Senator Melton and Superintendent McCormick to launch education listening tour; Buttigieg and the Young Democrats; and Sherman tanks?

Senator Melton and Superintendent McCormick to launch education listening tour; Buttigieg and the Young Democrats; and Sherman tanks?

Buttigieg to speak to Young Democrats in Indianapolis
The Young Democrats announced Monday that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will speak at the 2019 Young Democrats of America Convention in Indianapolis. (WTHR)

Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick to Join Eddie Melton on Statewide Listening Tour
State Senator Eddie Melton announced today that Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick will be joining Senator Melton on his statewide listening tour and participating in his “Hoosier Community Conversations” town halls to discuss the state of education in Indiana. (Indiana Talks Network)

First Church of Cannabis founder Bill Levin running for Indiana governor
Bill Levin, the leader of Indianapolis’ First Church of Cannabis, will try to become the state’s next governor. Levin said Monday he will seek the Libertarian Party’s nomination for governor. (WRTV)

Hoosiers Protest Work Requirement For Health Insurance
Hoosiers rallied Monday at the Statehouse to protest changes to Indiana’s Medicaid requirements that they say will create more obstacles to health care, cost people their health insurance and profit private companies. (The Statehouse File)

State needs to get on board with rail plans
The Hoosier State train made its final run from Chicago to Indianapolis Sunday, marking the end of daily passenger rail service between the two cities. Fort Wayne residents, who have been without any passenger service for nearly 30 years now, can empathize. But they also should consider how the loss of the Hoosier State line affects efforts to restore service here. (Journal Gazette)

Indiana’s Catholic schools get millions in public money. Some lawmakers want that to stop.
When Cathedral High School fired a gay teacher last week over his same-sex marriage, it renewed a long-simmering debate about public money that goes to private schools in the form of taxpayer-funded scholarships. (Indystar)

In 2020 Campaign, The Message Is Change
All the shouting and noise generated by the 2020 presidential campaign, a surprising thing has become apparent. Many Americans – perhaps most Americans – agree on something. And that is that the promise of America – the promise that, with hard work, a person could build a good life – isn’t being kept for too many people. (The Statehouse File)

Trump Is Demanding Tanks for His 4th of July Freedom Extravaganza
The “Salute to America” extravaganza on the National Mall this July 4th is poised to be one of the gaudiest, most over-the-top displays of jingoism in American history. President Trump wouldn’t have it any other way. According to the Washington Post, Trump has “demonstrated an unusual level of interest” in Thursday’s event, receiving regular briefings about it from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt. Just as with his proposed border wall, the president has advised on just about every aspect of the event’s aesthetics, which, if he gets his wish, will feature “tanks or other armored military vehicles” stationed around the National Mall. (Rolling Stone)

Girl details poor care from border station
For almost two weeks, a 12-year-old migrant girl said she and her 6-year-old sister were held inside a Border Patrol station in Texas where they slept on the floor and some children were locked away when they cried for their parents. (Journal Gazette)

Border Patrol head condemns agents’offensive Facebook posts
The head of the U.S. Border Patrol on Monday slammed as “completely inappropriate” sexually explicit posts about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned man and his young daughter in a secret Facebook group for agents. (AP)

15-year-old Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff stuns Venus Williams at Wimbledon
She wasn’t even born by the time Venus Williams had won four grand slams, but 15-year-old American Cori Gauff downed the five-time Wimbledon champion on her debut in the tournament Monday. (CNN)

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