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Horse trading key to solving unemployment deficitRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
In the past, lawmakers ignored the need to fix financing for the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, and now they must come up with solutions that will be difficult for both Democrats and Republicans to accept.
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Worsening economy exacerbating legislature's challengesRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
Brace yourself, because things in this legislative session are destined to get messy: the politics, the process, the personalities, the context, and the issues and their substance, all at once.
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These are leaders?Restricted Content

March 9, 2009
Whether it's structuring local government to fit the 21st century, financing sports stadiums, achieving property tax reform or putting the state's unemployment fund on sound footing, our leaders consistently show their failure to lead.
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Daniels, Obama cruise to victoryRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
The last time Indiana went for the Democrat in a presidential election, Lyndon Johnson trounced conservative Barry Goldwater at the 1964 polls. More than 40 years later, Sen. Barack Obama earned his historic White House victory thanks, in part, to Hoosiers' 11 electoral votes.
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Indiana should brace for auto falloutRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
The Big Three and the United Auto Workers do not appear to be serious about making the concessions and changes that are necessary to make them a viable entity for the long haul.
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Let's limit campaigns to public fundsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The only way more ideas, more candidates, more party platforms can gain any traction, any consideration by the public at large, would be for all political parties to receive, and run only on public funds.
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New president is a sign of hopeRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The election for me was like looking up for a change instead of having a spiral-down feeling, which was good.
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Kenley to lead GOP budget negotiationsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
In the wake of the 2008 election, State Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, has been promoted. to chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget.
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Indiana supports first Democratic president in 44 yearsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
For the first time in more than 40 years, Indiana helped elect a Democratic president.
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Change begins with everyone, not just ObamaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Sen. Barack Obama's election and call for change and hope, as well as Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels' re-election after dramatic changes, shows that Americans can become successful again.
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Could Lugar be tapped for Obama's cabinet?Restricted Content

November 3, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama has repeatedly described Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana as a mentor on foreign policy issues and may offer him a place in his administration.
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Where was Horning in candidate story?Restricted Content

November 3, 2008
Libertarian candidate Andy Horning should have been covered in more detail in IBJ article about the governor's race.
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Vote only if you've studied the issues carefullyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Mike Hicks
If you haven't learned about the crucial issues that our country and state face, don't vote.
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Obama raising more money in Indiana, but business interests stick with McCainRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
J.K. Wall

Republican Sen. John McCain has been unable to achieve the same Indiana fund-raising edge on his Democratic opponent that President George W. Bush did in past elections. Bush rang up an Indiana fund-raising advantage of $1.7 million over Sen. John Kerry in 2004, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And his popularity in Indiana allowed him to spend those dollars to help him campaign in other states while easily winning Indiana's electoral votes. But this election, Sen. Barack Obama had outraised Republican John McCain by $360,000 through the end of August, when McCain's decision to take public campaign funds forced him to stop raising funds directly for himself. Obama did not take public funds, and so has continued to raise money.

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Gubernatorial candidates Daniels, Thompson see economic development differentlyRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson promises to buoy Indiana's slumping rural counties with a three-tiered incentive plan. Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels has a different vision for stoking the state economy. He wants to build on Indiana's strengths--such as world-class research at universities--to innovate and create jobs.
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Daniels still wants more from lottery, through privatizing or bond issueRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels is building his campaign for re-election in part on another attempt to cash in a jackpot on the Hoosier Lottery. This time, he's hedging his bet. In case leasing the Hoosier Lottery outright to a private operator is politically impossible, Daniels is exploring a major bond issue backed by its future revenue.

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Budget cuts loom for arts, parks as mayor tries to lessen deficitRestricted Content

August 4, 2008
Peter Schnitzler

After Mayor Greg Ballard's upset victory at the polls last November, local arts leaders were in a panic. They worried the no-nonsense former Marine would put public safety on a pedestal and slash Indianapolis' funding for cultural groups.

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Leaders disagree about Clinton, Obama preferenceRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
J.K. Wall
The topic of health care sparked the most spirited comments from business leaders interviewed by IBJ ahead of the May 6 presidential primary. When asked whether they thought Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would be better for business, executives in manufacturing, exporting, computer technology, logistics and education largely demurred.
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Pumped-up business leaders give big sums to Clinton, ObamaRestricted Content

April 28, 2008
J.K. Wall
Indiana's business community is divided in its support during this presidential election. Many Republicans are disenchanted, which has contributed to slow contributions to their candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain. But those looking to support Democrats are torn this year, as the fierce competition between Clinton and Obama has made Indiana's normally sleepy May primary a battleground.
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Ballard pulls off long-shot campaign, defeats PetersonRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
In early 2007, many expected Marion County Republicans to punt on the chance to unseat Democratic Mayor Bart Peterson. After all, the two-term incumbent had high approval ratings and a campaign war chest of $2.5 million. Attractive GOP candidates willing to embrace the challenge were in short supply.
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Ballard's sketchy agenda fuels uneaseRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
The afternoon after Greg Ballard's shocking victory at the polls, the mood was sober at Marion County Republican headquarters. Jubilation had given way to reality. Although mayor-elect Ballard described himself "as tired as a guy could get," he has no time for a break. And what the former U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel will do is largely a mystery.
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Giuliani leads race for Indiana donationsRestricted Content

May 21, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
Campaign finance records through the first quarter of 2007 show Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, has raised $176,950 in Indiana. That's more than twice as much as one-time Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, his closest Republican rival.
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Democrats grooming Schellinger as candidate for governorRestricted Content

March 5, 2007
Peter Schnitzler
In the Democrats' field of potential candidates to unseat Gov. Mitch Daniels, there are few household names. That's why they're preparing to spend the next 19 months introducing you to Jim Schellinger.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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