination.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dickerson Joins Race for Democratic Nomination for US Senate

John Dickerson announced yesterday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for for the US Senate seat being vacated by Republican Dan Coats. Former Representative Baron Hill has already announced his candidacy for the nomination.

Dickerson is the long-time director of The Arc of Indiana, an organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their goals of learning, living, working and fully participating in the community. Of his 40-year career in public service Dickerson said “What I've learned . . . is that we have to work together. It takes new answers and new ideas, but together we get things done. . . I have worked with Democrats and Republicans alike over the course of my career, and have been successful at navigating those sometimes tricky relationships for the benefit of Hoosiers.”

Former Lt. Governor Kathy Davis, who spoke at Dickerson's announcement, underscored Dickerson's skills: “John knows the systems of government. He understands setting high goals, applying fiscal restraint and working together for the best results. He will bring that contagious attitude and skill to the United States Senate.”

For more on Dickerson's announcement, click here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Howey: Ritz Wasn't Prepared to Break the Glass Ceiling

Brian Howey offers a blunt analysis of Glenda Ritz's short-lived run for governor. She failed to break through the glass ceiling that stymied Vi Simpson and Jill Long Thompson because, Howey argues, she wasn't prepared: "Ritz didn’t learn the central lesson of Gregg’s 2012 near miss and hire a finance director out of the gate. The notion was that Ritz could reactivate the teacher network that fueled her upset of Supt. Tony Bennett without the political mother’s milk." In addition to fund raising, there were other basic areas that weren't addressed properly: "There were finance reporting violations. There were static campaign websites and Facebook pages. There was no campaign staff, phone number or spokes(wo)man." Unlike her predecessors, Ritz has a strong base of support and issues that played in her favor. She had "an epic opportunity," but, says Howey, "instead of the candidate seizing the moment, a moment seized an unprepared candidate." Ouch. Read Howey's complete analysis here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Donnelly: "Indiana Planned Parenthood Running the Right Way"

Senator Joe Donnelly said his vote to defund Planned Parenthood was focused on his concern with what going on in other states, not in Indiana. His vote, he said was to delay funding until all the facts were in regarding possible illegal activities.

Donnelly said, “I was concerned that all of the monies would be spent in the right way. Indiana, our Planned Parenthood is running it in the right way, that they were investigated and came through with no problems at all. We have concerns about other parts of the country, and so my job is to stand up for all Hoosiers and for everybody around the country. And I want to make sure we get that right first.”

The bill to deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood failed in the Senate.

You can read more of Donnelly's explanation here, and hear a more extensive interview with him on this and other topics here.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Donnelly "Evaluating" Iran Nuclear Deal

CNN lists Senator Joe Donnelly as one of the Democratic senators who is still evaluating the Iran nuclear deal. If you have strong feelings about the importance of deal, the Senator may appreciate hearing from constituents on this difficult subject. You can email him here.

Gregg Petitions Pence for LGBT Civil Rights Protection

John Gregg is circulating a petition urging Governor Pence to expand civil rights protections to LGBT Hoosiers. "No one should lose their job or their home because of whom they love," says the petition. You can have your name added to the petition from Gregg's website here.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Ritz Drops Out of Governor Race

Glenda Ritz has announced that she is dropping out of the race for governor to focus on being re-elected as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. With Ritz's withdrawal from the Democratic field, only 2012 candidate John Gregg and state Senator Karen Tallian remain. For more information from the Indianapolis Star, click here.

September Happy Hour

Don't forget to join us for next month's Happy Hour.  on September 1 from 5:30-7:00  at Star Lanes Bowling Center, 1701 Schyuler Ave. in Lafayette. President Obama probably won't be there, but you never know.