On Monday, Hoosier Energy hosted Congressman Todd Young (R-09) at their October board of directors meeting. After spending time meeting the members of the Hoosier Energy board, Congressman Young then shared his thoughts on a wide array of subjects. During his remarks, the congressman specifically discussed the need to simplify the tax code, address the long-term viability of Medicare and Medicaid, and get Social Security back into balance. Congressman Young also spoke in detail about the REINS Act, which has passed by the U.S. House, and the need to bring systemic improvement to the federal government’s regulatory process and the importance of addressing the $1.75 trillion spent by U.S. businesses on regulatory compliance each year. If re-elected, Congressman Young said he would be championing the REINS Act legislation in 2013. He concluded his remarks by discussing the expectations for legislative action on The Farm Bill and the “Fiscal Cliff” during … Continue reading
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Representatives from Indiana’s electric cooperatives are in Washington, D.C. this week for the NRECA’s Annual Legislative Conference. This afternoon, the attendees, roughly 1,500 from across the country, heard comments from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Senator Roy Blount (R-MO). Both men have been strong advocates of electric cooperatives, spoke pointedly and highly about the continued importance of rural America and rural electric cooperatives. In addition, Jo Ann Emerson, the new NRECA CEO, also spoke about the need for engagement with our elected officials, the role and influence of congressional staff, and the importance of sharing the cooperative message. Tomorrow, Indiana’s cooperative representatives will converge on the Hill to discuss issues of direct importance with several members of Indiana’s congressional delegation.
The shock of the night so far has to be, challenger Glenda Ritz defeating Tony Bennett 53% to 47% with 100% reporting. Bennett had become a prime target for the Indiana State Teachers Association and those who oppose school choice. It will be interesting to see what the newly elected Supt. of Public Instruction can get done in the face of a pro-school choice House, Senate, and Governor elect. State Senator Scott Schneider holds a slim 49% to 48% edge over Tim DeLaney in one of the few state Senate seats still in doubt. This difference remains razor thin and both sides are anxiously awaiting a call.
About 10 p.m., the Associated Press declared U.S. Rep. Mike Pence the next governor of Indiana, defeating Democrat John Gregg.
As of 8:06 pm EST, here is where things stand on several key races in Indiana. Congressman Joe Donnelly currently has a 50% to 44% lead over Richard Mourdock in the US Senate race with 23% of precincts reporting. Congressman Larry Bucshon has a 51% to 46% lead in the 8th congressional district race with 35% of precincts reporting. In the 9th congressional district, Congressman Todd Young has a 58% to 42% lead with 21% of precincts reporting.
Early returns on the Governors race shows Mike Pence leading 50% to 46% with 14% of votes counted. Highly contested races in the State Senate still look too close to show a trend. The early surprise of the night is Glenda Ritz taking a 52% to 48% lead in the Superintendent of Public Instruction race against incumbent Tony Bennett.
Here is where several key races in Indiana currently stand: The results in the US Senate are very close so far. State Treasurer Richard Mourdock has a 47% to 46% lead over Congressman Joe Donnelly with 6% of precincts reporting. In the 8th Congressional District, Congressman Larry Bucshon has a 48% to 47% lead with 15% reporting.
With Election Day just over a week away, elected officials have been meeting with constituents and discussing the pressing issues facing our state and country. Over the last few weeks, several members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have taken the time to stop by co-ops in their districts to hear first-hand about the issues facing our industry. On October 16th, Congressman Todd Young (R-09) visited with co-op directors and staff at Johnson County REMC. After his prepared remarks and a question and answer period, Congressman Young took a tour of the Franklin office to learn more about the daily operations of the REMC. The week prior to his visit to Johnson County REMC, Congressman Young also visited with the Hoosier Energy board of directors during their October board meeting. Hendricks Power Cooperative hosted Congressman Todd Rokita (R-04) over lunch on October 25th for a discussion about the national debt and the … Continue reading
From Kankakee Valley REMC CEO Dennis Weiss: We are ready to head home. The guys are tired, but excited to head home to their families. Materials were loaded and sent to third village. Emotions are starting to show up. All the guys have made some special friends here and we will miss these people. Thursday, the crews will head to Antigua for some much needed rest after 12 days of non-stop work. They will enjoy a little sightseeing before heading to Guatemala City and the flight home on Saturday. Crew #1 will arrive in Indy around 11:00 PM Saturday night. Carroll White CEO Randy Price will lead Crew #2 when they depart Indianapolis on September 1 at 7:00 AM. This crew is anxious to hit the mountain and begin work on the next phase of the project in a village located near the top of the mountain. This village … Continue reading