HAPPENINGS AT THE GOP

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Central Committee:
     Wayne Parke, Chairman
     Mary Jo Kaiser, Political Director
     Dottie Thomas, Vice Chairman
     Lon Walters, Secretary
     Farley Smith, Treasurer
     Kevin Harrison, Editor  
News and Upcoming Events for February 18, 2020

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 VCRP Lincoln Day Friday, February 28, 2020 –  RSVP by February 24, 2020
Event: Lincoln Day Dinner 
Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: Reception 5:30 PM | Dinner 6:30 PM
3810 Stringtown Road, Evansville
The VCRP invites you to join us as we celebrate our freedom with our Special Guests:
  • Governor Eric Holcomb
  • Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch
  • 8th Dist. Congressman Larry Bucshon
  • Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke
Join us Friday evening, February 28, 2020 for our annual Lincoln Day Dinner. This year’s keynote speaker will be:
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
$100 Dinner / $150 Dinner & Reception
Sponsorship Levels:
Platinum  $5000 (includes 8 Dinner/ Reception tickets)
Gold         $2500 (includes 6 Dinner/ Reception  tickets)
Silver       $1200 (includes 4 Dinner/ Reception tickets)
Cash Bar Available
RSVP by February 24, 2020
 
 To RSVP contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207.
Make Checks Payable to: Vanderburgh County Republican Party
*Authorized & Paid for by the Vanderburgh County Republican Party, Farley Smith Treasurer.

 Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

 2020 Republican Primary Candidates
FEDERAL
President of the United States      Donald J. Trump
William Weld
U S Representative District 8       Larry Bucshon

STATE
Governor                Eric Holcomb
 State Senate District 50                Vaneta Becker
State Representative  Dist. 64       Matt Hostettler
State Representative  Dist. 76       Wendy McNamara
State Representative  Dist. 77            OPEN
State Representative  Dist. 78       Holli Sullivan

VANDERBURGH
Clerk of the Circuit Court             Carla Hayden
County Recorder                           Debbie Stucki
County Treasurer                          Dottie Thomas
County Coroner                                  OPEN
County Surveyor                           Linda Freeman
County Commissioner Dist. 1      Zachary Rascher
County Commissioner Dist. 3      Randall Chapman
       (Vote for 1)                         Cheryl Musgrave (incumbent)
County Council At-Large            Billy D. Garrett
        (Vote for not more than 3)            Jill Hahn
        Joe Kiefer (incumbent)
        Angela Koehler Lindsey (incumbent)

 
Voter Registration for 2020 Primary Ends Monday, April 6, 2020

Voter Registration for the 2020 Primary Election ends Monday, April 6, 2020. Registration can be done online, by mail or in person.

Register to Vote Online: Register to vote online by visiting indianavoters.com. Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.

Register to Vote by Mail or In-Person: To register to vote or update your current registration by mail or in person, you will need to complete and return the Voter Registration Form (VRG-7) on or before April 6, 2020. ONLY the version of the state voter registration form (VRG-7) published on the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division website will be accepted by the Vanderburgh County Voter Registration office. Return the completed form to the Vanderburgh County Voter Registration office or the Indiana Election Division by midnight, April 6, 2020.

Get a copy of form VRG-7: Voter Registration Application by visiting the Indiana Voter Portal HERE
Mail your completed VRG-7 form to : Vanderburgh County Voter Registration
Civic Center Complex, Room 214
1 NW M.L. King, Jr. Blvd
Evansville, IN. 47708

You can also apply in person at the Vanderburgh County Voter Registration office or the Vanderburgh County Clerk’s office (Civic Center Complex, Room 216). For more information visit the Vanderburgh County Voters Registration webpage, or call 812-435-5222.

 Cracker Barrel Meeting-Saturday, February 22, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: University of Southern Indiana Health Professions Mitchell Auditorium 
   8600 University Blvd., Evansville, IN

 Join local state legislators for a Cracker Barrel public forum on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
The Posey County, Vanderburgh County and Warrick County Farm Bureau Inc. join to host the event.

 City Council Meeting-      Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
     Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex
                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville
 For more information visit

City Council

EVSC Board of School Trustees Meeting-
  Date: February 24, 2020
             Time: 5:30 PM
 Location: Board Room, EVSC Administration Building
                  951 Walnut St., Evansville
For more information visit the Board of School Trustees web page.

 County Commission Meeting-      Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
     Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex
                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville
 For more information visit

County Commissioners

VCRP Central Committee Meeting – Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: GOP Headquarters
815 John Street, Evansville
Meetings are open to all Vanderburgh County Precinct Committeemen

 Traveling City Hall Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Event: February Traveling City Hall
Date :Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Evansville Rescue Mission Centennial Center
                 500 E Walnut St, Evansville, IN 47713

Evansville Rescue Mission (ERM) will host the February Traveling City Hall meeting. Join us at the Centennial Center as ERM explains their mission and services provided to those in need.
The public and media are encouraged to attend. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and City department heads will be available after the ERM presentation to talk one-on-one with residents about any issue involving local government. The event is free and open to everyone.

 County Council Meeting-   Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

  

 
   Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex
                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville
 For more information visit

County Council

Meet Your Legislators – Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time: 9:15 AM (doors open at 9:00 AM)
Location:Central Library- Browning Rooms
200 SE ML King BLVD, Evansville
Local state legislators are invited to make themselves available to answer questions on the second Saturday of each month during each legislative session. This is the final meeting for 2020.

VCRP Monthly Breakfast  –  Date: March 21, 2020
Time: 7:30 AM doors open / 8:00 AM Program
Location:  C.K. Newsome Center , Room 118A-B
    100 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713
 For more information contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207 or email beamerjo59@gmail.com

 
VCRP Monthly Breakfast –
Join the VCRP on the 3rd Saturday of each month to hear from candidates, office holders, and to keep informed of local political happenings. The next breakfast will be:
Date: Saturday March 21, 2020
Time: 7:30 AM doors open / 8:00 AM Program
Location:C.K. Newsome Center , Room 118A-B
       100 Walnut Street, Evansville

For more information contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207 or email beamerjo59@gmail.com

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Pictured :
Attending last Saturday’s VCRP Breakfast are (L-R) County Council At-Large Candidates Billy D Garrett, Angela Koehler Lindsey (incumbent), Jill Hahn, 
and Joe Kiefer (incumbent)
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Putting A Stop To Surprise Medical Bills
As the legislative session moves full-speed ahead, state lawmakers continue to look at what is important to Hoosiers, including helping curb growing health care costs. This session, House Republicans passed a bill to stop surprise, out-of-network medical billing.
Surprise billing is when an individual goes to an in-network health care provider for a service, but is unknowingly seen by an out-of-network physician. The patient is then left with an expensive medical bill not covered by insurance. Surprise billing can happen for a number of reasons, for example, a person could have a surgical procedure with a surgeon covered by insurance, but another medical provider such as an anesthesiologist is out-of-network, unbeknownst to the patient. After the procedure, the patient has to pay an unexpected and high medical bill.
Unfortunately, approximately 8 percent of all emergency visits in Indiana result in surprise medical billing. Across the nation, 50 percent of all emergency ambulance rides result in surprise medical billing.
Proposed legislation would prohibit health care providers from billing in-network patients for amounts exceeding in-network rates. Patients would still be responsible for paying deductibles, copayments and coinsurance amounts, and would continue to have the option to receive services from out-of-network providers.
House Bill 1004 passed out of the House unanimously and is now being considered by the Senate.  

Bill could remove financial barriers for students

(from 02/14/20 Newsletter)
Some students may turn down valuable experiences, such as paid internships, apprenticeships, and work-based programs, because the income they earn could put their families at risk of losing their benefits.
Because every student should be able to take advantage of these experiences regardless of their family’s financial situation, a bill I supported would exempt students’ income earned through these programs from their families’ eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

This legislation also comes at a time when Indiana needs to strengthen and grow its workforce to meet employers’ demands. House Bill 1009 is a win-win for young Hoosiers and Indiana’s workforce as it breaks barriers for low-income families and supports a solid pipeline of skilled employees to keep the state’s economic momentum moving forward.
Lawmakers cross session halfway point

(from 02/14/20 Newsletter)

The Indiana General Assembly crossed the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session, which means approved House bills move to the Senate and Senate bills crossover to the House. Of the 115 bills advanced by the Indiana House of Representatives, 100 percent received bipartisan support.

One of my focuses this session has been to make Indiana roads safer. Studies have shown that each day, nine Americans are killed as a result of distracted driving. It is also one of the top killers of teenagers, responsible for more than 58 percent of teen crashes. As chair of the House Roads and Transportation Committee, I heard testimony from Hoosiers around the state whose lives have been permanently impacted by distracted driving. We need a cultural shift in order to stop lives from being ruined.

A bill I authored would combat distracted driving by prohibiting drivers from holding a cell phone while driving, and encouraging the use of hands-free technology like Bluetooth. Twenty-one states have implemented similar hands-free device driving laws. The proposal has passed the House and is now in the Senate for consideration.

As the General Assembly debates on this and other legislation, please reach out with questions or input at h78@iga.in.govor 1-800-382-9841.

 
Follow Bills introduced during the 2020 General Assembly Legislative Session  HERE

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Stay in touch with GOP members of Congress representing our area (click links below):

Visit the Vanderburgh GOP 

page for daily updates.

  Mark Your calendar                CLICK on event for more information
February 18 (5:30pm)
Thomas for Treasurer Fundraiser
February 22 (9:00 am) Cracker Barrel Legislators Meeting
February 24 (5:30 pm) City Council Meeting
February 24 (5:30 pm) EVSC Board of Trustees Meeting
February 25  (3:00 pm) County Commission Meeting
February 25 (4:30 pm) Koehler Lindsey for County Council Fundraiser
February 26 (5:30 pm)
February 28 (5:30 pm)
VCRP Lincoln Day Dinner
March 4 (3:30 pm)
March 14 (9:15 am) Meet Your Legislators
March 21 (7:30am) VCRP Monthly Breakfast
April 6
Voter Registration Ends
April 7
Early Voting at the Election Office Begins
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