Thursday, July 24, 2014

 Political commentator Bill Maher has his eyes on U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski as part of his Flip a District campaign. She's one of 16, all Republicans, on the list for possible targeting ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Photo is a screen grab from the YouTube video of the June 25, 2014,

The liberal commentator’s Flip a District campaign aims to unseat a Republican incumbent in November elections.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.
 In this archive photo, Krystal Anderson of Heart City Health Center, center, talks with Menessah Nelson, also of Heart City, while helping Kim Berkel of Elkhart navigate the Obamacare online exchange. The Heart City employees and others offered exchange assistance to the public on Feb. 24, 2014, at an informational session at Harrison College in Elkhart.

Two courts offered contradictory rulings on whether enrollees may tap federal subsidies to help cover health insurance costs.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
 U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, Republican.

The Republican had $901,200 in campaign funds as of June 30, compared to $277,479 for Democrat Joe Bock.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 6:39 p.m.
 An excavator travels in a section of U.S. 20 to be widened, just west of S.R. 15, on March 23, 2014. Some local officials have touted construction of a bypass just east of this road section that would lead to the Indiana Toll Road, but a state panel in a July 9, 2014, report nixed the idea, at least in the near term.
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 3:48 p.m.

Some locals have long talked of the proposal, but the panel deemed other state projects more worthy.

 Riverview Elementary School students take the bus home May 30, 2013. Losses due to property tax caps reduced funding in Elkhart Community Schools for transportation, though a property tax hike approved via referendum on May 6, 2014, will help offset that.
Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.

Losses due to caps in Elkhart County totaled $42.63 million in 2014, up from $2.58 million in 2009.

 Davidy Kindy, second from right, helps distribute free sandwiches and food at The Window in Goshen on June 2, 2014. Kindy, a volunteer, says offerings like The Window's help many, including some workers, make ends meet.
Posted on June 23, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

Places such as Susanna’s Kitchen, Church Community Services and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana are still busier than before the Great Recession.

 In this archive photo, Brandon Baker, left, trims sheets of paneling for the recreational vehicle industry at Genesis Products on Feb. 7, 2013. The Elkhart company is one of many RV suppliers that are growing.
Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:50 p.m.

The number of people holding top managerial posts is on the rise, as well, and they’re also getting more.

 In this archive photo from Feb. 7, 2013, Irene Zubia Chavira feeds a laminator that produces interior paneling for the recreational vehicle industry at Genesis Products Plant 1. The Elkhart company is one of many growing RV suppliers. Still, the overall number of people in Elkhart County with jobs still lags peak levels from the mid-2000s.
Posted on June 19, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.

The unemployment rate is down, for sure, but that only tells part of the story.

 Standing outside her damaged home on S.R. 120 east of Elkhart, Maria Lang talks with a Truth reporter Thursday June 12, 2014.  According to Lang about seven times a year The Lang family deals with a vehicle on their property.
Posted on June 17, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.

See video of the damage left inside the house after the most recent accident, probably the most dramatic.

 U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Howe. The 3rd District lawmaker is vying for the House whip post, apparently with the backing of fellow Indiana lawmaker Rep. Jackie Walorski.
Posted on June 16, 2014 at 12:55 p.m.

The northeast Indiana lawmaker trails Reps. Scalise of Louisiana and Roskam of Illinois for the leadership position.

 Joe Bock, Democratic hopeful for 2nd District U.S. House of Representatives seat, at the Elkhart Truth newsroom for an interview.
Posted on June 13, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.

In 1997 comments, he express support for accords like NAFTA, but now he has some doubts.

 Dale Ewers, the cyclist who died Sept. 10, 2013, from injuries after being hit by an auto while crossing C.R. 127 from the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.
Posted on June 11, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.

Dale Ewers of Goshen was hit while cycling the trail last year when he crossed C.R. 127 in front of a car. He died five days later.

 Jeff Petermann, chairman of the Elkhart County Libertarian Party and 2014 Libertarian Party candidate for the 2nd District U.S. House seat.
Posted on June 9, 2014 at 8:24 p.m.

He doesn’t favor use of the drug, but sees the matter as a liberty and states’ rights issue.

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