38. Monica Boyer: The Kosciusko County Tea Party activist is said to be recruiting a primary challenger for Senate President David Long and others who would support SB100. She's had success on this front, playing a key role in defeating not only U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, but moderate State Reps Rebecca Kubacki and Kathy Heuer in 2014.
If the social conservatives revolt from Gov. Pence over the civil rights legislation, Boyer will be fanning the flames. On her blog this week, she is quoting Dr. Peter Scaer who is terming
SB100 as "Orwellian" and on the verge of the "truly awful." She believes
SB100 will "put a target" on Christians and is "weaponizing" the politically correct movement. Boyer's blog, "Not On My Watch," is a must-read for gauging the social conservative/ evangelical right.In the list, Howey recognized the extraordinary power of the Indiana legislature has relative to the Governor, naming Speaker Brian Bosma as No. 1 and Senate President Pro Tem David Long as No. 2 on the. Gov. Mike Pence finished third on the list. Unlike the power wielded by the executive in virtually every other other state, in Indiana the governor's veto can be overridden by a simple majority of both chambers (most require 2/3) and the governor has no line item veto.
The rest of the top 20 on the Howey list are as follows:
4. John Gregg 5. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann 6. U.S. Rep. Todd Young 7. State Sen. Travis Holdman 8. U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman 9. State Sen. Luke Kenley 10. U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly 11. Supt. Glenda Ritz 12. Baron Hill 13. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett 14. U.S. Sen. Dan Coats 15. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer 16. Chris Paulsen 17. Eric Miller, Curt Smith, Micah Clark and Jim Bopp Jr. 18. NCAA President Mark Emmert 19. Tom New and Marty Obst 20. Evansville Mayor Lloyd WinneckeThe Howey publication, including the list, can be found here.