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Jack Colwell: Critchlow takes helm of St. Joe Dems
SOUTH BEND - There’s a new chairman in the county. Not exactly like “a new sheriff in town.” But newly selected St. Joseph County Democratic Chairman Jason Critchlow is calling for both parties to avoid partisan political shoot-’em-ups that gun down rational discussion. “I’m not going to throw bombs and say how terrible Republicans are because it’s not true,” Critchlow says. “You can play in the mud all day, but both end up dirty, and that doesn’t serve the community.” Lest St. Joseph County Democrats fear they have an unarmed sheriff in Critchlow, he stresses that he won’t hesitate to fire back if Republicans seek to muddy all Democratic candidates, including incumbents he regards as proven, effective public servants, because of the actions of former County Democratic Chairman Butch Morgan. “A lot of mud was thrown our way,” Critchlow says. “Understandably.”
Jack Colwell: The 2013 Turkey Awards
SOUTH BEND - With Thanksgiving almost here, it's time to present the annual Turkey of the Year Awards. Recipients may cry fowl. But even if they haven't been turkeys all year, each winner has done something to merit this prestigious recognition. The awards for 2013: In computer technology, the Turkey of the Year Award goes to the Obama administration. If the president is happy with his turkey, he can keep the scrawny online bird. For malpractice in health care, an uninsured turkey goes to Congressman Fred Upton for pretending to cure an Obamacare malady by injecting a Dr. Kevorkian solution.
Jack Colwell: A tale of two U.S. Senators
SOUTH BEND – Is one among the best of senators, the other among the worst of senators? In this divided land of partisan differences, there won’t be agreement on which is which in any evaluation. Both senators are freshmen in the chamber, elected just a year ago. We’ll call them Ted and Joe. Ted is from Texas. Joe is from Indiana. Ted is a Republican. Joe is a Democrat. Joe is known in Washington as a moderate, reaching across the aisle for bipartisan compromise agreements, and he cultivates that image. Ted is known in Washington as an uncompromising conservative who denounces moderates and deplores reaching across the aisle, and he cultivates that image.
Jack Colwell: Blastoff for Bock vs. Walorski
SOUTH BEND - Blastoff. The 2nd Congressional District race is starting off in a way to gladden the hearts of TV station general managers and owners. On the day last week when Notre Dame administrator Joe Bock officially announced candidacy for the Democratic congressional nomination, the National Republican Congressional Committee blasted him for votes involving taxation that he cast in 1991 and 1992 as a Missouri state legislator. The Republican organization no doubt began research on Bock as soon as it was reported that he was planning to run. They dug up something to blast him as “the mad taxer” on the day he announced.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blasted too, saying Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, the Republican incumbent, faces “a tough re-election fight” and “will be dogged by her history of supporting tax increases (national sales tax) and working to privatize Social Security.”
Jack Colwell: Hamilton sees a loss of perspective in partisan DC
SOUTH BEND - Lee Hamilton was for decades one of the most respected members of Congress - a Democrat respected by Republicans, a Democrat who respected Republicans. Where today is the respect across party lines to bring the compromises needed to end stalemate and deal with the nation’s problems? “Flagrantly unproductive,” said Hamilton of the current Congress as he delivered the Fall Lundquist Lecture Tuesday at Indiana University South Bend. He lamented that lack of compromise, lack of respect, result in not a single appropriations bill yet passing and failure for a time even to keep the government running. It clearly pained Hamilton to be so harsh in evaluation of an institution he cherishes, the House of Representatives. He now is director of the Center for Congress at Indiana University.
Jack Colwell: Berry, Zody eye Walorski vulnerability
SOUTH BEND – Looking north from their political party offices here, the state Democratic and Republican chairmen see a 2nd Congressional District race that could become a battleground of national importance. A few weeks ago, it didn’t look like any real battle. Not surprisingly, in interviews here the chairmen saw far different outcomes as Rep. Jackie Walorski, the Republican incumbent, seeks a second term. State Democratic Chairman John Zody said he sees Walorski as “vulnerable, more so now” after her early demand for defunding of the Affordable Care Act in any government funding resolution and her vote against the bipartisan compromise to reopen government and stave off U.S. financial default. State Republican Chairman Tim Berry said he sees that one vote as unlikely to hurt Walorski’s reelection chances in 2014 because of the way “she is doing a very effective job, tirelessly going all around the district.”
Jack Colwell: Walorski facing challenges from Bock, Nisley
SOUTH BEND - Democrats finally have a prospective nominee to challenge U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, the Republican incumbent, in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. And they believe her vote against the bipartisan compromise to reopen government and prevent fiscal default will be a telling issue against her. Walorski’s “no” vote, however, also could lessen chances that she will face a tea party-backed challenger in the Republican primary. The prospective Democratic challenger is Joseph G. Bock, director of global health training at the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health. “I’m taking a very serious look at it,” says Bock. Very serious.
Jack Colwell: Stutzman ridiculed for telling the truth
SOUTH BEND - Hoosier Congressman Marlin Stutzman is ridiculed for telling the truth. Stutzman, R-Howe, who represents Indiana’s 3rd District, sought to save face by quickly apologizing for dealing in truth instead of sticking to the partisan blame-game lingo that’s expected these days of deadlock in Congress. Stutzman, referring to what Republicans want in return for ending the government shutdown and accompanying threat of financial default by the nation, said this in an interview: “We’re not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” True. But that’s not the party line. And deviating from it provided ammunition for Democrats, including President Obama, who pounced on the statement by Stutzman, a family farmer who went to Washington with tea party backing. They mocked Stutzman.
Jack Colwell: 'President Romney', a shutdown and default
SOUTH BEND – President Mitt Romney warns that the government shutdown threatens the nation’s fragile economic recovery. Romney blames Senate Democrats for insisting that a continuing resolution to fund the government must also prohibit restoring the lower Bush tax cut rate for the wealthiest Americans. Since Romney’s narrow win over Barack Obama, finalized with the Supreme Court order to end Florida and Ohio recounts, whether to restore the lower tax rate for the wealthy has stalemated Congress. An increase in that rate came in the budget agreement as the Obama presidency was ending.
Jack Colwell: Buttigieg prepares for Afghanistan mission
SOUTH BEND - When South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was “roasted” at a South Bend Press Club dinner last week, the humorous satire of the speakers singed some of the characters on the city council more than the mayor. The theme: Buttigieg, ordered to active duty in Afghanistan as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer, will find the Taliban more reasonable than the council. All a joke. Sort of. The 31-year-old mayor, the former Rhodes scholar, laughed as roast “victims” must while zinged along with his council detractors. It was noted, for example, that Buttigieg actually lost to Richard Mourdock, the gaffe guru defeated for the Senate last year. Yep, Buttigieg lost to Mourdock for state treasurer in 2010, although he led the trounced Democratic state office seekers in votes.
Republican Commissioner against business tax repeal
“From my perspective, this looks like a political move that will not create more jobs. I see zero benefit to this and think it is a bad idea. They will save money on the personal property tax, but they are going to pay more on their real estate tax. I can’t find any correlation to our tax structure and new jobs."
- Elkhart County Commissioner
, a Republican, on the proposed business personal property tax repeal, to the Goshen News
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