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Archive for December, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

As tradition dictates,  it’s time for my top 10 state and local stories of 2010.  My criteria were pretty simple; magnitude and impact.  So with that said, here we go. 10.  Hoosiers overwhelmingly pass property tax caps.  Not only is local government put on a leash, but the leash gets tightened. 9.  Duke Energy scandal […]

Unequal Pay for Equal Unemployment

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Indiana lawmakers are going to have their hands full this upcoming session fixing the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.  The fund is $2 billion in the hole so it will likely require an increase in the premiums employers pay as well a reduction in the amount paid out in benefits.   Indiana already has one of […]

Where There Is Smoke

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

I’m taking a semi-vacation this week, which means I sleep until 7 a.m.  However I still try to keep up to speed on what my friends in other media outlets are chatting about.  My friends over at the Indianapolis Star Tuesday opined about the need for a statewide smoking ban and how the tobacco lobby […]

More Contractual Obligations

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

It’s no big secret that education reform will be one of the top priorities for lawmakers to address when they come back in January.   Apart from more accountability and better ways to measure teacher and school performance, lawmakers are also expected to tackle collective bargaining.   I doubt if there will be a serious effort to […]

A Jib and Jab at 2010

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The guys and gals over at JibJab have done their annual look back at 2010.  It’s not bad, although last year’s was funnier.  I’m putting together my own top 10 list that will go up later this week, focusing mostly on state and local stories.  In the meantime, enjoy. Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards […]

A Christmas Wish

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

I found this photo on my hard drive this morning.  If you see this image after leaving this world, I can assure that not only is one of us in the wrong place, it’s probably not me!  Hope your Christmas Day is going well.

Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 24th, 2010

As tradition dictates I wanted to take a moment and wish all of you Merry Christmas, see I don’t get offended.  I’m taking off a few days do engage in my Holiday rituals which usually means good scotch, cigars, fine meals,  and Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian”.   Of course somewhere in there is hanging […]

Political Fallout and Follow Up

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

You would think that with a day or two before Christmas the political rumor mill would slow down, but it hasn’t.  I have some interesting follow-up information on a couple items I posted about earlier this week. Disaster Averted It looks like part of the reason Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels wants Eric Holcomb to be […]

Death By the Numbers

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

As we get ready to close down the year, there has been a lot of talk about Indianapolis’ homicide rate and what exactly is that number?   Well, like most things, the number you get depends on who you ask? The number a lot of people like to cite is 117.  That number comes from the […]

Political Two For Tuesday

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Two big political news items Becky Skillman is getting out of the race for Governor and Public Safety Director Frank Straub was re-appointed with bi-partisan Council support.   So without further adieu let’s dive into some analysis shall we… Becky Bows Out Lt. Governor Becky Skillman this morning told me that it was unexpected surgery in […]