Vanderburgh County Republican Party 
News and Upcoming Events, April 30, 2015 
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 or 812-425-8207).  Visit VanderburghGOP.com for more information.  Thank you!


Your Slate of Candidates


  Mayor....................................................................... Lloyd Winnecke
  City Clerk ............................................................... Jan Stricklin
  City Clerk ............................................................... J.D.Strouth
  Ward 1 .................................................................... Tom Bozikis
  Ward 1 .................................................................... Dan McGinn
  Ward 3 .................................................................... Anna Hargis
  Ward 5 .................................................................... Justin Elpers
  At Large .................................................................. Michelle Mercer
  At Large .................................................................. Jack Schriber
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Help support Mayor Winnecke's re-election campaign

"Meet the Mayor" between Noon and 2:00 pm!


Start spreading the news and gathering your teams for this Annual Event to be held at Cambridge Golf Club.  Information will soon be in the mail, but, if you have any questions in the meantime, contact GOP Office-812-425-2807 & talk to Mary Jo.mail


May 5 - Primary Election Day

May 8 - Fundraising Event Michelle Mercer

May 9 - GOP Breakfast 

May 16 - Friends of Winnecke Car Wash

May 28 - GOP Golf Outing


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 


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! 
Two Republicans have entered the race for the city clerk position they are as follows
J.D. Strouth

   Because of my abiding passion for serving the community, I am going to seek the office of Evansville City Clerk. I firmly believe I can diligently fulfill the duties of the office and would enjoy doing so. I will publicly apply (file) at noon this Friday, January 23, in room 214 of the Civic Center. If you will be in Evansville and available then, I invite you to join me for this 10 minute event. Even if you cannot attend, I would appreciate your support leading up to the May 5 Republican Primary and November 3 General Election.


Jan Stricklin

I am running as your next City Clerk, because I know I am qualified in the three big three E's:


  • -17 years as a Legal Assistant and Paralegal
  • -5 years as an Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Blytheville Schools in Arkansas
  • -15 years as a Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Indiana
  • -Small Business Owner of Sell Yourself Realty, a Full Service Real Estate Company



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Defenseless Capitol

By Gary Varvel













From Fauxcahontas to the coal miner's granddaughter


By Howie Carr, Boston Herald (MA)

It's one thing for Hillary Clinton to lift Granny Warren's applause lines, but now she's speaking with a forked tongue about her grandparents, just like the fake Indian does.


You know how Fauxcahontas says she's an Indian because her grandma told her she had "high cheekbones"? And how her parents had to elope because her paternal grandparents were angry that their son was marrying a "breed"? (Funny, the newlyweds had a big wedding party in their hometown right after they got married in the biggest church in the next town over.)


Now Hillary is out in Iowa making it up about her grandparents, saying, "All my grandparents, you know, came over here."


Er, no. Actually, only one of them did. But according to news stories, like Sen. Liewatha the Heroine of Tuzla just can't help herself. A year ago she said one of her grannies "immigrated with her family as a young girl to Scranton."


Scranton! What is it with these phony-baloney Democrats and Scranton and coal mines? How many times has Joe Biden tried to pass himself off as a coal miner? In 1988, he lifted a speech word for word from a British pol about his alleged youth in a coal mine. Then Biden fibbed to a coal audience in 2008:


"Hope you won't hold it against me, but I am a hard-coal miner -- anthracite coal, Scranton, Pennsylvania, that's where I was born and raised."


Biden's done everything but brag that he once took Loretta Lynn, the coal miner's daughter, to the senior prom.


Now instead of Biden it's Hillary hanging out in diners, touting her alleged immigrant roots in Scranton. She even traced her born-in-Pennsylvania granny's roots back to the coal mines of Wales (home of the pol Biden stole his coal mine speech from).


The only problem was, Hillary's lie was easily disproved by census records.


More accomplished prevaricators, like Sen. Spreading Bull and Bill Clinton, know better than to float whoppers that can be checked. So you think Granny's not an Indian? Prove it!


As for Bill Clinton, he's an expert in handling truth eruptions. In 1992, he explained to galpal Jennifer Flowers what to do if asked about any cheatin' situations:


"I just think that if everybody's on record denying it, you've got no problem. ... If everybody kinda hangs tough, they're just not going to do anything. They can't."

In other words, deny, deny, deny.


Of course being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry. Hillary's flacks came up with their own version of the Warren high-cheekbone defense: "Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result, she has always thought of them as immigrants."


You know the saddest thing of all? It's pathetic enough to be channeling the fake Indian on the campaign trail. But when she dusts off Scranton, the coal mines and the diners, Hillary is basically plagiarizing Joe Biden's plagiarized life -- can the vice president now sue Hillary for plagiarism?


Go to howiecarrshow.com to order tickets to Howie's Night of Crime on April 26 at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.


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 Larry Bucshon



Dr. Bucshon Applauds Senate Action on SGR Reform Bill

Apr 15, 2015 Issues: Healthcare

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Today, the United States Senate approved H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act sending the bill to President Obama’s desk. H.R. 2 replaces Medicare’s flawed physician payment formula, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) with bipartisan, bicameral reforms that help protect the Medicare promise. This unprecedented effort removes the imminent threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers and moves Medicare away from a volume-based system towards one that rewards value, improving the quality of care for seniors. 

Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement regarding Senate passage of H.R. 2:

“The House led on an unprecedented victory for America’s seniors, children, and their families.  After years of flawed Medicare policy, we are finally creating a stable system that ensures Medicare patients will have access to their doctors while protecting the Medicare promise for future generations. With this bipartisan compromise we’ve demonstrated how Washington, D.C. can work together to improve the lives of the American people. As one of a small number of physicians in Congress, I’m happy to have played a part in putting an end to this flawed policy. 

An important component of the bill repeals a policy that would have resulted in a dramatic increase in the out-of-pocket costs for seniors was included at the request of Bucshon and his democratic colleague from California and fellow physician, Congressman Ami Bera. This measure was maintained by the Senate. 

As a physician and member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Dr. Bucshon played an integral role in crafting the legislation and helping gather support for it.  

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI):

"We are saying goodbye to the SGR thanks, in large part, to the diligent efforts of Dr. Bucshon and his physician colleagues in the Doctor's Caucus. They know better than anyone the importance of eliminating this repeated threat and establishing a fair and stable system for Medicare payments. We can all be proud of the bipartisan effort by the House today." 

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):

“The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists thanks Rep. Bucshon for his leadership in supporting repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. As a physician, Rep. Bucshon understands first-hand the importance of predictable, adequate payment rates on the ability of America’s health care providers, including ob-gyns, to provide quality care to their patients. Repeal of SGR will help more physicians to sustain their practices and keep more Americans healthy,” said President of ACOG, John C. Jennings, M.D.

American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons:

“America’s neurosurgeons and their patients are extraordinarily grateful for the tireless efforts of Rep. Larry Bucshon to pass Medicare legislation that will preserve timely access to care for our nation’s seniors.”

H.R. 2 passed the House with a strong bipartisan vote of 392 to 37. A section by section analysis of the bill is available here.


The SGR formula was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 to control Medicare spending. The flawed Medicare formula has proven over time to be ineffective and put seniors’ access to physicians at risk. The SGR policy flaws have compelled Congress to override the formula-driven cuts for more than a decade.  In fact, since 2003, Congress has spent nearly $170 billion in short-term patches to avoid these unsustainable cuts.  The most recent patch will expire on March 31, 2015.  H.R. 2 repeals the SGR, averting a 21 percent SGR-induced cut scheduled for April 1, 2015.

Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Bucshon will serve on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The 8th District of Indiana 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. 




Misuse of the Child Tax Credit

This week’s Waste of the Week speech on the Senate floor was a timely one. It’s April, which means it’s tax month.

It also means Americans have spent hours attempting to navigate a tax code that is convoluted, inefficient and full of loopholes. Congress still has not passed comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform. Every year we wait is another year that the American people inefficiently spend billions to prepare their ever more complicated tax returns.


On Thursday, I spoke about our tax laws, specifically the refundable child tax credit. For most taxpayers, the refundable child tax credit seems pretty straight forward. It qualifies a taxpayer for up to a $1,000 credit, per child, depending on income level.


According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS paid out at least $5.9 billion in improper payments of this tax credit in 2013, or about 25-30 percent of total payments. A major problem with the child tax credit is that many who receive this benefit do not legally qualify to do so.


To address this problem, I am supporting legislation that would require the submission of a valid Social Security number in order to claim the refundable portion of the child tax credit. Requiring the submission of a valid Social Security number would not take the credit away from anyone who deserves it, but it would help to ensure that only those who truly should benefit from the credit receive the payment. According to the most recent estimate by the Joint Committee on Taxation, this simple fix could save taxpayers $20 billion over a ten year period of time.

To watch this week's Waste of the Week speech, click here or on the image above.

A Permanent SGR Solution

For years, the flawed Medicare formula for paying doctors, known as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), has put seniors’ access to physicians at risk and been a recurring problem that Congress has addressed 17 times since 2002 through a series of temporary "doc fix" patches.


This week, I voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation that would permanently repeal SGR formula and replace it with a system that pays doctors to encourage quality and value over quantity. The bill passed the Senate 92 to 8, after passing the House 392-37 in March. It now heads to President Obama to be signed into law.


For too long, Hoosier doctors and providers have been at the mercy of an unpredictable Medicare reimbursement system. While this bill is not perfect, it provides long-term stability for physicians who serve Medicare patients, enacts modest Medicare reforms and provides a two-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This is an important, bipartisan effort to solve the “doc fix.” 



Southwest Indiana is a great place to live, work and raise a family. As your representative, I have worked hard this session to make decisions at the Statehouse that will not only strengthen our community for future generations, but also address some of the more critical issues we are facing like public safety.

As you may know, I have devoted much of my public service to making Indiana a safer place for all Hoosiers, and this year was no different. With public safety one of my top priorities, along with an agenda item for the House Republicans, much of my time this session has been devoted to addressing these issues in order to protect our most vulnerable members of society. This session, I was proud to work several pieces of legislation towards this goal.

As sponsor of Senate Bill 532, this legislation works to prevent and assist victims of human trafficking, which is a global epidemic. This measure creates the Human Trafficking Prevention and Victim Assistance Fund which works to prevent and support services that that provide assistance to victims of human trafficking. Revenue for this fund would be generated by property that was seized and used to commit crimes of human trafficking or prostitution. To ensure accountability and prevent government overreach, any property seized must be reported to the state.

Human trafficking takes away a person’s dignity, causes distress and destroys the lives of victims and their families. With 18.7 million victims worldwide, these crimes are deplorable and must be stopped. That is why I was proud to sponsor this legislation and remain committed to combatting and raising awareness about this global issue.

My passion for protecting Hoosiers and assisting those in need led me to author another piece of legislation, House Bill (HB) 1196. For children who end up in the justice system, this bill allows the courts to set up a dual status assessment team to better assess the child and determine whether or not they are in need of services. This allows the courts to take a closer look at some of the external factors and what is happening in a child’s life that could have caused them to commit a crime, working to reduce recidivism.

Approximately 3,100 children under the age of 18 were committed to the Department of Correction facilities, making Indiana third in the nation of the number of children in secured detention. With this program, children will receive a more specialized assessment which could address the true heart of the problem, altering the course of their future.

Like sessions in the past, I remain committed to authoring and supporting legislation that protects Hoosiers and assists those in need. It is my hope that we can all work together in combatting these issues moving forward. As always, if you have any questions about these, or other bills moving through the process, I encourage you to contact me by emailingh76@iga.in.gov or calling 317-232-9816.


Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She serves as the Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code Committee and is a member of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction Committee. 




Senate Update

April 17, 2015

  • State Budget Proposal Passes Senate
  • Expanding Access to Lifesaving Drugs


State Budget Proposal Passes Senate

This week, the Senate passed House Bill 1001, commonly known as “the budget bill.” HB 1001 is Indiana’s two-year fiscal plan that funds the state’s most important needs, creating a strong foundation for Indiana’s economic future.

My colleagues and I are committed to continuing Indiana's track record of responsible budgets that put taxpayers first and maintain our hard-fought reserve funds.


The budget proposal is balanced with no tax increases to keep our state’s economy headed in the right direction. From the start of session, education has been our first priority for state spending. This budget plan reflects that priority, with more than half of General Fund appropriations going to K-12 education.


To view a PowerPoint presentation listing key highlights of the budget proposal, click here. A copy of HB 1001 can be found here



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Expanding Access to Lifesaving Drugs



Drug abuse is rapidly becoming a serious issue in Indiana, and my fellow legislators and I are focused on protecting Hoosiers from harmful and sometimes deadly drug overdoses.


Senate Bill 406 would make the antidote for a heroin overdose, Narcan, available to the public through a prescription from health-care professionals. While doctors, law enforcement and emergency workers continue to fight heroin use, Hoosiers are losing their lives to this dangerous drug.


More lives can be spared by allowing a family member or friend of an addict to obtain a prescription for Narcan to have on hand, helping deaths caused by heroin overdoses to be prevented.


Last year, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services used the drug more than 1,000 times. Under this legislation, there would be no liability for the professional prescribing Narcan, the pharmacist dispensing it or the person administering the drug.

SB 406 unanimously passed the Senate this week and will now head to the governor for his consideration. 




U.S. Service Academy Day to be held in Fort Branch
Students who are interested in learning more about attending United States Service Academies are invited to attend an informational session this Saturday. Congressman Larry Buschon from Indiana's 8th District will be hosting the event, and representatives from five different academies will also be in attendance to answer any questions students and parents may have.

          When:  Saturday, April 18th, 2015
                             9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
                             Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

          Where: VU Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing
                             & Logistics

                             8100 South U.S. Highway 41
                             Fort Branch, Indiana 47648

Attendees will learn about the application process, congressional nominations and the everyday life of a service academy cadet. Each year, Congressman Buschon has the honor of nominating high school students to attend four of the five service academies, and you can learn more about service academy nominations here.

The deadline to apply to join the class of 2020 is October 1, 2015. I encourage those interested in applying to a service academy to attend this informational meeting. This is a great opportunity to discuss the benefits of being enrolled at a U.S. Service Academy.





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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