Hoosier Democrats Look To The Post-Election Future
November 7, 2014 — House Minority Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City says his caucus took a step back in 2014 after losing two seats but promises 2016 will be a very different election. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on Pelath’s vision for House Democrats:
Eric Berman, Network Indiana — House Minority Leader Scott Pelath is shouldering the blame for the party‘s loss of two more House seats, but says Democrats will still make their voices heard. Pelath (D-Michigan City) credits House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) with setting a positive tone. He says they‘ll work together on an ethics reform bill, and will look for opportunities to advance job training legislation or other areas where they have common interests.
But he says Republicans will have to convince him they‘re serious about pledges to make the school funding formula fairer. He says Republican efforts to link funding to enrollment have benefited suburban school districts at the expense of struggling urban ones, while G-O-P enthusiasm for charter schools and vouchers has limited the available money. And Pelath says Democrats will seek to exploit divisions in Republican ranks,. and force discussion of issues like a minimum-wage increase he suggests Republicans would rather not have to face.
Pelath says Democrats made the right decisions on policy and operational planning for the election — they just didn‘t win. He says it‘ll be a different playing field in two years, when the presidency, the governorship and Indiana Senator Dan Coats are all on the ballot.
[Photo: House Minority Leader Scott Pelath (D-Mich City) with Minority Floor Leader, Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) courtesy IPBS ]