The Convention will be taking place May 5-7th at Tropicana Evansville. Libertarians from across the state as well as country will be in attendance to elect new officers, participate in campaign related workshops, and plan for the 2018 election cycle. The business meeting in which officers will be elected is free and open to the public. The workshops and speaking events are open to the public as well, but will require tickets that may be purchased online. Additional information including ticket prices and a full schedule can be found at www.lpin.org/2017convention.The Libertarian Party is America’s third largest and fastest growing political party. The Party was founded in 1971 on a belief of liberty, enterprise, and personal responsibility. The Party’s platform consists of a dedication to civil liberties, personal freedom, a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade. For additional information about the Libertarian Party visit www.lp.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Nebraska Senator Laura Ebke will give a keynote address with a message of “All in for Liberty” at the convention banquet during the Indiana Libertarian Party State Convention on Saturday, May 6th at Tropicana Evansville.Sen. Ebke is the current head of the Nebraska Judicial Committee. The Committee is responsible for hearing bills that deal with criminal and civil procedures, corrections issues, issues that touch on assorted civil liberties and constitutional rights. Elected to the Nebraskan legislature in 2014 as a Republican, Sen. Ebke officially changed her party registration in 2016 to Libertarian after becoming disillusioned with the Republican Party. Sen. Ebke felt that most people wanted to be left alone to pursue their own interests, and that the Libertarian ideal moved in that direction. In an open letter to her donors announcing the switch she stated “My view of conservatism has always been [based] on smaller government, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, respect for constitutional rights.” During her time in office she has introduced and co-sponsored bills to legalize medical marijuana, partially repeal asset forfeiture, prohibit local governments from having more stringent requirements for gun possession than the state has.
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Tuesday,February 28thFundraiserTBDJonathan Weaver for City Council Annual Mardi-Gras FundraiserLocation: TBD Saturday,March 4thElectionTBDVanderburgh County Democratic Party Central Committee ElectionsLocation: TBD Tuesday,Ferbruary 7thForum6:00 PM – 8:00 PMChair Chat Forum with State Chairman John ZodyLocation: Central Labor Council – 310 SE 8th. Street – Evansville, INCome to talk about the future of the Indiana Democratic Party! Thankful to our friends in organized labor for opening up their place for this forum. Indiana Democrats and their ideas are welcome! Below is the latest edition of upcoming events. We are adding new events weekly, so please make sure to take a moment to mark your calendars! FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is criticizing an Indiana law firmOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is criticizing an Indiana law firm for a court order the BMV says will “take money out of Hoosiers’ pockets,” but the attorney who filed the order said the request is meant to protect Hoosiers who are suing the BMV.The BMV announced Friday that an additional $28.75 million in overcharge refunds had been credited to roughly 5 million customers across Indiana. The announcement came after a class-action lawsuit, Tammy Raab v. Kent W. Abernathy and the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, was filed against the bureau after it was discovered that it had been overcharging millions of customers for several years.Although former BMV commissioner Donald Snemis said in 2014 that all previous overcharges had been refunded, the proceedings in the lawsuit later revealed that there were hundreds of other overcharges that had not been refunded. Because of the efforts of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and their legal counsel, a common fund of roughly $30 million was created to credit the refunds to BMV customers, said Irwin Levin, a managing partner at Cohen & Malad LLP Indianapolis and lead counsel in the suit against the BMV.The BMV said Friday that the refunds were credited to customers’ accounts over the last few months and that the credits could either be put toward a BMV transaction or sent to customers as a check.However, in a court order filed by Levin in Marion Superior Court Friday morning, counsel for the plaintiffs wrote that the BMV was administering refunds through the common fund without notice or approval from the court. Further, the counsel wrote that because their efforts had led to the creation of the common fund, the BMV is required to set aside part of those funds to reimburse the members of the class-action suit and pay for the fees incurred during the litigation process — an amount that is already exceeding $1 million, Levin said.If the BMV continues to distribute the refunds without accounting for the attorney fees, then Levin said the plaintiffs in the suit will be forced to bear a disproportionate amount of those fees. Thus, Levin and his firm are seeking a preliminary injunction to require the BMV to set aside a portion of the common fund for attorney fees. The plaintiffs have not determined the exact amount of fees it will request to be reimbursed for, but the order Levin filed on Friday said it will not exceed one-third of the fund.“By cashing in credits without setting aside any amount for fees and costs of the litigation that resulted in the creation of the common fund, defendants are creating irreparable harm to the members of the Class who do not have their credits cashed in before the judgment in this case, because those Class members will be left to shoulder a disproportionate share of the expenses incurred in the litigation that resulted in the common fund,” the court filing said.Adam Krupp, chief legal counsel for the BMV, took aim at the court order and at Levin, in particular, on Friday, saying in a statement through the BMV that the actions Levin requested through the preliminary injunction would essentially be the same as taking money away from Hoosier taxpayers.“BMV has been issuing refunds since before the current lawsuit, which Mr. Levin claimed was filed to benefit BMV’s customers. Mr. Levin also claimed to be representing the best interests of Hoosier taxpayers,” Krupp said. “It is stunning and inappropriate for Mr. Levin, or any lawyer, while claiming to represent Hoosiers’ best interests, to directly seek to take money out of Hoosiers’ pockets.”But Levin dismissed Krupp’s accusations, saying that he is not trying to take money out of taxpayers’ pockets or stop them from receiving their refunds. He also said he was not taking the attacks personally, but instead said Krupp’s words come from a place of being caught red-handed.“The BMV was caught with its pants down,” Levin said. “You would hope that they would say, ‘Wow, we made a mistake,’ but they didn’t.”Levin also said he thinks the timing of the refunds raises a red flag – the refunds were announced on Sept. 9, less than three weeks before the start of the trial on Sept. 28.“The BMV has been at war with its customers since 2013, and they now know that the trial is only weeks away,” he said. “This is an example of government at its worst.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
IS IT TRUE that the Lincoln Estates complex had 112 residential living units when the new owners picked it up from a bank that had repossessed it?…the reported sale price of around $2.6 million works out to $23,000 per unit which is a heck of a lot cheaper than the $240,000 per unit that the government paid to turn the old safe house into apartments?…there must be a reason that the Lincoln Estates complex was recorded as a “zero dollar” transfer back in 1999?… If government protocol was used in the construction the taxpayers may well have paid today’s equivalent of over $200,000 per unit or more than $20 million to build the place?…there would have plenty of pork to feed plenty of cronies well on such a job?…the reality of what Lincoln Estates is worth in the real world is the $23,000 per unit that the new owners just paid?…at a comparable cap rate of 8 percent and a scheduled rent of $900 per month per apartment, the new value of Lincoln Estates will likely exceed $10 Million, proving that private money is smart money and government money is just plain dumb?IS IT TRUE that the saga of the Lincoln Estates affordable housing project is unfolding daily and the rats are scattering from the ship as reality is being exposed?…one reality that has come forward is that the complex was built using tax credits that were available back in 1999 when it was built?…we will assume that the construction company made a hefty return at the expense of the taxpayers and that the workers were paid according to the inflated government scale commonly known as “prevailing wages”?…it is likely that both the workers and the company were winners in this well subsidized project and the taxpayers lost?IS IT TRUE that the daily management of the Lincoln Estates project was carried out by the Evansville Housing Authority after opening with smiling politicians mugging for the camera?…there were many tenants admitted to the apartments and the lion’s share of them were subsidized by the taxpayers?…even with guaranteed rent payments courtesy of the taxpayers, the complex always came up short financially?…eventually the complex failed and was repossessed by the bank that held the note?…we find it extremely interesting that the Evansville Housing Authority wanted to buy it from the bank after managing it into the ground years before but the bank was not interested in their low ball offer?IS IT TRUE that today a new owner that is very hard to pin down has the deed may be converting this property into market rate properties?…after 18 years, many taxpayer dollars down the drain, countless tenant inflicted damages, and egg on many faces, Lincoln Estates is now in private a developers hands?…that so far the only winners are the people who got subsidized rent for all of these years and the original construction group?IS IT TRUE that the question arises as to what the prospects for success for the new owners will be?…Lincoln Estates sits on the edge of downtown Evansville which is well poised to absorb this number of residential units due to the handful of medical students who will soon be studying in downtown Evansville?…one of the demographic statistics that has limited the ability of downtown Evansville to attract basic things like a grocery store, a pharmacy, or even a gas station has been the fact that there are not enough people with disposable income living there? …if the new owners adopt a new business plan to keep subsidized tenants out and charge market rates like the McCurdy is to the new tenants, they are very likely to have a profitable future?IS IT TRUE that many people are blaming the new owners for the misfortune of relocation that is being suffered by the former tenants?…in reality, the blame for the failure of Lincoln Estates lies squarely on the backs of the Evansville Housing Authority and the other un-named stakeholder who failed to manage a Section 8 housing project in at least a break even way?IS IT TRUE we wonder why Mayor Winnecke decided to sell the once not-for-profit Evansville Housing Authority to a group of for profit business people? …we wonder how money did the business investors pay the city to acquire the assets of the not-for-profit Evansville Housing Authority? …we wonder what city account was this money deposited in?IS IT TRUE we wonder if you would like to know who were the owners of Lincoln Estates before Bayview Loaning Service LLC took over the ownership of this property in 2016?IS IT TRUE the real question is now, “which public housing complex located in Evansville will be the next to fail?”Todays “Readers Poll” questions is: Would you like to know who were the owners of Lincoln Estates before Bayview Loaning Service LLC took over the ownership of this property in 2016?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
WASHINGTON – Federal transportation officials have assigned the Gateway rail tunnel and other components of the massive infrastructure project a new rating that further jeopardizes the chances of winning grant money from Washington.A story on Politico.com says the Federal Transit Administration sent an annual funding report to Congress on Monday for its Capital Investment Grants Program that assigned a “Medium-Low” rating to the proposed $13 billion Hudson River tunnel, the second-lowest on a five-point scale. It was the first time the grant application had received a formal rating. The FTA also reduced the rating of the Portal Bridge North project from “Medium-High” to “Medium-Low.” That bridge replacement that would fix one of the single-greatest bottlenecks on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line.Those involved in the Gateway Program said the change was likely to put chances of receiving federal funding under the New Starts program in serious jeopardy.The Trump administration rejected an Obama-era agreement to cover half the cost of the broader $30 billion Gateway Program, which calls for constructing two new tubes connecting New Jersey to midtown Manhattan and repairing the existing tunnel that is now falling apart. The White House has also proposed ending the New Starts program, but Congress has so far protected the funding source.“In case it wasn’t clear before, President Trump today tried to land another death blow to Gateway by having his Federal Transit Administration (FTA) vindictively and inexplicably downgrade the project in order to cut off critical federal funding,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a statement on Monday.In the case of the Portal Bridge project, which previously received a rating in February 2017 and was estimated to cost $1.6 billion, the FTA is taking the position that the amount of committed or budgeted funding from other sources had fallen from 57 percent to 21 percent of the total cost. The FTA said that is a primary reason the rating was reduced. The new ratings were issued in November and, according to a person familiar with the Gateway application, did not factor in any information received in October, when new details had become available.John D. Porcari, the interim executive director of Gateway Program Development Corp., said the ratings fail to take into account the commitments from New York and New Jersey. The states have agreed to split half the cost of the tunnel project, putting up $5.5 billion, though they’ll need federal loans in order to do so. The grant application asks the federal government to cover the remaining costs.Porcari said the Portal Bridge application, in which local agencies would also cover about half the total cost, “has only been improved with each updated submittal” since the first rating was issued. He noted early construction work has been underway for several months.“We are surprised and disappointed by the sudden downgrade based on what appears to be changing evaluation criteria,” Porcari said. “We continue to work closely with USDOT to strengthen our funding applications and remain confident that the merits of the projects warrant significant federal investment.”
UNION CITY – Following the death of a Newark woman in hospice care after PSE&G shut off her electricity, State Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack has called for PSE&G to notify municipalities of pending, non-emergency shut offs.“It is an absolute tragedy that a grandmother lost her life because her electricity was shut off and she was unable to use her oxygen tank,” stand said. “Municipalities are in a position to assist residents, either through their own resources or through social service agency resources. This should never occur because a resident got behind on her payments.”Stack has sponsored state Senate bill S-2477, which requires utilities providing electric, gas, or water services to notify the mayor, chief law enforcement officer, and health officer, in writing, at least 21 days prior to a non-emergency shut off. This would allow municipal officials, if needed, to intervene.“I have pleaded with PSE&G for over 20 years to change their policies and work with municipalities to prevent unnecessary shut offs,” Stank said. “Residents, especially the most vulnerable, must be protected to ensure that tragedies like this do not continue to occur. My heart goes out to Linda Daniel’s family, who watched her needlessly suffer.”
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Sue Baker, Mary Grant, Mary Bullock, Susy Wilkins, Barbara Piston, and Janet Yunghans of St. John Lutheran Church display a completed needlepoint kneeler.When visiting the sanctuary of St. John Lutheran Church at 1001 Central Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, the first thing a visitor might notice are the distinctive needlepoint kneelers surrounding the altar. Their repeating wave pattern with Christian symbols reminds the visitor they are in a house of worship that is just a few blocks from the beautiful Ocean City beaches.Created in the early 1980s, the kneelers were lovingly stitched by women of the congregation. More than 30 years later, they are in dire need of cleaning and restoration. Once again, the women of St. John have committed themselves to a worthwhile project. This summer they have been working to restore the kneelers to their former glory by having them cleaned and reupholstered. They are seeking funds to help with the project, with a fundraising goal of $8,000.When the women first met this spring, they sought the advice of an expert. Sally Hays, of Scrim Discovery in Ocean City, explained that the kneelers were textile artwork that must be carefully and professionally cleaned before being reupholstered. The women agreed to save money by dismantling the cushions themselves, before turning them over to Sharp Cleaners of Ocean City, for a thorough cleaning. The needlepoint covers are then given to upholsterers Fred and Steve Argentiero, of Central Square, Linwood, who are creating new cushions using the handmade needlework.The women hope to restore the 11 kneelers, along with two bench cushions and bride and groom cushions that were created by members of the congregation beginning in 1981. During that time, the project to create the kneelers was led by Harriet Ott and the cushions designed by Austin Bechtold. After years of work, the needlepoint kneelers were dedicated during a church service on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1986.Today, the women of St. John have worked throughout the summer, led by church members, Susy Wilkins and Janet Yunghans. They have met several times to plan and dismantle the kneelers for cleaning and restoration. The group is working on two at a time, in order to have most kneelers available for weekly communion services with the Reverend Mark Bruesehoff. They hope to have the project completed by late November of this year.The women hope to raise the costs of cleaning and reupholstering through fundraising in the church and community. They recognize and celebrate the historical and artistic significance of the cushions that adorn the altar of St John Lutheran Church.For donations, please contact the office of St. John Lutheran Church at 609-399-0798 or email [email protected]— News release from St. John Lutheran Church