WBEZ | Joe Donnelly http://www.wbez.org/tags/joe-donnelly Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Donnelly wins Senate, but Republicans still control Indiana http://www.wbez.org/news/donnelly-wins-senate-republicans-still-control-indiana-103739 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS6648_hr110712b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last night&rsquo;s celebrations for Democrat Joe Donnelly&rsquo;s big upset in the U.S. Senate race is getting doused by cold hard reality today. That&rsquo;s because Republicans can now claim to have supermajorities in both chambers of the Indiana legislature.</p><p>While the GOP already had a supermajority in the Senate, a few key wins gives it a supermajority in the House as well. Republicans now have 69 members in the House, two more than the 67 needed for a supermajority in the 100-member house.</p><p>&ldquo;We have had excellent candidate recruitment and Hoosiers have elected a group of leaders who already have a track record of job creation. The majority of our new members are small business owners who have experience meeting payroll, balancing budgets, thinking about the bottom line, and creating and retaining jobs,&quot; Indiana House Speaker, Brian Bosma (R), said Wednesday while meeting with the entire Republican House Caucus.</p><p>One race that helped the GOP is the victory in the Democratic stronghold of Lake County, outside Chicago. That&rsquo;s where Republican Hal Slager won in the 15th House District, which includes the town of Schererville.</p><p>Having a supermajority allows Republicans to conduct business without Democrats present.</p><p>In each of the past two years, House Democrats have walked out to stall Republicans from pushing through measures like school vouchers and right to work laws.</p><p>But Democrats won&rsquo;t be able to do that anymore.</p><p>Despite its new power, Bosma says the GOP will work in a bipartisan fashion.</p><p>&ldquo;Hoosiers told us they want their state to live within its means, promote job creation and prepare today&rsquo;s students for tomorrow&rsquo;s jobs. Hoosiers have spoken, and have elected 19 new members to our Caucus,&rdquo; Bosma said.</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/donnelly-wins-senate-republicans-still-control-indiana-103739 Mourdock and the meaning of 'moderate' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/mourdock-and-meaning-moderate-103410 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6602_AP625487735492-scr.jpg" style="float: right; height: 450px; width: 300px; " title="Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (AP)" /></div><p>The whole world now knows that Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decision2012/mourdock-rape-comment-adds-to-election-year-furor-over-social-issues/2012/10/24/efa6a530-1e05-11e2-b647-bb1668e64058_story.html?tid=pm_pop">he believes</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.&rdquo;</p><p>In other words, God has a plan, and it involves that rapist fathering a kid. Don&rsquo;t doubt or question it because, damn it all to hell, it&rsquo;s God&rsquo;s plan.<br /><br />Mourdock opposes abortion with a single exception: cases where the life of the mother is at stake.<br /><br />The kicker? The Democratic candidate, Rep. Joe Donnelly, took a <a href="http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/politics/richard-mourdock-joe-donnelly-spend-day-dealing-with-rape-abortion-comment">more &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; stance</a>, saying that his position allows for abortion in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother.<br /><br />That&rsquo;s a hell of a choice Hoosiers have.<br /><br />My question is: When did these three exceptions &mdash; the holy trinity, if you will &mdash; become a &ldquo;moderate&rdquo; stance on abortion rights? Exceptions for rape, incest and the woman&rsquo;s very life are not actually much of a choice.<br /><br />Back when I was a teenager and more readily in need of safe and legal abortion for myself and my friends than I am now, that position meant you were anti-abortion.<br /><br />I&rsquo;m not actually arguing against religious conviction. I&rsquo;m pro-choice but I totally follow the reasoning that if you believe life begins at conception and anything after that is murder, then the only logical conclusion is that exceptions can&rsquo;t be made.<br /><br />But let&rsquo;s call that what it is: If there&rsquo;s no negotiating, if there&rsquo;s no middle ground, that&rsquo;s an extreme position.<br /><br />Have Republican and religious extremists convinced us that allowing a birthing mother to live if the choice is between her and her unborn child is actually an exception, a kindness?<br /><br />Have these words &mdash; rape and incest &mdash; lost their power? Did we forget what these words actually mean?<br /><br />This is what we&rsquo;re talking about when we talk about abortion without exceptions:<br /><br />If you&rsquo;re a woman and get pregnant because a man forced you to have sex, which is to say, if you get pregnant as a result of sex you did not consent to (and was traumatic), then <em>you have to give birth to your rapist&rsquo;s child, whether you want to or not</em>.<br /><br />If you&rsquo;re a woman and get pregnant because your father/brother/grandfather/uncle/cousin/stepfather/etc. raped you (see above), then <em>you have to give birth to your father&rsquo;s/brother&rsquo;s/grandfather&rsquo;s/uncle&rsquo;s/cousin&rsquo;s/stepfather&rsquo;s, etc., child, whether you want to or not.</em><br /><br />Mitt Romney&rsquo;s own position on abortion in this election cycle allows exceptions in the cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother. (Paul Ryan disagrees, in line with his faith and the GOP party platform: no abortions, no exceptions.)<br /><br />Support for these lousy exceptions has allowed Romney to step back from extreme GOP candidates like <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/10/23/todd_akins_militia_ties_exposed/">Todd Akin</a>, who doesn&rsquo;t understand biology, and our own <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/19/tea-party-illinois-rep-joe-walsh-one-ups-akin-s-legitimate-rape.html">Joe Walsh</a>, who thinks pregnancy is risk-free.<br /><br />But, for some reason, Romney isn&rsquo;t stepping back from Mourdock. Of all of the GOP candidates running for election, Mourdock is the only one for whom Romney has taped <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/mitt-romney-supported-richard-mourdock-political-ad-17552447">a personal campaign ad</a>, which has already run in Indiana more than 100 times.<br /><br />The Romney campaign said Wednesday that he <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/10/richard-mourdock-john-mccain.php?ref=fpa">didn&rsquo;t agree with Mourdock&rsquo;s views </a>on abortion, but the television spot (which was taped long before Mourdock opened his mouth) is still running in Indiana.<br /><br />That&rsquo;s <em>moderate</em> Mitt.</p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/mourdock-and-meaning-moderate-103410 Republicans in full command in Indiana http://www.wbez.org/story/hank-adams/republicans-full-command-indiana <p><p><meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type"><meta content="Word.Document" name="ProgId"><meta content="Microsoft Word 11" name="Generator"><meta content="Microsoft Word 11" name="Originator"><link href="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\mpuente\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_filelist.xml" rel="File-List" /><o:smarttagtype name="PlaceType" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="place" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="State" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="City" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype name="PersonName" namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"></o:smarttagtype><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><style type="text/css"> <!--{1288819860</style></meta></meta></meta></meta></p> <div>When President Barack Obama won this state two years ago, some began to see cracks in the Republican Party&rsquo;s stronghold here. It had been 44 years since a Democratic candidate for president won Indiana. And, several Democrats also won election in some normally Republican congressional districts. &nbsp;It gave the Democrats a five to four advantage in the state&rsquo;s congressional delegation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Boy, has the tide turn. Republicans took command of the state, wrestling away control from Democrats in national and statewide seats. &nbsp;For starters,&nbsp; the GOP won two of the three congressional seats it was aiming for in southern Indiana.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But incumbent Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly of South Bend did manage to hold on to his seat in the 2<sup>nd</sup> Congressional District. &nbsp;So did Democrat Peter Visclosky of Northwest Indiana who represents Indiana&rsquo;s 1<sup>st</sup> District.&nbsp; The victory marked Viclosky&rsquo;s 14<sup>th</sup> consecutive election to Congress. But this victory is bittersweet. Federal prosecutors are looking into a one-time powerful lobbyist and its ties to congressmen, including Visclosky.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Republican gains give it a six to three lead in the state&rsquo;s congressional delegation. &nbsp;But that&rsquo;s not all. &nbsp;Democrats also lost the U.S. Senate seat once held by Evan Bayh to Republican Dan Coats, who returns to the Senate after more than a decade away.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Republicans also regained control of the Indiana Statehouse. The GOP now controls the Indiana Senate, Statehouse and governor&rsquo;s office.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>And even in Lake County, just outside of Chicago, Hank Adams became the first Republican to win a county-wide seat in more than half century. &nbsp;He won the county assessor&rsquo;s race over Democratic candidate Carol Ann Seaton, who had to battle weeks of bad press in trying to clear up if she actually lived in Lake County. She maintained a driver&rsquo;s license in Michigan, according to media reports.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 21:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/hank-adams/republicans-full-command-indiana