Marco Rubio’s History on Immigration Leaves Conservatives Distrustful of Shift

The New York Times By Jeremy W. Peters and Ashley Parker 11/14/15 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Joyce Kaufman sat in her radio studio here the other day and said the first word that comes to mind when she thinks … Continue reading

The Freedom Caucus’ Unprecedented Insurgency

(To access a list of Freedom Caucus members, that includes Indiana’s Marlin Stutzman, go here. – Admin.)

At least since the Civil War, there hasn’t been a faction fighting both parties at the same time.
By Alan Greenblatt

Congress has never seen anything quite like the House Freedom Caucus. There’s always someone unhappy on Capitol Hill and it’s not unusual for malcontents to band together. A rebellion made up of members who refuse to work with either party, however, is something that hasn’t happened in living memory.

“This is an unusual and indeed unprecedented development in the history of the party,” says Geoffrey Kabaservice, a research consultant to the Main Street Partnership, a centrist GOP group.

Parties—particularly those with large majorities—almost inevitably split into factions. And congressional history is replete with examples of groups that balked at party leadership. But the insurgents we remember—the ones who weren’t quickly and completely marginalized—managed by and large to find common cause with members of the other party. Southern Democrats, for instance, forged a “conservative coalition” with Republicans that dominated Congress for much of the 20th century.

There hasn’t been a bloc like the Freedom Caucus for at least a century, one that refuses to work with its own party leadership while being steadfastly unwilling to reach across the aisle…
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Amid revolt, Boehner steps aside to avoid ‘irreparable harm’ to Congress By Deirdre Shesgreen, USAToday 9/25/15 WASHINGTON — It took a visit from the pope, a brewing conservative rebellion, and a good night’s sleep for John Boehner — the son of a bartender and a devout Catholic from Cincinnati — to decide … 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

(Additional info about Robert Hall is here.)

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

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.

White House pushes for Iran filibuster

The administration seeks to tamp down expectations, but the numbers of supportive Senate Democrats are adding up. By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett 8/27/15 President Barack Obama’s almost certain to get the Iran nuclear deal — but whether he … Continue reading

(Indiana’s) Rokita to seek House re-election, pass on Senate campaign

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita says he will run for re-election to his current office next year, foregoing a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by the GOP’s Dan Coats.

Rokita is a former Indiana secretary of state who first won election in the state’s 4th Congressional District in 2010. He said Wednesday that many people had encouraged him to enter the Senate race, but decided he wanted to continue his work as vice chairman of the House Budget Committee.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman and former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb have announced bids for the 2016 Republican Senate nomination, with U.S. Rep. Todd Young also considering a candidacy. Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill is the only declared Democratic candidate.