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February 28, 2011

Republicans are falling short of their promises, assaulting Indiana's teachers

Written February 22, 2011

Elections are important, and elections have consequences.
It used to be said that politics is local. During the 2010 election, the reverse was true. Politics were national. Disagreements with federal issues in 2010 have created an out of control, unbalanced government in the State of Indiana in 2011. The people of Indiana are in trouble in the name of the Republican political agenda.
The message of the Democratic State Representative candidates during the 2010 election cycle was to focus on the economy and jobs in the State of Indiana. Many Democratic State Representative candidates lost elections in a national Republican tide in the name of fiscal responsibility and limited government.
The Republicans in the Indiana House of Representatives are falling very short of their promises. Instead of focusing on fiscal responsibility, limited government, jobs, or the economy, they are spending their time and our taxpayer dollars on counterproductive issues. The Republican State Representatives and Republican State Senators are assaulting the teachers of Indiana. They are assaulting the workers of Indiana. They are focusing on issues that impact Republican fundraising and Republican voter turnout. In other words, the Republican led legislatures are currently looking out for themselves, while the working people of Indiana suffer with high unemployment and a struggling economy.
If the House Republicans were serious about limited government and cutting costs, they would have gone to Indianapolis and debated the merits of the various aspects of the budget and considered only additional legislation that would positively impact the economy or jobs numbers. Pay attention voters, the Republican State Representatives are not doing what you sent them to Indianapolis to do.
In the meantime, the Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives are going to fight on your behalf. The Democratic Party does not have a majority of the votes to stop the bills that assault teachers, assault workers, and waste our time and money. We do have enough votes to prevent quorum on these issues, and so today, the Democratic members of the Indiana House of Representatives walked out of the chamber to prevent votes on these bills from going forward.
Attention - teachers, working class people, concerned taxpayers, and people that want limited government, now it is your turn.
Call your Republican State Representative today at 1-800-382-9841, or email them through the Indiana House website at www.in.gov/legislative/. Tell them to do the people’s business, and stop wasting time and money. If you can, go to the Indiana Statehouse in person this week to protest the bills that hurt the working class and taxpayers.
The Democratic Party is continually committed to working hard for the working class. We need your help to get the peoples’ business done in 2011. Remember us down the election ballot in 2012. We are here to work for you.

Carmen Darland
Noble County Democratic Party Chair
Third District Democratic Party Chair

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February 24, 2011

AFL-CIO pleased with end to "right to work" bill

Working families in Indiana are thrilled to hear that Governor Daniels, Speaker Bosma and Senate Leader Long have abandoned the falsely-labeled “right to work” bill. We agree with Governor Daniels’ position that the members of the Indiana General Assembly did not campaign on these issues and so bringing it up during this General Assembly was indeed “a mistake,” as Senator Long termed it.

After rallying all week at the Statehouse, these developments show that when Hoosiers join together and raise our voices in pursuit of fairness and an economy that works for everyone, working families can make a difference. Working people agree with Governor Daniels – now is not the time to be having this conversation – our leaders need to focus on creating middle class jobs.

Indiana’s middle class is still under attack, and while we celebrate the solidarity and progress we’ve achieved on this issue, we continue to build momentum and mobilize to stop the numerous anti-worker legislative bills that threaten Hoosier working families.  Without the ability of workers to join together, these attacks on the middle class will go unanswered.  

Strengthening Indiana’s middle class and creating good jobs should be the highest priority in the General Assembly.  While we have won this battle, the fight continues and our cause will endure.

Nancy Guyott
President, AFL-CIO

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February 21, 2011

Resident hopes mayoral candidates will make time for a debate after the May primary

I am glad to see downtown business owner Cathy Heritier on the ticket for mayor.
What a race this will be! So ladies and gentlemen let the games began!!! Who can put the biggest signs up? Who can buy the most yard signs? Who can plaster their name great big on the back of the most cars?
I am hoping after the primary that the remaining candidates will have a nice local debate at the high school. This will be a great way for the public to meet and learn who they are voting for and what positions the will be taking.
Just some old school thoughts...Keep up the good work TOTT.

Todd Simmers
Columbia City

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February 20, 2011

Resident voices concern over Whitko convocation

Whitko High School brings in a Hypnotist to promote an anti-bullying message.  REALLY?  This is what my tax payer dollars are being spent on?  This is just wrong on so many levels!  First, what does a hypnotist have to do with anti-bullying?  Second, anyone else have a problem with hypnotism?  I do!  Hypnotism has its origins in the occult . . . something I personally keep my distance from.  We live in a very strong Faith Based community and we need to stand up and let our voices be heard . . . we will not stand for our youth being exposed to this garbage!  Third, can’t our tax money be used for something better?  I personally would like to see whoever is responsible for this stand up and explain their poor judgment on this matter.  This is just wrong!

Brandon Bower
Whitley County

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