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January 10, 2015

Media Release by

Wayne Parke, Chairman

Vanderburgh County Republican Party

“The Republican Party firmly supports Lloyd Winnecke to be re-elected Mayor of Evansville. If Gail Riecken is the Democratic nominee on the November 3, 2015 ballot for Mayor, we are confident the voters will choose to vote for the proven record of Mayor Winnecke,” said Parke. “Under Mayor Winnecke’s leadership, our city has experienced responsible budgets, economic growth, and more opportunity for our residents to make a better life. Unfortunately, with Gail Riecken at the statehouse, we’ve had a representative who consistently supports out-of-control budgets, increased taxes that take more hard-earned dollars out of taxpayers’ pockets, and agenda that infringes on our Constitutional rights. The choice is pretty clear to me. Evansville residents want a proven leader dedicated to improving our city and giving everyone a fair shot, not a political opportunist who walks out on the job when things get tough.” 

 

Wayne Parke

VCRP Chairman

812-455-1685

wparke@wowway.com 

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Pleased to Announce the Following Great Candidates:

 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke 

Click Here for Mayor Winneke Website.

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Justin Elpers - City Council Fifth Ward


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

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Jack Schriber for City Council At Large

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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

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Party Rules and the 2014 Platform

 

Party Rules   CLICK HERE

 

2014 platform  CLICK HERE

 

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Robbing Hood

 

By Gary Varvel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Confused about reporting health coverage on tax forms?

 

By Chris Woodward, OneNewsNow.com 

 

It's the first tax year in which Americans have to report their health insurance to the federal government – and questions remain about what that might involve.

The federal government is mailing out forms to people who signed up for health insurance on an exchange and received a subsidy to help cover the cost of that insurance. Yevgeniy Feyman, fellow and deputy director of the Center for Medical Progress at the Manhattan Institute, says Form 1095-A amounts to a W-2 for health insurance.

"It's just the federal government telling you exactly how much they've paid out for your subsidized healthcare," he explains. "You've got to report the numbers completely accurately. You don't want to do anything to try to set off an IRS audit."

Some individuals who signed up for health insurance in 2014 got a subsidy before they received a raise or took a higher-paying job. According to Feyman, they might they have to pay that money back.

"It works in a bit of a weird way," he tells OneNewsNow. "There's a limit after which you do have to pay back money, but up to a certain point, after a certain threshold, you have this kind of allowance for a margin of error where you don't have to pay anything back. It depends on how big your family is, it depends on if you did get family coverage or not or just individual coverage."

According to Feyman, more than 80 percent of ObamaCare enrollees received subsidies. While he doesn't think many of them are going to have to pay back the government, he says some may. For example, a self-employed enrollee who got a substantial increase in business – enough to change his or her income – may end up paying back the government.

Meanwhile, people who have insurance through their employer shouldn't have to fill out a separate form, says Feyman.

"They are going to have to acknowledge on their tax return that they do or do not have health insurance [and] how many months they did or didn't have health insurance for," he concludes. "They're not going to be asked about subsidies because that just doesn't apply to them."

Healthcare.gov lists exemptions that allow individuals who didn't have coverage in 2014 to avoid paying a penalty.

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Copyright OneNewsNow.com. Reprinted with permission.

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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. 

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America’s Retreat from the World Stage
 

Throughout history, a single picture has revealed the world’s momentary political reality. Before photography, artistic representations of Caesar entering Rome, Napoleon crossing the Alps and General Washington crossing the Delaware defined periods of history.

 

With photography, we are able to see images that define America’s role in the pivotal moments of existential threats to our values, faiths and way of life. Moments like President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill sitting beside Josef Stalin in Tehran and later at Yalta, President Kennedy at the City Hall in Berlin and President Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate.

 

These are all powerful images, and the photographic ones have a common theme: America’s essential leadership role in global affairs. In these examples and thousands of others, we can see the world looking at America with respect and the expectation that we will lead in moments critical to the world’s future.

 

This week, the most powerful image that evokes the world’s new political reality is a photo featuring several of the world’s most significant, influential leaders walking arm-in-arm down a Paris boulevard. These influential leaders, from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, are united in protest against the grotesque barbarism of radical jihad that threatens us all.

 

But it is not who is in the photo that gives the image its importance. Instead, it is the utter absence of America that gives this picture its profound significance.

 

If the world needs any further demonstration of America’s decline, it is our absence at this potentially defining moment in rallying the nations of the world to defend our values and freedoms. And it is just not an image problem, although the image itself carries the message. It is a substance problem.

 

This group of world leaders and millions of others joined together in Paris last weekend to show the entire world that a threat to our principal freedoms is entirely unacceptable and will be resisted. Millions gathered not only because 16 people in France died so tragically. They gathered because those who would pervert their faith in order to lure deluded young people into violent extremism must know that we will all oppose them, no matter what it takes.

How can we reconcile this vital mission with America’s utter absence? No excuses are sufficient. No apologies or explanations about bureaucratic ineptitude will be enough to undo the damage caused by our nonappearance.

 

Sadly, the president’s absence is in fact an accurate reflection of how this administration sees our role in the world. Most of the foreign policy challenges we face – from ISIS to Syria to Iraq – have been aggravated by U.S. policy failures under President Obama. Those failures have come from a White House isolated in a wasteland of confusion.

 

Shrouded in this fog of indecision and failure, is it any wonder that our government could not find the vision to join with the rest of the world to show purpose in Paris?

 

It is deeply ironic and appropriate that the events in Paris were all generated by the power of imagery – cartoons no less. Those events have now produced a new imagery, a picture of global common action in which the United States of America is tragically absent.  


Administration Must Outline Cuba Policy
 
 
This week I joined with my Senate colleague Marco Rubio to ask Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to detail how the Department of the Treasury plans to lawfully implement President Obama’s announcement that he is unilaterally normalizing relations with Cuba.
 
In our letter, we wrote: 
 
“We are deeply concerned that several aspects of the President Obama’s new approach to Cuba, especially those related to unilaterally easing U.S. sanctions, violate the letter and spirit of several U.S. laws, and increase the moral and financial risk to the American taxpayer and financial system of doing business through Cuba’s government-controlled financial system.” 
 
To read the full letter, click here
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Session is off to a great start

The first two weeks of the legislative session have come and gone, and we are off to a great start. Even though this is a longer session, we need that extra time in order to review, debate and pass a budget that will operate Indiana for the next two years, which is an enormous task. 

With the bill filing deadline behind us, and as the Vice Chair of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to properly vet the bills assigned to our committee. As of now, more than two dozen bills have been assigned, covering a wide variety of topics ranging from; adjusting the criminal code in Indiana, increasing public safety for Hoosiers and evaluating expungement the law to list a few. 

As always, my goal as Vice Chair is to ensure that every bill is evaluated fairly and thoroughly and that the decisions we make are in the best interest of Hoosiers. All committee hearings are open to the public and can be viewed online. If you are interested in watching a committee meeting, visit ourwebsite and click on the ‘Watch Live’ tab on the bottom of the page.

Click here to read the rest of my column.

 
Sincerely,
 
 
     
 
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Senate Update

Jan. 23, 2015

 

  • My 2015 Legislation
  • Supporting Hoosier Veterans

My 2015 Legislation

 

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As your state senator, I am working to advance ideas that will improve our state and local communities.

You can click on the bill numbers below to learn more about some of the legislative proposals I’ve authored this session:

 

 

  • SB 371- Hunting and fishing licenses
  • SB 424 - Women veterans’ issues
  • SB 510 - School grades and teacher evaluations

 

For a full list of my proposed legislation, click here.

 

The deadline to file bills was Jan. 14. Bills will now be assigned to a committee where they could receive a hearing in the weeks ahead.

 

You can track the progress of my bills and other legislation atwww.in.gov/iga. Please let me know if you have questions about these or other proposals moving through the legislative process.  

 


Supporting Hoosier Veterans 

 

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This week, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Militaryadvanced three bills that provide support for Hoosier veterans.

 

The bills that passed out of Tuesday’s committee are:

  • SB 298 - Provides for a voluntary veterans' preference policy for hiring, promoting, or retaining a veteran in private employment.
  • SB 262 - Increases the income tax deduction for military retirement or survivor's benefits from $5,000 to $25,000.
  • SB 424 - Requires the director of veterans' affairs to designate a coordinator for the Hoosier women veterans program.

 

These proposals will now be considered by the full Senate.

 

As a legislature, we will continue to help Hoosiers returning home after bravely serving our country.

 

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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.

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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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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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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