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ACLU asks fed attorney to recognize Indiana gay marriages

July 11, 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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Government made $100B in improper payments in 2013

July 9, 2014
Associated Press
By its own estimate, the U.S. government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them.
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Pence, Ritz seek federal dollars without strings

July 6, 2014
Associated Press
Last Monday, Superintendent Glenda Ritz filed a request to continue using federal "Title I" education money with flexibility. A day later, Gov. Mike Pence asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to grant the state an exemption, and about $16.5 billion, to expand Medicaid using a version of the Healthy Indiana Plan.
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Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
A former Army captain, Robert McDonald would bring a blend of corporate and military experience to a bureaucracy reeling from revelations of chronic, system-wide failure and veterans dying while on long waiting lists for treatment.
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GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying in Washington, D.C., where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade.
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Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

June 29, 2014
Associated Press
President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive and Indiana native Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by problems.
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Appeals court stops gay marriage in Indiana

June 27, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday night stopped county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move that throws hundreds of unions performed over the past two days into limbo.
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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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High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

June 26, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their clash with President Barack Obama.
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IRS head says no obstruction of Congress in probe

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The head of the Internal Revenue Service brushed aside accusations Monday that the agency has obstructed investigations into the targeting of tea party and other political groups, even as Republican lawmakers questioned his credibility.
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Obama says U.S. should provide paid maternity leave

June 23, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The president is touting paid maternity in the midst of a midterm election campaign focused on women voters, without describing the details of how he would fund such a system.
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Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants.
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Bill would force feds to recognize startupsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indianapolis, wants to help startups compete for federal contracts and obtain access to loans.
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Budget leaders examine Healthy Indiana financing

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Members of the State Budget Committee took a detailed look Friday at how Gov. Mike Pence would pay for "Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0," his proposal to expand insurance coverage using a state-run plan instead of traditional Medicaid.
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Hot race for No. 3 spot in GOP has Indiana representative

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana are vying for majority whip, a position likely to become vacant because its current occupant is the strong favorite to become the new majority leader.
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FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty for health reasons.
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Remodelings might await boomers wanting to stay in their homes

June 14, 2014
Norm Heikens
Many homes will be difficult for aging boomers to navigate without changing doors, bathrooms, hallways and kitchens.
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Lawmakers eye 2015 for U.S. constitutional convention

June 13, 2014
Paige Clark, The Statehouse File
The assembly of delegates looking to change the U.S. Constitution have laid the groundwork for an amendment convention in the future.
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Indiana's Stutzman running for U.S. House majority whip

June 13, 2014
Associated Press
The northeastern Indiana Republican first elected in 2010 is a tea party favorite and one of the more conservative Republicans of the U.S. House.
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Some lawmakers seek U.S. constitutional convention

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
A small but determined group of state lawmakers from some 30 states gathered in Indiana on Thursday to lay the groundwork for something that has not happened since 1787 in Philadelphia: a convention to revise the U.S. Constitution.
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Unemployment rate holds steady as U.S. regains lost jobs

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Employers added 217,000 jobs in May, a substantial gain for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes that the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.
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Federal agents seize documents at charter school

June 6, 2014
J.K. Wall
Agents collected documents from the Indiana Math and Science Academy this week as part of court-ordered search warrant. The school at 7435 N. Keystone Ave. said it provided information related to a federal grant program.
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Coats, Donnelly demand answers on VA wait times

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
The senators planned to submit a letter Thursday to Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson requesting a review of Indiana facilities after a May 20 request to former Secretary Eric Shinseki went unanswered. Shinseki resigned last week.
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Teamwork transforming care at IU Health's Saxony hospitalRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
J.K. Wall
Getting everyone into the same room prior to surgeries is cutting costs and improving health.
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Push grows for Shinseki to go as veteran care flaws found

May 29, 2014
Bloomberg News
A report found the VA's Eastern Area Fiduciary Hub in Indianapolis was "not timely processing allegations of misuse of beneficiary funds, conducting field examinations, and processing some incoming mail."
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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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