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MAHERN: Has Legislature lost its 'do the right thing' members?

June 14, 2014
Forgive my nostalgia. I had a fairly serious health scare a little over a month ago and find myself quite involuntarily looking back.
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MAHERN: Ozdemir's Indy Eleven projections don't add up

April 19, 2014
The North American Soccer League will have 10 members when Indy Eleven joins this year. Teams in the NASL play 12 games in the early season and after a four-week break in July play another 14 games. Fourteen are played at home.
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MAHERN: The substantial life of a Democratic pillar

February 15, 2014
I first met Mary Berry in the fall of 1960, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
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MAHERN: A marriage game plan for Republicans

November 30, 2013
Although they don’t all have a natural sense of rhythm, and a few of them are always laughing and carrying on, some of my best friends are Republicans.
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MAHERN: At least Indianapolis is ahead of Detroit

October 5, 2013
Weather permitting, I walk our Irish setter, Finn McCool, nearly every day in Garfield Park. The 126-acre park on the near-south side has been a Mahern recreation site for over 100 years, after my great-grandfather moved his family to the area of Raymond and Shelby streets.
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MAHERN? Why so much secrecy at Develop Indy?

August 3, 2013
Shortly after his 2008 inauguration, Mayor Ballard approached the Indianapolis economic development folks with a plan for international strategy—meaning foreign trips for him, his wife, staff members and security.
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MAHERN: Ballard, Lewis should disclose conflicts

June 1, 2013
A typical $110,000 Colts suite comes with 20 tickets for 10 games—a per-ticket cost of $550. Mayor Ballard’s suite comes with at least 30 tickets.
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MAHERN: Be my waiter but not my neighbor

March 30, 2013
City-county councilors have a nasty tradition of agreeing with one another to blackball developments within their individual districts.
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MAHERN: Might freebies have greased this deal?

February 2, 2013
Some call it flimflam or a thimblerig. It is probably most recognized as the old shell game. Regardless of its moniker, our city leaders are about to pull it on local taxpayers.
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MAHERN: Ballard turning competition on its head

December 15, 2012
While the Republican brand in some quarters may be a bit tarnished these days, there is no doubting what it represents—the idea that we should have smaller government at all levels, and that government should stay out of our personal lives at least so far as taxation and guns are concerned.
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MAHERN: Now that you've been elected a legislator...

November 17, 2012
So, you have been elected to the Legislature. Robert Redford once starred in a movie called “The Candidate.” At the end of the film and after an improbable win for the U.S. Senate, the Redford character asks his consultant, “What do we do now?"
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MAHERN: School boards should stop butting out

October 13, 2012
After reams of newsprint and a bazillion 1’s and 0’s on the Internet bemoaning the state of public education in general and Indianapolis Public Schools in particular, you finally get your chance to weigh in.
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MAHERN: Cut unnecessary hassle of college loans

September 15, 2012
Earlier this year, U.S. student loan debt achieved a milestone. It surpassed outstanding credit card debt. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student debt is rising when other debt is flat or even falling. Fifteen percent of all Americans with a credit score are carrying student debt.
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MAHERN: Ballard's lieutenants serve him poorly

August 18, 2012

Dear Mayor Ballard: You need to talk to your guys. They are not giving you the best advice.

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MAHERN: City robs services to subsidize developers

July 14, 2012
There is no outcry. Why?
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MAHERN: A better way to handle primary elections

June 16, 2012
The Top Two Vote Getter primary is open to all voters and they are not required to declare a party.
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MAHERN: What Ballard means when he says 'private'

May 19, 2012
The only real difference is that in private clubs smoking will be allowed and in public clubs smoking will not be allowed.
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MAHERN: Pining for an era when senators were senatorial

April 14, 2012
Lugar decided sound public policy trumped standing by and watching his colleagues pass a bad bill.
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MAHERN: Ballard's silly intransigence on a smoking ban

March 17, 2012
If the mayor doesn’t believe the science, he should say so.
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MAHERN: Questionable ROI from the Super Bowl

February 18, 2012
Local money spent downtown is not new money. It is merely money not spent somewhere else in the local economy.
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MAHERN: Insecurity on parade along Georgia Street

January 21, 2012
Why not recognize real local contribution rather than celebrity?
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MAHERN: Politics, art collide on the Cultural Trail

December 24, 2011
If an artist says that it is art, who are we to gainsay it?
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MAHERN: Proposals to better the execution process

November 26, 2011
There will be additional expense but none I believe that could not be covered by the sale of TV, Internet and DVD rights.
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MAHERN: The senseless blabbering of 'bless you'

October 22, 2011
"Have a blessed day" suggests that the caller had it within his power to cause a blessing to be bestowed upon himself.
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MAHERN: Let teachers operate like professionals

September 24, 2011
The factory system is no longer acceptable. We now demand professionalism from our teachers and a system that adapts to each child's particular needs.
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MAHERN: Look how far our society has progressed

August 20, 2011
In these 30-some pages of advertising, there are photographs of 30 different individuals. Not one is African-American.
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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

  3. They could take the property using eminent domain and save money by not paying the church or building a soccer field and a new driveway. Ctrwd has monthly meetings open to all customers of the district. The meetings are listed and if the customers really cared that much they would show. Ctrwd works hard in every way they can to make sure the customer is put first. Overflows damage the surrounding environment and cost a lot of money every year. There have been many upgrades done through the years to help not send flow to Carmel. Even with the upgrades ctrwd cannot always keep up. I understand how a storage tank could be an eye sore, but has anyone thought to look at other lift stations or storage tanks. Most lift stations are right in the middle of neighborhoods. Some close to schools and soccer fields, and some right in back yards, or at least next to a back yard. We all have to work together to come up with a proper solution. The proposed solution by ctrwd is the best one offered so far.

  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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