Tag Archives: Indiana

INDIANA: Gay Dem Upsets Anti-LGBT State Senator

The Indianapolis Journal reports: Democrat J.D. Ford pulled off a big upset Tuesday, unseating state Sen. Mike Delph, a Republican who has served the district since 2005. Ford is thought to be Indiana’s first openly gay state lawmaker. “Ladies and gentleman, we just made history and no one can take that from us,” Ford said. It was a rematch for …

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INDIANA: Mike Pence’s Brother Wins US House Seat

The Indianapolis Star reports: Another Pence will head to Washington D.C. Republican Greg Pence won the 6th District Congressional seat Tuesday night, following in his famous younger brother Vice President Mike Pence’s footsteps. Greg Pence said Mike Pence called to congratulate him. It’s the same seat the younger Pence — before he became Indiana’s governor — first won 18 years …

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Priest Accused Of Faking Anti-Catholic Hate Crime Assault On Day Pope Condemned Abuses By Priests

CBS News Chicago reports: A Northwest Indiana priest failed to adhere to (at least) one of the Catholic Church’s ’10 Commandments’–‘Thou Shalt Not Lie’–after accusations surfaced that he made up a story about being attacked at the altar in August. Father Basil Hutsko of Saint Michael Byzantine, a Catholic church in Merrillville, has been placed on administrative leave following allegations …

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Trump Self-Owns In Rant Against Media: “When You Get Good Ratings, You Can Say Anything” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump leaned into his attacks against the news media Thursday night at a rally in Indiana, blasting news outlets for what he said was unfair coverage driven by ratings. After mocking a protester who was escorted out at the beginning of his rally, the president predicted that “terrible” people in the press would report that the …

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INDIANA: Florist Refuses Service For Gay Wedding

The Indy Channel reports: A man claims the owner of a floral shop in Avon decided not to help with his wedding when she learned he was going to be marrying another man. David Elliott says he went to Avon Florist on Rockville Road on July 19 and he posted about what happened at the shop afterward on his Facebook …

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Mike Pence’s Hometown Hit Hard By Trump’s Tariffs

The Washington Post reports: According to the Brookings Institution, the Columbus, Indiana area is the most export-reliant region in the country, with just over half of its economic output linked to foreign purchases. “I’m very worried,” said Tom Linebarger, the chief executive of Cummins, who met with President Trump over dinner at the White House in January in a bid …

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Indiana Has Paid $21M To Clean Up Contamination By Pence Family Gas Stations, Huge Costs Still To Come

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build an empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is …

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INDIANA: Landlord Boots Church Over Anti-LGBT Sign

ABC News reports: An Auburn church with a controversial message on a sign has been forced out of their building. ABC21 reached a church member by phone Saturday who confirmed the news. On Wednesday, June 27, Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn posted a sign reading, “LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent.” When asked whether or not the church …

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INDIANA: Top Republicans Demand Resignation Of GOP Attorney General Over Drunken Groping Accusations

The Associated Press reports: Two more Republicans are calling on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign amid claims he drunkenly groped four women, including a lawmaker. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a statement late Thursday that she supports Gov. Eric Holcomb’s call for Hill to step down. She says “sexual harassment should never be tolerated.” Secretary of State …

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Drug Cops Seize Trump-Shaped “Great Again” Ecstasy

The New York Daily News reports: Some drug traffickers appear to be using President Donald Trump’s image to brand their illegal wares. An Indiana State Police news release about 129 arrests in a series of drug busts in northern Indiana includes a photo of what police describe as “Trump-shaped ecstasy pills.” They are orange and stamped with a face. On …

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INDIANA: CrossFit Executive Fired After Gym Cancels LGBT Pride-Themed Workout For “Celebrating Sin”

Indianapolis’ ABC affiliate reports: An Indianapolis CrossFit gym has closed its doors after intense backlash over a canceled pride-themed workout. A note left on the door by the management of CrossFit Infiltrate, located on W. 9th Street along the Indy Canal, says they will “no longer operate” at the current location. Several workers and members have left the gym after …

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INDIANA: Mike Pence’s Brother Wins House Primary

The Associated Press reports: Greg Pence has won the Republican primary for an Indiana congressional seat his younger brother, Vice President Mike Pence, once held for a dozen years. He defeated four others Tuesday in the 6th District race, including Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb. He’d argued that Greg Pence merely relied on his prominent name and dodged debates. Pence raised …

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INDIANA: Anti-Gay Pizza Shop Closes After 2015 Furor For Refusing To Cater Imaginary Same-Sex Wedding

The South Bend Tribune reports: Memories Pizza, the shop that became embroiled in the national debate over religious and civil rights and touched off a national media firestorm in 2015, has closed. A sign in the front window of the pizza shop says it was shuttered last month. Owners Kevin and Crystal O’Connor were the focus of intense criticism and …

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Mike Pence’s Hometown To See First LGBT Pride Parade

The Indianapolis Star reports: The face painting, rainbow S’mores on a stick and drag performances planned for Columbus, Indiana’s first gay pride festival are for fun. But organizers hope the April 14 event also will send a message of inclusiveness from the hometown of Vice President Pence, who has a long record of being on the opposite side of issues …

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INDIANA: Evangelical Pastor Charged With Molesting Little Girls After Luring Them With Candy [VIDEO]

WIBC News reports: A Rush County pastor, accused of molesting three young members of his congregation. 72-year-old Garry Evans, pastor of Baptist Temple in Rushville, faces three counts of child molesting, four counts of sexual battery, and five counts of child solicitation. Court documents show that an investigation into Evans began September 4, when a three-year-old girl reported an encounter …

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INDIANA: Obergefell Attorney Launches US House Bid

One of the lawyers who represented the Kentucky plaintiffs in the Obergefell case is running for the US House. The Indianapolis Star reports: A prominent local civil rights lawyer announced this week that he will challenge incumbent Rep. Trey Hollingsworth for his seat in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District in 2018. Dan Canon, a Louisville lawyer who is best known for …

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ICE Deports Husband Of Vocal Trump Fan [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant. In November, she thought Trump would deport only people with criminal records — people he called “bad hombres” — and that he would leave families intact. “I don’t think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no,” Beristain told CNN …

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REPORT: Mike Pence Used Private AOL Email Account To Conduct State Business While Indiana Governor

The Indianapolis Star reports: Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues. Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at …

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INDIANAPOLIS: Police Charge Man With Threatening To “Shoot Everyone” At Local Gay Bar “Like In Orlando”

The Indy Channel reports: Before walking into Downtown Olly’s bar Sunday night, Indiana State Police say Brandon Savage called them, saying he was “getting ready to go into a gay bar and shoot everyone. It’s going to be like Orlando.” According to a probable cause affidavit, Savage told police he was armed with a Glock, a Derringer and a machete. …

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Carrier: We’re Still Sending 1300 Jobs To Mexico

Via Mediaite: “While this announcement is good news for many, we recognize it is not good news for everyone,” says a letter sent by Carrier to its employees in the wake of the deal set up by Donald Trump that will prevent them from outsourcing some 800 jobs to Mexico. About 1300 Indiana-based jobs are still heading south of the …

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