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Former speaker Gregg to run for Indiana governor

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As expected, former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg plans to run for governor.

Public relations consultant Steve Campbell, who is working with Gregg, said Gregg will file to form an exploratory committee Monday and plans an official campaign kickoff later. Gregg called all 92 county chairmen over the weekend to tell them he's running.

Campbell says Gregg has spent months traveling Indiana and talking to voters, and the exploratory committee is the next logical step.

Gregg is known for his vibrant personality and quick wit. Many Democrats believe he's the party's best hope for a shot at claiming the governor's office in 2012.

He will likely face Republican front-runner U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, who announced earlier this month that he would run.

Gregg is a partner at Indianapolis law firm Bingham McHale.

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  • See how partisan politics games are played?
    The Republican Party is heading down the wrong path in elevating Mike Pence as its standard-bearer. The elite conservative only impresses political insiders and the FOX News Channel. And he's certainly no Bush or Daniels...the last Republicans to win statewide/governorship. Gregg didn't need the Republicans' help to win, but a Pence candidacy makes 2012 an easy Democrat victory. And this sinks any hope [fill in the republcian of choice] had of winning Indiana again (assuming Obama will be the Democrat nominee and 2012 president-elect).
  • Gregg is No Obama/O'Bannon
    The Democratic Party is heading down the wrong path in elevating Gregg as its standard-bearer. The folksy Southern only impresses political insiders and the media. And he's certainly no Obama or O'Bannon...the last Democrats to win statewide/governorship. Mike Pence didn't need the Democrats' help to win, but a Gregg candidacy makes 2012 an easy Republican victory. And this sinks any hope Obama had of winning Indiana again (assuming Daniels won't be the Republican nominee).
  • Note to Steve Campbell
    While it might be politically astute of Democrats to put up an anti-abortion candidate, Mr. Gregg needs to provide a clear case that he's a real choice for moderates who are uncomfortable with Indiana's Republicans and their recent social conservative activism.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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