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While at the Netroots Nation convention and attending many caucus's and panels we heard a lot about the radical laws in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. We sat in on a Midwest Labor caucus and they only spoke about those three states. Indiana was rarely mentioned. We were at our capital fighting against Right To Work For Less at the same time Wisconsin was, but it was rarely reported in the media. It boggles my mind of why Indiana is rarely to never mentioned. Is it because it's considered "a red state?" That I don't know, but there are many blue counties and voters and many are effected by the same laws and Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Hoosiers are feeling the same pain as those citizens from Mi, Oh, Wi, and are trying to fight these things with a lot less help from the outside. I think the biggest fight we have in Indiana is trying to educate voters, get Democrats to vote (especially in Northwest Indiana) and get voters to stop voting against themselves.

In Indiana we have voter I.D. laws, we are Right To Work for Less,Governor Pence is refusing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and  they want to  prevent out of state students from voting; these are just few of the laws. Now Mike Pence and the Indiana Republican Congress are putting a vote on the ballot in 2014 to Amend the Indiana Constitution to make same sex marriage illegal. How they can do that also boggles the mind since it completely goes against the constitutions 14th Amendment, but I wonder how much help we are going to have to get the message out to the voters especially in southern Indiana to get them to vote "no?"  

For those of you that are thinking that Indiana isn't the only state ignored. You are right. Maybe the problem is that we focus mainly on the "blue or purple states" that have radical governors that are trying to change laws rather than focus on all the states that are going through the same things. The only way to change things is to not focus on a few, but focus on them all. We need to make everyone aware in every state what these radical crazies are trying to do. Not just in Michigan Ohio, Wisconsin or even Indiana, and it would be nice to get the media to do the same. I know wishful thinking.

 

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  •  I wonder if Indiana is given less (7+ / 0-)

    attention because it is generally regarded to be a Red state.  Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio are swing states.

    I lived in Indiana for 6 years, and so feel a connection with the state.  I hope things improve there.

    Thanks for the post.

  •  You can't count on the MSM to cover this. Ever. (4+ / 0-)
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    AoT, this just in, Lujane, worldlotus

    As a Texan, I know how you feel because so much that the Republicans have done here has flown under the radar because the local media won't report it.

    After trying unsuccessfully to reform the MSM, my conclusion was that we must get the word out ourselves. We must use platforms like Daily Kos to post the news that we wish the MSM would cover. And we must use social media to get the word out.

    Now Mike Pence and the Indiana Republican Congress are putting a vote on the ballot in 2014 to Amend the Indiana Constitution to make same sex marriage illegal. How they can do that also boggles the mind since it completely goes against the constitutions 14th Amendment, but I wonder how much help we are going to have to get the message out to the voters especially in southern Indiana to get them to vote "no?"
    My unsolicited advice is to write a diary every time the GOP is trying to do something odious like this in Indiana--be sure to put Indiana or IN in your title. And then write another and another to report each development. Be sure to link and quote from any article that does report on a particular issue in order to drive traffic there to read it.

    Do you know how to embed pics and videos? If not, the DK community can help you. You will get far more readers if you embed visuals.

    Are you on Twitter and Facebook? Use those platforms as well to amplify the stories that need to be told.

    Finally, many kossacks like to interact with diarists, so be sure to rec comments when appropriate and to reply to at least some comments.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by nomandates on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 11:06:24 AM PDT

  •  Why is Indiana so politically different than (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    Ohio and Illinois?

    •  Less population in urban areas? (1+ / 0-)
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      Lujane

      Just guessing. According to the census bureau numbers (not sure if these are the most recent census), percent urban: Illinois 85%, Ohio 74%, Indiana 65%.

      Still, seems like Indiana shouldn't be so differently viewed than Ohio. I'd guess political organization of the states also differs by overall population/electors and how often the state has been contested for president. Maybe a tipping point thing for party organization and perception?

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