OPEN ITEM – Messer Holds Down the House, Stands up for Life
As many readers may already know this week marked the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision which made abortion legal in the United States. Each year on the anniversary pro-life activists gather in Washington to march to protest this decision. Congressman Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives marking this event… you can watch his speech on our homepage in the Hoosier Highlight window.
Rep. Messer has been busy. The Rushville Republican carried a story announcing Messer’s decision to file for reelection. In their story Messer said, “we need leaders who will fight for the policies that help grow jobs. I will work tirelessly toward that goal.” Also, while the New York Times blog used the opportunity to criticize Republicans for their refusal to renew unemployment benefits without offsetting the costs, they mentioned how Messer played a role in keeping the House in session since the Democrats refused to consent to adjourn.
In other news, filing activity is starting to pick up as we approach the deadline. Interestingly enough, there is not a single primary election on the Democrat side of the aisle for state senator or state representative. In the wake of Senator Allen Paul (R-Richmond) deciding not to run for reelection to Senate District 27 there are already four candidates in the mix. Also, Representative Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne), who has been the focus of much of the discussion on HJR 3 and notably indicated that he would like to see it amended on the House floor before he votes for it, has picked up a second challenger in his race for House District 85. Check out the list of candidates who have filed on the Secretary of State’s website.
If you missed it yesterday, you’ll want to read Scott Tibbs’ piece on federal regulations. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) took a picture of all the regulations the government issued over the course of the year and it really illustrates just how much federal regulatory activity takes place over the course of a year. We’ll have a few other pieces up later today – so stay warm, curl up with your favorite digital device and read some great contributions. Also – feel free to weigh in and share your thoughts on what’s going on in Indiana or around the country!