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.


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.