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Hogsett Offers More Hope (And More Questions)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

As I sat down and watched Indianapolis Mayor Joe’s Hogsett’s second State of the City speech, two thoughts came to mind.   The mayor is a great at two things, giving an impassioned speech that reaches the heart of the listener and leaving me with more questions when he’s done. In his first state of the […]

Dear White People*

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

This may sound strange, but you have my permission to use the “n-word” whenever you feel like it.  No, I take that back, you have my blessing.   Here’s why. If the Deputy Mayor of Neighborhoods for the City of Indianapolis can use racially offensive language to describe black people and there are no consequences, […]

Giving the Mayor a Grade

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

As some of you know one of the jobs I have is I teach college and at the end of every semester my students get a grade.  Well, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has completed his  first full year in office and it’s time to give him a grade. Now the way I decided to do […]

Murder, He Wrote

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Indianapolis is on track for a record breaking year when it comes to murders. According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, there have been 97 murders so far this year.*    That’s literally a murder every 2.5 days.  And if things stay at this rate, Indy is looking at 146 murders. The largest number of murders […]

Joe’s Budget Blueprint

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is touting a proposed budget his administration says spends less than the last year’s and cuts the structural deficit in half. For months, the administration has been saying the city has a $55 million structural deficit. Hogsett officials say they managed to cut that deficit in half by holding the line […]

Murder by the Numbers

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Now that 2015 is done, here’s how things looked regarding the city’s murder rate for 2015.* Here’s what the stats looked like so far based on the latest figures provided by the Department of Public Safety from January 1 – December 27. Of the 142 murder victims, local adult criminal histories were found for 114 […]

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 […]

Maybe the Mayor’s Race Will Be Interesting After All

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Let’s face it, up until now the race for Mayor of Indianapolis has been pretty boring.  Up until now. You see, I was watching the October 16th debate on WISH-TV between Democrat Joe Hogsett and Republican Chuck Brewer.  It was pretty standard stuff and the two candidates actually seemed to agree more than they disagreed. And then there […]

Candidates and Conversation

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Both Indy Mayoral candidates Joe Hogsett and Chuck Brewer spelled out their positions on crime as well as other issues this Saturday at forum sponsored by the Indianapolis Urban League and 100 Black Men. As a public service, Indy Politics and Indiana Barrister  are posting the presentations by the candidates, as well as the question […]

The Fairly Odd Parent

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Have you ever had one of those days where something so bizarre occurred that it took a long time for you to even believe it happened? Well I did and today was that day. I was downtown patronizing one of my usual places when my buddy, the shop owner, asked me what I was planning […]