Relive the Days the Ronald Reagan's

Common Sense with his son, Michael Reagan

Michael Reagan is coming to Evansville to celebrate Reagan Day with the Vanderburgh County GOP. Michael is the son of former President Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. Michael will discuss current topics with a Ronald Reagan slant. You don't want to miss this opportunity. Tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster.

VIP packages and sponsorships are also available.
Contact Mary Jo Kaiser for more information.




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Cookout Fundraiser

Bruce Ungethiem


County Commissioner

When:      Saturday, August 23, 2014

Time:        10 AM to 3 PM

Location: Across from main gate of the 4H center on Boonville New Harmony Road

Featuring smoked pork loin, pulled pork, and chicken breast sandwiches from the famous Braker Bar-B-Q team.

Also available will be hamburgers, bratwurst and hot dogs with drinks and chips.


Come join us for lunch and meet the candidate for County Commissioner- Bruce Ungethiem



Meet our next Sheriff--Kirk Byram
A new sheriff with new ideas

Kirk Byram: An officer and a gentleman
we are proud to support!


Sunday August 24, 2014

2:00-5:00 p.m.

Hot Dogs, chips, and drinks
No charge



At the home of Brenda & John Bergwitz

3646 Orchard Rd., Evansville

Questions? Call Brenda at 812-457-3627




Holder's Goggles

By Nate Beeler














Has the Right Lost Its Will to Fight?


By David Limbaugh


I don't think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama right now, but I also don't think that considering the idea is "crazy talk."


The man has, in my view and that of many others, committed multitudinous impeachable offenses, and we need to strenuously object and bring it to the public's attention every chance we get. The idea of turning our heads and looking the other way is repugnant.


Yes, the elections are too close for Republicans to risk impeachment proceedings at this point, unless it became clear that the majority of Americans have the political will for that action -- as Andy McCarthy eloquently explains in his book "Faithless Execution."


But my concern is that many of those who are so dismissive of impeachment are the same ones who always argue caution in opposing Obama. They tend to throw in the towel before the fights even begin, scared of their shadow and forever banking on that next election.


Though it may not be the opportune time for impeachment, I am very concerned about what Obama's unchecked usurpations of power have done to the balance of power in the federal government and the overall integrity of the Constitution and the rule of law. Seeing as we have not taken any formal action against this president for his egregious transgressions, what will the next president be allowed to do on his own should he choose to operate outside his authority to the same extent Obama has?


But to me, impeachment really isn't the issue when it comes to the various factions within the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I have long contended that the differences between tea party conservatives and the so-called establishment are far deeper than "tactics"; they also involve policy disagreements.


On that point, let me ask you to consider what will happen if Republicans do end up with control of both the House and the Senate. What will the prudent and cautious advocate then? Will they say not to oppose Obama too much for fear that he'd successfully demonize Republicans as partisan saboteurs and ensure the election of a Democrat as president in 2016?


Let's go further. Let's say Republicans then win the presidency and retain control of Congress in 2016. Then what?


I would wager that many of my establishment friends will continue to advise restraint, urging us not to drastically roll back Obama's liberal policies, either because they'll be horrified about the next election or because they have really, in the end, lost their stomach for political battle and their taste for free market principles.


I suspect that many of them have come to accept a large, "energetic' federal government and believe that Republicans should just accept it and instead devise original and creative yet "conservative" policy solutions within the big-government framework. In other words, we should throw in the towel on our founding principles, accept the liberal narrative that Reagan conservatism is extremism, and do the best we can within the new paradigm.


I certainly hope I'm overstating the case, but I've seen how timidly Republicans have operated on domestic and social issues when in power, and I've read the commentary of many establishment-oriented pundits about "compassionate conservatism" and similar tautologies.


Conservatives have been warning for years about the unchecked explosion of entitlements, runaway deficits and debt, the destructiveness of the welfare state, the enormous problems with federal control of education, the evils of socialized medicine, the growth-smothering effects of federal taxing and spending policies, the freedom-smothering metastasis of the federal regulatory leviathan, and the danger to the republic from unchecked, rampant illegal immigration.


Will Republicans, if they regain power of both political branches, have the political will to begin to unravel the nightmares caused by an abandonment of our founding principles, or will they just nibble around the edges with insignificant modifications because they no longer believe in either conservative principles or their ability to convince the people that our ideas are still superior?


You see, my real concern is not about impeachment. It's that too many of us have given up on the ideas that made America great -- other than to pay meaningless lip service to them. I'm worried that too many of us have given up the fight. We have watched as liberals have overtaken our cultural and educational institutions and successfully vilified the American idea -- even to the point that they have many on our side convinced.


Well, I'm not among those convinced, and I don't believe that the majority of the American people are, either. But I do think that we need leaders who will articulate conservative ideas unapologetically and that conservatives need to engage in the culture war and try to make progress toward reversing this illusion that limited government, capitalism and traditional morality are wrongheaded and extreme.


I just want us to get back in the fight. We face a tireless, relentless foe in liberalism, and if we're not up to the challenge, we might as well kiss America goodbye, irrespective of whether we win or lose the next few elections.


But I am praying -- and choose to believe -- that we can and will turn this around because our ideas are superior and the majority of people still instinctively understand that. But we need to begin acting and talking as though we believe it.


David Limbaugh is a writer, author and attorney. His latest book, "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel," will be released Sept. 8. Follow him on Twitter @davidlimbaugh and his website at www.davidlimbaugh.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.



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 Larry Bucshon

An update on the Veterans Administration...

Recent information regarding actions taken by VA hospitals across the country has brought to light disturbing evidence about the care our veterans are receiving. Secret waitlists, data manipulation, and other intentionally negligent behavior from senior VA officials cannot be tolerated.

We know that funding is not the issue and we also know that the President's Administration was aware of the negligent care at various facilities.

That is why after an inspector general report was released confirming that this problem was not isolated to Phoenix and instead a systemic failure, I called on VA Secretary Shinseki to resign his post immediately. In the House, we have passed legislation that will help bring accountability for these deplorable actions and ensure these issues are not repeated moving forward. But we can't stop there.

Changes need to be made to ensure that veterans receive the care they were promised and that they deserve.


I support measures that expand access for veterans outside of the traditional VA facilities so that they can see the doctor or visit the hospital of their choice if they are limited by proximity or waitlists. This is something I believe should be covered under their VA benefits.

I have supported this common-sense idea since I served as a medical resident at the Milwaukee VA. I trained there for over 2.5 years along side many dedicated Americans who every day serve their country and care for the well-being of our veterans.

We owe it to our veterans and the dedicated VA employees to solve the challenges.

New EPA regulations will hurt Hoosier families and businesses...


As a physician and father of four, I want my kids and all Americans to drink clean water and breathe clean air. This should be a goal we all share. In fact, since 2008, emissions have declined over 9%. Unfortunately, what we've seen over the past few years under President Obama's EPA is a complete disregard of science and a focus on pushing a purely ideological agenda at any expense.


Unfortunately, the EPA's recently announced set of rules on power plants is yet another notch in the President's belt to achieve his 2008 promise that electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket for hardworking Americans. More than any other state, this promise and new proposed rules have the potential to astronomically impact Indiana, our economy, and those struggling everyday to make ends meet.


Every Hoosier coal mine is located in my district and 80 percent of our state's energy is coal generated. A lot is at stake for our families. My dad was coal miner. I know how important the coal industry is to our families and businesses.

Studies have repeatedly shown that these proposals will have little impact on the environment in exchange for increased energy prices for families and businesses. By increasing energy prices and putting jobs at risk, these regulations erode our state's competitiveness.

In fact, Sunrise Coal in Sullivan County responded to the EPA's new proposal with similar concerns. And an Indiana newspaper wrote that, "these strict new standards would clobber consumers with higher electric bills."

That is why I signed on as a cosponsor to a bill that will stop these regulations.


At a time when our economy is struggling, the President should be focused on policies that will protect jobs and keep energy prices low, instead of pushing an ideological agenda. I have been an outspoken opponent of the EPA's crippling policies on our state's coal and agriculture industries and will continue to do so as long as I am in Congress.





Veterans Bill Passes Congress


In a 91 to 3 vote on Thursday, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that will implement key changes to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical policies. A compromise between bills previously passed by the House and Senate, the legislation will allow veterans to seek private care if VA doctors are unable to treat patients within 30 days or if veterans live more than 40 miles away from a VA facility.


The legislation also includes a number of provisions that will provide needed reforms to the VA health care system. Increasing accountability and providing veterans facing unacceptable waits for VA medical care with the option to receive private-sector treatment are positive steps. I am hopeful that President Obama will swiftly sign it into law.


Earlier this week, I voted to confirm Bob McDonald, a Gary, Indiana native and former Chief Executive Officer of Procter & Gamble, to serve as the next secretary of the VA. Passing this legislation and confirming a new VA secretary marks a turning point and a chance for a fresh start. We need to keep the promises our country has made to its veterans.


Throwing Money at the Border is the Wrong Solution

This week I voted against the Senate Democrat's $2.7 billion supplemental appropriations bill to address the crisis on the southern border of the United States.


The wrong solution to our border crisis is to throw money at the problem without addressing the policies that created this situation. This proposal will fail to stem the tide of children making the dangerous trek to the United States. The best way to stop this humanitarian crisis is to reunite these children with their families in their home countries. Taking this action will send a message and deter children from even starting the difficult journey to the United States.


I support an alternative proposal - the Protecting Children and America’s Homeland Act - that would make several changes to current immigration law to allow quicker repatriation of unaccompanied alien children while ensuring due process for asylum claims. The bill also would prevent the president from implementing any expansion of the deferred action program and provide funding for border security, law enforcement and humanitarian assistance activities. The cost of the legislation would be fully offset.


This proposal is a reasonable approach that will address this problem more effectively than the classic Washington response of spending money in hopes of fixing a problem. I am disappointed that Harry Reid, once again, refused to allow consideration of any Republican ideas.




Help Mount Vernon become a Stellar Community


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Help Mount Vernon become a Stellar Community




Each year, smaller communities in Indiana are named finalists for the Stellar Communities Program. The program is designed to fund community development projects in smaller communities around the state. I am happy to say that our community, Mount Vernon is a finalist this year.


 The Stellar Community project has been recognized nationally as a premier community development program and received the 2012 President’s Award for Innovation from the Council of State Community Development Agencies. Led by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Department of Transportation, the program works to assist communities achieve their vision by helping them to leverage additional state and federal funds to undertake more community development projects.


 Since the program’s creation in 2010, over 60 communities have sent letters of intent for the program and 21 investment plans have been created. This year, 14 communities submitted letters of intent and from those, six were chosen as finalists, including Mount Vernon.


 The city of Mount Vernon has applied to the program with seven different development projects in mind. One of the projects is to finish phase four and five of the Riverbend Trail. According the proposal, the trail will extend north from 4th Street; continuing along Main Street to McFadin’s Bluff. It will loop around the public library and Imagination Station, and then, the trail will head west and north to Brittlebank Park.


 Not everyone knows the history of Mount Vernon, so another project is creating a McFadin’s Bluff historical marker, named after the first settlers. Upon completion of the new police and fire station, Mount Vernon will be demolishing the old fire station located adjacent to the current city administration building. Once the site is cleared, it will be made into a city park/parking lot and will house the McFadin’s Bluff historical marker, which had to be relocated due to Homeland Security requirements. Historical markers regarding the history of Mount Vernon will be located in the park upon completion. 


 The major project of the seven is the construction of a community center that will hold up to 400 people. There has been interest from the public as well as private businesses in Mount Vernon who are in need of a place to hold meetings. The city intends to construct a new multi-purpose community center at Kiwanis Park, which is accessible from the Riverbend Trail. This center will house events, festivals and celebrations indoors as well as provide outdoor park amenities.


 Community involvement is key to Mount Vernon becoming a Stellar Community. To get involved contact the Stellar Advisory Committee at 812­-838­-5576 or email Mayor Tucker a mayortucker@mountvernon-in.com. Another way to get involved is to come out and support Mount Vernon during the site visit when officials will come and tour the city. The official visit is scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12pm, starting from the landing at the river front. I hope you will join me in supporting our community! 






Senate Update

July 18, 2014


  • Visit the Indiana State Fair
  • Indiana Leads in Manufacturing

Visit the Indiana State Fair

Summer is in full swing and it’s almost time for one of our state’s largest celebrations, the Indiana State Fair. The State Fair runs Aug. 1-17 in Indianapolis, and offers a variety of events and festivities that are sure to entertain people of all ages.


Additionally, the State Fair serves as a capstone of the hard work completed by more than 17,000 Hoosier 4-H exhibitors who participate in the fair.



The Indiana State Fair and 4-H are valuable to our youth, agriculture and economy. I encourage you and your family to attend the fair and partake in one of Indiana’s greatest traditions. Click here for more information.

And don't forget to support our local county fairs as well! The Warrick County Fair in Boonville began Monday, July 14, and continues through Saturday, July 19. The Vanderburgh County Fair in Evansville begins Sunday, July 20, and runs through Saturday, July 26.


Indiana Leads in Manufacturing



Indiana was recently named one of the top five states for manufacturing environment, earning an “A” grade in Ball State University’s 2014 Manufacturing and Logistics Report.


The report is often used by companies to predict areas of economic growth so they can make better decisions about where to expand. A number of factors were used in the full report, including the health of current manufacturing, overall tax climate and global reach.


Indiana is proving to be a strong leader across the board and paving the way for continued economic success. Over the past year, we have led the nation in manufacturing job growth and our overall labor force has grown by nearly 47,000.


However, there is always room for improvement. This summer and fall, legislative study committees will consider more ways to attract jobs for Hoosiers and boost economic growth.


As always, please contact me with your thoughts or concerns by emailing me at Senator.Becker@iga.in.gov or calling 800-382-9467.





2014 Interim Study Committee Assignments

House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the 2014 interim committee assignments for members of the Indiana House of Representatives. I am honored to be appointed as a member of the Interim Study Committee on Elections.

After each legislative session adjourns, members of the General Assembly continue their work throughout the summer months by serving on these committees. Members of each committee are tasked with discussing, debating and conducting in-depth review on certain topics assigned to them by the Legislative Council.


Last month, the council met and determined the topics that will be studied this summer. Digital privacy, early childhood education and veterans' benefits are just a few of the issues that will be discussed.


                         Most committees will begin meeting in July with a majority of their work concluded by the end of October. The work that is completed during the interim is just as vital as the legislative session, and I look forward to building on the progress we made this year and continuing our efforts to strengthen Indiana for Hoosier families. To see a complete list of the assigned committees, my appointment and what the committees are charged with studying please click here.






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.




Vanderburgh GOP Club Member Levels.

We Need Your Help, Please Join. Lincoln Club - $5000 per year

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Reagan Club - $2500 per year

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