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  • Stage Collapse Defendant Seeking Depositions from Sugarland

    03/20/2012 3:05:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    wibc.com ^ | 3/20/2012 | Alex Brown
    The Indianapolis Star reports one of the defendants in the lawsuit over the State Fair stage collapse is asking a judge to order depositions from Sugarland. The newspaper says Mid-America Sound is asking Marion Superior Court Judge Theodore Sosin to force Sugarland and it's ownership company, Lucky Star, Inc., to give depositions over the night last August when the stage rigging at the Indiana State Fair collapsed just before Sugarland was to take the stage. Mid-America Sound owned the stage at the State Fair and is one of the many defendants in the lawsuit along with Sugarland.
  • Peyton Manning heads to Denver Broncos, while Tim Tebow may be traded

    03/19/2012 5:49:38 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 69 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 3/19/2012 | By Mark Maske
    The Peyton Manning sweepstakes came to an end Monday when the free agent quarterback informed the NFL teams pursuing him that he intended to sign with the Denver Broncos. The resolution of where Manning, one of the most high-profile free agents in pro football history, will play next immediately rippled through the ranks of NFL quarterbacks. The Broncos seem intent on trading quarterback Tim Tebow and speculation immediately focused on the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. A trade to either team would send Tebow back to the state where he won a Heisman Trophy and two collegiate national championships at...
  • Polls show Sen. Lugar in trouble in GOP primary

    03/19/2012 7:02:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/19/2012 | Rick Moran
    Two polls -- neither one from unbiased sources -- show that Senator Dick Lugar's re-election campaign is in big trouble. Politico: _____________________ Richard Mourdock has closed within single digits of Sen. Dick Lugar in the Indiana GOP Senate primary race, according to a pair of polls commissioned by groups seeking to oust the six-term incumbent. Both polls -- one paid for by Citizens United, the other by Rep. Joe Donnelly's campaign -- produced the same result: Lugar ahead by just 6 points, 45 percent to 39 percent. The Citizens United-Wenzel Strategies survey last week of likely primary voters shared first...
  • Indiana cancels three specialty plates, including gay youth group's

    03/19/2012 6:27:43 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    courierpress.com ^ | 16 March 2012 | Eric Bradner
    INDIANAPOLIS — After 20 state senators complained about a pro-gay rights group’s specialty license plate, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has canceled that plate and two others. The Indiana Youth Group’s plate is out, officials there said Friday. So is the Indiana 4-H Foundation’s plate and the Greenways Foundation’s plate. The reason: They violated the contract organizations that offer specialty plates sign with the state by selling low-numbered plates to the highest bidders. Indiana’s specialty plates program is a fundraising tool for nonprofits. It allows Hoosier motorists to pay $40 for plates — $15 of which goes to the...
  • Oops: Dick Lugar ruled ineligible to vote in Indiana due to lack of residency

    03/15/2012 2:56:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2012 | Tina Korbe
    A rare case in which Democratic shenanigans might end up helping tea partiers. The Election Board has voted 2-1 along party lines to find Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, and his wife ineligible to vote in their former home precinct. The two Democrats found that the Lugars abandoned that residence and no longer reside there. However, according to Election Board attorneys, there may be an easy fix — the Lugars could submit new voter registrations that are based on a physical address in the county with which they currently have a connection. That could be a family member’s home or,...
  • Donnelly (D) Thanks Lugar for Standing Up to Tea Party (Indiana)

    03/15/2012 12:05:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    AM1050.com ^ | December 20, 2011 | Kathy Bottorff
    Joe Donnelly, Democratic candidate for United States Senate, reached across the aisle to thank Republican Senator Richard Lugar for standing up to the Tea Party on Monday. Lugar called for the House of Representatives to pass the Senate’s version of the Payroll Tax Cut Extension on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. “I thank Senator Lugar for reaching across the aisle and standing with me to support this tax cut over the objections of extremists in his party,” said Donnelly. “I said last week that Congress should stay in session through Christmas if that’s what it took to make sure taxes don’t...
  • Indiana: Dick Lugar Ruled Ineligible to Vote

    03/15/2012 11:06:48 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 63 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 15, 2012 | Kyle Trygstad
    Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, who is facing a highly competitive GOP primary challenge, today was ruled ineligible to vote in his home precinct, the Indianapolis Star reported. The Marion County Election Board voted 2-1 along party lines that Lugar and his wife, Charlene, who own a home in Virginia, had effectively abandoned their residence in the county and therefore could no longer vote there. Only the panel’s lone Republican voted to let the Lugars keep their eligibility. The newspaper, however, cited election board attorneys who said the Lugars could resubmit voter registrations using an address of a family member or...
  • Daniels to have ‘a long look’ at illegal entry bill before decision to sign or veto(IN)

    03/13/2012 4:41:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1+ views
    thestatehousefile.com ^ | 12 March, 2012 | Lesley Weidenbener
    NDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels said Monday he hasn’t decided whether he’ll sign or veto a bill that is meant to give Hoosiers more authority to block police who try to enter their homes illegally. Senate Bill 1 passed late Friday night – just hours before lawmaker adjourned their session – despite opposition from some police organizations and concerns about whether some residents might misunderstand the legislation. Supporters said the bill restores “law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense.” But Daniels said he’s not ready to talk yet about whether he’ll sign the bill into law. “I want to have a long...
  • Supreme Court upholds voter ID law (4/28/08)

    03/12/2012 4:02:54 PM PDT · by Jean S · 30 replies · 2+ views
    http://lettingfreedomring.com/2012/02/25/supreme-court-upholds-voter-id-law/ ^ | 4/28/08 | From the Associated Press via MSNBC (4/28/08)
    The Supreme Court ruled that states can require voters to produce photo identification without violating their constitutional rights, validating Republican-inspired voter ID laws. In a splintered 6-3 ruling, the court upheld Indiana’s strict photo ID requirement, which Democrats and civil rights groups said would deter poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots. Its backers said it was needed to prevent fraud.It was the most important voting rights case since the Bush v. Gore dispute that sealed the 2000 election for George W. Bush. But the voter ID ruling lacked the conservative-liberal split that marked the 2000 case.The law “is...
  • Sen. John Kerry Letter Supporting Code Pink’s Hamas-Aid Gaza Freedom March

    02/04/2010 10:50:43 AM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 26 replies · 1,089+ views
    Big Government ^ | Feb. 4, 2010 | Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King
    Massachusetts senior U.S. Senator John Kerry provided a letter on Senate stationery that supported constituents who participated in last December’s anti-Israel, pro-Hamas Gaza Freedom March, led by President Barack Obama ally Code Pink. Democrat Representative Andre Carson of Indiana’s 7th District also provided a letter of support for participants in the so-called Gaza Freedom March. Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee. In the letter, Kerry wrote that his staff met with the Massachusetts delegation before they left, and his staff would be briefed about the trip upon their return....
  • National Rifle Association will endorse Lugar challenger Wednesday

    03/07/2012 6:25:56 AM PST · by maggief · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    The National Rifle Association will endorse Sen. Dick Lugar's (R-Ind.) Tea Party-backed primary opponent Wednesday morning, sources with knowledge of the endorsement told The Hill. Their endorsement of Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) over Lugar could be a body blow to the longtime senator. The NRA is a powerful group popular in Indiana, a state where many Democrats also support the group's policy goals. By making Lugar a target, they could contribute to his downfall.
  • Report: Colts to release Peyton Manning on Wednesday

    03/06/2012 8:05:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | 3/6/12 | ap
    <p>The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is expected to end Wednesday, according to a report.</p> <p>Citing anonymous sources, ESPN reported Tuesday that the Colts plan to hold a news conference to announce the long-expected decision. Manning is expected to attend.</p>
  • Baby Found in Field Among Dead Family Members Dies in Hospital

    03/04/2012 3:09:29 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/4/2012 | OLIVIA KATRANDJIAN
    The toddler found among the bodies of her family members in a field outside a home in New Pekin, Ind., that was flattened by a powerful tornado, died today of traumatic brain injuries. Twenty-month-old Angel Babcock was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, where she was placed on life support.
  • Richard Lugar: U.S. Senator Defends His Indiana Residency

    03/03/2012 9:23:46 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 59 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 29, 2012 | Joel Siegel
    Tea Party groups in Indiana have made him their No. 1 target, saying the silver-hailed senator has strayed from Republican principles too many times. They are backing state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, creating Lugar's first Republican primary challenge since he took office. Another complication: Lugar's startling revelation that he sold his home in Indianapolis and bought one outside Washington shortly after winning his first election to the Senate three decades ago.
  • Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban

    03/01/2012 4:43:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 2+ views
    The Indianapolis Business Journal ^ | February 29, 2012 | Associated Press
    For all the bluster a statewide smoking ban sparked at the beginning of the 2012 legislative session, the version Indiana lawmakers may end up approving seems little more than a wisp of smoke. The Senate approved a statewide ban Wednesday for the first time in its history, with 13 Democrats joining 16 Republicans for a 29-21 vote. But the proposal passed hardly resembles the one the House has approved six times in recent years.
  • Bright the latest Indiana electric vehicle startup to call it quits

    02/29/2012 9:37:15 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 29, 2012 | By Julie Wernau
    Just when it seemed like things couldn't get worse, Indiana received more bad news on the electric vehicle front Wednesday as another promising hopeful announced it would call it quits. Bright Automotive, which had plans to deliver 300 manufacturing jobs to Indiana by 2012 pending the outcome of a loan from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program, announced Wednesday it has withdrawn its DOE application and will wind down operations in Indiana. In a scathing letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Bright Automotive Chief Executive Reuben Munger and Chief Operating Officer Mike Donoughe described an overly bureaucratic...
  • Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

    02/27/2012 3:43:32 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 5 replies
    As we predicted, Big Labor has launched a legal attack aimed at destroying Indiana's newly-enacted Right to Work law -- an attack that is in fact a dagger directed against virtually every state Right to Work law. Anticipating this development, earlier this month your Foundation launched a special legal task force aimed at protecting Indiana's popular Right to Work law and determined that it is on sound legal ground. Foundation attorneys have successfully defended state Right to Work laws in the past and are confident of prevailing again -- but the Big Labor bosses are desperate to keep their forced-dues...
  • Man Shot Twice Trying To Shoot Caged Raccoon(IN)

    02/26/2012 7:34:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 50 replies
    kcci.com ^ | 25 February, 2012 | AP
    REDFIELD, Iowa -- A rural Redfield man is being treated for two gunshot wounds after an attempt to shoot a raccoon caught in a live trap backfired.
  • Law Enforcement Weighs In On Right To Resist Bill

    02/24/2012 6:46:48 AM PST · by Abathar · 82 replies · 1+ views
    theindychannel.com ^ | February 23, 2012 | Jack Rinehart
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A bill that would allow property owners to use deadly force to resist police is facing increasing resistance of its own. The proposed legislation would provide property owners the right to use deadly force to stop an illegal entry by law enforcement officers. Current Indiana law gives homeowners the right to use whatever force they deem necessary to defend themselves and their property against unlawful entry. However, Senate Bill No. 1 is aimed directly at the police and would give property owners the same authority to use deadly force against officers perceived to have made unlawful entry. The...
  • Planned Parenthood Created Indiana Girl Scouts Sex Ed Program

    02/23/2012 3:41:15 PM PST · by wagglebee · 51 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/23/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Yet another link between the Planned Parenthood abortion business and the Girl Scouts has come to light and it is giving pro-life advocates further pause about their involvement in the organization.Indiana Right to Life has learned the city of Bloomington, Indiana web site in 2009 reported the direct involvement of a Planned Parenthood “health and sexuality” educator in the development of a Girl Scouts program targeted to girls as young as five years-old.In its report on the 2009 Woman of the Year and Lifetime Contribution Award, the site notes that Anne Reese was nominated posthumously for the Lifetime Contribution Award....
  • Indiana Lawmakers Take Up NRA Hunting Bill

    02/20/2012 5:12:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 17 February, 2012 | NRA
    After passing in the Indiana Senate with overwhelming bi-partisan support, NRA-backed Senate Bill 243 now awaits it’s hearing in the House Public Policy Committee. A hearing could be set as early as Wednesday, February 22. SB 243 would allow Hoosiers to use lawfully-possessed suppressors (also referred to as silencers) on firearms for hunting. Currently, Indiana law permits use of suppressors for all shooting activities except for the taking of game. Enactment of SB 243 would ensure that hunting is treated the same way as other shooting activities with respect to the use of suppressors, and allow hunters to reap the...
  • In the interests of justice(NY)

    02/18/2012 6:11:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | NA
    Sometimes zero tolerance makes zero sense. Take the case of former Marine Ryan Jerome, an Indiana jeweler arrested last September at the Empire State Building for carrying a .45-caliber handgun — legally purchased and licensed in his home state. It’s not as if Jerome was trying to hide the gun. He volunteered to security personnel that he was carrying it, and actually tried to check it. Nor is he a notorious gangster; he was carrying some $15,000 in jewelry, and needed the gun for protection. Yes, he did misunderstand New York’s gun laws; possessing an illegal pistol in the Empire...
  • Anderson 'Teen Mom' star reportedly scams low income housing program

    02/16/2012 11:30:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    WSBT ^ | February 16, 2012
    A former "Teen Mom" personality was reportedly evicted from her Anderson, Ind. home last month for allegedly scamming the government. According to celebrity news site TMZ, who cited law enforcement sources, Amber Portwood was renting a home that was subsidized by Indiana’s Low Income Rental Housing Tax Credit program. However, Portwood was not qualified to live in subsidized housing, government supported accommodations for people with low incomes, because of her income. TMZ reported the reality TV star claimed she made approximately $10,000, but she actually earned $280,000 in 2010. Portwood is currently booked in the Madison County jail. She was...
  • Tea Partiers Challenge Lugar Residency (Indiana RINO)

    02/15/2012 10:53:34 AM PST · by Abathar · 32 replies · 1+ views
    theindychannel.com ^ | February 15, 2012 | Uncredited
    NDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana tea party group is accusing U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of voter fraud and wants him removed from the ballot. Hoosiers for Conservative Senate is asking Gov. Mitch Daniels to act on a complaint over Lugar's residency that was filed in November. The tea party umbrella group supports state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the GOP primary that poses Lugar's toughest election challenge in years. Mourdock held a news conference Wednesday morning in front of the northwest side home that Lugar uses as a voting residence, even though he sold the home in 1977.
  • Noblesville Schools cancels events over measles cases (Indianapolis - They came for the Superbowl an

    02/15/2012 10:39:31 AM PST · by Scythian · 16 replies
    Indy Star (Gannett: Title and Link Only)
    How wonderful, the next time your city wants to host some big international event, think twice, now we have measles outbreak that is directly linked to the superbowl, it's already now in the schools here, spreading, uggh !!! A person from another country stopped over for a visit, they had the measles ... http://www.indystar.com/article/20120215/LOCAL/202150316/Noblesville-Schools-cancels-activities-due-measles-cases?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com
  • Man defrauds Indiana BMV helping illegal immigrants

    02/15/2012 4:28:23 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    ABC 57 News ^ | Feb 15, 2012 | Jason Aubry
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – An illegal immigrant gets 33 months behind bars for helping others like him get registration and plates for their vehicles. Paulino Ascencion-Apolino, 23, used a loophole that allows people to get vehicle registration without having to provide a valid social security number. Because businesses don’t have social security numbers, Indiana allows them to use an IRS provided Employer Identification Number (EIN) instead. The IRS allows that EIN to be assigned to people with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN). That number is something the IRS typically issues people who do not have or are not eligible to...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Notre Dame Faculty to Obama: ‘This Is a Grave Violation of Religious Freedom and Cannot Stand’

    02/13/2012 9:15:11 AM PST · by rhema · 65 replies · 2+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2/12/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Twenty-five Notre Dame faculty members--led by the university’s top ethics expert, and including some of the school’s most eminent scholars--have signed a statement declaring that President Barack Obama’s latest version of his administration’s mandate that all health insurance plans in the United States must cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions, is “a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand." The statement—put out on the letterhead of the University of Notre Dame Law School--is also signed by leading scholars from other major American colleges and universities, including Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, Brigham Young, Yeshiva and...
  • Attorney: Ind. stage collapse report blames union

    02/08/2012 7:19:15 AM PST · by TSgt · 16 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Published February 08, 2012 | FoxNews via AP
    INDIANAPOLIS – A state report on the Indiana State Fair stage collapse set for release Wednesday accuses a stagehands union of five workplace violations in the disaster that killed seven people, according to an attorney who said the union was being made a scapegoat. Bill Groth, attorney for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 30, said the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration found that the union, not the State Fair Commission, was the employer of the stagehands who were working Aug. 13 when the stage collapsed. "Local 30 is not an employer. They're a labor organization, a...
  • Freeing Workers from Union Bosses The Employee Rights Act.

    02/06/2012 3:03:16 PM PST · by rhema · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/6/12 | Fred Barnes
    For the first time in decades, union power is under serious threat. Indiana is on the verge of becoming the 23rd state to enact a right-to-work law, liberating workers from being forced to join a union. New Hampshire may also adopt some form of right-to-work. Murmurs about a national right-to-work law are growing. Public sector unions continue to face efforts to curb their power and trim their lavish contracts. And now there’s a shrewd new challenge to organized labor: the Employee Rights Act. It would take labor law in a new direction. Unlike right-to-work statutes, which help businesses escape unionization,...
  • Kroger Manager Resigns In Wake Of Fatal Shooting(IN)

    02/04/2012 10:42:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | 2 February, 2012 | NA
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A Kroger manager who fatally shot a man who police said was trying to rob the store voluntarily resigned Wednesday. Elijah "Levi" Elliott, 24, shot Jeremy Atkinson, 26, at the Kroger store at 5025 W. 71st St. on Dec. 26, after Atkinson put an employee in a chokehold and charged at Elliott, police said. Reading from a statement and standing beside his attorney, Elliott said he knew of Kroger's policy banning guns in the workplace, but said he had chosen to carry a weapon for the last three years. Elliott said he feared for his life and that...
  • Indiana Rejects Big Labor, Becomes Right-to-Work State

    02/04/2012 6:47:54 AM PST · by willowsdale · 21 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 2/2/12 | Mark Mix
    For the past two weeks, Big Labor bosses around the country have had their eyes on the Indiana capitol — watching in horror as the General Assembly passed a right-to-work bill with commanding majorities. The passage of Indiana's right-to-work law is an extraordinarily bitter defeat for the union brass. Less than a year ago, despite the fact that Hoosiers had elected substantial pro-right-to-work majorities to both chambers in 2010, union strategists remained confident they could preserve the forced-unionism status quo.
  • Indiana gets right-to-work just in time

    02/03/2012 4:01:18 PM PST · by willowsdale · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2/2/12 | Stan Greer
    <p>Right-to-Work laws protect employees from being fired or denied a job merely because they refuse to pay dues or fees to an unwanted union.</p> <p>Indiana is poised to become the nation's 23rd right-to-work state -- and it comes just in the nick of time.</p>
  • Santorum Unlikely To Make Indiana Ballot

    02/03/2012 12:16:22 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 116 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 3, 2012 at 2:21pm EST | Rosie Gray
    Rick Santorum is on the verge of being left off the ballot in the the Indiana primary, three sources told BuzzFeed Friday. The former Pennsylvania senator is more than 30 signatures short of the 500 needed in the 7th Congressional district, which includes Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, a source close to the Santorum campaign said. The Marion County chief deputy of voter registration on the Democratic side, Scott Carr, confirmed that Santorum had not submitted 500 valid signatures. An Indiana Republican source said Santorum is "a couple dozen" signatures short, but that Newt Gingrich will be on the...
  • Indiana Senate Passes Academic Freedom Bill Targeted at Evolution’s Stranglehold

    02/02/2012 8:47:24 PM PST · by sreastman · 17 replies · 1+ views
    FaithIssues.com ^ | 2/2/2012 | Steve Eastman
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence Thanks to Senator Dennis Kruse, Indiana educators may soon have the same freedom to express their beliefs about the origin of man as Thomas Jefferson did when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. This week the state Senate passed SB-89, which states, “The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life....
  • Protesters Plan Super Bowl Disruption Over Right-To-Work

    02/02/2012 4:42:10 AM PST · by Abathar · 42 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | February 2, 2012 | uncredited
    INDIANAPOLIS -- With the controversial right-to-work legislation now law, protesters are moving ahead with plans to try to disrupt Sunday's Super Bowl. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill Wednesday to make Indiana the 23rd state to prohibit labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees and the first to adopt such legislation in a decade. Between 3,000 and 4,000 union protesters streamed outside the Statehouse on Wednesday chanting, "No Super Bowl," and "See you at the Super Bowl!" before marching into Super Bowl Village, down to an area near the stadium and back. "We certainly had a huge...
  • Governor Daniels signs Right to Work bill into law (INDIANA)

    02/01/2012 2:08:09 PM PST · by TMA62 · 63 replies
    WIBC Radio ^ | 2/1/12 | Ted Andrews
    I remember Daniels getting a lot of heat for not pushing RTW legislation last year. He and the Indiana House and Senate had a lot on their plates legislatively last year. Daniels wanted hearings on it last year and to look at RTW for this session. In December, Daniels came out in full support of RTW. Today he signed the bill into law making Indiana the 23rd RTW state in the nation. You gotta give Daniels credit. He is a man of his word. Great job Mitch!!!
  • Richard Lugar doesn’t live here anymore

    02/01/2012 5:47:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 37 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-1-12 | Will Rahn
    Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar is running for re-election in a state he has not lived in for over 30 years. Lugar sold his home at 3200 Highwoods Court in Indianapolis shortly after first assuming office in 1977. But due to a loophole in Indiana law, both he and his wife Charlene Lugar are still registered to vote at that address. Greg Wright, an Indiana tea party member and certified fraud examiner, told The Daily Caller that he has been investigating Lugar’s residency situation “for a few weeks” and has not been paid for his efforts. He just heard one...
  • US Rep Dan Burton to retire

    01/31/2012 8:10:57 AM PST · by zaxtres · 17 replies
    According to Fox59 of Indianapolis, US Rep. Dan Burton is to retire. More to come.
  • Indiana State House passes Right to Work Bill

    01/30/2012 4:59:45 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Right To Work - email | Jan 30.2012 | Mark Mix
    I have exciting news. After an almost ten-year struggle involving hundreds of thousands of mobilized Hoosiers, it appears that Indiana will finally be able to enjoy all the benefits of a Right to Work law. On Wednesday, the Indiana House of Representatives passed the Right to Work bill to free nearly 200,000 Hoosiers who have been forced to pay union dues or fees for the privilege of getting up everyday and going to work so they can provide for their families. The Indiana Senate passed an identical bill earlier this week but must still approve the House version before it...
  • Guns can stay in homes, not on campus(IN barf alert)

    01/30/2012 3:17:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    indianastatesman.com ^ | 29 January, 2012 | Aurora Dreyling
    I'm a rare Republican. I really don't like guns. I have a problem with tools that have such a strong intent and prevalence of violence. I can only think of one constructive thing to do with a gun, and that's practice your aim. But what help is being able to shoot a gun well unless you're shooting a gun? It doesn't seem to me to have any outside practical purposes where other tools that could be used destructively do. Take a hammer, for example. You could probably kill someone with it, but you can also build all sorts of things....
  • Protesters march through Super Bowl Village

    01/28/2012 5:21:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/28/12 | CARRIE SCHEDLER
    NDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Protesters of a divisive labor measure have marched through the packed Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis. A mix of union members and Occupy protesters from across Indiana led a rally Saturday that began at the Statehouse before weaving through the crowded pre-game attraction. Speakers at the rally included two state representatives, a state senator and several union workers.
  • Focus: Tech bet sours for Elkhart, Ind., as electric carmaker Think, bankruptcy

    01/27/2012 9:46:38 AM PST · by jaydubya2 · 11 replies · 1+ views
    wsbt ^ | January 27, 2012 | Julie Wernau
    — The view from inside Think City's plant here is the worst nightmare for politicians betting on electric vehicles to drive job growth: 100 cars, most of them not finished, lined up with no word on their future. Only two years ago the tiny Think cars (two can fit in a regular parking space) were expected to bring more than 400 jobs to this ailing city and a lifeline to suppliers who once made parts for gas guzzling recreational vehicles. "We've said we're out to make Indiana the electric vehicle state. It's beginning to look like the state capital will...
  • Obama-backed car battery company files for bankruptcy protection ($118m down drain)

    01/27/2012 2:42:46 AM PST · by sunmars · 42 replies
    Ener1, an electric car battery company that the Obama administration awarded a $118 million stimulus grant to expand its operations, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday after being unable to repay pressing debts. The news comes one year after Vice President Biden visited the company’s new battery plant in Indiana to highlight its progress with federal funds. Ener1 is the third company to seek bankruptcy protection among those the Energy Department backed as part of the president’s signature program to invest in clean energy. Solyndra, a California solar-panel maker, and Beacon Power, a Massachusetts energy-storage firm, entered bankruptcy court...
  • Indiana House Democrats end long right-to-work fight, unions dealt blow in Rust Belt

    01/26/2012 9:40:58 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/26/2012 | ap
    In the end, they just didn’t have the votes. For two legislative sessions, Indiana Democrats fought the divisive labor measure known as right-to-work. They offered amendments aimed at changing the bill. They sought to put the issue before voters in a referendum. And in their most high-profile gambit, House Democrats staged occasional boycotts to deny the Republican-dominated chamber enough members to conduct business. But that all ended Wednesday when the minority party acceded to the mathematical reality of the Republican’s 60-40 majority in the chamber. Democrats showed up, and the Indiana House voted 54-44 to make Indiana the 23rd right-to-work...
  • Indiana House approves right-to-work bill

    01/25/2012 8:21:49 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 25, 2012 | Tom LoBlanco
    Indiana's Republican-controlled House of Representatives cleared the way Wednesday to become the first right-to-work state in a traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt increasingly targeted by non-union foes. The House voted 54-44 to make Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state after Democrats ended a periodic boycott which had stalled the measure for weeks. The measure is expected to face little opposition in Indiana's Republican-controlled Senate and could reach Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' desk shortly before the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis. "This announces especially in the Rust Belt, that we are open for business here," Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said...
  • Indiana State House Passes Right-to-Work Bill — Measure To Become Law Soon

    01/25/2012 6:49:11 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/25/12 | JACK SPENCER
    Rep: 'How can this bill be radical when 22 other states have right-to-work laws?' INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State House on a 54-44 vote today passed House Bill 1001, paving the way to make Indiana the 23rd right-to-work state in the nation. The vote took place after House Democrats finally attended session Wednesday afternoon, ending their work stoppage over the issue. Under the legislation, unions would be barred from collecting mandatory representation fees. HB 1001 will now be sent to the Indiana Senate. If the Senate passes the bill without amendment, it would go the the desk of Gov. Mitch...
  • The Mitch Daniels moment (Draft Mitch Daniels for President!)

    01/25/2012 3:57:35 PM PST · by NYer · 60 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 24, 2012 | Phil Lawler
    Many months ago, looking at the way the presidential race was shaping up, I made a prediction. I said that Mitt Romney would be the overwhelming Republican favorite—right up until the voting began. From that point forward, I said, the odds of his winning the nomination would fall steadily.Thus far that prediction looks solid. So let me make another—a short-term prediction this time—and put it on the record: Tonight President Obama will deliver his State of the Union speech.Then Indiana’s Governor Mitch Daniels will give the Republican response.And within 24 hours the Draft Mitch Daniels movement will be the biggest...
  • Indiana Democrats flee to avoid voting (AGAIN!)

    01/25/2012 2:32:36 PM PST · by EBH · 64 replies
    New York Times via Post Gazette ^ | First published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 am | Monica Davey
    With Republican-controlled Indiana on the verge of becoming a "right to work" state, Democrats in the state House on Tuesday took the only step they have left to prevent it, if only for a bit longer. They disappeared. Again. A final vote on the measure, which would bar union contracts from requiring nonunion members to pay fees for representation, had been expected Tuesday in the House, which Republicans dominate, 60-40. But with scores of union members and supporters filling the Statehouse halls in Indianapolis in protest, most Democrats refused to turn up for floor sessions -- not once, but twice...
  • Indiana House approves right-to-work bill

    01/25/2012 3:12:40 PM PST · by DemforBush · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 1/25/12 | Tom LoBianco
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Republican-controlled House of Representatives cleared the way Wednesday to become the first right-to-work state in a traditionally union-heavy Rust Belt increasingly targeted by non-union foes. The House voted 54-44 to make Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state after Democrats ended a periodic boycott which had stalled the measure for weeks. The measure is expected to face little opposition in Indiana's Republican-controlled Senate and could reach Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' desk shortly before the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis...