Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Suprisingly Dems Have No Opponent for Behning

Rep. Bob Behning
So far, Republican House Education Chair Bob Behning is getting a free ride to November if he beats his primary opposition.

Behning, who has drawn the ire of public school teachers and administrators across Indiana, currently has no general election opponent.  Surprising considering that he comes with a built-in constituency strongly opposing him.

And, before you blame me, the Democrats never asked.  If they did, I likely would have said no because I just went through a long election season.  I will be willing to help anyone who runs.

Also, I suppose I should add, full disclosure, I did nominate him for the Alumni Wall at Ben Davis due to his status as a State Representative.

Times have changed, though...a lot.

This is the man who has carried water for ALEC, Mitch Daniels, Tony Bennett, and now, Mike Pence when it comes to public education.  Every cockamamie scheme to come down the Wabash to stick it to public education, he's tried. From expanding charter schools to then hobbling their funding by expanding vouchers...it all has this man's fingerprints.  The ISTEP failures and everything else that's passed through the legislature has gone through his committee.

At the legislative level, it's Bob Behning.

House District 91
Courtesy of Ballotpedia
Republicans have a choice.  Marion County Deputy Sheriff Jim Grimes is running against Behning.  We've seen this movie before.  Republicans will rail against Behning and tell you how they don't like him and then give him 60 percent of the vote in the primary.  We can't count on them to knock off Behning.

Nope, it has to be someone out there.  Someone like you.  Are you a teacher that lives in House District 91 that's fed up?  Are you a Democrat that's rarin' mad about what the Republicans have done to our schools? It's too late to file for the primary, but there will be a chance to fill open ballot slots prior to June 30. Don't give Behning a "hall pass" back to the legislature in November.  It's a Presidential Election year and when teachers get mad enough, we can do a lot.

Just ask Bennett.

EDITOR'S NOTE: In early versions of this post, I referred to Mr. Behning as "public enemy number one to public education and teachers".  In retrospect, this language was harsh and inappropriate and out of character for the kind of blog I've tried to build.

I don't feel that way at all about Representative Behning with whom I share a cordial relationship.  While he is wrong on education policy, he is a good man.  In my efforts to be creative, I went too far, and I apologize to him.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Indy Democrat Blog To Resume Daily Posting April 4

"The report of my death was an exaggeration." --Mark Twain

First of all, Happy Easter to all of my Christian friends.  Today, we Christians (and yes, I am a fallen one) mark the rebirth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It is today, we believe, that Christ arose from the grave to live eternally.

While it is nothing that dramatic or even worth the comparison, I am announcing that as of April 4 that the Indy Democrat Blog will restart its daily posting schedule.  This comes with a couple of caveats.

I will be posting daily, Monday through Friday.  There's also a chance I may miss a blog or two here or there.  If that happens, please understand.  There's a chance that I might throw up some more videos and things if I'm pressed for content.  Related to that, I also need your gossip and what you're hearing out there as you traverse the political sphere.  I don't typically publish pure gossip, but I will ask a few questions and get to the bottom of things.

Thanks for your patience, and it's good to be back.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Indiana First Lady's Sweet Tweet Impossible for Some LGBT Couples

Indiana First Lady Karen Pence sent out a sweet tweet on Tuesday. 

It’s a picture of her and her "forever escort" Governor Mike Pence walking in to the Third Annual First Lady’s Luncheon hand-in-hand.

Any way you slice it, the Pences seem to be a happy couple, and Karen Pence has succeeded in sinking in to the background as her husband has settled in to the Governor’s Office.

Still, as a member of the LGBT community, I can’t help but be a little jealous. While it’s perfectly legal in Indiana to marry the person I love thanks to the Supreme Court decision on marriage, it’s also perfectly possible that if I lived in another community outside of Indianapolis that does not have an ordinance protecting me from being fired for being gay that I could be fired for tweeting out a picture of me and my spouse walking in such a manner.

Thus, the cute and sweet picture becomes a little galling in that context especially when it’s Governor Pence that’s one of the key roadblocks to progress.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

In Memoriam: Nancy Reagan (1921-2016)

Nancy Reagan
One of the greatest love stories of the 20th and 21st Century got a final chapter today as Nancy Reagan passed away joining her beloved Ronnie in the afterlife.

Reagan brought glitz and glamour back to the White House and was not without her critics or her controversies.  The fashionable First Lady also fought and beat breast cancer and became the devoted caregiver to former President Ronald Reagan as his health failed with Alzheimer's Disease.

In many ways, it's the final chapter of Nancy's life that rewrote how many felt about her.  No one ever doubted her love and deep affection for Ronald, but the way she became his protector and defender of his legacy over those last years was more than worthy of a few accolades.

Nancy was one of the forces behind Ronald Reagan.  In the way that Claire Underwood often drives her husband in the fictional world of House of Cards, Nancy pushed Ronald forward as well.  They made each other stronger.

During her time in the White House and, before that, in the California Governor's Mansion Nancy had made headlines for feuds with her children and stepchildren.  It appears most of that has been reconciled, at least publicly, and that is a tribute as well to Reagan.

Nancy Reagan will be long remembered for her style, her class, and her elegance.  She should also be remembered as a driving force behind one of the great power couples of political history.

Nancy Reagan was 94 years old.