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Sallie Mae Pleaded; Congress Ignored

From HoosierAccess:

In Indianapolis yesterday morning, Dan Coats listened to health care professionals lay out their concerns over the recently enacted Obama-Pelosi-Ellsworth health spending bill. For the seventh time during the general election campaign, Dan heard an overwhelming consensus of pessimism concerning the outlook of their profession, upcoming cuts to Medicare reimbursement rates and the ability to ensure quality care for their patients under new government mandates and regulations.

The health spending bill not only included numerous job-killing provisions for the health care industry, but also wrapped the student lending industry under its umbrella as well. Included were modifications to higher education financial assistance programs that resulted in the swift elimination of jobs at Sallie Mae facilities in Texas and Florida.

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Faithfulness to the Constitution

From HoosierAccess:

In case you missed it, Dan Coats sat down with WTHR’s Kevin Rader yesterday to discuss the 2010 election and specifically his principles, immigration and the extreme Obama-Ellsworth liberal agenda.

From the interview:

 Coats is spending this summer criss-crossing the state campaigning for the Senate seat that will soon be vacated by the retiring Evan Bayh. A former US senator and ambassador to Germany, Coats says Hoosiers should be very comfortable with him because he still stands for the same things he always has. “Limited government, less spending, lower taxes. A government not intrusive in our daily lives. More privacy and faithfulness to our constitution of the United States,” said Coats. Coats says the biggest issues currently confronting the United States are the economy, the deficit, health care and immigration. He says it’s wrong for the federal government to sue a state for taking action on immigration that the federal government should have done. It’s an issue that has confronted the US since the 1980s and candidate Coats says the problem is the laws are not enforced.

It’s buh-bye to Bayh’s seat

From Angry White Boy:

This just came out.

Newly chosen Republican nominee Dan Coats earns 51% support while his Democratic rival Brad Ellsworth’s attracts 36% in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Indiana Senate race following Tuesday’s GOP Primary.

More here.

Coats Standing Up for the Second Amendment is News to Gun Owners

From HoosierAccess:

I’m amused by the “shoot first, ask questions later” response from the Marlin Stutzman crowd after I wrote about how the State Senator voted for the highest tax increase in state history.  That said, it’s time to take heat from the establishment crowd.  Boy, I know how to pick my fights don’t I?

Last night during the debate, the topic of Second Amendment rights came up.  I couldn’t help but chuckle when former Senator Dan Coats spoke of defending gun owners.  When I see his ad proclaiming his support for Second Amendment rights, I almost want to jump off the couch and yell at the tv “LIAR!”  Why such a strong reaction?  Much like Stutzman’s record of raising taxes on small businesses in the midst of a recession, Coat’s record on gun rights and punishment of gun use in violent crime is far more appalling.  Did you know that:

  • In 1991, during the George H.W. Bush administration, Coats voted for a gun control-laden “crime bill” that included the so-called Brady Bill as well as a ban on semi-automatic firearms
  • In 1993, Coats voted no on mandatory sentences for using firearms in commission of drug or violent crime
  • In 1993, Coats cast another vote for the Brady bill, which was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.  He also voted for another ban on many semi-automatic firearms, both as a stand-alone amendment and again as part of the infamous 1994 Clinton crime bill
  • In 1994, Coats voted no on mandatory minimums for violent crimes with guns and death penalty for murderers

In my humble opinion, Dan Coats support for the Second Amendment is about as clear as President Obama calling for tax cuts for the rich.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

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