Elected Officials

Massa says office 'should inspire public confidence, not public cynicism'

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has said he has no plans to resign, despite Mark Massa's call Wednesday morning for him to step down. Brizzi will be eligible for a public pension if he finishes his second term Dec. 31.
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Massa calls on Brizzi to resign

April 7, 2010
Cory Schouten
Mark Massa, former general counsel for Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Republican candidate for Marion County prosecutor, calls on Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, also a Republican, to step down in the wake of an IBJ investigation.
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SPECIAL REPORT: Brizzi ordered lenient deal for business partner's client

April 3, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi last year intervened in a major drug case to offer a reduced sentence over objections from both law enforcement officers and his own deputy prosecutors.
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Governor approves new teacher licensing rules

March 30, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels signed the new rules Tuesday, three months after a state panel approved them amid criticism from college educators.
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Daniels warns of health bill's 'immorally huge' taxes

March 25, 2010
Associated Press
Daniels told members of the Economic Club of Indianapolis that it's ridiculous for anyone to suggest the nearly $1 trillion health care overhaul signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama won't add to the nation's debt.
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Prosecutor Brizzi defends no-cost real estate deal

March 20, 2010
Cory Schouten
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi paid nothing for a 50-percent stake in an Elkhart office building he acquired with a local defense attorney.
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Democrat stalwart Hogsett said to be U.S. attorney nominee

March 19, 2010
Scott Olson
The U.S. Attorney's office in Indianapolis has been without a presidentially appointed U.S. attorney for more than two years. Joe Hogsett, a former secretary of state, is likely the frontrunner.
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Governor signs ethics, slot-withholding laws

March 18, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed 23 bills into law on Wednesday.
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Brizzi's lease deals benefited friend, donor

March 13, 2010
Cory Schouten
Records show Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi directed lucrative work for the Prosecutor's Office to his friend, business partner and political contributor John Bales.
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State lawmakers remain divided; deal by Sunday in doubt

March 12, 2010
Associated Press
The impasse between the two parties over a delay in an unemployment-tax increase is expected to drag the legislative session into the weekend. "Nobody is talking right now," says one legislator.
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Workplace guns bill gets final legislative OK

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill that lets workers keep firearms locked in their cars in trunks or out of sight while parked on company property.
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Indiana tax collections for February down $86 million

March 2, 2010
Associated Press
Tax collections for February fell $86 million below a revised December forecast. Revenue is down $166 million in the first three months since that forecast.
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Mitch Daniels probably won't run for president, but what if he did?

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
In a recent interview with Barrons, Daniels gave far more detail about how he’d apply his approach to state government at the federal level.
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$22.3 billion public pension merger poised to fail again

February 26, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Key House Democrat recommends summer study for a Gov. Daniels legislative priority: consolidation of the $14.2 billion Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the $8.1 billion Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund.
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Ethics bill clears Senate with unanimous support

February 25, 2010
Associated Press
The most sweeping Indiana legislation in years to tighten ethics and lobbying rules cleared the state Senate 50-0 Thursday and appeared headed soon to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.
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Daniels opens door on 2012 presidential campaign

February 22, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
After years of denying interest in a presidential bid, Indiana governor tells Washington Post political writer he may consider bid for Republican nomination on platform of fiscal responsibility.
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Bayh's war chest could play role in Senate race

February 22, 2010
Associated Press
Bayh, who announced last week that he would not seek a third term in the Senate, has wide legal flexibility in directing the $12.2 million left in his campaign account.
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Ballard's high-risk IT project could save millions - or flop

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has decided to overhaul the city's and county's 1970s-era financial IT systems—a move that could cement his reputation for improving government efficiency. But the upgrade also is fraught with risk.
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Bayh's exit may pinch federal funds going to IndianaRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Sen. Evan Bayh brought home the bacon—more than $1.4 billion in federal appropriations and grants in just the last 12 months.
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No Democrat meets Indiana deadline for Senate seat

February 16, 2010
Associated Press
The only Democrat seeking to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh has missed out on qualifying for Indiana's May primary ballot.
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Ivy Tech, IPIC snare $10M in job-training grants

February 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Programs will bolster job opportunities for some 1,700 Indiana workers in sectors including health care and advanced manufacturing.
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Colts won't disclose which legislators got game tickets

February 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The team sold Super Bowl tickets to 26 state lawmakers, 27 members of the City-County Council, 10 members of Mayor Greg Ballard's office, six other state officials, and four Congressmen.
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Indiana politicians consider Super Bowl ticket offer

February 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The big question for many politicians isn't about ethics. Rather, it's whether to shell out $800 per ticket, plus hotel costs and airfare.
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Daniels revives push to merge PERF, TRF pension fundsRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Gov. Mitch Daniels wants legislators to revive a merger of the Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund and the Indiana State Teachers Retirement Fund. He says the move could save up to $50 million a year in fees.
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State sells $300 million in Tax Anticipation Notes

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The proceeds will help more than 120 local government units pay their bills while they wait for their property tax receipts.
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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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