Holcomb “Proud” of Mike Pence’s Out-of-Touch, Divisive Record
NWI Times Headline: “Holcomb, Crouch plan to run on Pence’s record”
INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday, Eric Holcomb told the Statehouse press corps that he was proud of the ideological agenda that has the state’s economy lagging and the Hoosier middle-class falling behind.
“…Holcomb pledged, if elected, they would continue the work of Gov. Mike Pence, the party’s nominee for vice president of the United States. […] ‘I’m quite proud of where our state is right now, I’m quite proud of it, and I’ll run on this record,’ Holcomb said.” – NWI Times, 8.1.16
That must mean Holcomb is proud of the many PR problems Indiana has faced under Mike Pence. This includes RFRA, one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the nation, and the state’s choice to decline the $80 million grant for statewide Pre-K.
But that’s not all. Here’s a friendly reminder of repeated failures of the Pence Administration – a record Eric Holcomb is very proud of as the new GOP gubernatorial nominee.
|Month/Year||Mike Pence’s Failed Record|
|January 2013||Mike Pence’s staff scrubbed pro-LGBT rights comments from the governor’s Facebook page. [NWI Times, 6.28.13]|
|October 2014||Without public announcement, Mike Pence declines $80 million that would have created a statewide Pre-K program. [IndyStar, 10.17.14]|
|January, 2015||Mike Pence announces and then embarrassingly ends “JustIN”, a state-run news service. [Fox 59. 1.29.15]|
|March 2015||In a closed door ceremony, Mike Pence signs the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, throwing Indiana into a $250 million economic panic. [Indy Star, 3.25.16]|
|March 2015||With Scott County in an HIV outbreak, Mike Pence waits 65 days to declare a State of Emergency for the county. Cases rise from 10 to 79. [Politico, 3.26.15]|
|May 2015||With no public debate, Mike Pence signs an education budget that eliminates funding for urban and rural public schools, creates more loans for struggling charter schools and adds to an unreliable voucher program. [Associated Press, 5.7.15]|
|August 2015||Mike Pence hires the bare minimum workers needed for the Department of Child Services to remain compliant with state law. [Indiana Public Media, 8.13.15]|
|August 2015||An I-65 Bridge nearly collapses in Lafayette, causing a month-long detour that leads to gridlocked traffic and fatal accidents. Mike Pence? He only provided “maybe” solutions to fix Indiana’s crumbling infrastructure – and ignored local roads and bridges. [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 8.13.15]|
|October 2015||Before hundreds of schools receive failing ISTEP score levels, Mike Pence flip-flops on accountability for teachers and schools on the test. [NWI Times, 10.27.15]|
|November 2015||Mike Pence politicizes the Syrian refugee crisis by denying a family the opportunity to resettle in Indiana, putting our “Hoosier Hospitality” reputation in jeopardy again. [Indy Star, 11.20.15]|
|December 2015||After the Lt. Governor’s longstanding opposition to RFRA, Mike Pence encourages her to seek new opening at Ivy Tech Community College. [Fox 59, 12.27.15]|
|January 2016||After RFRA and months of “studying” LGBT rights for Hoosiers, Mike Pence does nothing to advocate for adding protections to state’s nondiscrimination laws. [IndyStar, 1.13.16]|
|March 2016||In a closed door ceremony, Mike Pence signs one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the nation. [IndyStar, 3.24.16]|