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Simpson visits Brazil

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Vi Simpson (right) talks with Joe Broyles, Bowling Green, a Clay County Democratic Chairman at the Double M Diner in Brazil on Monday, Oct. 29, during Simpson's visit to Clay County. [Order this photo]
Vi Simpson, a Democratic member of the Indiana Senate representing District 40, visited the Double M Diner in Brazil on Monday, Oct. 29.

Simpson is the gubernatorial democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Indiana alongside gubernatorial candidate John Gregg.

Simpson's efforts in the Senate have been aimed at restructuring the economic climate in Indiana to create jobs and promote business growth. Simpson has also worked to improve schools and fight for healthcare rights for all Hoosiers.

Simpson visited the diner Monday and spoke with The Brazil Times about some of the issues she and Gregg are focusing on for the 2012 election.

"This election is in the hands of the voters," Simpson said, emphasizing the need for candidates to target the undecided voters or those not set on one party.

"It's important to talk to family members, friends and those in our communities," Simpson said. "It's all about the ground gang."

Simpson said she believes Gregg is the only candidate who can put a stop to Indiana becoming completely controlled by the Republican Tea Party.

"We support economic investments, repairs to roads and bridges, maintaining water supply and creating a more sound infrastructure in the state," Simpson said.

Simpson also spoke about public education, stating the importance of creating a strong community to support public schools and universities.

Simpson believes Mike Pence, the currently a Indiana Congressman, has only caused "trouble" for the state during his 20 years in Congress. Simpson called Pence a "Tea Party crusader."

"In the 20 years Pence has been in Congress, he has never gotten a bill passed," Simpson said.

Simpson said Pence voted against bills that would have improved minimum wage and Social Security. Simpson also said Pence has voted against many bills that would improve rights for women.

"There has been a war on women led by Congressman Pence," Simpson said. "Pence shares Richard Mourdock's position on rape."

According to Simpson, Pence has voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which would aid female victims of violence and also voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which would secure equal pay rights for women.

"In the state of Indiana, for every one dollar a man makes, a woman makes 72 cents," Simpson said. "Gregg and I want to promote equal pay for equal work."

Simpson also believes there is a correlation between unequal pay for women and the number of children living in poverty.

"One in four children is living in poverty," Simpson said, "and many of them are being raised by single mothers. We feel there's a direct link between poverty and unequal pay."

Simpson also believes that no matter what financial or socio-economical position a woman is in, they deserve healthcare.

"Whether they are poor, rich, young or old, every woman deserves equal healthcare," Simpson said.

The general election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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you're as good-looking as ever joe. good luck!

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Tue, Oct 30, 2012, at 6:52 PM

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