ADN Compilation: Mike Pence – VP, Indiana Governor, Congressman, Talk Show Host – PART 1

By Ami Tiel  8/30/17

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Michael Richard Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician, lawyer, and the 48th and current Vice President of the United States. He previously served as the 50th Governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017.

Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Pence graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before entering private practice. After losing two bids for a U.S. congressional seat in 1988 and 1990, he became a conservative radio and television talk show host from 1994 to 1999. Pence was elected to the United States Congress in 2000 and represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district and Indiana’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. He served as the chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.  Pence positioned himself as a principled conservative and supporter of the Tea Party movement, stating that he was “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.”

Upon becoming Governor of Indiana in January 2013, Pence initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana’s history, pushed for more funding for education initiatives, and continued to increase the state’s budget surplus. Pence signed bills intended to restrict abortions, including one that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus’s race, gender, or disability.  Pence stirred several high-profile controversies, including with his signature of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, for which he encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and LGBT advocates. He later signed an additional bill acting as an amendment intended to protect LGBT people.

On November 8, 2016, Pence was elected as Vice President, after he dropped out of his gubernatorial re-election campaign in July to become the vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who went on to win the presidential election.

Source – Wikipedia

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1994 – 1999 Talk Show Host – The Mike Pence Show

In 1990’s he beginning to host The Mike Pence Show, a talk radio program based in WRCR-FM in Rushville, Indiana.  Pence called himself “Rush Limbaugh on decaf” since he considered himself politically conservative while not as outspoken as Limbaugh.  The show was syndicated by Network Indiana and aired weekdays 9 a.m. to noon (ET) on 18 stations throughout the state, including WIBC in Indianapolis.  From 1995 to 1999, Pence also hosted a weekend political talk show from Indianapolis.

On his show, Pence discussed the week’s news and also his conservative values. In a video from 1997 published this year by Politico, Pence discussed Kelly Flinn, who was the country’s first female B-52 pilot. She had just been discharged from the Air Force for disobeying an order to end an affair and for lying under oath about doing so.
On the show, Pence discussed the “normalization of adultery” and “whether or not it was time to rethink this whole business of women in the military.”

Source – NPR.org

Source – Wikipedia

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In 1988, Pence ran for Congress against Democratic incumbent Phil Sharp, but lost.  He ran against Sharp again in 1990, quitting his job in order to work full-time in the campaign, but once again was unsuccessful.  During the race, Pence used “political donations to pay the mortgage on his house, his personal credit card bill, groceries, golf tournament fees and car payments for his wife.”  While the spending was not illegal at the time, it reportedly undermined his campaign.

According to FEC documents, Pence spent a total of $12,867 from his 1990 campaign account for personal expenses, including seven installments of his $992 monthly mortgage and his wife’s $222 a month car payment.
Pence was unapologetic at the time, telling reporters that he had taken a 30 percent pay cut to run for office and needed the money. “I’m not embarrassed that I need to make a living,” he said.

Source –  WashingtonPost

During Pence’s twelve years in the House, he introduced 90 bills and resolutions; none became law.

Source – Wikipedia and NYTimes

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2000 – 2013 Elected to Congress

(Represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district and Indiana’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013)

U.S. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana to get House GOP’s No. 3 leadership job

By:  Maureen Groppe   Nov. 19, 2008

The Columbus lawmaker is running unopposed for Republican conference chairman, the lead GOP communications job and one of the leadership positions House Republicans will fill during closed-door elections today.

Source – IndyStar

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2012 Elected Governor of Indiana

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation [created by former Gov. Daniels then] led by Pence had approved $24 million in incentives to 10 companies who sent jobs abroad. $8.7 million had been paid out by August 2016.

Reality Check: Indiana job numbers don’t add up – March 1, 2010

State leaders boast of 100,000 new Indiana jobs in the past five years, but an Eyewitness News investigation finds many of the state’s “economic successes” are actually empty fields and deserted factories where thousands of promised jobs never showed up.

Source – WTHR

In 2013, Pence signed a law blocking local governments in Indiana from requiring businesses to offer higher wages or benefits beyond those required by federal law

In 2013, Pence also announced the formation of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, a life sciences research facility supported with $25 million in startup funds from the state.

On June 12, 2013, the Indiana Legislature overrode Pence’s veto of a bill to retroactively authorize a local tax. Lawmakers overrode Pence’s veto in a 68–23 vote in the House and a 34–12 one in the Senate.  Republican legislators overwhelmingly voted against Pence, while most Democrats supported his veto.

In June 2013, Pence was criticized for deleting comments of others posted on his official government Facebook page; he apologized.

Governor apologizes for deleted Facebook comments

By:  Jon Murray    June 28, 2013

Gov. Mike Pence admitted Friday that some angry constituents were right.
Some of the hundreds of comments that his staff deleted from the Indiana governor’s official Facebook page this week were targeted, Pence said, because they expressed disagreement with his opposition to gay marriage.

The Indianapolis Star was first to report Wednesday that some commenters suspected their contributions were being deleted only because they opposed the governor, not because they were disrespectful.
On Friday, Pence said they were right.

www.pencership.com — a name that blends Pence with “censorship” — has been collecting screen grabs of comments that later were deleted from Pence’s Facebook page.

Source – USAToday

The state finished fiscal year 2014 with a reserve of $2 billion; budget cuts ordered by Pence for the $14 billion annual state budget include $24 million cut from colleges and universities; $27 million cut from the ‘Family and Social Services Administration’ (FSSA); and $12 million cut from the Department of Correction.

State reports budget surplus, $2 billion in reserves

By Maureen Hayden (CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau)   Jul 14, 2014

“In order to help reach this magical $2 billion dollar number, the governor continues to order cuts from already lean state programs without regard for how they will impact citizens,” Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said in a statement. “Let’s not congratulate ourselves for hoarding tax dollars while so many of those taxpayers continue to struggle.”

The cuts ordered by Pence from the state’s $14 billion annual budget included $34 million from colleges and universities, as well as $12 million from the Department of Correction.

Another $27 million cut from the Family and Social Services Administration is likely to get more scrutiny in coming months. The Department of Child Services, which is part of the agency, is being sued by 1,400 families for failing to pay $100 million in subsidies promised to those who adopted children with special needs.

Source – Tribstar

In 2014, Indiana’s economy was among the slowest-growing in the United States, with 0.4 percent GDP growth, compared to the national average of 2.2 percent; this was attributed in part to a sluggish manufacturing sector.

Governor Mike Pence‏ Verified account
@GovPenceIN

Trade means jobs, but trade also means security. The time has come for all of us to urge the swift adoption of the Trans Pacific Partnership
10:37 AM – 8 Sep 2014

Source – Twitter (Governor Mike Pence) and Guardian

On January 26, 2015 it was widely reported that Pence had planned to launch a state-run, taxpayer-funded news service for Indiana.  The service, called “JustIN”, was to be overseen by a former reporter for The Indianapolis Star, and would feature breaking news, stories written by press secretaries, and light features.

Indiana state-run news outlet will compete with media

By:  Tom LoBianco     Jan. 26, 2015

Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run taxpayer-funded news service that will provide pre-written news stories to Indiana news outlets, as well as sometimes break news about his administration, according to documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star.

Pence is planning to launch “Just IN” in late February, a website and news service that will feature stories written by state press secretaries and is being overseen by a former Indianapolis Star reporter, Bill McCleery.

“At times, Just IN will break news — publishing information ahead of any other news outlet….

Source – USAToday

After a week or so of controversy about the idea, Pence scrapped the idea saying, “However well-intentioned, after thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed, I am writing you to inform you that I have made a decision to terminate development of the JustIN website immediately.”

In 2015, legislation signed into law by Pence in 2013 greatly increased the number of students in Indiana who qualify for school vouchers, making it one of the largest voucher programs in the United States.

What Did Mike Pence Do For Indiana Schools As Governor? Here’s A Look

By:  Eric Weddle  and Claire McInerny   July 20, 2016

Sandra Stotsky, a retired University of Arkansas professor, and critic of the national standards, was asked by the Pence administration to review the proposed standards. She described a draft of the English exam as a warmed-over version of Common Core. Since then, her opinion hasn’t changed.

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Source – NPR

Pence has been an outspoken supporter of the coal industry, declaring in his 2015 State of the State address that “Indiana is a pro-coal state,” expressing support for an “all-of-the-above energy strategy,” and stating: “we must continue to oppose the overreaching schemes of the EPA until we bring their war on coal to an end.”

On March 26, 2015, Pence signed Indiana Senate Bill 101, also known as the Indiana “religious objections” bill (Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA), into law.

Indiana Gov. Pence defends religious objections law: ‘This bill is not about discrimination’

March 26, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence vigorously defended the state religious objections bill that he signed into law Thursday as businesses and organizations including the NCAA pressed concerns that it could open the door to legalizing discrimination against gay people.

Source – ChicagoTribune

In the wake of the backlash against the RFRA, on April 2, 2015, Pence signed legislation revising the law to prevent potential discrimination.

Indiana, Arkansas pass revised religious objection proposals

April 2, 2015

Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana passed legislation Thursday that they hoped would quiet the national uproar over new religious objections laws that opponents say are designed to offer a legal defense for anti-gay discrimination.

The Indiana amendment prohibits service providers from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide goods, services, facilities or accommodations. It also bars discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or U.S. military service.

Source – Times-Picayune

In December 2015, Pence stated that “calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional”.   Source – Twitter (Governor Mike Pence) and Guardian

Pence “repeatedly stonewalled public records requests as governor, often withholding documents or delaying their release if not denying them outright.”

Indiana to pay out $100,000 to deal with requests for Mike Pence emails

Indiana is paying a law firm $100,000 to help deal with a backlog of public records requests, most of which seek access to emails from Vice-President Mike Pence’s tenure as governor, including correspondence routed through a private AOL.com account he used to conduct state business…

…Pence has touted himself as a champion of a free press and the first amendment, though he repeatedly stonewalled public records requests as governor, often withholding documents or delaying their release if not denying them outright. Earlier this year, his lawyers argued unsuccessfully in a lawsuit that Indiana courts had no authority to force him to comply with public records law.

Source – Guardian

Pence fought against releasing records, including emails, as Indiana governor

By:  Brian Slodysko  March 3, 2017

Revelations Pence used the account to discuss homeland security and other official matters, first reported Thursday by the Indianapolis Star, are just the latest in a series of transparency battles involving the Republican’s tenure as governor…

…Pence’s efforts stand in stark contrast to the image he had previously sought to cultivate, presenting himself as a champion of a free press and the First Amendment…

…The 29 pages of Pence’s AOL emails, which were released to the AP on Friday, show Pence was given FBI updates on arrests made in a terrorism case. They include details about Pence’s attempts to bar Syrian Refugees from resettling in Indiana, efforts that were ultimately blocked by a federal judge.

Source – ChicagoTribune

Source – Wikipedia

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2017 – Present Vice President

Soon after the election, he was appointed chairman of President-elect Trump’s transition team.  During the transition phase of the Trump Administration, Pence was reported as holding a large degree of influence in the administration due to his roles as a mediator between Trump and congressional Republicans, for reassuring conservatives about Trump’s conservative credentials, and his influence in determining Donald Trump’s cabinet.

Pence’s power play :  The VP-elect holds sway over Cabinet, soothes conservatives

By Eliana Johnson and Andrew Restuccia    12/04/2016

Pence is expanding his reach beyond setting the agendas for Senate lunches. He is helping pick Trump’s Cabinet members, soothing conservatives’ anxieties and, perhaps most importantly for Trump, turning into the healer-in-chief for a fractured Republican Party…

…It was Pence who made the call on Trump’s behalf to make it clear the president-elect wanted Paul Ryan to remain speaker. It was Pence whose fingerprints are on the selection of at least four of the eight nominees to Trump’s administration so far.

…Pence is believed to have salvaged the relationship between Ryan and Trump. After weeks of growing tension between Trump and the speaker, Pence made telephone calls to Ryan…and Ryan won handily even though his speakership had seemed in jeopardy only days earlier.

Then-campaign Chairman Paul Manafort had urged Trump to bring him [Pence] on because of his understanding of the federal government.  …Pence remains upwardly ambitious and viewed a spot on the Trump ticket as an entrée to a future presidential bid.

When Pence met last month with the House Republican Conference, which he used to chair, he got an extended standing ovation.  Several House members said they came around to Trump specifically because he put Pence on the ticket.

Source – Politico

On May 17, 2017, Pence filed FEC paperwork to form Great America Committee, a PAC that would be headed by his former campaign staffers Nick Ayers and Marty Obst.   This is the only time a vice president has started his own PAC while still in office.  Pence denied a New York Times article’s allegations that he will run for president in 2020, calling them “laughable and absurd”, and said the article was “disgraceful and offensive”.

Pence Creates PAC Ahead of 2018, 2020 Elections

By Vaughn Hillyard   May 18, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence is launching his own PAC — the “Great America Committee” — to aid his own future political interests, including helping Republican candidates ahead of the 2018 midterms.

Source – NBCNews

Federal Election Commission

May 17, 2017

Source – FEC.gov

Pence has been a supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and during his tenure in the House, he voted for every free-trade agreement that came before him.

So, Mike Pence has been a huge supporter of the thing Donald Trump says is terrible for America

By Jim Tankersley   July 14, 2016

Before he became governor of Indiana and a candidate to be Donald Trump’s vice-presidential nominee, Mike Pence was a congressman, and he voted for every free-trade agreement that came before him. That record, along with at least two votes favoring freer trade with China, puts him squarely at odds with Trump on one of the signature issues of the businessman’s presidential campaign.

Source – WashingtonPost

Source – Wikipedia

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Trump’s Trojan Horse Revealed

By Kelleigh Nelson   Aug 28, 2017

Loyalty is a noble trait and one that is coveted by leaders, but our 45th President has not seen many faithful and devoted Republicans, either in Congress or in his administration.  The establishment sewer rats are doing everything they can to stop our President from destroying their globalist goals.

Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Michael Short, Preet Bharara, James Comey, and Sally Yates are gone.  Several were known leakers and others were Obama holdovers.  There are many people in our President’s administration, even close advisors who I highly doubt are loyal to our 45th President.

Others who were very loyal to our President and his policies who are no longer in the administration, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and his entire NSC staff are gone, along with Steve Bannon, and now Sebastian Gorka.  Monica Crowley was torpedoed before she even made it into the administration.

And yet, we still have leaks.

Pence Would Have Lost Governorship

Instead he was chosen as Trump’s Vice President.  Pence spent 12 years in Congress and he is an establishment insider. Trump obviously thought Pence could help him with legislation in Congress, but it appears there has been no real help from the VP.

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SOURCE – NEWSWITHVIEWS