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What TIF Fight Was Really About

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

When Center Township Constable Tony Duncan called City-County Councilor VopOsili the “n-word” last week at a Center Township Democrat Club meeting, you knew trouble was in paradise. Duncan’s comment — “That nigga doesn’t know what he’s doing down there” —referenced Osili’s support of expanding the downtown Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District to include Mass Ave […]

Plantation Politics

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Up until about a week ago, the most hated Black man at Marion County Democratic headquarters was probably yours truly.  That was up until a week ago.  I think that privilege now goes to Indianapolis City-County Council members Vop Osili and Joe Simpson. As you know both Osili and Simpson decided to show an independent […]

Secretary of State Mike Wherry?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Could Libertarian Mike Wherry actually be Indiana’s Secretary of State?  Maybe, it’s not as farfetched as you might think.  There is speculation starting to percolate that if the Indiana Supreme Court finds that Charlie White was ineligible to be Secretary of State then that job could go to Libertarian Mike Wherry, who was also on […]

Marion County Judge Rules White Ineligible to be Indiana Secretary of State

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Marion County Judge Louis Rosenberg ruled late Thursday that Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was ineligible to hold the office and ordered he must vacate it and the seat goes to Democratic challenger Vop Osili.   White had come under fire for voting from a precinct where he did not live. White had argued it […]

Good Luck Madame President and Godspeed

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Over the weekend it was announced that Democrats had chosen District 7 City-County Councilor Maggie Lewis as President for next year.  Brian Mahern was chosen to fill the Vice-President slot and Vernon Brown will be the majority leader.  A couple of things.  First, if you subscribed to my political cheat sheet you already knew the […]

The Council & Compromise

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Now that the election is over we move into the speculative phase of what’s next for the Indianapolis City-County Council.  Democrats are getting ready to assume control of the body come January 1, and while they have a 16-13 majority, they do not control the Mayor’s office which will make their agenda tough to push […]

The Other Money

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A lot attention was raised this weekend on how much money was raised by Republican Greg Ballard and Democrat Melina Kennedy in the race for Indianapolis Mayor.   However, there wasn’t much reporting on how much the political parties raised nor individual City-County Councilors. I decided to spend some time this weekend looking through reports and […]

The Full Slate…

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Here’s most recent list of the slate of candidates for Mayor and City-County Council as of Thursday.  An asterisk indicates which candidate is the incumbent.   As you can see both the Democrats and Republicans have someone running in virtually every seat and the Libertarians are running more candidates than usual as well.  Regardless of which […]

What I’m Watching This Week

Monday, April 11th, 2011

There are lots of items to be on the lookout for this week.  Here are a few of the more interesting ones. Expect new legislative maps to be unveiled, possibly as early as later this morning.  Both the Indiana House and Senate have put their maps together based on new census data.  Expect a new […]

Do It Again

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

A Marion County Judge today said a Democratic challenge to Republican Secretary of State Charlie White’s eligibility to serve can go forward, however that challenge must be made with the Indiana Recount Commission. Democrats say since White voted from his ex-wife’s address and did not live there, he was not a legally registered voter when […]