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  • Valero restarts ethanol plant

    08/29/2014 5:14:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 28, 2014 | Vicki Vaughan
    Valero Energy Corp. has restarted production at a corn ethanol plant in Indiana that was shuttered more than two years ago by its previous owner. San Antonio-based Valero bought the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings Inc. for $34 million, boosting the number of its ethanol plants to 11. Valero has been preparing the plant for a restart since its purchase. Because the plant has been shuttered for almost two years, “it took a lot of preparation and maintenance,” Valero spokesman Bill Day said, but the company didn’t have to add any new equipment. During the time...
  • Fire out after BP Whiting refinery explosion

    08/28/2014 5:53:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 28, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    An explosion shook BP’s biggest U.S. refinery late Wednesday in Whiting, Indiana, but appears to have left no serious injuries after a fire was extinguished. A spokesman for the Whiting Fire Department said Thursday a compressor at the refinery exploded, causing a blast that was felt at the station one-half mile away from the refinery. It caused a fire at the facility, but no injuries were reported, he said. One worker was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but was later released, BP spokesman Scott Dean said in an emailed statement. The London oil company said the fire was...
  • Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

    08/27/2014 4:23:45 AM PDT · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, hit the backers of the ban the hardest. He balked when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to "tradition" as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage. "It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away," the 75-year-old judge said. Prohibition of...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Pence wants child immigrants sent home

    07/30/2014 2:58:30 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    nwitimes.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence wants the 245 unaccompanied child immigrants recently placed with Indiana relatives or sponsors sent back across the nation's southern border as soon as possible. In a letter sent Tuesday to President Barack Obama, the Republican said while he feels "deep compassion" for the children and believes they should be "treated humanely and with decency and respect," there is no place for them here. "Failure to expedite the return of unaccompanied children thwarts the rule of law and will only continue to send a distorted message that illegally crossing into America is without consequence," Pence said....
  • The NRA's Top Lawyer Was Once Convicted Of Murder (ZOT!)

    07/30/2014 7:49:34 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 100 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/29/14 | Pamela Engel
    The National Rifle Association's top lawyer, who has been instrumental in shaping gun policy in the U.S., was once convicted of murdering a woman in Indiana.... Robert J. Dowlut, general counsel for the NRA, reportedly admitted to police in 1963 that he killed his girlfriend's mother. He was 17 years old at the time. Dowlut reportedly led police to the graveyard where he buried the gun and also copped to attempting to rob a pawnshop the same night as the killing. Bullets from the gun Dowlut unearthed at the graveyard matched those found at the site of Anna Marie Yocum's...
  • Indiana Is A Secret Border State

    07/29/2014 10:42:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | Tony Katz
    Indiana has been forced to accept 245 illegal invaders, without a vote or knowledge of who they are, where they come from nor what diseases they may carry. Without knowledge of whether they - here illegally - were placed with other people (known as sponsors) that are here illegally. Without knowledge of what the cost will be to care for them, nor how much the taxpayers of Indiana will be forced to pay,or else be called racist, bigots and xenophobes. Reps. Andre Carson (D-IN 7th) and Todd Rokita (R-IN 4th), Senators Donnelly (D) and Coats (R,) Gov. Mike Pence (R)...
  • Intruder shot, killed by Indianapolis homeowner

    07/27/2014 8:54:53 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 11 replies
    wthr 13 (tv station) ^ | 7/27/14 | n/a
    INDIANAPOLIS - Police are investigating after a homeowner shot and killed an intruder Sunday afternoon on the near north side. The incident happened in the 3100 block of N. College Avenue around 1:00 p.m. Police say several men were in the house on the west side of College Avenue when three men tried to get into the house. Gunfire was exchanged and one of the suspected intruders was killed...
  • Former police lieutenant doesn’t receive jail time for stealing $150K

    07/23/2014 10:17:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    wlfi.com ^ | 7-23-14 | Krista Henry
    CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A former Frankfort police lieutenant was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to stealing more than $150,000 from his part-time employer. Forty-eight year old Randy Emery is accused of stealing the money from the BP gas station on State Road 28, just off of Interstate 65 in Clinton County, where he worked transporting money from the gas station to the bank.
  • Four Statist Policies Gov. Mike Pence Champions

    07/23/2014 10:37:41 AM PDT · by Gipper08 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 14, 2014 | Joy Pullman
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would like to ride into the presidency as he has his governorship: On the coattails of his predecessor, former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Unlike his years in Congress, PenceÂ’s governorship has been largely marked, not by forging crucial and substantive policies that reign in the administrative state and advance the cause of liberty, but by a refusal to make waves. In our current climate, that means governing as a technocratic Progressive. So while treating Hoosiers to essentially the stable status quo Daniels earned making tough and politically risky decisions, Pence has been traveling the country, proclaiming his...
  • Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers

    07/19/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Ed Feulner
    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare—“the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest”—aren’t averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU’s Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses—$13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama’s second inaugural. The union designated all that travel as “representation activity.” Also claimed as a “representation” expense: a $6,000 liquor store tab for “beverages for...
  • Indiana won't recognize same-sex marriages

    07/09/2014 3:14:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 7/9/2014 | CHARLES D. WILSON
    Indiana won't recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed before a federal court halted a lower-court's decision to lift the state's gay marriage ban, the governor's office said Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence's decision, first announced in a memo from chief counsel Mark Ahearn, applies only to state agencies that report to his governor's office and would affect state services controlled by those agencies, such as food stamps or the ability to file jointly for state taxes. Hundreds of couples were married from June 25, when a U.S. district court judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban, to June...
  • 1 dead, several injured in Marion GM explosion

    07/01/2014 8:50:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    rtv6abc ^ | 7-1-14 | Kara Kenney, Katie Heinz
    INDIANAPOLIS - A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured five other people, authorities said. The blast killed James L. Gibson, 48, Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey said. Marion General Hospital was treating five other people with non-life threatening injuries, hospital spokeswoman Ann Vermilion told the Marion Chronicle-Tribune. However, GM issued a statement saying four employees were under observation for non-life-threatening conditions at the hospital and that four others were transported there, but required no treatment. "The situation is contained. Everybody has been evacuated," GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said in a...
  • Police looking for suspects after Wal-Mart shooting, robbery

    07/01/2014 8:45:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    rtv6abc ^ | 7-1-14 | Katie Heinz & Chris Proffitt
    BEECH GROVE, Ind. - Police were still searching for the suspect who shot and robbed a man in a crowded Wal-Mart parking lot in Beech Grove on Monday evening. The incident happened in the 4600 block of South Emerson Avenue around 6:30 p.m., officials with the Beech Grove Police Department said. Police said 22-year-old Jacob Faulkner was shot in the arm and chest in the apparent preplanned robbery. He was still recuperating in a hospital Tuesday. Officials said the passenger in Faulkner’s truck, 27-year-old Daniel Witter, was not injured. At first, police believed the men were making an exchange that...
  • Indiana: Pro-Gun Legislation Takes Effect Today

    07/01/2014 3:50:05 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 1 2014 | Daily Caller
    Today, July 1, Senate Bill 229 goes into effect. As previously reported, SB 229 protects law-abiding gun owners from becoming unintentional felons by allowing legally possessed firearms to be locked in a vehicle, out of plain sight, while parked on school property. SB 229 also prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for gun “buybacks” and removes the misguided “roaming school zone” language set to return on the books today. Senate Bill 229 was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence (R) on March 26.
  • LIVE: Derecho Aims East, Threatens Chicago, Detroit

    06/30/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 53 replies
    Severe weather will lash through areas from the Midwest to the Great Lakes into Tuesday, hitting some of the major cities in the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis and Detroit.
  • The Democrats' best shot in Mississippi

    06/27/2014 2:20:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 206 replies
    Politico ^ | June 26, 2014 | ANNA PALMER
    Democrats were crossing their fingers that Chris McDaniel would be the Republican nominee in Mississippi. But since Sen. Thad Cochran has prevailed, they are trying to do the unthinkable — unseat a six-term GOP senator. McDaniel supporters are irate that Cochran won a GOP primary by reaching across the aisle. Now some of his backers are ambivalent about whether they’ll come out at all in November — and if they don’t, that could create a rare opening for a Democrat here.
  • Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down in Utah and Indiana by Federal Court

    06/26/2014 6:55:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Utah and Indiana became the latest U.S. states to see their bans on same-sex marriage struck down following separate rulings in federal court on Wednesday. "It is wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of love and commitment of same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples," a three-judge panel in the Utah case said while upholding a lower court ruling, NPR reported. Back in December, Utah briefly became the 18th state where gay couples received the right to marry, after a federal district judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The...
  • Marion County clerk's office wed 186 gay couples [Uh, no, Indiana...it ain't marriage]

    06/26/2014 6:30:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 6/26/14
    Marion County Clerk's office says 186 same-sex couples were wed at its downtown Indianapolis office Wednesday after a federal judge overturned Indiana's gay marriage ban... Indiana's attorney general has asked U.S. District Judge Richard Young to stay his order allowing gay marriages as the state appeals the ruling.
  • Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage

    06/25/2014 12:32:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    ABC News ^ | Jun 25, 2014 | Charles Wilson
    A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allowed gay couples to wed. The court clerk in Marion County, home to Indianapolis, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couple about an hour after U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state law violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause. "Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana," he wrote.
  • Judge Strikes Down Indiana Ban on Gay Marriage

    06/25/2014 10:07:03 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 6/25/2014 | CHARLES WILSON
    federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately allows gay couples to wed. U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled that the state's ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause because it treats couples differently based on their sexual orientation. "Same-sex couples, who would otherwise qualify to marry in Indiana, have the right to marry in Indiana," he wrote. "These couples, when gender and sexual orientation are taken away, are in all respects like the family down the street. The Constitution demands that we treat them as such."
  • First westbound natural gas flows begin on Rockies Express Pipeline

    06/18/2014 10:55:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JUNE 18, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    The Rockies Express Pipeline (REX) announced on Monday that it expects service to commence as soon as today for the first 0.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity on its 0.60 Bcf/d Seneca Lateral pipeline in southeast Ohio. The 14.3-mile lateral will flow gas north from the MarkWest Seneca natural gas processing plant to the REX mainline, where a newly built compressor station will allow this gas to be delivered to points west in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. No new pipelines will be added to the mainline; the project will allow bidirectional flows—both east and west—to occur on...
  • Delegates Aiming at December Finish for Rules (COS)

    06/15/2014 2:00:25 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 10 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | June 13th, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | The Assembly of State Legislatures concluded its work at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, having tasted the difficulty of getting different states to agree on even minor matters, but still optimistic about the prospects for a future Convention of the States. The 94 delegates from 29 states spent the morning polishing a resolution officially changing the group's name from the Mount Vernon Assembly and urging other states, especially states with Democratic legislatures, to join the mostly Republican members of The Assembly of State Legislatures at its planned December session. Questions over whether delegates to the December meeting should...
  • Historic win for school choice in Oklahoma

    06/13/2014 6:11:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Mike Turner
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can threaten us all he wants; we’re finished with Common Core in Oklahoma. Last week Governor Mary Fallin made it official, signing into law legislation repealing the law’s impact on our state’s education standards. As a state representative, I was proud to have voted to stop Common Core. As a conservative, I’m outraged I had to in the first place. We need to be standing up for school choice, not whitewashing standards that are better for bureaucrats than parents and children. At any rate, the Obama administration is none too happy with us. “We partner...
  • Article V Constitution: Mount Vernon Assembly [Live Web Stream Now! Today (6-12) & Tomorrow]

    The Mount Vernon Assembly – Indianapolis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Skip Brown skip.brown@iga.in.gov 317-232-9521 The Mount Vernon Assembly to Meet at Indiana Statehouse June 12 and 13 INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2014) – More than 100 state legislators representing 33 states will meet at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on June 12 and 13 to continue establishing the rules and procedures needed for a future state-led convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as authorized by Article V of the Constitution. The meeting is a continuation of efforts that began in December 2013 at George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate...
  • Dem to Help Plan State-Led Revisions to U.S. Constitution

    06/12/2014 5:10:40 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 118 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | June 8th, 2014 | Dan Carden
    State Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, will join some 105 delegates from 33 states at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday and Friday for the second meeting of the Convention of the States planning group dubbed The Mount Vernon Assembly. Arnold did not attend the group's first session in December at George Washington's Virginia estate, but said he jumped at the chance to participate this time when Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, an organizer of the planning group, asked Arnold to join him and state Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, as Indiana's delegation. However, because an Article V convention never has been...
  • States Ditch Common Core - The ObamaCare Of Education

    06/11/2014 3:40:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: Oklahoma joins South Carolina and Indiana in opposing one-size-fits-all U.S. education standards that have turned schools into leftist re-education camps, with political statements masquerading as instruction. Not as much attention has been paid to Common Core as has been paid to ObamaCare. But like the faux Greek columns in Denver at Barack Obama's nomination in 2008, they were supposed to be the twin pillars of his legacy. Both, however, are fake promises, Trojan horses for government control of key sectors of American society and our economy. Five years ago, 46 states gave up a big chunk of their sovereignty...
  • Cantor-allied Young Guns Network urges non-Republicans to vote in Lugar race

    06/11/2014 2:46:56 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/27/12 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    I reported the other day that the Young Guns Network, a group led by two former top aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, is spending $100,000 in the primary between Sen. Richard Lugar and state treasurer Richard Mourdock in a bid to protect the Indiana incumbent - and here's what some of that mail looks like. A lit piece that the YG Network dropped focuses, as they'd said it would, on energy policy - but it is targeted to non-Republicans, as it reminds voters that Indiana's GOP primary is an open one in which Democrats and independents can vote.
  • Richard Mourdock Warns America Heading Way of Nazi Germany in Dramatic Farewell Speech

    06/11/2014 9:26:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 7, 2014 | Katie McHugh
    Indiana treasurer Richard Mourdock warned that the possibility of U.S. bankruptcy will push the country the way of Nazi Germany during a speech on Saturday. "The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi party because they made great promises that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute. And why is that? Because Germany was bankrupt," Mourdock said to a crowd gathered at the Indiana Republican Convention on Saturday... The term-limited Mourdock made his remarks as part of a farewell speech...
  • Democratshima - Detroit Photos Before and After (VANITY)

    06/09/2014 11:23:32 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 47 replies
    Or.. Democratrina. Far more destructive than any bomb or hurricane, Democrat locusts destroy lay waste to Detroit. This is the 'progress' they want for the rest of America.
  • Congresswoman Almost Drives Witness To Tears During Heated Exchange On VA Scandal

    05/30/2014 1:04:20 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 30, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    Republican Representative Jackie Walorski of Indiana almost drove a witness to tears during a meeting of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
  • Indiana: Motorist Sues After Officer Takes Forced Urine Sample

    05/27/2014 10:54:59 AM PDT · by Ken H · 58 replies
    thenewspaper.com ^ | 05/27/2014 | n/a
    Cops use catheter in invasive procedure against Indiana motorist whose blood alcohol level was below the legal limit. A motorist whose blood alcohol level was below the legal limit earlier this month filed a $11 million federal lawsuit against Schererville, Indiana for allowing its police force to use a catheter to forcibly obtain a urine sample from him two years ago. On May 20, 2012, William D. Clark and Alyssa Madson were driving through Schererville on US 30. At around 11pm, Officer Matthew Djukic hit the lights on his squad car and pulled Clark for allegedly speeding. Smelling alcohol, Officer...
  • Opposing Common Core: A Losing Issue, Even in GOP Primaries

    05/25/2014 8:28:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2014 | Michael Brickman
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Michael Petrilli. Ever since election results from May 5th were finalized, a number of voices have loudly touted cherry-picked upsets—namely, the primary defeats of two incumbent Republicans in the Indiana legislature—to build what they want to present as a larger narrative of rising opposition to Common Core. This narrative is misleading. In fact, the GOP primary results from throughout this month showed, if anything, that opposing Common Core is not a ticket to office for a right-flank challenge to an incumbent, and the efficacy of attempts to take out Republicans from the right...
  • Indiana judge assailed for light sentence in husband-wife rape case

    05/22/2014 4:25:52 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    la times ^ | may 20, 2014 | matt Pearce
    <p>An Indiana judge came under heavy criticism Tuesday after he ordered no prison time for a man convicted of charges related to repeatedly drugging and sexually assaulting his wife.</p> <p>On Monday, the Los Angeles Times wrote about the April conviction of David Wise, 52, of Indianapolis, on six felony charges of rape and deviate conduct that normally carry prison terms of six to 20 years apiece.</p>
  • Notre Dame won't recognize 'traditional marriage' student club

    05/20/2014 1:29:43 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | FoxNews
    A student group at the University of Notre Dame advocating traditional marriage has been denied official recognition as a campus club at the iconic Catholic institution, although members vow to appeal the decision. The group, Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), was rejected in an April 30 letter from the university’s Student Activities Office to Tiernan Kane, the club’s proposed president. The decision was based on a recommendation by the university’s Club Coordination Council, a division of student government, that found the club’s mission “closely mirrored” that of other undergraduate student clubs at the 12,000-student university.
  • Serious Crazy… Towson U Wins National Debate Contest By Repeating N-Word and Babbling Nonsense

    05/19/2014 1:18:24 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 61 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-19-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Towson University won the 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association’s national championship on March 24, of this year. The team members inexplicably used the n-word repeatedly and babbled nonsense. Pundit Press posted part of the debate transcript: They say the n*****s always already qu***, that’s exactly the point! It means the impact is that the that the is the impact term, uh, to the afraid, uh, the, that it is a case term to the affirmative because, we, uh, we’re saying that qu*** bodies are not able to survive the necessarily means of the body. Uh, uh, the n***** is not...
  • Local Police Departments 'Armed for War' on Domestic Terror

    05/19/2014 7:18:59 AM PDT · by shove_it · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 18 May 2014 | Greg Richter
    Local police departments are beginning to look more like branches of the military as surplus equipment such as Mine Resistant Vehicles are seen on the streets of small towns across the country. A report on Infowars.com ties the purchases to what police see as a growing domestic terror threat, specifically war veterans with the knowledge of how to make improvised explosive devices. "When I first started we really didn’t have the violence that we see today," Sgt. Dan Downing of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department told Fox 59 in Indianapolis for a story titled "Armed for War." Story continues below...
  • Good riddance: Common Core backlash claims new political casualties

    05/16/2014 12:08:08 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | May 9, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    All politics is local. So Republican politicians with national ambitions better pay attention to what grassroots parents are saying and doing about the federal education racket known as Common Core. In bellwether Indiana this week, anti-Common Core activists won a pair of pivotal electoral victories against GOP Gov. Mike Pence. Pence’s attempt to mollify critics by rebranding and repackaging shoddy Common Core standards is fooling no one. Tuesday’s Republican primary elections in the Hoosier state resulted in the landslide defeat of two establishment incumbents running for statewide re-election. Pence had endorsed GOP State Rep. Kathy Heuer over challenger Christopher Judy....
  • Indiana Gov. Pence proposes Medicaid expansion

    05/16/2014 6:58:33 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 22 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 05-15-2014 | Jason Millman
    It looks as if Indiana may soon join the list of red states signing up for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Republican Gov. Mike Pence, after months of discussions with the Obama administration, offered a plan Thursday to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income uninsured Hoosiers. About two dozen states still haven't joined the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion, which extends coverage to low-income adults earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Some states like Texas and Louisiana appear entrenched in their opposition to major elements of the health care law. Other Republican states, however, are still...
  • And Another Republican Governor Embraces ObamaCare's Medicaid Expansion (Et Tu, Mike Pence?)

    05/15/2014 11:42:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    ACE OF SPADES HQ ^ | 05/15/2014
    And Another Republican Governor Embraces ObamaCare's Medicaid Expansion Yesterday we covered how Arkansas Republicans went along with ObamaCare, today another GOP Governor drinks the Kool-Aid. Et tu, Mike Pence? More than a year in the making, HIP 2.0, as his staff has nicknamed it, would replace traditional Medicaid for all non-disabled Hoosiers ages 19 to 64 with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. If accepted by the Obama administration, it would expand coverage to an additional 350,000 Hoosiers who now lack a viable health insurance option, the governor's staff estimates. ... If approved, the move could...
  • DEPT. OF EDUCATION ERECTS OBSTACLES TO KEEP STATES IN COMMON CORE

    05/12/2014 11:28:27 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | May 12, 2014 | By David Craig
    When someone hears bureaucratic terms like “compliance, mandates and penalties,” they might think of the EPA, the IRS, or these days, the Department of Health and Human Services. But another federal government department is fast adopting the language of strict and onerous regulation. Annoyed that Indiana wants to extricate themselves from the Common Core education standards, the U.S. Department of Education is erecting procedural obstacles to make this as difficult possible. At stake for Hoosiers is $200 million in federal education funds. The Obama Administration is using “No Child Left Behind” waivers to warn Indiana officials of the penalties they...
  • READER POINT OF VIEW: Kubacki says there's no room for hate at Statehouse

    05/10/2014 1:35:54 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    Goshen News ^ | April 25, 2014 | REBECCA KUBACKI
    I would like to thank my family for giving me such support and strength through this most despicable (Indiana District 22 Representative) campaign. They have had to endure the barrage of spiteful and hateful letters to the editor. My family members wanted to respond. It was my mother who objected. She may have been a migrant worker, but she set very high standards for the Espinoza family. The Espinozas take the high road. I could not be more proud of how the Espinoza family has shown such dignity and grace.
  • WaPo: There’s a new Republican dark horse emerging for 2016

    05/08/2014 6:49:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2014 | AllahPundit
    I’m old enough to remember when people thought the GOP had a strong field lined up for the next cycle, with no need for dark horses. Which is to say, I’m more than six months old.Pencemania? Mike Pence is also quietly cultivating influential Washington figures such as Bill Kristol and Gary Bauer, while becoming one of the loudest voices attacking Common Core, a set of education benchmarks that has sparked a revolt among tea party activists.The moves all bear the hallmarks of a potential run for president in 2016 — and some Republican leaders have begun talking up Pence as...
  • Pro-marriage Republicans win big in Indiana state elections

    05/08/2014 12:27:43 PM PDT · by topher · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Thu May 08, 2014 09:49 EST | Dustin Siggins
    DIANAPOLIS, IN, May 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Pro-family and religious groups showed their clout in Indiana politics Tuesday, ousting two Republicans who opposed a marriage amendment earlier this year and successfully defending several vulnerable allies. Two Republican members of the state House, Kathy Heuer and Rebecca Kubacki, lost their races after opposing a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex “marriage” in the state. In addition to ousting Heuer and Kubacki in favor of Christopher Judy and Curt Nisly, respectively, family groups made sure Rep. Eric Turner won against a challenger despite an ethics controversy.
  • Indiana Faces Consequences From Federal Government For Exiting Common Core

    05/07/2014 5:33:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    heritage ^ | may 6, 2014 | brittany corona
    On Friday, the U. S. Department of Education sent a letter to Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, threatening to revoke the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind – because Indiana exited the Common Core national standards last month. The letter states: “IDOE (Indiana Department of Education) met ED (Department of Education) requirements in its approved ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act/[No Child Left Behind]) flexibility request through the 2013-14 school year by adopting and implementing standards common to a significant number of States. Because the IDOE will no longer implement those standards, IDOE must amend its ESEA flexibility request and...
  • Indiana voters oust two over gay marriage votes (pro-gay Republicans)

    05/07/2014 8:35:19 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 3 replies
    Indiana voters ousted two Republican legislators who helped keep a gay marriage ban off the November ballot, but most other incumbents prevailed Tuesday in a primary election lacking a galvanizing issue or marquee statewide race. Social conservatives in northeast Indiana helped tea party candidates defeat Reps. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse and Kathy Heuer of Columbia City. Both women voted in favor of a measure that delayed, at least until 2016, an effort to let voters consider whether to amend the Indiana Constitution to solidify the state's gay marriage ban.
  • Notre Dame Calls Cops On School-Authorized Table Promoting Traditional Marriage

    05/07/2014 8:01:58 AM PDT · by topher · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12:05 PM 05/01/2014 | Eric Owens, Education Editor
    Members of a group that promotes traditional heterosexual marriage say school officials at the University of Notre Dame called the police after group members set up a table on campus — even though “an officially recognized on-campus student group” had received permission for the display. The cops rushed to the scene after they got the call from school officials at the Roman Catholic school and quickly slapped a “cease and desist” order on the conservative group, Tradition Family Property Student Action, reports Campus Reform.
  • Brooks: Senate Immigration Plan Represents Good First Step

    05/05/2014 8:44:17 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    WIBC ^ | 1/29/2013 | Eric Berman
    Fifth District Congresswoman Susan Brooks says the immigration reform plan unveiled this week by a bipartisan group of senators represents an encouraging first step toward solving one of the nation's thorniest problems. Brooks praises the so-called Gang of Eight for requiring that the nation's borders be secured first, and for placing illegal immigrants at the back of the line for citizenship, behind those who have entered the country legally.
  • Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

    04/18/2014 3:33:09 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 74 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/16/14
    It used to be that if you went to a college-level debate tournament, the students you’d see would be bookish future lawyers from elite universities, most of them white. In matching navy blazers, they’d recite academic arguments for and against various government policies. It was tame, predictable, and, frankly, boring. No more. These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These “alternative-style” debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years. But this...
  • Zoeller favors major changes to U.S. Senate elections

    05/05/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    nwi.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers never again would vote in a primary election for U.S. Senate candidates if the decision were up to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Zoeller is among a growing number of state's rights conservatives who favor a so-called "soft repeal" of the 17th Amendment that would empower members of the General Assembly, instead of voters, to nominate each party's U.S. Senate candidates. Voters still would have the final say on who represents Indiana in the Senate. But Zoeller, a Republican, believes giving the General Assembly's control of selecting candidates could revive the idea that U.S. senators are ambassadors...