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Marlin Stutzman Issues Statement on Obama’s 2nd Budget Attempt

Stutzman Comments on Obama Budget Redo
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN-03) issued the following comments on President Obama’s second attempt at a budget plan.
“The deficit situation that faces our Nation cannot be fixed with ‘tax and spend’ policies,” stated Stutzman, “we must take responsible actions for economic stability and job creation.  It takes more than platitudes to create a plan that will lead to long term stability to protect our seniors today and our grandchildren tomorrow.  It is disappointing that the President believes that ‘investing’ is spending more taxpayer dollars, it is time to invest in the Nations future by controlling spending.”
Congressman Stutzman represents the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana and serves on the House Committee on Agriculture, the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.  Indiana’s 3rd District contains all of DeKalb, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties; as well as parts of Allen and Elkhart counties.

IN-3 GOP Caucus Rules

From Fort Wayne Observed:

You may download a printable PDF version of the official rules governing the 3rd District Republican Caucus by clicking here.

Since the precinct committeepersons will be performing this public function it should be a matter of course that the rules governing the proceedings be available to the public.

The rules differ greatly from those used for the 1989 caucus to choose the congressional nominee. There, no candidate was dropped until after the votes were tabulated from the second ballot.  Here, candidates will begin to be dropped from the subsequent ballots upon tabulation from the first ballot.  The first threshhold will be 5% of the votes cast; on the second ballot it will be 10% of the votes cast. After that, the lowest candidate is dropped at the conclusion of each subsequent ballot until the winner receives 50% plus one.  In 1989, the candidate receiving the fewest votes was dropped from each round of voting susequent to the second ballot.

This will shorten the amount of time needed for the winning candidate to reach 50% plus 1 of the vote to win. But it could also change the dynamics of the race.

How would it be different? After a first ballot, the relative strength of a particular candidates are known.  Precinct committeepersons who had pledged their first vote to a candidate are then freed from that personal obligation to vote for someone who may have greater relative strength.  It is possible that the first vote would reveal unexpected strength or weakness in a candidate which would cause some caucus attendees to switch and consolidate votes behind another low-yield candidate who was the ‘second choice’ of many of the supporters of other relatively low-yield candidates.

Using the older rules might result in a difference in who makes it to the later rounds.

Where did the Poll Go?

I have taken down the poll, since several more people have joined the race…

I’ll revise and repost a new poll soon.

Souder’s humility a refreshing change

By Scott Tibbs:

(Ed. Note:  This is reposted here in its entirety with Scott’s permission.)

The revelation that Mark Souder has been committing adultery sent shock waves through Hoosier politics, and Souder has been blasted from all corners of the political spectrum. We can’t whitewash Souder’s sin, because it was evil. He betrayed his wife and his family. More importantly, he broke a covenant established in the eyes of his Lord and Savior.

That said, we should keep perspective on this. Once he was confronted about the adultery, Souder called a press conference, confessed his sin and announced his resignation from Congress. Souder did not shake his finger and proclaim “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” He did not pass the buck about “a series of failures” and shift blame to others. He was very open about his sin, confessing that he sinned against God. The tears he shed demonstrate that he is broken about his sin and is repenting before God.

Much has been said about Souder and his Christian faith. Since much of the attacks on Souder have been focused on his hypocrisy as a conservative Christian, it is appropriate to examine this from a theological perspective.

We are commanded as Christians to be sexually pure, but salvation does not depend on perfection. King David, a man after God’s own heart, committed adultery with Bathsheba. David then murdered his good friend Uriah to cover it up. When David was confronted by a prophet of the Lord, he repented in tears and brokenness and was restored. If Souder’s repentance is genuine (and I see no reason to believe otherwise) he will be restored to fellowship with God.

Lost in the gloating about Souder’s fall is compassion for his employees. Congressional staffers know that they could be out of a job every two years. They take their jobs knowing that their employment is very unstable. What Congressional staffers do not expect is for their boss to abruptly resign from Congress with four days’ notice. Whatever we might think about Souder leaving office, his staff did not expect or deserve to have sudden economic hardship. We should have compassion on these people and pray for the staff that God will provide.

Thirteen years ago, I was offered a summer internship with Congressman Souder’s office in Washington, DC. I was unable to accept the internship because I had recently been diagnosed with cancer and had to deal with the treatment of it. Mark Souder sent me a hand-written note expressing sympathy and wishing that I return to full health. It was something I did not expect and I am still grateful for it to this day.

Mark Souder is a good man. Yes, he sinned and he broke his marriage vows. Can any of us say we haven’t sinned? How many of us have murdered people in our hearts when a fellow driver does something foolish and dangerous on the road? The test of a Believer is not whether he is perfect, because there is only One Man who has ever been perfect. The test of a Believer is whether he is repentant of his sin and fights against it.

Mark Souder sinned, and his sin cannot be excused, whitewashed or ignored. But before we judge in a self-righteous manner, we should examine our own hearts so we do not fall in the same manner. (Galatians 6:1)

The Three Congressional Races in the Third

Some interesting ovservations from Mitch Harper at Fort Wayne Observed:

One thing to look for as events unfold in the election of a new US Representative is whether it seems to be becoming something more than the special and regular elections to be held in 2010.

Some candidates and backers of candidates may actually be making the 2010 jousting about the election two years down the road. In between now and 2012, the Indiana General Assembly will be drawing new district lines following the compilation of the US Census figures.  The districts to be carved out by the members of the Indiana House and Senate will include the Congressional Districts in addition to their own.

Members of the General Assembly tend to be less sentimental about the federal districts than they are about their own.

It is generally conceded that State Senator Marlin Stutzman of Howe is the leading candidate to be nominated for the 3rd Distric seat held – until tomorrow – by Mark Souder.  However, Fort Wayne is approximately one-half the population of the district.

If Mr. Stutzman were to be nominated, then there exists the possibility state legislators could shift the counties of the 3rd for 2012 and cleave LaGrange County from district.  That would then allow a new candidate from the dominant Allen County to seek a congressional seat – an open congressional seat.

Read the rest at Fort Wayne Observed.

Souder-Bashing…I’m Not Going There

By David Ditton:

Friends,  there’s a lot of bashing going on, both nationally and locally, over Mark Souder’s admission of an affair and subsequent resignation.  I want to make it clear…I’M NOT GOING THERE.  While I do believe that what Mark has done is wrong, and he should resign, AND it really would have been nice to know this PRIOR to the Primary Election…we need to move forward.  I will continue to post stories about the replacement process, and reasonable commentary.  However, any stories (or comments) that cross the line into bashing will not appear on this website.

Please feel free to comment about this policy, and I will respond as needed.

Culver a Replacement for Souder?

From HoosierAccess:

By: Brian Sikma

Shortly after hearing the unfortunate news of Congressman Souder’s wrongdoing and subsequent resignation, I thought to myself that a good replace for that seat might be found in State Representative Wes Culver. This afternoon, Rep. Culver (R-Goshen) sent out an e-mail update to supporters declaring that he has formed an exploratory committee for the express purpose of determining whether or not a run for Congress in the 3rd District is feasible.

According to Culver, people from around the district have called him and encouraged him to run, and he is going to take the next few days to think the proposal over and speak with more potential supporters. “I appreciate the strong show of confidence,” he said in the e-mail. “There is a lot that goes into making such a monumental decision.  An exploratory committee met today along with members of my family to discuss the prospect of a run for this seat. We are very optimistic about the possibility. As is my style, my decision will be based on gathering facts and counsel of others. I will announce my decision in the next few days.”

Having worked for Culver, I know he doesn’t make decisions hastily, particularly big decisions. If he decides to run, it is only because he genuinely believes he can mount a serious bid for the seat.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess

This Ain’t a Primary

Angry White Boy has a guest artcile from John Henry:

Guest article by John Henry

Hardball is already being played for the Souder seat inside the GOP. If indeed as has been reported by Jim Howard, precinct committeemen are being leaked info saying somehow Marlin Stutzman was behind the outing of Mark Souder, then the games have already begun. Ambitions and the hunt for power rather than altruistic desire for public service will more than likely drive the intentions of those who very quickly announced their intentions to run for the seat being vacated by Souder. It will be bare-knuckled brawling by grizzled political veterans and wannabes alike, out maneuvering and feeding on the principled and naïve who think it rude to throw a punch. This caucus will be more like the race for Allen County GOP Chairman than the recent primary election, and everyone, I’m sure, remembers how that was conducted and the resulting outcome. A few hundred precinct committeemen (many appointed by the Chairman) came, voted, and then promptly left before the business meeting began. Perhaps only elected precinct committeemen should vote on the Souder replacement, at least then some connection back to voters, thin as it might seem, would exist.

Read the rest at Angry White Boy.

Press Release — Procedure to Replace Mark Souder

From Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2010

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita outlines procedures for filling vacant congressional seat and party nomination for the November ballot

Governor will call special election to fill vacant seat in U.S. House of Representatives; party caucus to select nominee for November election 

(Indianapolis) – Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita outlined the following procedures today upon learning of the resignation of Congressman Mark Souder:

1) How long will the seat remain vacant?

Under Indiana Code 3-10-8-1(3), the seat will remain vacant until a special election is held. The winner of the election must then take the oath of office and be seated by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Unlike the U.S. Senate where vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment, there is no appointment to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. Under Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, vacancies in the U.S. House must be filled by special election.

2) When will the special election be held?

A resignation must be submitted to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Typically, a resignation will indicate its effective date.

After the Governor is notified of the resignation, the Governor will then issue a writ of election that must specify the date of the special election (IC 3-10-8-3). There is no deadline specified by statute for the Governor’s writ to be issued.

However, the combination of deadlines set by state law for nominating candidates and absentee ballot voting makes it mathematically impossible for a special election to occur earlier than 60 days after a vacancy occurs in the office of U.S. Representative (See, for example, IC 3-13-1-7; 3-13-1-9; 3-13-1-20; 3-8-6-13; 3-8-7-15).

3) How will the major parties select candidates for the special election to fill the vacant seat in Congress?

Major political parties, i.e. Republicans and Democrats, will select candidates to be on the special election ballot by caucus. Within 30 days of the vacancy, the state party chairmen must call their caucuses, composed of precinct committeemen within the congressional district, who will nominate and elect their party’s candidate (IC 3-13-1-7(a)(2)).

A person who wants to become a candidate must file a declaration of candidacy with the chairman of their party’s caucus, in this case, state party chairs, and the Secretary of State or Indiana Election Division.

4) What about candidates who are not affiliated with a major political party?

These candidates could include a Libertarian Party candidate, who would be entitled to be placed on the special election ballot without petitioning. The Libertarian Party must give 10 days’ notice of its intent to nominate a candidate (IC 3-13-1-20), and file the certification of its nominee no later than noon, 50 days before the election (IC 3-8-7-15).

These candidates could also include independent candidates or candidates of other minor party candidates, who gain access to the special election ballot by gathering petition signatures.

The total number of signatures needed by petition candidates would be equal to two percent of the total votes cast for all four secretary of state candidates in the most recent general election (in November 2006). A petition of nomination must be filed with the Indiana Election Division no later than noon 50 days before the date of the election (IC 3-8-6-13).

5) Who is responsible for holding the special election?

Once candidates are nominated and certified to the Indiana Election Division, each county within the district is responsible for holding the special election.

Ballots have to be printed, absentee voting must be available, and poll workers have to be recruited and appointed. Voter registration closes 29 days before the special election is held (IC 3-10-8-9).

6) Who pays for the costs associated with holding a special election?

Any costs involved with the special election are paid for by the county in accordance with normal election procedures (IC 3-5-3-1).

7) How long will the individual who is elected during the special election serve?

The individual elected in the special election would serve the remainder of the term which will end noon, January 3, 2011 (20th Amendment to the US Constitution).

8) What about the November 2010 general election?

This special election for the remainder of the current term (2010-2011) will not affect the election later this year for the 2011-2013 term. A candidate nominated at the May 4, 2010 primary may choose to withdraw from the General Election ballot by filing a statement to that effect on the prescribed form with the Election Division no later than noon, July 15, 2010.

The resulting candidate vacancy for the General Election ballot will be filled by a caucus of precinct committeemen whose precincts are within the congressional district. The party must fill the vacancy within 30 days after the withdrawal occurs.

Any individual who was defeated in the May 4, 2010 Republican primary would be allowed to file as a candidate at both the special election and to fill the ballot vacancy for the full two year term.

9) When was the last time a special election was held in Indiana?

The last time a special election for Congress was held in Indiana was on March 11, 2008, when U.S. Representative Andre Carson was elected in the 7th Congressional District for the seat vacated by Julia Carson, who passed away.

10) Where can I obtain additional information about special elections?

Additional information about the special election can be obtained by visiting www.in.gov/sos/elections/ or by calling the Indiana Election Division at 317-232-3939.

Mark Souder Resigning Effective Friday; How the Vacancy is Filled

From Fort Wayne Observed:

FoxNews is reporting that US Representative Mark Souder will resign his seat.

More: Stacey Page Connections: Kosciusco County news.

A vacancy in the office of US Representative will be filled by special election.  Indiana law provides that a special election shall be held unless the vacancy occurs less that 30 days before the general election.  The Governor will issue the order for the special election.

The nominations for each party shall occur per IC 3-13-1. The Libertarian Party will nominate a candidate by convention.  Candidates wishing to run under the banner of another third party or as independents may do so under IC 3-8-6.

A resignation of the candidacy would be filled by a caucus of Republican precinct per IC 3-13-1-4.

IC 3-13-1-4
United States Representatives
Sec. 4. A candidate vacancy for United States Representative shall be filled by a caucus comprised by the precinct committeemen of the political party whose precincts are within the congressional district. As added by P.L.5-1986, SEC.9.

It is theoretically possible that a different candidate could be selected to run in the special election as would fill the vacant general election slot for the Republicans.  Likewise, Democrats could select a candidate other than the primary-nominated Tom Hayhurst to run in the special election. These, of course, are unlikely scenarios.

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