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  • Indiana GOP Candidate: 'No one has the guts' to let poor people 'wither and die'

    In an effort to perpetuate untrue stereotypes that people who receive government assistance are lazy and unmotivated, Indiana’s GOP candidate for State Rep. John Johnston reached a new level of offensive when he suggested that instead of helping poor people, we just let them die.   

    His comment came amidst an online rant in which he not only expressed his frustration that “no one has the guts to just let [poor people] wither and die,” he also accused those on government assistance of being “less motivated to get a job” and “simply happy enough that they will do nothing.”  

    From The Raw Story:

    The candidate made the comments in a discussion thread on the Mad Mac page, which covers local politics.

    “For almost three generations people, in some cases, have been given handouts,” Johnston said during the discussion. “They have been ‘enabled’ so much that their paradigm in life is simply being given the stuff of life, however meager.”

    “What you see is a setting for a life of misery is life to them never-the-less,” he continued. “No one has the guts to just let them wither and die. No one who wants votes is willing to call a spade a spade. As long as the Dems can get their votes the enabling will continue. The Republicans need their votes and dare not cut the fiscal tether. It is really a political Catch-22.”

    “The voters are the ones in charge,” Johnston said. “(H)owever when only 10-11 percent show up to vote, not much will change. People simply are not hurting enough, or simply happy enough that they will do nothing. consequently the dole continues.”

  • 4 years later, 'Essential Races' nominee takes Indiana House seat

    Democrat Bionca Gambill has become the newest member of the Indiana House of Representatives, succeeding fellow Democrat Kreg Battles in District 45. In 2010, Gambill was such a strong candidate that the DLCC included her district in the cycle's "Essential Races," highlighting the matchup as one of the most crucial in the state. Although Gambill did not win that race, the DLCC is proud that she has now joined the legislature and believes she will contribute greatly to improving the lives of all Hoosiers. From the Greene County Daily World:

  • Analyst: GOP Primary wars boost Indiana Dems

    In yesterday's Indiana primaries, most of the fireworks were confined to Republican side, and at least one non-partisan analyst thinks that may boost legislative Democrats as they fight to break Republicans' super-majorities this fall:

    Democrats may have a slight edge heading into November, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Because so few Democratic candidates faced primary challenges Tuesday, they are able to focus their time and money squarely on November's general election, he said.

    "I'd be willing to bet the Democrats are feeling somewhat optimistic because they actually have people who even today can be thinking about what they're doing for November," he said.

  • Indiana Republican: guns in schools are fantastic because “abortion!”

    From April 10, 2013:

    In a jaw-dropping moment on Tuesday, Republicans in the GOP-dominated Indiana General Assembly got their wires seriously crossed:

    State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, who devised the plan, said Indiana schools are vulnerable to armed intruders and suggested mass shootings at Columbine, Colo.; Virginia Tech University; and Fort Hood, Texas, could have been prevented by armed personnel.

    [Democratic state Rep. and former Hammond police captain Linda] Lawson pointed out that Columbine had an armed police officer in the building, Virginia Tech has its own campus police department and that pretty much everyone at an Army base knows how to shoot a gun.

    Lucas responded by arguing abortion results in more annual deaths than gun accidents, at which point Brown, the committee chairman, halted the discussion and asked Lucas to leave the hearing.  [emphasis added]