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Monday’s Musings

Lots of things to talk about this morning, so let’s get started…

If anyone thought having a few days to think would change embattled Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White mind and he would step down, not so much.  I communicated with White this weekend via text messaging and when I asked if he was going to step down, his response was “…I have no intention of resigning.”  Of course, it’s still early in the process.

Speaking of communication, there wasn’t much of that between Indiana House Republicans and some of their missing Democratic counterparts.  House Speaker Brian Bosma told me that as of late Sunday afternoon, he had no communication with Democrats saying they would return today.  However, some of them reportedly did return to Indiana over the weekend.  I’m told by witnesses that Democratic State Representative Sheila Klinker was in-state.  She apparently made an appearance at a charity fundraiser at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.  The House is scheduled to convene today at 1:30 p.m.

The Mayor of Indianapolis and one of his Democratic opponents apparently just missed each other by a few minutes this weekend.  The Mayor spoke at an event on the revitalization of Lafayette Square.  Melina Kennedy reportedly also appeared shortly after the Mayor left and went to another event.

Speaking of Democrats, I don’t put a lot of stock in on-air radio polls; however one conducted by a WTLC-AM in Indianapolis revealed an interesting snapshot in the Democratic primary race for Mayor.  Of all the callers picks for Mayor in the Democratic race, Melina Kennedy scored 48%, Ron Gibson 30%; Sam Carson 4% and undecided were at 19%.   Like I said, I don’t put a lot of stock in on-air radio polls, but sometimes they get your attention.

And speaking of primaries, the U.S. Senate campaign between Dick Lugar and Richard Mourdock looks like it has the potential to get real intense real fast and real quick.  I received an e-mail from the Lugar camp attacking statements made by the State Treasurer regarding the incumbent’s record.  They go into detail regarding Lugar’s votes on various issues such as the START treaty and DREAM Act.   They also accuse the Mourdock camp of making statements so “demonstrably false as to be slander.”

And speaking of Senators, former U.S. Senator is making a fundraising appeal for the Indiana Democratic Party.   The e-mail requests $25-$100 to help restore “civility to the political debate as well as pull our communities back to the moderate values we all share.”  Oh, before I forget it was Birch Bayh who was on the e-mail, not Evan.

  • Think Again

    Now that the dust has cleared, Charlie White still thinks he’ll prevail?

    He’s delusional.

  • pascal

    First, a digression, http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/badgering-the-witless.html for an interesting discussion with some application to Indiana topics.
    The White matter is now where it should be, with a judge, and a couple of ham sandwiches. On a slow news day, I’d still skip any story about it.
    As to Birch, does anyone know if he ever paid off in full all those debts he ran up running for President? The stench went on for years and years greatly embarassing the State Democrat Party. I can recall being solicited at least once to assist in retiring the debt but my civility quotient for a guy I had given decent money who then failed to deliver on his promises, once elected, was too low. While no quid pro quo one at least expects an effort.

  • pascal

    First, a digression, http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/badgering-the-witless.html for an interesting discussion with some application to Indiana topics.
    The White matter is now where it should be, with a judge, and a couple of ham sandwiches. On a slow news day, I’d still skip any story about it.
    As to Birch, does anyone know if he ever paid off in full all those debts he ran up running for President? The stench went on for years and years greatly embarassing the State Democrat Party. I can recall being solicited at least once to assist in retiring the debt but my civility quotient for a guy I had given decent money who then failed to deliver on his promises, once elected, was too low. While no quid pro quo one at least expects an effort.

  • cynical sam

    Sorry. Effort from Dem/Repub empty suits requires twice your donation. Better luck next time.

  • BlackBart

    Lafayette Square.

    What was once called “urban blight” has moved to the suburbs. It is now just “blight.”

    It is demographic dance that has been occurring for generations. When blight invades a community, flight ensues. Blight follows flight for area to area.

    We see it in Lafeyette Square. What was once a thriving and prosperous shopping center became a dangerous shoplifting center. Blight came; flight ensued.

    We see it East Indianapolis. What once a comfortable bedroom community of new split-level and small ranch homes, is now violent, dangerous and drug ridden ‘hood. Blight came; flight ensued.

    There is no simple government fix.

    Before some misguided politician promises a remedy of tax infusion, we need to recognize that it has nothing to do with dollars and everything to do with demographics.

  • cynical sam

    Could not agree more, BB. May be time to dig up old Tom Malthus and dust-off some of his theories.

  • cynical sam

    Could not agree more, BB. May be time to dig up old Tom Malthus and dust-off some of his theories.

  • cynical sam

    Could not agree more, BB. May be time to dig up old Tom Malthus and dust-off some of his theories.

  • cynical sam

    Could not agree more, BB. May be time to dig up old Tom Malthus and dust-off some of his theories.

  • varangianguard

    Pascal is so amusing. All the Republican interest in the previous cycle about preventing voter fraud, and oh golly, perhaps the Republicans have elected a voter fraudster? That’s not news? If that isn’t news, well there isn’t much else that qualifies then.
    Your second item is newsy as well. But, I imagine there aren’t many “journalists” up to the task around here.

  • Think Again

    That’s a good question. I’d completely forgotten about it. I’ll look into it.

    However, you should know: campaign finance laws have changed significantly since then. In some cases, candidates were not allowed to repay committee debts, and vice-versa.

    Not an excuse, just an explanation. I’m off to look it up.

  • Rs8722pcb

    And as for Mr. White: you damned well SHOULD be paying attention.

    Given the shrill screams of “Voter Fraud Everywhere” from the office’s prior occupant, it appears, by all reasonable evidence not in question,, that Mr. Rokita should’ve known, or did know, of Mr. White’s address difficulties.

    Look, I don’t wishi any ill on mr. White regarding his divorce, remarriage, moving, etc. It happens to a lot of us, and even smart lawyers, in the thick of the battle, can lose track of some minute details.

    But this man sought the office of Indiana’s chief election commissioner. If he truly did not know he was making an error, he should be disbarred.

    And mark my words, before this is over: the SOS issue will be peanuts, if he truly committed mortgage fraud. You don’t want to mess around with HUD.

  • Rs8722pcb

    And as for Mr. White: you damned well SHOULD be paying attention.

    Given the shrill screams of “Voter Fraud Everywhere” from the office’s prior occupant, it appears, by all reasonable evidence not in question,, that Mr. Rokita should’ve known, or did know, of Mr. White’s address difficulties.

    Look, I don’t wishi any ill on mr. White regarding his divorce, remarriage, moving, etc. It happens to a lot of us, and even smart lawyers, in the thick of the battle, can lose track of some minute details.

    But this man sought the office of Indiana’s chief election commissioner. If he truly did not know he was making an error, he should be disbarred.

    And mark my words, before this is over: the SOS issue will be peanuts, if he truly committed mortgage fraud. You don’t want to mess around with HUD.

  • pascal

    Hmm. In the face of allegations made long before the election there was little unknown about the White matter. I carried a sign for Vop at a polling place but Indiana voted White in by a large margin-KNOWINGLY. So, wake me up when it is over.

  • pascal

    Hmm. In the face of allegations made long before the election there was little unknown about the White matter. I carried a sign for Vop at a polling place but Indiana voted White in by a large margin-KNOWINGLY. So, wake me up when it is over.

  • pascal

    Tom is alive and well at Planned Parenthood.

  • pascal

    Tom is alive and well at Planned Parenthood.

  • Think Again

    Lafayette Square was a Debartolo mall. They never, ever took good care of their properties. That’s why they sold at a bargain to Simon a decade or so ago.

    And it hasn’t been prosperous for 25-30 years. This is not new news.

    It might be a good re-purposed property. A solid commercial use would benefit all. It was in that parking lot five years ago that two Indy Colts were robbed at gunpoint–as in rapid-fire rifles.

    Recently, the entire Dept. of Metro Development permitting office moved. They were in an old factory building on the near-eastside. It had huge parking lots and lots of space. Then, a Ballard-friendly landlord wanted to move them, because government leases are so bankable. They picked up everything, lock stock and file cabinet, and moved elsewhere. The eastside neighborhood enjoyed the stabillity of governmment cars, lots of in-out everyday, and the activity. Now it’s gone.

    Here’s a thought: the next large-scale office need, state, federal or local, should be directed to Laf. Square. They tried a probation office/court there, but the neighbors balked at the “criminal element.”

    If we had any brains we’d stop bankrupting the City-County budget, with the privately-run jail annexes, and build a large Court/Jail structure somewhere. Laf. Square is as good as anywhere. One huge, secure structure. Inmates would never have to leave the property for court. IMPD already has a roll-call site rigiht next door. I wouldn’t mind having a couple hundred cop cars as a neighbor.

  • NotAmos

    Mayor’s Crackdown On Parents Good Thing Or Selective Enforcement? Listen And Decide

    http://praiseindy.com/daily-bread/amosbrown/mayors-crackdown-on-parents-good-thing-or-selective-enforcement-listen-and-decide/

  • Melyssa Donaghy

    I cannot remember a single time in the past 5 years that Lugar voted the way I wanted. As much as Lugar’s unwaivering support of bailouts disappointed, I was quite disturbed that he voted for the food safety bill, the likes of which will forever change the landscape for small farmers.

  • Think Again

    Wow Melyssa. Just wow.

    If any farmers cannot abide by food safety rules, they ened to quit farming. Period.

    We have too few poultry inspectors, not too many.

    If your gastro system can step back in time 70 years, so be it. Mine can’t. We have the best food-supply-chain protection system in the world, and countless oddities stioll slip through.

    You’re prefect free, of course, to dislike Sen. Lugar. Pick another cause. Respectfully, you’re all wet on this one.

  • Jhays

    You, sir, are dead wrong. The hyper-regulation of small farms has already begun and, is spilling into home gardens. Its not about inspection and regulation. Its about intrusion, control and taxation in the form of fees and fines. Its also about lobbyists. If Monsanto and Cargill can’t patent their genetic material, the want the ability to sue over the use (Accidental or, purposeful) of their mutations.

  • Think Again

    I am not dead-wrong. My family owns a small farm (well, if 180 acres (105 tillable) can be considered small…it is in today’s world).

    That farm supported my great-grandparents handsomely. My grandparents, pretty well. The next generation, somewhat. My folks, not without a side factory job. My generation: not at all. We keep it out of sentimentality, and cousins cash-rent it to grow soybeans, pumpkins and corn, and raise about 40-60 hogs at a time.

    I’m no gentleman farmer, but I know this: the cousins have to attend classes every spring to get re-certified in the chemicals they’re applying on the fields. Whose rain run-off goes right into my hometown’s waterways and underground wells.

    Their answer to regulations? We need them to protect the ground, and we need to use as few chemicals as possible.

    We as a nation raped the ground for at least four decades, with very little government oversight. It’s long overdue. And short.

    Monsanto and Cargill and their like, want the right to sue? Whom? That’s laughable. The FarmChem industry has had its own way with government going back to at least Nixon. Hell movies have been made about the corruption.

    We may be the naton’s breadbasket. Somewhere along the way, we lost sight of how important it is to protect the raw earth.

  • Melyssa Donaghy

    Yep, and the violations aren’t usually the small farmer. That food safety bill was a mess. And it will not ensure our food is one bit safer. It gives the government more power. They have no right to keep a farmer from selling raw milk, for instance.

    By the way, I won’t buy poultry unless I know it is organic and free range. That means (yep) I am willing to pay up to $20 for a small bird I’m assured was not jacked up with hormones.

  • Melyssa Donaghy

    LOL….Lugar is more likely to be in cohoots with Monsanto than us.

  • pascal

    zzzzzzzz…..boring…..zzzzzzz

  • Jhays
  • Think Again

    I don’t know. Used to be a Gutwein hybrid brand. But I’ll ask. I know this–the price has shot way up.

  • Think Again

    I try to find free-range, or organic, but that “organic” label is as misused as possible. Thanks, in no small part, to loose government regulations about labeling.

    I want govt. out of my bedroom, my religion and most everything else. But honest to God, other than national defense, what purpose is better than regulating food supply?

  • pascal

    I’m betting you can’t name 5 votes per year that Lugar voted on in the past 5 years. He has cast some 95,000 votes so far. Of course, I doubt if any other poster could rattle off 25 votes either.

  • Wurstnitemare

    Melyassa,
    Why the hate? Lugar has done a great job for our state and our country. If you wanna hate someone hate, White and Ballard.Lugar never lied to us

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