Hoosiers rally for #RedforEd; Payday of reckoning; and Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war

Hoosiers rally for #RedforEd; Payday of reckoning; and Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war

LISTEN: Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson Releases New Radio Ad
Karen Freeman-Wilson, Democratic Mayor of Gary, releases a new radio a in her bid to win re-election. (Indiana Talks Network)

Democrats vie for party’s nomination for Elkhart mayor
For a second straight day, and a third time overall, Democratic candidates for Elkhart Mayor, Rod Roberson and Ashley Boling Molyneaux, debated each other Tuesday evening. (Elkhart Truth)

‘We Can Do Better’: Teachers Ask Lawmakers To Pay Attention To Public Education
McCormick addressed the hot-button issue of teacher pay, saying lawmakers are making a “false promise” to increase pay. She also talked about recent legislation to allow teachers to be shot with pellet guns during active shooter training and to allow guns in schools. She followed each issue with saying the phrase, “We can do better.” (The Statehouse File)

Senate Republicans Reject More Than Two Dozen Democrat Amendments To Budget Bill
Those rejected proposals included limiting voucher dollars to schools that discriminate, expanding the state’s recently signed hate crimes law, and forgiving a loan taken out by East Chicago schools to move more than 450 elementary school students from a contaminated site to an empty middle school. (Indiana Public Media)

Petition against VP Pence’s Taylor commencement speech gains support
Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Indiana in May as the featured commencement speaker at Taylor University. Not everyone is happy about that decision, prompting the creation of a change.org petition against it last week. (WTHR)

Now is the time for action’: Statewide teachers rallies call for greater state funding for public education
In the Region and across the state, school advocates ranging from large rural districts to small rural communities rallied Tuesday behind a common message: public schools in Indiana are in need of legislators’ support for funding. (NWI Times)

Payday of reckoning
The good news is that the effort to create new types of high-interest loans that could entrap struggling Hoosier families appears to be dead, at least for the remainder of this session of the legislature. The bad news is that, once again, lawmakers did nothing to eliminate or modify the existing payday system, which allows lenders to charge their customers the equivalent of 391% interest for short-term loans. (Journal Gazette)

Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum
How, some Democrats are beginning to ask, do they thwart a 70-something candidate from outside the party structure who is immune to intimidation or incentive and wields support from an unwavering base, without simply reinforcing his “the establishment is out to get me”’ message — the same grievance Mr. Trump used to great effect? (New York Times)Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war
The veto — the second in Trump’s presidency — was expected, and Congress lacks the votes to override it. But passing the never-before-used war powers resolution was viewed as a milestone for lawmakers, who have shown a renewed willingness to assert their war-making authority after letting it atrophy for decades under presidents from both parties. (AP)

Poll: Only 18 percent say they are paying less under Trump tax law
Less than one in five registered voters say they paid less in taxes during the first year of President Trump’s landmark tax law, a Hill-HarrisX poll released Monday finds. Only 18 percent of respondents say they are paying less in federal taxes for 2018 compared to 2017 in the survey, which was taken ahead of the April 15 tax deadline. (The Hill)

Fox News Polled Their Bernie Sanders Town Hall Audience on Medicare For All. It Did Not Go As They Hoped.
A similar phenomenon ensued during a town hall for Bernie Sanders Monday night, in which Very Serious News Anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum demonstrated they might need to spend a bit more time outside The Ecosystem. They knew what they were getting with Bernie, surely. What they had no idea is that many people in the audience would support his ideas. (Yahoo News)

Should Barr Recuse Himself From Meuller Investigation?
Attorney General William Barr is already under fire for his March letter to Congress, which reported the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in a way many feel was mostly beneficial to President Donald Trump. (Newsweek)

Buttigieg responds to protesters yelling about ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’
Two protesters interrupted Buttigieg, who is openly gay, during a speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa, shouting about the two cities that the Bible says were destroyed by what it calls sinful acts, including sodomy. They were both quickly shouted down by a crowd of 1,650 chanting the South Bend, Ind. mayor’s name and escorted out of the area by security.  (The Hill)

In New Effort to Deter Migrants, Barr Withholds Bail to Asylum Seekers
The Trump administration on Tuesday took another significant step to discourage migrants from seeking asylum, issuing an order that could keep thousands of them in jail indefinitely while they wait for a resolution of their asylum requests. (New York Times)

Notre Dame cheerleading selects first female leprechaun mascot
A woman has not served as Notre Dame’s leprechaun since it became the school’s official mascot in 1965. That will change later this year. On Tuesday, Notre Dame’s cheerleading program announced Lynnette Wukie, who will be a junior in the fall, will serve as one of its three leprechauns for the 2019-20 school year. (South Bend Tribune)

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