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Senator Lugar Votes to Protect Earmarks

From Wrap Your Head Around:

Yesterday, the Senate voted on an amendment to the S. 2038 (STOCK Act—Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act).

The amendment, introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (PA) and cosponsored by others such as Jim DeMint and Marco Rubio, was voted down. The amendment’s stated purpose was to prohibit earmarks.

So the big question: how did Indiana’s senators vote? Dan Coats voted in favor of the amendment. Dick Lugar voted against it, thus proving that he isn’t really serious about cutting spending—and his opponent in this year’s senate race, Richard Mourdock, was quick to let the people of Indiana know the corruption of which Lugar is protecting in an email titled Would you like some pork with your debt? In the email, Mourdock also provided a link to his latest video: “Dick Lugar’s Record on Earmarks.”

It’s time to retire Senator Lugar, folks. See Mourdock’s video below:

CNN Covers Lugar’s Lack of Indiana Residency While Local Media Blackout Continues

From Ogden on Politics:
Although the local media continues with the media blackout on the Lugar (lack of Indiana) residency story, it is started to be picked up by national news outlets.

As reported by CNN:

Republican Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana responded Friday to recent reports that show he doesn’t live in the state he’s been representing for more than 35 years.

The longtime senator told CNN he maintains a residence for “political purposes” in Indianapolis but doesn’t live at the physical address-staying in hotels around the state, instead.

Lugar pointed to a loophole in Indiana law that protects his residency status while he lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area.

Read the rest at Ogden on Politics.

Dick Lugar: From top target to tea party pal? WCP:HELL NO!

Folks, we need to STOP Politico from letting this headline stick.This crap is contagious.

Please go to the article on Politico and let ’em have it in the comments.  We must make sure that this load of bovine excrement doesn’t spread.

From Politico:

Last year, Sen. Dick Lugar was the tea party’s top target — a 35-year veteran who lives in Washington, strays from conservative orthodoxy and even criticized the right-wing movement in the wake of the 2010 elections.

But last week, Lugar was the tea party’s dining companion.

For more than two hours at a restaurant in Carmel, Ind., Lugar sat face to face with the head of one of Indiana’s largest tea party chapters, speaking at length about campaign politics, the senator’s voting record and some of his comments that have irked the movement. Lugar listened patiently and said he’d do more outreach, as he ate his eggs Benedict and peppermint ice cream.

“I was surprised,” said 62-year-old Chuck Ford, president of the Tea Party of Hamilton County. “I don’t usually dine with senators and congressmen.”

Read the rest at Politico.

Indiana Dems getting a little ahead of themselves?

From HoosierAccess:

With Joe Donnelly’s announcement that he would be running for the U.S. Senate, the Indiana Democratic Party immediately sent an e-mail announcing that he would be “our next U.S. Senator.” Aren’t they getting a little ahead of themselves? It’s normal for political parties to announce their nominee as “our next (fill in the blank)” but Donnelly is not the nominee yet. He is not even on the May 2012 primary ballot yet. That will not happen until next January.

It is possible, after all, that Donnelly will have a challenger in next year’s primary election. Shouldn’t the Democrats wait and see before anointing Donnelly? Do Democrats have a problem with allowing their own voters to choose their nominees in a contested primary election? History indicates that is the case.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Washington Tries to Buy Off the Indiana Tea Party

From Wrap Your Head Around:

Washington Tries to Buy Off the Indiana Tea Party to Save Lugar

HFCS’s Greg Fettig on Senator Richard Lugar: “He doesn’t deserve any of our votes. He’s not conservative; he doesn’t even care about Indiana.”

Lugar Tells Tea Party to ‘Get Real’

From The National Review:

Sen. Dick Lugar (R., Ind.) told Indiana station WANE-TV that he fully intends to run again for the Senate in 2012 and that he plans to strike back at the tea partiers calling for a different GOP candidate.

Talking about how some tea partiers had criticized his support of President Obama’s START treaty, Lugar said, “I’ve got to say ‘Get real.’ I hear tea party or other people talking about they were against START. I said ‘Well, now, hang on here.’ If you want to get into START, let’s talk about it, but realistically as Americans, not as some Republican renegade. [I’m] trying to take warheads of Russia [out of circulation] so they won’t hit Indiana.”

He also defended his votes to confirm Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. “Otherwise we polarize the Supreme Court business to a point that conservative justices offered by a conservative Republican president — who’ll be elected at some point — are going to have trouble,” Lugar argued.

Mourdock to Challenge Lugar

From HoosierAccess:

According to the Indy Star, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will challenge Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary. Mourdock says that a statewide tour scheduled for Feb. 22nd will be to announce his plans formally.

Now the question is will State Sen. Mike Delph jump into the race or will he decide to pursue other potential options? Delph is a stalwart conservative and he has worked hard to build support for his ideas. Perhaps his intentions will unfold after congressional redistricting. At any rate, let the challenge to Sen. Lugar begin.

For Lugar, A ‘Disturbing’ Worry About START

From The National Review:

Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tells National Review Online that he is comfortable with the emerging deal on tax cuts, but hopes that any agreement will lead to a prompt debate on the New START treaty — not more fiddling with the Senate calendar.

“I thought that’s what out agreement was,” Lugar says. “Do the tax thing, do the (continuing resolution) and omnibus, then START.” If that isn’t the case — Lugar is worried that Senate Democrats may try to bring up a slew of other issues — then the Indiana Republican will not be happy.

“Now, already, some (senators) are saying that it is not time for START after all. That is very disturbing to me,” Lugar says.

A Republican Primary for Sen. Lugar?

From Big Government:

He used to be known as “Richard Nixon’s favorite Mayor” when he was Mayor of Indianapolis and while the New York Times says he’s a “conservative” there is little in his record to indicate this. Indiana Senator Richard Lugar has always been a “moderate” Republican and has drifted further left as time goes by.

The Times also speaks of Lugar’s “affection” for Ronald Reagan which wasn’t reflected in his Chairmanship of Senator Howard Baker’s campaign for President in 1980. While there is no doubt that Lugar is a decent man and dedicated public servant, thirty years in the Senate is enough. The election of Dan Coats to the Senate from Indiana is proof the state can sustain the election of a real conservative.

Lugar is defying his party on an earmark ban, a bill that would create a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, a military spending authorization bill and an arms control treaty with Russia, the Times noted on Sunday. He even declined to sign a brief supporting state lawsuits against President health care law.

Talk of a challenge from Governor Mitch Daniels are false.

 Although a solid conservative, Daniels is a former Lugar Administrative Assistant and protege. Clearly it is time for Senator Lugar to face a Republican Primary. Lugar says he welcomes such a challenge. Let the people decide.

Read the rest at Big Government.

Is There a Double Standard for Moderates Over Conservative Icons?

From HoosierAccess:

(The following post was written by Micah Clark and appeared in the American Family Association of Indiana Weekly Newsletter)

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One of the biggest responses I have received from readers of this email in the last month came about after I mentioned Senator Richard Lugar’s vote in favor of Elana Kagan and talk of whether he should be challenged in the Republican Primary.

Talk of challenges to Senator Lugar in the 2012 Republican Primary has become a hot topic of discussion in some political circles. Some see a challenge to the longest serving Republican member of US Senate (34 years) as a fool’s game. In light of the recent Arizona primary results, there may be evidence that taking on a legendary figure is a lot harder than some think. That does not mean that discussion or consideration of a challenge is akin to blasphemy, but that is how the establishment seem to be reacting. This is very interesting in light of Indiana’s most recent primary.

An article in the state’s largest newspaper by Matthew Tully titled, “Far-Right Attack on Lugar Would Be Just Wrong” went to an interesting source in the defense of Senator Lugar. (By the way, just out of curiosity I need to ask Matthew, whom I talk with often, if he has ever written an article with a title saying anything about the far left being wrong.)  Tully quoted former Director of the Republican Party, Luke Messer, as a defense of Lugar’s 84% record of support in voting with the party this year. Messer stated that Lugar is “deeply respected by Republicans.”

The irony of this goes to the very reason why so many in the base of the GOP are upset with Senator Lugar. Luke Messer nearly defeated Congressman Dan Burton in May, in part, by saying that the Congressman had been there too long. Burton has been a Congressman six years less than Lugar has been a Senator. Yet, Messer does not seem to have the same concerns about Richard Lugar’s 34 years. There’s a difference, of course, between Lugar and Burton. Representative Burton is a consistent conservative. Yet, when he had five challengers in May, no one in the Indianapolis Star or the political establishment, and certainly not Luke, the former State Party leader, spoke of Dan Burton as an untouchable legendary Hoosier icon who deserved respect and a free pass through the primary.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

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