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Rokita to skip televised Republican primary debate due to ‘leftist propaganda’

“Then I’m just gonna take my ball and go home!”  That’s basically the attitude of the Rokita campaign.

In the political world, name recognition and ID are invaluable to candidates running for office. Before someone officially announces a run for office, especially a statewide office, that’s usually one of the first things discussed by a potential candidate and/or campaign. Because if people don’t know who you are, they aren’t likely to vote for you come Election Day.

Raising a candidate’s name ID is the main reason why campaigns spend so much money on television/radio ads. Well, that and attempting to differentiate yourself from your opponents.

Debates among the candidates is an excellent and free opportunity to achieve both of those goals simultaneously, especially when that debate is going to be televised across the state.  That’s why a recently announced decision from the Todd Rokita campaign is so utterly mystifying.

The campaign announced Friday that they will not participate in a statewide televised debate on April 30. And what rationale did the campaign give for their decision to skip the debate?

Well, apparently they have other things planned that day, citing scheduling conflicts. Oh, and they also don’t want to deal with “leftist propaganda” and “gotcha questions from liberal media figures, liberal college professors, or other parties interested in attacking Republicans and re-electing Joe Donnelly.”  

Um…ok? Except for the fact that the debate is being organized by the nonpartisan Indiana Debate Commission and it’s being moderate dby Indy Politics reporter and WIBC radio host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. Sure, he may not be as conservative as Tony Katz ( the moderator of the first Republican Senate debate in January) but Abdul is anything but a liberal. I mean, the conservative WIBC doesn’t usually give shows to liberals.

Anyway, the Rokita campaign says “He (Rokita)  looks forward to sharing his message with as many Hoosier conservatives as possible between now and election day.”

That statement kind of rings hollow given Friday’s mystifyingly dumb decision to skip an April 30 debate, especially considering Election Day is May 8.

Oh well, more time for Messer and Braun to shine.



Braun campaign releases controversial ad on immigration

In Indiana, the race to replace Democrat Joe Donnelly in the United States Senate is underway.  Donnelly’s future in the Senate is shaky, to say the least. Donald Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points, and if you don’t believe he’s still extremely popular in the Hoosier state all you had to do was tune into the Indiana Republican Senate debate this past Tuesday.

The three Republicans seeking the nomination – U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer and businessman and former Indiana state senator Mike Braun –  all tried to tie themselves to Pres. Trump. Several times throughout the debate, all three of the candidates said they were the best person for the job because they will support Trump’s stance on this issue and on this issue, on that issue.

Thanks in large part to Pres. Trump, immigration has become a hot-button issue. Also, in Indiana, immigration has also taken on an added significance. Several weeks ago, a drunk driver hit and killed two people, one of which was a Colts player.  Come to find out the driver in the fatal crash was an illegal immigrant, who had been deported twice and had several driving violations.

With that being said, Braun recently released an ad mentioning this particular case, using pictures of both deceased individuals.

The widow of one of the men said stated her outrage over the ad and said she wants her husband’s photo removed from the ad.

And to be honest, can you really blame her? Regardless of political opinion, why would anyone want a painful memory, that is still fresh and raw brought in order to score political points.

Yes, something needs to be done on the immigration, a lot of things. However, the point the Braun campaign was hoping to make about our immigration system could’ve been made without doing this.  Put yourself, in the widow’s shoes for a second, you would’ve reacted the same way.

The ad was in poor taste. Immigration is an issue, yes but this ad was probably not the best way to go about it.

Indiana Senator Donnelly heads to Texas with Schumer

Two to three times a week Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly’s campaign sends out frantic emails about the state of his race.  Generally, these frenzied emails start off quoting some poll showing the race leaning Republican. Continue reading and you soon spot the real reason for the mass mailing, it’s an ask to donate, generously, to the incumbent Democrat’s campaign.

Sure, campaign’s ask for money all the time. They need lots and lots of your money in order to continue…working for you?

But, this past weekend the Indiana Senator, whose campaign openly admits  – several times a week- that the race is leaning Republican, wasn’t in Indiana. Well, was he in Washington D.C.? Nah. But where was he then?

Well, Donnelly was in Texas…raising money...with New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

If you’re wondering what connection Donnelly has to Texas, so are we. Must’ve been that Schumer said “money” and then Donnelly likely sent his RSVP in moments in later.

The optics of this are absolutely terrible. Donnelly likes to position himself as a blue dog, conservative Democrat, but palling around with the liberal Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer is not a good look.

Regardless, Donnelly knows his time in office is coming to a close.

Savor it, Senator!



Is Assisted Suicide About to Become Legal in Indiana?

Remember back in the early nineties when Jack Kevorkian, a.k.a Dr. Death, started the whole “Right to Die” conversation? Back then, most people found it abhorrent that a physician who had taken an oath to do no harm would help his patients die. He was eventually charged with second degree murder and convicted in 1999.

Now, nearly ten years later, the public pendulum of approval for the right to decide when to end your own life seems to be swinging in favor of legalized doctor assisted suicide. It’s been re-named “Death with Dignity” and over the last few years, some very viral stories, like those of Brittany Maynard and even Terri Schiavo  have steered the conversation around legalizing assisted suicide.

In the United States California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have legalized assisted suicide but is Indiana next? One Bloomington lawmaker hopes so.

Rep. Matt Pierce, a Democrat from Bloomington, has introduced legislation in the form of House Bill 1157 that would make available an assisted-suicide option to people who are facing “imminent death” within six months.  “I am hopeful the introduction of this bill will begin a discussion among Hoosiers about this difficult end-of-life issue,” Pierce said at a news conference early Thursday morning.

While your heart goes out to people facing circumstances where the end of life quality will certainly be painful, not only for them but for their families, taking one’s life is never the right solution. Besides the obvious, faith based objections to euthanasia, there are also a whole host of ethical boundaries that doctor assisted suicide crosses.

The fight to legalize assisted suicide is just starting in Indiana (and will probably continue for quite some time), but pro-lifers need to be thinking about how this will play out on a national stage. This issue has been bubbling beneath the surface for quite some time and likely will become a political platform for the left sooner rather than later.