Skip to comments.Anti-Common Core Candidates Trounce Indiana Incumbents In Primaries
Posted on 05/08/2014 8:49:05 AM PDT by PoloSec
On Tuesday, two nationally-eyed primaries here in Indiana had Tea Party challengers knocking out sitting state representatives over two major issues: National Common Core education mandates and GOP leaders refusal to protect natural marriage despite supermajorities in both houses.
Curt Nisly and Christopher Judy beat Reps. Rebecca Kubacki and Kathy Heuer handily with 65 percent and 57 percent, respectively, of the votes tallied by the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazettes press time Tuesday. Dozens of motivated moms, dads, and grandparents had spent Saturdays canvassing quiet suburban neighborhoods on Judy and Nislys behalf, passing out flyers while wearing navy shirts that read, Common sense, not Common Core.
Although Politico reported, Nisly and Judy both put up a major fight against the Common Core in the state and made the fight against the standards one of their top campaign issues, and Common Core has perhaps been Indianas hottest political topic for the past year, local outlets are pretending the races outcome is largely due, instead, to support for natural marriage. The Indianapolis Business Journal didnt even mention Common Core as an electoral factor. The states flagship paper, the Indianapolis Star, only mentioned Common Core because a source quoted it, also spending their story noting Heuer and Kubackis refusal to vote for amending the state constitution to define marriage as one man, one woman.
Marriage was clearly important to the challengers teams, but Common Core was at least equal in importance. For one, Nisly filed for candidacy before either incumbent had voted against letting Indiana voters consider the marriage question. Heather Crossin and Erin Tuttle, co-founders of Hoosiers Against Common Core, had endorsed Judy and Nisly. The ladies are well-known both in-state and nationally for catalyzing the states retreat from Common Core. Last month, Indiana became the first state to drop Common Core, albeit for lower standards because Gov. Mike Pence insisted that Common Core proponents control the rewrite. Pence had endorsed Heuer, and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann spent Election Day greeting voters at the polls in Heuer and Kubackis districts on the incumbents behalf. The state Chamber of Commerce, also a huge Common Core proponent, had also backed Heuer and Kubacki.
For months, grassroots leaders at Indiana anti-Common Core meetings had highlighted primary upsets as an effective way to make the state GOP stop trivializing their objections to the Obama administration-backed national testing and curriculum mandates.
Common Core supporters are nervous about this gaining traction, as evidenced by a new poll out last week. When given a pro-Common Core explanation, conservative primary voters who didnt previously know about the standards tend to support them, by 55 to 39 percent, the poll says. By a 48 percent to 36 percent margin, Republican primary voters tended to support a candidate with a positive message about Common Core instead of one charging it was developed in secret by the Obama administration. But thats a straw man: The folks who oppose Common Core dont pretend Obama wrote them in secret, pointed out Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute.
This is just slightly less egregiousand maybe thats being too kindgarbage polling than lots of the other push polls providing neutral descriptions of the Core, he said. The organization that commissioned this one receives funding from Common Cores primary sponsor, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See McCluskeys critique of other Common Core polls.
Another recent poll tends to reinforce the Indiana primary results. The University of Connecticut found that that the more people know about Common Core, the less likely they are to support it. Of those who said they know a great deal about Common Core, 61 percent said it is bad policy.
the local and state level is where the real heavy lifting can be done. the national stuff is just a holding action against the republocrats.
“... before either incumbent had voted against letting Indiana voters consider the marriage question...”
HUH? What’s this? Are they saying that ONLY the sitting candidates can decide whether voters can vote on some political issue? There should be room for two separate votes.
TERM LIMITS! And, yes, I know how politics work. We need people who want to fight for what they believe, NOT to scratch each others’ backs to make their elections a lifetime job.
Label it Commie Core and it will be even less popular.