Elected Officials

Pence keeps up opposition to land-based casinos

August 21, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he remains opposed to allowing more land-based casinos in Indiana despite a push from Evansville officials worried about declining revenue from the city's riverboat.
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$500M Indy justice center relies on novel funding

August 9, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city will pay an annual fee to a private-sector consortium that will design, build, finance, maintain and operate the facility. According to the Ballard administration, the project won’t require a tax hike.
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Indiana ethics cases draw watchdog frustration

August 4, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Lawmakers say they are going to look at new transparency rules after public officials skirted the law in three separate ethics cases this year.
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Ballard proposes $50M preschool program as part of crime initiative

July 30, 2014
J.K. Wall
Mayor Greg Ballard on Wednesday proposed a 5-year program to pay for preschool for 4-year-olds from low-income families. He also floated hiring another 280 police officers. The cost to the average household would be $86 per year.
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Mitchell departs state job for treasurer's race

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Kelly Mitchell announced Friday she was leaving her job as an investment director in the state treasurer's office Aug. 1.
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Candidates raise, spend little in quiet election cycle

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's 2014 election cycle may lack the marquee battles of two years ago, but candidates are still collecting dollars ahead of November's elections.
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UPDATE: ACLU asks fed attorney to recognize Indiana gay marriages

July 12, 2014
Associated Press
Attorneys are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban.
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Pence headed to United Kingdom for trade trip

July 9, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, first lady Karen Pence and state officials will travel to the United Kingdom on Saturday for an economic development mission to bring jobs and investment to Indiana.
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Pence says GOP should seek limits on federal government

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday called on Republicans to dramatically limit the federal government's role in public education, welfare programs and transportation in a speech aimed at boosting his profile among New York's powerful political donors.
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Bosma: No ethics sanctions against Turner

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday he will not sanction House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner after an ethics probe determined the lawmaker did not violate state ethics rules.
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Longtime councilor Brown to leave office

June 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat Vernon Brown, a key opponent of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s infrastructure-spending plan, said he plans to resign from the City-County Council this summer.
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Mourdock compares U.S. economic woes to Nazi Germany

June 8, 2014
Associated Press
In a speech, Mourdock cautioned GOP members to be wary of politicians who promise entitlements and spending as debt grows. He said the Nazis made the same promises to Germans before that country's 1936 elections.
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Pence returns to New York, courts GOP donors

May 12, 2014
Associated Press
Pence was scheduled to attend a meeting of conservative journalists, leaders and potential donors on Monday night that was organized by the Franklin Center for Public Integrity.
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Town Manager Fadness wins mayoral primary in Fishers

May 6, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Scott Fadness won Fishers’ first mayoral primary Tuesday, edging out five Republican candidates—including longtime Town Council President Walt Kelly and current council member Renee Cox.
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Marriage vote fallout limited to few Indiana races

May 5, 2014
Associated Press analysis
A handful of Republican legislators are facing tough primary battles from challengers who blame them for delaying a constitutional amendment that would solidify the law.
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UPDATE: Panel proposes tax hikes to add hundreds of officers

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
A City-County Council task force recommended Monday an increase in the income taxes dedicated to public safety. It also backed eliminating a homeowner tax break.
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Brokers fear criminal justice complex could harm downtown

April 18, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
City officials and real estate professionals debated on Thursday the pain from moving jails, courts and other criminal justice functions to a proposed complex outside of downtown.
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German companies pledge to create Indiana jobs

April 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
Coinciding with Gov. Mike Pence’s economic development trip to Germany this week, three German companies agreed to hire more than 100 workers in Indiana.
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Pence gaining heavyweight support for 2016 presidential bid

April 16, 2014
Bloomberg News
Republicans are searching for a candidate who can unite the party's pro-business establishment with its small-government activists. Pence's allies say the temperate-toned governor has a record that pleases both.
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Lieutenant governor hires ex-lawmaker as liaison

April 14, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana's lieutenant governor, a Republican, has chosen a former Democratic state legislator as her liaison to local government officials.
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Judge to Ballard rep: We decide where courts go

March 21, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior judges on Friday gave a grudging endorsement to the former General Motors stamping plant site as the location for a proposed criminal justice complex, but not before sending a message to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard that the courts are their call.
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UPDATE: Mayor picks GM site for criminal justice complex

March 13, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mayor Greg Ballard will recommend that a proposed criminal justice complex be located on the former GM stamping plant on the western side of downtown—not the airport property that ranked highest in a market study.
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Police, FBI investigate Elwood mayor's campaign spending

March 3, 2014
Associated Press
The treasurer of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold's campaign committee said he's been questioned by state and federal officers about Arnold's expenditures for out-of-state travel and personal bills.
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Ballard outlines list of initiatives in annual 'state of' address

February 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, in his annual State of the City address Thursday night, went through a checklist of potential projects while exhorting citizens to become ambassadors for the city.
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Governors: Buzz about legalizing pot just smoke in most states

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
Colorado's governor is warning other state leaders against rushing to follow his lead to legalize recreational marijuana.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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