Everything you want to know about Indiana and the Syrian refugee controversy

(A 4 min. animated video below, narrated by Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, explains the process of screening Syrian refugees. Additional comments will be found here. – Admin.) IndyStar.com By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 11/21/15 WASHINGTON — Indiana drew … Continue reading

Local roads would miss out in Gov. Mike Pence’s $1 billion spending plan

(A Presidential Debate schedule and transcripts are here. – Admin.) IndyStar.com By Tony Cook 10/15/15 Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed $1 billion spending plan on highways over the next four years would represent an increase over current spending — but it leaves out a … Continue reading

What you need to know about state and federal gas taxes

The main source of transportation funding — federal and state gas taxes — has not kept up with the need IndyStar.com By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 9/7/15 WASHINGTON – Federal and state policymakers haven’t figured out how to deal … Continue reading

Shelli Yoder running for Indiana 9th Congressional District

By Megan Banta

Monroe County Council member Shelli Yoder today announced that she will run for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District.

Yoder, a Democrat, successfully garnered the Democratic nomination for the seat in 2012 but lost to incumbent Rep. Todd Young in the general election. Young announced earlier this summer that he is vacating the seat to run for the U.S. Senate spot currently held by Dan Coats, a Republican who isn’t seeking re-election next year.

Yoder is the first Democrat to announce her intention to run.  

“I’m a different kind of Democrat, and I will always put common sense over partisan ideology,” Yoder said Monday morning in a press release announcing her campaign. “I believe good government and a strong private sector can work together without leaving hard-working Hoosier families behind, and I have a proven track record of working across the aisle to solve tough problems as a public servant.

“More than anything, I understand as the mom of three young children that you can’t fix anything if folks are always fussing and fighting. It’s time to put petty politics aside and move all communities and Hoosiers in the Ninth District forward,” Yoder added.

Yoder, who lives in Bloomington with her husband, Josh Perry, and their three children, currently is vice president on the council and teaches an award-winning business course to all undergraduates enrolled at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

In her campaign announcement, Yoder laid out what she would like to see Central and Southern Indiana become:  “a place that rewards people who work hard and take chances.”

“We must rebuild a place where our kids and grandkids can find good-paying jobs and strong schools, where entrepreneurs can thrive, where everyone feels safe and welcome, and where a ZIP code doesn’t determine your destiny,” she said.

Robert Hall seeking GOP nomination for Indiana 9th Congressional District

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By Megan Banta

Bloomington resident Robert Hall officially has launched his campaign for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. 

He announced his candidacy on social media Tuesday and also launched RobertHallforCongress.com.

His announcements follows the Spring endorsement of Hall by grassroots group Hoosiers for a Conservative 9th.

“It’s time for a true conservative to get in the race,” Hall said in a press release. “Hoosiers deserve a Congressman who will take their values to Washington.”

Hall said he’s different from the other candidates in several ways: he’s the only one “who will vote against John Boehner on day one, oppose raising the debt limit, oppose Omnibus spending bills and continuing resolutions, fight for every child’s right to life and demand constitutional amendments for term limits and balanced budgets.”

After more than 30 years in the private sector as a very successful manufacturing executive and consultant, Hall said he is ready to bring that same discipline to Washington.

Who Is Senate Candidate John Dickerson?

John Dickerson hasn’t been in politics, but he is a fresher face than the other Democratic candidate, former Rep. Baron Hill.

By Gretchen Frazee

Dickerson Campaign Kickoff

John Dickerson kicks off his campaign for U.S. Senate. (Photo: John Dickerson campaign)

Democrats have another choice for U.S. Senate after John Dickerson announced his candidacy this weekend.

Dickerson isn’t a politician. He’s never even run for office. Instead, he’s run a nonprofit group, The Arc of Indiana, for more than 30 years.

Political analyst Ed Feigenbaum says that makes him different from the other Democratic candidate, former Rep. Baron Hill.

“If we’re talking about an election that’s going to be defined as generational change and change in the direction of the country, John Dickerson, from a policy perspective, would be a good choice for the Democrats to have on the ballot,” Feigenbaum says.

However, Feigenbaum also points out Dickerson, like many of the 2016 Democratic candidates, is in his 60s, so he might not appeal to younger voters.

“There’s not a lot of young fresh faces on the Democratic side, and that could be a disadvantage for them,” Feigenbaum says.

Dickerson does have some good support, though. He’s been backed by former Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis, who Feigenbaum says wouldn’t support someone she didn’t think had the political know-how to make it in the Senate.

But even if Dickerson gained the Democratic nomination, could he beat one of the three Republican candidates who are well-versed in the political arena?

The answer could be determined by which GOP candidate wins.

Both Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind. District 9, and former state GOP chair Eric Holcomb are considered establishment candidates, so if the votes for them are split, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind. District 3, could come out as the nominee.

Stutzman is considered the far-right candidate, and Feigenbaum says his nomination could keep some GOP voters on the sidelines or cause some moderates to vote Democratic.

“There’s an opportunity, perhaps, at least under one scenario for Dickerson or Baron Hill to do well simply because they are not the Republican nominee,” Feigenbaum says.

Dickerson will face Hill in the Democratic primary.

Indiana’s got a problem: Too many teachers don’t want to work there anymore

The Washington Post By Valerie Strauss 8/13/15 Indiana’s got a problem: Teachers increasingly don’t want to work in the state anymore. The problem has become so acute that some school districts have have had a hard time finding enough teachers … Continue reading

Indiana’s mixed bag: unemployment, economic performance, manufacturing, trade agreements and wages & benefits

(Links, parenthetical comments and highlighting were done by the Admin.) Business Insider: Power of partnership can help Indiana IndyStar.com By John Ketzenberger 6/19/15 Juan Pablo Montoya had barely finished his victory lap after this year’s Indianapolis 500 when the news … Continue reading