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Indianapolis Church Puts Jesus in a Cage to Protest Immigration Policy

Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis is taking a stand against President Trump’s immigration policies by setting up a nativity scene in front of the church that shows Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus surrounded by a cage.

From the Indianapolis Star:

The Rev. Lee Curtis, who came up with the idea for the demonstration, said the Biblical trio was a family of refugees seeking asylum in Egypt.

“This family is every family, and every family is holy,” Curtis said.

The church set up the caged nativity scene Monday night as part of its #EveryFamilyIsHoly campaign.

And in a statement on the church’s web site written by the dean of the church, he states  “the Holy Family today calls us to stand with all families seeking safety and a future for their children. We will not stand by while children are being taken from their parents, and families are being taken from our communities and congregations.”

The church has also launched a Twitter campaign entitled #EveryFamilyisHoly.

This is a very public and very bold political stance for a church to take. Does it violate separation of church and state? Should churches even be entering into this kind of discussion? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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VP Pence Votes Absentee but Lists Governor’s Mansion as his Address

Former Indiana governor and current Vice President Mike Pence voted absentee in Tuesday’s primary. However, WIBC reports that the VP listed his address on the ballot as the Governor’s Mansion.

That must have come as a surprise to current governor Eric Holcomb, who moved in last year.

From WIBC:

John Zody, the chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party, released a statement about the vote.

“We agree with the Vice President’s rhetoric – we should be working to strengthen Hoosiers’ confidence in our electoral system,” Zody said. “Asking for more information about how he cast his vote in this primary election will go a long way toward that.”

Zody noted that according to Indiana law, a person’s has intention to return to their residence, meaning Pence would eventually live at the Governor’s Residence again.

“If the Vice President intends to return to the Governor’s Residence, I’m betting that’s news to Governor Holcomb and to Hoosiers,” Zody said. “We are requesting an explanation.”

This continues to be an issue with candidates in the state of Indiana. For some reason, they have a very hard time keeping an address in their home state and it’s cost several of them their elections.

Senator Richard Lugar was registered to vote at an address he hadn’t lived at for thirty years and it likely cost him his senate seat back in 2012. He still owns a family farm  in the state and after the residency issue,  switched his voter registration over to that address instead.

When he was running for Senate back in 2016, Evan Bayh also gave an incorrect address for his Indianapolis residence.

And most recently, Congressman Luke Messer who was vying for the Indiana GOP Senate nomination was attacked by his primary opponents for moving his family to DC instead of keeping a home in his congressional district.

This is such a simple problem to solve. Don’t sell your home and if you do, don’t list your address someplace you don’t live! I think voters would prefer a politician who is honest about where he lives rather than finding out during the campaign cycle that they are trying to fool their voters into thinking they still live in the state where they are running for office.

As for Mike Pence, well, that was a REALLY dumb thing to do and I’m not sure his vote should even count.

Joe Donnelly releases first campaign ad

Indiana’s May primary is two weeks from today. However, while Republicans Luke Messer, Mike Braun and Todd Rokita are locked in a contentious race, not all candidates will be sweating it out the next 14 days.

Democrat Joe Donnelly, who has no primary challenger, is one of those candidates who has nothing to worry about – at least now, anyway. Despite this fact, that doesn’t mean Donnelly can’t get a jump of the general election.  In fact, the Donnelly campaign has been sending out campaign emails, mainly those seeking money, like crazy.  Now, the campaign has decided to release their first campaign ad.

It’s an extremely positive, get to know you ad. In an attempt to bring up memories of Mitch Daniels, Donnelly rides along in an RV. He proceeds to talk about cutting regulation, helping service members and “being the second most bipartisan senator.” Oh, he also mentions that he doesn’t work for either political party, but instead for the voters.

Anyway, Donnelly is sure to be locked in a very tight, contentious race, but he starts things off on a positive note.

Todd Rokita likely violated ethics laws; locked out of GOP database

Sitting Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Rokita is likely to have violated ethics laws.  According to the Associated Press, this occurred in 2009 when Rokita was then Indiana’s secretary of state.

What exactly did he do? Well, apparently, he repeatedly accessed a GOP database of donors in his office, on government time. Essentially, he was performing campaign functions on the tax-payer’s dime. That’s a big no, no in Indiana.

Apparently, it happened so frequently that Rokita was even locked out from the database by members of the Indiana Republican Party.

As expected, the Rokita campaign flat out denied the allegations with a campaign spokesperson saying:

“This is a baseless and unsubstantiated hit job. There has been no evidence of wrongdoing provided beside the word of anonymous sources with ties to political opponents.”

This comes after it was discovered that Rokita has spent millions of taxpayer dollars during election years on mailers and radio ads.

This new revelation comes from the same campaign that hasn’t come up with an original idea the entire campaign. He’s just been repeating “pro-Trump” whenever pressed for any kind of an idea.

Instead, the campaign has opted to repeatedly attack Luke Messer as a “never Trumper” and referred to Mike Braun as a Democrat, saying he voted for “Hillary or Obama.” 

But, hey defeat the elite, or something, as sitting Congressman Todd Rokita and his campaign like to say.

BREAKING: Trump-Pence Leadership Team Endorses Indiana Senate Candidate Todd Rokita

This endorsement is sure to make the Indiana GOP Primary even more interesting.

Rex Early, from Trump’s 2016 general election campaign in Indiana endorsed US Senate hopeful Todd Rokita a few minutes ago. Stating that Rokita “wholeheartedly” supported Trump, Early criticized fellow candidates Luke Messer and Mike Braun for not doing enough in 2016 to support Trump’s campaign.

Indiana voters will decide on their GOP candidate May 8th and that person will go on to face incumbent Joe Donnelly this fall in the general election.

Braun campaign joins Rokita, Messer and releases another TV ad

Both the Luke Messer and Todd Rokita campaigns have rolled out new television ads.

The Messer campaign went for more of personal story with the candidate telling us about his mother’s struggles as she raised two children on her own. The Rokita campaign in a totally opposite direction. Continuing with their adamantly “pro-Trump” stance, Rokita tells us how both Braun and Messer are terrible, awful, no good human beings while wearing a MAGA hat. So you know, real subtle stuff.

Anyway, the Mike Braun campaign, not wanting to be left out, joined in the fun and released a new ad as well.

 https://twitter.com/braun4indiana/status/981188449637105665

In the ad, Braun’s family is prominently featured throughout – around the table in prayer, making smores around a campfire and walking hand-in-hand with his wife. The narrator goes on to tell us about Braun, his credentials as a conservative, his work ethic, his faith – all issues important to Republican voters.

While not funny like their previous ad, this one is still sure to play well with voters.

Check out the ad for yourself:

-BZ

New Messer campaign ad is about ‘the forgotten men and women’

More and more political ads are starting populate the airwaves. And unfortunately, it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.

As the primary quickly approaches, the Luke Messer campaign has released yet another ad. But this one is slightly different.

While Messer still wants you to know he’s firmly “pro-Trump” and very much so, this one kind of brings his message home. He talks about his mother’s struggles as a single parent, trying to make ends meet working at factory while raising two boys.  He makes it personal and voters are likely to respond to such an ad.

In just 30 seconds, the ad helps to make Messer a much more likable and relatable figure. It’s easily the campaign’s best ad and it leaves you wondering why didn’t they lead off with this one?

-BZ

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