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Pence solidifies opposition to state exchange

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence closed the door on a state-run health insurance exchange Thursday, arguing that the estimated $50 million cost of the state program was not worth the limited autonomy granted in return.
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Stocks plunge after election, and as Europe woes deepen

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but slid into the close and ended down 313, its biggest point drop since this time last year.
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Donnelly wins Senate race over Mourdock

November 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
Democrat Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock for an open U.S. Senate seat in Indiana, one of Republicans’ must-win races in their effort to gain control of the chamber.
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Long lines, delays greet voters on election day

November 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana voters stood in line for up to three hours in some cases Tuesday to cast their ballots in a series of races for the White House on down that Republicans hoped to dominate.
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Candidates for governor respond to open government surveyRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
The survey by the Indiana Coalition for Open Government was the first since 2004.
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Simon says Sandy caused minimal damage to shopping centers

October 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
A company spokesman said damage was minor at Simon’s malls and outlet centers in New York and other areas hit by the storm.
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Mourdock keeps up fundraising after uproar over remark

October 25, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. Senate candidate smiled and laughed while working the room at a private reception for Indiana Republicans.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: GOP pillar reflects on party, mentors and Legislature

October 23, 2012
Mason King
LQ
                           Murray Clark Watch VideoHow deep are the roots in J. Murray Clark's political family tree? What still stings from the former state GOP chairman's tenure? How does he view the party today? What about fundraising tips? Clark has answers.
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Ethics ruling keeps Daniels clear for Purdue job

October 18, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's top ethics official says Gov. Mitch Daniels won't face any restrictions on his new job as Purdue University's president.
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Daniels burns mortgages to mark lower Indiana debt

October 17, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says the state government's debt for construction projects and other expenses has dropped by more than half during his eight years in office.
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Democrat-controlled committee OKs tapping CIB for $15M

October 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The plan—opposed by Republican Mayor Greg Ballard and members of the CIB—now advances to the City-County Council.
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City asks developers to make local hires in downtown TIFRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis city-county councilors hope expanding the downtown TIF district will mean more jobs for their constituents. Developers, city contractors and other firms benefiting from the expanded economic-development zone must try to ensure that 40 percent of their work force comes from within the expanded TIF area.
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Indiana House GOP makes no guarantees on tax cuts

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tax cuts being pushed by gubernatorial candidates are hardly guaranteed a rubber stamp from lawmakers, and a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage could win quick approval next year, Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday.
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Gregg's media consultant specializes in off-beat adsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Virginia-based strategist has been involved in high-profile races across the country.
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Gubernatorial, Senate debates planned for next monthRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
John Gregg and Mike Pence will square off in three debates, starting Oct. 10. Candidates for U.S. Senate will debate on Oct. 15 and Oct. 23.
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Dems to pour $516K into Indiana Senate battle

September 14, 2012
Associated Press
A party official said Friday the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is financing a new ad for Rep. Joe Donnelly that will run statewide.
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Senatorial candidates angling for advantage in tight raceRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Central Indiana residents will have a front-row seat on the close race for U.S. Senate, as Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock drill into each other’s partisan strongholds to pick up crucial votes.
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Veteran educator running against Bennett for state postRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Scott Olson
Glenda Ritz' opposition to pass-fail tests is fueling her campaign to unseat Tony Bennett as Indiana's education czar.
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Excess TIF revenue would help close city budget gapRestricted Content

August 18, 2012
Mayor proposes shifting $10 million out of downtown district to help make up for $65 million general-fund shortfall.
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Daniels still waiting on lobbying decision

August 4, 2012
Associated Press
Questions remain whether Indiana's governor will be covered by the state's "revolving door" law when he becomes president of Purdue University. State ethics rules require a one year cool-down period for public officials after leaving office, preventing them from working as lobbyists.
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Bennett rakes in record cash in education raceRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Reform-minded Superintendent of Public Instruction draws contributions from across the country.
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Indiana House Dems boot Bauer, install Lawson as leader

July 26, 2012
Associated Press
Members of the state's Democratic caucus voted to replace longtime leader Rep. Patrick Bauer on Thursday amid criticism over how he's handled campaign fundraising and spending heading into the November elections. Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond was chosen as his replacement.
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Indiana GOP loses big gun Daniels ahead of elections

July 1, 2012
Associated Press
One of the biggest surprises of the announcement that Gov. Mitch Daniels would take over as Purdue University president in January was his pledge to stop campaigning and commenting on politics until then.
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Daniels unsure of lobbying role as Purdue president

June 22, 2012
Associated Press
The governor said Friday he was checking whether he could press members of the General Assembly on the university's behalf after he becomes Purdue's president in January, because of state ethics rules that require a one-year "cool down" for public officials after leaving office.
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Ballard vetoes council's redistricting proposal

June 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The debate over Indianapolis City-County Council districts may need to be resolved in court, council President Maggie Lewis predicted, after Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed an ordinance that would have funded redistricting.
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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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