INDIANAPOLIS — When requested who’s in, who’s out and who’s received clout in Indiana politics after the November elections, Mike McDaniel didn’t hesitate along with his reply.
Republicans are in, Democrats are out and Republicans have clout within the state, mentioned McDaniel, govt director of governmental affairs at Krieg DeVault LLP, on the Indiana Farm Bureau Digital State Conference.
“A pair information concerning the Indiana Democrats,” he mentioned. “They’ve misplaced each statewide race since 2014. They management two out of 11 federal workplaces in Indiana — two members of Congress.
“They’re a super-minority in each homes of the Indiana Common Meeting by vast margins. Now they’ve a couple of third of the mayor’s workplace in all of Indiana.”
Democrats have 10% of county commissioner positions and fewer than 20% of county courthouse workplaces, McDaniel mentioned.
“It’s fairly tough, in what’s imagined to be a two-party state, to get a lot decrease than that,” he mentioned. “They’ve some challenges forward of them.”
Jim Shella, retired political reporter at WISH-TV and former host of Indiana Week in Overview, mentioned the Indiana Democratic Get together wants a powerful chief.
“The leaders that they’ve on the Statehouse will not be established, they don’t have a state chairman in the intervening time, they don’t have a potential candidate for Congress, they don’t have a potential candidate for governor in 4 years, they don’t have a potential candidate for Senate in two years,” he mentioned.
Whereas Republicans management politics in Indiana, federal politics are a distinct story.
“The one who instantly doesn’t have the clout he thought he had could be President Donald Trump,” Shella mentioned.
As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to guide the nation, People stay extra divided than ever.
“We’ve received a circumstance, in every single place from the state Legislature to Congress to nationwide politics to cable TV, the place no one is excited by listening to the opposite facet or compromising,” Shella mentioned. “There’s an enormous divide on this nation. Can that be fastened?”
In reply to his query, McDaniel mentioned he fears it can take a disaster to unite People.
“I feel the one factor that brings us again collectively is a few type of nationwide tragedy, a time when People band collectively and do what we now have to do to guard our nation,” he mentioned.
The web and social media are additional dividing individuals with differing political beliefs, McDaniel mentioned.
“All people is in silos,” he mentioned. “I take heed to the individuals I agree with. You take heed to the individuals you agree with. No one is getting the mix of the 2.
“It’s actually type of unhappy. That’s not the politics I used to be introduced up in. I imagine in speaking to individuals.”