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Monday, May 12

 

 

Oak Meadow Country Club

8 AM & 1 PM shotgun starts

Lunch at noon

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Byram for Sheriff

 

 

 

$75 per player

$300 per team

Hole Sponsor: $100

Banner Sponsor: $250

 

18 holes, cart, lunch, and a chance to win great prizes!

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Friday, May 16

 

 

 

Golf with Holli Sullivan

 

State Rep HD 78

 

 

 

Oak Meadow Country Club

 

Lunch at noon, golf at 1 PM

 

 

 

$125/player or $500 Team

 

Event sponsor (Team & hole sponsor): $1000

 

Hole sponsor: $150

 

Luncheon only, no golf: $150

RSVP or for more info: Sullivan4StateRepHD78@gmail.com

 

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The Easter Jackass

By Rick McKee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama plans to expand clemency criteria for drug offenders

 

By United Press International

 

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice will be releasing new clemency criteria guidelines aimed at potentially releasing thousands of nonviolent drug offenders convicted of using crack cocaine.

 

"The White House has indicated it wants to consider additional clemency applications to restore a degree of justice, fairness and proportionality for deserving individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety," said Holder. "The Justice Department is committed to recommending as many qualified applicants as possible for reduced sentences."

 

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Fair Sentencing Act, a measure aimed at reducing the disparity in sentencing guidelines between crack cocaine and the powdered form of the drug.

 

The law is meant to foster more equitable justice by removing racial bias from sentencing -- as crack cocaine had much stiffer sentencing guidelines than the powdered form of the drug, and the African American community was disproportionately impacted by this double standard.

 

But Congress did not make the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive.

 

"There are still too many people in federal prison who were sentenced under the old regime -- and who, as a result, will have to spend far more time in prison than they would if sentenced today for exactly the same crime," Holder said. "This is simply not right."

 

Last December, Obama commuted the sentences of eight crack cocaine offenders dealing with this inequity in our justice system, but according to the LA Times, advocates say as many as 7,000 more are in the same situation.

 

Obama also recently commuted the sentence of an inmate serving an extra three-and-a-half years due to a typo, demonstrating "the importance of clemency as a fail-safe mechanism," as White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said last week. According to the Washington Post, Ruemmler said President Obama has instructed the Department of Justice to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applicants.

 

Holder has said that to prepare for the expected flood of clemency applications, the DOJ is planning to assign dozens of new lawyers to its small pardon attorney's office.

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[LA Times]

[Washington Post]

Copyright 2014 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.

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To see who are your elected County,City,State and Federal officials--- click on the link below. Takes a little while to load be patient.

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 Larry Bucshon

 

The State of the Union...

I hoped the President would take his State of the Union address as an opportunity to offer real solutions that address the challenges we face as a nation. Families are struggling in the Obama economy, growth is stagnate, and confidence is at an all time low, yet we heard the same political rhetoric.

Meanwhile, the House is working to expand opportunity for all Americans so that they can build better lives. We’ve passed over 40 jobs bills that still sit in the Senate, including approval of the Keystone pipeline. We’ve offered healthcare reforms that reduce rising costs and put patients back in charge of their decisions because our goal is to provide quality, affordable healthcare to all Americans. And, we’ve worked to reform taxes so that everyone is on a level playing field. Instead of reaching across the aisle to work with us on these issues, the President spoke more about executive fiat and working around Congress. This is not what our founders intended and is an ineffective approach to leadership during divided government.

Read more about the SOTU here.

New CBO Report: ObamaCare will cost 2.5 million full-time jobs...

The non-partisan, non-biased Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report this week concluding that ObamaCare will push about 2.5 million full-time workers out of the workforce by 2024. The CBO report reaffirms that that ObamaCare is effectively a tax on workers that is hampering job growth and exacerbating our already low labor force participation, which is at the lowest it has been since 1978, according to the last jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Other statistics from the report show that 31 million Americans will be uninsured by 2024 and 1 million fewer Americans than what the President projected will be enrolled by the March deadline. While the President and his allies in Congress continue to disregard the obvious signs that this law is failing and hurting the very people it intended to help, the House remains committed to providing relief to American families.
 
For more information on alternatives I support and action the House has taken regarding ObamaCare, click here.
 
Continuing our investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack...
 
Shortly after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, House Republicans asked the Obama administration to explain the Administration’s actions leading up to and during the attack itself to the American people. We also demanded answers on why publicly-available information consistently contradicted Administration accounts describing the cause and nature of the attack.

Through a series of House Committee hearings over the past year, we have engaged in serious, deliberate oversight investigations of what led up to this tragic event, what happened that night, and why the White House still refuses to tell the whole truth. Recently declassified hearings show that the Administration knew right away the attack was executed by terrorists and a recent bipartisan Senate report concluded the attacks were preventable.

Our fight for answers and justice continues and we have provided a resource with all of the unclassified information and findings from this ongoing investigation on this website.

Expand American Energy production, Build Keystone XL...
 
Last week, the State Department released its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) report on the Keystone XL pipeline project after over 1,900 days of review, confirming the landmark jobs and energy project was safe and would not significantly impact the environment. This project will create thousands of jobs right here in America and help expand our energy production. It's time for the President to use his pen to approve this project and start construction.

Read the Wall Street Journal's take on the Keystone project here - "No More Keystone Excuses."

Protecting Your Rights as a Sportsman...

This week, I voted to protect the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens on federal lands and their use of traditional ammunition and tackle. The legislation also reaffirmed the right of Hoosiers to use public lands for hunting, fishing, and shooting in compliance with existing laws by removing unnecessary federal roadblocks. These activities are important pastimes for many families, help educate young people about safety and responsibility, and contribute to our local economies. I’m happy the House passed H.R. 3095 to address many of the pressing concerns of Hoosier sportsmen and women and reinforce our nation’s commitment to our heritage.

Highlights of H.R. 3095:

  • Supports Access for Hunting and Fishing on Public Lands
  • Supports Recreational Shooting and Protects 2nd Amendment Rights
  • Protects the Use of Traditional Ammunition and Fish Tackle
  • Eliminates Government Red Tape for the Importation of Specific, Legal Hunting Trophies

For more information on this bill, click here.

 

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 Deter Russian Aggression with Sanctions

 

 
 
I continue to call for tougher sanctions against Russia. Vladimir Putin’s recent aggression in Ukraine is unacceptable, and America must join with our European allies to isolate and punish Russia. Click here or on the image above to watch me discuss this issue on Indianapolis This Week.
 

 


 

Academy Day on Saturday

 

My office is hosting an “Academy Day” at Indiana University South Bend on Saturday to provide interested students with information about the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.

Representatives from the service academies will be on hand to answer questions. I encourage those who are interested in applying to a service academy to attend because it is an opportunity to learn more about the application process and life at an academy.

Details about the upcoming Academy Day session are below:

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET
Location: Indiana University South Bend, University Grill, 1700 W. Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46615

Admission: Free

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Indiana’s commitment to quality education


 

Indiana remains committed to providing the best education possible for Hoosier students. As the Director of Early College High School, I know that a high quality education leads to greater future success and is something we should continually deliver to Hoosier students. This past session, I am pleased that we made great progress to improve the quality of education in our state.

Right now, there is a one-size-fits-all approach to the Core 40 diploma. I authored House Enrolled Act (HEA)
1213, which calls for a committee to study the diplomas Indiana currently offers, make recommendations on whether those need to be updated and decide if there is a need for a Career and Technical Education diploma. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses offer training into high wage, high demand fields in Indiana. I want to promote these courses so more Hoosiers can find rewarding employment opportunities.

Another law we passed, HEA
1388, provides a useful diagnostic to help schools excel and improve. This legislation makes changes to the information a teacher preparation program must submit annually to the Department of Education and requires both school corporations and charter schools to report each teacher in the program who earned an initial license as well as the annual retention rate for certificated employees. I supported this legislation which will increase the analysis of teacher preparation programs in order to improve them.

We also provided more opportunities to help adults acquire a high school diploma. On average, adults with high school diplomas make more than $8,000 a year than adults who do not have their diplomas. HEA
1028 allows for more charter adult high schools to provide a high school education to better serve at-risk populations within our community.

Through Senate Enrolled Act
85, we were able to provide additional resources for training School Resource Officers (SROs). This law will require that a SRO be employed by a law enforcement agency and authorizes the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Boards to approve training programs. I was pleased to support this new law as it brings clarity and additional guidance to the school safety legislation passed in 2013. The safety and well-being of Hoosier students is always a top priority for me.

Providing the highest quality education is the key to future success and will help Hoosiers better compete in today’s globally dynamic marketplace. I applaud all of the schools in our area that received a four star designation: Farmersville Elementary, Marrs Elementary, North Posey Jr. High, South Terrace Elementary, Corpus Christi, Mater Dei High School, Resurrection and St. Wendel.

All of these schools are leading the charge for a better education system in Indiana and are a testament to what happens when parents, students, teachers, administrators and faculty are all working together. I am proud of the strides we made this session, and by working alongside our top-notch educators and dedicated students, Indiana is on track to having the best education system in the country.

 

 

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Senate Update

April 11, 2014
 

 

 

  • Paving Way to Stronger Economy
  • Driving Safely on Indiana's Roads

 


 

Paving Way to Stronger Economy

 

 

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As the Crossroads of America, Indiana's road infrastructure is key to our economic success.

 

That is why the legislature passed a law this year allowing up to $400 million to be transferred from the state’s transportation reserve fund to pay for road expansion projects, including work toward completing I-69 in our Southern Indiana community.

 

 

Click here to read how Gov. Mike Pence plans to utilize the construction funds.

 

These projects won’t just ease traffic congestion, they’ll benefit the economy by helping Hoosier employers transport their goods and services more efficiently.

For more information on these upcoming road projects funded by the new law, click here.


 

Driving Safely on Indiana's Roads

 

 

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During construction season, it’s important to stay safe. Last year alone, 13 motorists were killed and more than 450 were injured in Indiana highway work zones.

 

By following these helpful tips, we can prevent work-zone accidents:

 

  • Minimize distractions
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Keep up with traffic
  • Obey road crew flaggers

 

For more tips, click here.

 

It takes just one minute more to travel through a two-mile work zone at 45 mph than at 65 mph. Not only are lives at stake, but reckless driving in a work zone or injuring a highway worker could mean up to $10,000 in fines and up to eight years in prison.

 

Learn about construction projects and closures before starting your trip by visiting the Indiana Department of Transportation website.

Thank you for keeping Indiana roads and Hoosier workers safe!

 

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Evansville Veterans Job Fair

This Thursday, April 24th, local veterans and military spouses have an opportunity to network and meet potential employers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting a Hire our Heroes Veterans Event in Evansville at the National Guard Armory. Registration for job seekers and employers along with other details can be found below.

Job Seeker and Employer Registration website

Hire our Heroes Evansville website

When: Thursday, April 24th, 2014
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

​Where: 3300 E. Division Street
Evansville, IN 47711
National Guard Armory

​At 8:30 a.m. previous to the event, there will also be a workshop for veterans and other military job seekers that focuses on tips for writing a resume, navigating hiring events, military skill translation and interviewing. You can register for this workshop here.

I am proud to know that our local, Hoosier veterans and military spouses will have the opportunity to participate in this event. Veterans sacrifice so much for our freedom, and learn so much from their military experience. The least we can do is provide them the chance to apply their skills to pursue their dreams and provide for their families.


Sincerely,

      

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Fellow Republicans:

 

Welcome to the VCRP

We believe in sensible taxes, smaller and less intrusive government, personal responsibility and accountability, Constitutional government, liberty, and respect for life. Following the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, we strive to promote these common sense values in government and in our community.  Reforming Government to Serve the People.

The American people believe Washington is broken and for good reason. Short-term politics overshadow the long-term interests of the nation. Our national legislature uses a budget process devised long before the Internet and seems unable to deal in realistic ways with the most pressing problems of families, businesses, and communities. Members of Congress have been indicted for violating the public trust. Public disgust with Washington is entirely warranted.

Republicans will uphold and defend our party’s core principles: Constrain the federal government to its legitimate constitutional functions. Let it empower people, while limiting its reach into their lives. Spend only what is necessary, and tax only to raise revenue for essential government functions. Unleash the power of enterprise, innovation, civic energy, and the American spirit and never pretend that government is a substitute for family or community.

The other party wants more government control over people’s lives and earnings; Republicans do not. The other party wants to continue pork barrel politics; we are disgusted by it, no matter who practices it. The other party wants to ignore fiscal problems while squandering billions on ineffective programs; we are determined to end that waste. The entrenched culture of official Washington an intrusive tax-and-spend liberalism remains a formidable foe, but we will confront and ultimately defeat it.

The long term solution for many of Washington’s problems is structural. Congress must respect the limits imposed upon it by the Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

We look to the model of Republican welfare reform, which, since its enactment in 1996, has accomplished a major transfer of resources and responsibility from the federal government back to the states with an accompanying improvement in the program itself. Applying that approach to other programs will steer Congress back into line with the Constitution, reversing both its intrusion into state matters and its neglect of its central duties.

To aid in the fulfillment of those duties, we propose a National Sunset Commission to review all federal programs and recommend which of them should be terminated due to redundancy, waste, or intrusion into the American family. The Congress would then be required by law to schedule one yea or nay vote on the entire sunset list with no amendments.

Additionally, as important as returning power to the states is returning power to the people. As the Declaration of Independence states, our rights are endowed to us by our Creator and are inalienable: rights to life, liberty, and property. Government does not confer these rights but is instituted by men to protect the rights that man has already been granted. The Republican Party strongly affirms these rights and demands that government respect them.

 

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Vanderburgh GOP Club Member Levels.

We Need Your Help, Please Join.

Lincoln Club - $5000 per year

6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner
6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Reagan Day Dinner
Guest at Quarterly Chairman Luncheon
Guest at Monthly GOP Breakfast

Money Saving Membership Card
E-mails of upcoming events.

 

Reagan Club - $2500 per year

6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner
Guest at Quarterly Chairman Luncheon
Guest at Monthly GOP Breakfast

Money Saving Membership Card
E-mails of upcoming events

 

Chairman's Club - $1200 per year

6 Dinner Tickets, 6 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner
Money Saving Membership Card
E-mails of upcoming events

 

Junior Chairman's Club - $600 (for under 30 years old) per year

2 Dinner Tickets, 2 VIP Pre-Reception Tickets for Lincoln Day Dinner
Money Saving Membership Card
E-mails of upcoming events.

 

 

Please Contact Us For Details On Joining At:
815 John St., Ste. 110, Evansville, Indiana

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
Phone: 812-425-8207
Wayne Parke at wparke@wowway.com
E. Lon Walters at LonW@elwalters.com
Mary Jo Kaiser at beamerjo59@gmail.com

Office e-mail: vandygop@gmail.com

 


  

You can also set up easy monthly payments for membership.

 

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You can reach us at the following if you need to:

 

Office address: 815 John St., Ste. 110, Evansville, Indiana

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
Phone: 812-425-8207
Wayne Parke at wparke@wowway.com
E. Lon Walters at LonW@elwalters.com
Mary Jo Kaiser at beamerjo59@gmail.com

Office e-mail: vandygop@gmail.com

 

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