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EDITORIAL:Don't be careless with prime siteRestricted Content

July 12, 2014
The Indiana Finance Authority is wise to take its time deciding what might happen to the full square block of surface parking immediately north of the Statehouse.
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EDITORIAL: Choose roadwork based on need, not politicsRestricted Content

July 5, 2014
The City-County Council has turned infrastructure repair into a political battleground, with Democrats and Republicans touting competing proposals for how to finance and assign a vital round of major public infrastructure needs.
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EDITORIAL: Legislate some common sense on cold beer

June 21, 2014
Twenty minutes for a can. Forty minutes for a bottle. That’s how long a semi-scientific study by the website Gizmodo determined it takes to turn a warm beer into a cold one—by using a freezer or putting the beer on ice.
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EDITORIAL: Indianapolis Public Schools must rebuild trustRestricted Content

June 14, 2014
If any local organization needs the public’s trust, it’s Indianapolis Public Schools, considering the challenges the district faces educating often-disadvantaged students.
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EDITORIAL: Students need more advice

June 7, 2014
If you’re not certain whether a school counselor’s primary duty is to review college-application letters, work with troubled students, or proctor AP testing, you’re not alone.
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EDITORIAL: Party conventions not an easy callRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Count us among those who are skeptical the attendance and media exposure the big political parties draw are worth the cost.
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EDITORIAL: Another Indy building blockRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
There’s little glamour in the tedious work of streamlining and rewriting a grossly outdated zoning code.
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EDITORIAL: Fadness agenda should advanceRestricted Content

May 8, 2014
Fishers voters made their second forward-thinking choice in as many years on May 6 when they picked Town Manager Scott Fadness in the primary election to run as the Republican nominee for mayor.
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EDITORIAL: Justice center move can benefit downtownRestricted Content

May 3, 2014
Most of the conversation surrounding the city’s proposed criminal justice center has focused on what the heart of downtown stands to lose when the courts and jails move out Rarely discussed is what downtown can gain from the new center, which is now officially slated for about a third of the 110-acre GM Stamping Plant site just west of White River.
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EDITORIAL: Fieldhouse lid cracking openRestricted Content

April 19, 2014
After years of insisting that it cannot make ends meet running Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and receiving millions of taxpayer dollars to ease the pain, Pacers Sports & Entertainment has agreed to open its books—somewhat—to city officials, and to the rest of us.
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EDITORIAL: Bike-share cements cycling legacy

April 12, 2014
Mayor Greg Ballard has accomplished plenty during his seven years in office, but his most enduring legacy may be in building a bicycle-friendly Indianapolis.
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EDITORIAL: Find the money to attack crimeRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
By all accounts, Nathan Trapuzzano was the kind of citizen Indianapolis is trying to recruit.
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EDITORIAL: Keep attentive eye on CumminsRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Last week’s announcement that Cummins would build a headquarters for its global distribution division in downtown Indianapolis was deservedly welcomed for its potential to house as many as 400 well-paid workers and add an “architecturally significant” building to a reserved skyline.
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EDITORIAL: Legislative session created foothold for transitRestricted Content

March 22, 2014
Years of foot-dragging by Indiana legislators has put the Indianapolis region way behind its peers in developing an effective mass transit system. And the transit funding bill that lawmakers finally approved this year contains some maddening conditions. But make no mistake, passage of the bill is a major milestone in a long, difficult fight.
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EDITORIAL: Swing toward sustainabilityRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Genetically modified crops are not a panacea.
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EDITORIAL: Polytechnic plan makes senseRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
One of the most promising planks in Mayor Greg Ballard’s agenda for the coming years is a new school his staff is calling Indianapolis Polytechnic.
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EDITORIAL: High-earners to the rescueRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Ballard is on the right track in trying to make the city attractive to people with big incomes.
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EDITORIAL: Push electric deregulationRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Gov. Pence is smart to begin studying electric utility deregulation, and his trademark cautious, collaborative style could help the state avoid creating more problems than any reform he proposes might solve.
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EDITORIAL: Don’t isolate heart of criminal justice

February 15, 2014
Most everyone agrees that a core function of government is justice—to accurately determine guilt or innocence of the accused and to carry out appropriate punishment.
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EDITORIAL: Commuter tax needs fences

February 1, 2014
Indy Chamber might incite a little road rage by proposing a commuter tax that would allow Indianapolis to collect revenue from those who work in the city but live outside county lines.
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EDITORIAL: Booze regulation needs an updateRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Someday, perhaps not too many years from now, Indiana will have liquor laws that are well-reasoned and rationale.
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EDITORIAL: Marriage debate wastes our timeRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Among the many good arguments for not putting Indiana through an expensive and embarrassing battle over same-sex marriage, one gets little attention: amending the Constitution to prohibit it won’t matter in the long run.
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EDITORIAL: Forge ahead with preschoolRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence said last month that he wants to help young children from low-income homes start kindergarten “ready for a life of learning.” We applaud that goal, and ask the governor and General Assembly to craft voucher legislation that encourages the highest-quality preschools.
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EDITORIAL: Jacobs bestowed valuable lessons

January 4, 2014
Had Andy Jacobs not fulfilled the duties of his congressional office so unusually during his nearly 30 years in the House, the outpouring of memories following his Dec. 29 death might have been more mundane.
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EDITORIAL: Simon gifts to make big mark on region

December 28, 2013
It’s hard to overstate the importance of generous benefactors to the quality of life of this region.
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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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