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While I Was Out

There’s nothing like taking a few days off to rest and recharge. Of course, I did none of that, I spent most of the time getting caught up on all my other jobs.  But apparently quite a few news event occurred while I was out. We all know what happened, so here’s my take on recent events.

Mike Pence finally unveiled what some called the worst kept secret in politics, that he’s running for Governor.  I did manage to hear the call while I was on the road.  Democrats tried to make a big deal that he announced from Washington and not Indiana. With a more formal announcement coming next month from Columbus, I honestly don’t think anyone will care.  The bigger issue though is Pence, who is a great public speaker, seemed very mechanical in his delivery and a little too scripted.  One of  Pence’s big pluses is his oratory and if his handlers are going to start handicapping his public speaking, it could make his race more difficult than it needs to be.  Also look for former State Representative Luke Messer and former U.S. Senate candidate Don Bates, Jr as possible contenders for Pence’s seat.

Speaking of running the AP is reporting that Joe Donnelly will run for the U.S. Senate.  Donnelly believes State Treasurer Richard Mourdock will beat incumbent Dick Lugar which will make Republicans more vulnerable to a challenge next year.  Mourdock’s camp has been winning straw polls at some county Lincoln Day Dinners, however any astute political observer knows to take those things with a high-blood pressure raising grain of salt.

And speaking of elections, I think President Barack Obama might have inadvertently given an endorsement Mayor Greg Ballard in this year’s Mayor’s race.  During his visit to the Allison transmission plant on the west side, Obama said the Mayor was doing a “great job”.  That same day Marion County Democratic Party Chairman Ed Treacy put out a statement calling the Mayor visionless.  So is Ed calling the President a liar?

And speaking of President, we may have more insight this week as to whether Mitch Daniels will seek the highest office in the land?  This Thursday is the Indiana GOP state dinner and the Governor’s wife Cheri Daniels is the keynote speaker.  If he decides not to run, I know some people who like to see him run for office next door.  While I was out of state Thursday having dinner with some high-ranking political friends in Illinois, their jaws dropped to the floor when I told them Indiana’s biggest budget problem was what to do when the state surplus hits more than 10 percent what’s in the bank; give it back to the taxpayers or shore up pension funds?  I said the state’s doing both.  They asked if Daniels could move across the border and run for Illinois Governor in 2014.

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White returned to the news this past week with the release of the report done by former SOS Todd Rokita on whether White committed voter fraud.  See, I can break the monotony, it just took a while.  The report said while White did vote in the wrong place, the evidence was inconclusive as to show intent to commit fraud. White didn’t testify and no witnesses were called.   A new hearing of the recount commission is scheduled in June.  The only way this entire matter may be resolved is that White actually takes the stand, of course with a pending criminal case, that may not happen. I’ve embedded the relevant documents with my slideshare account which you can read off to the right.

And finally, this little tidbit.  If the Indiana Tea Party movement is going to unseat Dick Lugar they might want to try winning municipal primaries.  Brian Boyer, the wife of tea party leader Monica Boyer lost a primary for a Warsaw city council seat 65-35%; 135 votes to 70 votes.  This apparently isn’t the family’s first political loss,  Monica Boyer reportedly ran for school board last year and lost that race as well.  I guess if you can’t win the little ones, go for the big ones.

And best wishes for a speedy recovery for Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry who is having open heart surgery.   Although in good shape, Curry has a family history of heart trouble.    Get well soon.

It’s nice to be back.

  • Think Again

    Welcome back. Hope the time away was productive.

    Pres. Obama was being polite to the Mayor. Perhaps–just POSSIBLY–we’re (slightly) returning to more-congenial political babble. We can only hope.

  • cynical sam

    You can stay away longer. Some of us think you need more time and that it would be good for you. Two, three years should do it.

    ….said the mayor was doing a “great job”.

    Flashback 2005

    George Bush to FEMA Director Brown,

    …..keep up the good work, Brownie.”

    The kiss of death.

  • Think Again

    Hmmmm…good point Sam, but: Brown was subordinate to Bush…he should never have gotten the job–FEMA was, at the time, seen as a convenient place to put a well-connected ($$$ and friends) politico. He had run a trade association for horsemen. Which makes you qualified to run FEMA if the cavalry is the rescue tool.

    In the Ballard case a Democratic president paid a compliment to a Republican mayor. I’m pretty sure Rico will find some reason to continue his hate of the President, and make light of that compliment. But most rational people appreciate the non-partisan tone of the Commander-in-Chief’s compliment. It’s too rare in politics these days.

    Ballard’s re-election won’t hinge on the compliment. His record speaks for itself. For his supporter’s and for Kennedy’s.

  • Think Again

    Hmmmm…good point Sam, but: Brown was subordinate to Bush…he should never have gotten the job–FEMA was, at the time, seen as a convenient place to put a well-connected ($$$ and friends) politico. He had run a trade association for horsemen. Which makes you qualified to run FEMA if the cavalry is the rescue tool.

    In the Ballard case a Democratic president paid a compliment to a Republican mayor. I’m pretty sure Rico will find some reason to continue his hate of the President, and make light of that compliment. But most rational people appreciate the non-partisan tone of the Commander-in-Chief’s compliment. It’s too rare in politics these days.

    Ballard’s re-election won’t hinge on the compliment. His record speaks for itself. For his supporter’s and for Kennedy’s.

  • Wilson46201

    Melina Kennedy was greeted cordially at Allisons when she entered the large room.

  • Pogden297

    The White report did not reach any conclusions (such as that White definitely voted in the wrong precinct) and no one was interviewed. It said while documents suggest White voted in the wrong place, that can be refuted. It was a worthless report that only looked at already published or public documents and discussed the law.

    Wouldn’t it behoove someone sometime to interview the ex-wife and her new husband to ask them if White was staying at their house?

  • attackav8r

    First off, it’s “Allison” not “Allisons.” Secondly, I was there and there was no greeting for her, and except for the coterie of democratic hacks there, no one knew who the hell she was.

  • Indyernie

    Yea right, I’m sure she was well received. She was publicly greeted by Barry O and made the Master of Ceremonies…right? Jeez…only Wilson would try to spin a Presidential visit into an endorsement for an unknown democrat nobody wannabe mayoral candidate. Jeez!

  • Democrap Donnelly

    Donnelly was just elected in a hotly contested battle with Walorski,and he won by a slim margin, 48.2 to 46.8 with claims he would not be satisfied until every Hoosier had a job. And now he want to quit and run for Senate? Ambition knows no bounds!

  • Status Quo Abdul

    Your chronic sniping at Hoosier tea partiers wears thin. You should be applauding anyone who has enough guts to run for public office. Losing is virtually a requirement for unknown first timers. Shame on you for looking down your nose at newcomers.

  • cynical sam

    Abdul is just threatened by anyone not belonging the the DemRep single party system. He likes the status quo regardless where it leads. Rather sad.

  • guest

    I’m afraid you’re right. To top it all, he’s not a voting Hoosier, but he sure like to demean Hoosiers.

  • Wurstnitemare

    Wilson, which one of Hillaries re-ject outfits was she wearging.Wilson,please show that lady who to dress for scuccess.

  • Melyssa

    Wait…you are asking Wilson for tips on how to dress?

  • Think Again

    the Allison” and LIlly” thing bothers me too, attackav8tr. It’s a Hoosier thing. Like “booosh” and “weeesh.”

    hat said, Ernie—you hadn’t yet stooped to the disrespect for our Commander in Chief, that another frequent poster uses. It’s “President Obama” to you and me and everyone. Try to show SOME class, huh?

  • Think Again

    the Allison” and LIlly” thing bothers me too, attackav8tr. It’s a Hoosier thing. Like “booosh” and “weeesh.”

    hat said, Ernie—you hadn’t yet stooped to the disrespect for our Commander in Chief, that another frequent poster uses. It’s “President Obama” to you and me and everyone. Try to show SOME class, huh?

  • Think Again

    To answer your question, Paul, Yes. It would’ve behooved someone to interview those folks. How about, oh, the state’s chief elections officer, who made a career out of screaming form the top of his lungs, that we needed to protect the integrity of the Hoosier ballot?

    In fact, failure to properly investigate known legitimate charges, could be viewed as derelict of duty, Mr. Rokita.

    What a partisan hack. This all could’ve bene handled last year when it was first raised, and the Republicans would’ve likely elected someone else besides White.

    They made this bed. State law is not kind if White was not a qualified candidate. Ballot placement, among other things, could be in jeopardy. Their arrogance on the issue was tantamount to election fraud.

    That’s what Democrats are hoping mad about, and they’re 100% right.

  • Rico

    Yeah, like you’ve ever had a passing relationship with class. HA!

  • Indyernie

    TA if I were still active duty I would express respect only because I would be required to. As a private citizen I have no respect for any man who is trying his best to bankrupt America. I despise anyone whose personal agenda includes busting small business. I have no respect for anyone who thinks they can force feed me policies against my will without resistance. I believe the man to be a charlatan without a conscious or morals.The date on a document of adoption listed his name as Barry, he insists that his name is Barrack….I honestly don’t know what his name is so I refer to him as Barry O. I afford him the same respect that you democrats gave to George W Bush….and that is ZERO.

  • Indyernie

    TA if I were still active duty I would express respect only because I would be required to. As a private citizen I have no respect for any man who is trying his best to bankrupt America. I despise anyone whose personal agenda includes busting small business. I have no respect for anyone who thinks they can force feed me policies against my will without resistance. I believe the man to be a charlatan without a conscious or morals.The date on a document of adoption listed his name as Barry, he insists that his name is Barrack….I honestly don’t know what his name is so I refer to him as Barry O. I afford him the same respect that you democrats gave to George W Bush….and that is ZERO.

  • JB

    Geez, Abdul. Can’t you look into all the GOOD things Monica Boyer has done, and not listen to the smooth-talking TEA-MAC people up north? Most people lose elections the first time they run. Big deal. I would think you would encourage more people to become involved in politics and step up like she and her husband did. Do your research on Rechio. Seroiusly. See who takes the high road and who takes the low road, and who has gigantor ego and who doesn’t. It is like day and night, but you have to actually do your job and investigate, not just vomit your preconceived notions. Have you even MET Monica? You are going purely on word of mouth. I get so tired of your arrogance and know-it-all attitude. Gawd!

  • cynical sam

    1st para is all true. Just finished a good book about the whole Katrina thing. Very enlightening.

    I’m just thinkin’ balLARD was kissing some serious posterior all day in order to get some Fed funds for this sewage pit idea. $3+ billion is still some righteous dough for a city to come up with, especially since the muni market is toast. More congenital than congenial.

  • cynical sam

    Must disagree. Certainly “not everyone”. It is not about class (or lack thereof) but it is about respect. Respect is and always has been a two way street. I feel dissed everytime he opens his bloody mouth. Am I a racist? You bet. I hold bias and prejudice against all races equally. I am not completely enamored of the species in general.

    I have no respect for anyone that has held public office since at least 1913. The public servants have morphed into the public masters and I am one upset slave who is just waiting to slip both my bonds and let loose the dogs of …….

  • Think Again

    You’re having the same double-post problem I had last week.

    In civilized society, it’s generally accepted that our presidents have our respect, if not our complete policy agreement.

    We’re aware how you feel. I felt equally or more anger at Pres. Bush and VP Cheney, yet I referred to them with the respect their offices deserved.

    And dollars to doughnuts, those two disgraced their offices far more than the current occupant. Without question.

    Hell I even referred to Pres. Nixon as such until the day he died. And he was a paranoid charlatan of the first order.

    Have some class, huh? Or some respect.

  • Think Again

    Yikes

    Can of worms opened. LOL

  • Abdul

    The fact I have annoyed both extremes of the political spectrum today means I have done my job.

  • pascal

    weak.

  • JB

    Illogical

  • Think Again

    I don’t know where you got the idea the bond market is toast. It’s lively, if you’ve got the right issue and credit rating.

  • Melyssa

    Perhaps it is ‘extreme’ to continually back the status quo (DemRep one party system) that is fully responsible for the miserable mess that is the American economy today.

    I think it meets the definition of insanity…when one does the same thing over and over and expects a different result.

  • krf

    You mean like he demeans Greg Ballard amd Mitch Daniels?

  • guest

    Annoy people is your ‘job’? How little you must think of yourself and others.

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