Indiana’s school choice fraud; Connie Lawson’s lack of transparency gets her sued; and INDEMS weekly radio address podcast

Indiana’s school choice fraud; Connie Lawson’s lack of transparency gets her sued; and INDEMS weekly radio address podcast

Indiana Democratic Party 6-22-19 Weekly Radio Address Podcast
When Brooks looked in the mirror, she saw Donald Trump. She voted with the President 98% of the time. Brooks concluded that her record wasn’t going to fly in CD5 and bowed out. And it seems this is former state senator Mike Delph’s GOP primary to lose. He easily dispatched a well-funded moderate GOP challenger in 2018 on his way to defeat in the general election. (Indiana Talks Network)

Karen Francisco: Indiana’s school choice fraud
Karen Francisco, editorial page editor of the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, is a great defender of democracy, honesty, and public schools. She is a keen observer of the school choice hustle in Indiana, where grifters and entrepreneurs are welcome to rip off the public. Thanks, Former Governor’s Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence, and compliant legislators. (DianeRavItch.Net)

Election security group sues Indiana’s secretary of state
Indiana’s Secretary of State Connie Lawson is facing a lawsuit from a national cybersecurity group because her office has failed to turn over emails and other forms of communication on election security the group requested under public records laws. (South Bend Tribune)

Our Opinion: Finding a way forward in South Bend after police shooting
And what about the limits of the department’s body cameras, which lack the technology to automatically start recording when an officer draws or fires a weapon? Should the city be considering an upgrade? It would mean spending more money, but as council member Oliver Davis said, in voicing his support for an independent prosecutor, “Justice does cost, but not having justice costs even more.” (South Bend Tribune)

Rep. Greg Porter: Higher education funding merits General Assembly attention
I believe there is a definite connection between the lack of substantive state support for higher education and the problems students and their families face in trying to make college affordable. (Indystar)

The Indianapolis Archdiocese Is Shrinking Its Tent With Pride
Luckily, Brebeuf took a stand this week and decided its conscience and values wouldn’t allow it to continue to be a part of the Archdiocese’s darkness. Good for them, their employees, students and families. (The Statehouse File)

Colorado got almost 2 feet of snow on the first day of summer
Summer solstice, you say? Nearly July? Judging from the almost 2 feet of snow in Colorado, Mother Nature doesn’t seem to care. Snow began to fall Friday just west of Denver at elevations above 7,000 feet. Snow also has been reported in parts of Montana, according to CNN meteorologist Gene Norman. (CNN)

Kamala Harris Lays Out Trump’s ‘Rap Sheet’ in Fiery Speech
“We have in this White House a president who says he wants to make America great again. Well, what does that mean? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before schools were integrated? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before the Voting Rights Act was enacted? Does that mean he wants to take us back before the Civil Rights Act was enacted? Does he mean he wants to take us back before Roe v. Wade was enacted? Because we’re not going back. We’re not going back,” Harris said forcefully. (Rolling Stone)

Prominent writer accuses President Trump of assault
Writer E. Jean Carroll says the alleged assault took place in 1995 or 1996, when she ran into now-President Trump in a New York department store. Trump called the accusation false and said “I have no idea who this woman is.” (NBC News)

Advocates warn of balloons endangering Great Lakes
Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons for wildlife in the Great Lakes and elsewhere. Volunteers for the Alliance for the Great Lakes picked up more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines from 2016 to 2018, the Detroit Free Press reported. ((Journal Gazette)

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