April 14, 2016

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Pence’s Wrong Priorities Backfire in Indiana

Pence’s Wrong Priorities Backfire in Indiana

Backlash Builds Over Pence’s Focus on Social Agenda

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(Photo via Brandon Smith, Indiana Public Media)

He’s at it again. 

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has taken his eye off the ball on the economy — and is once again generating severe backlash for pushing a harmful social agenda. One year after signing his discriminatory RFRA bill, Pence is coming under harsh criticism for signing a bill that further restricts a woman’s right to choose.

With the reaction to Pence’s experiments in extremism, it’s no wonder he tried to create the JustIN state-run news service. 

Here’s what real Indiana news outlets are saying about Pence’s latest move:

Indianapolis Star Columnist Matt Tully: Pence’s attack on women’s rights, and on Indiana (4/8/16)

“Our horribly misguided and miscast governor waged a war on women’s rights and continued to damage the state so many of us love so dearly.”

 “The outcry is the result of Indiana having a governor who thinks first and foremost not about what is best for the long-term health of this state, but about his personal ideological views.”

“Too often, the stench of Pence’s 12 years as a partisan social-issues champion in Congress has polluted everything else he’s done as governor. Time and again, he has committed the one foul a governor should never commit: He has recklessly hurt his state despite knowing his actions would do so.”

Indianapolis Star: Will enough GOP women stick with Gov. Mike Pence? (4/8/16)

“Christie Luther Hurst, a dedicated Republican, is feeling blindsided.

“When she cast her vote in 2012 for Mike Pence to become governor, she said, “I voted for him thinking, ‘Oh, he’s a Republican. He’ll do the right thing.’” […]

“But what the Indianapolis woman said she got from her governor was the incendiary Religious Freedom Restoration Act — and now, an inflammatory abortion law.

“‘And now I’m just embarrassed,’ said Luther Hurst, 36.”

Evansville Courier & Press Column: Pence is who he is; vote accordingly (4/7/16)

“Pence promised then that creating Indiana jobs and raising the Hoosier standard of living — not social issues — were his top priorities.”

“In his time in office, whenever the governor has faced a choice between uniting and dividing — education policy, same-sex marriage, the misnamed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the hasty and ill-considered ban on Syrian refugees, this new abortion law — he has chosen to take actions and speak words that divide rather unite.”

 Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Editorial: Abortion law’s political fallout likely to linger (4/10/16)

“The problems with the law were evident from the moment it was passed […] even some pro-life Republican women defected as the bill was pushed through.”

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