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Archive for February, 2009

Caption This

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Believe it or not, I’m actually going to try to take the day off.  In the meanwhile, here’s a photo of your favorite blogger and his future wife.  Feel free to scribble a caption.   Back tomorrow.

Statehouse Stuff

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Here are a couple things that I think are newsworthy from the Statehouse today… THANKS, BUT NO THANKS Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he’ll  decline taking the portion of the federal economic stimulus package that’s geared towards unemployment insurance. Although the state faces hundreds of millions in deficits in the fund, Daniels says the conditions […]

Children of the Revolution

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Revolution. Counter-revolution. Counter-Counter revolution.

White Out

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

If you ever doubted that Indianapolis Public Schools should be dissolved and something else take its place, doubt no more.  IPS Principal Jeff White was demoted today from running John Marshall Community School  and re-assigned to School 44 at 2033 Sugar Grove where he will serve as an assistant principal.  White would not comment about […]

Scrap That

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Indianapolis city officials are announcing two major changes to the police department’s part-time job policies following the employment of officers at a scrap metal yard accused of dealing in stolen material. Mayor Greg Ballard, Public Safety Director Scott Newman and Police Chief Mike Spears said they were ordering all command personnel in IMPD to quit […]

The Madness of Mike Young

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

It took a while, but I knew I would eventually figure out why a “conservative” Republican like State Senator Mike Young would oppose government reform. At first I thought it really was a tax issue, until I discovered that Wayne Township has the highest tax rate for fire service in Marion County and consolidation would […]

Post Consolidation Mortem

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I spent some time on the phone last night talking to politicos about why Marion County Township Fire Consolidation failed by one vote.  The vote was 24-26, had one vote changed the Lt. Governor could have passed the tie breaking vote.  I asked my contacts a number of questions as to why the measure didn’t […]

Death By Franklin Township

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

That statement may seem a bit extreme or harsh, but it is fair. Because I called out Terry Royalty on his reported annual four-month stints in Florida, he’s apparently cancelling all mutual aid agreements with IFD, Beech Grove and Perry Township.  That means if there’s a major fire in Franklin Township and they need help, […]

I Need a Drink!

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Get a load of this!  If you want to know why your water rates are going through the roof, it’s not just because the city financed a majority of the bonds to purchase the water company with adjustable rate loans that have gone through the roof, but there’s evidence that when the people who used […]

The Mortgage Crisis

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The following is a guest column by Indianapolis attorney Mike Norris. More consumers are losing their homes than ever before, and more lenders are foreclosing their mortgages than ever before. Both sides are losing faith in the American mortgage lending system, even though one wants payments; the other is willing to pay. One wants the […]