Saturday, December 17, 2016

Buttigieg for DNC Chair?

Politico reported that South Bend's Democratic mayor Pete Buttigieg may be considering entering the race for chair of the Democratic National Committee. The 34-year-old rising star of the party, Buttigieg won re-election to his mayoral office with more than 80 percent of the vote. His competition for the office would likely be Tom Perez, current Secretary of Labor, Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison and others. Buttigieg was the subject of a flattering story by Frank Bruni, columnist for the New York Times.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump Attacks Indiana Union Leader

Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999 in Indianapolis, did some checking on President-elect Donald Trump's claim to have saved 1100 Carrier workers' jobs from being moved to Mexico. What he found out from Carrier adminstrators, was that the actual number was about 800, and that Trump's count included research and development jobs that we never going to move. In an interview with CNN (below), Jones said he is grateful for Trump's intervention to save 800 jobs, but he was concerned that many workers at Carrier thought their jobs had been preserved when they weren't.

For trying to be honest with Carrier workers, Jones was rewarded by being personally attacked by the President-elect of the United States in a Tweet, which said: "Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!"

After campaigning for two years on the idea that manufacturing jobs were leaving the country because of taxes and regulations, Trump's legendary thin-skin (Remember Hillary's warning about a president who "can be provoked by a Tweet"?) prompted him to declare that job flight was actually the fault of workers in a second tweet: "If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues."

How long will workers tolerate being lied to and insulted by the President who promised to be their voice?

Read more about the attack on Chuck Jones here.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Campus Reacts to White Supremacy Posters at Purdue

On Wednesday posters promoting white supremacy were plastered across the Purdue campus. They were promptly taken down and President Mitch Daniels released the following statement to WLFI:
“Reading the dozen or so words on the posters in question, it’s not at all clear what they mean. But if one looks behind them, as I did, to the organization’s website, there are views expressed there that are obviously inconsistent with the values and principles we believe in here at Purdue. This is a transparent effort to bait people into overreacting, thereby giving a minuscule fringe group attention it does not deserve, and that we decline to do.”
Many on campus felt the President's response was inadequate, and Wednesday evening the Purdue Social Justice Coalition organized an emergency meeting to discuss possible action and to encourage a stronger university response; here is Exponent coverage of the meeting.

On Thursday a plainly irritated Presdient Daniels released another statement to the Purdue community:
"My condemnation of the apparent motives behind the posters at issue wasn't sufficiently strident for some, and that's fair enough. Each person can choose the language he or she thinks best meets an occasion like this. But Purdue University's opposition to racism in all its forms couldn’t be more clear, both from yesterday's statement and a host of others that preceded it. No action by a self-promoting fringe group can do anything to change that; in fact, it only furnishes another opportunity to underscore our committment to equal access and opportunity, inclusion, and respect for all people."
The Social Justice League will hold another rally on this issue will be held on the steps of Hovde Hall on Monday, December 5 at noon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Some Facts About the Carrier Deal

President-Elect Trump and Vice President-Elect Pence are taking a victory lap in Indianapolis for a deal that will keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana that Carrier had planned to move to Mexico. While it's great that a thousand Hoosier workers get to keep their jobs at Carrier, there are some other facets of the deal your Trump-supporting friends may need to hear about.

According to Fortune magazine, "some 1,300 jobs will still go to Mexico, which includes 600 Carrier employees, plus 700 workers from UTEC Controls in Huntington, Ind." From here it looks like net jobs saved for the Indiana and the US is zero.

During the campaign Trump mocked politicians who tried to keep companies from leaving their states with tax incentive packages. What carrot did Trump/Pence offer Carrier to keep jobs here? A $700,000 annual tax break over several years funded by (guess who) Indiana taxpayers via the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Ever wonder why Pence continued as governor when he had Trump's transition to run and his hand-picked successor was already in place as lieutenant governor? Now it seems likely that the decision had something to do with the fact that, as governor, Pence is chairman of the board of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and presumably wields some influence over how they spend their Indiana tax dollars. Rachel Maddow explains this eloquently here.

On the campaign trail Trump bragged that he would use the threat of a 35 percent tariff on the products of companies that left the US. But a primary motivator for Carrier was its fear of losing federal contracts, not tariffs. According to CNN Money United Technologies, Carrier's parent company, does $5.6 billion in federal contract business each year and receives another $1.5 billion in R&D grants. They calculated that the Mexico move would save them $65 million per year. You can do that math. And the $700,000 per year tax abatement was just icing on the cake.

The deal was done by Mike Pence in his role as governor using taxpayer money. It was unrelated to any purported deal-making superpowers of President-elect Trump, nor did it reflect the hard-line strategy he said he would take when companies threaten to leave the US. In fact, it may inspire companies to announce they're leaving so they can score a tax exemption like Carrier got!

You can read more about this deal in Politico.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Donnelly Will Oppose Price Nomination as HHS Secretary

Senator Joe Donnelly says he will oppose Rep. Tom Price's nomination as Health and Human Services Secretary. Price is known as an active opponent of the Affordable Care Act and, Donnelly says, Price has “led the charge to privatize Medicare,” a position the Donnelly opposes: “I have opposed efforts to private Medicare in the past and I will oppose any effort to privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher program in the future.” Donnelly sees Price's nomination as a “direct path to end Medicare as we know it.” You can read more about Donnelly's opposition to Price here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Join us for the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party
Holiday Party!
 
Thursday, December 15 5:00-8:00
Sylvia's Brick Oven in the Columbia Ballroom
625 Columbia St, Lafayette, 47904
$15 per person
Children are free
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar
 
Sponsorship Levels
$250 Silver Bells
$150 Mistletoe
$75 Candy Cane
 
You must RSVP to Heather at hkm9@yahoo.com
You may pay online here
You may also pay at the door.  
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Purdue Students Stage "Love Trumps Hate" March on Campus



You can read Journal and Courier coverage of the event here.

For more information about Students of Purdue Against Racism Coalition and its activities, visit their web page here.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Tuesday was more than a kick in the gut-it left people extremely confused, saddened, and disillusioned. Yesterday I was full of despair and then after some sleep and some food, I picked myself up and realized the only way we are going to counter what happened Tuesday was to move forward.

While my heart is still heavy and my head will never understand this, we must regroup and continue to work together to spread love, equality for all, kindness, and acceptance. Everyone has value and deserves a seat at the table. Let's counter this nightmare with goodness. It all starts here.

Join us as we move forward to discuss ways you can stay engaged, involved, and make a difference.

When-Tuesday October 18 6:30-7:30
Where-Sylvia's Brick Oven 625 Columbia St, Lafayette

Monday, November 7, 2016

Where to Vote in Tippecanoe County on Election Day!

Tippecanoe County residents who are registered to vote can vote at any of the county's vote centers, listed below, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on November 8. Remember to bring along your government-issued photo ID, which may be a driver's license, state-issue ID card, military ID, or passport.

Tippecanoe County 4-H Fairground, Home Economics Building
1010 Teal Road, Lafayette 47905

Eagles Lodge
3208 South 18th Street, Lafayette 47909

Evangelical Covenant Church
3600 South 9th Street, Lafayette 47909

Jenks Rest Senior Center
1915 Scott Street, Lafayette 47904

Lafayette City Hall
20 North 6th Street, Lafayette 47901

Lafayette Fire Station #5
750 North Creasy Lane, Lafayette 47905

Saint Lawrence Church, Social Hall
1916 Meharry Street, Lafayette 47904

The Outpost Catering
2501 US Hwy 231 South, Lafayette 47909

Faith Community Center
5526 State Road 26 East, Lafayette 47905

Lafayette Fire Station #6 (Replacing The Shrine Club)
2561 Schuyler Avenue, Lafayette 47905

Purdue Memorial Union
101 North Grant Street, West Lafayette 47906

Morton Community Center
222 North Chauncey Avenue, West Lafayette 47906

Federated Christian Church
2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette 47906

Burtsfield Gymnasium
1800 North Salisbury Street, West Lafayette 47906

West Lafayette Parks Building
1101 Kalberer Road, West Lafayette 47906

Wabash Township Fire Station #1
2899 Klondike Road, West Lafayette 47906

Battleground Fire Station
112 North Street, Battleground 47920

Clarks Hill Christian Church
9510 Pearl Street, Clarks Hill 47930

Dayton Town Hall
721 Walnut Street, Dayton 47941

State Democrat Candidates Rally in Lafayette

Mayor Tony Roswarski hosted all the Democratic candidates for state offices gathered at a final campaign rally at Duncan Hall in Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.  Those present included governor candidate John Gregg, lt. governor candidate Christina Hale, senate candidate Evan Bayh, and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, along with others.  Here is Journal and Courier coverage of the event; you can also see a short video below.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Younger Women Voters Rally to Get Out the Vote

Third Gubernatorial Debate

The third and final debate among the three Indiana gubernatorial race is below. It is about one hour long and focuses on health and social issues.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bayh/Young/Brenton Senate Debate

You can see the entire Bayh/Young/Brenton debate in the race for the open US Senate seat from Indiana below.

Poll Shows Gregg Up 5

A new poll from WISH-TV and Ball State shows Democrat John Gregg up five points on his opponent Eric Holcomb. The five-point margin is not as large as the 12-point margin in the Monmouth University poll released Friday. Jeff Harris, Gregg's spokesman, said, "Despite Indiana's Republican leanings, John Gregg has a consistent lead outside the margin of error, maintains a significant funding advantage and has built an unprecedented statewide get-out-the-vote effort." You can read more about the poll here.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tully Calls Gregg "Clear Winner" in Governors' Debate

Indianapolis Star political analyst Matthew Tully identified John Gregg as the "clear winner" of Monday's debate among Indiana's gubernatorial candidates (see the debate below). Tully wrote: "John Gregg was the clear winner in Monday night’s gubernatorial debate, and that victory wasn’t just about the clarity of his message or his command of the stage. What the debate did was suggest that Gregg has a better grasp of both how he wants to lead Indiana and of the issues facing it." The contrast to his Republican opponent Eric Holcomb was strong: "While Gregg was confident, clear and detailed, and focused on exactly the right issues and messages, Holcomb’s performance made clear he has not yet synthesized a message or crafted a deep policy agenda. The debate left me feeling that Gregg, a former speaker of the Indiana House, is ready to step into the job of being governor, while Holcomb would have a learning curve." Read Tully's entire analysis here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Second Governors' Debate

Circuit Court Rules Pence Can't Discriminate Against Syrian Refugees

The day before the vice presidential debate, the 7th Circuit Court ruled unanimously that Gov. Mike Pence had no authority to withhold funding that refugee settment agencies are guaranteed under federal law. Judge Richard Posner wrote: “The governor of Indiana believes, though without evidence, that some of these persons were sent to Syria by ISIS to engage in terrorism and now wish to infiltrate the United States in order to commit terrorist acts here. No evidence of this belief has been presented, however; it is nightmare speculation.” Ouch. The law prevents states that receive resetlement funding from discriminating by national origin (Pence claims it was based on security threats). One of the judges, Judge Diane Sykes, is on Trump's list of possible Supreme Court nominees. Read more from the Huffington Post here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Indiana Has Registered More Voters Than in 2008

Data from the Indiana secretary of state’s office show that 200,000 more residents have registered to vote in this year’s presidential election than in 2008. You remember 2008--the year that Indiana actually went blue, voting for Barack Obama over John McCain. And last Friday 21,000 voters registered online, the third most ever to do so. Over the weekend the total rose to 30,000.

Are you in that count? If not, you have until October 11 to register. You can find more information about registering to vote here.

Read more about the state's record voter registration here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

First Gubernatorial Debate

The first Indiana Indiana gubernatorial debate was held on September 28 at 10:30 in Lawrence Central High School. You might have missed it! In case you did, you can view it below in its entirety.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Indiana House District 26 Candidates Debate

The candidates for Indiana House District 26 debated on the Purdue campus last week. WLFI's video coverage is below. You can also read detailed analysis of the debate from J&C columnist Dave Bangert here. As reported by Bangert, Woeste's logic for voting for her rather than her Republican opponent for the seat being vacated by Republican randy Truitt seems very strong:
“It makes no sense whatsoever to send another Republican to the legislature from our district. Here’s why. The reason both of us are standing here tonight is because Randy Truitt is not running for re-election. He’s not running for election because he’s too conservative for our district and not nearly conservative enough for the supermajority House Republican caucus.

“We need to break the seal so we can balance the numbers more . . . and have a seat at the table. The Republicans have not been listening to Randy. They aren’t going to listen to (Siegrist), because she breaks from their platform.”

The next District 26 debate will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Wabash Township Volunteer Fire Department, 2899 Klondike Road in West Lafayette.

Monday, September 19, 2016

WTHR/Howey Poll Shows Gregg and Bayh Maintaining Leads

Evan Bayh and John Gregg continue to outperform the top of the Democratic ticket in Indiana. The latest WTHR/Howey poll of Indiana voters shows John Gregg maintaining a five point lead over Eric Holcomb, 40 to 35 percent with Libertarian Rex Bell polling 6 percent. Evan Bayh holds a four point lead over Todd Young, 44-40. Howey also notes that Pence has done Trump no good in Indiana; his numbers have actually declined in the state since adding Pence to the ticket. Read more at Howey Politics here.

Pence Ducks Birther Questions in Raddatz Grilling

Watch Mike Pence dance around Martha Raddatz's strightforward questions about why Donald Trump took so long to acknowledge that the President was born in the US and his lame defense of Trump's threatening comments about denying Hillary Clinton armed Secret Service protection.

Being Trump's VP candidate and rationalizer-in-chief must be a tough job, but Pence signed on for it--and he gets a plane with his name on it!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Howey: Pence Is AWOL as Governor

Brain Howey lambasts Mike Pence for leaving Indiana in the lurch to seek higher office, while, Howey points out, he is "still being paid by Indiana’s hard working taxpayers." (You'd think Pence could turn some things over to his Lt. Gov Eric Holcomb, but he's busy running for governor!) "Meanwhile," says Howey, "messy life goes on in the Great Hoosier State. And there are an array of issues that the governor should be discussing." You can see the Indiana issue agenda Pence is ignoring in Howey's full column here.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lafayette City Council and County Commissioners Vote to Protect Gender Identity

The Lafayette City Council voted unanimously to amend the city's Human Relations Ordinance to include age, veteran status and gender identity to the city's protected classes. The vote occurred on the second reading of the amendement, which is the final one.

The Tippecanoe County Board of Commissioners also voted unanimously to approve gender identity as a protected class in Tippecanoe County. The county amendment must pass on a second reading.

Channel 18 coverage is below and J&C coverage is here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Governor's Forum Video

Below is a video of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute's hosts the Thriving Communities, Thriving State Gubernatorial Forum conducted on August 30. All three candidates for Indiana Governor – Libertarian Rex Bell, Democrat John Gregg, and Republican Eric Holcomb – are interviewed individually by Justice Randall Shepard. John Gregg's portion starts at 18:48.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gregg Releases Plan for Safe, Healthy Indiana

John Gregg has released a seven-point plan to ensure the safety and health of Hoosier communities. The “Safe Communities Plan” lays out his strategies to combat sexual violence against children, reduce recidivism and offer support to state and local law enforcement officers. The plan also creates a statewide drug treatment network, community policing strategies, protections against sexual predators, and creates a cybercrime unit for the State Police. “Ensuring that all Hoosiers are safe where they live, work and go to school is a fundamental responsibility of government and will be a hallmark of a Gregg/Hale administration,” Gregg said.

You can read the campaign's press relese on the Safe Communities Plan here and you can read the entire plan at Gregg's website here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bayh Has Strong Showing in New Poll

A new Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group poll shows Evan Bayh in a strong position in his race for a Senate seat with Todd Young.   Just one month into his  campaign, Evan Bayh has withstood a strong battery of negative ads with  55 percent, and Bayh has support from one in five Republicans. The poll also shows Bayh with a 68-20 lead over Young with independent voters. Read more about the poll here.

Glenda Ritz Interview

Here's an opportunity to hear Superintendent Glenda Ritz speak in-depth on education issues--a 52-minute podcast interview with her. You'll find it here. Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bayh Visits Lafayette

Senate candidate Evan Bayh vistied Lafayette on Saturday. He is shown above with supporters at the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party headquarters. Bayh told reporters that his campaign will focus on creating jobs and growing small businesses through tax credits. He supports eliminating the capital gains tax for up to seven years on small business investors. "I think the government needs to do more to particularly help smaller businesses invest in the skills and the talents of their working men and women," he said. You can read the J&C coverage of Bayh's visit here.

Kerns Announces Run for County Treasurer

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cook Report Rates Indiana Governor's Race a Toss-Up

The prestigious, nonpartisan Cook Political Report has changed its rating of the Indiana gubernatorial race from Leans Republican to Toss-Up. In its Governors Overview analyst Jennifer Duffy writes, "This contest is still in its infancy and needs time to develop, but expect a very competitive contest." Read more here.

Poll Shows Gregg and Bayh Leading

Brian Howey reports that an internal Democratic poll shows John Gregg leading Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb 46-39% in the campaign for governor. Six percent backed Libertarian Rex Bell and 9% were undecided. In the US senate campaign the poll shows Evan Bayh with a 58-32% lead over U.S. Rep. Todd Young with 9% undecided. Howey says three nonpartisan polls will be conducted in Indiana before the election in November.
Read more from Howey Politics here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lafayette City Council Votes to Protect Transgender Rights

The Lafayette City Council voted 8-0 to expand the city's Human Relations Ordinance to protect transgender residents. Lafayette's ordinance originally covered complaints about housing, employment and accommodations based on race, sex, religion, color, handicap, familial status and national origin. In 1993 protections for gays and lesbians were added. This year's expansion added age and veteran status, along with gender identity, as protected statuses. Mayor Roswarski led the charge, saying, “I feel it’s time we do this.” A final vote will be held at the next council meeting. Read the J&C's coverage here. Channel 18 coverage is below.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Rep. Andre Carson Rhymes on Trump/Pence in Convention Roll Call

Pundits See Holcomb Appointment Benefitting John Gregg

In two recent columns leading Indiana political pundits expressed the view that John Gregg's candidacy for governor was boosted by Mike Pence's ascension to ice presidential nominee and Eric Holcomb's selection to replace him on the ticket.

In a column published in the J&C on Fiday, July 29, Brian Howey wrote, "given the sensational twists and turns, this race has gone from a tossup to leans Gregg." You can read Howey's column here.

John Krull's column published in the J&C on SUnday, July 31 argues that Holcomb "was the one candidate before the Republican State Committee who didn’t offer the GOP a chance for a fresh start" and that Gregg "has to feel right now that Christmas this year in fact did come in July." Krull's entire column is available here.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Clinton Ad Hits Pence

Was Hillary's team was ready for Mike Pence or what!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bayh Gets It Going

Evan Bayh is wasting no time getting his Senate campaign going. He did an interview with the Indy Star's Maureen Groppe; you can read a longer version than the one printed in the J&C here. He also released a pretty slick campaign ad. Game on!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Baron Hill Ends Senate Bid to Make Room for Evan Bayh(?)

Democratic nominee for the US Senate Baron Hill announced today that he would withdraw from the race in anticipation of Evan Bayh's joining it. Former two-term governor and senator, Bayh withdrew from the 2010 senate race and was replaced by Republican Dan Coats. Coats is retiring and former 9th District congressman Baron Hill earned the Democratic nomination but was struggling to raise money.

Bayh has enjoyed an approval rating of about 60 percent among Hoosiers throughout his career and, importantly, he has nearly $10 million in campaign funds left from his aborted 2010 campaign. If he enters the race he will automatically become one of the best funded senate candidates in the country. His presence in the race also heightens the Democrats' chances of regaining the majority in the Senate. It is also thought to bode well for gubernatorial candidate John Gregg and even for the possibility of a blue Indiana in the presidential.

As of this writing there has been no official confirmation of Bayh's candidacy, but it certainly raises the hopes of Democrats statewide. Stay tuned!

Here's the Indianaplois Star story on Bayh's plans. And here is Politico's coverage.

Trump/Pence?

On Sunday the Washington Times was reporting that Mike Pence had a 95 percent chance of being named as Donald Trump's running mate. Trump has said it is likely tht he would name his running mate this week, and he has scheduled a rally in Indianapolis for Tuesday. But Trump is nothing if not unpredictable.

Why would Pence give up the governorship to join a ticket that polling guru Nate Silver has given a 20 to 25 percent chance to win in November? National Review's Elainia Johnson writes that Pence confidants portray him as "a battered governor who believes a spot on the national ticket could simultaneously lift him out of a tough reelection campaign in Indiana and make him a top prospect for the Republican nomination in 2020 or 2024." If Trump should win, Pence could be the sitting vice president in 2024 (if Trump doesn't get bored with the job before that).

In the likely event that Trump loses, writes Slate's Jim Newell, Republicans will cast Hillary Clinton as a disastrous president, enabling Pence to play the "loyalty card." Newell writes,
"Here’s where Pence would have a unique advantage over Cruz, Rubio, or any other 2020 prospect who didn’t give everything they had to elect Donald Trump. Any time during the 2020 campaign that they mention something terrible Clinton has done—which will be just about every other word—Pence can jump in and say: Yeah, and what did you do to prevent this? I quit my job to stop Hillary Clinton from getting elected president, while you just looked out for yourself."

And, of course, Pence joining the trump ticket would turn the Indiana governor's race upside down and perhaps strengthen John Gregg's position, especially if Evan Bayh is on the ticket too. We'll find out soon enough!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Three Democrats Slated for County Offices

Three candidates for county offices have been slated by Tippcanoe County Democratic Party precinct committee leaders. Miriam Kerns will run for county treasurer. Ashley Smith and Darcy Allen were nominated for at-large county council seats. We ask that you support these Democrats in November.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hillary's Historic Victory Speech and Video



Indiana Republicans Find Trump's Racism "Inappropriate"

House Speaker Paul Ryan called Donald Trump's remarks about Hoosier judge Gonzalo Curiel to be "the textbook definition of a racist comment" But his fellow Republicans here in Indiana, apparently followng a shared playbook, couldn't get to racism but could only manage to find it "inappropriate."

Gov. Mike Pence: “I don’t think it’s ever appropriate to question the partiality of the judge based on their ethnic background.”

Senator Dan Coats: “Donald Trump’s comments about the ethnicity of Judge Curiel, who was born in Indiana, were totally inappropriate.”

U.S Rep. Todd Young's campaign manager, Trevor Foughty:"Our campaign is focused on economic and national security solutions that will move our country forward, and Mr. Trump should do likewise, instead of making highly inappropriate remarks about a judge's ethnicity.”

John Gregg's campaign manager called out Gov. Pence on his tepid critique of Trump: "Donald Trump’s comments were not just ‘inappropriate,’ they were blatantly racist.”

Read more from the Indy Star here.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

New Headquartrs for Tippecanoe County Democrats

The Tippecanoe County Democratic Party will take up residence in its new headquarters at 826 Main Street, Lafayette! Please join us for the official headquarters opening on Tuesday, June 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Obama Returns to Elkhart Next Wednesday



From President Obama's announcement of his return trip to Elkhart:

"Just three weeks into my presidency, I made a promise to the people of Elkhart, Indiana.

It was the first city I visited as President. Folks there had been hit harder by the recession than almost anywhere else in America. The unemployment rate was on its way to nearly twenty percent. Companies that had sustained that community for years were shedding jobs at an alarming speed -- and hardworking families were losing their homes and health care along with those jobs.

When I spoke to the people of Elkhart in February of 2009, I promised them that if we worked together, we could pull that community and this country out of the depths of recession -- that we could not only recover, but put ourselves on a better, stronger course.

Today, thanks to the hard work of people in Elkhart and in communities across the country, America has recovered from crisis and we’re on the cusp of resurgence.

That's why I'm going back to Elkhart next Wednesday -- to highlight the economic progress we’ve made and discuss the challenges that remain.

The story of Elkhart's recovery is the story of America's recovery."

You can read The President's complete statement about Elkhart's, and America's, recovery at the White House blog here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gregg Taps Christina Hale for Lt. Gov.

John Gregg has announced that his running mate will be Rep. Christina Hale of Indianapolis. Gregg notes that Hale "is known as one who reaches across the aisle and works across the aisle to get things done." In a news release House Minority Leader was enthused about Hale:
"She brings a wealth of experience and conviction to an office that should be rightfully focused on restoring our state's reputation and on bringing high-paying jobs to the working families of Indiana. Christina has made a career of speaking for those that struggle to speak for themselves and representing the under-represented voices of communities that have been left behind."
The Indianapolis Star suggests that she will help Gregg take advantage of "Pence's lack of support among youngr female voters." The paper cites a recent poll showing "59 percent of women under 45 want a new governor and only 30 percent approve of Pence's job performance."

Read more about Christina Hale's selection here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ritz/Pence Split on Transgender Bathroom Ruling

It's probably not a surprise that Gov. Pence and Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz would not agree on the Obama administration's guidance on allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with, not, as the North Carolina legislature would require, the one on their birth certificate.

Gov. Pence: “I have long believed that education is a state and local function. Policies regarding the security and privacy of students in our schools should be in the hands of Hoosier parents and local schools, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC.” (That may seem like a sound byte from 1950's Arkansas, but it is Pence's 2016 position. The Department of Education says this is a civil rights issue, which the federal government has been involved for seven decades.)

Superintendent Ritz: “In Indiana, we have already seen schools take steps to ensure that their students and staff feel safe regardless of race, religion, sex or gender identity. I will support their efforts, and will continue to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”

You can read more at the Statehouse Files here.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gregg Will Announce Runningmate in June

John Gregg told WIBC radio that he will announce his runningmate in June, before the party convention on June 16. He says he's looking for someone who can help him win centrist Republicans who may be dissatisfied with Governor Mike Pence. Throwing a jab at Pence's handling of Lt. Gov. Sue Elspermann's departure, Gregg says he'll be looking for "someone who won't leave the ticket or be asked to."

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Trouble Signs for Pence

Political analyst Tim Swarens thinks Mike Pence is the favorite in Indiana's gubernatorial race, he sees several weaknesses in Pence's position. Ted Cruz's failure in Indiana shows that the Pence's evangelical base is not strong enough to sustain him and he'll need to turn to the pro-business wing of the party who were less than thrilled with RFRA. He also noted that John Gregg retained 85 percent of the Clinton/Sanders votes at the top of the ticket while Pence only held 75 percent of the top of ticket. He also sees risk for Pence in a potential general Trump meltdown in November. You can read Swarens' analysis here.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

26 Percent of Republican Primary Voters Didn't Vote for Gov. Pence

Maybe it was RFRA. Maybe it was abortion. Maybe it was the Cruz endorsement. Whatever the reasons, just over a quarter of Republican primary voters did not cast a vote for Gov. Mike Pence in the uncontested primary.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bernie Takes Indiana!

Bernie Sanders tweeted last night, “The political revolution wins in Indiana," as he beat Hillary Clinton in the Indiana primary 52 to 48 percent statewide. Bolstered by Purdue voters, his margin in Tippecanoe County was 61 to 39 percent. Statewide Sanders won 43 of Indiana's delegate seats to the convention while Clinton won 37. Here is J&C coverage of the Sanders/Clinton contest.

Woeste Wins Nomination for District 26

Vicky Woeste won the Democratic primary for Indiana House District 26 over Deanna Macmillan. 58 percent to 42 percent. You can read more about the race from the J&C here. And below is WLFI coverage. Congratulations, Vicky!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Close; Your Vote Counts!

The Real Clear Politics average of polls for the Indiana Democratic primary shows Hillary Clinton ahead of Bernie Sanders by an average of 6.2 percent, 49.7 to 43.5. However, the average margin of error for the polls is 5.1 percent. The most recent poll, taken April 26 through 28, shows Clinton's lead at 4 points with a margin of error of 3.9 percent. That's close! It's important that Democrats support the candidate of their choice in this historic primary. Your vote matters.

Vote!

You can vote early in the Indiana primary Monday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Board of Elections Office, 20 N 3rd St, on the third floor. On primary day, Tuesday, May 3, you can vote at any of the Vote Center locations listed here. Vote Centers will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bernie at Purdue

Here is Channel 18's coverage of Bernie Sanders' visit to Greater Lafayette, including a little hoops action!



From WANE in Fort Wayne, a four-minute interview with Berine.



And this coverage from WISH TV in Indianapolis.



A little more basketball action from WANE (Bernie's game is no threat to President Obama's.)



Finally, if you'd like to see Bernie's entire speech, here it is courtesy of WISH. (If you want to skip the intros, Bernie starts about 13 minutes in.)




Friday, April 22, 2016

Early Voting at Payless

From Saturday, April 23 through Saturday, April 30 you can cast an early vote in the Indiana primary from noon to 7 p.m. at any of the Greater Lafayette Payless stores.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Lugar Supports Obama's Immigration Actions

On the day that the case against President Obama's immigration actions was heard by the Supreme Court, Republican former Indiana senator Richard Lugar published a carefully reasoned op-ed in the New York Times defending Obama's action against attacks by his party. He argues that Obama acted within his presidential authority and cites similar actions by Republican presidents. Lugar laments that "immigration policy has been caught up in today’s hyper-partisanship, where a strident anti-immigration tide within the Republican Party overwhelms all bipartisan compromise." He concludes his op-ed as follows: "When the president took his executive action on immigration, he was not flouting the will of Congress; rather, he was using the discretion Congress gave him to fulfill his constitutional duty to 'take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.'" Makes you sort of nostalgic for a rational opposition party, doesn't it? Read Lugar's NY Times op-ed here.

Gregg Outraises Pence in 2016

In the first quarter of 2016, Democrat John Gregg raised nearly $1.9 million, and incumbent Republican governor Mike Pence raised $1.5 million. Pence's total was boosted by a $500,000 contribution from the Republican Governors Association on the last day of the reporting period. Democratic Chair John Zody notes that the last-minute party contribution was clearly a measure of concern about Pence's campaign. He also notes that, without it, Gregg would have outraised the governor two to one. Pence still has access to much more money than Gregg early $12 million to Gregg's $5.6 million), but Gregg already has nearly three times what he had in 2012 when he lost to Pence by only three percent. Read more here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Early Primary Voting Has Started

Early voting for Indiana's May 3 primary has started in Tippecanoe County! Starting Tuesday, April 5 through Friday, April 29 registered voters can vote at the Tippecanoe County Board of Elections and Registration at 20 North Third Street, Lafayette between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Beginning next week voting will be taking place at locales around the county. You can see all the times and places listed at Tippecanoe County's website here.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

District 26 Town Hall-Thursday, April 7

Tippecanoe County Democratic Party will hold a Town Hall Meeting between House District 26 Candidates Deanna McMillan and Vicky Saker Woeste on THURS, APR 7 starting at 6:15 at the Klondike Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. County Party Chair Heather Maddox is organizing. Come listen to the candidates answer your questions!! This is an important choice for West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pelath Explains Democrats' Contributions to the Legislative Session

Here is House Minority Leader Scott Pelath's analysis of Democrats' contributions to the just-concluded legislative session. He says we directly impacted the shape of some passed legislation (the highway bill did not raise Hoosiers taxes), brought some issues to the forefront (civil rights for LGBT citizens), and laid out some clear alternative paths for voters next fall. Overall, Pelath's comments provide a good model for how a minority party can impact the legislative process--and hopefully build momentum toward becoming a majority party again! It's worth a read.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Judge Rules Pence's Blocking State Aid to Syrian Refugees Is Illegal

Indianapolis U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has blocked Republican Gov. Mike Pence's order that barred state agencies from helping Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana. Her opinion noted that the state had a compelling concern to protect its residents, but that withholding federal grant money from the aid group "in no way furthers the state's asserted interest in the safety of Indiana residents." Pratt also wrote that the governor's directive "clearly discriminates against Syrian refugees based on their national origin." Pence said that he will appeal the ruling. You can read more here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

House Won't Even Hold a Hearing on Hate Crimes Bill--Too Busy!

You might have thought that after the Republican Supermajority opted not to protect the civil rights of LGBT Hoosiers they might have offered the consolation of a hate crimes bill as another form of protection. After all, Indiana is one of only five states without a hate crimes bill. The bill put before them did not define a new category of crimes, but only gave judges discretion to add some severity to sentencing in cases where the crime was based on the victim’s characteristics, such as age, race, sexual orientation or gender identity. And the bill even sailed through the Republican-dominated senate. You might have thought that would be a reasonable bill for the House to pass to help restore some of Indiana's tattered reputation as a tolerant place, but you would have been so wrong! House Chairman Rep. Tom Washburne, R-Evansville, says his committee is just too busy: "With 20 bills in Courts and Criminal, I just had to make a decision about which ones we could hear and which ones we wouldn’t hear.” Maybe they'll be less busy next year. You can read more here.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Indiana's Two Senators on Replacing Justice Scalia; Who's the Constitutionalist Here?

Indiana's two senators hold very different views of how the replacement of Justicice Scalia should be accomplished. As reported by Terre Haute Trune Star, Republican Senator Dan Coats says, “Our country is in the middle of a highly consequential presidential election. The American people should determine their next Supreme Court justice by their votes in November.” It is worth noting that the American people voted twice to give Barack Obama the constitutional authority to name Supreme Court justices by voting for him for president. Coats goes on to suggest that the Presiendent has somehow disqualified himself from that constitutional authority: “I think this president has disqualified himself from nominating someone. Yes, he has that right, but for someone who has blatantly broken the constitutional power and, it has been so blatant, it just adds to the political motivation. He’s not going to send someone up there that has an objective that we can trust.” Setting aside his specious claim about the President's blatant disregard of Constitutional law that he taught at the University of Chicago, we'd note that the President's previous two Supreme Court nominees had bipartisan support and have been well regarded as jurists.

On the other hand, Democrat Joe Donnelly calls on the Senate to "fulfill its Constitutional duty." In the interview below he says, “Filling the position is the constitutional obligation of the president. I expect that President Obama will bring forth a nominee and my constitutional obligation is to review that nomination, to ask questions and vote on it. I plan to do my job.”



Which of these positions adheres better the Constitution that Justice Scalia spent his career defending as he thought appropriate?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Two Democrats Announce Runs for District 26

We're fortunate to have not one but two Democrats running to represent Indiana House District 26--Vicky Saker Woeste and Deanna McMillan. Below is video Woeste's announcement and Channel 18 coverage of McMillan's announcement.



Sunday, January 31, 2016

SB344 Passes Committee Vote; Will Be Debated and Voted on in Senate

A bill that attempts to balance the civil rights lesbian, gay and bi-sexual individuals with religious freedom, SB344, passed out of a Senate committee last week (7-5) and will be debated in the full Senate this week. The deadline for the bill to be passed to the House for consideration is Wednesday. You'll note that rights for transgender individuals were not included; the bill calls for a study committee to consider those issues. Despite criticism from both proponents and resisters of LGBT rights, Senate President Pro-Tempore David Long, feels SB 344 marks major progress:
“Senate Bill 344 is a major step forward and an amazing proposal for change in Indiana. It fixes the issue of balance between strong religious freedom protections and civil rights protections for the LGB community and considering where we were a few years ago this is a big step in the right direction for Indiana.”
Meanwhile House Majority Leader Brian Bosma says whether the bill is heard in the House will be determined not by the chair of a committee, which is the usual practive, but by a caucus of all the Republican members. Bosma has also specualted on whether that any bill could meet the requirements of Governor Pence, who indicated in his State of the State speech that he would not sign any bill that did not completely protect religious rights. Bosma said, “I think [Pence's position] does make passage more difficult because I’m not certain there is a solution on the table that meets the requirements that the governor indicated he is looking for.”

You can learn more about the status of SB344 here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Truitt Won't Seek Another Term

Republican Represenative Randy Truitt of West Lafayette says he will not seek another term as representative for Indiana House District 26 in November. Truitt said, “My goal was to make a difference, and I feel I have. I did not want a career in politics in Indianapolis, and there are many others in District 26 who may like the opportunity to serve.” You can read more about Truitt's announcement here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

"Four Words and a Comma" Rally Draws Crowd at Statehouse

Supporters of the 'four words and a comma" approach to LGBT civil rights in Indiana gathered at the statehouse on Saturday to encourage the legislature to pass Senate Bill 2, the Democratic-proposed bill that would simply add LGBT civil rights to the state's current civil rights law with four words and a comma--“sexual orientation, gender identity.” You can read more about the rally from the Indy Star here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Gregg Raised $3.7 Million for Governor Race

In 2015 John Gregg raised $3.7 million for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign. The Northwest Indiana Times reports that "At this point in the 2012 race, Gregg raised just $1.2 million to Pence's $3.7 million, forcing Gregg to spend a lot of time fundraising, instead of campaigning, throughout the election year."

Governor Pence raised $3.5 million in the past six months, more than $5.1 million for the year and has nearly $6.8 million cash on hand. While John Gregg will certainly be better funded than he was in 2012, when he lost to Pence by only 3 percent, he will be facing a very well funded incumbent and will need the ongoing support of Democrats. Read more about the fundraising race here.