Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Hodge Podge: It's Friday Melee!

It's time for another ever-famous and ever-popular edition of the Friday Hodge Podge. I hope you've had a great week.

Let's spin the wheel.

Fundraising Numbers Out in 2012 Gubernatorial, Senate Race
The first snapshot of early fundraising shows Mike Pence in the lead, but his two serious challengers were more than credible. The Associated Press reports that "Washington Mike" pulled in a little over $1 million, but his Republican challenger Jim Wallace has a good chunk of change at $500,000. Democrat John Gregg raised over $717,000.

Reading the tea leaves, I'd say that the Primary may not be the walk that Pence wanted, and his goal of raising $25 million may need to pick up some speed. I wouldn't say everyone's as excited about Mike Pence as Mike Pence is. Excellent numbers for John Gregg as well.

The AP also reported in the same article that Richard Lugar is lapping the field in fundraising proving that the old dog in Indiana politics still has some bite. Lugar pulled in $900K to Mourdock's $300K. Democrat Joe Donnelly did slightly better than Mourdock with $400K raised.

Twitter Twits on Right Criticize Obama
The right is scared poopless by President Obama's embrace of social media in his Twitter Town Hall from Wednesday if Thursday's conservative radio shows were any indication. I watched almost the whole thing and enjoyed the show. I mean this was potentially instant access to the President from anywhere Twitter is available. I admit. I'm only now really warming up to Twitter, but it was a great way to reach out by the President. Some of those on the right need to work on their Twitter IQ before trying to connect with a joke. Former Senator Fred Thompson had this mess to say:

Fred Thompson
At Twitter Town Hall, I'll bet Obama was really disappointed to discover Twitter won't let you borrow extra characters if you run out.


That's @TwitterTownHall, Fred. But, you might want to say @WhiteHouse because that's the official Twitter ID of the Executive Branch.

There was an awkward moment when the President tweeted something live.



I've done the same thing especially when I go over. I have to figure out what parts of the tweet can go without it making me look like a fool.

Clinton Speaks Out on Voter ID
We sure could have used this kind of advocacy when the Voter ID Law was proposed in the Indiana General Assembly. President Bill Clinton made headlines with his cutting criticism of the Voter ID Laws now popping up across the country. By the way, Indiana's is STILL one of the most restrictive.



End of Road for Mike Rodman as Treasurer in January 2013
The Indiana Constitution limits current Marion County Treasurer Mike Rodman to just two terms, consecutively. He will have to step away from that role after being the Marion County Treasurer in an incredibly difficult time. The nightmare that came about after the re-assessment of property taxes was ordered by Mitch Daniels delayed bills and got the cycles all off. It was difficult, but Rodman worked hard, stayed visible, and found the way through it. He's been a tremendous Treasurer.

Frank Lloyd, Jr., the Marion County Coroner and Debbie Jenkins, the Marion County Surveyor are the other county office incumbents that will likely be on the busy ballot in 2012.

Carson On Obama Policy Change
Indiana's 7th District Congressman Andre Carson praised the Obama Administration for changing the long standing policy that families of fallen soldiers only received condolence letters from the White House if the soldier died in battle or on a combat-related mission. Carson's office put out this news release on Wednesday.

CARSON PRAISES WHITE HOUSE FOR CHANGE IN CONDOLENCE LETTER POLICY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman AndrĂ© Carson released the following statement today in response to President Obama's decision to reverse the White House policy of not sending condolence letters to the next-of-kin of service members who commit suicide.

Indianapolis resident Gregg Keesling, whose son, Army Specialist Chancellor Keesling, committed suicide in June 2009 while on his second deployment in Iraq, reached out to Congressman Carson in seeking change in the long-standing policy.CARSON PRAISES WHITE HOUSE FOR CHANGE IN CONDOLENCE LETTER POLICY

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman AndrĂ© Carson released the following statement today in response to President Obama's decision to reverse the White House policy of not sending condolence letters to the next-of-kin of service members who commit suicide.

Indianapolis resident Gregg Keesling, whose son, Army Specialist Chancellor Keesling, committed suicide in June 2009 while on his second deployment in Iraq, reached out to Congressman Carson in seeking change in the long-standing policy.
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“While we know more about combat-related mental health issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury than ever, our men and women in uniform still face a dangerous stigma against pursuing the help they need.

“President Obama's decision will not only provide much needed recognition to grieving families, but also, it will show service members that mental health sacrifices are just as important as physical ones. Our service members deserve to know that their sacrifices for our country are valued, not viewed as weakness."

“We owe Gregg Keesling for his tireless work to make this change happen. He brought this issue to my attention two years ago after facing his own tragedy, and I have been privileged to work with him and the White House to highlight this issue.”


Thanks to the Congressman for bringing this to our attention.

That's it for this edition of the Friday Hodge Podge!

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