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Archive for February, 2012

How a Smoking Ban Goes Down in Flames

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

There is a certain amount of irony to a smoking ban going up in flames, but to anyone who paid attention to this entire legislative process they should not be surprised at all. Smoking ban proponents have been trying for years to get a comprehensive ban passed at the Statehouse.  They would have come close […]

Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths Cut in Half Since 2003

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Although Indiana Statehouse Democrats have criticized the Daniels administration lately over the number of child deaths in the state due to abuse and neglect,  a new report shows that number has dropped considerably over the past seven years. According to the Indiana Department of Child Services latest report, in 2003, 51 children died of abuse […]

The Upcoming Tiff over TIFs

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The next big fight between Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the Democrat-controlled City County Council is like to center around the use of the economic develop tool known as tax increment financing, or TIFs. TIFs are a common tool used by local governments.  Under the TIF structure the increased property tax revenue from a certain […]

What About Bob (Morris)?

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

A website that specializes in debunking Internet rumors and urban legends has chimed in on State Representative Bob Morris’ claim that the Girl Scouts of America promote a “pro abortion/homosexual” agenda. As you know, Morris touched of a statehouse firestorm which later garnered national attention with his comments regarding the girl scouts.  He voted against […]

In Their Own Words; Charlie’s Trial

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The following is audio from the Charlie White trial.  The first cut is special prosecutors Dan Sigler and John Dowd.  The Second clip is White defense attorney Carl Brizzi.  Both cuts run approximately 5 minutes.  Due to the importance of this case, the audio is unedited. Leon-Tailored Interview: Charlie White Prosecution Leon-Tailored Interview: Charlie White […]

Unions Sue over Right to Work

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

A while back, I reported that labor was looking at filing a lawsuit to block Right to Work.  Well, they did. In a news release put out late Wednesday afternoon, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 filed suit in federal court claiming RTW violates for the state and federal constitutions. The are seeking […]

Morris: “99% of Girl Scouts AreExcellent”

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

An Indiana House Lawmaker who accused the Girl Scouts of promoting homosexuality and abortion says he doesn’t have a problem with 99% of the Girl Scout organizations. Bob Morris (R-Ft. Wayne) sent a letter to his fellow House freshmen saying he could not sign on to a resolution honoring the 100 years of the Girl […]

Lugar: “I Meet the Residency Requirements”

Monday, February 20th, 2012

U.S. Senator Richard Lugar today says despite charges to the contrary, he is a resident of Indiana and meets all the requirements to be on the ballot for the May 8 primary. Lugar made his comments to the media shortly before speaking to hundreds of Republicans at the 22nd Annual Lugar in Excellence in Public […]

Fifth District Follies

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I am hoping the race for Indiana’s 5th District Congressional will turn into the greatest political show on earth and not just become another Congressional race. Think about it.  A long-time incumbent who just barely won re-election the last go around by the skin of his false teeth decided to exercise the better part of […]

Political Potpourri

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Things gave been a little busy as of late however, here’s a nice summary of what’s been going on lately with some decent links attached. The audio is courtesy of my other blog, IndyPolitics.Org. The Lugar Challenge Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has said he will not convene a special meeting of the Indiana Election Commission […]