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Just checking in to see if Left in Aboite survived the Mayan Apocalypse. . .
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I am officially announcing my candidacy for Indiana State Representative in House District 83. If you reside in Aboite Township in Allen County, or most anywhere in Whitley County, I hope to earn your vote this coming November. I look forward to hearing about the issues that are most important to you and discussing how we can work together to move Indiana forward! I appreciate your support and humbly ask that you help my campaign by clicking on my mug to visit my fundraising page.
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) was a co-sponsor of House Bill 1001, Employee’s Right to Work for Less. She is also the incumbent State Representative in House District 83, the very district in which I now reside due to House Republican's recent redistricting. For most of you, that information is likely enough to preface my next:
January 09, 2012
This article was penned by Allen County Democratic Party Executive Director Jack Morris:
There have recently been articles concerning legislation called “right-to-work” (RTW). Articles in favor of this legislation provided u
At the outset I acknowledge the right of those who advocate for RTW legislation. We need a full and complete discussion of any topic. However, we should look facts in support of each view and not rest upon bare assertion without verifiable facts. A review of the facts related to RTW legislation causes me to oppose this legislation.
Before an informed discussion on RT, it is appropriate to address the name. This legislation does not create any job or the right to any job. Further, the ‘right’ which it confers carries significant negative consequences with far reaching impact on the ability of a worker to obtain a job with a living wage (a wage which enables the worker to support his or her self and a family). These co
State Representative Win Moses addressing a town hall meeting on the "Right to Work" legislation.
RTW laws are really government interference with the rights of workers and employers to enter into a contract. RTW laws allow a person who benefits by the contract to avoid paying the costs of obtaining the benefits gained by the contract. Clearly this approach weakens the worker side of the contractual bargain to the benefit of the employer. In the absence of organized labor there would be no contract between the employer and the worker.
The result of passage of RTW laws in some states was the creation of two competing labor climates within the United States, one (primarily in the Northeast, the Midwest, and on the West Coast) permitted “fair share” representation clauses in contracts and thus encouraged stable unio
Two independent studies, one by the Indiana University Division of Labor Studies in January, 2006 and a March 2011 report from the Higgi
The Indiana and Notre Dame research refutes the claims that RTW legislation attracts businesses to a state. Further, The Work Environment Index (WEI), co
Mayor Tom Henry addresses the crowd at the Fort Wayne "Right to Work" Town Hall
‘Right-to-work’ laws are an attempt to limit the capacity of unio
True economic development is the process of increasing opportunities and living standards for allresidents of an area. The claimed economic growth to be accomplished by the advocates of RTW does not address how ‘growth’ is distributed. The facts comparing wages in RTW to non-RTW demonstrate worker wages and benefits are lower in the RTW states. Real economic development is not compatible with falling wages and benefits for workers. Our present economic downturn is evidence of what happe
The facts dictate rejection of RTW laws for
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The following is a screen shot from last night of Darrell White's facebook page. Darrell White is former Secretary of State Charlie White's father. The page has since been scrubbed clean of this content:
Today's entry contains a very good idea - one that could go a long way toward putting the country back on its feet and back on the right track. However...
Please consider forwarding, if you agree.Now for the "However..."
I have cleaned this e-mail of all other names, sending it to you in hopes that you will keep it going and keep it clean. This is something I believe in and I hope you all read it all the way through.
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
I'm asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.
Congressional Reform Act of 2011
1. Term Limits. 12 years only, one of the possible options below.
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms
2. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
3. Congress (past , present and future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.
LET'S FIX CONGRESS!!!!! If you agree, pass it on. If not, just delete. You are one of my 20+. Please keep it going.
The Constitution provides that an amendment may be proposed either by the Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the State legislatures. None of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have been proposed by constitutional convention.Now, what do you suppose the odds are of any Congressperson introducing such a thing to their peers? Hmm...
The Indiana Democratic Party has announced that Fort Wayne will be hosting the party's state convention in 2012. This marks the first time that the convention has ever been held outside of Indy, and is the end result of a large effort undertaken by local and third district party faithful: