Political Notebook

  • Shepard to receive democracy award
    The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has announced Randall T. Shepard of Evansville as the recipient of the 2014 Advancing American Democracy Award.
  • Stutzman ready for a real recess
    Congress is off the month of August for a "district work period," but its members and the media still refer to such breaks as "recess."
  • Liz Brown gets 4 endorsements
    Liz Brown, the Republican running for the Senate District 15 seat, announced four endorsements Thursday.
Advertisement

Indiana legislative naughty list?

Americans for Prosperity today announced the first of 10 members on its annual "naughty list" of state legislators.

The conservative group said these lawmakers will be lucky to get coal in their stockings this Christmas due to various votes or statements against economic freedom.

"This is our fun way of making sure Hoosiers know those state legislators who are working against the reforms and progress Hoosiers have enjoyed in this state over the last few years," said Chase Downham, Indiana State Director of Americans for Prosperity.

"However, we hope that this is the last time we see them and others on the 'naughty list,' he said. "Next year is a new opportunity to take a stand for the Hoosier taxpayer, worker, parent, and small business owner. By saying "yes" to economic freedom, they can move off the naughty list and get recognized instead for being a hero for the taxpayer."

The so-called naughty legislators will be revealed on the group's website every day for the first two weeks in December.

The first two inductees are Democrats Rep. Clyde Kersey and Sen. Tim Skinner, both of Terre Haute. Americans for Prosperity said the duo voted against a major state income tax cut and a right-to-work law.

"These two state legislators have stood in the way of progress in the Hoosier state," the release said.

It will be interesting whether any Republicans make the naughty list. Especially since some GOP members were less than thrilled with the group's hard-ball tactics during the income tax debate last session.

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

Advertisement