Curtis Hill Republican Nominee for Indiana Attorney General on Recent Shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota

Curtis Hill Republican Nominee for Indiana Attorney General on Recent Shootings in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those impacted by the most recent shootings across this country.  These troubling actions are casting a dark shadow over our American justice system. 

Notwithstanding this madness in America that has many questioning our system of justice, my message today is one of hope and encouragement.

I am encouraged because in my twenty-five years as a prosecutor, two things remain crystal clear for me:  I believe in America and I believe in justice for everyone. 

I have come to cherish the rule of law, even when it moves slowly or arrives at a result with which I might disagree.  We are a nation founded on the principle that we, the people, will govern ourselves.  Despite imperfections, our American system of justice remains our best hope for defending freedom, resolving disputes, and securing justice. 

As a prosecutor, it has been my responsibility to protect the integrity of our justice system.  It has been my responsibility, like that of every fellow prosecutor, that no matter who you are, no matter the color of your skin, or your station in life, if you are a victim of crime, I will seek justice for you.  Likewise, if you commit a crime, no matter who you are, no matter the color of your skin, or your station in life, I will seek to hold you accountable for your conduct.  This is especially true if you tarnish the badge worn by our brave heroes who take a vow to protect and serve our communities.

While there are occasions where police conduct is questionable and others where that conduct is proven to be criminal, police officers have chosen a career of personal sacrifice and service to others. Daily, they face grave danger.  We owe these officers our respect, support, and gratitude for their ongoing service. Our civil society is dependent on well-trained police officers placing themselves between us and those who wish to do us harm. 

Over the past few days, incidents in Dallas, Louisiana and Minnesota have caused many Americans to have reason to doubt our justice system. As tensions rise between many in the community and our public servants, we must allow justice the opportunity to work. Justice requires a process of investigation that often takes time, and we must not fall victim of knee-jerk reactions to what we read on social media. Most importantly, we can never tolerate the targeted murder of police officers as a valid response to questions, doubts, or even outright disdain for our justice system.

In the face of these doubts and horrific events that continue to unfold, we cannot ignore the featured role that race plays in the equation. Race and justice, or as it may be observed from a different perspective: racial injustice, is older than the founding of our nation and it has left a deep and scarred legacy to America’s story of freedom. 

Regrettably, not that long ago, ordinary justice was routinely denied to many: particularly to black Americans.  Despite many advances in American Justice, a common feeling of mistrust of police among many black Americans still exists to this day. In order for us to move forward as a nation, we must acknowledge the legitimacy of this well-earned mistrust.  Fortunately, historic incidents of injustice by law enforcement have largely given way to verifiable efforts by police officers to properly protect and serve all citizens with respect and dignity. 

Much is made of police action shootings involving white police officers and black shooting victims. The reality is that over 95% percent of black shooting victims in America are a result of blacks shooting blacks. This is a situation that is also horribly tragic and must be equally addressed.

Some Americans may have doubts about our criminal justice system.  In the face of these doubts, we have a choice. We can choose to ignore the root problems. We can choose to undermine or reject the entire justice system. We can simply accept when some evil actors turn to targeted acts of murder as a response. However, none of these options, especially the violence, will be our path forward. 

I will continue to embrace the rule of law and ensure that it is applied equally to all. I urge everyone to follow my lead down the path of trusting the justice system.  It is the great equalizer for all people.  Engage the justice system. Understand the issues behind these acts. Work to improve American justice while honoring those who protect and serve our communities.  We must all fight for justice.

Join me as I seek to promote respect for the rule of law, to facilitate understanding between people with different backgrounds, and to support strong communities, which will build our future.  For those of you who share this vision, I encourage you to believe in America and to have faith in our justice system and its ability to defend our freedom and secure our future.

Published in Fort Wayne - The Journal Gazette

Forrest Lucas & Dan Dumezich Named as Co-Chairs of Curtis Hill for Indiana Finance Committee

Forrest Lucas & Dan Dumezich Named as Co-Chairs of Curtis Hill for Indiana Finance Committee

Elkhart – Curtis Hill for Indiana campaign today announced that Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products, Inc., and Dan Dumezich, a former Indiana State Representative and current Treasurer of the Indiana Republican Party, will serve as co-chairs of the campaign’s Finance Committee.

“Forrest Lucas and Dan Dumezich are both recognized nationally for their success in business and their commitment to public service,” said Curtis Hill, Republican nominee for Indiana Attorney General. “Forrest’s courage and determination to take a risk in building Lucas Oil paid off not only for his family, but for the dozens of causes and organizations that benefit from his constant generosity. Dan is a leader in our Republican Party in Indiana and is rightfully sought after by candidates for President down to those running for local office for his wise counsel. I know that together they will help us build a finance team that will exceed our goals and help fund a campaign that reaches every corner of the state.” 

Forrest Lucas said, “Curtis Hill brings the good sense and integrity that is so badly needed in this very important position of  Attorney General. He brings new and fresh ideas to the debate and has a proven record of success on behalf of the citizens of Elkhart County. I’m proud to stand at his side because I know he stands for all Hoosiers.”

Dumezich added, “As a state representative and longtime supporter of Republican candidates, I can’t think of anyone better to help Indiana fight back against excessive federal government overreach and ensure that our state and its people are safe from drugs, crime and violence. The Republican Party is lucky to have him on our statewide ticket this year.”

GOP Takes A Giant Leap Up The Hill: Howey Politics Commentary by Craig Dunn, Howard County Republican Party

GOP Takes A Giant Leap Up The Hill: Howey Politics Commentary by Craig Dunn, Howard County Republican Party

KOKOMO – Indiana Republicans can be proud that they took a giant leap forward on Saturday, when delegates to the Indiana Republican State Convention nominated Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill to be their candidate for Indiana attorney general.  
    
In a continuation of a political evolutionary process that witnessed three incredibly talented women lead the Indiana statewide Republican ticket in 2014, delegates to the 2016 Republican state convention created an historical moment with the Hill nomination.  Curtis Hill became the first African-American Republican to be nominated  for a statewide constitutional office.
    
First and foremost, Curtis Hill deserved the nomination. A four-term county prosecutor, Hill hit the entire State of Indiana like an April tornado.  Endorsed by 40 of his peers, Hill quickly served notice last year that he was in it to win it with hard work and a great message.
    
The path to the nomination for attorney general was going to be a tough one for any eventual winner. Republicans displayed an embarrassment of riches with its four attorney general candidates.  
    
Former Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter did an excellent job in his two terms in office. A tough and likeable guy, Carter is the type of candidate you just can’t beat by outworking. Carter was omnipresent on the dead chicken tour that we call the Lincoln Day Dinner circuit. He went door to door visiting with delegates. He was definitely going to be a formidable candidate for a return to the attorney general’s office.
    
Abby Kuzma honed her skills working as an assistant attorney general for Greg Zoeller. She is a talented, sharp and intelligent attorney. She was somewhat of a late entrant into the attorney general race and suffered from a lack of a political base to rely on for support. Still, not having run for office before and being a woman, coupled with her top notch credentials, meant that she couldn’t be ignored at a convention.
    
Finally, State Sen. Randy Head offered a potent mix of strengths for any convention run. He is young, talented and energetic and had a great vision for the attorney general office. In addition, he had the ability to marshal an army of his fellow state senators in his support. Head had also chaired the successful state treasurer campaign of Kelly Mitchell at the 2014 Republican State Convention. He had helped author a very successful convention strategy and was set to duplicate the feat in 2016.
    
The first step in the nominating process was a nomination speech made by an advocate for the candidate. I scored Randy Head the winner of the nomination speech derby. It is hard to beat having a statewide office holder, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, do your nomination. Curtis Hill’s nomination speech was impressive and kept the delegates’ attention. Steve Carter’s nomination speech focused on his many achievements as the former attorney general. I got a sense that many delegates were looking for more of a forward-looking nominating speech.  Finally, Abby Kuzma’s nominator told of her work in establishing the Neighborhood Christian Legal Network. This gave her credence as both an innovator and a Christian, two marketable traits to carry before Indiana Republican delegates.
    
The candidate speeches themselves were a mixed bag of strategy and delivery.
    
Abby Kuzma focused on human trafficking and an emphasis on toughening enforcement of the laws governing this serious problem. While a worthwhile message, I believe the delegates were viewing each speech as an audition for who would bring the most value to a statewide ticket and Kuzma just didn’t light many fires with her speech.
    
Randy Head delivered a spot-on speech that was energetic, had the right message and impressed the assembled delegates. Head looked pretty strong by the time he wrapped up his speech.
    
Steve Carter gave a relatively flat speech that failed to focus on his future plans for the office. While his accomplishments as attorney general were impressive, they were done eight years ago and delegates were looking for something to help light up the statewide ticket for 2016.  You could almost sense that delegates were looking for lightning in a bottle. Carter failed to offer that elixir.
    
I had seen Curtis Hill speak on several occasions. Each time, Hill had kept his audiences riveted on his message and impressed with his delivery. The problem with being a dynamic speaker is the risk that on the big day, your speech fails to live up to expectations.  
    
On Hill’s big day, in front of 1,731 Republican delegates, he hit it out of the park. Hill talked about his family’s journey, its challenges and its triumph. A product of a strong family that instilled in Hill a refusal to accept the status quo, he fought prejudice and triumphed over adversity.  Hill then made a superb case for his vision for the future of the attorney general’s office. He also made a forceful case for standing up to the federal government in court that was met with rousing applause.
    
The rules adopted for the Republican convention required that the lowest vote getter on each ballot be dropped from the contest. After the dramatic first ballot, Abby Kuzma was dropped after garnering only 76 votes. The remaining three candidates were within 100 votes of each other.
    
The big question after round one of voting was who would get Kuzma’s votes on the second ballot. Kuzma threw her support to Randy Head between votes and Head needed the boost since he had finished third on the first ballot. The problem with endorsements after the balloting begins is the inability to effectively communicate these endorsements to the delegates. It only stands to reason that no serious candidate spends any time working on contingencies in the event of defeat. Trust me. I’ve been on the short end of the convention stick as a floor manager and once you get eliminated, there’s not much you can do to influence the eventual outcome.
    
Surprisingly, Head finished the second ballot with roughly the same total as on the first ballot, as did Steve Carter. The candidate who showed momentum on the second ballot was Curtis Hill, making significant gains.
    
With Sen. Head finding himself as the odd man out after the second ballot, he threw his support to Curtis Hill. The final ballot gave Hill a resounding victory and the rest, as they say, is history.
    
Curtis Hill presents Indiana Democrats with a major problem. He defies all of the stereotypes and prejudices that the Democrats spew in an effort to paint the Republican Party as the party of old white men. Hill brings a vigor and message to the campaign that will play well in every nook and cranny of Indiana. It shows the Indiana Republican Party to be the party of ideas and a party of progress. Curtis Hill will give John Gregg and the Democrats fits from now until Election Day.
    
On a personal note, I’d like to say that I was prouder of the Indiana Republican Party than I’ve been in some time.  The 1,731 delegates assembled in Indianapolis met and selected not only the best candidate for the Republican ticket, as the attorney general candidate, but they also selected the best man for the job.  
    
Indiana Republicans proved once again that when it comes time to do the right thing for the people of Indiana, we get it right. Curtis Hill was the right man at the right time and the Republican Party and the State of Indiana will be the better for his nomination. 

Dunn is chairman of the Howard County Republican Party.

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RAGA’S Statement on Curtis Hill Clinching The Republican Nomination for Attorney General

RAGA’S Statement on Curtis Hill Clinching The Republican Nomination for Attorney General

INDIANA: State GOP Nominates Curtis Hill for Attorney General: Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Curtis T. Hill, Jr. won the Republican nomination for Indiana attorney general during this weekend’s GOP State Convention. Hill was selected over three other candidates: former Republican Attorney General Steve Carter, State Senator Randy Head and Assistant Attorney General Abby Kuzma. Hill becomes the first African-American Republican in the state to secure a statewide constitutional office nomination. Hill says he'll protect Indiana residents from "an alarming rise" in substance abuse and violence and will fight "unconstitutional overreach" by the federal government. RAGA Chairman Bill Schuette also released a statement congratulating Hill on the nomination. “I want to congratulate Curtis Hill on securing the Republican Party nomination for attorney general during today’s GOP State Convention. Hoosiers gathered in a show of support and excitement to select the person best qualified to serve as the state’s top legal enforcement officer. I look forward to joining Curtis on the campaign trail to help him become Indiana’s next attorney general.” Hill will face retired Democrat Lake County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Arredondo in the General Election. They're vying to replace Greg Zoeller, who is not seeking re-election.

 

Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) Chairman and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette released the following statement on Curtis Hill securing the Republican nomination for Indiana Attorney General:


“I want to congratulate Curtis Hill on securing the Republican Party nomination for attorney general during today’s GOP State Convention. Today, Hoosiers gathered in a show of support and excitement to select the person best qualified to serve as the state’s top legal enforcement officer. As the Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County, Curtis understands the importance the American justice system has in our society. Since 2002, Curtis has used his office to take a hard line against career and hardened criminals, initiating creative programs in alternative justice and addressing the growing drug problem. Curtis will defend the rule of law, push back against overreaching federal regulations that kill jobs, and serve as a strong partner in the ongoing fight against the Obama-Clinton job-killing initiatives. I can’t think of a better person to succeed our friend and colleague, Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who has served with honor and distinction since 2009. I look forward to joining Curtis on the campaign trail to help him become Indiana’s next attorney general.”

About RAGA: The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the only national organization whose mission is electing Republicans to the Office of State Attorney General. In 2014 Republican attorneys general became the clear majority, for the first time in our country’s history, increasing the total number of Republican attorneys general from 24 to 27, protecting all our 12 incumbents and turning three states from blue to red, by investing nearly $14 million into political spending.

Statement by Indiana Attorney General Nominee Curtis Hill

Statement by Indiana Attorney General Nominee Curtis Hill

Indiana Delegates,

I am honored and humbled to be the Republican nominee for Attorney General.

From the beginning, this campaign was about offering my experience and leadership on the challenges that face Hoosiers today. We need an Attorney General who will never waver from standing up to federal government overreach and who has experience dealing with frauds, scams and violent crime on a daily basis.

I thank all those who supported my campaign from the beginning, including over 40 Indiana county prosecutors; the federal, state and local officials who joined along the way; and the delegates of the Indiana Republican Party State Convention who nominated me for this important responsibility.

I also thank Senator Randy Head, former Attorney General Steve Carter and Abby Kuzma for running campaigns worthy of the Office of Attorney General.

Thank you,
Curtis Hill

Commentary by Curtis Hill Provided by Indy Politics

Commentary by Curtis Hill Provided by Indy Politics

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Curtis Hill

The courage to lead and the responsibility to protect.

I have spoken those words many times on the campaign trail since I first announced my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General in December. But those words are more than a slogan to me. I was raised by a mother and father who met obstacles with courage, confidence and class. They taught me about responsibility to my family and to my community. And together they defined why I want to be Indiana’s next Attorney General.

I am running for Attorney General because I care deeply about the future of my family and the future of Indiana. While Indiana remains a wonderful place to call home, we still face many challenges.

Our federal government continues to burden us with overreaching rules and directives that suggest that government knows what’s “best for us.” Therefore, we need an Attorney General who fully commits to defending our state’s rights against an overreaching federal government. And that takes courage. It’s not easy to take the political arrows that come as a result of telling the federal government, ‘no,’ when they infringe on our Second Amendment rights or our property rights or try to regulate the use of bathrooms in our communities. But when the Constitution and the rule of law are on your side, the only option is to have the courage to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!” Indiana comes first, always.

Violent crime and substance-abuse are destroying the futures of so many Hoosiers and high-tech, online predators continue to prey on our most vulnerable citizens. Fighting this fight requires an Attorney General who has been on the front lines working to protect Hoosiers against frauds, scams, drugs and violent crime.

As the elected prosecutor of Elkhart County, I have seen it all and have led the charge to fight it all. I have tried and convicted hundreds of cases, held the hands of victims and their families, and I have felt their pain. I have witnessed thousands of young men and women throw their lives away in the quest for drugs and violence. I have held criminals accountable, while fighting to keep my community safe, because I know that you can’t be truly free unless you feel truly safe.

Hoosiers living today and those generations yet to come should live with the peace of mind knowing their communities are safe and their futures secure and that’s what I will work on every day as your Attorney General.

While my focus now is to secure our party’s nomination for Attorney General, the moment I am nominated as your candidate for Attorney General my dual focus will be on my campaign and the campaigns of my fellow Republicans. It is of vital importance that candidates supporting conservative principles and solid ideas are elected in the fall.  We are a team. A team that will consistently apply conservative principles to finding solutions that will lead to Hoosiers feeling more secure in their freedom and in their opportunities. I will work hard to support our Republican team on all fronts because Indiana is much better off with Republican principles leading the way.

Indiana deserves an Attorney General with an unwavering commitment to freedom and the Republican Party deserves a nominee dedicated to energizing the team to win in November. You can count on me on both fronts. I won’t let you down.

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Over 60 Indiana Republican Elected Officials and Activists Endorse Curtis Hill for Attorney General Prior to Tomorrow’s State Convention

Over 60 Indiana Republican Elected Officials and Activists Endorse Curtis Hill for Attorney General Prior to Tomorrow’s State Convention

Dear Friends,

With one day to go before the Indiana Republican Party State Convention in Indianapolis, I am humbled to announce a list of endorsements for my campaign for Attorney General that includes officials at the federal, state and local levels. While the vast majority of county prosecutors have been with me since I announced my candidacy in December, many of the additional names have joined in the past week showing clear momentum headed into the convention.

I believe with the right leadership we will meet and overcome the obstacles we face as Hoosiers. I would be honored to bring my experience, my passion and my fighting spirit to the Attorney General’s office to meet these challenges head-on. That is why I am deeply humbled to have the support of so many federal, state and local officials. Together we will fight against excessive federal overreach and work every day to protect Hoosiers from frauds, scams and violent crime.

These endorsements have come as a result of our aggressive delegate outreach effort that included appearances at county Lincoln Day Dinners, door-to-door stops, impromptu coffees and phone calls to elected and appointed delegates.

CURTIS HILL ENDORSEMENTS

  • Jackie Walorski, Congresswoman
  • Deb Fleming, 2nd District GOP Chair
  • Mark Wynn, 6th District GOP Chair
  • Will Statom, Delaware County GOP Chair
  • Russ Willis, Madison County Chair
  • Lynn Deddens, Dearborn County GOP Chair
  • Matt Boyd, Whitley County GOP Chair
  • Mike Gonder, LaPorte County GOP Chair
  • Bob Courtney, Jefferson County GOP Chair
  • Larry Meyer, Decatur County GOP Chair
  • Jim Bopp, Former Republican National Committeeman
  • Lana Keesling, Clerk of City of Fort Wayne
  • Mayor Jon Costas, City of Valparaiso
  • Mayor Blair Milo, City of La Porte
  • Mike Delph, State Senator
  • Former Mayor Wayne Seybold, City of Marion
  • David Diener, White County Commissioner
  • Michael Books, Sheriff (retired), Elkhart County Sheriff's Department
  • Daniel McMullen, Citizen Litigator, Citizens of Monroe County
  • Wyatt Mick, President, Bingham & Loughlin, P.C.
  • Linda Chezem, Former Judge for the Indiana Court of Appeals
  • Nate Harter, Decatur County Prosecutor
  • Aaron Negangard, Dearborn County Prosecutor
  • Karen Richards, Allen County Prosecutor
  • Rodney Cummings, Madison County Prosecutor
  • Patricia Baldwin, Hendricks County Prosecutor
  • Danny Crenshaw, Secretary at Marion County
  • Rev. James Clifton, Pastor, Millersburg, Indiana
  • Kevin Basey, Blackford County Prosecutor
  • Vicki Becker, Elkhart County Chief Deputy Prosecutor
  • Jeremy Brown, Adams County Prosecutor
  • Lee Buckingham, Hamilton County Prosecutor
  • Bradley Cooper, Johnson County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Hampton, Kosciusko County Prosecutor
  • Patrick Harrington, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor
  • Nicholas Haverstock, Crawford County Prosecutor
  • Ric Hertel, Ripley County Prosecutor
  • Jarrod Holtsclaw, Greene County Prosecutor
  • Bob Guy, White County Prosecutor
  • Jim Luttrull, Grant County Prosecutor
  • Jeremy Mull, Clark County Prosecutor
  • Steven Owen, Floyd County Prosecutor
  • Robert Pell, Clay County Prosecutor
  • Michael Perry, Warrick County Prosecutor
  • Otto Schalk, Harrison County Prosecutor
  • Michael Shipman, Wayne County Prosecutor
  • Steve Sonnega, Morgan County Prosecutor
  • Brad Landwerlen, Shelby County Prosecutor
  • Nick Hermann, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor
  • Bill Nash, Bartholomew County Prosecutor
  • Todd Meyer, Boone County Prosecutor
  • Ted Adams, Brown County Prosecutor
  • Daniel Murrie, Daviess County Prosecutor
  • Keith Henderson, Floyd County Prosecutor
  • Teryl Martin, Fountain County Prosecutor
  • Robert Krieg, Gibson County Prosecutor
  • Brad Cooper, Johnson County Prosecutor
  • Michelle Woodward, Lawrence County Prosecutor
  • Jeff Drinski, Newton County Prosecutor
  • Donald Vandermoere, Owen County Prosecutor
  • Brian Gensel, Porter County Prosecutor
  • John Larson, Warren County Prosec utor

See you at the convention,

Curtis Hill
Candidate for Indiana Attorney General

New Video: Curtis Hill's Personal Commitment to Fighting for Families

New Video: Curtis Hill's Personal Commitment to Fighting for Families

Friends,

The role of the Indiana Attorney General is vitally important to defending the Constitution.

As a Elkhart County's Prosecuting Attorney, for four terms I've sat with victims and mothers who lost their children. I've seen countless criminals throw their lives away by making poor choices. It's been my job to hold them accountable.

As your next Indiana Attorney General, I'm committed to do everything I can to make sure that we have less mothers losing children and less people throwing their lives away.

I am Curtis Hill and I am ready to be your next Attorney General.

View our new video about why I want to be your next Indiana Attorney General

Thank you,

Curtis Hill

New Video: Curtis Hill Will Fight for Families and Protect Them from the Ravages of Drugs and Violent Crimes

New Video: Curtis Hill Will Fight for Families and Protect Them from the Ravages of Drugs and Violent Crimes

As the Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County, I have fought my entire career to keep Hoosier  families safe, especially from substance abuse and crimes of violence.

I will continue to protect Hoosier families as Attorney General by working to uphold convictions secured by prosecutors and local law enforcement around the state.

It is true that protecting families from the ravages of crime goes far beyond the prison wall however. While we must cut off the supply sources for drugs like heroin and meth, we must also acknowledge and address the root causes of addiction across our society. We will continue to empower victims and advocates for healthy and safe communities in which to raise Hoosier families.

Let's join forces to get drugs and violent crimes off our streets.

View our new video about fighting for families in Indiana.

Thank you,

Curtis Hill

Statement by Curtis Hill Elkhart County Prosecutor & Candidate for Attorney General on President Barack Obama’s Visit to Elkhart

Statement by Curtis Hill Elkhart County Prosecutor & Candidate for Attorney General on President Barack Obama’s Visit to Elkhart

ELKHART – Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Indiana Attorney General, released this statement on President Barack Obama’s visit to Elkhart, Indiana, today, Wednesday, June 1, 2016:

“President Barack Obama returns to my hometown of Elkhart today. While any community should welcome a presidential visit and the attention received from such a visit, it is important to note that Elkhart's recovery has been much more about the resiliency of our people and business leaders than any of the policies and directives coming out of Washington, D.C. under the Obama Administration.

“In fact, Elkhart's recovery is made more remarkable given the continuing backdrop of the Obama Administration's heavy-handed nature of issuing directives on what's ‘best for us’ whether it's Obamacare, EPA Waters of the United States mandates, or numerous executive orders and/or executive threats that bypass Congress and promote general instability.

“Those who are taking part in the president’s town hall today should be reminded that ‘We, the people’ is not a benign phrase of little meaning but rather the singular embodiment of who we are as a nation. If elected Indiana Attorney General I will defend Indiana's right under the 10th Amendment of our Constitution to determine for ourselves what's ‘best for us,’ the people, and I will take up the fight against the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government."

New Video: Curtis Hill Will Protect Hoosiers from Victimization, Frauds and Scams

New Video: Curtis Hill Will Protect Hoosiers from Victimization, Frauds and Scams

Protecting Hoosiers, especially our most vulnerable, from personal victimization, frauds, and scams, is one of the core functions of the Attorney General.

Not only will we pursue these crooks in their current form, but we will diligently prepare to be one step ahead of those who prey on the young, the old, the weak, the sick, and those that are less fortunate -- no matter how they twist technology and tactics to take advantage of and deceive us.

View our new video about protecting Hoosiers in Indiana

Thank you,

Curtis Hill

New Video: Curtis Hill As Attorney General Will Inspire Indiana's Youth to Lead Productive Lives

New Video: Curtis Hill As Attorney General Will Inspire Indiana's Youth to Lead Productive Lives

Far too many Hoosier youngsters lack appropriate guidance and positive influencers who teach and model the practices that lead to responsible and productive lives.

If our children are taught good tools and are encouraged to make solid life choices, we will head off crime and substance abuse problems before they ever take hold of and ruin young lives.

I will encourage more Hoosier youth to make positive choices by collaborating with existing successful programs whose mission is to inspire and equip young Hoosiers to lead lives of purpose and meaning.

View our new video about inspiring youth in Indiana.

Thank you,

Curtis Hill

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski Endorses  Curtis Hill for Indiana Attorney General

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski Endorses Curtis Hill for Indiana Attorney General

For Immediate Release
Contact: Pete Seat

ELKHART – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski today announced her support for Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill’s bid to be Indiana’s next Attorney General. Walorski leads an impressive and growing list of Hoosier leaders who recognize Curtis’ proven record of leadership on issues that the Attorney General will have to face head on in the coming years. 

“As Prosecutor, Curtis has consistently worked to protect and defend Hoosiers. He has stood for freedom, fought for families and inspired those around him – including me,” said Walorski. I know that as our next Attorney General he will continue to do the same, just from a different stage, and that he will be a partner to those of us representing Hoosiers in Washington, D.C. who want to put a stop to the overreaching hand of the federal government as much as Curtis does.”

Hill added, “I am honored to have the endorsement of a conservative leader like my friend, Jackie Walorski. We welcome Congresswoman Walorksi to our ever-growing team of Republican leaders from across the state and I look forward to working hand-in-hand with her to combat the most pressing issues Hoosiers face.” 

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Curtis Responds to US Directive to Schools on Transgender Bathroom Access

Curtis Responds to US Directive to Schools on Transgender Bathroom Access

This is the very type of federal government overreach that I have spoken about on the campaign trail. The federal government should never, under any circumstances, engage in extortion and blackmail against states which have the right, under the 10th Amendment, to make their own laws on issues such as this, if they choose to do so.

The bottom line is this: if and when the Indiana General Assembly takes up the issue and if and when they decide to enact legislation, it will be my responsibility, if elected Attorney General, to defend that legislation if it is in fact challenged in a court of law.

Curtis Hill
Candidate for Indiana Attorney General

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Curtis Hill's Newsletter Addresses Stopping Government Overreach

Curtis Hill's Newsletter Addresses Stopping Government Overreach

Friends,

The Founders knew that the best governance is performed as close to the problem as possible. That's why the federal government shouldn't pick up the trash, your local county shouldn't raise an army, and our state government is probably the best level at which to pass criminal laws and sentencing guidelines.

The Founders recognized that this principle had to be expressed and made permanent in our U.S. Constitution so that citizens could be protected from their state government, and so both citizens and states would be protected from the federal government.

The Tenth Amendment to our United States Constitution specifically guarantees that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Indiana’s Attorney General is the first line of defense when the balance of power between the federal government and our state is under attack -- and that is a responsibility I take very seriously.

  • Over the last eight years, it has been disturbing to watch President Obama circumvent the Constitution through executive orders and ever-bolder agency regulation. Because of this, as your next Attorney General, I will establish a federalism unit within my office dedicated to protecting and preserving our rights as Hoosiers to govern ourselves. This includes fighting efforts like Obamacare and attacks against our Second Amendment rights.
     
  • We must also stand up to federal agencies to protect our state’s powers and responsibilities, and to protect the rule of law. For example, I am against the potential closure of Guantanamo Bay and the transfer of detainees to the United States, not just because we have a federal prison in Terre Haute, but because it violates the rule of law. Even President Obama's own Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has previously said that federal law prohibits such a transfer. In addition to ignoring the rule of law, the president’s plan would threaten the safety of Hoosiers and all Americans.
     
  • I am also concerned about the overreach of President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. While his ever-expanding federal government asserts more and more authority over our property – even down to a puddle of water - states and citizens are left to deal with the consequences for their homestead, their farms, and their businesses.

These are only a few issues, but they portray a federal government that is out of control and out of touch with everyday Hoosiers. Join me in the fight to restore our state’s rightful constitutional role of self-governance.

If you'd like to learn more, please visit www.curtishillforindiana.com.

Thank you,

Curtis Hill
Candidate for Indiana Attorney General

Curtis Hill Is Keynote Speaker at Nappanee Area Prayer Breakfast

Curtis Hill Is Keynote Speaker at Nappanee Area Prayer Breakfast

Candidate for Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill, was the keynote speaker for the Nappanee area prayer breakfast in observation of the National Day of Prayer held at the Dal Mar Banquet Hall in Nappanee, Indiana.

The Nappanee prayer breakfast has been an annual tradition for several years, first hosted by former mayor Larry Thompson, and now hosted by Mayor Phil Jenkins, who is currently in his first year as the Mayor of Nappanee.

The program was led by 11 area pastors who offered specific prayer for several segments of the community, including prayer for government, prayer for military, prayer for media/arts,  prayer for education, prayer for marketplace, and prayer for the family, among others.

Curtis Hill offered remarks on the historical significance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution on a free society.  

Hill quoted from the Declaration of Independence and said, “Our government was never intended to be the boss of us. It was laid out with a system of checks and balances with one important aspect being that power remain with the states and with the people.”

Hill said it was going to take courage and perseverance in faith to turn things around. He spoke of the courage of his father, who was born in Oklahoma and after the local Negro and Indian School was closed was sent to live with relatives to finish his education. He eventually moved to Elkhart, married and got a good job with the post office. His father bought two lots intending to build a home. One was along Ind. 19 by Hubbard Hills and the other on the north side of Elkhart, where it was immediately made known to him that he and his family were not welcome.

His father decided then to build the home in that north side neighborhood and after their home was bombed in the 1960s, bought a shotgun to arm himself and protect his family.

Hill said, “He understood that even in America sometimes you have to fight for your freedoms. My father was my hero. What a different country this might be if all little boys could say that.”

He spoke of the cultural shift in America in the last decade and said, especially as people of faith, “We have to retain the principles we have while adapting, not adopting, to the culture.”

Hill said people have to fight for principles, building strength by sticking together and not let a slight difference in opinion keep them from working together.

“It’s absolutely essential if we’re going to move forward as a nation,” Hill concluded.

It was noted by Mayor Jenkins that Hill has been a fixture at the Nappanee prayer breakfast since its inception.

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Curtis Hill's Commitment to Protecting Hoosiers from Government Overreach

Curtis Hill's Commitment to Protecting Hoosiers from Government Overreach

Over the last eight years, it has been disturbing to watch President Obama circumvent the Constitutional powers and responsibilities of the States through executive orders and encroaching bureaucratic actions. To combat this trend, as your next Attorney General, I will establish a Federalism Unit within my office dedicated to protecting and preserving the rights of Hoosiers to govern ourselves.

The Federalism Unit will be directed by my Solicitor General, who will also serve as advisor to other agency lawyers and various state officials regarding complex constitutional issues. This unit will intervene if necessary when Indiana's most critical interests are at stake. Such critical interests might include Obamacare, First and Second Amendment infringements, relocating Guantanamo Bay terrorists to Terre Haute's federal prison, and an EPA and other agencies that reach their tentacles into every Hoosier homestead, farm, and business.

As the chief lawyer for the State of Indiana, I will empower the Solicitor General and the Federalism Unit to directly handle those appeals determined to be most significant for Indiana to restore the proper balance between our state authority and that of the federal government. In addition, the Federalism Unit will author “friend of the court” briefs for submission to the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts across the nation. We will lead the fight in federal and state courts against a federal government that is out of control and out of touch with lives of everyday Americans.

The 10th amendment to our United States Constitution specifically guarantees that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." As a result, Indiana’s Attorney General is the first line of defense when our state’s powers and responsibilities are under attack -- and that is a responsibility I take very seriously.

Join me in the fight to restore our state’s rightful constitutional role of self-governance.

As Indiana's Next Attorney General, Curtis Hill Will Fight Against Obamacare

As Indiana's Next Attorney General, Curtis Hill Will Fight Against Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare", is a clear representation of governmental overreach and demonstrates how the federal government circumvents The United States Constitution to achieve the goals of their short-sighted and expensive policies, which will cripple our state's economy and compromise the health and well-being of our citizens.

It is important that we understand the consequences of Obamacare. It's not just that Obamacare is bad policy, though it is true that health insurance premiums are rising, while coverage is dropping. What's worse, it has transformed the relationship between the government and the governed. The federal government has coerced the states to choose between bad and worse options, and has arrogated to itself the power to tell citizens what to buy and when.

The creators of Obamacare knew that our government could not force states to establish exchanges. Establishing a state exchange would commit Indiana to increased and unnecessary spending to support Obamacare's bad healthcare policies. Indiana chose not to. Knowing we would refuse, a Democrat Congress specified that credits and subsidies would only to be available in states that set up their own health-insurance exchanges. This was the carrot.

And they also had a stick. The IRS is enforcing tax penalties in all states that have (rightfully) declined to create their own exchanges. They will send the penalty fees paid by private insurers to Washington to pay for subsidies provided by the federal government to individuals purchasing health insurance through their exchanges. These penalty fees are expected to increase to $14.3 billion by 2018. In addition to increased taxation, as a further punishment for Indiana not complying with Obamacare, Hoosiers are now limited from their basic, previous Medicaid programs.

Indiana and nearly thirty states are battling the government's imposition of taxes and penalties for refusing to establish a state health-care exchange. If the courageous legal efforts by the majority of states are successful in defeating the Obama administration, deficit spending associated to Obamacare is estimated to be reduced by approximately $700 billion over the next decade. More important, we can start to reclaim our rightful place in our constitutional republic.

We must stand strong and fight for the restoration of the balance of power envisioned by the Founders. With your support, as your next Attorney General, I will work hard to assure that Indiana is protected from such blatant abuses of our government's executive power.

Curtis Hill Will Support Agriculture in Indiana's Rural Communities

Curtis Hill Will Support Agriculture in Indiana's Rural Communities

Agriculture is a major economic driver of the State of Indiana as well as the source of our food, fiber, shelter, and fuel. Food security – food that is safe, nutritious and affordable is important to all Hoosiers.

As Attorney General, I will increase the agricultural law expertise of the office of the Indiana Attorney General to support the rural and agricultural communities of Indiana. The agency regulatory review process of the Attorney General's office will be conducted transparently, competently, and efficiently. I will ensure that regulations be minimal and drafted in clear and consistent language and enforced openly and with objective fairness.

The Hoosiers who grow our food, fiber, shelter and fuel, need our support and as Attorney General, food security will be a top priority!

Supporting facts:

  • 245,000 Indiana jobs are supported by agriculture. 
  • 19,400,000 acres of land are in farms and forests (the Indiana total land area (acres) is 23.3 million).
  • The value of agricultural products sold in Indiana was $11.2 billion.
  • Indiana ranked 10th in the nation in agricultural sales.
  • Fun Fact – we've got more chickens then people! 41.5 million broiler's were sold in Indiana in 2012. That's 6 times more chickens than people in Indiana!