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Fraud, Identity Theft Workshop Today in Knox, Winamac

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Two workshops are scheduled today in Knox and Winamac to present senior citizens and Hoosier families the latest information on scams and what seniors can do to protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski has announced she will be teaming up with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office to present this workshop.

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Walorski Joined by Chairman Lucas in Roundtable Discussion in Knox

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was joined by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas in a roundtable discussion hosted in Knox today. The pair met with Hoosier farmers to address important issues facing the agriculture industry, providing a legislative update on the farm bill. The roundtable was held by Starke County Farm Bureau President Brad Lawrence at LTL Farms, giving Lucas and Walorski a chance to listen to questions and concerns from members of the Indiana Farm Bureau and local farmers.

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House Passes Coal Ash Bill

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

The House of Representatives yesterday passed the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, co-sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. This piece of legislation makes the state the primary regulator and issuer of coal ash permits, as long as they meet the minimum federal requirements provided in the bill. This bill allows states to effectively protect the environment and provide cost-effective management of coal ash by setting federal standards and permitting states to respond to local needs.

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Congresswoman Walorski Encourages Veterans to Utilize Local Resources

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski is visiting with veterans throughout her district to highlight a valuable resource available to help them cut through the red tape in dealing with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

“Connecting our local veterans with their local VSO is one way at the local level that we can help make sure claims are filed properly, that they get all the information they need. There’s a resource, there’s an advocate here at the local level they can call,” said Walorski.

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Walorski Discusses Military Sexual Assault Bill at White House

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, the only Republican freshman, attended a bipartisan meeting with White House senior advisers to join in a discussion regarding legislation aiming to reduce sexual violence in the military, including the bill she sponsored on whistle-blower protections for sexual assault victims in the military.

“I dropped this bill last week with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez because I believe that we have the finest military in the world, but the military is going to have to be accountable for what’s happening with this issue of sex abuse, and so our bill is a very commonsense bill and it’s one that has received a lot of bipartisan support. We have quite a few cosponsors on this bill already,” said Walorski.

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Walorski Visits Starke County Chamber of Commerce

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski returned to Knox yesterday afternoon to discuss the main issues faced by Starke County in a meeting with the county Chamber of Commerce. Walorski said she wanted to hear from the community about what their main concerns are and what difficulties residents and the county as a whole face, and she said she came away from the meeting with the idea that the county is in need of a highly skilled workforce and a way to turn the county around economically.

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Walorski Gives Update on Congress at Republican Lincoln Day Dinner

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski spoke to the crowd of more than 100 people of Congress activities.

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski spoke to the crowd of more than 100 people of Congress activities.

A crowd packed into the Bass Lake Property Owner’s Association building, filling up the seats and taking up every space available in the parking lot to attend the Starke County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. With a number of prominent community members in attendance, including government representatives at the county, state, and federal levels, including Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, those in attendance got a solid idea of what is happening legislatively.

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Walorski Visits Starke County to Hear Local Agricultural Concerns

U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski visited Starke County to listen to the concerns of local farmers.

U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski visited Starke County to listen to the concerns of local farmers.

In an effort to learn more about what issues and concerns area farmers have, U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski visited Lawrence Farms in Starke County and addressed a roomful of concerned farmers looking to speak their mind and be heard by their representative. Walorski said that she wanted to make sure as a representative that she has a good idea of what’s going on in the counties she represents, and in order to do that, she needed to hear from those in the agricultural field what their primary issues and concerns are.

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Secretary of State Connie Lawson to Speak at Lincoln Day Dinner

Jackie Walorski

New Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is slated as a speaker Saturday night at the Starke County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. The event, to be held at the newly remodeled Bass Lake Community Center, will begin with a social hour at 6:00 and the dinner at 7:00.

Other local and state candidates are expected to be in attendance, as well as 2nd District Congressional candidate Jackie Walorski.

Lawson was selected by Governor Mitch Daniels to fill the position vacated by Charlie White who was convicted of six felonies earlier in the year and lost his job.

The new Secretary of State was a State Senator from Danville, who Daniels said “comes to the office with the highest credentials.” She assumed the office with only 53 days until the Primary Election, and went right to work.

Lawson is the second woman to fill the position of Indiana Secretary of State, after Sue Ann Gilroy.

Starke County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner Set for Saturday

New Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is slated as a speaker Saturday night at the Starke County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. The event, to be held at the newly remodeled Bass Lake Community Center, will begin with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Other local and state candidates are expected to be in attendance as well as Second District Congressional candidate, Jackie Walorski.

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Greg Andrews to Run Against Jackie Walorski

Greg Andrews, M.D.

There’s a new face in the Republican Primary: Greg Andrews, M.D., will be going toe-to-toe with Jackie Walorski. Andrews says many of the issues he plans to tackle if elected revolved around the healthcare field because of his history as a physician.

“I am well informed about issues that nobody’s addressing, and they’ve gotta be addressed. There’s a doctor shortage, nursing shortage, nurse educator shortage, and Alzheimer’s will bankrupt the United States by 2050 if we do not work headstrong against that disease,” said Andrews.

Andrews says he wants to focus on preventing the rationing of medicine, and says he plans to utilize his expertise in healthcare law and policy, and his Juris Doctor degree earned from Notre Dame law school. Andrews says that while this is the first time he’s stepping into the field of politics, he sees a number of changes that need to be made.

Andrews says that with a lot of money going toward healthcare, the system needs to be more efficient with it, starting at the family clinic level. If we can invest a little more in having coordinated care of patients, Andrews says we can save these families trips to the Emergency Room or other urgent care, controlling costs.

After growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania, Andrews says he lived in this area for most of his adult life. He attended Notre Dame law school after receiving a scholarship as a Harvard undergrad, and worked in La Porte and South Bend, even finishing his residency in South Bend. Andrews says his ties to the community are strong, and he’s looking to improve the community if elected to congress.

Pulaski County Lincoln Day Dinner Held Last Night in Star City

Jackie Walorski, Mike Pence and Sam Frain

Pulaski County Republicans gathered for the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Star City Community Building last night and heard an address by Gubernatorial candidate, Congressman Mike Pence.

Pence offered a glowing picture for the Hoosier state when he said that he looked forward to “building on the progress Mitch Daniels has won for the people of Indiana.”

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Jackie Walorski Looking Forward to 2012 Election

Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski recently announced that she is again running in the Second District Republican Primary for the right to be the U.S. Congressional candidate in the fall election. Walorski is pretty much assured of the nomination, as she ran a close race in 2010.

She said this is a “new race in a new district.”

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Jackie Walorski Files for U.S. Congress Seat

Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski has made it official this week when she filed her intention to represent Indiana’s Second District in the United States Congress. She filed with the Secretary of State in Indianapolis.

“I am running to get our economy back on track so businesses can create jobs, and to get government spending under control by balancing the budget. Our country is heading in the wrong direction,” Walorski said.

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Pulaski County Ronald Reagan Republicans of the Year Award Winners Announced

Bud Cummins accepts the Ronald Reagan Republican of the Year Award

Bud and Alice Cummins were recently named the recipients of the first ever Pulaski County Ronald Reagan Republican of the Year Award. The award was given to the pair during the recent dinner hosted by the Pulaski County Republican Women at the Francesville Fire Station. The annual dinner and auction helps raise money for the county Republican party.

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Jackie Walorski Raises Money for Campaign

Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski announced this week that she has raised more than $225,000 for her campaign for Congress during the 2nd quarter of 2011, and has more than $267,000 cash on hand.

Walorski’s report will be filed with the Federal Elections Commission today. Walorski has received donations from every county in Indiana’s 2nd District, and has nearly 1,000 donors so far this election cycle.

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Jackie Walorski Campaigning for Congressional Seat in 2012

Jackie Walorski

Jackie is giving it another run for a U.S. Congressional seat in 2012, but this time she’s running in a reconfigured district that favors a Republican candidate.

Walorski narrowly lost to Representative Joe Donnelly in the 2010 election, but it won’t be a rematch in 2012 as Donnelly has announced that he running for the U.S. Senate.

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Jackie Walorski is Gaining Endorsements

Jackie Walorski

Jackie Walorski announced in a press release this week that she had received the endorsement of seven Second District Republican Chairmen in counties that account for more than 80% of the population in her district.

Walorski received the endorsements of Brenda Stanojevic of Starke County, Parish Foerg of Pulaski County, Dale Stickel of Elkhart County, Deb Fleming of St. Joseph County, Keith Harris of LaPorte County, Chad Hartzler of Fulton County, and Barton Ewer of Miami County.

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Congressman Joe Donnelly Announces Candidacy for U.S. Senate

Joe Donnelly

Congressman Joe Donnelly

Second District Representative, Joe Donnelly, made it official yesterday. In a video announcement, Donnelly said he wanted to take the fight for American jobs to the U.S. Senate.

The Democrat narrowly defeated challenger Jackie Walorski in the 2010 general election, but since then the District has become much more Republican with redistricting.

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Goshen Attorney to Run for Second District Congressional Seat in 2012

Andrew Straw

A Goshen attorney is expected to run for the Second District Congressional seat in Indiana. Andrew Straw, 42, is a Northridge High School graduate and he holds a bachelor’s, masters, and law degree from Indiana University. If he gets the nomination, he would be running as a Democrat. Republican Jackie Walorski has also announced that she will be running for the seat that is expected to be abandoned by current Representative, Joe Donnelly.

Donnelly is expected to abandon the seat after three terms to run for the U.S. Senate against either Senator Richard Lugar or State Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Mourdock is trying to unseat Lugar in the 2012 Republican Primary.

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