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February 17, 2014

We haven’t seen much of Greg Ballard lately, have we?

But, he popped his head up recently to talk to Channel 8.

Want to guess what he talked about? 

CRICKET.

You got it, cricket.  He talked about his $6 million folly on the eastside, and how he has invited “Kate and William,” to participate in an upcoming tournament this summer.

He’s not talking about Kate and William who live on the city’s eastside.  He’s talking about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the heir to the throne of England.

Before you start to laugh, he’s serious.  He actually contacted them through the British Consulate to invite them to the tournament.  But as he says in the interview, “it was too late for them.”

Click here to watch the video.

This would be funny, if it weren’t so absurd.  It shows just how out of touch Greg Ballard is. 

We are in the midst of a relentless crime wave that he is absolutely helpless to stop.  His chief of staff was recently quoted talking about a “council of grooviness” to entice suburban residents to move back to our city.  He’s been non-existent during one of the worst winters on record.

What has he been doing?  Inviting “Kate and William” to his cricket stadium.  Because you know, “The World Sports Park, to be frank with you, outside the city, kind of sells itself.  I mean it’s gotten a lot of national and international attention.”

Greg Ballard.  Out of touch.  Misplaced priorities.

February 14, 2014

The battle in the Indiana Legislature over HJR-3 is only the latest example of the clear difference between the Democratic Party and the GOP.  Some say that the parties are too divided and ideologically rigid.  Others say that the political parties are too similar and don’t address important issues.  I disagree.  The Democratic Party is looking to the future while our friends in the GOP gaze longingly into the past.

There are differences in the political parties.  We are Democrats.  We believe in fairness and equality.  We believe in honesty and hard work.  We believe that it is our duty to protect those who struggle most to protect themselves.  We are Democrats and we believe in fighting to improve the lives of everyone; our ideology is not based on selfish notions.

Many groups, interests and individuals live comfortably under the big tent of the Democratic Party.  While we fight every day to expand the tent and welcome new ideas, our opponents push many away.  As Democrats we know that our strength as a nation, state and city is in our diversity and differences. 

Welcome to the Democratic Party.  Please take a moment to visit our new web address: www.IndyDemocrats.com   Soon we will launch a new website and new-look on social media.  Enjoy our video that celebrates the strength of our past.  Soon you will see our shared vision for the future of the Democratic Party.

Welcome to the big tent.  Elections matter.  Your beliefs matter.  Don’t sit on the sidelines any longer.  Join us and together we will move Marion County forward.

February 13, 2014

At MCDP’s Primary Convention on February 8th, 3 resolutions were unanimously passed.

The 1st Resolution opposes HJR-3, the Republican-led effort to put divisive and discriminatory language in our Indiana Constitution. To read the Resolution, click here.

The 2nd Resolution honors hardworking men and women. To read the Resolution, click here.

The 3rd Resolution honors the life, legacy and family of former Congressman Andy Jacobs Jr. To read the Resolution, click here.

February 12, 2014

Marion County Democrats gathered Saturday, February 8th at the Indiana Convention Center to formally select the Party's recommended candidates for the 2014 Primary. Congratulations to the following recommended candidates!

André Carson – Indiana’s 7th Congressional District

John Layton – Marion County Sheriff

Terry Curry – Marion County Prosecutor

Julie Voorhies – Marion County Auditor

Joe O’Connor – Marion County Assessor

Kate Sweeney Bell – Marion County Recorder

Myla Eldridge – Marion County Clerk

Sheryl Lynch – Marion County Circuit Court Judge

Annie Christ-Garcia – Marion County Superior Court Judge

Barbara Cook Crawford – Marion County Superior Court Judge

Angela Davis– Marion County Superior Court Judge

David Dreyer– Marion County Superior Court Judge

Shatrese Flowers– Marion County Superior Court Judge

Christina Klineman– Marion County Superior Court Judge

Jim Osborn– Marion County Superior Court Judge

Marcel Pratt– Marion County Superior Court Judge

JD Ford – Indiana State Senate District 29

Ed Delaney – Indiana House of Representatives District 86

Christina Hale – Indiana House of Representatives District 87

Debra Jenkins– Indiana House of Representatives District 89

Patrick Lockhart– Indiana House of Representatives District 91

Karlee Macer– Indiana House of Representatives District 92

Cherrish Pryor– Indiana House of Representatives District 94

John Bartlett– Indiana House of Representatives District 95

Gregory Porter– Indiana House of Representatives District 96

Justin Moed– Indiana House of Representatives District 97

Robin Shackleford– Indiana House of Representatives District 98

Vanessa Summers– Indiana House of Representatives District 99

Dan Forestal – Indiana House of Representatives District 100

Gene Akers – Center Township Trustee

Mark Tony Duncan – Center Township Constable

Brenda Roper – Center Township Small Claims Court Judge

Kim Bacon – Lawrence Township Small Claims Court Judge

Terry Burns – Lawrence Township Constable

Steve Talley – Lawrence Township Trustee

Lula Patton – Pike Township Trustee

Doug Stephens – Pike Township Small Claims Court Judge

Joe Turner – Pike Township Constable

Vernon Brown – Warren Township Trustee

Garland Graves – Warren Township Small Claims Court Judge

Paul Tuttle – Warren Township Constable

Steve Miller – Washington Township Constable

Steve Poore – Washington Township Small Claims Court Judge

Frank Short – Washington Township Trustee

Gerald Coleman – Wayne Township Small Claims Court Judge

William Newman – Wayne Township Constable

Renee Pack – Wayne Township Trustee

January 20, 2014

As we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. today, take the time to discuss with your family and friends what Dr. King means to you.  It is far too easy to disconnect his lessons of fairness, equality and courage by focusing only on his speeches and accomplishments while he lived.  What do those lessons mean to you?  How do his convictions and accomplishments impact your life each day?

Many of the issues that Dr. King led the struggle for have not been resolved.  Of course over the years laws have changed and some actions have changed, but the struggle is not over until every heart has changed.  Today we dedicate ourselves to honoring Dr. King’s legacy by changing the hearts of those who advance beliefs of racism, hate, and oppression.

In 1963 Dr. King Wrote: “We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy, and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.”  This statement is as true today as it was then.  Now is the time.

January 9, 2014

Dear Democrats,

Here we go again. Teapublicans today filed their ridiculous, out-of-touch legislation to force bigotry and exclusion into the Indiana Constitution.  Of course, I am talking about their hateful anti-gay marriage amendment. 

The really funny thing is that the Republicans who cling desperately to this obviously bigoted legislation don’t even have the guts to put their money where their mouth is.  They have changed the name of the legislation, from HJR 6 to HJR 3, and are even trying to explain away a constitutional amendment with a new law.   If they are so right on this issue, then why must they try to employ confusion and misdirection?  I will tell you why:  They are wrong. 

I write today to encourage you to join Freedom Indiana at a rally to fight the Republican’s attempt to force their ridiculous point of view on Hoosiers.  Join your fellow Democrats to fill the room and let your voice be heard at a rally being held next Monday at 6:00 in the Arts Garden at the Circle Center Mall. 

The Democratic Party proudly opposes this attack on common decency in our Party platform.  Show up Monday to prove OUR party’s dedication to the cause of common sense.  I will be there and I ask you to join me.  I also ask you to remember that we have been fighting this fight for many years.  I welcome and respect the handful of our Republican friends who have recently joined in the fight.  I also recognize that while the opposition to the amendment is bi-partisan, the support for its bigoted principals is not…only Republicans support it. Republicans Governor Mike Pence, Speaker Brian Bosma and President Pro Tem of the Senate David Long (all Republicans) publicly support this legislation. 

Join us Monday, and let’s put this terrible Republican bill where it belongs…in the trash.

Democratically,

Joel C. Miller 

Joel Miller, Chairman

Marion County Democratic Party

January 8, 2014

January 8th is the first day to file for the 2014 Primary.

Interested in running for Precinct Committeeperson or State Delegate? Click here to download the form. (If you wish to run for BOTH Precinct Committeeperson and State Delegate, you must fill out two forms)

*Prior to filing, please be sure to double check your precinct by clicking here!*

January 7, 2014

The Southside Democrat Club has postponed their January 7th meeting until January 14th.

December 29, 2013

Congressman Andy Jacobs, Jr. was a true servant leader who was committed not just to the people of his district, but to people of this country.  With his trademark wit, he fought to lift up the middle class and to protect our right to vote, key principles at the core of the Democratic Party.  Congressman Jacobs was more than just a leader of our party, he was its conscience.  On behalf of the Marion County Democratic Party, our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. 

November 11, 2013

Thank you to our veterans.  Today we remember those who serve in our military and who have served in the past.  Take time to thank soldiers and veterans today for their dedication and sacrifice.  We are blessed with freedom and security because of them.