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.