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Latest News in Indiana

  • Ballot Battles: From the Statehouse to the White House

    Today Hillary Clinton is calling for 20 days of early voting in every state as part of a larger effort to draw attention to – and fight – discriminatory voting laws all across the country.

  • B for Bigotry

    Even as national outrage over Indiana’s new right-to-discriminate law continues to escalate, yet another GOP-controlled statehouse has passed a so-called “religious freedom restoration act.” Meanwhile, a red-faced Indiana legislature scrambles to “clarify” its shameful new law.

    Despite some Arkansas lawmakers’ best efforts to include specific anti-discrimination language to House Bill 1228, the state legislature gave final approval to the measure. The bill’s Republican sponsor refused the change, despite his earlier insistence that the legislation was not meant to allow discrimination.

    The Arkansas right-to-discriminate bill is substantively the same as Indiana’s despicable new law. The broad language in both measures potentially grants businesses and private citizens license to discriminate against gays and lesbians by using religious prejudices as a shield.

     Now that they’ve been thoroughly embarrassed by the outrage – both national and local – over the law, Indiana legislators will seek to “clarify” it before their session ends at the end of the month. They should spend their remaining weeks of session repealing the measure instead of attempting to tweak something so fundamentally and deeply flawed.

    Will Arkansas similarly seek to retcon their new right-to-discriminate law after the backlash spreads southward?

    And which state will pass the next one?

  • Indiana GOP Candidate: 'No one has the guts' to let poor people 'wither and die'

    In an effort to perpetuate untrue stereotypes that people who receive government assistance are lazy and unmotivated, Indiana’s GOP candidate for State Rep. John Johnston reached a new level of offensive when he suggested that instead of helping poor people, we just let them die.   

    His comment came amidst an online rant in which he not only expressed his frustration that “no one has the guts to just let [poor people] wither and die,” he also accused those on government assistance of being “less motivated to get a job” and “simply happy enough that they will do nothing.”  

    From The Raw Story:

    The candidate made the comments in a discussion thread on the Mad Mac page, which covers local politics.

    “For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts,” Johnston said during the discussion. “They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager.”

    “What you see is a setting for a life of misery is life to them never-the-less,” he continued. “No one has the guts to just let them wither and die. No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue. The Republicans need their votes and dare not cut the fiscal tether. It is really a political Catch-22.”

    “The voters are the ones in charge,” Johnston said. “(H)owever when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”

  • 4 years later, 'Essential Races' nominee takes Indiana House seat

    Democrat Bionca Gambill has become the newest member of the Indiana House of Representatives, succeeding fellow Democrat Kreg Battles in District 45. In 2010, Gambill was such a strong candidate that the DLCC included her district in the cycle's "Essential Races," highlighting the matchup as one of the most crucial in the state. Although Gambill did not win that race, the DLCC is proud that she has now joined the legislature and believes she will contribute greatly to improving the lives of all Hoosiers. From the Greene County Daily World: