|Pence to the Rescue?|
The smart bet on the bills is centering on Senate Bill 621. Pence said initially he had concerns about the bill that passed through the joint conference committee and then both Houses of the General Assembly. The bill barely passed the House and sailed through the Senate.
This morning, Republicans across Marion County got an e-mail from Chairman Kyle Walker that urged them to call and support Senate Bill 621 over the bullying tactics of Marion County Democrats. Totally a laughable thought, I know, but it shows exactly how concerned the Ballard Administration is right now.
Governor Pence is known far and wide for standing up to forces within his own party when it came to what he considered federal overreach into state and local matters. He stood up in Congress to President George W. Bush. Now, it appears he may be standing up for local government again and the idea of self-rule.
|Walker and John violate "Man Law" at SB621|
Conf. Committee Hearing as Frizzell testifies.
I'm sure the Governor is going to hear it from at least five or six people if he vetoes the bill. I'm sure you'll see Abdul light the Gov. up on Indy Politics and maybe Greg Ballard can fit in a phone call between trade missions and cricket matches. I'm sure that Mike Young's face will get really red, and Bob Behning's voice might actually be raised enough to actually hear more than his normal whisper. David Frizzell will simply say that Pence is not a real Republican.
Pence figures that he can look out for himself here. The support for SB621 is extremely small, but the opposition could bring the wrath of not only Democrats but local government advocates and...gasp...the Tea Party.
If Pence vetoes the bill, May 19 would be the next day to watch. That's the day that the General Assembly could meet to override the vetoes of Governor Pence. It just takes a simple majority, but, if Pence makes a forceful statement against political games and for local control, that could be something that causes those that might override a veto grief in November of 2014 or even before.
Mike Pence may be about to throw his political capital around, and we're about to see just exactly who might win the stare down.