GOP Party Caucus and More Coming Soon! 2/15/2021

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News and Upcoming Events for February 23, 2021

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VCRP Central Committee Meeting -2/24/2021 at 11:30 AM  
                                    Location: GOP Headquarters, 815 John Street, Evansville
 
                                    Meetings are open to all Vanderburgh County Precinct Committeemen.

Contact Office at 812-425-8207 if you have any questions.

GOP Party Caucus
Every four years the GOP Party Rules require a Caucus be called to elect the Central Committee officers for the next four years. All Precinct and Vice-Precinct Committeemen will be summoned to attend the Caucus to elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  The Caucus will be held on Saturday, March 6, at Faithway Baptist Church, 3635 Pollack Avenue, Evansville.
Our current Chairman, Wayne Parke, will not be running for another term.  This is a real opportunity for another dedicated Republican to step up and lead the Vanderburgh County Republican Party in maintaining the elected positions currently held  and increasing the positions in the 2022 Elections.
To qualify as a candidate for any of the positions, you must be a Republican in Good Standing.  If you, or someone you know, are interested in being on the ballot, please contact Mary Jo Kaiser at the GOP office – 812-425-8207 – beamerjo59@gmail.com.
MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED!
 
Nominations for other officers will be taken from the floor at the Caucus.
By Party Rules Vice Chairman must be of the opposite sex. 
Mary Jo Kaiser
VCRP Political Director
Office 812-425-8207
Cell 812-483-4675

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Thank You Connie
It’s the end of a historic era for Indiana as Connie Lawson announced this week she is retiring as Secretary of State. Few public servants in our state’s history have served with such distinction as Connie Lawson. Throughout her time in public life, Connie has been one of the most dedicated and effective office holders in Indiana history. For nearly a decade, Hoosiers have trusted her leadership and during her term, Indiana has become a national role model in running safe and secure elections. Faced with unprecedented election obstacles in 2020, Secretary Lawson successfully navigated the challenges of the pandemic to ensure Hoosiers could safely exercise their right to vote and be confident in the outcomes. Connie Lawson will be missed in the Statehouse, but I know her contributions to our state will not end with her upcoming retirement.

Connie leaves big shoes to fill and I look forward to working with Governor Holcomb as he considers candidates for this important appointment.

Thank you,
Kyle

Photo: Secretary of State Connie Lawson (center) at our 2018 State Convention with (L-R) Gov. Holcomb, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, Auditor Tera Klutz, Sen. Mike Braun, and Chairman Kyle Hupfer

Governor Holcomb’s Week That Was

     

Building One Indiana for All
This week, Governor Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 1, which provides businesses and schools with COVID liability protections.
 “The pandemic has affected Hoosier businesses, schools and others in ways no one could have foreseen just one year ago. To aid in the state’s recovery, I made providing assurances that they will not have to live and work in fear of frivolous lawsuits a part of my Next Level Agenda. Most Hoosier businesses and other organizations are making good faith attempts to protect their customers and employees, because it is the right thing to do and it makes for better business in the long run. I want to thank lawmakers for rapidly passing this key piece of legislation and sending it to my desk for signature.” -Governor Holcomb

–> Click here to learn more about COVID liability protections <–

Governor Holcomb also provided a statement on Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s retirement.
“Indiana’s own Iron Lady, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, has long defined what true public service and leadership is and ought to be all about. Throughout her time in county, legislative and statewide office, she set the standard for commitment, composure, class and credibility.  No matter the year or issues of the day, citizens could bank on Connie Lawson leading the way and inspiring others to follow.” -Governor Holcomb

–> Click here for Governor Holcomb’s full statement <–

To stay up to date on the latest developments, make sure you’re following Governor Holcomb on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!
 
 
 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Thanks to Governor Holcomb’s leadership, Indiana continues to lead the Midwest in percentage of citizens who have been fully vaccinated. If you’re 65 or over, you’re eligible to receive the vaccine! Learn more at ourshot.in.gov.
News You Can Use

   

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on unique challenges for our state and the entire nation, and my colleagues and I in the General Assembly are working on legislation in response to a variety of these issues.

To improve visitation access for long-term care facilities, I co-authored Senate Bill 202, which received unanimous support in the Senate. SB 202 would require nursing homes and other residential care facilities to allow their residents to participate in the Compassionate Care Program and Essential Caregiver Program. These programs allow a designated person to be deemed an essential family caregiver, allowing the individual to safely visit their loved one and provide vital support and care, even when visitation is halted due to a public health emergency.

Religion plays an integral role in the daily lives of Hoosiers across the state, and even more so during times of crisis. To protect religious freedom during public emergencies, I voted in favor of Senate Bill 263, which recently passed the Senate with bipartisan support. SB 263 would ban state and local government from imposing restrictions on religious organizations and religious services that are more restrictive than those imposed on other businesses and organizations deemed “essential services” during a disaster.

For more information on these and other bills moving through the General Assembly, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Available

As of Feb. 1, Hoosiers who are 65 years of age or older may make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligible Hoosiers or their representative may call 2-1-1 or visit ourshot.in.gov to make an appointment. There is at least one vaccination location in each of Indiana’s 92 counties. Appointments for the second dose will be made at the clinic when the first dose is administered.

The timeline for additional phases of vaccine administration is yet to be determined. This information will continue to be updated here. To view the number of Hoosiers currently vaccinated and the county-level distribution of vaccinations, click here.

Helping Hoosiers down on their luck get back to work
Getting caught driving with a suspended license can be detrimental for Hoosiers, and could lead to losing a job and unpaid bills. To help struggling Hoosiers get back on track, I authored House Bill 1199 to allow the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to lift a suspension for a period of 180 days if the individual can prove future financial responsibility.

This proposal would also allow the Indiana Department of Correction and BMV to help nonviolent offenders who are re-entering the workforce by easing the financial requirements to reinstate their driver’s license upfront. This would give parolees the opportunity to get a job and take care of immediate expenses before paying back those fees.

The bill would also extend the Traffic Amnesty Program for one year.

This program allows Indiana residents with suspended licenses or unpaid traffic fines imposed before Jan. 1, 2019, the option to petition the court for a reduced fine of up to 50 percent.

Click here to learn more about House Bill 1199, watch House session and committees live, or view other legislation.

Visit the Vanderburgh GOP 

page for daily updates.

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GOP Caucus March 6th Party Reorganization Day
Postponed until further notice
GOP Breakfast – C K Newsome Community Center
  Postponed until further notice
Lincoln Day Dinner – Evansville Country Club.
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