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Democrats Admit They Can’t Win Without Republicans

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

I originally had planned to attend last week’s  Indiana Democratic Convention in Fort Wayne but unfortunately – or fortunately depending on your perspective – I had to attend a conference in Las Vegas. I did make it a point to follow my media colleagues on Twitter as well as read what they wrote when I […]

So Who Gets the Blame for Kennedy’s Loss?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

So how did Marion County Democrats manage to lose the highest office a county where they have an inherent 10-point advantage over Republicans?  That question is being asked in today Democratic circles and there apparently is a lot of blame being passed around and not a lot of responsibility being picked up. Their candidate, Melina […]

The “Not-So-Accidental” Mayor

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

When Greg Ballard first got elected Mayor of Indianapolis in 2007 he was dubbed by one of my media colleagues as “the accidental mayor.”  The logic behind the name was that Ballard only beat incumbent Mayor Bart Peterson because of high property taxes, crime and a 65-percent County Option  income tax increase.  Fast forward four […]

Monday Morning Mayoral Musings

Monday, November 7th, 2011

With about 24 hours to go before the polls open, I’m going to take a pass on commenting on the candidates for Mayor and instead let two other people do it.  One is a Melina Kennedy supporter and the other a Greg Ballard supporter, both are good friends. I think the race is close and […]

Welcome to Spin City

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I expected the first independent poll of the Indianapolis Mayor’s race would create quite a bit of spin, however I did think I’d end up paying a visit to the Duncan Yo-Yo factory.  In an e-mail sent out by Melina Kennedy campaign manager Nick Buis they downplay the WISH-TV poll… In 2007, in the final […]

In My Humble Opinion…

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

As you know I write monthly for the Indianapolis Star.  The paper and I talked about getting a column in before Election Day.  I was more than happy to get that done. As you might guess, it’s on the Mayor’s race between Republican Greg Ballard and Democrat Melina Kennedy, with a focus on the recent […]

WISH-TV Poll: Ballard-44, Kennedy-33, Undecided-21

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The first independent poll of the 2011 Mayor’s race shows Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard with an 11-point lead over Democratic Challenger Melina Kennedy, but a significant number of voters are still undecided. The poll of 400 likely voters conducted for WISH-TV by the polling firm of  EPIC·MRA, shows Ballard with 44% of the vote and […]

The Poll You’ve Been Waiting For

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The first independent poll of the 2011 Mayor’s race is scheduled to be unveiled tonight at 11 p.m. on WISH-TV Channel 8.  Details of the poll are being kept under wraps, however WISH-TV tells Indiana Barrister that the survey of 400 likely voters is scientific and is a pretty good sample size. WISH-TV also says […]

Another Question of Trust for Kennedy

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

My grandfather used to have a saying, the only thing he hated worse than a liar was a clumsy thief and a bad liar.  I always considered those words to live by and Melina Kennedy’s campaign spokesman Jon Mills might want to do the same. I say this because Mills is quoted in a Fox […]

Not Black Like Me

Monday, October 31st, 2011

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this story, but when I was in law school, I was the Vice-President of the St. Louis University Black Law Student Association.  I know it may sound shocking, but I was.  Now I have never been a joiner of organizations that define themselves by race, however the […]