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Prepare for a (good) schools arms race

November 11, 2010
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Imagine a future in which Indiana school districts bid up salaries for star teachers to $100,000 or more to develop a district specialty in a field like science or math, and cause students to excel.
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Elections encourage an arch-conservative

November 3, 2010
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Bill Styring, whose long, wonkish career includes analyzing health reform for Mike Pence, cried last night.
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Should journalists contribute to politicians?

September 16, 2010
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A survey reveals Indiana newspaper execs chipping in to campaign war chests.
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Musings on a Daniels presidential bid

September 14, 2010
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Terms Daniels uses a lot—"statism" and "adult conversation"—could be revealing about his intentions.
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Indiana GOP candidates for U.S. House unanimously pledge to repeal health reform

September 8, 2010
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All nine Republicans—count 'em—have signed a pledge. What is that telling us?
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Bayh likely to run for governor, party official says

September 7, 2010
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Marion County Democratic chief Ed Treacy expects an announcement after the first of the year.
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Is Baron Hill high and dry?

July 28, 2010
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The congressman was the only one from the Indiana delegation to vote for cap and trade. Now, with the Senate having gotten cold feet on the legislation, Hill might have been left to twist in the wind.
 
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Was Daniels right about the Court of Appeals?

June 30, 2010
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The state Supreme Court rammed an appeals court decision on Indiana’s voter ID bill down its throat. Was the appellate decision “judicial arrogance?”
 
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Assessing Daniels' record on the environment

April 26, 2010
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A leading Hoosier environmentalist thinks the governor isn’t living up to his conservative reputation.
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Are teachers unions the new UAW?

April 15, 2010
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The Indiana State Teachers Association might shoot itself in the foot in its standoff with the state’s school chief.
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Assessing George W. Bush's presidency

April 13, 2010
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Bush will be among friends when he speaks in Indianapolis on Thursday. But how will history treat his term in office?
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Is Indiana northern or southern?

April 7, 2010
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Many Hoosiers would recoil at the Confederate History Month declaration by Virginia’s new governor. Others, though, might not, and the reaction would likely depend on where in Indiana the reaction came from.
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City Securities chief likes Tea Party

March 30, 2010
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You know times have changed when the head of Indianapolis’ main investment bank can identify with the Tea Party movement.
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What's next for guns at work

March 19, 2010
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Beginning July 1, employees will be able to bring guns to work. A labor lawyer says employers will need to get creative.
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The local impact of gendercide

March 8, 2010
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Baby girls are being aborted at higher and higher rates around the world. Does that affect how you do business in countries where this form of gendercide is prevalent?
 
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Angry at Indiana politicians

March 5, 2010
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An observer says Hoosiers are really honked at incumbents. Except for Daniels.
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Local government reform still sputtering

March 4, 2010
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The second legislative session since the Kernan-Shepard report on local government reform is about to end. Joe Kernan and Randall Shepard can still say, “We’ve got to stop governing like this.”
 
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A Daniels presidential strategy

February 26, 2010
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Attorney, lobbyist and long-time Republican fundraiser John Hammond thinks Daniels should go to cognoscenti before early states and tea parties.
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Pondering an Evan Bayh redux

February 22, 2010
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Some observers think Bayh will run for governor again to springboard to the presidency. But to stand out to national, and possibly even Hoosier, voters, he might be forced outside his cautious comfort zone.
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Cultural Trail pork?

February 18, 2010
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The finished trail will be great. But the federal government is on a trajectory toward fiscal oblivion.
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Puzzling over why Evan Bayh waited until the last minute to retire

February 15, 2010
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Bayh might have been sly as a fox by waiting to the last minute to announce he's leaving the Senate.
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Gun bills on fast track

February 11, 2010
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Want to leave a gun in your car at work? Your employer's policy may become irrelevant.
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Indiana and climate change

January 22, 2010
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A report by an influential Republican pollster could send a disruptive ripple through Indiana.
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Comparing Coakley, Bayh

January 20, 2010
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Evan Bayh is no Martha Coakley. But on the outside chance Bayh could be beat in this year's senate race, an opponent might do best to paint him as an elitist.
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Indianapolis resentment

January 18, 2010
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Jealousy toward Indianapolis in the Statehouse shows no sign of letting up, one legislator says.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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