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.