In the Hoosier state, a lot of the political news has been focused on national politics, especially since our General Assembly (i.e. legislature) is out of session and the never-ending drama from DC seems to never abate, even just for a day. He is a bit too conservative for my taste, but I definitely can’t say that he has been particularly partisan, especially compared to his fellow GOP governors. For instance, North Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) has basically upended the way the state has conducted its affairs and is especially emboldened given that this is the first time the GOP has controlled all levers of state government in nearly a century. At least in rhetoric, Gov. Pence is sticking to his campaign promises that he outlined in his Road Map for Indiana.
Pence was known as a social conservative during his days as a U.S. congressman, so it’s good, in my opinion, that he is shying away from those issues. It is even more surprising to me that since the GOP as a 2/3 majority in both houses of the Assembly, I’d expect that he’d chart a course much like Gov. McCrory, but I’m glad he didn’t. For now, he has my approval too.
When any drama happens in state politics, it seems to be everyone but Pence. Former Indiana State Superintendent Bennett stepped down from his now current job (in a similar position in Florida) because of an alleged school scoring scandal. Many weeks of who was going to be the state auditor filled up our time while also why almost the entire state GOP executive committee resigned even though they won at all levels during the 2012 elections.
I realize that Indiana is one of the most conservative states in the Midwest, and I’d hope that all Republicans would emulate the no-, or at least much-less-, drama of Indiana.
- Pence earns high marks in GOP polls (politico.com)
- Polls: Most North Carolinians disapprove of Barack Obama and Pat McCrory (charlotteobserver.com)