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for the State of Indiana took their show on the road last week, arguing for the

defunding of Planned Parenthood in front of a three-judge panel in the U.S. 7th

Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Indiana is arguing that Planned Parenthood

should have the Medicaid funds it uses to pay for health services to

disadvantaged women cut off because it also provides privately funded abortion

services. The American Civil Liberties Union defends the women's health care

provider, saying that Medicaid funds should be pulled only if it can be shown

that a provider has violated Medicaid's rules. "The fact that Planned

Parenthood performs abortions doesn't have anything to do with the quality of

the medical process," Judge Diane S. Sykes observed from the bench. "It's not

akin to fraud." The Indiana law, signed by Gov. Daniels last May, has yet to

take effect as its constitutionality has been called into question. Meanwhile,

the state continues to spend taxpayer dollars attempting to justify this

mean-spirited legislation.


up: The more the merrier

Survivor champ Rupert Boneham has

announced that he will seek the Libertarian Party's nomination to run for

governor in next year's election. Boneham says the three top issues, as far as

he's concerned, are jobs, education and correctional facilities. "I hope

Indiana is ready for someone like me," Boneham told a crowd at American Legion

Post 64 last Saturday. If nominated, Boneham will present an alternative to the

two candidates already in the race: reactionary fundamentalist Republican Mike

Pence and Democratic party tool John Gregg.


down: Tax break broken


in the City-County Council scuttled a proposal to give qualified low-income

hotel workers a $200 tax break at last week's council meeting. Unite Here, the

organization representing the workers, wanted the tax break incorporated into

the 2012 city budget; Republicans claim the break, if allowed, would cost the

city $250,000 annually. Democrats who supported the idea said that money would

flow back into the local economy. But it turns out the measure's defeat could

serve a larger, strategic purpose. Unite Here spokeswoman Becky Smith told The

Indianapolis Star

her group wanted a vote so that everyone would know where council members stood

before the municipal election, so that workers can campaign for candidates who

support their interests.


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