Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State Convicted for Voter Fraud

By: Saturday February 4, 2012 8:23 am

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White can no longer serve in that position after he was found guilty of felony voter fraud charges. The verdict was delivered at 2:20am this morning. White, the state’s chief election officer, was found guilty of six out of seven felony counts. The jury found him not guilty on a [...]

Indiana Legislature Secures Final Passage of Right-to-Work Legislation

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:43 am

Before moving on to Arizona, let’s note that Indiana will soon become the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state, after the state Senate passed a revised bill to that effect. The bill now can go to Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to make Indiana the Rust Belt’s first right-to-work state, passing legislation that [...]

Live Blog: President Delivers State of the Union Address

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Tonight at 9pm ET, the President will deliver the State of the Union Address at the beginning of his run for re-election. Unlike Obama’s other addresses to joint sessions of Congress I wouldn’t expect this one to produce much in the way of a legislative blueprint. It’s an election year and most of the major [...]

Indiana Right to Work Bill Could Wrap Up Today

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 8:15 am

Yesterday, the State Senate in Indiana passed right-to-work legislation. Republicans have such an advantage in the state Senate that quorum rules are irrelevant, so Democrats were unable to mount a defense. The final vote was actually 28-22, with nine Republicans voting against the measure, in a self-protective move designed to blunt criticism of them for [...]

Daniels Bows to Pressure, Will Allow Unlimited Protesters at Indiana Statehouse

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 8:55 am

The fight in Indiana over Republican plans to pass right-to-work legislation is heating up, and you can expect the same kinds of rallies seen in Ohio and Wisconsin last year. As a pre-emptive strike to that, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels had put a limit on how many protesters would be allowed in the Statehouse in [...]

Indiana to Push Right to Work Bill; Unions Plan to Fight

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 6:24 am

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has an unearned reputation as a moderate. But when he wanted to strip the collective bargaining rights from public employees, years before Scott Walker of John Kasich got the idea, he didn’t even bother with the legislative process, he signed an executive order. And it had the desired effect in Indiana, [...]

Obama Administration Fighting Indiana Measure That Blocks Funding for Planned Parenthood

By: Monday May 23, 2011 7:30 am

Lost in the commentary about Mitch Daniels declining a run for President is that he seemed to signal the opposite a month before by signing a bill that will basically dissolve Planned Parenthood in the state of Indiana. Because the bill denying funding for Planned Parenthood – or technically speaking, for “any entity that performs [...]

“Any Ad Which Quotes What I Said on Sunday Is a Falsehood”

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 8:00 am

Newt Gingrich is in the midst of the worst Presidential campaign rollout in history. He criticized the singature, litmus-test policy of the Republican Party, the Paul Ryan budget, one that Republicans in the House voted for 235-4. He generated such a backlash that he had to personally apologize to Paul Ryan. He received a nasty [...]

Mitch Daniels Breaks Truce, Will Sign Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill in Indiana

By: Friday April 29, 2011 3:11 pm

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, who suggested that conservatives should engage in a truce on social issues and focus on deficits, will sign legislation that will ban state funding for Planned Parenthood. Here’s his statement: “I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now. I supported this bill from [...]

Indiana School Voucher Bill Passes

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 10:36 am

Indiana Democrats fled the state for five weeks to protest, among other things, a bill that would revamp education in the state, a top priority of Mitch Daniels. Having won some concessions, they returned. And as part of the deal, yesterday Indiana passed the education bill, which still includes a very wide-reaching school voucher program. [...]

Polling: Youth-Labor Coalition Is the Voice of the People of America

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 6:15 am

The heavy-handed tactics of Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin has awakened the US labor movement, and a wider class consciousness, as much as any event in the past 30 years. Two new polls out in the past 24 hours not only confirm this, they reveal a coalition remarkably similar to the coalition occupying the Capitol [...]

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