Dirty Tricks in Indiana

January 23, 2014

HJR-3 passed out of the Indiana House Election and Apportionment committee last night by a vote of 9-3. 

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Opposing School Vouchers in Indiana

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March 25, 2013

On Tuesday, March 19, members of CFI-Indiana joined Indiana Coalition for Public Education and other organizations for a rally against school vouchers at the Indiana State House.  The following day, I sat through nearly 4 hours of testimony supporting the bill to expand the already problematic voucher program in Indiana before the opposition got its turn to testify.  Each speaker (from both sides) was only allowed 5 minutes to state his/her case.  When I got my turn, I first felt the need to correct a person who had missused a word earlier making his statement the opposite of what he meant and then got to give less than half of my prepared speech.  However, my former student on the Senate Education committee was a model student and took my printed speech, left the room, copied and stapled copies for each member of the committee, and passed them out.  Here is my prepared speech: (I borrowed extensively from CFI's position paper on school vouchers. )  

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Indiana General Assembly Declares War on Public Education and Women

February 23, 2013

Under the guise of protecting women's health and providing better education for children, the Indiana General Assembly is waging a war against public education and women.

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Can Religion Provide Answers in Time of Tragedy?

December 15, 2012

As the mother of two and grandmother of seven, I can identify with the parents and grandparents of the children at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. My grandchildren are kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, ninth grade, and twelfth grade. They are in five different schools. The two youngest are near the age of the children who were killed.

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Why is CFI Challenging the Indiana Statute Which Specifies Who Can Solemnize Marriages?

December 05, 2012

Why is CFI challenging the Indiana statute which specifies who can solemnize marriages? The most important reason for bringing this case is that it has wider implications. It, in the big picture, is standing up for equal rights for nonbelievers. It is not just about who can solemnize a marriage.

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Change We Can Believe In Takes Time

August 31, 2012

This is a blog that I posted in January, 2010.  I thought it was worth reposting.

As Americans we are in a hurry. We don't have the patience to wait for delayed gratification. We grab and eat the first marshmallow instead of waiting for the second one. We are accustomed to having every dilemma, every problem solved in the space of an hour--which includes commercial breaks.

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White House Judicial Vacancy Briefing

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May 08, 2012

More than 250 million Americans--80 percent of the U.S. population--live in a community today with a courtroom vacancy.  And 150 million live in districts awaiting a Senate confirmation vote.

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Church|State Separation Advocates Gather at Indiana Statehouse

Photo by Stephen McCloud

February 16, 2012

On Saturday, February 11, the first Indiana Civic Day sponsored by Center for Inquiry -Indiana and the Indiana Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State was held at the Indiana State House in Indianapolis. Over 100 people came together to hear Ron Lindsay, CEO of Center for Inquiry and Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State along with speakers from local organizations detail the problems and advocate for activism to maintain this separation.

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Indiana Senator Kruse Seeks to Erode Indiana Science Standards

Map from Fordham Foundation

February 01, 2012

Indiana's Senator Dennis Kruse has introduced a bill (SB 89) in the Indiana General Assembly to allow the teaching of "creation science" in Indiana public schools. In a report just released by the Fordham Foundation, Indiana was listed as one of just seven states that earned an "A" for its science standards. This has been the case for many years. Indiana has been a shining star in the midwest on the map of those receiving that rating.

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When Lawmakers Don’t Listen to Reason

Graphic designed by Susan Lantzer with permission from original file holder.

January 27, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 was a very frustrating day. Beginning at 8:30 am and again at 1:30 pm, I sat in on Indiana Senate committee hearings. Among the bills being discussed were SB 72 in the Health and Provider Services Committee and SB 89 in the Education and Career Development Committee.

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