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US in the USA
Dear Mr. Trump & Governor Pence,
Congratulations! You are the President-elect and Vice President-elect. We understand this required a lot of money, time, and sacrifice to accomplish.
However, please understand that as I write this post more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine than for you – 164,741 to be exact. This means the country is divided. You need to spend time reaching across party lines. Include more people than you exclude. And remember the hundreds of thousands of local candidates who also got elected last night who will need the federal government’s support in times of crisis.
It also looks like the Republicans maintained majorities in the Senate and House. Hoo-rah for Republicans, right?! No. Do not be tempted to take advantage of the situation. Governor, take what you did for Hoosiers to D.C. – make America the best place to start and grow your business; give power back to the states; reduce regulations; and eliminate barriers to entry into the workforce. Always remember, people care most about jobs and education. These should be your governing principles.
“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”
The ball is in your court now. Please move our wonderful country forward by focusing on what matters most: US in the USA.
Adam H. Berry with Team PoliticalBank
The Race Isn’t Over on November 9th
— Content Sponsored by Centaur Gaming —
Here’s the difference between Centaur Gaming and your average candidate: We understand that November 9th, the day after the election, is no time to relax, take a vacation, or gloat in the thrill of victory. No, no, no…. rather, it’s the day we roll up our sleeves and begin delivering on our promise to continue racing ahead for Indiana!
Over the next twelve months…
• You’ll see the opening of the Centaur Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Center, located in a 123,000 square foot complex near Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville. This state-of-the art facility will serve as a satellite facility of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, providing specialty medical and surgical services for horse owners and supporting equine research and education of future equine specialists.
• In conjunction with Shelby County and the city of Shelbyville, we’ll help finance the rebuilding of five local bridges as part of the Commissioners’ “2016-2017 Accelerated Bridge Improvement Plan.”
• Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson will serve as the presenting sponsor of the Dan Patch Awards in Las Vegas, which recognize the top equine and human performers, Harness Horse of the Year, and the newest members of the Hall of Fame.
• The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s 33-year-old annual series of 12 championship events, valued at $5.8 million and considered the Standardbred equivalent of the Breeders Cup for Thoroughbreds, will race at Hoosier Park. This will bring thousands of racing fans and members of the horse racing industry to our property and will be showcased to thousands more across the world. With chairman and CEO Rod Ratcliff as the driving force, Centaur has aggressively worked to show harness racing in the best light, and the efforts have been noticed by those in and outside Indiana.
More importantly, however, we’ll continue our commitment to being a proactive corporate citizen to local agencies and charities across the state, adding to our ongoing contributions of time, energy, and monetary support. We’ll add to our existing number of 2,000 team members across Indiana, who also serve as volunteers and local board appointees maintain throughout Indiana as a way to give back to the local and surrounding communities.
You see, Centaur Gaming is an Indiana-owned and operated company, with its headquarters in Indianapolis, and employs over 2,000 Hoosiers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, and three additional off-track betting locations in Indiana including the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in downtown Indianapolis and Winner’s Circle OTB and VooDoo BBQ & Grill in New Haven/Fort Wayne. Our race track casinos were recently named the Indianapolis area’s most popular attractions, welcoming more than six million visitors each year.
The bottom line is that we are making good on our 20-year company mission of bringing the economic and entertainment benefits of horse racing and casino gaming to communities throughout Indiana, and will continue to do so.
That being said, at Centaur Gaming, we don’t play games when it comes to doing what’s right for Indiana and the people who live here. So, when you hear politicians talk about all the things they will do if you elect them, just remember that Centaur Gaming has already done it – and we will continue doing our part to make Indiana the best place in the country to live, work, raise a family and of course… race horses!
Not as flamboyant, but easily more important…local elections and your participation.
We have been mesmerized by the national political stage. And for good reason—no one has ever seen anything like this presidential election. Ever.
Yes, selecting the next President of the United States is an important decision. It’s equally as important to think closer to home and help elect representatives in your city, county or state that will take your call. According to Daily Kos, there are well over a half a million elected officials in America–roughly one in every 1,000 people is an elected official in some capacity.
Here are Political Bank’s top five reasons to stay focused on your local issues and elections.
Public safety—A community’s first responders can easily be the difference between life and death. Ensuring that there are well-trained and equipped police officers, paramedics and firefighters is paramount to quality of life and the success of a city. In a study conducted by the US Census Bureau, Surveys of State and Local government finances, Public safety spending (comprised of police, fire, and corrections) was dominated by local governments, with the exception of spending on corrections. Local governments comprised 86.8 percent of the state and local government total spending on police protection ($97.0 billion). Spending on fire protection was an entirely local government function ($42.4 billion). State government spending comprised 63.4 percent of state and local government spending on corrections ($72.6 billion).
Infrastructure—Your community depends upon guidance from elected officials in the allocation of budget dollars for necessities—water, roads, sewage systems, utilities. Snow plows, road repair, bridge maintenance—all come with a price that your tax dollars fund. It’s important to know who is overseeing your local infrastructure and if they are qualified to be in their position.
Education—Public education touches nearly everyone. With the vast differences in each community, challenges such as socio-economic factors, and benefits of a more populated tax base each bring a unique opportunity that can—and often does change entire lives. According to the US Census Bureau, education funding accounts for 35.5% budget expenditures for both state and local government agencies combined.
Local taxes—Property owners of land, home, business and even licensed vehicles holders pay what we all love to hate—property taxes–a toll for your roads, education, safety and infrastructure.
Civic duty—You have the right to participate in shaping your neighborhood, community, town, city or state with your vote. Remember the decisions made locally will impact the trends nationally with respect to budget management, education choices, and choices of the character of those you elect. Now might be the time to fully see what your representative can do for you—especially If they might have their sights set on the national stage.
On November 9, the real running of America in rural areas to small towns to major metropolitan cities grinds on–unnoticed to a vast majority but working diligently behind the curtain. The American people and their representatives will roll up their sleeves and get back to work keeping our communities safe, our budgets in check, our children educated and those potholes filled.
So, this election, vote for the little guy, your own locally elected representatives. If you need a refresher on who your candidates are, look them up on PoliticalBank–there are 50,000 candidates profiled–you will find the information you need to make an informed choice. Sign up as a voter and start engaging candidates on what’s most important–the issues.