Thursday, September 9, 2010

Remeeting Pete - A Dream Come True

As I'm sure many of you know, I happen to be quite the fan of Pete Buttigieg (boot-a-judge), the Democratic Party nominee for Indiana State Treasurer. So when he stopped by Notre Dame's phone bank on Tuesday night, I was giddy like a school girl (many of my fellow ND Dems might argue that that is an understatement).

Me and Pete... And everyone else.

But why should you believe me? I know many of you are already supporters of Pete, but my testimony of love is far from enough to sum up why Pete is the candidate we have we been waiting for. Not only is he intelligent, passionate and brilliant - no really, he graduated from Harvard then went on to study economics at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar - but he has examined what Indiana needs and why he can accomplish it better than his opponent, incumbent Richard Mourdock.

Pete is filled with new ideas, which you can find here. What inspires me most is his commitment to the people of Indiana to depoliticize the office of State Treasurer and focus solely on our economic development. Mourdock, in conjunction with Mitch Daniels, filed a suit in order to prevent a bankruptcy deal from going through which would save thousands of Chrysler jobs in our state. While I do concede that some of his arguments are valid (protecting pensioner funds and investors, etc.), it seems that the majority of his opposition to the proceedings is based on partisan motivations, a sort of crusade against the Obama administration.

Pete simply cares about Indiana. He wants the best for us, and has promised to put our jobs over his politics. Additionally, he has promised to review our risky state investments that have long been ignored by Mourdock. Hopefully, he will find financially sound ways to reinvest Indiana's money in Indiana businesses. Finally, he will revise the management system where financially efficient to do so and offer more transparency to Hoosier citizens, an essential quality to any administration.

Pete reminded me why our participation in this campaign is so important. Having people in office that are perfectly content to go along with the status quo is not good enough, and only motivated young people like many of you over here at Lefty's can change that. So work hard for Pete, and every other Democrat you believe in, because I promise, they are working hard for you (Pete told us he walked 8 Labor Day parades in 2 days..!). It's going to be a tough election season, but with inspirational, hard working candidates like Pete, we stand a good chance of success. See you all on the other side of midterms, with a brand new State Treasurer.

And don't forget, I called dibs first.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What we've been up to in Bloomington...

We created this video this week and played it at our call out. We found it reached a wide audience easily:

This was posted today:

Thank you to all of our Hoosiers in Bloomington who are working so hard to get Democrats elected at all levels! You're a wonderful squad.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

We Want Early Voting.

We live in a democracy, with universal suffrage over the age of 18, right? Wrong. We live in a democracy with universal suffrage for those who can afford to skip work or school, get an ID, find a way to get to the polls, then finally cast their vote. Disenfranchising voters has been a sweeping goal of the Republican Party ever since FDR. Keeping African Americans, students, and workers away from the polls helps Republicans win, flat out. In 2008, fed up with eight years of Republican rule, these groups came out en-mass to vote for change.

In 2008 due to the hard work of College Democrats, the local Democratic Party, and the unified local to national campaigns, early voting on campus at Indiana University was a reality. Over 4,000 students took advantage of early voting on campus to vote when it was convenient for them, including myself. Early voting increases voter turnout, especially for people with hectic schedules like students. Yet the Monroe County Republican Party, along with IU College Republicans, has so far been successful in blocking early voting for the 2010 election. This surely has nothing to do with the fact that in 2008 students voted for Democrats with over a 30 point margin.

Simply put, it’s an outrage that a party in a democracy such as ours is so blatantly blocking young votes. The worst part is the Chairman of IU College Republicans, Justin Kingsolver, has actively lobbied against early voting for students on campus. On the other hand Kelly Smith, President of IU College Democrats has argued multiple times in front of the Monroe County election board for student’s rights.

Finally I’d like to say that this should not be a partisan issue. Indiana University is a school of over 40,000 students, many of which won’t vote Democrat. However I’m a Democrat, and I believe everyone deserves their vote, no matter what party they intend to vote for. I think that a white, male, Christian conservative deserves his vote as much as an African American, Muslim liberal. We’re a democracy, and it’s time Republicans start to treat it that way.

If you’re in Bloomington and want to have your voice heard about early voting students will be marching from Dunn Meadow to the Justice building with signs about voter suppression September 14th at 4:45.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor’s Fight is Also Your Fight, By Indiana AFL-CIO President, Nancy Guyott

Sure, you’re used to sleeping in, barbequing with friends and family
or, even working, on Labor Day. Each of us has our own tradition, our
own celebration of summer’s last hurrah or our own obligation to make
a living tugging at us on this weekend. But this year calls upon us to
do something more on Labor Day. It calls upon us to reflect on labor’s
struggle, on our own place in it, and to join together to demand a
restoration of the American Dream.

This year, those who labor - those who draw a paycheck from an
employer, whether they work with their hands or their heads - are
struggling through difficult times. This year, nearly one in ten
Hoosiers who are seeking work cannot find it and an even greater number
have grown so weary of the search that they have given up. This year,
one out of every two Americans report that their household has been
affected by job loss or a reduction in hours, wages or tips in the last

We did not get here overnight. During the last decade, our economy
failed to create a single additional job. This came after six decades of
job growth no lower than twenty percent per decade. Moreover, real wages
have been stagnant or falling for years. The seeds of bad trade deals,
tax breaks for companies that offshore jobs and an increasingly hostile
legal regime for union organizing and bargaining have now been
harvested. Today’s economy is unprepared to absorb and unprepared toa
reward young workers entering the workforce and older workers thrust
back into the job market unexpectedly.

It is no mistake that the massive growth of the middle class occurred
when unions gained strength in our economy and working families gained
political strength as well. On the micro level, unions act as a check
and balance on the otherwise unrestrained power of corporate bosses - to
keep an unfair proportion of the wealth our work creates, to dictate
unacceptably dangerous or oppressive working conditions, or to restrict
our personal freedoms. On the macro level, unions act as a check and
balance on the otherwise unrestrained power of corporate lobbyists to
tilt our laws in favor of those same big corporations. When unions at
the bargaining table and working families in the voting booth helped to
ensure that wealth created by the hands, bodies and minds of all
Americans was shared with all Americans, our economy grew by leaps and
bounds. And our country provided the opportunity for each citizen to
work hard, raise a family with some security, retire with dignity and
enjoy watching his or her children prosper even more: the American

This Labor Day reflect on your place in the labor movement’s
struggles and on which America you aspire to live in. For this
November, collectively we will choose between an America of contracting
opportunities for most of us, like the last decade brought, or an
America of expanding possibilities for all of us - like the one we are
just beginning to rebuild.

Nancy Guyott is the first elected female president and youngest to
serve in fifty for the Indiana State AFL-CIO. She is an Indiana
University graduate from the School of Law (cum laude 1993) and Harvard
College (A.B. cum laude 1990).

The Indiana AFL-CIO, founded in 1958, is a state federation of national
and international labor unions. It represents hundreds of thousands of
workings families across the state. We are committed to improving the
lives and conditions of all working families in Indiana. We are
politically and socially active in our state and local communities to
build, change and grow the labor movement of Indiana.