Tuesday, May 2, 2006

What's the Matter with Indiana?

State Senate President Pro-Tem Robert Garton was unseated by the fundamentalist, medieval punishment advocate, and right to life candidate, Greg Walker.

The Star's article today notes, "during his tenure, Garton championed women's rights, civil rights and the rights of Hoosiers with special needs." The Star bio on Walker notes that he home-schools his children, opposes the right to have an abortion, and supports gun rights. His quote, "Revisionist judges should not secularize religious expression in Indiana." If you think I unfairly call him a nutjob, consider this-he supports "public floggings" to "publicly humiliate lawbreakers".

I understand Garton is viewed as a career politician and backed controversial measures such lifetime health benefits for lawmakers and the leasing of the toll road, but sometimes change for sake of change is not the answer.

See Advance Indiana for thoughts on the victory.

6 Comments:

Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

This is truly sad. Garton was no picnic, but at least he was rational. The only good in this is that the GOP is starting to lose its stranglehold on the Senate. With all the infighting among the remaining Senate R's for a leadership position, it is possible that the D's could pick up enough seats to prevent a quorum (which is pretty sad; the Senate could let them all walk out as it is and still carry on business).

May 03, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

Welcome to Indiana folks. Remember, John Hoffstedler (spelling?) thinks that only women who have abortions get breast cancer.

May 03, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Lemming, it's Hostettler. You have to spell it right so his staffers will visit my blog. They read my blog every time I mention him at least that is what my sitemeter tells me.

May 03, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

People like Walker almost always have some huge skeleton in their closet. Maybe it will come bursting out before the general election.

Makes me think of the article that I read a few years back which noted that the location of the highest per capita expenditures for pay-per-view porn is Provo, Utah (don't ask me why I was reading an article about pay-per-view porn :))

May 03, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

So sorry I can't spell - there's a very important historian with the same name and I always get it wrong, too.

Unlike the historians, I'm not sure that H has actually READ the Constitution...

May 04, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Ha, I was only joking, Lemming. I was just making at jab at his office staff.

May 04, 2006  

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