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Friday, November 17, 2017

$1 Billion Trucking Fees Lawsuit filed against Eric Holcomb's Administration

It seems that Governor Eric "Bagman" Holcomb just got dragged into the middle of a huge knock down drag-out fight with fellow Indiana Republican and attorney Jim Bopp. The great Tony Cook of the Indianapolis Star reports on the upcoming slugfest between Holcomb and Bopp:

A class-action lawsuit accuses the state of Indiana of illegally collecting more than $1 billion in fees from truckers across the nation — and could set up a high-stakes showdown between two top Indiana Republicans. 

The lawsuit filed Friday in Marion County Superior Court accuses the Indiana Department of Revenue of collecting annual Unified Carrier Registration fees from hundreds of thousands of truckers across the nation without authorization under Indiana law.

The attorney behind the lawsuit is Jim Bopp, a high-powered Republican attorney from Terre Haute best known for representing Citizens United in a U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned restrictions on political spending by corporations, nonprofits and labor unions.

His client is the Small Business in Transportation Coalition, a trucking industry trade group with a colorful and controversial leader who recently organized a parade of big rigs in Washington D.C. to promote expanded gun rights and who has been accused by the Federal Trade Commission of deceptive business practices.

On the other side of the lawsuit is the administration of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb — specifically the Indiana Department of Revenue and its commissioner, Adam Krupp.

A spokeswomen for Holcomb did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on the lawsuit. A spokeswoman for the Department of Revenue said she couldn't immediately comment on pending litigation.

"I’m a conservative who does not want to see government overreaching, taxing people and collecting money unless the people authorize it through the legislature," Bopp said. "What’s important to me is that government stays within its bounds. This has got to be one of the most expensive violations of law that I’ve seen."

Indeed, the stakes could be huge.
Indiana handles registrations and fees on behalf of 41 states under the so-called Unified Carrier Registration Plan, a federally authorized compact that allows interstate truckers to register and pay fees just once a year, rather than in multiple states. 
Bopp said the state collects $100 million a year in UCR fees from close to 400,000 truckers a year. The fees depend on the size of the fleet, the form of payment and location of the truck's home base, but begin at $76 per vehicle, according to the lawsuit. 
"Without such authority under Indiana law, INDOR’s nationwide collection of the UCR-related fees is unlawful and every trucker since 2008 is entitled to a refund of these illegally collected fees," Bopp said.
The lawsuit comes four months after the state settled the second of two class-action lawsuits over unauthorized Bureau of Motor Vehicle fees. Between settlements and voluntary refunds, the BMV admitted to overcharging Hoosier drivers more than $115 million over 15 years.

Well INDY REPUBLICAN doesn't know enough about this particular lawsuit to comment on the merits of Mr. Bopp's case. But Bopp's legal skills are good and he is not crazy. So for him to file such a lawsuit means that he thinks that it is a good case. So far as Governor Eric Holcomb has continued the tax-and-spend legacy of his master Mitch Daniels. It will be interesting to see just how this all goes down. Bopp is also a former Vice Chair of the Republican National Committee and has been a Republican National Committeeman from Indiana. Not exactly somebody that Holcomb wants to get into a fight with. Here's to old Eric getting his ass kicked!

The Continuing Mystery of Carmel Mayor Brainard's April Joyride

Back in May we reported on Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard's suspicious April 2017 car accident. In that same post we also mentioned that this is not the first car accident that Brainard has had during his almost quarter-century reign as Mayor of Carmel:

In November 2002, he T-boned a school bus in a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, while attempting to turn left on 99th Street to Westfield Boulevard. No one was injured, but both vehicles were damaged.

We also provided some information revealed to INDY REPUBLICAN by our sources about Jim Brainard:

As far as we can deduce from the information available to us we cannot see any evidence of the police acting improperly at this time. But Brainard's stating that he was fatigued at the time of the incident, along with rumors that Brainard has been suffering from some unrevealed health malady for some time now, possibly prior to 2010. Coupled with sources telling IR that Mayor Brainard is reputed to be very hyperactive, an extreme multitasker, and now having been involved in two traffic accidents during his 20 year reign as mayor. This does raise very serious questions about whether he is physically up to the demands of his job. He may very well be. We strongly would recommend to Mayor Brainard that he get himself medical care ASAP. He also needs to be straight forward with Carmelites about his health. If he is not careful he or others maybe hurt or even killed

We had heard nothing further about this case until last night, when WRTV's Paris Lewbel reported that their is no record of Mayor Brainard having taken an alcohol test in relation to this car accident.

Mr. Lewbel reported:

Carmel city officials say there is no record of Mayor Jim Brainard taking a drug or alcohol test after he crashed a city vehicle in April. They also say – despite the city’s own employee alcohol policy – that he didn’t have to.
On April 20, Brainard crossed the center line and crashed his city vehicle into a trailer while driving on 3rd Avenue Southwest.

The mayor told responding officers that he thought he may have fallen asleep, and that he’d been “struggling to stay awake earlier.”

After checking to make sure he wasn’t injured, the officers offered to give Brainard a ride back to city hall. He declined multiple times, saying instead that he would walk back.

One of the officers, Carmel Police Lt. Adam Miller, was wearing a wireless microphone that captured the conversation (You can hear the conversation yourself by clicking on the video at the beginning of this post):

Lt. Miller: “Mayor, how are you doing? You alright?”
Brainard: “I’m fine, thank you. I don’t know, I may have slipped over. I was struggling to stay awake earlier. But I don’t think so. Maybe.”
Lt. Miller: “As far as the whole testing process and everything, do you just want to do that through HR? Or do you want us to help you with that? How do you want to handle that?”
Brainard: “Oh, do I need to be tested? Yeah, I do, don't I?”
Lt. Miller: “Because it is a tow-away.”
Brainard: “Yeah.”
Lt. Miller: “If we’re going to tow it.”
Brainard: “Yeah, sure.”

Carmel’s drug and alcohol testing policy requires city employees driving city-owned vehicles to take a post-crash test as soon as possible if one ore more of the vehicles involved “incur disabling damage and must be transported away from the accident scene by a tow truck.”

Carmel Employee Policy

Based on the conversation caught by Miller’s mic, the officers thought Brainard was on his way to do just that.

Officer 1: “He’s walking back to City Hall to talk to Barb so he can go get his pee test.”         
Officer 2: “OK good.”      
Officer 1: “I know, he’s going to have to go get tested.”

The official report for the incident lists fatigue as a contributing factor to the crash. The boxes for drug and alcohol testing were left blank.

Following months of records requests and digging through crash reports, dash cam video and city policies, Call 6 Investigates found no evidence that the mayor ever submitted to a drug or alcohol test following the crash.
Call 6 Investigates specifically asked the city for any communications, invoices or proof that the mayor followed Carmel’s drug and alcohol testing policy and received the following response: “The city has identified no records that are responsive to your request.”

The city declined a request for an interview with Brainard, but was willing to answer questions via email.
Our first question: Why did the mayor fall asleep while driving?
“The mayor was very tired, having worked several long days in a row,” wrote Nancy Heck, director of community relations and economic development for the city of Carmel. “He had been in downtown Indianapolis for an early morning event and had not had a break while on his way to his next event.”
And about the mayor’s apparent acknowledgement that he might have to take a post-crash alcohol and drug test?
“The mayor, when talking to the police, said he understood he may have to take a test, but he also knew he had a speech to give at the historical society and he did not want to cancel at the last minute,” Heck wrote.

Heck also said that, despite the wording of the city’s employee drug and alcohol policy, the mayor is exempt from the post-crash testing requirement because he is an elected official.
Call 6 Investigates went through the city’s employee handbook and drug and alcohol testing policy and could not find any language exempting elected officials from it. Heck acknowledged that there is no language specifically exempting elected officials, but said they are, nevertheless, exempted.
“Elected officials are not employees. That’s not a policy, it’s just a fact,” Heck wrote. “They are not hired by the City. They are elected by the residents of Carmel.”

Heck said Brainard did in fact meet with officials in the HR department following the crash, but that he did not take a drug or alcohol test. She said the mayor had not had any alcohol on the day of the crash.
Call 6 Investigates was able to confirm that Brainard did keep his appointment to speak at the Carmel Clay Historical Society less than an hour after the crash.
The other driver involved in the crash was cited for driving without a license and driving without insurance. No injuries were reported by either party.

INDY REPUBLICAN would like to thank Mr. Lewbel for an excellent story last night. And for following up on this story. We are curious to find out if Mayor Brainard really is exempt from the policy that applies to those who work for him? We do not know if Brainard had taken any substances that day or if he was simply exhausted. But imagine that you or us had crashed a car into Jim Brainard's city vehicle. Would we be allowed to avoid taking a blood alcohol test? We don't thing so! Let us keep up the pressure on the media to get to the bottom of this. If Mayor Brainard God forbid has another car crash. He or others maybe injured or even killed.

Please click the contact tabs on the following news websites and demand they keep looking into this. Don't just call, email, or submit contact forms. Submit, email and call them every 15 minutes! 24/7 if nobody is there leave them a message on their voicemails! Hand deliver letters to there offices! Tell them the ghost of Gary Welsh sent you!


Also contact the City of Carmel Government itself. Here is the contact information for the City:

Carmel City Hall
One Civic Square
Carmel, IN 46032

Main phone: 317-571-2400

Mayor: Honorable James Brainard,
(317) 571-2401

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sean Hannity Issues Ultimatum to Roy Moore w/update

In a shocking turn of events Sean Hannity has given Roy Moore 24 hours to answer the allegations against him and if he doesn’t Hannity has said that Moore should leave the Senate race.

Here is Hannity’s Ultimatum to Judge Moore:

UPDATE: The following day after Roy Moore sent an open letter to Sean Hannity. Hannity said he thinks that the issue of Roy Moore staying in the Senate race is one that should be left to the voters of Alabama. Showing once again that Sean Hannity is an establishment tool!

Is Steve Bannon breaking up with Roy Moore? w/Update

Steve Bannon (L) Roy Moore (R)

We have just received word that Steve Bannon the head of Breitbart News maybe about to withdraw his support of Roy Moore’s Alabama Senate Candidacy.
The Daily Beast published a column late this afternoon called “Steve Bannon and Allies have second thoughts about Roy Moore”. 

LACHLAN MARKAY and ASAWIN SUEBSAENG at The Daily Beast reported the following
Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon is keeping the door open to ditching Roy Moore as the sexual-assault allegations against the Alabama Republican Senate candidate continue to pile up.
Publicly, the Trump confidant and Breitbart chairman has stood behind Moore, who is now accused of attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl. Bannon has also railed against what he and his allies dub “fake news” and the GOP establishment for trying to push Moore out of the race.
But over the past few days, Bannon has begun privately taking the temperature of those in his inner circle to see what they think of the Moore allegations and to get their sense of how to proceed, according to four knowledgeable sources. Late last week, the Breitbart chairman said, “I will put him in a grave myself,” if he determines that Moore was lying to him about the numerous accusations, a source close to Bannon relayed.
Bannon emphasized, to both friends and colleagues, that he’s uncomfortable with the charges of sexual harassment and child molestation that have been levelled at Moore. But he wasn’t convinced that the initial flood of on-record testimony, starting with the first Washington Post story last week, was anything more than a hit job. And he believes it may have been planted by #NeverTrump operatives to put the screws to Moore’s campaign.
Several of Bannon’s most trusted allies have already told him that it would be “insane,” as one put it, to believe at this point that the Moore accusations are baseless. They have also warned that the time is rapidly approaching when he would have to disavow Moore before it appeared as though he was simply caving to political pressure. (Critics of Bannon, of course, argue he should never have backed Moore in the first place.)
Additionally on Tuesday, the front page of Breitbart featured a prominently placed headline that read, “POTUS TO REVISIT ROY MOORE SUPPORT AFTER RETURNING TO U.S." from his Asia trip—roughly the same position Bannon now finds himself in.

Since Breitbart ran on their front page today a headline that says President Trump will be “revisiting” his support of Roy Moore. Given Bannon and Breitbart’s strong ties to the President this lends serious credence to the idea that Bannon is seriously reconsidering his support of Roy Moore. If we were the Moore campaign we would be especially concerned about just how dedicated the President and Bannon are to getting him elected.
One other item of interest that caught our eye. Last week as the first of the sex assault allegations was made public. The Hill reported that Roy Moore was declining to debate his Democratic Senate opponent Doug Jones because of Jones’s stance on “transgender issues”. 
Moore stated "We’ve (Roy Moore) refused to debate them (Doug Jones) because of their very liberal stance on transgenderism and transgenderism in the military and in bathrooms. They are desperate.”
Interesting that Moore would specifically cite Jones’s stance on transgenderism as the reason he wouldn’t debate Jones. Especially since as we reported last month that Steve Bannon made millions by helping to distribute sexual predator Harvey Weinstein’s 2005 Pro Transgender Propaganda film “TransAmerica”.
Maybe Moore was afraid Jones would question accepting backing from Pro-Transgender Steve Bannon. Or perhaps a big nothingburger as some like to say.
UPDATE: It appears this story was just a big nothingburger. Bannon appears for the time being to be sticking with Roy Moore.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Todd Young Grows a Pair by Calling for Roy "Dirty Judge" Moore to end his Senate Campaign

Senator Todd Young-R IN

Embattled Alabama Republican Roy Moore's Senate run was complicated by some new developments today. One of which we are proud to report is that our very own Senator Todd Young has called for Moore to pull out of the senate race.

Maureen Groppe over at INDYSTAR has the story:

Indiana Sen. Todd Young joined other Republicans on Monday — including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — in urging Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race.

Young made the statement after a fifth woman accused Moore of making sexual or romantic advances toward her when she was a teenager.

Senator Young made the following statement on Twitter:

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who heads the campaign arm of Senate Republicans, was more specific Monday in saying the Senate should vote to expel Moore if he wins the special election in December.

The fifth woman to come forward today to accuse Judge Moore of improper behavior is Beverly Young Nelson. Nelson accused Moore of sexual assault back in 1977  during a press conference today.

CNN's Eli Watkins reports:

An Alabama woman alleges Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager, her attorney Gloria Allred said Monday.
Allred said her client, Beverly Young Nelson, would be willing to testify under oath and called on the Senate judiciary committee to hold a hearing and subpoena Moore.
"Mr. Moore attacked me when I was a child," Nelson said, adding that she was 15 when he began flirting with her and 16 at the time of the alleged assault. "I want Mr. Moore to know that he no longer has any power over me."
The allegations of force, if true, would be considered sexual abuse in the first degree, but the statute of limitations in effect at the time would have passed.

Nelson detailed her allegations in a statement alongside Allred, an attorney who focuses on discrimination and women's rights.
Nelson said Moore was a regular at the Olde Hickory House, a restaurant she worked at when she was starting high school.
At the press conference with Allred, Nelson said Moore wrote an inscription in her yearbook one day in December 1977 that said, "To a sweeter more beautiful girl, I could not say, 'Merry Christmas.'" She said he signed it "Roy Moore, D.A."
She said that one evening he offered her a ride home.
Instead of taking her home, Nelson said Moore pulled his car behind the restaurant and began to attack her.

"Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me and putting his hands on my breasts," Nelson said.
She said she tried to open the car door to leave, but Moore locked it and continued to grab her.
"He began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch. I continued to struggle," Nelson said. "I thought that he was going to rape me."
She said she began to cry and beg him to stop and that eventually he did relent before telling her not to speak.
"At some point he gave up, and he then looked at me," Nelson said. "He said, 'You're just a child,' and he said, 'I am the district attorney of Etowah County and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.'"

Nelson said she was inspired to speak out because of the women that came forward to the Post.
"I would probably have taken what Mr. Moore did to me to my grave had it not been for the courage of four other women that were willing to speak out about their experiences with Mr. Moore," Nelson said.
Allred said her client declined to take questions but would be willing to speak in public further should the Senate Judiciary Committee decline to hold a hearing on the matter in the next two weeks.

Here is an image of the yearbook inscription from 1977 and Roy Moore's signature from earlier this year:

Now none of us here at the blog are handwriting experts. But based off the evidence of our own eyes the signatures seem to match. Now the fact that he may have signed a high school yearbook proves nothing other than he signed the book. But it seems very strange that a man in his thirties would be sign some high school girls yearbook. INDY REPUBLICAN hereby joins with Senator's Todd Young, Mitch McConnell, Jeff Flake, Cory Gardner, Mike Lee, Lindsey Graham and Steve Daines in calling on Roy Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate Race in the name of human decency. In another post we will go into more detail on other principled conservatives, republicans, and libertarians who have refused to back this odious excuse for a man Roy Moore. We would be remiss if we did not pay this compliment to Senator Todd Young. Senator your stand is principled, courageous, and shows that you have a spine and some balls. So we will remove 50 sins from your political career because this is an awesome move on your part. 

We highly encourage our readers to look at Ms. Groppe's column over at Indystar by clicking here. Also please Contact Maureen Groppe and tell her how much you appreciate this article she wrote. She can be reached via email at mgroppe@gannett.com. Or follow her on Twitter: @mgroppe.

Please also read Eli Watkins piece here.

To the victims of Roy Moore we wish to offer these words of comfort from the words of Saint John the Revelator:

Revelation 21:4New King James Version (NKJV)
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

UPDATE: It appears that Texas Senator Ted Cruz has decided to jump on the "No More Moore" bandwagon. Redstate has the story here.

UPDATE: Folks we are going to need a whole fleet of wagons to carry all the Republicans who now want to kick Roy Moore to the curb. In an unusual bit of new Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is saying Moore should be dumped:

The Hill is also reporting that the White House has floated the idea of trying to send Attorney General Jeff Sessions back to his old Senate seat in Alabama as a way to get rid of Roy Moore.

The New Yorker is also reporting that Roy Moore was banned from the Gasden, Alabama Mall in the 1980's for hassling teenage girls.

In what we hope will be the last update on this post MSNBC reporter Chris Hayes has some interesting things to point out about Roy Moore's past:

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Is Doug Jones now ahead of Roy Moore? w/update

Doug Jones 

Our sources inform us that sometime today. Possibly even later this morning a poll will come out showing Doug Jones the Democratic Senate Candidate in Alabama of pulling ahead of RINO Roy “I Don’t Generally Date Teenagers” Moore. Now granted one poll by itself is meaningless. But as reported last month by Paul Ogden here, and The Hill reported two days ago here. Doug Jones has twice been dead tied with Roy Moore. For a Democrat running for the Senate in Alabama to be tied even once with there Republican opponent is unimaginable. To do so twice could be the signs of a storm brewing in favor of Alabama Democrats. It could turn out to be a repeat of 2010’s suprise GOP upset win in Massachusetts by Scott Brown against Democrat Martha Coakley. We will update this story later today hopefully.

UPDATE: JMC Analytics has released a poll showing Doug Jones ahead of Roy Moore 46-42. If Jones wins or Moore only narrowly wins this race this will be another clear indication that our Grand Old Party needs to reject the false Gospel of Trumpism.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Alabama Republican Party now fracturing over Sex Clams!

The Florence Times Daily out of Alabama has reported that apparently somehow the Alabama GOP is breaking apart over Roy Moore and some type of sex scandal involving clams. Based off our experience we were not aware that seafood could be involved in a sex scandal. But there is a first time for everything.

Checkout the cover page of today’s Florence Times Daily:

Does Roy Moore have a Kevin Spacey Problem? w/updates

Ever since Judge Roy Moore won the republican senate primary in Alabama on September 26th. Several of our readers have asked us to examine just who Roy Moore is and to share our views on this man. INDY REPUBLICAN has known of Judge Moore for over 20 years now, and the almost cult-like status he has among some of our fellow conservatives. However IR has not and never will be supporters of Judge Moore. We have found him to be a huckster and opportunist who proclaims and espouses ideals and standards of public and private morality that he himself fails to practice in his own public and private lives. Most noteworthy being that his having twice been removed from his position as Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court of Alabama for refusing to enforce the orders of a higher court. Whether or nor you agree with the higher courts decisions in those cases, and in some aspects we don't agree with them. Bottom line is that higher courts issued there rulings and as a sworn officer of the court Judge Moore refused to obey them. In addition his advocacy of religious tests to serve in congress violates Article VI, Section III of the Constitution which states:

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

The above mentioned recitations of Judge Moore's deficiencies of character alone in our opinion disqualify him from serving in and office of any kind. If this were all there was to Judge Moore we would end this blog post right now. But unfortunately more damaging allegations have come out against the Judge and these must be addressed.

On Wednesday November 9th, 2017 Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites writing for  the Washington Post reported that in 1979 then 32 year old Roy Moore propositioned then 14 year old Leigh Corfman. Here is some of Ms. Corfman's story:

"It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.

Two of Corfman’s childhood friends say she told them at the time that she was seeing an older man, and one says Corfman identified the man as Moore. Wells says her daughter told her about the encounter more than a decade later, as Moore was becoming more prominent as a local judge."

Leigh Corfman is not the only woman who is making such accusations against Moore. The Washington Post story mentions three other women who have accused Moore of inappropriate behavior:

"Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19."

Before we get into some other aspects of this story. Here is some information about Leigh Corfman Judge Moore's chief accuser:

"According to campaign reports, none of the women has donated to or worked for Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, or his rivals in the Republican primary, including Sen. Luther Strange, whom he defeated this fall in a runoff election.

Corfman, 53, who works as a customer service representative at a payday loan business, says she has voted for Republicans in the past three presidential elections, including for Donald Trump in 2016. She says she thought of confronting Moore personally for years, and almost came forward publicly during his first campaign for state Supreme Court in 2000, but decided against it. Her two children were still in school then and she worried about how it would affect them. She also was concerned that her background — three divorces and a messy financial history — might undermine her credibility.

“There is no one here that doesn’t know that I’m not an angel,” Corfman says, referring to her home town of Gadsden.
Corfman described her story consistently in six interviews with The Post. The Post confirmed that her mother attended a hearing at the courthouse in February 1979 through divorce records. Moore’s office was down the hall from the courtroom.

Neither Corfman nor any of the other women sought out The Post. While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore’s Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women. All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore. The women say they don’t know one another.

“I have prayed over this,” Corfman says, explaining why she decided to tell her story now. “All I know is that I can’t sit back and let this continue, let him continue without the mask being removed.”
This account is based on interviews with more than 30 people who said they knew Moore between 1977 and 1982, when he served as an assistant district attorney for Etowah County in northern Alabama, where he grew up."

After examining all the information at our disposal it is our sincere belief that the accusations against Roy Moore are credible. We are not saying that Roy Moore is guilty. We honestly do not know. But we have no hesitation in saying that we have serious doubts about this man's innocence. Judge Moore's statement in an interview with Sean Hannity yesterday that he "didn't generally date teenage girls when he was in his 30's". Sounds eerily similar to actor Kevin Spacey's response to Anthony Rapp's accusation of abuse. In which Spacey responding to the charges against him said: "Spacey posted on Twitter that he did not remember the encounter with Rapp. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior," Spacey wrote.  The bizarre responses on the part of Judge Moore and his defenders casts even more doubt on Judge Moore's personal integrity. In upcoming post we will be going further in depth with response from Judge Moore's campaign and also we will be hearing from what others have to say on this case. We will leave you with this video of an interview that Roy Moore's attorney Trenton Garmon gave last night to CNN's Don Lemon. After watching this interview we are convinced that either Moore's lawyer is a complete idiot, or he knows his client is up to some funny business and he is trying to tap dance around the issues. Very interesting behavior considering the statue of limitations has run out on these allegations.

Trenton Garmon's pathetic attempt to avoid answering Don Lemon:

UPDATE: Brian Stelter the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" has just tweeted the following statement from Paula Cobia attorney for Gloria Deason one of the women interview for the Washington Post about Judge Moore:

It appears that if the word that the Moore campaign plans to sue the Washington Post over this story is true. That the women interviewed are prepared to hit back hard! Moore just better pray more damaging information doesn't come out about him!

UPDATE: CBS news has just reported that according to an old colleague of Roy Moore's in the Etowah County, Alabama District Attorney's office it was "common knowledge that Roy (Moore) dated high school girls". Click here for the full story.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Pray for the Sutherland Springs Victims and Senator Rand Paul

We are going to take a break from our regular blogging for today and ask all of you out there to pray for the families and victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas. During this very trying time. And also please pray for the health and well-being of Senator Rand Paul who was attacked at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday. Click here and here for more information on the Sutherland Springs and Senator Paul’s attack.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Another One Bites the Dust! Jeb Hensarling announces Retirement from Congress

Rep Jeb Hensarling R-TX

Earlier this month IR wrote about the retirement of Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy. In what looks like a possible stampede forming on the plains. The Hill reports that another Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas is also choosing to not seek reelection.

The Hill reports:

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) announced Tuesday (October 30th, 2017) that he will retire at the end of his term.

"Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the U.S. Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned," Hensarling said.

Hensarling has been set to lose his position as chairman of the Financial Services Committee at the end of this Congress; GOP rules limit a chairman to three consecutive terms. Hensarling said the term limits made it the right time to leave Congress to spend more time with his family.

From what we all have been hearing. Hensarling is a fairly decent member of the house. We cannot help but wonder if he is choosing to leave due to frustration with his life in congress. His seat is most probably a safe GOP seat. But if the number of incumbent republicans who decide to retire keeps growing. Then the GOP needs to get it's act together or they should get used to saying "House Speaker Pelosi" come January 2019. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Governor Eric "Bagman" Holcomb Once Again Jets Around The World

It seems in a shocking turn of events that the CIA's Paper of Record the Indianapolis Star put out another decent story. This time from another one of our favorite reporters. IR has frequently cited the work of Kaitlain Lange on this blog. If the Star hires just a few more reporters like Ms. Lange, Fatima Hussein, and Tony Cook. We all here may have to slighty revise our long standing negative view of "Pravda Indianapolis". INDY REPUBLICAN does not think that will happen anytime soon. But we all believe in the redemptive power of prayer. So we will not give up just yet.

Now let's get down to business. Kaitlain Lange's October 27th, 2017 piece "Gov. Eric Holcomb travels to India on third international trip as Governor", will be the subject of this post. Most people who have read Gary Welsh's "Advance Indiana" blog. Will most likely be aware that the old master loved to call out Governor's Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence for their frequent "trade mission" trips. It was Gary's contention as well as IR's that these trips, unless proven otherwise, are a waste of taxpayer money and are simply an excuse for politicians and lobbyists to conduct underhanded and possibly illegal activities away from the eyes of the public.

The reason that the IR gang has not written about "trade missions" before. Is that although we share Mr. Welsh's negative view of these trips. We feel that we the people are better off when these politicians and parasites leave town. Yes they do waste taxpayer money by having the trips abroad. But they can and do waste more money and inflict more pain when they are in Indiana. So we have done our best not to encourage Holcomb and others like him from actually staying in town.

But honesty and our commitment to carrying the torch Gary Welsh light for all of us. We felt compelled to write about this. Notwithstanding our own feelings on the subject.

Ms. Lange writes:

Gov. Eric Holcomb is traveling to India on Friday for his third international trade mission in his first nine months as governor

Holcomb and Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger will focus on expanding business opportunities for both countries as they meet with governor officials, business leaders and representatives of foreign chambers in Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore and Pune.

Holcomb previously traveled to Hungary and France in June and Japan in September for economic development.

"With recent, large job commitments from India-based companies, we are building even greater momentum to send more Hoosier-made goods to India and recruit more Indian businesses to grow here in Indiana," Holcomb said. "I'll remain focused on taking our state to the world and bringing the world back to our Hoosier communities."

Holcomb has made workforce development a priority since he became governor, creating a new position as the chief talent recruitment officer.

There are currently nine India-based companies in Indiana.

In March, Infosys became the latest Indian company to announce plans to add an Indiana site with the creation of a tech and innovation hub. The company will invest $8.7 million and employ up to 2,000 Hoosiers. Holcomb will meet with the executives of Infosys as well as Indian company Cummins while in India.

Since 2006, Indiana exports to India have increased 117 percent, totaling more than $266 million in 2016, while India imports to Indiana totaled $349 million.

India also has strong ties to the state's colleges: Purdue University, for example, had the largest enrollment of Indian undergraduate students in the U.S., with 881 students in the fall of 2016.

The international trade trips are funded by the Indiana Economic Development Foundation, which receives private donations.

INDY REPUBLICAN is skeptical to say the least that this trade mission is being funded by private donations. According to the government watchdog site ProPublica the Indiana Economic Development Foundation's address is listed as One North Capital Avenue in Indianapolis. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation created by former Governor Mitch Daniels is also located at One North Capital Avenue. The IEDC was created to replace the former Indiana Department of Commerce and has been frequently criticized for fabricating the number of jobs they have brought into Indiana among other things. To be fair the article only states that the IEDC Foundation receives private donations. It does not say it ONLY receives private donations. Nor does the article state that any private funding is being used for Governor Holcomb's little jaunt to India. Here is hoping that "Bagman" Holcomb does not do anything to asinine while in India. And remember no matter how disgusting it is that old Eric and the gang are traveling the world on trips of dubious value. We still want them to stay the hell out of this state.

For further information about the problems that have been plaguing the IEDC since it's creation back in 2005 click here and here to read Gary Welsh and Paul Ogden's articles on the matter.

Lawsuit alleges Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is violating Federal Election Laws

Connie "Freeloader" Lawson

Back in May IR wrote about Vice President Mike Pence and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson's appointment's to a Commission on Voter Fraud by President Trump. On Friday October 27th, 2017 Fatima Hussein at INDYSTAR.COM reported that Secretary Lawson was being sued by Common Cause Indiana and other parties for violating federal election laws.

Ms. Hussein writes:

Common Cause Indiana in a federal lawsuit filed Friday calls for an injunction to be issued against Lawson, whom the political watchdog group accuses of unlawfully purging voters from state rolls.

Specifically, Common Cause challenges the new "Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck" system that allows election officials to immediately remove voters identified as having registered to vote in another state. The process finds a match based on first name, last name and date of birth.

Common Cause alleges that the crosscheck system contradicts the protections in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, resulting in "nonuniform, discriminatory and illegal cancellations of Indiana voter registrations."

For example, one requirement of federal law says a state “shall not remove” a voter from its list of eligible voters due to change in residence unless the voter confirms a change in residence in writing or fails to respond to a notice sent by the state.

The ACLU of Indiana, national ACLU and voting rights group Demos are representing Common Cause in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Common Cause's latest action is similar to a lawsuit filed by the Indiana NAACP and League of Women Voters in August.

The Indiana NAACP and League of Women Voters also allege that the state's crosscheck system on voter rolls violates federal law and is discriminatory.

In noting the similarity of the separate lawsuits, Common Cause Indiana's policy director says the issue warrants increased attention.

"There seems to be a move to restrict the right to vote rather than expand it," Julia Vaughn told IndyStar.

"We are disturbed by attempts to restrict access to vote, and we feel an obligation to the voters and state to say, 'No, you have to follow federal law.'"

Named defendants in the lawsuit are Lawson, J. Bradley King and Angela M. Nussmeyer, who are co-directors of the Indiana Election Division.

The secretary of state's office declined to speak with IndyStar regarding the lawsuit, citing a policy not to comment on pending litigation. A spokesman for the Indiana Election Division did not respond to IndyStar requests for comment.

IR has the utmost respect for Julia Vaughan of Common Cause Indiana. We here disagree with her on many issues. But fairly often side with her on issues of government transparency. INDY REPUBLICAN is not sure of what to make of this lawsuit yet. We do not have enough information to form an opinion. But due to our reservations about Connie Lawson, and our respect for Julia Vaughan we will do our best to keep an eye on this case.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Former Indianapolis Prosecutor's Law license suspended after altering public records

Sorry to just be now reporting on this. The IR team has been very busy as of late. WRTV 6's Jordan Fischer had an interesting report about a former Indianapolis Prosecutor whose law license has been suspended for falsifying public records. Jordan Fischer's report from October 18th, 2017 had this to say:

The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended a former Indianapolis city prosecutor’s law license for altering records of his communications with Call 6 Investigates.
Former deputy prosecutor Mark Pizur was terminated from his position in April 2016 after he admitting to doctoring public records. In a statement to the court, Pizur called the move a “total lapse of judgment.”

The records in question were email communications between Pizur and Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney following the death of puppies at the city shelter. The puppies were delivered by dogs seized from Upton's Famous Pet Training Center as part of an ongoing case against the kennel.

Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered Pizur to serve a 180-day suspension from practicing law, to begin Nov. 22.
Pizur’s law license will be automatically reinstated following that period.
The city of Indianapolis eventually returned the dogs to Upton after an agreement was reached in December 2016. In exchange, Upton agreed to dismiss several lawsuits against the city and halt pending records requests and complaints.

Alrighty Then! Let's just digest what WRTV has reported. Mark Pizur a former Indianapolis City Prosecutor has admitted he was guilty of doctoring public records that he gave to WRTV Reporter Kara Kenney and he gets a six month suspension with automatic reinstatement of his law license. But Paul Ogden who did nothing more than accurately point out that a judge was violating the lazy judge rule was slapped with a $10,000 fine and 30 day suspension of his law license with automatic readmission. Why is Pizur not at the very least facing jail time or at least a heavy fine? This does not seem like justice was served in this case. But we are not at all surprised. Back in 2014 Scott Storms a former Administrative Law Judge at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission who was fired from the IURC for overseeing cases related to Duke Energy, while at the same time Mr. Storms was lobbying Duke Energy for a job. In that case Storms was only given a reprimand. Even though his actions may have caused serious problems for people all over Indiana. Paul Ogden and Gary Welsh reported on Scot Storms scandal here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here
For more information on Mark Pizur and the Upton Pet Training Center case. Please check out the following links:

Kudos to Jordan Fischer and Kara Kenney for all there good journalistic work. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Denver GOP to Mike Pence: "We are just not that into you."

Karen and Mike Pence

Good evening boys and girls! Well as always we are impressed by the quality of our readership. One of the most talented, most interesting and most extraordinary people in the universe has told us of a news item we all thought would be of interest to all of you.

John Frank writing today for the Denver Post has a story about just how badly Colorado Republicans want to pay to hear Vice President Mike Pence ramble endlessly speak.

John Frank writes:

Because of a lack of demand, the Colorado Republican Party is offering a Groupon-like deal to see Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence is the headliner for a party fundraiser Oct. 26 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, where the lowest-priced tickets originally cost $275.
The party announced the event weeks earlier but struggled to sell the tickets available. So now it’s lowering the cheapest ticket to $150, a 45 percent discount. A couple can attend with a two-for-one deal at the original $275 price.

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays tried to put his best spin on the news, writing in an email Wednesday: “Due to popular demand, we have made more tickets available at a new lower price.” But the same invite later says space is limited.
Daniel Cole, the party’s spokesman, clarified: “We are hearing from a lot of people that they very much want to see the vice president but the tickets were too expensive.”
He added: “We couldn’t fill the large room at that ticket level.”
The party initially indicated it planned to sell 800 tickets but later said the expected attendance is 400, a goal it expects to meet. The room holds 900 for typical banquet events, according to the hotel.
Cole declined to release the number of tickets sold to date, adding that he never expected the event to sell out because of the size of the room. And he disputed the idea that ticket sales were a reflection on the Trump administration.
The move to add cheaper tickets creates another tier of seating. The original $275 ticket is now reserved seating “in the best locations,” Cole said. The new, lower price is open seating. Both tickets include dinner.

“All Republicans want to see the vice president, and many Republicans can’t afford the $275 ticket,” he said, citing grumbling online from party activists since the fundraiser was announced.

"All Republicans want to see the vice president?" Do you seriously expect us to believe that Mr. Cole? All of us here at Indy Republican as well as many republicans we know throughout the nation can think of almost nothing less we would like than to see the Vice President! A longtime reader of this blog has said to us that "Mike Pence is political mental pornography". By the tone of their voice we assume they are comparing Pence to being on par with late 1990's era scrambled porn. Perhaps midget porn. We are not that sure yet. Pence is continuing to bleed support. All we can say is we hope that the Colorado GOP has something better than Mike Pence available to pump life into it. Otherwise they should just get used to being in minority status in Colorado for the foreseeable future.

Word to the wise for Mike Pence:

Mister Vice President. We here at IR maybe just little nobodies to you and the Washington blue bloods you hang out with. But for once in your miserable life, use your brain. Listen very carefully to what we are about to tell you, Each day you stay in the national spotlight is one day closer you get to political extinction. You have never run for president yourself, as Governor you allowed yourself to be bullied by Mitch Daniels and his gang, and since you have become Vice President you have made one blunder after another. You are obviously in over your head. Resign as Vice President and get the hell out of D.C. before it destroys you.

IR believes in the redemptive power of prayer. But we are not going to lose sleep waiting to see if Vice President Pence decides to be smart and leave political life.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saturday Night Live Skit Spanks Mike Pence for being a submissive to the establishment

A great friend of the blog told IR of last nights Saturday Night Live skit calling out Mike Pence for being a submissive little bitch to the powers that be in Washington, D.C. Last week we blogged here and here about Mike Pence's grandstanding and disrespecting of the national anthem of the United States at last Sunday's Colt's Game in Indianapolis. The White House has since used Pence's childish stunt in a fundraising email. Click here for that story.

Luke Kerr-Dineen at USA Today has the story:

The national anthem issue was kicked up another notch last week when, on President Donald Trump’s orders, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the stadium in response to players kneeling.
And now, in its first show since the pre-planned stunt, SNL is poking fun at the whole thing. In the skit, Trump orders Pence to first walk out of a Pacers game for players not respecting the anthem, then a Starbucks for the company not using “Christmas” cups, then a gay wedding. In light of the revelation that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's having promoted pro-transgender propaganda. It would be a real knee slapper if the gay wedding in the skit turned out to be Bannon's. IR does not believe Bannon is gay. But in light of what we know about the man. We wouldn't put it past him to be hiding something.

Here is the above mentioned SNL skit:

Rob Kendall of WIBC and Central Indiana Fame had this to say about Mike Pence's stunt:

Steve Bannon peddled Harvey Weinstein Pro-Transgender Propaganda in 2005

Steve Bannon (left) helps Harvey Weinstein (right) distribute "Transamerica"

Former White House Chief Strategist and Breitbart News Chief Steve Bannon declared war on Anti-Trump Republicans at yesterdays Value Voters Summit. One thing that Indy Republican is sure of is that Bannon did not tell the Value Voters Summit about how he profited back in 2005 by distributing Harvey Weinstein's film "Transamerica". Nikki Schwab of the British Daily Mail reported the story last Thursday October 12th, 2017.

Ms. Schwab writes:

As part of Steve Bannon's distribution deal with accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein, the former White House chief strategist's video company profited from a title that was groundbreaking for the transgender community.  
Twelve years before it was considered a 'win' for Bannon when his boss, President Trump, banned transgender people from serving in the military, Bannon inked a deal with the Weinstein Company to distribute the film, Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman.

The 2005 film – heralded by IndieWire as 'the finest U.S. film honoring what it means to transition as an adult' – was part of a video and DVD distribution deal between the Weinstein Co., led by Harvey and his brother Bob, and Genius Products, which was chaired by Bannon.

The deal was first reported by the Associated Press.  
'Genius Products anticipates that the new venture will release to DVD a slate of approximately 20 theatrical films and a significant number of direct-to-video and library titles per year from [the Weinstein Co.],' a press release touting the 2005 deal said.
It goes on to mention Transamerica as one of the titles. 
A 2006 review of the Transamerica DVD confirms that Genius Products ended up being the film's video distributor.

In the press release, Bannon is personally quoted. 
'The management team has worked successfully over the past year to transform the company into a significant player in the home entertainment business,' he said, of the Genius Products team. 'Our relationship with The Weinstein Company – many months in the making – validates both our strategy and our team,' Bannon added. 
Bannon spoke more personally about the Weinstein brothers in investor calls, unearthed by the Associated Press.
'Bob and Harvey are two of the most prolific studio heads in the history of Hollywood,' Bannon said.   
In 2005, Harvey and Bob Weinstein sold their Miramax studio to Disney and launched the Weinstein Company. 
It diversified quickly, with the brothers becoming 70 percent owners in Genius that same year.   
Labeled their 'worst purchase' by Forbes, Genius went bankrupt in 2011.   
Bannon, however, walked away with sizable profits from the venture, the AP found. 
Bannon Strategic Advisers, the former White House chief strategist's company, made $500,000 from a consulting agreement with Genius Products in 2006. 
Bannon was also awarded bonuses for more than $200,000, SEC filings showed, according to the AP. 
In 2005, the ex-White House aide was also awarded stock options valued at more than $1 million at the time. 
Bannon's deal with Weinstein alone opens him up to charges of hypocrisy, as his website Breitbart News has had a field day over the producer's lurid downfall, as sexual assault and harassment accusations pile up.

INDY REPUBLICAN also would like to point out that in addition to the hypocrisy involved in having done business with Harvey Weinstein. Bannon has opened up another can of worms by having profited and unashamedly so off of a film that would appear to go against much of what Bannon would say is President Trump's agenda.

Josh Delk of The Hill.com quoted Bannon as having said yesterday that:

Stephen Bannon on Saturday declared a "season of war" against Republican lawmakers, promising to help elect replacements for any Senate Republican who opposes President Trump.

Bannon told Fox News's Sean Hannity earlier this week that he was declaring "war" on the GOP establishment, saying he would support candidates looking to unseat Republicans who oppose Trump's agenda.

So Steve Bannon is faced with a problem. If he is as he claims looking to go after Republicans who do not support President Trump's agenda. It would be reasonable to infer that Bannon personally supports President Trump and his legislative/ideological goals. Then either a.) President Trump opposes the ideas as promoted in "Transamerica" in which case Bannon is guilty himself of having worked to undermine the "Trump Agenda" for cold hard cash, or b.) Bannon is saying by his actions that "Transamerica" does not go against Trump's ideology. And in that case Bannon has not done anything to undercut Trump by doing business with Weinstein on a film that is transgender friendly. The former scenario if true damages Bannon's credibility as an advocate for President Trump. While the later cast both Trump and Bannon in a bad light regarding their seemingly apparent opposition to the transgender movement. Specifically regarding a ban on transgender servicemen in the military supported by both President Trump and Steve Bannon.  

One of the above assumptions maybe true. But logically one of them must be false. One possible way Bannon could try to resolve his quagmire is to publicly repent of his involvement with Weinstein, and then to either donate all the money he has made from his past dealings with Weinstein to charity. Or spend it on candidates and causes that he supports. IR is going on the record as saying we do not believe that Bannon has to give away the money he made with Weinstein, or that he even should. Our problem is that Bannon needs to acknowledge his past with Weinstein. If he refuses then he can and will be justly accused of being hypocritical. IR cannot predict the future but we are not going to hold our breath that Bannon is going to deal with this issue anytime soon. He most likely will not give back what money he has made with Weinstein.