By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Nov 02, 2012, 04:53 PM EDT
Should that occur, expect cries of "bait and switch."
While many expect the initial Pence legislative thrust to be economic in nature, with one of the most conservative legislatures in memory coming into office in November, there will be an array of social legislation dealing with chemical abortion, personhood, and creationism originating from senators and House members. While Pence has not actively discussed his "moral agenda," he has said that since he is pro-life, people can expect him to sign any pro-life legislation that crosses his desk.
During the debate sequence only one moral issue was directly posed to the candidates, dealing with creationism in public schools. Neither Pence nor Gregg directly answered the question about moral issues. "On issues of curriculum, they should be decided by parents and local schools," Pence said, "not dictated out of Indianapolis."
Could Pence be expected to veto such a bill, based on local control? And will he rely on legislative leaders like Long and Bosma to put the clamps on controversial legislation, as Bosma apparently did - possibly at the behest of Daniels - on such legislation as creationism?
Or will a Gov. Pence essentially tell his evangelical base in the House and Senate to focus on the economy during the first couple of years? A scenario along those lines might be that Pence needs to come out of the blocks strong on job creation as a key ingredient for what many expect to be a serious look at the 2016 presidential race, should Mitt Romney lose to President Obama next week.
- Brian Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana online at www.howeypolitics.com.
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