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Mourdock Loves Beck Taint

Our favorite State Treasurer candidate ever, Pete Buttigieg has some disturbing and odd news to report in a campaign e-mail this AM:

Friends,

I thought we’d seen it all.

Last year, we saw our own State Treasurer go to federal court to try to shut down one of our state’s most important employers, Chrysler Corporation.

Then we saw documentation that the lawsuit involved paying over $1,000 an hour for out-of-state lawyers, and tens of thousands of dollars on copies, with no indication of why the Indiana Attorney General couldn’t handle it.

We saw Indiana pension and road money invested in junk bonds and mortgage-backed securities, the same investments that were at the heart of the global financial crisis.

And this year, we saw Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an Arizona politician who is under investigation for alleged abuses in office, travel to Indiana to raise money for my opponent, Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

I thought this race couldn’t get any crazier. But I was wrong.

Now we’ve really seen it all: on Saturday, Treasurer Mourdock will be headlining a rally in Northeast Indiana with Fox’s Glenn Beck.

It’s already strange for an elected official to share the stage with a fringe figure like Beck, but there couldn’t be a more inappropriate officer to do so than the State Treasurer.

As you may know, Beck has been widely criticized for his role as a paid spokesman for Goldline, a company which markets “investments” in gold coins.  The company is under multiple investigations for  allegedly using overly aggressive sales tactics, misleading investors, encouraging sales persons to misrepresent themselves as financial advisors and stoking the public’s fears of hyper-inflation and socialist takeovers in order to sell their over-priced gold coins.

One would think that as Indiana’s Chief Investment Officer, Richard Mourdock would be warning Hoosiers about this questionable company, not lending it credibility by standing alongside its chief spokesman.

Sooner or later, Treasurer Mourdock has to choose between pursuing his extremist political agenda and being a responsible trustee of state resources – and we all hope he makes the right choice.

Either way, let’s send him a message that Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theories, divisive politics, and questionable investment schemes have no place in Indiana. Please donate $48 (one for every day left in this election), or whatever you can give, to offset the far-right-wing money this will attract to Treasurer Mourdock’s campaign coffers.

Together we can put an end to the bad investments, the frivolous spending and the hyper-partisanship that have overtaken the State Treasurer’s Office and get things back on track.
Thanks,

Pete Buttigieg

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Tim Berry Campaigns on Your Dime

Just exactly how is Tim Berry paying for his campaign appearances? The next State Auditor Mr. Sam Lock thinks he knows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Indiana Statewide

LOCKE CALLS ON BERRY TO FILE TRANSPARENT CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS

Auditor of State Tim Berry’s recent campaign finance report reveals much about his campaign.  Despite listing dozens of campaign stops on his campaign website and Facebook page, he lists no travel expenses on his quarterly financial report.

This exclusion means that Auditor of State Tim Berry has either (1) filed an incorrect financial statement with the Secretary of State or (2) used resources available to him as a public official (car, mileage reimbursement, etc.) to make campaign stops.
Our campaign immediately calls upon Auditor Berry to either file an amended financial report with the Secretary of State or to reimburse Hoosier taxpayers for the public resources used for campaign appearances.
One can learn a lot from financial statements.  Whether they are the State’s financial statements, as we examined earlier in the week in our opinion-editorial piece, or the quarterly financial reports political candidates are required to file with the Secretary of State, numbers tell the story of priorities, successes, and failures.
Our second quarter campaign finance report reveals some critical facts about our campaign as well:

· We nearly tripled the contributions of our opponent

· Our donations came largely from private citizens, in most cases in amounts of $30 or less

· We are committed to taking our message of innovation and transparency across the state, our second largest expense item was statewide travel

The primary goal of the State Auditor’s office, under Sam Locke’s leadership, will be to provide unprecedented access to transparent information about the State’s finances.  How can we trust Tim Berry to provide the same level of transparency when his campaign finance reports illustrates such carelessness?
For more information on the campaign, please visit www.lockeforauditor.com.

Here He Comes!

Those of you who have been wondering “where are Congressman Brad Ellsworth’s ads?!” can stop waiting.

Look for these to run all July right on the heels of Congressional Quarterly moving the race from “Leans GOP” to “Toss-up.”

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D) today released his first ad in his Indiana Senate campaign. In the 30-second spot, Ellsworth, a former sheriff, talks about how he developed “zero tolerance for bull” in his old job and how that prepared him for his current post on Capitol Hill.

Ellsworth, who was nominated by party officials in the wake of Sen. Evan Bayh‘s (D) retirement announcement earlier this year, will face former Sen. Dan Coats (R) in November.

CQ-Roll Call rates this race a Tossup.

Check out the ratings for other Senate contests with our election map.

We especially like this one. We know the track says “One thing that twenty-five years as a sheriff teaches you is zero tolerance for bull.” But we could swear he says bullshit. Maybe we are just being hopeful.

And of course the Matt Tulley piece in the Indianapolis Star is pretty stellar:

Some answers for those asking, ‘Brad Ellsworth?’

The Indianapolis Star
By Matthew Tully

Election Day is less than four months away, but many Indiana voters still don’t know much about Brad Ellsworth, the Democratic nominee for Senate.

That could change shortly, as he began airing his first campaign commercial Tuesday. It’s none too soon. As a congressman from Evansville, he could walk down the street in many parts of the state without being recognized.

But he’s not worried.

Four months is a lifetime in a political campaign, and with a rare open Senate seat at stake, there’s little doubt his race against former Sen. Dan Coats ultimately will receive gobs of attention.

“Absolutely not,” Ellsworth said Tuesday morning when I asked him if he was a household name. “But when the regular campaign starts up, when the TV ads start and we get out more during the (congressional) recesses, it will pick up.”

It’s been a strange race in many ways—from Sen. Evan Bayh’s last-minute decision not to run for a third term to Coats’ decision to come back to Indiana in the hopes of winning back his old seat. Now, it’s a dash to Election Day.

Tuesday, Ellsworth, whose face was sun-splashed from walking in Fourth of July parades, met with me to talk about the campaign.

He has taken on a tough task, running during a year in which Democrats likely will suffer a beating. He faces many voters still angry that he voted for the federal health-care bill, as well as ridiculous charges that he’s a liberal lapdog of national Democratic leaders.

In reality, he is probably the only candidate his party could have fielded this year, other than Bayh, who had a chance of winning the election. A moderate Democrat and former sheriff, Ellsworth is preaching a message that used to be common but isn’t heard enough in these ultra-partisan days.

“The problems that face this country do not have a D or an R attached to them, and neither party has a corner on the market of good ideas,” he said. “Guys like me—whatever you want to call me: a centrist, a moderate, a conservative Democrat—we want to be those guys who reach across the aisle.”

He continued:

“We can’t be head-butting all of the time. On issues like labor, education, the oil spill. Trying to blame a party? Give me a break. Let’s fix it.”

It’s probably fitting that this campaign has been truncated. It’s going to be a relatively simple one. Democrats will hammer Coats for being a D.C. lobbyist, and Republicans will attack Ellsworth for supporting health-care reform and other pieces of the Obama agenda.

It won’t be pretty.

As I’ve written before, that’s too bad. Because both candidates seem like decent, serious-minded men.

As for Ellsworth, he tells voters who are upset with the new health-care law that “it’s not a radical bill” and that, while flawed, it was a “step in the right direction” after decades of inaction. He voted against his party on “cap-and-trade” energy legislation and laughs at those who try to label him a liberal, pointing to positions on guns, abortion and other issues that led Republicans in D.C. to casually raise the prospect of him changing parties.

In recent weeks, Republicans have mocked Ellsworth for downplaying his time in Washington. He no doubt has. He knows his two terms as a sheriff play well. And despite four years in Congress, he insists he still tries to approach issues the way he did during nearly 25 years in law enforcement.

“When we got called, we didn’t ask if the person was rich or poor, white or black, or Republican or Democrat,” he said. “You just went out and tackled the problem. You looked for the common-sense approach to fix the issue.”

It’s a great campaign line. But it’s also a great philosophy.

TalkingPointsMemo.com points out the following about the race and Ellsworth’s new ad:

Dem Ellsworth Takes Indirect Jab At GOP Opponent’s Lobbying Past In New IN-SEN Ad (VIDEO)

Eric Kleefeld | July 6, 2010, 3:34PM


Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN)

Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), the Democratic nominee for the open Senate seat of retiring Dem Evan Bayh, has launched his first TV ad of the campaign. Ellsworth cast himself as an anti-Washington candidate taking on Washington lobbyists — a not-so-subtle attack against his Republican opponent, former Sen. Dan Coats, who had been a lobbyist for the past decade.

“One thing that 25 years as a sheriff teaches you is zero tolerance for bull. There’s too much at stake. But out in Washington it’s like they live and breathe the stuff,” Ellsworth says. “They waste our money. They take care of special interests. And they don’t care if lobbyists write the laws or if our jobs get shipped overseas. I’m Brad Ellsworth and I approve this message because the special interests and lobbyists already have enough senators on their side.”

Ellsworth never directly mentions Coats in the ad, but appears to be laying the groundwork for further attacks down the road. Ellsworth begins this general election as a severe underdog, with the TPM Poll Average giving Coats a lead of 49.4%-33.6%.

Happy Father’s Day From The Once And Future Governor

Cynics out there will just say this is the once and future Governor keeping his name out there to remain relevant politically for whatever comes next.

But we at ALO much appreciated receiving Senator Evan Bayh’s Father’s Day e-mail greeting and video. Not only does it remind us of how lucky a man is when he gets the opportunity to be a dad, but it notes the unfortunate case of those growing up without a father’s influence.

The senator’s e-mail, which included a picture of himself and his sons, Beau and Nick, shooting around the old basketball, reads as follows:

The fathers our children deserve
I will never forget the day my children were born and my overwhelming sense of joy, responsibility and hope for the future.  My life was transformed.

Unfortunately, not every child knows the love and support of a father.  More than 24 million children in America will spend this Father’s Day without their biological dad.  These children are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to drop out of school, and more likely to end up in the criminal justice system.

Our nation’s moms – particularly single moms – do a heroic job of raising their children, but fathers have to share in the responsibility.

Tackling the epidemic of fatherlessness in America requires a unified effort.  States, the federal government, national organizations and community groups all have a role to play in helping dads become the fathers their children deserve. 

Above all, it takes a personal commitment on the part of America’s fathers to be there for their kids.

To all Hoosiers who have the joy of being called “Dad” and who serve as role models to your children — thank you for all that you do.

Daniels Silent On Budget Saving FMAP Legislation; Leave It To Evan Bayh To Save The State From Another Massive Shortfall

Lets start with the basics. There is a big bill moving through congress and a sizable chunk of that bill is targeted at reimbursing a fund that large majorities have supported before and our Governor favored and verbally supported the last two time it passed. But now he sits tightlipped and we wonder why he doesn’t speak up?

Mitch Daniels: Leader

As we write this we read the bill just passed so here is the quick jist from ANCOR: The American Network of Community Options and Resources:

Senate Passes Jobs Bill with FMAP 62-36 and Sends to the House For Passage

The Senate today passed by a vote of 62 to 36 the American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4213), which includes an extension of the Recovery Act’s increased Federal match for state Medicaid programs. The passed bill extends the increased FMAP through June 30, 2011, which is estimated to provide states with an additional $25.5 billion in FMAP and an additional $1.2 billion in adjustments to help states with the Medicare Part D payments states are required to make to the federal government.

The bill will be sent to the House for passage as it passed a different jobs bill and with lower FMAP extension and adjustment in December. We will have the vote tally available in Thursday’s WIC”s live. We need to thank our friend in the Senate and move to pressing the House to move quickly on this legislation.

That FMAP part is the part we are talking about. It stands for Federal Medical Assistance Payments. That is the $25 billion dollar part that goes to fund the state Medicaid gap.

Medicaid presently costs the state twenty-five cents for every dollar in Medicaid disbursements, thanks to continued FMAP support under the stimulus package, but should FMAP fail to pass the state’s percentage would become thirty-three cents of each Medicaid dollar. That might sound paltry, but it represents hundreds of millions of dollars in impact to the state budget, a shortfall that would lead to fewer services and even more lay-offs for the state.

Not just the state. There would by huge private sector unemployment implications as hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices would be forced to lay-off workers. When we are already stuck in the doldrums of 10% unemployment in Indiana.

Daniels’ incomprehensible silence on such critical legislation to the Hoosier economy, which he loudly supported twice under stimulus legislation leaves him playing politics while the Once and Future Governor, Senator Evan Bayh works to pass FMAP and save the Governor’s bacon for him.

The Governor’s otrich impression may be dur to his recent intraparty squabble where he asked for a “truce on social issues” and was slapped down by the fundamentalists of his party:

Mitch Daniels cancels the truce

Washington Post op-ed columnist Michael Gerson talks to Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) about his much-discussed “social truce” concept — something I thought described what conservatives were doing right now, but something that convinced the likes of Mike Huckabee that Daniels was tossing social conservatives into a landfill. Daniels clarifies:

“I would reinstate the Mexico City policy,” Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told me Wednesday, removing an uncertainty of his own creation. Promoting abortion with international family planning funds is one of “a thousand things we shouldn’t be spending money on.” …Daniels’s clarification on Mexico City shows his realism. But his continued insistence on the idea of a truce shows his stubbornness — a defining characteristic. “If there were a WMD attack, death would come to straights and gays, pro-life and pro-choice,” he told me. “If the country goes broke, it would ruin the American dream for everyone. We are in this together. Whatever our honest disagreements on other questions, might we set them aside long enough to do some very difficult things without which we will be a different, lesser country?”

In other words, his clever concept was alienating people whom he needed to take him seriously.

Or more likely it is his heeding of the Republican National Committee’s siren call to oppose anything this president is for no matter how critical to your constituents. And now he once again leaves his constituents’ economic well being in harm’s way in search of greater glory for himself as he mulls a run for RNC Chair or (gulp) The Presidency.

Given the rise in unemployment and early retirements the state of Indiana, there is an increased need upon this fund. For the last two years the Federal government as a part of the stimulus program has used something called FMAP

Mitch Daniels and Indiana Republicans sneak another $51 million dollars under the table to the banking cartel (via Ryan’s Blog)

We read this post last year and loved it. It bears remembering as the Governor continues his summer of folksy motorcyclin’ as the econemy continues to tank and he tells the state, “everything’s okey-dokey.”

Just in case you missed it, Indiana's house and senate passed a budget last Tuesday, narrowly avoiding a state government shutdown that would have started on Wednesday morning at 12:01 AM. Aside from an embarrassing  memo leaking out from Republican Senator Jim Leising asking basically to the effect of "We're gonna get paid for this special budget session spurred out of the crises that Indiana Republicans have caused, right?" right after being on … Read More

via Ryan's Blog

Coats Crap Sandwich Continues: Deny, Deny, Deny

Dan Coats continues to be called on the carpet for his obfuscation and lies regarding his background as a lobbyist. The Indiana Democratic Party is doing a great job of putting out some pretty scathing video. The latest entitled Deny, Deny, Deny follows: