Bil Browning

Indiana GOP: Bush, Daniels, immigrants and queers

Filed By Bil Browning | June 18, 2006 12:39 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics

Today's Indianapolis Star "Behind Closed Doors" column has an interesting tidbit about the Indiana GOP. (Hat tip to Taking Down Words) It seems the party is trying to get some feedback from the base. They have sent out an email to their list asking for opinions on a few topics - and if you reply you could win an iPod! For some reason, they must have forgotten my invitation to participate. *sigh*

Notice that out of four questions, they're asking about SJR-7 - the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex civil marriage (and civil unions, and domestic partner benefits, and inheritance rights, and child-care responsibilities, and hospital visitation rights, etc. etc). Maybe even the Republicans are waking up to the realization that the KKK's days of full throttle hate and bitterness are over. Could it be that they've realized this wedge issue isn't buying them favor when the state has plenty of other issues to worry about?

The Indiana Republican Party wants people to answer its new online survey so badly that it's awarding prizes.

The party sent out an e-mail this past week that offers a chance to win an iPod Nano, an iPod Shuffle or an iTunes gift card to those who complete its online survey. It was sent to people who have signed up to receive the party's e-mails and newsletters. Winners will be selected from a drawing of those who respond.

The survey asks people whether they approve or disapprove of four things: the job George W. Bush is doing as president; the job Mitch Daniels is doing as governor; President Bush's immigration reform proposal; and a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Gee. Wonder what these Republicans will say -- especially since they have to give their name, address and phone number.

Jennifer Hallowell, executive director of the Indiana GOP, said the giveaway is a good way to update the party's mailing lists. Besides, she said, the party plans to add podcasts to its Web site -- speeches, talking points and other political news that people can download onto their iPods.

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Melissa Williams | June 18, 2006 2:31 PM

I hope they don't think they will glean any useful information from this survey, considering that only people in the party with access to technology will have their voices heard. Also, people who don't find an iPod as a worthy incentive (hard to imagine, I know) will not bother to fill out the survey. Does the Indiana GOP need to retake Statistics 301?

then again, people who embrace technology might not be inclined to support an agenda that takes us back to the 1950's :)

Marla R. Stevens | July 14, 2006 9:50 PM

Polls are interesting but marriage is a fundamental right and, as such, ought not be subject to popularity contests.