Indiana First Pac on the Governors raceWith just weeks until election day Indiana First PAC announced its intentions in the Governors race."We don't agree with much that is going on in Indianapolis," PAC Policy Director Blake Snyder said. "I don't see Holcomb standing up for Conservatives. there has been governmenmt over reach time and time again under this administration.."After the state shutdown and the now never ending mask mandate many conservatives have turned on Holcomb and have given their support to Libertarian candidate Donald Rainwater."the issue is that neither candidate is a good candidate, but we have to look at the long term" Snyder said. "We must advance conservative legislation, and keep Indiana red. The Republican Party is good for Indiana in general, though its leadership today is questionable. ."
"We received a call this week by a source inside the GOP who obviously wishes to remain anonymous," Caleb Shumaker said. "in this call it was mentioned that two polls were conducted both showing different outcomes."
One poll according to the source had Eric Holcomb up by +2. and the other had Donald Rainwater up by +2. The information provided did not mention the standing of Democrat Woody Myers or the margin of error. According to some this is no surprise as many are upset with Governor Holcomb's shutdown, and the mask mandate which still has not been lifted across the state.
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An Indiana Republican’s Senate campaign said Wednesday that it has fired an aide affiliated with the white nationalist movement who recently formed a super PAC backing embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.Caleb C. Shumaker was a contract employee who gathered ballot petition signatures for Mike Braun, his campaign said in a statement. Social media postings made by Shumaker in October and November show him promoting Braun and making appearances on the candidate’s behalf at GOP events around the state.“The Braun campaign briefly contracted with Mr. Shumaker to collect signatures for ballot access. Once we became aware of Mr. Shumaker’s past comments and associations, his contract was terminated immediately,” Braun adviser Barney Keller said in a statement. “Mike Braun strongly and unequivocally condemns Mr. Shumaker’s disgusting beliefs and believes they have no place in American politics.”Reached by phone Wednesday, Shumaker took issue with the campaign’s characterization of his departure at the beginning of the month and said he left for family reasons. He condemned racism and told The Associated Press that he is no longer affiliated with the white nationalist group National Youth Front....“I’m a conservative. I believe strongly in conservative principles. I’m a person of faith. I believe strongly in Christian conservatism,” said Shumaker, who lives in Evansville, Indiana. “I condemn any form of racism, especially white nationalism. I don’t think America has any room for it.”
But racially charged internet postings from 2014 list Shumaker as chairman of National Youth Front, and a YouTube channel listed as belonging to the group bears Shumaker’s name.“There has been a lack of nationalist spirit in our youth, a lack of pride for ourselves and our people. If we are to survive we must embrace its ideals with a zealousness,” a December 2014 posting attributed to Shumaker states. “It is imperative to reject socialist and antiwhite agendas. To refute and shame feminist ideologies that cripple the integrity and pride of a man and pit our sexes against each other.”Shumaker said the posting, which bears a picture of him, was falsely attributed to him.
- On October 8, 2016, Hillary Clinton had a 4.6 point national lead in the polls. Exactly four years later, Joe Biden's lead is 9.7 points.
- A Carmel friend of mine has alerted me to the fact that long-time State representative Jerry Torr is now being slammed in direct mail pieces by the Democrats. He joins Representative Donna Schaibley as Hamilton County Republicans who were in safe seats just four years ago that are now top targets of the Democrats.
- I would not be surprised if the Democrats pick up 10 seats in the Indiana House. That though will still leave the GOP with a decent size majority of 57 seats. The good news for Republicans is that the majority will allow the party to draw the maps to be used for the next ten years. The bad news for Republicans though is that if Democrats start winning suburbs, drawing a favorable map might prove challenging. The goal is to draw a large number of expected GOP districts with 60-40 margin, for example, while concentrating the Democratic vote in fewer districts in Democrats win overwhelmingly, say 80-20, for example. If the GOP districts have to be cut down to 55% to get the desired partisan advantage in a chamber, there is a possibility that shifting demographics and voters moving could lead to major Republican losses a few elections down the road. A good example of that happening is with the Indianapolis city council map, drawn by Republicans, which has produced a 20-5 Democratic majority in Marion County.
- News just now breaking is that six members of a right-wing militia group have been charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. This is just going to get worse.