INdiana Systemic Thinking

January 28, 2008

Donnelly to Have a Challenger

From the South Bend Tribune:

Luke Puckett now appears almost certain to be the Republican challenger opposing Congressman Joe Donnelly, D-Granger, in Indiana’s 2nd District this fall.

Puckett starts short on money and with long odds against him; with low name recognition but high hopes.

“I think it’s a winnable race or I wouldn’t be getting into it,” says Puckett.

Lets see…Donnelly has a pile of cash, name recognition, and he’s an incumbent.  Yeah, that’s a winnable race.  Got to give the guy credit though, at least he has the guts to jump in when all other republicans ran the other way, for exactly those reasons.  Good Luck Luke, your gonna need it.


January 26, 2008

IN U.S. Rep. News

In the third district, U.S. Rep Mark Souder announced he is cosponsoring the Economic Growth Act of 2008.  This act would allow businesses to fully expense assets at the time of purchase, reduce the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%, end capital gains on inflation, and simplify the capital gains rate structure.  You can read more here.

Additionally, H/T to Blue Indiana and Fort Wayne Observed for picking up the news of Michael Montagano’s scheduled announcement that he will seek the democratic nomination for the congressional seat currently held by Souder.

In the fifth district, (stay with me here)  Andre Carson, grandson of the late U.S. Rep. Julia Carson, will seek the democratic party’s nomination for the U.S. House in May.  This will follow a special election in March, where he is seeking the same seat.  In the March race, he will oppose Indiana State Rep. John Elrod.  Because of the special election, it is entirely possible the two will oppose each other in elections in both March and November.  Carson’s announcement is here.

 In the ninth district, Mike Sodrel has filed to seek the republican nomination for the U.S. district representative seat.  If successful, it will be the fourth time he and current incumbent Baron Hill have faced off.  Sodrel lost the seat two years ago to Hill.  You can read more here

January 9, 2008

State Helps Town – Citizens Left in Lurch?

When the Blogmeister first saw this article he was hopeful the PEOPLE of Nappanee would be getting some help.  As the reader will recall, the town was devastated by a tornado that struck in October.  Then to literally add insult to injury, FEMA, denied the citizens any federal disaster relief funds.  After an appeal filed by U.S. Rep. Mark Souder and Governor Mitch Daniels was denied by FEMA last week, we get news today Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Lakeville) and Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) …

plan to introduce a bill to appropriate $660,000 for disaster relief to the northern Indiana town of Nappanee, where 352 homes and 107 businesses were damaged by a tornado in October.

Sounds good doesn’t it?  Well read the last paragraph carefully;

Graig Lubsen, a spokesman for House Republicans, said the $660,000 appropriation was based on the amount of money the city of Nappanee estimates it is in the red because of the tornado.

So, does this mean none of the money goes to the people who lost their homes and businesses???  You know, the ones who paid property taxes, sales taxes, withholding taxes etc.?  I’m glad their getting their police and fire protection, but is anyone looking at ways to help these people out?

 In a related story published by the South Bend Tribune, Governor Mitch Daniels…

…has submitted a request for additional assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to a press release late Monday afternoon.

A decision from the SBA is expected later this week, according to the release.

Nothing in the story indicates to whom the money would go.

January 6, 2008

IN 7th, Week In Review

Here is what happened this week in the 7th Indiana U.S. House Distrct left vacant by the death of 6 term Democrat Julia Carson:

On the Democrat side, Indianpolis Council member (and grandson of Julia Carson) Andre Carson, Marion County Treasurer Michael Rodman, and Ice Miller Attorney Randle Pollard are the only three candidates to officially file their intention to run in the special election.  Other expected Democratic candidates are state Reps. David Orentlicher, Gregory W. Porter and Carolene Mays of Indianapolis, former state party chairman Robin Winston and former state health commissioner Woody Myers.  Advance Indiana reported Randle Pollard set up a blog to inform voters of his candidacy.  The democrats will caucus on January 12 to choose their nominee for the special election.  The deadline to file is Wednesday.

The Republicans will hold their caucus on January 13.  State Rep. Jon Elrod of Indianapolis has announced his intention to run for the seat. But GOP party officials said no one had submitted the paperwork to run by Thursday, a week before the deadline.  However, today the Indy Star is reporting, “Tom Rose, a public policy adviser to former Mayor Stephen Goldsmith” has filed the appropriate paperwork.  The deadline to file is Thursday.

 Neither party wanted to go without representation until the May primary, when Governor Daniels suggested the special election be held.  The parties initially agreed on a March 1 date, but that date did not meet the statutory requirements.  Later in the week they agreed to hold the election on March 11. 

Confused?  Your not the only one.  However, the Indy Star Published this timeline to help:


Sources:  Indy Star and Indy Star unless indicated above.

November 25, 2007

Sad Note: US Rep. Carson Announces Cancer

This morning, US Rep. Julia Carson announced she has terminal lung cancer.  Long plagued with a variety of medical issues, she has taken some flak in Indianapolis for her attendance, or lack thereof, in the House.  This seems to explain what was going on.  Whatever side of the aisle your on, you never want to see this happen to anyone.   The full story is here.  For those outside of Indianapolis, here is a short bio from the story:

“…Carson is known as an advocate for the poor and those who can’t speak for themselves.

She was first elected to Congress in 1996. Previously, she served in the Indiana House of Representatives for two terms before being elected to the Indiana Senate, where she served until 1990. She then served as Center Township trustee, a post she held until she was elected to Congress in 1996.

A steadfast Democrat, Carson opposed President Bush’s request for authority to wage war in 2002 and, in 1999, won enactment of a measure awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights figure Rosa Parks.”

There was no word on what this may mean as far as her House position.

The blogmeister wishes Rep. Carson well in her treatment.

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