Elected Officials

Ballard cruises to victory in bid for second term

November 8, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard won a second term Tuesday, pulling off a solid victory against Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy by claiming more than 51 percent of the vote.
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Mayoral election outcome could hinge on turnout

November 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The fate of mayoral and City-County Council candidates in Tuesday’s election is likely to come down to turnout in a few key districts, including Center Township and southern Marion County.
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Changes to state fair unlikely in 2012 legislative session

October 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers look ready to wait at least a year before changing any laws in response to the stage collapse that killed seven at this summer's Indiana State Fair. And that's if they change anything at all.
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'Survivor' all-star Boneham to run for governor

October 22, 2011
Associated Press
"Survivor" fan favorite Rupert Boneham announced Saturday in Indianapolis that he's seeking to become the Libertarian Party's gubernatorial nominee in next year's election, saying in a statement that, "It's time for a change in Indiana."
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Indiana making hay from Illinois' tax mayhem

October 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Many Illinois firms are serious about moving or expanding out of state—and Indiana economic development officials are racing to capitalize.
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Ballard, Kennedy add more than $1M in campaign funds

October 21, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy each raised more than $1 million in the most recent seven-month reporting period and are neck-in-neck in the amount of campaign money they have on hand.
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Mourdock cuts use of state car during Senate run

October 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has largely stopped driving his state-owned vehicle for personal matters to avoid any perception that its use is "campaign related."
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Kennedy's persistence put to testRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Supporters and detractors of Melina Kennedy agree on this description of her: a persistently hard worker. Whether that trait is enough to make the 42-year-old Democrat an effective leader of the nation’s 12th-largest city is an open question.
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Tea party sees Lugar as best target in Senate

October 13, 2011
Associated Press
The tea party movement's best remaining hope in 2012 for picking off an incumbent Republican in the Senate has boiled down to one state, Indiana, where six-term Sen. Richard Lugar still faces a challenge from the right.
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Election spending to exceed $6B thanks to Indiana lawyer

October 5, 2011
Bloomberg News
Indiana attorney James Bopp Jr. has spent 30 years fighting limits on campaign spending, and next year’s political landscape could be transformed by his labor.
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Angling to be VP: Republicans run without campaigning

September 30, 2011
Associated Press
More than a year from Election Day, all sorts of Republicans, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are making a point of keeping themselves in the national spotlight, stoking speculation that they are potential running mates for the eventual GOP presidential nominee.
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Judge denies Plowman request to overturn convictions

September 29, 2011
Former City-County Councilor Lincoln Plowman had asked a judge to overturn his attempted extortion and bribery convictions after a jury found him guilty of the charges Sept. 15.
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Attorney General agrees to return Durham campaign funds

September 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has reached a settlement with the Fair Finance bankruptcy trustee to give back $11,000 in contributions he received from indicted financier Tim Durham.
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Connected law firm's deal with Indiana grows

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration now will pay Barnes & Thornburg up to $8.05 million through next June to represent the administration of Gov. Mitch Daniels in the lawsuit with IBM Corp.
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Small claims court could move from City-County Building

September 19, 2011
Scott Olson
Citing budget cuts and a rent increase, Center Township Trustee Eugene Akers wants to move the small claims court into the Julia Carson Government Center, against the judge's wishes.
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Daniels outlines fix for national debt in new book

September 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels writes in his new book that massive entitlement spending reform is needed to avert a national economic disaster.
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Conservative legislator Delph won't challenge Lugar

September 14, 2011
Associated Press
State Sen. Mike Delph said Wednesday he would stay in the Indiana Legislature and focus on raising his family.
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Daniels' book latest of many governors' tomes

September 11, 2011
Associated Press
Of the nation's 50 sitting governors, almost a quarter of them are authors. Four, including Daniels, have written tomes while serving as their state's chief executive.
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Indiana tea party groups look to endorse Lugar foe

September 7, 2011
Associated Press
A coalition of Indiana tea party groups is planning a statewide convention this month that will culminate with them endorsing a candidate to run against Sen. Richard Lugar, an organizer said.
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Daniels works to maintain national profile

September 5, 2011
Associated Press
Since he decided against running for president in May, Gov. Mitch Daniels has given more interviews on national television than when he was still considering a run. Although he has said no to the top of the presidential ticket, he has not ruled out running for vice president.
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Goldsmith arrest prompted resignation from NYC

September 1, 2011
The former mayor of Indianapolis says he stepped down from his job as deputy mayor of New York City following his arrest over a domestic violence incident. The Goldsmiths deny accounts cited in a police report.
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Sheriff's department concerned about budget crunch

August 30, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Officials from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department say they are concerned that a $10 million gap in this year’s budget will hurt their ability to pay critical bills.
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Education battle unleashed torrents of money in IndianaRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
J.K. Wall
Education reformers dramatically outspent opponents on lobbying, advertising and grass-roots campaigning during the past legislative session.
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City plans to put $80M from utility sale into new fund

August 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The money would be used as a safeguard to help Indianapolis maintain its AAA credit ratings. But Democrat mayoral challenger Melina Kennedy is criticizing the move.
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Marion County prosecutor plots white-collar strategyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Cory Schouten
Terry Curry expects his creation of a task force will start paying off with new cases—ranging from employee theft and investment fraud to political corruption—in the next few months.
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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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