"Warren may not see the parallels between himself and Rosa Parks, but they are there." Sure they are. The late Parks was a human being as is Warren. Okay, that's all I got. Rosa Parks risked personal harm to challenge the bus segregation policy. Kevin Warren extends his middle finger to people who don't share his views and is using the opposition to Pence to make money. Comparing the two is to insult what Parks and others like her went through.
Sending the letter was a big mistake. The Governor had nothing to gain from it and got exactly that...nothing. The people who deliberately and fraudulently misrepresented the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as a "license to discriminate," without being able to provide one example in support of their claim, weren't about to be receptive to any welcome letter the Governor sent to Indy Pride, no matter what it said.
What Deckard says is complete nonsense. In 1988, 53.6% of Indiana's adult population voted. In 2012, also a presidential election year it was 54.3%, an increase despite Deckard's claims of obstacles. Real turnout increased, not decreased despite Deckard's claim of obstacles to voting. But why did official turnout dropped? If you look at 1988, 69.6% of the Hoosier adult population (or 2,866,334 people) were registered. By 2012, 92.9% of the Hoosier adult population (or 4,555,257 people) was registered. In that 24 year period, while there was a 19% increase in population, there was a 59% increase in registrations. Did Hoosiers suddenly become more civic minded about registering to vote , but not so civic minded to vote in higher numbers. No what happened is that changes implemented by the National Voter Registration Act (Motor Voter) passed in 1993 made it much more difficult to purge non-voters. Indiana has led the country in failing to clean up its voter registration rolls and has been the subject of litigation for that failure.. As a result of its failure, Hoosier voter registration rolls are bloated with deceased voters and those who are registered at multiple locations. For that reason, and that reason alone, is why turnout appears to be going down.
Deckard uses the turnout of 2014 in his article. Looking at mid-term elections, the same pattern is shown as presidential elections when you look at the adult population. The turnout has stayed steady over the years. While the turnout was down a bit in 2014, it almost certainly was due to the lack of a major contest on the ballot. Midterm elections without a major contest have lower turnout than those which do feature those contests. That's not a surprise.
What is a surprise is how disingenuous Deckard's article is. The stats I've recounted in this response are well-known to him and he simply decided to ignore it in favor of partisan rhetoric.
Unbelievable. We taxpayers are handing over one of the most expensive pieces of property in the city, as well as a subsidy costing taxpayers $23 million (over $40 million if you consider interest payments), to a private, politically-connected company to build luxury apartments. Yet the resident liberal David Hoppe cannot even bring himself to even mention that in his column. Hoppe claims to be for the poor, but yet he has never once opposed any corporate welfare scheme this City has considered entering into? Not that I am aware of. The fact is the tax revenue pie is only so large. When the City is handing out millions in corporate welfare that means there is less money to go to basic services. Of course Hoppe will be the first to advocate more taxes on working men and women.
"Meanwhile, in Indiana, moves are being made to actually make marijuana penalties harsher. A Senate committee in the most recent session voted, at the behest of Gov. Mike Pence, to include moving possession of between about one-third of an ounce and 10 pounds of marijuana from the highest-level misdemeanor to the lowest-level felony, with a prison sentence between six months and 2.5 years."
This information is inaccurate. Early on there was some misreporting that the changes made by the Senate amendment to HB 1006, which were pushed by Governor Pence, made our marijuana laws more harsh. It isn't true. Most media outlets eventually corrected the information. Unfortunately the misinformation is still out there on the Internet for people to pick up on.
Basically HB 1006 as originally introduced greatly decreased criminal penalties with regard to marijuana. The Senate's amendment made those penalties more harsh than they were in the House's bill. But the amended bill, which passed, still decreases marijuana penalties across the board. I went through the bill line for line and wrote a story of exactly how the penalties are being reduced.
My analysis that marijuana penalties were still being reduced was confirmed by legislators and an attorney from the state's public defender's office.
Redistricting 101. Spreading out the African-American vote to more districts helps Democrats, it doesn't hurt them. It allows them to use a solid Democratic voting bloc more efficiently. Republicans prefer the creation of more majority African-American districts because it results in packing a higher percentage of Democrats in fewer districts. Virtually every redistricting you see an alliance between Republicans and black Democrats . Black Democrats want to see more majority-minority districts created and Republicans are all for that. You end up with more African-American legislators but you end up with fewer Democrats overall.
And the Democrats didn't say the map Mayor Ballard signed into law on 1/1/2012 was illegal. They said, quite correctly that the law requires the council to redistrict in 2012. No one argued that the law prevents a 2011 redistricting. It was just a waste of time because the law mandates redistricting in 2012.
Maybe INDYCOG can spend a little time making sure Indy's bike lanes are safe and well-designed than simply mindlessly applauding every time a line is drawn on the pavement.
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