Justin Groenert and Matthew Neville are joined by Indiana State Representative for District 76, Wendy McNamara. Wendy answers questions about the recent Statehouse session, some of the more interesting bills she saw, and how to get more women involved in politics. Also, they introduce the Politics Aside Book Club’s first book – All the Kings Men by Robert Penn Warren.
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Senators redoing the recently passed house healthcare bill
Demise of Obamacare far from occurring at this point
Trump saying shutting down the government could be a good thing – https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/859393829505552385
either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Indiana State Representative district 76 – https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/legislators/legislator_wendy_mcnamara_1046/
1200 bills filed 270 became law
this year most flexible/discussed topics. less contentious than the past, good session
rates it 8 out of 10
talks about her early campaign winning by 4 votes in 2010
why become a legislator?
Problem-solving and helping
noticing kids not having a voice when teaching, advocating for juvenile issues
when voting, felt she needed to run for state rep
addressing the roads issue
House bill 1002 – https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2017/bills/house/1002
Difference in administrations of Daniels / Pence / Holcomb
How to get more women in the political system?
sometimes it takes someone else to ask
Lugar series for women
changing the mindset of the public in general
listening is important even if you can’t fix something
fun (crazy) bill from the session
synthetic urine bill
touching bill from the session
ability to use CBD oil for children of epilepsy
Asks what are the true issues/most pressing issues?
Justin used to drive Wendy around the state -not a good driver
All the Kings Men – Robert Penn Warren – https://www.amazon.com/All-Kings-Robert-Penn-Warren-ebook/dp/B00A1TEZA6/
one month will have a conversation about the book
Iron Sheik Tweet of the week:
TO BE THE JABRONI OR NOT TO BE THE JABRONI. THAT IS THE QUESTION JABRONI #ShakespeareSunday
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 23, 2017