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.