HAPPENINGS AT THE VANDERBURGH COUNTY 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 11, 2020

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 VCRP Lincoln Day Friday, February 28, 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

 
VCRP Monthly Breakfast Saturday, February 15, 2020
WHERE: C.K. Newsome Center , Room 118A-B
               100 Walnut Street, Evansville, IN 47713
 7:30 – Doors Open (Complimentary Continental Breakfast)
 8:00 – Program
> Guest Speakers:
  Randall B Chapman, candidate for Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District 3
Jill A Hahn, candidate for Vanderburgh County Council, At Large
> Chairman Parke provides update on political happenings

 9:00- Adjourn

Let us know if you plan on attending:
Contact Mary Jo Kaiser at 812-425-8207 or email beamerjo59@gmail.com

 Candidacy Declaration Period Ends for 2020 Republican Primary: 
Zac Rascher files for County Commission 3 seat, will face Ben Shoulders in November election.
Educator Jill Hahn joins County Council At Large race on final day to declare candidacy.
Learn more and get a recap of  2020 Primary races in the February 7, 2020 Evansville Courier & Press article :  Zac Rascher files for Vanderburgh County Commission seat, challenging Ben Shoulders
 
    Candidates filing the 2020 Republican Primary include:
  • Eric Holcomb, Governor (Incumbent)
  • Brian D. Roth, Governor
  • Larry D. Bucshon,  United States Representative, Eighth District (Incumbent)
  • Vaneta G. Becker,  State Senator, District 50  (Incumbent)
  • Matt Hostettler,  State Representative, District 064  (Incumbent)
  • Wendy (Mac) McNamara, State Representative, District 076  (Incumbent)
  • Holli Sullivan, State Representative, District 078 (Incumbent)
  • Carla J Hayden, Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Clerk (Incumbent)
  • Debbie Stucki , Vanderburgh County Recorder (Incumbent)
  • Dottie D Thomas, Vanderburgh County Treasurer
  • Linda Freeman Vanderburgh County Surveyor
  • Zachary E Rascher Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District 1
  • Randall B Chapman, Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District 3
  • Cheryl A W Musgrave, Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District 3 (Incumbent)
  • Wm Billy D Garrett, Vanderburgh County Council, At Large
  • Jill A Hahn Vanderburgh County Council, At Large
  • Joe Kiefer, Vanderburgh County Council, At Large (Incumbent)
  • Angela K. Lindsey County Council, At Large (Incumbent)

Thomas for Treasurer Fundraiser- Tuesday February 18
Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

               2124 Franklin St., Evansville

               Appetizers and Cash Bar
         $50 per person minimum contribution
Join Dottie Thomas as she kicks off her campaign to become the next Vanderburgh County Treasurer.
*Paid for by Thomas for Treasurer, Susan Kirk Treasurer.

 
Koehler Lindsey Fundraiser Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Event: Re-elect Angela Koehler Lindsey Fundraiser
Date:Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Location: Roca Bar North

12301 US-41, Evansville

Join Angela Koehler Lindsey for a fundraiser as she seeks
Re-election to the Vanderburgh County Council.
$50 per person
Sponsorships: Gold    $500
Silver   $250
Bronze $100
Meet and Greet or Stay to Eat
See Event Flyer for additional information HERE.
 
*Paid for and authorized by Citizens for Angela, Jay Lindsey Treasurer

Evansville Institute on The Constitution
U.S Constitution Class Begins Monday February 24, 2020 
Event: Institute on The Constitution 12 Week Course
Dates:  Monday Evenings, February 24 – May 18, 2020
Time:   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Covenant Reformed Church
     5115 Oak Grove Rd. Suite B, Evansville, IN, 47715.
Cost: $60/person (includes cost of Manual).
Discounts for additional Family members.
 To Register contact event sponsor David Christmas at Dchristmas1776@gmail.com or (812) 470-5856
 For more information visit Evansville Institute on the Constitution

 County Commission Meeting-      Date: Tuesday, February 11, 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 13, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: GOP Headquarters
815 John Street, Evansville
Meetings are open to all Vanderburgh County Precinct Committeemen

VCRP Monthly Breakfast  –  Date: February 15, 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

 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 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 second of  three scheduled meetings for 2020.

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2020 Session Halftime Update (from 020520 SenateRepublicans post)
This week, the Indiana General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session. This means the Senate and House of Representatives have amended and voted on all of their own bills. During the second half of session, the bills will switch chambers and begin the process again before they could go before the governor and be signed into law.
     This year, the Senate passed 170 of the 452 bills introduced, including House Bill 1007, which has already been signed into law by Gov. Holcomb. Of those 170 bills, 167 were passed with bipartisan support.  In the coming weeks the Senate will assign the 113 bills passed by the House of Representatives to their respective committees to be heard or amended. If the bills pass with no amendments, they will go straight to the governor’s desk. If there are discrepancies on bills, they will go to conference committee. Conference committees consist of one member from all four caucuses. Here members settle final disputes before going back to each chamber to vote on the updated bill.   By law, the 2020 legislative session will conclude on or before March 14.

2020 Session Halftime Update (from 02/07/20 Update)
This week the Indiana General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session. Below are some of the topics I have worked with my colleagues to prioritize during the first half of session.
     Liability immunity for not-for-profit shooting ranges: This session, I authored Senate Bill 9, which passed the Senate by a vote of 41-9. It would provide liability immunity for not-for-profit shooting ranges where instructors are certified by a nationally recognized shooting organization. Currently, the ability to obtain liability insurance for gun ranges is cost prohibitive with unaffordable rates. This bill would not assume liability for injury to a person or property, so long as there is proper signage.
     Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Pilot Program: Another bill I authored this session is Senate Bill 72, which passed out of the Senate by a vote of 47-1. It would allow health care providers to receive payment for the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Pilot Program for veterans, regardless if the treatment did or did not improve a patient’s health. Currently, providers only receive payment if a patient’s health improves, which could lead to the unintended consequence of bias when viewing results.
     Specialized weapons training for school staff: Another bill I supported this session is Senate Bill 263, which would require an employee or any other staff member of a school to complete certain specialized weapons training and undergo psychological screening before a local school board authorizes a staff member to carry a firearm in or on school property.
Support rural communities: According to the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana is the eighth largest agricultural exporter in the United States, contributing an estimated $31.2 billion to our state’s overall economy. To better protect and provide for our farmers, I voted in support of Senate Bill 184. If passed by the House of Representatives, SB 184 would allow the Indiana Farm Bureau to offer its members health care coverage. The bill would create a new option to improve the quality of life for rural Hoosiers.
     Address withheld taxes and protect employers: Another bill I co-authored is Senate Bill 320, which would require the Indiana Department of Revenue (IDOR) to only accept payment of employer withholding taxes that are made or withdrawn directly from the employer’s bank account, except in the case of an employer that has submitted a waiver. SB 320 passed out of the Senate by a vote of 48 to 1.
     Create study committee on invasive species: I also supported Senate Bill 99, which would urge the legislative council to assign the topic of studying issues related to invasive species to an appropriate interim study committee. SB 99 passed the Senate and will be moved to the House of Representatives for consideration.
     Increase health care cost transparency: Price transparency is a critical first step in reducing Hoosiers’ high health care costs, and I supported efforts to provide transparency, including creating an All-Payer Claims Database, eliminating surprise billing and banning health insurance gag clauses.
     Hold K-12 schools harmless for ILEARN test results:  Transitioning from one state test to another can create challenges for schools and teachers, as Indiana saw with the 2019 ILEARN results. Therefore, my colleagues and I expedited legislation that will hold K-12 schools and teachers harmless for the 2019 and 2020 test scores. This legislation recently passed out of the Senate and House of Representatives unanimously and will now go to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature.
2020 Session Halftime Update (from 02/07/20 Update)
This week the Indiana General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session. Below are some of the topics I have worked with my colleagues to prioritize during the first half of session.
 Support teachers: This session, I authored Senate Bill 319, which would make the career-oriented professional growth experience points optional for teachers renewing their license.
 Improve access to psychologists: Another bill I authored this session is Senate Bill 355, which would establish the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, allowing the practice of psychology in another state that is also a compact state.
 Increase health care cost transparency:Price transparency is a critical first step in reducing Hoosiers’ high health care costs, and I supported efforts to provide transparency, including creating an All-Payer Claims Database, eliminating surprise billing and banning health insurance gag clauses.
Hold K-12 schools harmless for ILEARN test results : Transitioning from one state test to another can create challenges for schools and teachers, as Indiana saw with the 2019 ILEARN results. Therefore, my colleagues and I expedited legislation that will hold K-12 schools and teachers harmless for the 2019 and 2020 test scores. This legislationrecently passed out of the Senate and House of Representatives unanimously and will now go to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature.
Reduce government debt: During the first half of session, I supported efforts to pay for capital projects that were approved in the 2020-21 budget with cash. This will eliminate almost $300 million in state debt and save Hoosier taxpayers $135 million in the long run by avoiding future interest payments. This legislation was recently signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Raise smoking and vaping age to 21: Reducing smoking and vaping is one of the most important things we can do as a state to improve our overall health. This is why I supported a measure that would align state law with federal law by raising the minimum age to buy or possess tobacco products, e-liquids and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. Along with raising the smoking age to 21, this bill has two other important measures that would help curb youth smoking and vaping. This bill will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

 
Follow Bills introduced during the 2020 General Assembly Legislative Session  HERE

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“Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results.  Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again.”
– President Donald J. Trump, 2020 State of The Union Address
  • Watch last week’s State of the Union address HERE.

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 11  (3:00 pm) County Commission Meeting
February 15 (7:30am) VCRP Monthly Breakfast
February 18 (5:30pm)
Thomas for Treasurer Fundraiser
February 24 (5:30 pm) City Council Meeting
February 24 (5:30 pm) EVSC Board of Trustees Meeting
February 25 (4:30 pm) Koehler Lindsey for County Council Fundraiser
February 28 (5:30 pm)
VCRP Lincoln Day Dinner
March 14 (9:15 am) Meet Your Legislators
February 10 (5:30 pm) City Council Meeting
April 6
Voter Registration Ends
April 7
Early Voting at the Election Office Begins

  Make sure you add vandygop@gmail.com to your address book so we’ll be sure to land in your inbox!

If you have any questions, contact Mary Jo Kaiser, VCRP Political Director, at

or (812) 425-8207.
for more info. Thank you.
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