INDIANAPOLIS-News is breaking that the Indiana Republican State Central Committee has chosen Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to be the party’s nominee to replace Mike Pence, who has joined Donald Trump’s ticket.
Following is the response of Yin Kyi, vice president of SEIU Healthcare Indiana:
“Whether it’s women’s rights, workers’ rights or rights for LGBTQ people, it looks like Republicans have chosen an ideologue who will continue Mike Pence’s record of failure for Indiana.
“Our economy has lagged, our infrastructure is hurting, our education is struggling and the most vulnerable have suffered under Pence and his backward legacy. And from the get-go, it looks like Holcomb has been cast in the Trump-Pence mold, where fear and hatred is considered a substitute for policies that would grow the Hoosier middle class.
“It’s time for real change in Indiana. It’s time for John Gregg.”
Media Contact: Yin.Kyi@seiuhcil.org
Cabello can drive 400 miles to cheer on Trump’s sexism, but can’t show up to vote to protect working women and their families
Machesney Park, IL – Illinois Trump for President Co-Chair, State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), is back in Illinois after his trip to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. The convention featured Cabello’s fellow delegates exhibiting ugly behavior toward women.
Cabello continues to stand by Trump despite the fact that Trump has said “women, you have to treat them like s***” and called women he doesn’t like “fat pigs,” “dogs,” and “disgusting animals.” Cabello believes Trump’s behavior is not a problem, telling the Associated Press last week that “Trump has a problem only with women who would never support him in the first place.”
“Cabello showed his true colors in Cleveland as he cheered on Donald Trump and the GOP’s War on Women,” said 68th District State Representative candidate Tricia Sweeney. “The Trump/Cabello agenda is wrong for Stateline families.”
It’s not just women. It was discovered that Cabello’s fellow Trump delegate from Illinois, Lori Gayne, has a history of racist and violent behavior on Facebook.
Women in Illinois have many reasons to oppose John Cabello beyond his support for Trump. Cabello allowed two votes to fail that would have reversed Governor Rauner’s childcare cuts to 55,000 children. Local childcare providers are still turning kids away as a result. Cabello also skipped recent votes to preserve a quality workforce of home childcare and healthcare workers. Approximately 95% of home childcare and home healthcare workers are women.
“Cabello has no problem driving 400 miles to Cleveland to cheer on Trump’s sexism, but he can’t show up to vote to protect working women and their families,” said Sweeney. “Cabello and Trump do not share the priorities of Stateline families.”
July 25, 2016
In a remarkable display of candor, Comptroller Leslie Munger, who has described herself as Bruce Rauner’s “right hand,” acknowledged yesterday that she would make Wall Street banks a priority over the people of Illinois as she captains the “stopgap” sham that is part of the governor’s assault on the social services safety net in Illinois.
In a self-serving press conference, Munger paid lip service Thursday to payments to the social services agencies that haven’t yet closed as a result of Rauner’s manufactured budget crisis, but made clear that she would service debt to banks (while not defining exactly what she and Rauner consider “debt”).
Following is the response of James Muhammad, vice president and communications director of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, which represents more than 50,000 Illinois home healthcare and child care workers, who have seen care in Illinois diminished by the Munger/Rauner priorities that put banks first and human beings last.
“Comptroller Munger’s self-serving press conference shows that she believes bank profits are more important than the needs of everyday Illinoisans. The comptroller is supposed to be a watchdog of taxpayer resources. Instead, Munger, working as the “right hand” of Governor Bruce Rauner, has left the stopgap money payments WITHOUT any oversigh and has served as a waterbearer for Wall Street.
“A million people have been denied services as a result of the state budget impasse and thousands of social services providers have closed, never to return. Now, Munger and Rauner are coming to the rescue – but not for those suffering who need relief the most, but for the banks. Not one of Munger’s favored banks have closed during the impasse, but several nonprofits and providers of services have closed their doors, thanks to her shameful willingness to toe the Rauner line.
“Munger and Rauner will say that this is about our credit rating and saving taxpayers money and nothing could be done differently. But nothing could be further from the truth: They were content to sit by and pay fees and penalties and see our credit scores drop while they kept our budget hostage, all so that they could further their radical political agenda. What’s more, they continued to pay out to banks fees and penalties that had NOTHING to do with the Illinois debt, while allowing social services to wither on the vine.
“The Illinois comptroller is supposed to be a watchdog of taxpayer resources. But Munger has provided no transparency, no accountability and no plan, other than making sure that Wall Street banks line their pockets. We need a comptroller independent of the banks and independent of Rauner. In November, our members will be voting for Susana Mendoza, who provides an independent voice and will put the people of Illinois before the profits of New York corporate banks.”
Today , community leaders will gathered outside the Trump Tower at 10 a.m. to condemn the hatred and division of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, as Trump was in the city for a fundraiser. SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley was among the speakers and noted Gov. Bruce Rauner’s own campaign of division and asked Rauner .
Watch the video and see the information below to learn more about the Trump/Rauner record.
Rauner, who has pledged to support Trump, is dismissing any similarities. But his record tells a different story:
Trump became the first major-party candidate in modern history to call for a ban on immigrants based on their religion, a policy that experts agree is unconstitutional, not to say un-American. Rauner tried to get in on the scapegoating act by supporting a “despicable” ban on Syrian refugees, which likely also is unconstitutional.
UGLY BEHAVIOR TOWARD WOMEN
Trump’s long history of mean-spirited and ugly comments about women and their appearances are the focal point of his running feud with a Fox TV news anchor. Rauner, meanwhile, was accused of intimidation and bullying behavior in his treatment of a female CEO involved in a business deal, and had virtually no women (or people of color) working at his investment house. Meanwhile, Rauner’s cuts have hurt women.
EXTREME VIEWS ON GUNS
Trump has pandered to his base with a flip-flop on guns. After previously supporting commonsense gun reforms, Trump now opposes any restrictions on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. As he was pandering his way to the Republican gubernatorial nomination here in Illinois, Rauner similarly supported the ownership of the type of assault weapons that have been used in countless mass shootings, including, most recently, in San Bernardino.
While both believe they should lead governments because of their supposed success in the private sector, both Trump and Rauner were failures who cost their investors tens of millions of dollars through bankruptcies.
FOR-PROFIT EDUCATION FRAUDS
Trump has been hostile to the workers at his various properties and currently is trying to bust the union at his Las Vegas hotel. Rauner, meanwhile, has made union-busting the centerpiece of his administration.
CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley condemning the threats against President Obama made by former Congressman Joe Walsh:
“While the rest of the nation mourns, former Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh divides, threatening President Obama in hateful speech that must be condemned.
“Walsh has a history of outright racism and his abhorrent comments were made in this context. But with America grieving the loss of the heroic Dallas police officers, as well as grappling with the senseless deaths of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, his intolerance serves to pull us further apart instead of bringing us closer together.
“This world needs more peace. And we know that justice is a condition of peace. The peaceful “Black Lives Matter” movement, also threatened and slurred by Walsh, has used the nonviolent tools of democracy to achieve this condition.
“Our hearts are heavy this week as more people fall victim to gun violence that is churned by racism and fear. Let’s hope our leaders listen less to racist demagogues like Joe Walsh and more to leaders like President Obama, who said, in extolling the nonviolence of Gandhi, that, “We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place.””