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If  you are rooting for Indiana Republicans to take back the State House of Representatives, I’ve got some good news for you and some bad news for you.  First, the good news.  If the election were held today, you would win by a very comfortable margin.

I’ve been doing some analysis as of late and things potentially look better for the House GOP than I expected.   Generic polling shows Indiana House Republicans with a comfortable lead over their Democratic counterparts.  Mitch Daniels and Aiming Higher are raising buckets of money.   Evansville-area Democratic candidates are running against the Capitol Improvement Board instead of focusing on local issues.  The State Teachers Union has endorsed Mark Messmer, the Republican candidate in House District 63.    Overall, not a bad place to be.

Now here’s the bad news.  The election is not today, it’s 64  days from now and anything can happen.   Democrats privately say they are confident things are coming together, despite the national trends.  In addition, there 36 Libertarian House candidates on the ballot this year, the most in the last decade, which could split the vote in some places.

Despite those pitfalls, the political winds, for now, are at the backs of the Republicans for the Statehouse.  However, we’re in the Midwest and we all know the winds can change at a moments notice.  That’s why this stuff is so much fun to watch.  Stay tuned.

  • Think Again

    House Speaker Brian Bosma.

    Four words that shiver my timbers.

    Hint to friendly GOP types: if you regain the House, keep Cindy Noe away from anything resembling power or microphones. She’s your Michelle Bachman.

  • http://twitter.com/IndyStudent Matthew Stone

    I’m always nervous of one party control, even if I agree with them on most issues. I think it gives Indiana government some balance.

    I would enthusiastically support the GOP at the state level if they’d promise they’d drop this marriage amendment nonsense. That’s my one fear. That it’ll pass (twice) and be just in time for 2012 POTUS elections for a state wide vote.

  • pascal

    Getting the endorsement of a group that wasted/cost/blew/or absconded with $67,000,000.00 of teacher pension monies is not an endorsement I’d want. Is there going to be a trial on this matter or is ISTA going to get it swept under a very large rug? I’d hope that the next legislature would allow ISTA members to be taxed to make up for the losses, and, only ISTA MEMBERS.

  • http://twitter.com/IndyStudent Matthew Stone

    I’m not a lawyer, but I’m fairly certain that’d be a bill of attainder.

  • pascal

    You would not like it that the conspirators who did what they did should make whole those whose assets they made to go away? Have you objection to trying ISTA officials as criminals? Why not tax those people in our society who failed to oversee and caused such great expense?
    Abdul aside, the bill of attainder stuff hasn’t worked for ACORN and ought not work for ISTA either. Those who conspire against the public ought to be taxed for their misdeeds. Or, is it your view that teacher pensions are there for the taking? That does seem to be the liberal view when it was Obama and company stealing pension monies from Indiana teachers and policemen. That is, to be more clear, Indiana Democrat congressmen who helped Obama steal the pension money. I think every one of them but I could retract that if one could prove that they voted against the theft.

  • pascal

    Bosma as Speaker does not bother me a bit, in fact, having a Speaker who accomplishes positive steps would be a welcome contrast to the current situation. I even like Bosma for Guv on the basis that he knows State Government. Of course, I was for Wayne Townsend on that same basis, a competent and gifted man but the D’s went down for nickles, dimes, and defeat after whoring for $$$.

  • http://twitter.com/IndyStudent Matthew Stone

    Way to completely miss the point, Pascal.

    If ISTA or any group broke the law, they should be convicted in the appropriate court, under appropriate charges, and so on. Passing a law to tax them is turning our legislature into a judiciary. And that ignores the central tenant of the separation of powers.

    I know some people are only for the constitution and our form of government when it suits their agenda, but I’m for following our laws and our constitution (state and federal) all the time. You can’t toss out our justice system just because you don’t like ISTA. If they acted illegally, get a lawyer or prosecutor or whatever, and get them in court.

  • Rico

    Why did I know that you’d have a problem with Michelle Bachmann? Oh yeah. She’s an attractive, articulate, conservative woman and you’re an idiot.

  • Think Again

    My God Pascal we finally find something on which to agree. I’ve known Wayne for 50 years. Solid. Yeah, we whored around for Hillenbrand dollars that year, Wayne lost narrowly in the primary, and John H. became a DOA Nov. candidate. Perhaps thankfully, for the state. But we got Bob Orr.

    And Josie.

  • Think Again

    Pascal is on a perfectly understandable tangent, Matthew. Leave him alone. He fizzles out…a muttering mess of incoherent claims and “facts.”

    It’s just easier if we let him run on…like the balloon when you let it go. Ultimately it runs out of air.

  • Nick

    Funny, yet sad:(

    Current day dejau vu with a twist?

  • pascal

    A tax on ISTA members and they only to make up the $67,000,000.00 would be more than fair. A conspiracy against the public should not be asking the public to bail them out-wouldn’t that be double jeopardy?
    Who else should foot the bill for this $67,000,000.00 mess-in your view? Are you going to vote for any Democrat Congressman who helped Obama steal Indiana pension dollars?

  • Think Again

    No, she’s an idiot.

    But, I advocate giving her all the rope she needs. She and Dan Burton are cut from the same cloth.

  • Think Again

    Make no mistake, we havhe our wingnuts, too…Charlie Rangel needed to go 15 years ago. Ditto Rep. Maxine Waters–she hired her grandson as her chief of staff, for cryin’ out loud, and then wodners why folks get exorcised over her “inquiries” into TARP money for her husband’s bank. Those COS jobs pay six figures…nice jobs.

    The jury is in on Ms. Bachman, though. She has the same language skills as Half-Gov. Palin. Check these doozies:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-10-craziest-michele-bachmann-quotes

  • Rico

    Language skills? This coming from a Carson fan??? HA!

  • Think Again

    I’m not sure I follow….try to stay on point, huh? The subject was Ms. Bachman, as well as Dmeocratic skalwags Rangel and Waters.

  • Rico

    Just pointing out, once again, that your standards for politicians vary widely. You make it so easy, it’s barely fun anymore.

    And by the way, why do you single-out the black members of Congress? Were I to do that, I’d be labeled a racist. What about the many others, including Dodd and Fwank, who are largely responsible for getting us into this financial crapstorm.

  • Think Again

    Dodd and Barney, largely responsible? Are you freaking serious? You clearly know little about the banking and mortgage system. They’re perhaps, at best (worst?) unindicted co-conspirators. In the same manner that Condi and Gen. Powell were for the Iraqi War.

    No sir, the home mortgage crisis came about almost solely because lenders abadoned solid lending principles and guidelines, aided greatly by Grahm-Leech-Bliley, and tens of millions dumped into campaign coffers, at a rate of about 85-15 GOP.

    Singling out black members? Not sure how to get around the obvious, but you may be right. Maxine has been greedy for decades. Charlie’s just stayed too long. I mean, think about it–if you really want a $125K/year job for your grandson, you pick up the phone and lean on a lobbyist for a private-sector job. Or you call a colleague and job-trade with him: you hire my grandson, I’ll hire your wife. Quid pro quo. It happens all the time in DC.

    Maxine was stupid enough to flat-out hire her grandson, and then send him to do her husband’s bank’s bidding.

    I’m pretty sure Congressional stupidity is color-blind. Evidence: Reps. Jefferson, Waters, Rangel, Bachman, Burton, Buyer, et al.

    Sixty large in a freezer. I still can’t stop laughing at that. Hilarious.

  • Taxpayer 834512

    “Everyone can own a home” was not at least (phrasing this again very, very charitably)- AT LEAST, promoted by Democratic presidencies? I can see loaners taking a majority (not exclusive) blame for the bum loans taking place- but it takes two for a pregnancy.

    Barney Frank and one or two administrators in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (don’t make me look them up- but if this foolishness continues I will)- have their historical fingerprints all over it.

    After promoting this fantasical benefit for years, Frank had the nerve in a recent Kudlow interview to acknowledge Freddie and Fannie need to wind down. No sh!t, Sherlock.

  • Taxpayer 834512

    A pox on both their houses (pardon pun)- but not being able to get education reform & other legislation out of committee in the House is beyond old. Huey Long is applauding from the grave, but he’s about the only one. Unfortunately, I imagine a Republican state assembly would be just as repugnant.

  • Think Again

    Taxpayer, the original architect of the “Everyone Owns a Home” was none other than Rep. Charlie Halleck (R-Indiana), House Minority Leader, colorful old gent, who, along with Sen. Everett Dirksen, hosted the weekly radio show “Ev & Charlie Show.” They used the Fannie Mae program, developed by FDR in 1938 or 1939, as a foundation, and eventually, it grow wildly. LBJ privatized it in 1968 to take it off the federal budget, because the Vietnam War was draining out treasury.

    Charlie Halleck bullied and cajoled Fannie until it swallowed the home mortgage market. FDR never envisioned it would control so much of the home mortgage market, although I doubt he’d have cared.

  • Taxpayer 834512

    I can’t speak for the early history, but I thank you for the illumination. Much like the culpability of prior unaffordable spending, entitlements, foreign policy, etc., I’m not a bit happy with the collective, bipartisan, dysfunctional net economics. As you understandably rail on “neocon” foreign policy (which I probably largely agree with), I feel similarly about liberal excess starting with the Great Society and exemplified by “everyone can own a home”.

    Our predicament came about bipartisanly, but I have no choice but to be preoccupied with the current administation of crooks- including Rep. Frank.

  • Taxpayer 834512

    Re the state: My heart will not break if we finally don’t have to go thru session after session of the House sitting on ethics or educational reform. Last time was a start, hopefully education will finally make some headway. Not that either party controlling both houses & the governorship isn’t a guarantee for excess.

    I like Ed DeLaney. He’s a personable guy and had a bad year to say the least. But, I can’t stand any more of Bauer or Crawford or Porter’s obstructionism. At least give us the other flavor of obstructionism for two years.

  • Taxpayer 834512

    Re the state: My heart will not break if we finally don’t have to go thru session after session of the House sitting on ethics or educational reform. Last time was a start, hopefully education will finally make some headway. Not that either party controlling both houses & the governorship isn’t a guarantee for excess.

    I like Ed DeLaney. He’s a personable guy and had a bad year to say the least. But, I can’t stand any more of Bauer or Crawford or Porter’s obstructionism. At least give us the other flavor of obstructionism for two years.

  • Think Again

    Hmmmm. Interesting stuff, Taxpayer.

    I’d urge you to give Greg Porter another look.. He was educated at Earlham, liked the Quaker view, and worked for Frank O’Bannon. A solid guy….and he tilts at windmills regularly.

    I’m with you on Bauer and Crawford. Tick-tock time to go.

    But damn….Speaker Bosma? Less tenure, same 6-foot-stacked-bullshit. And I’m pretty sure his caucus is only lukewarm for him

    Wait a minute—that could be fun to watch. House Republicans eating their young.

    I may change my mind.

    You’re welcome on the Fannie stuff. Master’s thesis. Some facts just rattle around for decades, and rarely get a chance to emerge.

  • Zimmeramy6

    It scares me to loose bipartisinship in our state govenrment. Your so called “education reform” is to fall in step with Gov Daniels and do away with our public schools. I don’t know if any of you making these crass comments are PUBLIC school teacher or parents, but I happen to be both. Money is being filtered out to charter schools, many of which fail in their first few years. Where I live the closest option I have is a 50 minute drive one way. So I’m stuck at the crippled local public school. Read all of the info and be informed before you put your undergrad poli-sci degree out for everyone to see.

  • Zimmeramy6

    It scares me to loose bipartisinship in our state govenrment. Your so called “education reform” is to fall in step with Gov Daniels and do away with our public schools. I don't know if any of you making these crass comments are PUBLIC school teacher or parents, but I happen to be both. Money is being filtered out to charter schools, many of which fail in their first few years. Where I live the closest option I have is a 50 minute drive one way. So I'm stuck at the crippled local public school. Read all of the info and be informed before you put your undergrad poli-sci degree out for everyone to see.