RICH JAMES: Governor’s race a tale of two records

The upcoming six-month race for Indiana governor is going to be about two records — one that is quite new and another that is almost two decades old.


THE TIMES – Republican incumbent Mike Pence and Democrat John Gregg are set to face off in their second straight Indiana gubernatorial election.

Gregg said when he ran for governor four years ago, he essentially was running against the record of former Gov. Mitch Daniels because Pence didn’t have an Indiana profile.

But it’s different this time, and Gregg said he is anxious to talk about Pence’s claim that he and Daniels “transformed the destiny of Indiana.”

Gregg takes issue with several of the accomplishments Pence cites as positives for Indiana:

Elimination of the Common Construction Wage. The governor says the law saves money for the state. Gregg says it reduces the wages of union workers.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Pence says it protects the rights of those who don’t want to do business with the gay community for religious reasons. Gregg contends it violates the civil rights of gays.

Elimination of some duties of the superintendent of public instruction. Gregg calls it a power grab that is anti-teacher.

Adoption of severe abortion restrictions. Gregg says it infringes on a woman’s right to choose.

Prohibition on Syrian refugees from entering Indiana. Gregg calls it an embarrassment to the state.

Support of the Right-to-Work Law. Gregg argues that it is the right-to-work-for-less law.

Gregg says the above laws constitute government intrusion into the lives of Hoosiers.

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