The Friday Hodge Podge is back. Lots to talk about, so, in the words of Mills Lane...and Marvin Gaye (though in a completely different way), "Let's Get It On!"
The Indiana Supreme Court hath spoken. In a 4-1 decision, the Court upheld the Voter ID law while giving wiggle room for future challenges. I still fail to see how a voter that appears in person, signs the poll book, and gets a ballot from a poll worker with a pulse is treated like a potential election fixer when anyone can lie on an absentee ballot application, vote in secret, send the ballot back in and not be forced to show ID.
I like Beth White's take on the situation. The Marion County Clerk released a very well
worded statement pledging to uphold the law while realizing the room the Justices left for future challenges. Here is a portion of
Buttigieg, Locke, Osili Hit Trail...Again
Speaking of voter ID, Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, Vop Osili, got lots of camera time on Wednesday discussing the law. He, Sam Locke, and Pete Buttigieg have been out and about discussing the focus they will put on jobs when elected to the offices of Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer, respectively. The way the convention worked out could not be more perfect. Voters will have a clear choice in November between Auditor Tim Berry, Treasurer Richard Murdock, and the Republican running for Secretary of State, Charlie White.
Marvin Scott Continues Attack on Carson's Religion
In launching his new campaign website, Dr. Marvin Scott, the Republican Party's candidate for 7th District Congress has put up his "14 Principles for America" and number eight addresses what Scott calls, "Muslim Extremism" and in the same breath argues for Freedom of Religion. Scott also exploits 9/11 by putting using a very disturbing picture of the World Trade Center on fire after the terror attacks.
Of course, if Congressman Andre Carson were Baptist, the picture and the plank would probably still be in bad taste and still worthy of criticism, but Carson is one of two Muslims in Congress. Hmm...what could Scott be inferring here? Jim Shella filed an excellent report on the matter.
26th Amendment Turns 39
The Amendment that allowed 18 year olds to vote turned 39 yesterday. Happy Birthday 26th Amendment! It brings up a whole other set of concerns, though. The Constitution has not had a new Amendment added in, ironically, 18 years. The 27th Amendment was proposed in 1789, and it took over 200 years to pass. Will we ever have another Amendment to the Constitution?
Indy Democrat Vlog
Well, I decided to join the new media bandwagon and start a Vlog channel. The Indy Democrat Vlog will serve as a companion to the Indy Democrat Blog that so many of you have come to love. Right now, I plan to Vlog weekly on that channel. I will probably pick a day and just take the opportunity to discuss some of the major things going on in politics during that week.
Frankly, it's going to be a learn as I go kind of thing. I hope you'll be patient. I think it's just important to try to stay on the wave rather than get run over by the tide. If you have suggestions, please send them to me here, on the YouTube Channel, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, that's all for now! Have a Happy 4th of July Weekend. Coming up this weekend (pending no breaking news), Saturday Humor and a 4th of July Tribute on Sunday you won't want to miss!