Saturday, October 21, 2017

Visit Our New Website!

Tippecanoe County Democrats have moved their website to http://tippdemparty.com/. Please visit us there to keep up with all the news and events going on with your local Democratic party! You can also keep up with Tippecanoe County Democrats at our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TippecanoeCountyDemocraticParty.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pence Walks Out of Colts Game as Players Exercise First Amendment Rights

Vice President flew to Indianapolis to attend a Colts game where former Colts quarterback would be honored at halftime by having his jersey retired. However, Pence and his wife walked out before the game even started when 23 players on the opposing San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem, as they have been doing since the start of the 2016 season. Pence explained his action in a tweet: "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem."

Many Colts fans complained that Pence's action detracted from the honoring of Peyton Manning. Reporters accompanying Pence to Indianapolis were not brought to the stadium and were advised that he might be leaving the game early, suggesting that the walk-out was a planned political stunt (conducted at tax-payer expense).

You can read more about Pence's stunt in Politico.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Indiana Republicans Silent on Multi-Trillion Deficit from Trump Tax Plan

The Indiana political analyst Brian Howey observes that the Indiana Republican delegation has been silent on the explosion of deficit that Trump's so-called "tax reform" package would generate. Estimates range from $2.4 trillion to $10 trillion in the next decade.

"Where have all the deficit hawks gone?" Howey asks. "The Indiana Republican delegation lauded the plan, but no one mentioned the potential deficits." Particularly galling are Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, who voted against hurricane relief for their fellow citizens because of a lack of budget offsets for the proposed relief. But they are silent on multi-trillion dollar holes blown in the budget so that Trump can give massive tax breaks to the richest .1 percent, including himself.

You can read more from Howey here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

White Supremacist Group Publicizes Itself on the Purdue Campus

The Journal and Courier reports that the white supremacist group Identity Evropa, identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, put up posters on the Purdue campus on Sunday and then tweeted pictures of the posters. The tweet referenced Project Siege, which the group's website describes as the "beginning of a long term cultural war of attrition against academia's Cultural Marxist narrative." A similar event occurred last November when the American Vanguard put up posters on campus. In a brief statement President Mitch Daniels expressed his "disinclination to do exactly what these despicable people want most, which is to give them attention their minuscule numbers and their abhorrent views do not merit."

Read the complete Journal and Courier report on their website.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rokita and Messer Oppose Harvey Aid

Senator Joe Donnelly voted with the Senate majority in favor of a $15 billion disaster aid package for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Both of his most likely Republican opponents for 2018, Representatives Luke Messer and Todd Rokita voted against the aid in the House (where the vote was 316 to 90 in favor). Both stuck to the Republican hardline of demanding spending cuts for disaster aid to prevent increasing federal debt, with Messer saying the aid package "piles on" the deficit and Rokita calling the spending reckless. Not a great look.

You may recall that Ted Cruz loudly voted against aid for Hurrricane Sandy victims in New York and now looks hypocritical in accepting aid for his state of Texas. Indiana Republican voters weren't kind to Cruz in the 2016 presidential primary.

Read more about the vote for Harvey aid here.

Walt Dalsimer

The Tippecanoe Democratic Party is sad to hear of the passing of longtime volunteer and supporter, Walt Dalsimer. Walt was a wonderful person who gave his all to what he believed in. We were fortunate to have him in our corner, and to count him as a friend. He will be very missed.

Memorial donations may be given to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or the Tippecanoe County Historical Society. See his obituary here for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Holcomb Ducks DACA Question

The associated Press reports that Governor Holcomb ducked a question that asked him to express his view of President Trump's action rescinding DACA. The report says, "Holcomb echoed Trump, saying it’s Congress’ job to take up the issue now. He added that he hopes the matter can be addressed with 'compassion and common sense,' though he did not say what he thinks that should entail." You can read the AP release here.

Purdue Issues Statement of Support for DACA

Here is the text of a statement issued by Purdue in support of DACA:

President Daniels, on behalf of Purdue, joined other college and university presidents last year in calling on the country’s leaders to continue and expand the DACA program. In the language of that November 2016 letter, ‘America needs talent - and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community.’

Since the courts have ruled that the current program was created without lawful process, it’s important that Congress remove any cloud over its legal validity. We hope for quick action to enact the substance of this program and provide it permanence and certainty.

You can read the 2016 statement by college and university presidents referenced above here.

How to Help Hoosier Dreamers

With DACA under fire by the Trump administration, here is an article from NUVO of Indianapolis that describes ways that you can support the 10,000 dreamers here in Indiana.

Monday, August 28, 2017

How to Help Texas Flood VIctims

This article, from the New Orleans Times Picayune, provides information about organizations you can contribute to to aid those attempting to deal with the flooding crisis in Texas.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pence's Job: "Translate" Trump for Other Countries

NPR political reporter Tamara Keith describes Mike Pence's job as international "translator" for President Trump, which consists of "offering reassurance to allies in soothing tones while projecting unflinching loyalty to the president by quoting him repeatedly and with reverence."

Keith notes that in just one speech to business leaders in Argentina, Pence referenced or quoted Trump 22 times, and that the version of Trump that Pence quotes "is a man who only says the most presidential things." Apparently Pence's "translations" are loose ones. Keith's analysis is worth a listen.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Indiana AG Seeks Vigorous Defense of Indiana Vote Suppression Law

In a previous post we reported on an Indianapolis Star report showing that the most populous counties in Indiana (which happen to to be heavily Democratic) are prevented from having more than one early voting center because of a Republican-passed statute. That resulted in a discrimination lawsuit being filed by Common Cause Indiana and the NAACP against the Marion County and Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

Now the state's Attorney General Curtis Hill, elected in Indiana's Trump wave of 2016, has aggressively intervened in the case with a filing that that says the Marion County Election Board is not adequately defending the statute or the state's interests. It will be interesting to see how anyone mounts a defense of a law that is so transparently designed to suppress urban voter turnout. Also interesting: Hill is a lifetime member of the NAACP, according to his Wikipedia page.

You can read more about the case in the Star here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hundreds Attend Lafayette Demonstration in Support of Charlottesville

Demonstrations in opposition to the racist activities in Charlottesville are springing up all over the country, and throughout Indiana. Here is the J&C coverage of demonstrations Evansville, Muncie, Richmond, and Indianapolis. Lafayette was no exception. On Saturday hundreds attended a demonstration here to voice their support for the victims of the violence and their repudiation of racism and violence. Here is WLFI's reporting on the Lafayette event.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Indy Star Reports Republican Manipulation of of Early Voting in Indianapolis Area

Today the Journal and Courier published a story about a study by the Indianapolis Star that showed Indiana Republicans systematically repressed early voting options in Democratic-leaning Marion County while encouraging it in Republican-leaning Indianapolis suburbs. One cited result was that suburban Hamilton County saw a 63 percent increase in absentee voting from 2008 to 2016, while urban Marion county saw a 26 percent decline (absentee ballots are used in early voting stations). Hamilton County got two new early voting stations, while the number of esarly voting stations in Marion County declined from three to one. You can read the J&C coverage of the Star report here.

Slate describes the mechanism for vote suppression as a state law that effectively barred “counties with populations over 325,000” from opening more than one early voting site. The bill targeted Marion, Lake and Allen Counties, all with substantial minority populations and Democratic inclinations. County election boards could only override the law with the unanimous consent of all members their bipartisan members. The Republican member of the Marion County election board refused to allow Marion County to add other early voting centers.

This story has gotten national traction with stories in such outlets as Vox, Huffington Post, Slate and Esquire.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NY Times Says Pence Positioning for 2020; Pence Objects, Loudly

The New York Times has published a story suggesting that Vice President (and former Indiana Governor) Mike Pence is positioning himself for a run at the presidency in 2020 on the assumption that the current president will be unavailable. The bill of particulars includes Pence becoming the only sitting VP ever to establish his own political fund-raising committee, meeting extensively with donors, and hiring a politically aggressive chief-of-staff. You can read the Times article here.

The Times reported that Pence responded strongly:
“Today’s article in The New York Times is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family and our entire team. The allegations in this article are categorically false and represent just the latest attempt by the media to divide this administration. Whatever fake news may come our way, my entire team will continue to focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020. Any suggestion otherwise is both laughable and absurd.”
Understanding the president's mercurial nature and his obsession with absolute personal loyalty, Pence's denial was loud and public. Frank Bruni's column "Mike Pence, You're Doomed" says Pence responded "with an operatic outrage that showed just how close to the bone it had cut." Bruni describes Pence's no-win situation like this: "Without Trump he’s nothing. With Trump he’s on a runaway train that he can’t steer or brake. If it doesn’t crash, Trump can scream down the tracks straight through 2020. If it does, Pence will be one of the casualties."

All this is laid out nicely by Glen Thrush in August 8 edition of the Times podcast The Daily, in which Thrush notes that Pence jumped at Trump's offer of the vice presidency because Pence was "enroute to being defeated for re-election as governor of Indiana," a fact not often noted.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Visit Us at the Fair

If you're coming to the Tippecanoe County Fair this week, stop by our booth! We'll be there through Saturday, July 29.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Under Trumpcare 37,900 Will Lose Healthcare in District 4

The Center for American Progress used CBO projections to calculate the number of individuals in every congressional district who will lose health insurance by 2026 under the devastating healthcare bill passed by the House. In our Indiana 4th District it is projected that a total of 37,900 nonelderly people will lose insurance coverage they have today. Medicaid losses including 6,200 children; 1,100 disabled; 1,300 elderly, and 8,000 covered in the ACA Medicaid expansion. 18,800 are expected lose their employer provided insurance, and 1,800 will lose coverage in the ACA exchanges and other coverage. You can read more about the losses by congressional district here.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

207,400 Hoosiers Will Lose Insurance Under Trumpcare

The Center for American Progress used CBO projections to calculate how many people in every state would lose their healthcare under the Wealthcare bill Senate Republicans are trying to pass. Their analysis suggests that 207,400 Hoosiers will lose coverage by 2026. That's a lot of votes being cast by people Republicans have chosen to put in extreme peril to provide large tax cuts for the very rich. You can read more about states' losses under Trump's Wealthcare here.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Indiana Secretary of State Won't Comply with Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Request for Voter Data

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (a Republican, needless to say) says that Indiana will not be able to comply with the request for data on voters that President Trump's Commission on voter fraud has requested from all states. Lawson says that state law allows her only to release the names, addresses, and congressional district of Hoosier voters. Kris Koback, the Kansas Secretary of State and vice chair of the commission, is requesting much more than that: birth dates, and social security numbers, voting history, law enforcement record, and political party of each voter.

About half the states have refused to cooperate with the request. The commission chair is Vice President Mike Pence. Ironically, Lawson is a member of the 16-person commission. The commission originates from President Trump's unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in 2016, a claim that secretaries of state (who are responsible for elections in their states) vehemently deny.

You can read more about Indiana's non-participation from NPR here and the Indianapolis Star here.

Buttigieg on Seth Meyers Show

Here is South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looking good on Late Night with Seth Meyers.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tully: Senate "Health Care Bill" Will Harm Hoosiers

Indianapolis Star political columnist Matt Tully writes that the Senate health care bill is a "national disgrace, and "Indiana’s leading Republicans — namely Gov. Eric Holcomb and Sen. Todd Young — should put their state ahead of their party and say out loud what they must already know: The Senate’s so-called health care bill is a mess that would harm Indiana and shatter the lives of many of its citizens." You can rear Tully's column here. You can read Tully's column here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Buttigieg to Visit Iowa in the Fall

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will travel to Iowa to headline the Progress Iowa Corn Feed event on September 10, says Brian Howey. Perhaps he is fulfilling a lifelong dream to visit Iowa as the corn crop is maturing. Others suspect different motives. "You don't go to Iowa unless you're thinking about running for president,” says Chris Sautter, a Washington-based Democratic media consultant. Buttigieg will be joined by others who may have aspirations for a 2020 presidential bid, including Senators Jeff Merkley and Amy Klobuchar, as well as 2016 presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders. Read Howey's comments here.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mike Pence Hires Himself a Lawyer

Like most folks associated with the Trump White House, Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence is getting lawyered up. Seeing the Mueller investigation focusing in on Trump's inner circle, and even Trump himself, Pence hired former Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen to keep him out of trouble. What does Pence have to worry about? Plenty, it would seem. Among other things, as head of the Trump transition, he was the guy who supposed to vet Mike Flynn, who was acting as an agent of a foreign government at the time Pence was blessing him to serve as National Security Advisor. As Rachel Maddow put it:
Mike Pence was the head of the [Trump] transition, while all of those news stories of Mike Flynn being on the Turkish government’s payroll were breaking. He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn was being vetted for the National Security Advisor job. He was the head of the transition when Congress formally notified the head of the transition that Mike Flynn appears to be on a foreign government’s payroll. He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn’s personal lawyers came and told the transition that Mike Flynn maybe needed to register as a foreign agent. . . . It’s something to pick someone manifestly unfit for the job of National Security Advisor to be National Security Advisor, that’s one thing. It is another thing when you bring somebody on board to a top national security position while they’re also on the payroll of a foreign government! And you either don’t notice or you don’t care.
You can read a detailed analysis of what Pence has to worry about from Daily Kos here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Donnelly Learns of Shooting While at Democrats' Practice for Congressional Baseball Game

Like the Republicans, Democrats held an early morning practice for the annual congressional baseball game. At that practice Senator Joe Donnelly learned of the shooting at the Republicans' practice. He had just left the field and come in for batting practice when he heard Rep. Mike Doyle say, "Oh my God" and then explain the shooting.

“Mike immediately went out to the field and called everybody in and brought everybody into the dugout, told everybody what had happened,” Donnelly said. “We kind of put our arms around each other and said a prayer for our friend [Majority Whip Steve Scalise] and for the officers and for the aid and for everyone else who was injured."

Donnelly felt it was important to to play the game as scheduled: “We don’t want to be seen as folks who stand down and worry about these kinds of things. Our job is to try to help do what’s right for the country to make the country stronger, and the last thing the country needs to see is us kind of walking away when we have a chance to do something that benefits others.”

Read more here.

Monday, June 12, 2017

4th District Candidates Post Websites

Election 2018 is starting to heat up, as candidates for the 4th Congressional District are emerging with websites. Here are some of them:

Joe Mackey: http://www.joe4hoosiers.com/

Sherry Shipley: https://www.shipley4indiana.com/

Tobi Beck: http://www.beck4indiana.org/

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pence's Credibility Problems Grow

Analysis by the Washington Post suggests Vice President Mike Pence has begun to suffer a decline in his credibility as he becomes increasingly enmeshed in President Trump's web of scandal and ever-changing explanations of events. The Post explains Pence's problems with Michael Flynn's status as a foreign agent for Turkey (even as Pence was recommending him to Trump as National Security Adviser), the explanation for James Comey's firing (Pence was selling the mishandling of Hillary Clinton's case as the cause), and his denial that Michael Flynn had spoken with Russian ambassador Kislyak about lifting Obama sanctions on Russia. (Flynn had talked Kislyak about that.) These doubts come at a moment when many are considering the possibility of Pence as president if the Trump administration implodes. You can read the Washington Post analysis here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Notre Dame Graduates Walk Out on Pence Commencement Speech

Dozens of new Notre Dame graduates and their family memebers walked out of the Notre Dame graduation ceremony in protest as Vice President Mike Pence began his commencement speech. Pence had been invited to deliver the address after students and faculty protested a proposal that President Trump deliver the address. You can read more about the walkout here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Support the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party

Join us this April to support the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party!

The goal of our Spring into Action campaign is simple: 200 members to donate $10/month!

With all that is going on with the Trump administration and the Republican majority, we feel it is extremely important to keep a physical presence with our 826 Main St HQ, as well as up our online game with the building and launching of a new and improved website. Your $10 a month recurring donation will help with these things as well as help with the following: our data committee can have the tools they need to continue analyzing data so we can use it to better target voters, enable us continue our monthly candidate trainings, help with regular precinct committee engagement, and continue things like our monthly cocktail hours, book discussions, and community service events. All of these things play a critical role in keeping voters active and involved as we move forward to 2018!

You can learn more about the campaign here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Solar Power Bill Drastically Cuts Payment for Solar Customers Excess Power

Senate Bill 309, which undermines Indiana's fledgling solar industry, has passed both houses of the Indiana legislature and now awaits the governor's signature. The bill cuts the amount that untilities pay to buy the excess power generated by solar powered homes and businesses. The cut is draconian--75 per cent! The bill’s author, Sen. Brandt Hershman of Buck Creek, says "I’m not opposed to solar, it’s just that the current subsidy is too lucrative considering the current state of affairs.” Solar power advocates argue that it's a give away to the utility companies and that it undermines the viability of solar power in the state. Read more here.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Trump Budget Would Take $56 Million from Indiana Schools

If President Trump's proposed Education budget were to be adopted, Indiana schools would lose a projected $56 million as part of a 13.5 percent cut to the federal Department of Education. Most of the cuts would come from funding for two major programs--the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, which funds teacher training and retainment, and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which funds after school programs for low-income students. Republican State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick calls after school programs " a vital part of what we're doing." The loss of Supporting Effective Instruction grants "would be devastating,” McCormick says. “Many districts use that money now for class size reduction, for professional development, for teacher leadership development.” Read more here.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mysogynist Posters Appear On Purdue Campus

On International Women's, anti-feminist/anti-women's rights fliers were posted on the Purdue campus. No campus group took responsibility for distributing the fliers published by a group called Third Position. Viviana Tsangaropoul, an organizer with Purdue Social Justice Coalition, said the Coalition submitted copies of the fliers to to Provost Deba Dutta in hopes that a formal condemnation would be forthcoming from the university. Provost Dutta said, "Although no one knows who posted the leaflets, the messages and the mission of the group named on them are, of course, totally repugnant." No statement has been offered from Preseint Daniels.

According to Journal and Courier reporting, "Tsangaropoul said it is outrageous Purdue President Mitch Daniels has not more forcefully criticized the propagation of these ideals by Third Position or any of the other white supremacy groups posting material on campus. Occupy Purdue, a campus group that has been staging a sit-in at Purdue's Hovde Hall, has stated its central mission is to compel Daniels to speak out against such tactics."

Read J&C coverage here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Pence Used an AOL Email Account to Conduct Government Business

While candidate Mike Pence was promoting the idea that Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server was a criminal act, he was running Indiana governmental business through his private AOL account. (This was not illegal in Indiana.) VP Pence sees no similarity between his use of private email and Clinton's, however.

This editorial from the Chicago Tribune finds Pence "a huge hypocrite" on this issue. While complaining that Clinton's email server was subject to being hacked, Pence's AOL account actually was hacked by scammers using its contact list, writing as Pence claiming to be stranded in the Phillipines and desparate for cash. As Pence stepped away as governor, he hired hired outside counsel to review his AOL emails and transfer any involving public business to the state." Exactly what Hillary Clinton did, for which the Trump/Pence campaign argued she should be "locked up."

Pence tried to change the story by complaining that the Indianapolis Star had published his wife's email address in its expose of his AOL email use; read more here.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Congrats to TCDP New Officers

Congratulations to those who were unnanimously elected to lead the Tippecanoe County Democratic Party: Heather Maddox, Chair; Steve Snyder, Vice Chair; Michelle Wietbrock, Secretary; Michelle Richardson, Treasurer.

Also, a huge thank you to all the officers, precinct committee persons, committee chairs, and all of our volunteers for all you do.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rep. Milo Smith Blocks Vote on Nonpartisan Redistricting in Indiana

According to an article in the Columbus Republic, Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) is continuing to hear from angry Hoosiers who had hoped to be more fairly represented in our legislature by ending gerrymandering through a nonpartisan redistricting commission. Smith said he "has concerns with House Bill 1014 because it could waste legislative time and taxpayer dollars and diminish the integrity of the General Assembly."

And how would that occur? HB 1014 requires the General Assembly to approve the commission's redrawn district map, and if it turned down the commission's proposal, Smith asks, “How are people going to feel about that? They are going to say we (the General Assembly) never had any intention of approving the commission’s redistricting.” One man's "logic" is derailing any consideration of redistricting, but when the man chairs the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee, he can prevent a bill from coming to a vote in his committee--even one co-authored by House Majority Leader Brian Bosma.

We in Tippecanoe County aren't Rep. Smith's constituents, but he would surely want to hear the feelings of citizens from throughout the state about how they are being represented--or misrepresented--in the legislature. Call Rep. Milo Smith at 317-232-9620 and demand him to bring HB 1014 to a vote!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Buttigieg Earns Endorsements for DNC Chair

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has earned the endorsements of nine other mayors in his bid to become DNC chair. These include the mayors of New Orleans, Austin. and Santa Fe. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Buttigieg part of "a new generation of leadership." Landrieu continued, "Mayor Pete understands that the most successful progressive leadership and best ideas are coming from outside of the Beltway. We must be united to respond to this new administration. Pete is the best person to unite us." Austin Mayor Steven Adler said that Buttigieg "stands out as one of the strongest and clearest voices for and from the future of the Democratic Party." Former DNC chair Howard Dean also praised Buttagieg on Hardball tonight. Read more about Buttigieg's endorsements here.

CNN is sponsoring a debate among the DNC candidates on Wednesday, February 22 at 10 p.m. on CNN. It will be moderated by CNN's Dana Bash and Chris Cuomo. The election of the chair will be on Saturday, February 25.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Donnelly Will Vote Against Sessions for Attorney General

Senator Joe Donnelly has announced that he will vote against Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general. In a newsrelease, Donnelly explains his opposition:
"I am concerned that the wide range of opposition to Senator Sessions’ nomination from civil rights advocates, including many Hoosiers, will impede Senator Sessions’ ability to work effectively with many communities across the country to carry out the important mission of the Justice Department. I am also concerned Senator Sessions will support recent actions taken by the administration on refugees and visa holders. For these reasons, I am unable to support his nomination to be the Attorney General."
You can read Donnelly's entire press release here.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Immigration Rally at Purdue

About 200 people gathered on the Memorial Mall at the heart of Purdue's campus to protest President Trump's immigration executive order today. Many speakers addressed the group, including students who had been separated from loved ones and graduate students who were afraid to leave the country. David Sanders, president of the University Senate, assured the international faculty and students that they have the full support of the Senate. You can read the J&C coverage of the event here and see WLFI coverage below.



Mitch Daniels Blasts Trump's Travel Ban, Briefly

Purdue President Mitch Daniels expressed his opposition to President Trump's travel ban in a brief statement: “The President's order related to immigration is a bad idea, poorly implemented, and I hope that he will promptly revoke and rethink it. If the idea is to strengthen the protection of Americans against terrorism, there are many far better ways to achieve it.” As typical, Daniels is brief and to the point. He says the right things about Trump's executive actions, which is fine as far as it goes.

However, the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities (APLU) has posted the statements of 135 public university presidents here, and they are all longer than two sentences. They express strong support for their institutions' international faculty members and students, the importance of international cooperation in research, the fear and confusion of the university's international faculty and students, where people could seek help with immigration issues, etc. Read a bit of a statement from IU's President Michael McRobbie:

"At Indiana University, we embrace openness to the world. This has long been a hallmark of great global universities such as ours that seek to attract the best students, scholars and researchers from every country and champion the cause of greater cultural understanding.

The executive order issued on Friday that bars citizens and refugees from certain countries from entering the U.S. is contrary to the very core of our values as an institution committed to excellence and innovation, a diversity of community and ideas, respect for the dignity of others and engagement in the economic, civic, cultural and social development of our state, our nation and our world."

And there's five more paragraphs in that vein! Would it be unreasonable to hope to hear a bit more from President Daniels on this issue that is vital to the life of the university and the nation?

Joe Donnelly Opposes Tillerson and DeVos

Senator Joe Donnelly announces he will vote against Trump's nominees for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.





Be sure to call Senator Donnelly and thank him for his votes! (202) 224-4814

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ready for Action

Great turnout for two local events to encourage participation in grassroots political action--Who's Left: Local Action for Lafayette Activists today and Tippecanoe County Democratic Party's Candidate and Volunteer Information Session on Wednesday night (here is J&C coverage). The next generation of progressive leadership for our community will emerge from those in these rooms.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Support Redistricting Reform

From Heather Maddox: Tomorrow call your state representative and senator and ask them to support HB 1014 by Rep. Jerry Torr and demand that it get a vote on the floor. It's important for constituents to pick their legislator, not the legislator pick their constituents. Redistricting reform will lead to citizen control of redistricting, fairer and more competitive districts, and will help ensure that not one party have too much control in the Indiana General Assembly.

Here is a copy of House Bill 1014 and here is a link to find your legislator.

The Women's March

In Lafayette.
















In Indianapolis.









And around the world.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Obama's Impact on Indiana

Brian Howey, Indiana politics columnist, published an analysis of President Obama's impact on our state. Below are a few highlights.

In February 2009 at the beginning of Obama's term "the U.S. had a 7.8 percent jobless rate, Indiana stood at 10 percent and Elkhart County stood at 15 percent, on the way to 19.5 percent later that April. Kokomo would see its jobless rate hit 18.9 percent. As Obama leaves office, Indiana now stands at 4.2 percent, Elkhart 3.3 percent and Howard County at 4.1 percent." Thanks, Obama.

As a result of Obama pumping $80 billion into the auto industry to save it, "Indiana is now second in auto production in the United States. The GM plant in Fort Wayne has seen its workforce grow from 2,400 to 4,000. Almost $5 billion have been invested in plants in Kokomo, Tipton, Bedford, Marion and Fort Wayne." And $70 billion was repaid by the automakers. Thanks, Obama.

Though Hoosiers rejected Obamacare politically, they did not reject its services. "Former Gov. Mike Pence’s innovative Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 (which is part of Obamacare) has seen enrollment increase from 193,573 in 2015 to 359,612 in 2016 and a projected 457,739 in fiscal year 2020. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1,489,805 people in Indiana are covered by Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. An estimated 224,000 Hoosiers have health insurance today because Indiana expanded Medicaid under the ACA. In the individual market, HHS says 168,884 people in Indiana have coverage through the ACA marketplace. Up to 2,796,375 people in Indiana have a pre-existing health condition but have access to insurance." Thanks, Obama.

Don't let anyone tell you Obama did nothing for Indiana! You can read Howey's entire analysis here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Obama's Good-bye

The speech you never wanted to see. We'll miss this.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Buttigieg Announces Run for DNC Chair

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said today, "I have decided to run for Chair of the Democratic National Committee.” Also running are Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown and Labor Secretary Tom Perez. Brian Howey quotes Party Chair Dan Zody saying, "Pete Buttigieg has the capability of bringing a much-needed Midwest voice to the Democratic Party that will resonate across the country. Pete is a young and dynamic talent that we need at the top of our party, and I am happy to support a Hoosier for DNC Chair."

You can read a New York Times article about Buttigieg's candidacy here.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Joe Donnelly on Obamacare Repeal

Senator Joe Donnelly has long advocated for improvements to the health care law, however, he reiterated today that he won’t support any effort that would create chaos in the insurance marketplace, increase premiums, or take away insurance from Hoosiers and Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions.