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FROEHLE: Ritz's, Pence's bickering hurts education

November 30, 2013
Kristin Froehle / Special to IBJ
emocratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and Gov. Mike Pence are spending more time arguing than doing anything worthwhile for Indiana’s education system.
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DANIELS: Fight over marriage amendment is foolish

November 30, 2013
Deborah Daniels
Indiana has a habit of being a bit behind the curve. In recent years, we have departed from that tradition, moving boldly in education reform, telecommunications reform and economic development. We have been named the fifth-best state to do business, third best in job attraction, and best in the country for international investment.
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MACALLISTER: Gay marriage detractors need space, time

November 30, 2013
P.E. MacAllister / Special to IBJ
We rejoice in technological change when it improves the efficacy of our computers, but greet societal changes with less exuberance.
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MAHERN: A marriage game plan for Republicans

November 30, 2013
Louis Mahern / Special to IBJ
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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MARCUS: Not the time to emphasize our negatives

November 30, 2013
Morton Marcus
What is the number one complaint of Hoosier employers? The labor force is outdated. We do not have enough workers with the training and experience to compete with other states and nations.
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BECK: Bipartisanship makes big things happen

November 30, 2013
Lara Beck / Special to IBJ
Sid and Lois Eskenazi Hospital recently opened downtown to justifiable fanfare. The state-of-the-art campus is the city’s only public hospital. Formerly known as Wishard Hospital, Eskenazi Health has long served some of our most vulnerable neighbors.
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WAGNER: It's a brave new world in the suburbs

November 30, 2013
Jennifer Wagner / Special to IBJ
Earlier this year, I wrote for this publication about the rise of a new Hoosier swing voter, women my age who live in the doughnut counties around Indianapolis.
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SHEPARD: Conrad's intensity still felt downtown

November 30, 2013
Randall Shepard / Special to IBJ
Surely Larry Conrad is smiling over the recent report about the phenomenal strength of the housing market in downtown Indianapolis.
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VAUGHN: Courts will decide basic election issues

November 30, 2013
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Although voters in Marion County won’t cast ballots for City-County elections until 2015, two courts are considering cases that will have a major impact on local elections.
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KRULL: Misguided judges reaping whirlwind

November 30, 2013
John Krull / Special to IBJ
Former Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard and other veterans of the highest state courts in the country issued a warning a few days ago about the dangers of large-scale campaign spending in judicial campaigns.
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SIDDIQUI: Americans are trustworthy on insurance

November 30, 2013
Shariq Siddiqui / Special to IBJ
The failed rollout of the Obamacare health care exchanges is seen by many as a political gift to the Republican Party. There is no question that President Obama’s administration failed to execute a controversial law that has been heavily criticized, litigated in courts and elections, and created great unrest among the American people.
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STYRING: Obamacare rests on numbers concoction

November 30, 2013
Bill Styring / Special to IBJ
Everybody’s talking about Obamacare. Website crashes. People booted off their health insurance. Sticker shock. No doubt we’ll be talking about it through the 2014 election. And the 2016 election. And most likely well beyond that.
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PILLIE: GOP should put more energy into tech

November 30, 2013
Derek Pillie / Special to IBJ
We’re about to leave one unique facet of Indiana politics and enter another.
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DINING: Hamming it up at new Broad Ripple Cuban sandwich spot

November 23, 2013
Lou Harry
if you eat its delicious 2-foot sandwich—loaded but not overstuffed with roasted pork, ham and cheese—by yourself, you get your photo on the wall. I brought a friend
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MAURER: A mystery to interrupt your feast

November 23, 2013
Mickey Maurer
You are employed by the ASCAP Detective Agency. Your Thanksgiving has been interrupted by an urgent request to identify a celebrity whose voice has not been heard since 1998. Use the worksheet to help you organize the clues.
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RUSTHOVEN: An Indiana Obamacare snapshot

November 23, 2013
Peter J. Rusthoven / Special to IBJ
Obamacare’s calamitous launch, including the widening gap between promise and reality, continues to consume political discourse. Here’s a quick summary of Indiana’s status:
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BOSSO: Want to run for office? Think twice

November 23, 2013
Luke Bosso / Special to IBJ
When I was growing up, like most kids, I worked a summer job. During that time, I used to think if everyone had to work in the restaurant industry, the world would be a better place. I was wrong.
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TABLER: Market is driving trend toward 'public health'

November 23, 2013
Norman Tabler / Special to IBJ
The movement toward a “public health” model may be the most important current trend in American health care. Because the trend is more a result of market forces than of the Affordable Care Act, repealing Obamacare won’t stop it.
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FELDMAN: Affordable Care Act stirs paradoxes for employers

November 23, 2013
Judd Feldman / Special to IBJ
In addition to managing the complexity and challenges of the Affordable Care Act, employers are assessing the law’s impact on their Worker’s Compensation program. The debate ranges from minimal influence to significant, with many experts hedging their bets with a wait-and-see approach.
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HETRICK: Don’t just be thankful; this year thank and think of others

November 23, 2013
Bruce Hetrick
In a world overdosing on skepticism, cynicism, pessimism, and criticism...there are worse thigns than a month of thankful thinking.
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Hicks: Let's debate gay marriage in our homes

November 23, 2013
Mike Hicks
I have written that the marriage amendment is a poor use of our legislators’ time, but I believe we should have an honest discussion about the matter.
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LOPRESTI: For the downtrodden, an old oaken bucket still matters

November 23, 2013
For the winner, the annual Purdue-IU rivalry game can dull the pain of a horrible season.
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Kim: Save your riskiest bets for play-money portfolio

November 23, 2013
Mickey Kim
Having a small “play money” portfolio can help fulfill your fantasy of making a quick killing without endangering your retirement funds.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Life after ‘Wicked’: What to do once you’ve seen the blockbuster musical

November 23, 2013
Lou Harry
The national tour of “Wicked” continues to draw crowds to the Murat Theatre, where it runs through Dec. 1. If you’ve already seen it this time around, you might be wondering what to do now to maintain your Elphaba fix until the show flies back into town in a few years.
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Editorial about Pence entirely wrong headed

November 23, 2013
IBJ missed the mark criticizing Gov. Mike Pence in its [Nov. 18] editorial about Indiana’s participation in the Affordable Care Act fiasco.
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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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