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Former foe backs Indy's Super bid

May 20, 2008
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Super Bowl site selections can create odd alliances among the 32 wealthy fellows casting the votes. The man who last year single-handedly dismantled Indianapolis’ bid to host the 2011 game came this year to the Circle City’s defense. With Indianapolis embroiled...
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Anti-Indy sentiment persists

May 20, 2008
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There are still plenty of people in NFL circles who think Indianapolis is no place for a Super Bowl. And yes, some of those are among the 32 team owners and other team executives. Indianapolis remains a favorite today to...
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Super Bowl lobbying effort goes OT

May 19, 2008
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Indianapolis won round 1 of the battle to host the 2012 Super Bowl. After a Super Bowl committee meeting this afternoon, it was determined that Indianapolis will present first, followed by Phoenix, then Houston. Indianapolis will give its 15-minute presentation...
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Little things key to Indy 500 win

May 19, 2008
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They say a picture says a thousand words. This one taken today of the 33 Indy Racing League drivers that qualified for the Indianapolis 500 in New York certainly does. Granted, the drivers were...
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Phoenix, Houston take aim at Indy

May 19, 2008
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As of noon, the IBJ reporting team (that’s me) has officially touched down in the Buckhead district of Atlanta where the 32 National Football League owners will decide which of three bidding cities will host the 2012 Super Bowl. While...
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Indy 500 drivers storming N.Y.

May 16, 2008
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The 33 qualifiers for this year’s Indianapolis 500 will race into New York Monday for all-day media blitz that Indy Racing League officials hope will gain international attention. It looks like IRL officials have...
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Crean eyes assistant sans IU ties

May 16, 2008
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It’s difficult to say what’s taking Indiana University’s new basketball coach Tom Crean so long to hire his third assistant. IU sports department spokesman J.D. Campbell said May 2 the hire would be made...
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Colts' Bud deal creates party zones

May 15, 2008
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The Indianapolis Colts today announced an expanded relationship with Budweiser and Bud Light. A featured element of the agreement between the Colts and Anheuser-Busch is the Bud Light Blue Zone, an open-air fan gathering...
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Rain costing Speedway millions

May 15, 2008
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As the rain falls at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the financial losses mount for the famed Brickyard. So far this month, spectators have seen more activity from the IMS track drying crew than by actual racers. Yesterday, 15 Speedway safety vehicles...
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WEDJ to sponsor super Mario

May 15, 2008
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Locally based WEDJ-FM 107.1, also known as Radio Latina, yesterday announced its sponsorship of Mario Dominguez, the driver of the Pacific Coast Motor Sports entry into the this year’s Indianapolis 500. Dominguez, 32, a...
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Speedway signs energy drink deal

May 14, 2008
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After months of rumblings from sports marketers, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway finally announced its category sponsorship deal with Frank’s Energy Drink. Last October, IBJ first reported the deal that was revealed at the Speedway...
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Fisher signs deal with IUPUI

May 14, 2008
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Officials with Sarah Fisher Racing today announced they signed a sponsorship deal with IUPUI, which will aid the team’s effort to qualify for and race in this month’s Indianapolis 500. “The group at IUPUI has become great friends of mine over...
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Roller Girls seek perfect attendance

May 14, 2008
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The Naptown Roller Girls expect their fourth straight sell-out May 17 in the 4,000-seat Toyota Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairground. That will make four for four in sell-outs this year,...
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Fisher finds saviors

May 13, 2008
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While ResQ Pure Power Energy Drink is out as Sarah Fisher’s primary sponsor, there is no shortage of white knights coming to this damsel’s rescue. Yesterday, Bingham Entertainment & Sports Talent, was the first...
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Just Marketing grows local HQ

May 12, 2008
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Just Marketing International, a Zionsville-based motorsports marketing firm, today revealed plans to double the physical footprint of its existing headquarters to more than 31,000 square feet. A ground breaking ceremony tomorrow at 10 a.m. will be attended by Lt. Gov. Becky...
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Pacers launch new outreach effort

May 12, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers are hitting the streets of central Indiana in an attempt to reach out to the local corporate community. Pacers officials are also considering hosting a draft-day party to help reconnect...
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Signs of growth at Indy 500 quals

May 11, 2008
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While the second day of qualifications was largely washed out, there were strong signs the Indy Racing League is in a growth mode during the first day of qualifications Saturday. There were also...
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Patrick hits Coyne pit crew member

May 9, 2008
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Indy Racing League drivers got in a little more than three hours of practice today before rain started to fall shortly after 3 p.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, before the rain hit, a car piloted by Danica Patrick plowed...
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Penske could be Tracy's salvation

May 9, 2008
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May in Indianapolis certainly does create strange bedfellows. Race car driver Paul Tracy’s last chance to run this year’s Indianapolis 500 apparently resides with the captain himself, Roger Penske. Tracy, known by his fans as...
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Patrick, Fisher get sponsor support

May 8, 2008
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The Indianapolis 500 should get a boost from a marketing blitz that GoDaddy.com plans to launch this month. For the second straight year, GoDaddy.com, an Arizona-based Internet domain name registry, will be the presenting...
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Morway named Pacers GM

May 7, 2008
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The Indiana Pacers announced today that David Morway has been promoted to general manager of the team. Morway, who has been with the Pacers 10 years, has been serving as senior vice president of...
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Fisher loses sponsor, fights on

May 7, 2008
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As of today, Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher has lost her primary sponsor for this year. But she vows to continue her qualifying efforts for this month’s Indianapolis 500. Klint Briney, Sarah Fisher...
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Tracy awaits Indy 500 ride

May 7, 2008
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One of the most well known drivers from the now defunct Champ Car open-wheel race series, Paul Tracy, is still without a ride for this year’s Indianapolis 500. Veteran race team operator Derrick Walker is trying...
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Athletes back presidential hopefuls

May 6, 2008
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Today’s Indiana primary elections, the first one in recent memory that has meant much to a presidential race, has brought together some strange bedfellows. While Indy Racing League driver Sarah Fisher spent yesterday campaigning for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton,...
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IU's White readies for NBA draft

May 5, 2008
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Indiana University senior D.J. White is flying to Phoenix today to start intense training with a personal trainer in preparation for the upcoming National Basketball Association draft. White already has several private workouts scheduled...
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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