Argument between GOP, Democratic lawmakers regarding South Bend Schools spills into hall

first_img Facebook IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Argument between GOP, Democratic lawmakers regarding South Bend Schools spills into hall Pinterest (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) Debate about whether a bill that allows a mostly white township in St. Joseph County to leave the South Bend Community School District is discriminatory, spilled over into the hallway at Government Center, Thursday.News 8’s David Williams witnessed the incident and reported that Rep. Vanessa Summers (D-Indianapolis) was part of a small group of representatives who left the floor and went into the hallway when hissing and cat calls could be heard during Rep. Vernon Smith’s (D-Gary), floor speech about his experience as a Black man.“Rep. Eberhart (Sean Eberhart, a Republican from Shelbyville) got upset. He thought I was talking directly to him. I was not. Then he called me a bitch,” said Summers. She said she was upset that it was tough for a Black representative to talk about the Black experience on the House floor.Eberhart denied using derogatory language or behaving aggressively.“That was extreme and disappointing and a reflection of where we are as a country,” said Rep. Maureen Bauer (D-South Bend). She said it’s also part of a problem with Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly.“It also reflects ten years of being in a super majority. That people don’t understand that some members of that caucus don’t have a voice. I just found it interesting that right before that happened we were discussing a bill on civics education.”Rep. Robin Shackleford (D-Indi8anapolis), chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, said she believes the behavior on the floor was unprofessional.“My reaction is just total unprofessionalism on the Republican side. We all are going to disagree about matters. We sit over on the Democrat side and listen to them day in and day out talk about issues that affect our constituents. But, you don’t see us being unprofessional. You don’t see us sighing, saying things, booing people. So, something has to be done from leadership to make sure things don’t progress. Unfortunately, it wasn’t and so things did progress,” she told News 8.House Speaker Todd Houston called for civility.“We need to let people offer, be passionate, be responsible, in their debate. We also have to make sure we don’t impugn motives, that we are speaking on the bill and what the bill says, and not what we might think the author or the policy underlying meaning is.”Shackleford has asked for a joint meeting between House leadership and the Black Caucus. By Jon Zimney – February 21, 2021 2 416 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleElection reform bill would get tougher on voting by mailNext articleSouth Bend Police investigating two Sunday morning shootings Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Happy Broadway Opening to On the Town!

first_img On the Town In addition to Yazbeck, Johnson and Alves, the portrait features Megan Fairchild as Ivy, Jackie Hoffman as Maude P. Dilly, Michael Rupert as Pitkin, Elizabeth Stanley as Claire, Allison Guinn as Lucy Schmeeler and vlogger Alysha Umphress as Hildy. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 Hello, sailors! On the Town is back on the Great White Way in a new production helmed by John Rando, opening on October 16 at the Lyric Theatre. Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves star in the classic Bernstein, Comden and Green musical as Gabey, Chip and Ozzie. To celebrate, resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson sketched this portrait of our favorite men in uniform and colorful New Yorkers. Related Showscenter_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Congratulations to the cast of On the Town! Have a helluva show tonight. View Commentslast_img read more