Mary Beth Schneider has an article in the Indy Star on the Democrats’ efforts to retake control of the state House of Representatives. Time & the Toll Road are two major themes of that effort. In particular, Troy “I’ll Never Vote for It” Woodruff is in jeopardy.
Two years ago, the Vincennes resident’s vote for Republican Troy A. Woodruff helped him eke out a victory over the Democratic incumbent state representative by fewer than 200 votes.
But the 70-year-old Barnes said she won’t do that again. Woodruff switched his vote in 2005 to put Indiana on daylight-saving time. She said that’s all she needs to know.
When Woodruff’s Democratic challenger, Kreg Battles, showed up at her doorstep last week asking if she had any questions about his candidacy, she said:
“No, because I’m going to vote for you. You’d do as well or better as the one we have now.”
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At the Mouzin Barber Shop in Vincennes, a state map on the wall is marked with the time zones to help customers. Nearby Illinois is on Central Time, and the adoption of daylight-saving time is changing all the rules residents have used to tell time, whether they’re in Indiana or Illinois.
Barber Larry Mouzin, asked whom he will support for state representative said bluntly: “Not Woodruff.”
“He said he wouldn’t vote for it. Then, whammo!” Mouzin said.
The article goes on to discuss the fact that immigration is also on people’s minds, but that the issue cuts both ways for the political parties. For example, Republican Don Eaton doesn’t think Republicans in Washington have done enough to secure the border and he doesn’t like handing over the Indiana Toll Road to foreign management. When asked about his views on Daniels, Eaton said, “How much time do you have?”
Eaton intends to vote for Dave Crooks, a Democrat who vigorously opposed the time change and the Toll Road privatization in Republican dominated Daviess County; and apparently a great number of others intend to vote for him as well.
Republicans have targeted Crooks, a Democrat in Republican-dominated Daviess County, who aggressively opposed the time change and the Toll Road lease. But there are hundreds of Crooks yard signs in the district, and it’s difficult to find one for his Republican opponent, local economic development official Ron Arnold.
While Crooks was out campaigning last week, Arnold was on vacation.