Another IDS Opinion Illustration dump day!
The first is about how charter schools undermine the financial resources of Indiana public schools that are already struggling (http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=94262).
The second one invokes the sense of pride Indiana University has for legendary president and humanist extraordinaire, Herman B Wells and tells the university administration that they owe it to our legacy to be more gender blind (http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=94538). I’m also proud to note that this piece was awarded Best Illustration of the week across the IDS. It feels good when the university recognizes the importance of the issues being expressed through a visual medium.
The last one is about the Great Congressional Pissing Contest, in which are representatives are crossing streams and not party lines while still making the big bucks.
This was an opposing view column. Eli Goldaris wrote in favor of paying congress, even during shut down (http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=94641) while Casey Farrington held that if Congress had one job, it would be to not let shutdowns happen (http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=94640).
TAMMY BALDWIN, the Senator-Elect from Wisconsin, will become the first openly gay person ever elected to Senate.
MAZIE HIRONO, the Senator-Elect from Hawaii, will become the first Asian-American woman in Senate.
TAMMY DUCKWORTH, the Representative-Elect for Illinois, will become the first disabled female veteran elected to the House of Reps. (she lost both her legs in the Iraq War).
Tonight is one for the history books.
fierce ladies makin’ history y’all
On the floor of the House this morning, Rep. Bobby Rush’s effort to call attention to the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin turned into a contest of wills between the Illinois Democrat and the presiding officer because Rush donned a hoodie while speaking.
It’s against the rules to wear hats in the chamber when the House is in session. But Rush slipped a hood over his head in an symbolic act of solidarity with Martin’s family and supporters, who say the 17-year-old African-American was the victim of racial profiling by a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him on Feb. 26. They also argue that local police failed to appropriately investigate the claim of the shooter, George Zimmerman, that he acted in self defense. -Mark Memmott
Really powerful. Really haunting. I really admire the tenacity of Rush. If you ever want to look like a bad guy, be the one banging a gavel and trying to silence a man who is giving a speech about a social injustice ending in the death of a 17-year-old boy on the premise that the hoodie he’s wearing is considered a hat.
With positive ratings for Congress at an all-time low, it may come as no surprise that a plurality of voters nationwide believes a group of people randomly selected from a telephone book would do a better job than the current legislators.