Hoosier Politics Getting Interesting


What looked to be a rehash of the 2012 election between Governor Mike Pence and former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg may not happen. And that lock it looked like the GOP would keep on retiring Senator Dan Coates seat may not be so safe after all.

The Governor is in the running to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick. He will campaign in Indianapolis tomorrow with Trump.

A decision from Trump is expected this week on this Veep pick. However, Pence must decide between now and Friday whether to pull out of his re-election bid. Indiana law will not allow him to run for both a state and federal office at the same time.

Hoosier Republicans, according to scuttlebutt, are now racing to find someone else to run against Democrat Gregg or kiss the Governor’s Mansion good-bye.

A couple of weeks ago I noted that like in 2012, I would be backing Gregg for Governor against Pence. That may change depending on who the GOP puts up to run against him if Pence pulls out of the race.

Now we hear that former Congressman and perennial Democratic candidate Baron Hill announced today he is dropping out of his bid to replace Coates in the US Senate.

Rumor has it Hill, who has been struggling as he faces Congressman Todd Young, a shoe-in to replace the retiring senior Indiana Senator, bid farewell today to make room for another of the Cornfield’s favorite sons.

I may have to rethink who I am voting for Senate now too.

The word on the street is that former, very popular Governor and former, very popular Senator Evan Bayh is putting his name in the hat for a return to the body he left in 2010, calling it too partisan in Washington, DC.

Bayh, who is also the son of a former Senator, the late Birch Bayh, is more moderate and someone Republicans even like. He is a co-founder of the non-partisan No Labels organization.

Yep, Hoosier politics may be getting very interesting indeed.

From the Cornfield, forget the national election, we have a real-live, political slug fest about to happen here at home.

Get ready for a rollercoaster ride to outdo anything Holiday World has to offer and waves to beat anything at Indiana Beach.

For me, it’s back to search and research and then search some more before tipping my vote one way or the other.

Talk about splitting a ticket!

Good thing I am an independent moderate.

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I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course. I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a “dried up sponge” and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton’s Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton’s affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

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