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November 28, 2013
8:06 // 10 months ago
June 29, 2013

How the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings are affecting state politics

  • changing gears Politicians in a number of states, most notably Oregon, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have started discussing repealing laws which bar same-sex marriage in the state, whether through laws or through amendments. (29 states have amendments similar to the one struck down in California.) In the case of Oregon, the state’s Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber, argues that the federal ruling underscores the urgency of the issue. “Oregon has not yet lived up to the ideal of equal rights for all,” he stated. A court decision in Michigan involving a same-sex couple adopting one another’s children could also play a factor in that state—that decision was on hold due to the Supreme Court decisions.
  • doubling down In the case of West Virginia and Indiana, however, Republicans in the states are considering strengthening state laws barring same-sex marriage through the usage of amendments. One advocate in Indiana, the American Family Association of Indiana’s Micah Clark, argues that the decision should be left up to voters. “The future of marriage matters,” he told the Associated Press. “And it belongs in the hands of Hoosier voters, not the courts, not Hollywood, and not the activists seeking to change it from what it is and always has been.” source
11:15 // 1 year ago
March 19, 2013
17:09 // 1 year ago
November 11, 2012

Raw video: Large explosion in Indianapolis neighborhood

"This looks like a war zone; it really does," said Indianapolis Fire Lt. Bonnie Hensley about the abvoe explosion, which took place at 11 p.m. Saturday and displaced around 200 people. “I was sleeping on the sofa and all of a sudden, my upstairs windows were blowing out and my front door was falling in,” said 59-year-old Pam Brainerd regarding the explosion, which happened in her sleep. “My front door came off the frame. It was the largest bang I’ve ever heard.” The explosion killed at least two, destroyed two homes and damaged at least 14 homes; authorities suspect natural gas.

11:12 // 1 year ago
October 23, 2012
I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.
Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, diving headfirst into controversy with the above remarks on abortion, just weeks shy of Election Day. Mourdock was asked to explain his views on abortion by a questioner during his final debate against Rep.Joe Donnelly, and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning. All three of them oppose abortion rights, but neither Donnelly or Horning went quite so far — Mourdock’s policy position on this issue, setting aside his highly incendiary language, is in step with the GOP’s party platform, though not with the Romney campaign’s recent claim of support for rape and incest exceptions. source
22:13 // 1 year ago
July 8, 2012
The Voting Rights Act wasn’t designed to be enmeshed in partisan politics. And that’s what is happening now.
Nathaniel Persily, a professor at Columbia Law School • Discussing the sudden legal pressure the Voting Rights Act is facing in states like Texas. The act was introduced in the 1960s to protect African-American voters from disenfranchisement at the polls. But recent state laws have begun to test its legality. Earlier this year, the Obama administration blocked a Texas law that would require voters to show photo ID, saying it was “unfair to minority voters.” Texas says it wants to prevent voter fraud; Georgia and Indiana have passed similar measures. Now, the fight is starting to heat up — with a hearing on Monday in a federal district court on Texas’ law, a possible prelude to a Supreme Court decision. Is it a reflection of the political climate? “Actions and interpretations that previously would not have raised partisan eyebrows are now seen as outrages,” said Persily. source (viafollow)
15:49 // 2 years ago
June 21, 2012
20:55 // 2 years ago
May 8, 2012
19:58 // 2 years ago
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar optimistic despite Tea Party challenge: ”We’ve got a vigorous campaign. I believe in fact that we’re going to win the campaign,” he said this morning about the primary challenge he’s facing Tuesday. Lugar, an 80-year-old moderate Republican who has served six terms, is behind opponent Richard Mourdock by ten points according to some polls, and is barred from running as an independent in the general election by state law. So if he loses tonight, that’s it. Think he’ll win? (photo by James Brosher/AP)

Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar optimistic despite Tea Party challenge: ”We’ve got a vigorous campaign. I believe in fact that we’re going to win the campaign,” he said this morning about the primary challenge he’s facing Tuesday. Lugar, an 80-year-old moderate Republican who has served six terms, is behind opponent Richard Mourdock by ten points according to some polls, and is barred from running as an independent in the general election by state law. So if he loses tonight, that’s it. Think he’ll win? (photo by James Brosher/AP)

11:11 // 2 years ago
March 3, 2012
Tornado outbreak tears across the Midwest and South
Tornado outbreak leaves towns leveled, at least 33 dead. A series of tornadoes left 16 dead in Kentucky, 14 dead in Indiana,  2 in Ohio, and 1 Alabama. Officials have warned that additional fatalities could be reported, and early reports suggest that the Indiana town of Marysville has been almost completely destroyed. In an interview with CNN, Governor Mitch Daniels said, ”we’re not unfamiliar with Mother Nature’s wrath out here in Indiana, but this is about as serious as we’ve seen in the years since I’ve been in this job.” (photo by C.E. Branham/The News and Tribune via Associated Press) source
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Tornado outbreak leaves towns leveled, at least 33 dead. A series of tornadoes left 16 dead in Kentucky, 14 dead in Indiana,  2 in Ohio, and 1 Alabama. Officials have warned that additional fatalities could be reported, and early reports suggest that the Indiana town of Marysville has been almost completely destroyed. In an interview with CNN, Governor Mitch Daniels said, ”we’re not unfamiliar with Mother Nature’s wrath out here in Indiana, but this is about as serious as we’ve seen in the years since I’ve been in this job.” (photo by C.E. Branham/The News and Tribune via Associated Press) source

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12:53 // 2 years ago