Candidate Darin Griessey - Response to Greater Lafayette Progressives' Questionnaire

On Education:

What is your position on affordable and/or free post-secondary public education for all?   (first 2 years; all 4 years? College only? vocational training? Retraining after job loss? benefits?)

I would support all pathways to reducing the cost of education in America.  Which can include the movement towards free elementary secondary and post secondary public education for US citizens.

Candidate Joe Mackey - Response to Greater Lafayette Progressives' Questionnaire

On Education:

What is your position on affordable and/or free post secondary public education for all?   (first 2 years; all 4 years? College only ? vocational training? Retraining after job loss? benefits?)

Should funding universal pre K education be a priority?  How would you convince Congress to appropriate the funds?

Public schools & charter schools

Candidate Tobi Beck - Response to Greater Lafayette Progressives' Questionnaire

On Education

What is your position on affordable and/or free post-secondary public education for all?  (first 2 years; all 4 years? College only? vocational training? Retraining after job loss? benefits?)

Candidate James Nease - Response to Greater Lafayette Progressives' Questionnaire

On Education 

College is too expensive if it’s to the point you have to take out mortgage level loans for a bachelor’s then the entire process needs to be looked at, I recommend returning the cost of education back to pre-1980 levels by placing large scale caps and restrictions on universities that accept Federal or State money. 

Pre-K I don’t see any need to mandate this on a Federal level, this is essentially a local/state issue that local schoolboards and or state legislatures can fund or support. 

Candidate Tim Radice - Response to Greater Lafayette Progressives' Questionnaire

I'm going to be 100% honest with your organization. I know I'm probably not going to get any support from any of your members. I know for a fact that most people in your organization don't like me because of the letter R next to my name. With that being stated, I will however, fulfill your request. Because that's what an honest workingman does. One word of warning, the difference between myself and the other Republican candidates, is that I say what is on my mind. If you can't accept my honesty, that's not my problem.

Ocean Current that keeps Europe Warm is Weakening

Two new studies show the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation has decreased 15 to 20 percent over the last 150 years

Great Britain and Ireland can be a little chilly, but they’re surprisingly balmy for their latitude. These regions have an ocean current to thank for that warm(ish) weather. Known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), the current works like a conveyor belt, drawing warm water up from the Gulf Stream to North America’s east coast and then shunting it toward Europe.

The View From April

Howdy!  I hope y’all have been doing well during our hiatus!  I have been very busy but I’m happy to be back and have lots of profound things to say.  Perhaps that’s building up your hopes.  I have some things to say.  You decide if any of it is profound or not.  First, I’m in this weird brain space these days because I find the news simultaneously startling and wearying.  Maybe you’re there with me.  It’s startling, because well, come on, in your wildest dreams did you ever think Twitter would be the chief communication tool of our president?

Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrugs. Their Humanitarianism is a Sham.

Excerpts from The Intercept by Mehdi Hasan  April 2, 2018

“IF THE CONCEPT of intervention is driven by universal human rights, why is it — from the people who identify themselves as liberal interventionists — why do we never hear a peep, a word, about intervening to protect the Palestinians?”

March for our Lives

I experienced the new youth movement following the Parkland massacre vicariously: through television, radio, and social media.

Restaurant Workers Win Ownership of their Tips

Omnibus Budget Bill Includes Protections Ensuring Tips Belong to Workers

Washington, DC—Restaurant workers and their allies scored a historic victory today, winning bipartisan support from members of Congress and the administration to include a provision in the omnibus budget bill that, if enacted, codifies protections for tipped restaurant workers against employers, supervisors, and managers taking any portion of their tips. The full text of the bill can be found here.

Murphy for Minnesota Staff Form the Country’s First Unionized Gubernatorial Campaign

ST. PAUL, MN. — The Campaign Workers Guild on Friday signed its first gubernatorial collective bargaining agreement. The contract was ratified by campaign staff for Erin Murphy, a Democratic candidate for Minnesota governor. This agreement also marks the first time a Minnesota electoral campaign has been unionized. The Campaign Workers Guild has now ratified contracts with campaigns in eight states.“The protections of a union make campaign work much more of a sustainable career.

Germany Is a Clean Energy Superpower—And Here’s the Proof

Most people know Germany for things like its popular car manufactures Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, its annual Oktoberfest—fun fact: Germany has 1,300 breweries and 5,000 different brew brands—and all those brilliant composers (Bach, Beethoven and Schumann, anyone?). But did you know the country is also a clean-energy superpower?

Excerpted from They Were Trained for This Moment, in Slate 2/28/18

Part of the reason the Stoneman Douglas students have become stars in recent weeks is in no small part due to the fact that they are in a school system that boasts, for example, of a “system-wide debate program that teaches extemporaneous speaking from an early age.” Every middle and high school in the district has a forensics and public-speaking program.

Why We Blame The Victim

The Guardian recently ran a fascinating column explaining the evolutionary purpose of that all-too-human tendency to blame the victim.

Amy Poehler + Tipped Workers Call for One Fair Wage in NY

Cuomo can cut sexual harassment in 1/2 in restaurant industry by raising the subminimum wage for workers, 82% of NY restaurant workers report being harassed

Coalition of allies include other tipped and low-wage workers, nail salon technicians, car wash workers

Contact: Tim Rusch,, 9173990236

The Power of Civilian Weaponry - (Excerpted from HuffPost - 02/28/18)

HuffPost obtained autopsies for each of the 58 victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting. The reports, released by the Clark County, Nevada, coroner’s office earlier this month, offer a raw account of the power of civilian weaponry and the damage it inflicts on human bodies.They describe catastrophic injuries, most the result of single rounds striking from a range of nearly 500 yards ― details of carnage that we tend to shy away from in media coverage.

Campaign Workers Guild Wins Third Major Collective Bargaining Agreement

Silver Spring, MD. — Just a week after organizers with the Randy Bryce for Congress campaign became the nation’s only current electoral campaign staff union, the Campaign Workers Guild on Monday continued building power and won its third major collective bargaining agreement with Chris Wilhelm, a progressive candidate for Montgomery County Council.

A Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott

A FEDERAL JUDGE on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S.

Central Time Resolutions

Indiana was shifted from it’s correct Central Time Zone to Eastern in the mid-1960’s, however, we didn’t experience a sunlight-schedule change until 2006 when Eastern Daylight Saving Time was adopted.  Two resolutions in the General Assembly (HCR 2 and SCR 11) call for an examination of the effect of Eastern’s sunlight schedule on the well-being of Hoosiers.  Why is this important?

Computational Propaganda

by Shelia Kennedy - February 5, 2018

I am now officially befuddled. Out of my depth. And very worried.

Politico has published the results of an investigation that the magazine conducted into the popularity (in social-media jargon, the “viral-ness”) of the hashtag “release the memo.” It found that the committee vote

Public Outrage Over Mass Shootings Is Running On Empty

When it comes to gun violence, we’ve become numb. Blame the media, blame Trump, blame “compassion fatigue.” 

By Melissa Jeltsen - January 31, 2018

The deadliest mass shooting of the year took place just days ago, but you probably didn’t hear about it. 


Contact: Tim Rusch, ruschtk@gmail.com917-399-0236

This morning, Bloomberg news reported that the Department of Labor hid economic analysis from the public showing that their new proposed rule to make tips the property of owners would take billions of dollars out of workers’ pockets.

Saru Jayaraman, President of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, stated:

Indiana–Always Last

The Hill recently reported on a number of states where 2018 will see raises in the minimum wage. Indiana, of course, was conspicuously absent from their list.

The lowest wage workers in 18 states will get a boost in their paychecks starting on New Year’s Day, as minimum wage hikes take effect.

Complaints of Systemic Wage Theft at GDIT: CWA Estimates Federal Contractor May Owe $107 Million in Back Wages

The Communications Workers of America is calling on the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to investigate systemic and serious wage violations being committed by General Dynamics Information Technology Inc., (GDIT) at its federally contracted call centers.

Is This Really What Jesus Would Do?

The administration presided over by our thrice-married, p***y-grabbing, porn-star-fornicating President has announced its latest effort to protect religiosity.

ALEC and Indiana’s Voucher Program

A friend recently sent me a rather eye-opening article by three Ball State University researchers. It appeared in an academic journal aimed at school superintendents: The AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice. (No link available.)

The title was provocative: Hoosier Lawmaker? Vouchers, ALEC Legislative Puppets, and Indiana’s Abdication of Democracy. Few scholarly articles have titles quite that…combative, but the data was compelling (and the four pages of references were impressive).

Legal perspective on Medicaid work requirement from Indiana Legal Services

Last Thursday,[1/11/18] Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Wathall indicated that Indiana expects to get federal approval any day now on a rule change that will require Hoosiers receiving Medicaid to work. Under the proposal, Medicaid recipients would have to work or volunteer an average of 20 hours per week or qualify for a waiver based on disability, educational status, or other factors. 

The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies, Joe Marcus, 10/15/17

[...] But university research is in trouble, and so is an economy more dependent on it than many people understand. Federal funding for basic research—more than half of it conducted on university campuses like this one—has effectively declined since 2008, failing to keep pace with inflation. This is before taking into account Trump administration proposals to slash the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) budgets by billions of dollars more.Trump’s cuts would affect all research universities, but not equally.

Puerto Rico, An Update From Senator Elizabeth Warren

Puerto Rico is a beautiful island that is still struggling with the destruction left by terrible storms and a weak response from our federal government.

I saw it myself on a Massachusetts delegation trip to Puerto Rico on Friday.

Nearly four months after Hurricane Maria hit, we were concerned that attention to the island had dropped off, and we wanted to see first-hand what was going on now. It was a day of extremes – resilience and hope were side-by-side with indifference and incompetence.

"THIS MADNESS MUST CEASE;"a repost from January 15, 2010

At a critical juncture in the escalation of the Vietnam War, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 describing the fundamental connections between war overseas and poverty at home:


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