The Vice Chairman position of the Vanderburgh County Republican Party is vacant.  I want to appoint a female to fill this position.


Vice Chairman Basic Job Duties

+ Preside at meetings in the absence of the Chairman

+ Serve as a key member of the Fundraising Committee

+ Play an active role in filling Precinct Committeeman vacancies

+ Serve as liaison to various auxiliaries such as the Federation of Republican Women, Young Republicans, and others.

+ Be a good team player

+ Fulfill other duties as delegated or assigned by the Chairman


If you know of someone to suggest that I consider appointing to this vacancy, please let me or Mary Jo know.


Thanks for your help and support.

Wayne Parke

Chairman VCRP


Cell: 812-455-1685 


February 14, Monthly Breakfast

It's Valentine's Day!


Bring your significant other and start your day with a special breakfast. 


Location: The Acropolis Restaurant 


501 N. Green River Road

Time:        7:30-Doors Open (Breakfast Buffet - Special Menu)




Speaker:  Justin Elpers, City Council Candidate Ward 5

Anna Hargis, City Council Candidate Ward 3 


Cost: $10.00 (Does not include tip)


Make your reservation now by clicking here or call Mary Jo at (812) 425-8207 


Pleased to Announce the Following Great Candidates:


Mayor Lloyd Winnecke 

Click Here for Mayor Winneke Website.


Justin Elpers - City Council Fifth Ward


Anna Hargis - City Council Third Ward. Click Here for Anna's Website


Jack Schriber for City Council At Large


Michelle Mercer is running 
for City Council At-Large! 
Another great candidate on the Republican Team! 
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Mark Your Calendars Now and

Look for More Details Soon


March 17:  

Lincoln Day Dinner - Dash For Cash (Lincoln is Irish this year!)

May 15: 

GOP Golf Outing



Party Rules and the 2014 Platform


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Those Evil Christians!

By Cameron Cardow













GOP Replacement for Obamacare


By Betsy McCaughey


For five years, President Obama has ridiculed Republicans for not having "a meaningful alternative" to Obamacare. The tables are turning.

Republicans announced a plan on February 4, just weeks before the Supreme Court will hear a second challenge to the health law. If the president loses in court, he will have to deal with this GOP blueprint, not dismiss it. Gone are the major features of the Affordable Care Act, including mandates on individuals and employers, numerous taxes, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Instead, the blueprint offers tax credits for low-income citizens, more consumer choice, regulatory relief for employers and medical malpractice reform.

Right now, it's pie in the sky. The president would veto it. But when a crisis occurs, "the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable," explained economist Milton Friedman. Whatever idea is ready to go becomes the course of action.

On March 4, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Obamacare subsidies offered in 36 states where consumers use healthcare.gov. The court will announce its ruling in June. The letter of the law permits subsidies only in the 14 states that set up their own exchanges, not in the other 36. If the president loses, 6.5 million people in those 36 states would have to pay the true cost of their "affordable" plans, in some cases quadruple. Only the sickest would keep paying, and Obamacare would "death spiral" with premiums soaring and enrollment crashing.

On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell refused to say whether the administration has a backup plan.

That same day, Republicans announced they do. Their "blueprint" -- not a bill yet -- is sponsored by powerhouse Republican Sens. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah) and Richard M. Burr (N.C.) and Michigan Rep. Fred Upton. Other Republicans have ideas, but this blueprint has political heft and momentum.

The blueprint adopts some popular Obamacare features: covering kids on parents' plans until age 26, outlawing lifetime limits, guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions in almost all circumstances, and subsidizing coverage via tax credits for citizens earning up to $35,000 a year and families up to about $58,000 a year. That takes care of most people with Obamacare subsidies.

Where Obamacare dictates, the blueprint allows choices. Obamacare requires you to have a one-size-fits-all "Washington knows best" benefits package. That's like a law saying the only car you can buy is a fully loaded sedan -- no hatchbacks, no convertibles. The Republican blueprint lets you decide whether to buy insurance and what kind -- everything from a high deductible to a low-cost "mini-med."

Obama didn't invent mandates. New York lawmakers piled them on for years, forcing consumers here to pay exorbitant premiums. The blueprint removes federal barriers to people buying or selling plans across state lines. Good for New Yorkers.

Employers would have more choices, too. Obamacare forces them to provide expensive mandated benefits. The Congressional Budget Office warns that many will stop offering insurance, hurting 9 to 10 million people. Only Washington, D.C., could design an employer mandate that makes you lose your coverage at work.

Eliminating the mandate on employers with 50 or more full-time workers also halts the incentive to trim their workforce to under 50 or cut workers to part time.

The GOP blueprint changes the tax treatment of insurance. It's deductible up to $12,000 per person or $30,000 for families. People with generous on-the-job plans may have to pay tax on part of them for the first time. Even so, it's better than Obamacare's 40 percent "Cadillac tax" on generous health benefits, scheduled to hit in 2018 and already roiling labor negotiations.

The GOP blueprint funds Medicaid with block grants so states have flexibility to improve programs. And in every state, anyone eligible for Medicaid could apply the cash value of their benefit toward private coverage instead -- like a school voucher. As Friedman said, "Free to choose."

Obamacare supporters are shrieking that millions will lose coverage if the court rules against the administration. In truth, more people will be harmed --including some 9 to 10 million currently covered by employers -- if the law drags on as is. The alternative "blueprint" released Wednesday shows that the party in charge of Congress is preparing better options and will not leave those currently covered by Obamacare to fend for themselves.

Betsy McCaughey is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and author of "Beating Obamacare 2014." To find out more about Betsy McCaughey and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.




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 Larry Bucshon


Dr. Bucshon Votes to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline


Jan 9, 2015 Issues: Energy, Jobs and Economy, Transportation

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Friday, Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted for and the House passed H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which will approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.


Dr. Bucshon released the following statement after H.R. 3 passed the House:


“The Keystone XL pipeline is the most studied pipeline in American history,” said Bucshon. “After 6 years and 22,000 pages of review, the President’s own State Department tells us that construction of this pipeline will support over 42,000 good-paying jobs and do nothing to harm the environment. And, pipelines have been shown to be the safest way to transport oil! This pro-jobs, pro-energy, pro-national security project has bipartisan, wide-spread support from Democrats, Republicans, industry leaders, and labor alike. Just today, a Nebraska Supreme Court ruling upheld the route of the Keystone pipeline, clearing a roadblock the President has repeatedly used to stonewall the project. I look forward to this bill passing the Senate and making its way to President Obama’s desk.”


Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), H.R. 3 passed with a bipartisan vote of 266 to 153.  More information on the bill can be found here and letters of support can be found here.


Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. Bucshon sits on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties. 



Obama Budget the Wrong Call

On Monday, President Obama submitted his annual budget proposal to Congress for our consideration. As anyone familiar with federal budgets knows, the budget is a list of priorities, a wish list for the administration. Given our country’s enormous financial challenges and the results of the 2014 midterm election, there was hope that the release of this budget would be an opportunity for President Obama to work with Congress.


But much like the Seattle Seahawks at the one yard line, the president failed to make the right call. In this case, the right call would have been a plan that  addresses our skyrocketing mandatory spending burden, reforms our outdated tax code and promotes pro-growth policies. These are basic ideas Republicans and Democrats agree are in our national interest. These are areas where we can find common ground.


Rather than pursue consensus on these issues, President Obama proposed $2.1 trillion in tax increases over a decade. He proposed to spend $3.99 trillion in fiscal year 2016, a 7% increase from 2015 and about $1 trillion more than the federal government spent in 2008. Additionally, his budget would add $8.5 trillion to the debt over the next decade. And the president wants to eliminate the very budget caps his administration proposed and he signed into law in 2011.


Instead of addressing our debt and deficit problems, the proposal is a list of the president's political priorities that will keep our nation’s balance sheet firmly in the red. President Obama likes to talk about his veto pen and with the release of this budget, we can only conclude that he writes with red ink.


This was a golden opportunity to move forward and work together. Unfortunately, this will go down as a missed opportunity to address our debt and deficit problems. It is imperative that we do so.

Anthem Cyber Attack

Click here or on the image above to watch me discuss cybersecurity with WHAS.

Hoosiers learned this week that Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in the nation, experienced a cyber attack. According to news reports, hackers gained access to up to 80 million records that included Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, email and employment information and income data. 


My immediate concern is for those in Indiana and across the country who have been impacted by this cyber attack. This is another reminder that the cybersecurity threat to America’s infrastructure is the number one national security risk our country faces. Protecting Americans from cyber attacks should not be a partisan issue. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am fully aware of the threat cyber attacks pose and believe it is imperative that policymakers break down the barriers to information sharing that limit cyber defenses.

I have been fully engaged in efforts to pass legislation that strikes the right balance between strengthening security and respecting the privacy rights of Americans. Neither industry nor government alone can broadly improve our nation’s cybersecurity, and Congress must renew its commitment to address the wide range of issues posed by cyber threats through targeted legislation.

Anthem has encouraged Hoosiers with questions about the attack to visit this website: http://www.anthemfacts.com/    


Working to safeguard Hoosier Families

Public safety continues one of my top priorities, and I have so much respect for the individuals that keep our communities safe; that respond in case of an emergency. Most likely, at some point, either you or someone you know has been helped or life saved by the heroic actions of a first-responder. We rely on their life-saving training, and I am grateful for their dedication to assisting Hoosiers in need.

Anyone who works in public safety will tell you that training, running drills and preparation can save lives. The more training our first-responder receive, the better they will be able to handle any situation they come across.

Last May, I joined representative Ron Bacon and traveled to Texas to observe three out of the eight days of the Basic Tactical Operation Medical Support Course, hosted by the Cypress Creek Tactical Medic Team in Houston. This international course taught a variety of different training techniques, and we learned all about tactical operation medical support. 


Click here to read the rest of my column.



Senate Update

Feb. 6, 2015

  • Official State Warbird
  • Honoring USI Champion Athletes

Offical State Warbird



This session, I am working to establish a new official state symbol for Indiana. I’ve authored Senate Bill 370, which would designate the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt the official warbird of Indiana. The P-47 was the only war aircraft manufactured in Indiana during the World War II era.



Not only is this warbird unique to Indiana, but it has roots in Evansville where it was produced by Republic Aviation from 1942-1945. The P-47 was used as both a low-level bomber and high-altitude escort fighter during World War II and was known for its heavy-duty structure. This plane is considered one of the most significant fighter aircrafts of World War II.  

Evansville has a unique history. The story behind this warbird, including the efforts of the female workforce mostly responsible for building the planes, deserves to be recognized.



SB 370 unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military and will now be considered by the full Senate.

Honoring USI Champion Athletes

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This week, State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) and I welcomed to the Statehouse athletes from the University of Southern Indiana (USI) who won 2014 national championship titles.

Johnnie Guy (top photo, third from left) became the first USI men's runner in 16 years to win a national championship when he finished first in the 10,000-meter race at the NCAA Division II 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The USI Baseball Team (bottom photo) earned the NCAA Division II 2014 Baseball Championship title in a dramatic 12-inning championship game.

These champion athletes were honored by the State Senate Thursday with House Concurrent Resolution 16 and House Concurrent Resolution 17.



Saving taxpayer dollars with innovative solutions
This week, House Bill (HB) 1362 passed out of the Roads and Transportation Committee with unanimous support. If enacted, this bill would extend the amount of time by up to five years that Hoosiers would be required to replace their license plates, excluding trucks. By extending the life cycling by up to 10 years, the state could save on average around $10 million per year starting in July 2016.

The bill now moves on to second reading where members of the full Indiana House will have the opportunity to discuss, debate and offer their amendments on this legislation. You can also learn about HB 1362 and follow it through the legislative process by clickinghere.

Today, more people are using social media as a means to access information.  I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @RepSullivanHD78 to learn about what I am up to at the statehouse as well as happenings in our community.

I'm very excited about the launch of the Indiana House Republicans new, user-friendly website. Click here to view my page where you will find my biography, a downloadable headshot, constituent resources and how to sign up for my e-newsletters.





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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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

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