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.