Todd Young Gets Fitted With His Puppet Strings Via $24.3 Million

More than $24.3 million from outside groups has been spent boosting up GOP Congressman Todd Young in his Senate race. Who gave the man with a 94% AFP score for the 114th Congress all of that money? Washington insiders and the Koch brothers.

Mitch McConnell’s PAC has “spent more than $10.6 million to help get Young elected” and Koch affiliated groups have funneled in $3 million on “television and digital ads, mailers and phone banking.”

The Kochs and McConnell’s cronies (aka Koch cronies) are clearly setting up Young to be another puppet for them in Washington. Hoosiers deserve someone who puts their interests first — not a special interest puppet.

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American Bridge Statement on Indiana Senate Debate

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on the Indiana Senate debate:

“No wonder Congressman Young was flustered tonight — he was forced to defend his record of taking money from Carrier even after they sent thousands of Indiana jobs to Mexico and voting against plans to make college more affordable. Congressman Young’s record speaks for itself, and it wasn’t one he was eager to defend in tonight’sdebate. He’s working for himself and for special interests, and he’s willing to throw hardworking Hoosier families under the bus.”

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Equal Pay Opponent Pence’s Indiana Has 10th Largest Gender Pay Gap Nationally

With Governor Mike Pence in charge, it’s no surprise that Indiana women aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work. Pence has been a longtime opponent of equal pay, voting three times against the Paycheck Fairness act and three time against the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act while in Congress.

Here’s Pence’s impact after four years as governor: a recent study from The American Association of University Women has found that Indiana has “one of the largest gender pay gaps” in the country, according to the IndyStar. In the Hoosier state, “women earn just 76 percent of what men earn,” the 10th largest gender pay gap across the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Pence had an opportunity to support legislation that would guarantee women receive fair wages in Congress, or at the very least guarantee due process to fight back against employer discrimination. But apparently Pence — who’s said working mothers cause their kids […]

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Trump U Fraud Case Judge Curiel’s Home-State Governor Stands With Trump

Donald Trump has for months attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the judge presiding over the Trump University fraud case. Trump’s attacks on Curiel have been overtly racist — with Trump calling Curiel, who was born in Indiana, “Spanish” and “a Mexican,” and insisting that Curiel’s “very proud” “Mexican heritage” precludes him from rendering fair judgement in Trump’s case.

As Speaker Paul Ryan characterized it, that’s “textbook” racism.

But even in Curiel’s home state of Indiana, Republican leaders — specifically, Governor Mike Pence — have stood by Trump, instead of condemning his racism and attacks on Curiel. Most shamefully, Governor Pence actually waited to endorse Trump until after Trump’s most repugnant and openly racist attacks on Curiel.

It’s clear that life-long con man Donald Trump is eager to draw attention away from Trump University scam — even if it means exposing himself as a racist. But that doesn’t mean it’s […]

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AB21 Statement on Florida GOP Field After Trump’s Indiana Win

AB21 Statement on Florida GOP Field After Trump’s Indiana Win

With Trump all but clinching the GOP nomination after winning the Indiana primary, American Bridge 21st Century President Jessica Mackler released the following  statement on the Florida GOP Senate field’s position in the #PartyOfTrump:

“Rivaling the chaos of the GOP presidential primary, the Florida GOP Senate candidates are all in the #PartyOfTrump — all nine of them. From David Jolly saying Trump resonates with voters, to Todd Wilcox calling the Donald an entertainer, there’s no lack of GOP support for Trump in the Sunshine State. With Trump at the top of the ticket, and his hateful rhetoric on full display in the general Florida GOP Senate candidates are sure to suffer from anti-Trump blowback in November.” 

Florida senate candidate David Jolly said he would support the GOP nominee and that “Donald Trump is resonating with our voters,” and that “Trump might be at the top of our ticket.” Jolly expressed that he’s open to […]

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GOP Civil War Brewing Over Discriminatory “Religious Freedom” Bills

After a week of disastrous headlines, Republicans are at each other’s throats over controversial “religious freedom” legislation.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who ignored public outcry to sign the bill in a secret ceremony with anti-gay activists, caved to overwhelming public pressure– including from Mitch Daniels— and asked for a “fix” only to see GOPers in the business community tell him that wasn’t enough, either.

The damage doesn’t stop with Pence, though.  The 2016 Republican presidential field backed Pence’s original law (well, depending on what room they were in), further highlighting just how far the party has to come from their now-farcical 2012 autopsy.

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VIDEO: Indiana’s RFRA: Par for the Course for GOP Presidential Candidates

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has created a national uproar that serves as a stark reminder of the state of today’s Republican Party: par for the course is extreme policies for America.

Following a complete duff trying to defend the law on Sunday from Governor Mike Pence, the GOP’s leading presidential contenders didn’t lay-up, they doubled-downed. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, among others, took to the airways to unequivocally endorse Indiana’s RFRA.

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VIDEO: Pence “On the Wrong Side of History”

The political backlash against Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s “Religious Freedom” law has been swift and devastating as thousands of Hoosiers have protested the law and major corporations both in and outside of Indiana have begun to sever business ties with the state.

Pence himself has repeatedly failed to explain why he’s choosing to legalize discrimination against LGBT persons, and his political problems are only going to grow as he stands on the wrong side of history.

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Indiana Lawmaker Carrying Pence for President Legislation Is Tea Party To The Core

Indiana Governor Mike Pence wants to treat his current office as a concession prize and run for both re-election and president simultaneously.  Unfortunately for the governor, it’s against Indiana law…and the lawmaker attempting to change that for him provides a window into the worst of Pence’s Tea Party politics.

Meet State Senator Mike Delph, a famously combative Tea Partier who’s had a hand in some of Indiana’s most controversial legislation, including pushing a gay marriage ban, birther legislation, and Arizona-style immigration laws.

Introduced “Birther” Bill In Indiana

Delph Introduced “Birther” Bill In Indiana. According to The Hill, “Indiana Republican state Sen. Mike Delph, who’s still weighing a potential primary challenge to Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) next year, is pushing state lawmakers to take another look at his bill that would require presidential candidates to produce a birth certificate. Delph introduced a bill earlier this year to mandate presidential hopefuls produce the document in order to get on the ballot, but the measure is stuck in committee. Now, he wants a legislative study committee to take up the issue, hoping it will gain some additional traction, telling a local radio station that he thinks a ‘trust but verify approach’ is reasonable.” [The Hill, 4/19/11]

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