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Morris steps up attack on left

Apparently Bob Morris doesn’t want his controversy to die.

The Republican state representative from Fort Wayne whose attack against the Girl Scouts went viral last month penned a guest column for the Washington Times that continues to attack the organization.

The article, titled “Shut up and sign,” appeared in the newspaper Thursday. In it, Morris defended his criticism of the national Scout organization and derided the media for focusing its teeth only attacking social conservatives.

“Media brouhahas in the culture wars are exclusively used to vilify anyone who complains when left-wing culture warriors continue to remake the United States into something unrecognizable to most Americans,” he wrote.

Morris said progressives are winning the culture wars and asked conservatives to stand up and fight because liberals will never stop.

“Whatever concessions we make will be followed up with angry demands that we abandon even more of our core principles. ... Each new appeasement is welcomed by the left with their moving the goal post yet again, and anyone who objects, like myself, may be subjected to the full force and fury of a monolithic cultural warfare machine,” he wrote. “As for the culture wars, the left had just dispensed with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation when they turned their attentions to me. Today, they are bludgeoning Rush Limbaugh and tomorrow they will find a fresh new target. My advice to that target is to never back down.”

The column doesn’t mention that Morris’ stance was also questioned by high-level Indiana Republicans, such as House Speaker Brian Bosma and Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The entire piece can be found at www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/22/shut-up-and-sign/.

Morris faces Democrat Lee Jordan of Fort Wayne in the general election. Neither has a primary opponent.

Redevelopment?

Several members of the Fort Wayne City Council took a stand Tuesday against using tax increment financing revenues to repair the elevators at Citizens Square.

Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, led the charge against the $852,557.50 expense, saying it was not a redevelopment project so it was inappropriate to use the revenue stream. The council voted 5-4 in support of the expense, but a final vote looms this week.

Councilman John Shoaff, D-at large, also voiced concerns about using tax increment financing money for the project but voted in support of the contract.

Didier’s hard stand against the elevators, however, comes less than a year after he supported a suggestion by Shoaff to use tax increment money to reopen Swinney Pool. The pool, in Didier’s district, has been closed for years because of budget restraints, and Shoaff suggested using the money after learning a similar fund pays for a pool in Chicago.

So, according to Didier, public swimming is redevelopment while traveling through City Hall is not.

Daniels’ help

Now that Congressman Mike Pence no longer faces an opponent in the Republican gubernatorial primary, the person he wants to replace is on board for support.

Gov. Mitch Daniels said during a Friday visit to Fort Wayne he always planned to support the Republican nominee, and now that Pence is unopposed, he plans to help get Pence elected.

The Indiana Election Commission voted 3-1 last month to remove businessman Jim Wallace from the Republican primary ballot because he did not collect enough certified signatures from registered voters in the 7th District.

IU on Obama’s TV

The White House media travel pool sends dispatches on the comings and goings of President Obama. Here is what pool reporter David Nakamura emailed about Obama’s flight aboard Air Force One early Saturday.

“At 12:07 a.m. Saturday, AF1 rolling to Alaska, for refueling stop, en route to Seoul, South Korea for the Nuclear Security Summit. Kentucky-Indiana NCAA game on in-flight entertainment system.”

Obama had predicted the rivals would meet in the Sweet 16 of the men’s basketball tournament, with Kentucky winning, when he filled out his bracket.

The Wildcats beat the Hoosiers 102-90. The president has Kentucky losing to North Carolina in the title game.

Washington Editor Brian Francisco contributed to this column.

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