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.