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    It's amazing that just a few years ago, it was rural Democrats who were terrified of this issue, and Pat Bauer pulled every string he could to make it go away.  Now, it's moe than a few Republicans who do not want to be put on the hot seat here.

    Even though he does not play a formal role in this, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, Governor Pence does.  I think it was pretty clear that Mitch Daniels really didn't care about the issue one way or another, but Pence is much more socially conservative.

    •  I have been surprised about Mike Pence (0+ / 0-)

      I expected him to push a hard right agenda, but he has been a pretty hands off Governor. He got part of his tax cut and his vocational jobs bill, but didn't seem to go much further. Part of it may have been that there had been so many radical proposals passed in 2011-12 (and 2005-06), and that the spending had been cut back so much, there was not much further to go for Pence. I am sure Pence will say something soon.

      Also, for people outside Indiana, the issue is not whether to legalize gay marriage in Indiana, it is whether to put in place a state constitutional prohibition against it and civil unions and domestic partnerships. Either way, it will still be illegal in Indiana.

      "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

      by SouthernINDem on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 11:43:10 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed on Pence (0+ / 0-)

        Do you remember back eight years, to Gov. Daniels' first session of the Assembly?  It was perhaps the most active a governor ever was in terms of pushing a particular agenda.  Compare that to Pence -- not all that much has happened, and he seems to have spent most of his time fighting with his own party over tax cuts.  He's either deliberatly being more hands off, or is a really weak leader.

        •  Daniels really was a leader in 2005-06 (1+ / 0-)
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          He pushed the narrow House majority (52-48) into a lot of votes they really did not want to cast such as the daylight savings time bill in 2005 and the Toll Road in 2006. He also radically transformed the state with his 2005 budget. Was Pence even on television that much in Indy during the session?

          "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

          by SouthernINDem on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 03:16:00 PM PDT

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