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Archive for January, 2012

Up In Smoke

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I hate to be the bad guy here, but I will likely get elected the head of the local chapter of the Aryan nation before Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signs the smoking ban that was passed 19-9 by the City-Council Monday night. Three Republicans joined all 16 Democrats to pass the measure which bans smoking […]

Smoking Ban Status

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Smoking bans will get taken up on both ends of  Market Street Monday.  The Indiana House of Representatives will vote on a proposal that would ban smoking in most public places except casinos and racinos, cigar bars, private clubs, and hookah bars.  It would also grant an 18-month exemption to bars and taverns in order […]

How Not to Win Friends and Influence People

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I’ve been involved in government, media and politics for 20 years.  And one of the first things that I learned is that it is never what it is, but what it looks like.  For example, take the guy who works in a sheep barn and has a formal event that night.  He brings a change […]

Indiana Poised to Become 23rd Right to Work State

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Despite shouts and protests, the Indiana House of Representatives voted Wednesday, 54-44, to make Indiana the 23rd right to work state in the nation. Under RTW, an employee cannot be compelled to pay union dues as a condition of employment.  The arguments on the floor were reflective of the debate that had taken place for […]

Two Perspectives on RTW

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

As Indiana lawmakers get ready to make Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state in the country, I wanted to put up two interviews that I conducted this week. I spoke with JR Gaylor of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana and Brent Voorhies of the Central Indiana Labor Council.  Both offer some interesting […]

Super Bowl Committee Says It’s Ready For Protestors

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

With the possibility of  union protests during the Super Bowl over “Right to Work” I spoke with Super Bowl Committee Chairman Mark Miles about whether they are ready to deal with demonstrators.  You can hear his comments below.  It runs about 5 minutes. Mark Miles While I am all for free speech, I think the […]

So Where Exactly Are We with Right to Work and a Referendum?

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Usually when writing about political events things move at a relatively steady pace.  An event occurs, we scribe about it, a subsequent event happens after that, we write about it and so on and so on.  However, with the “right to work” debate over at the Indiana General Assembly, events have been moving so quickly […]

Here Comes the Judge(s)

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The Indianapolis Bar Association has released its rating of this year’s judicial candidates for Marion County.  The ratings are based on surveys by attorneys conducted by the association’s political arm, the Judicial Excellence Political Action Committee. The candidates are rated on several categories such as  knowledge of the law, judicial temperament and trial experience.  The […]

Union Threat or Promise?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I was already to scribble down a thought or two tonight about the latest on the walkout (TRO issued on fines, whether Dems will be back next week, Super Bowl protests, etc).  And then this came across my laptop.  Enjoy… Call it a threat or promise.  A letter sent out by the IBEW #725 in […]

No More “Mr. Nice Speaker”!!!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says if Democrats don’t show up for work at 9 a.m. Wednesday, he will start levying $1,000 a day fines.  Democrats say they have no intention of paying. The fines are the result of a tumultuous afternoon at the Statehouse where Democrats refused to come back from an afternoon caucus […]