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The $30,000 Bad Idea

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

A proposal is being introduced at Monday night’s City-County Council meeting that would raise Mayor-elect Joe Hogsett’s expected salary from $95,000 to $125,000 annually when he takes office in January. In the world of bad ideas, politically speaking, this ranks up there with inviting Jared Fogel over to babysit. As I wrote over at Indy […]

The Joy of Faux Outrage

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

One of my favorite films is Casablanca.   And while you would think my favorite character would be Humphrey Bogart’s  Rick Blaine (totally understandable), it is actually Claude Raine’s character Capt. Louis Renault, particularly the scene above when he tells Rick he is closing down the Club because he is  “shocked to find that there is […]

Missed Meetings

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

If it appears that the Indianapolis City-County Council hasn’t done much in 2012 it might be because its committees are hardly ever meeting. A check of  committee meetings from January through June showed the following… January – 11 meetings were scheduled; 5 meetings were cancelled;  (45.46%) February – 13 meetings scheduled; 2 meetings were cancelled;   […]

How to Waste $180,000 Without Even Trying

Monday, April 30th, 2012

I was getting a little burnt out on the upcoming May primary and have been looking for something else to write about.  And then, like manna from heaven, I was looking at the Indianapolis Star’s website and found that the Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats are seriously looking at wasting more than $180,000 of the taxpayers’ […]

Put That In Your Pipe And Smoke It

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

I was going to write something snarky about Monday night’s failed override of the smoking ban veto, but my parents told me to never speak ill of the dead, so I won’t.

Are Council Democrats Suffering From Premature Evaluation

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Some of my Democratic friends on the Indianapolis City-County Council are not happy campers right now.  They are upset that outgoing Council President Ryan Vaughn is moving forward with a plan to draw new council maps.  The first public hearing was held Monday.   In-coming Council Vice President Brian Mahern called the move an act of […]

Demographics and Demagogues

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Anyone who reads this blog knows I am a big believer in government consolidation, particularly when it comes to public safety.   I have supported fire consolidation when Bart Peterson was Mayor of Indianapolis,  I support it now that Greg Ballard is Mayor and I will support it regardless of who the next mayor is. What […]

Monday Morning Buzz

Monday, August 17th, 2009

There’s nothing like starting out the week with a good bunch of gossip, rumor and political innuendo.  Most of  it falls on the Democratic side today.  And as always, take it for what it is worth… Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson apparently has felt the need to justify some recent purchases in these tight budget […]

Trading Places

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The one percent increase in the city’s hotel tax made it through tonight’s city-county council with just enough support to make it bi-partisan. All but one Republican voted “yes” and all but one Democrat voted “no.” Republican Christine Scales voted against the proposal, Jackie Nytes voted in favor. Libertarian Ed Coleman joined the Democrats. Nytes […]

Behind Closed Doors

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

All due apologies to my friends at 300 N. Pennsylvannia. It’s amazing what people talk about behind closed doors when they think no one is listening. Strategy or Tragedy in the Making In a recent caucus meeting, City-County Council Democrats planned their next line of attack against Republican Mayor Greg Ballard.  The Dems are planning […]