Voting matters when it comes to the Nov. 7 general election, lobbyist Eric Miller told about 200 supporters Thursday night.As is the case with all events held by Advance America, only GOP office-holderss and candidates are present. The issues he touts at these events are issues supported by the candidates in attendance. Once again, homosexuals are a central part of the discussion. As we all know, the institution of marriage is at stake if we don't constitutionalize discrimination against gays and lesbians so says the twice-married and childless Miller.
"Go vote and take someone else with you," said the founder of the group Advance America. "With freedom goes responsibility."
Miller said work remains on issues such as a constitutional amendment repealing property taxes, defining marriage, giving parents a choice where their children go to school and stopping mental-health testing of children.
The 2004 Republican candidate for governor criticized allowing local governments to establish additional local taxes to raise money to replace property taxes.
"That's been tried before," he said. "It doesn't work."
With two new justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, the court may leave it up to states to decide if abortion should be illegal. State representatives in the next General Assembly may have to decide, he said.
Issues dealing with benefits for homosexuals must be confronted, as well, he said. Lawmakers attending the meeting in Greencroft Senior Center were state Sen. arvin Riegsecker, R-Goshen, Reps. Jackie Walorski, R-Lakeville, John Ulmer, R-Goshen, Bill Ruppel, R-North Manchester, and Republican candidate Kevin Mitschelen, who is running against the Democratic minority leader, Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend.
Advance America counts 45,000 families, 3,700 churches and 1,500 businesses among its supporters.
On another front, Miller reports that "eighty (80) legislators and candidates, including both Republicans and Democrats, have signed on to support Eric's effort to repeal Indiana property taxes." Note that his communication says "Eric's effort" and not "Advance America's effort." I remain convinced that Miller is planning to take on Daniels in the 2008 GOP primary for governor, and the property tax repeal issue will be the central focus of his campaign, along with the gay marriage ban, of course.