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What We Learned: Heller Of A Week

Dean Heller and Shelley Berkley(Hand out, left, Liz Lynch, Right)

April 23, 2011
-- As Indiana's legislative session wraps up next week, and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) draws nearer to a decision on running for president, the fate of two controversial bills could reveal whether or not Daniels intends on joining the race. Passage of the first bill, which contains sweeping education reforms that would provide vouchers to every Indiana family, was championed by Daniels and would be triumphantly signed into law. Passage of the second bill, which would eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood while tightening the state's abortion restrictions, puts Daniels in a position where he'll be forced to show his presidential hand. If he signs the abortion bill, Daniels will have just won two major legislative and ideological victories, giving him a tremendous running start should he enter the GOP primary soon thereafter. But if Daniels vetoes the abortion bill -- effectively confirming the suspicions of conservatives wary of his call for a "truce" on social issues -- it will provide the strongest indication yet that he has put state governance over presidential politics. -- Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and FNC's Glenn Beck engaged in a scuffle after Beck accused Huckabee of being a progressive for his defense of First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiative. It will be interesting to see how a fight between two high profile conservatives will impact primary voters especially in Iowa and South Carolina -- with Beck's show soon going off the air, Beck's influence among conservatives will likely change.
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