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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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Bosma: No ethics sanctions against Turner

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
House Speaker Brian Bosma said Tuesday he will not sanction House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner after an ethics probe determined the lawmaker did not violate state ethics rules.
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Longtime councilor Brown to leave office

June 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Democrat Vernon Brown, a key opponent of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s infrastructure-spending plan, said he plans to resign from the City-County Council this summer.
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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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Mourdock compares U.S. economic woes to Nazi Germany

June 8, 2014
Associated Press
In a speech, Mourdock cautioned GOP members to be wary of politicians who promise entitlements and spending as debt grows. He said the Nazis made the same promises to Germans before that country's 1936 elections.
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House Republicans to meet, discuss Turner's future

June 6, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Republicans will decide whether to take action against Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner, who is accused of using his influence to protect his family's lucrative nursing home business.
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Republicans deal Dems new hand with revised Rebuild Indy 2

June 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new, $300 million plan for streets, sidewalks and other neighborhood amenities will cost a bit less than originally proposed. Mayor Greg Ballard needs two more votes, including at least one from the majority Democrats, to make it happen.
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Political conventions fell short on return on investmentRestricted Content

May 31, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Daunting scheduling and fundraising challenges led city officials to walk away from opportunities to bid on the 2016 national conventions for both Republicans and Democrats, but the city’s latest Super Bowl setback might make the 2020 political conventions alluring.
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Pence noncommittal, but stoking talk of White House bid

May 16, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been saying for months that he is "listening" to national conservatives interested in seeing him make a presidential bid. Meanwhile, he has been out meeting with influential Republicans and conservatives.
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Council OKs smoke-detector ordinance, road repair funds

May 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 24-5 Monday night to update the city code on smoke detectors. It also voted 24-5 to spend $8.3 million from the Rebuild Indy fund on emergency road repairs.
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GOP sets sights on maintaining supermajorities

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
After most Indiana lawmakers survived primary contests, Republicans turn their focus to November as they try to maintain majorities in the General Assembly that are so large even a Democratic walkout can't stop them from passing legislation.
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All nine Indiana U.S. House members win primaries

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
Voter dissatisfaction with Congress didn't stop Indiana's nine members of the U.S. House from breezing to victories Tuesday in the state's primary.
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UPDATE: Voters trickle into polls for Indiana primary

May 6, 2014
Associated Press
With a sense of obligation to vote and concerned about the economy, a trickle of Indiana residents cast ballots Tuesday in a primary election lacking a galvanizing issue or marquee statewide races.
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Light turnout expected for Tuesday elections

May 6, 2014
John Sittler, The Statehouse File
The primary will be the first in a dozen years that the ticket won’t be led by a statewide office. But county races are on the ballot and so are all 100 seats in the Indiana House of Representatives and half of the state's 50 Senate seats.
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Marriage vote fallout limited to few Indiana races

May 5, 2014
Associated Press analysis
A handful of Republican legislators are facing tough primary battles from challengers who blame them for delaying a constitutional amendment that would solidify the law.
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Negative ads shake up 2014 GOP primary battles

May 4, 2014
Associated Press analysis
What has otherwise been a fairly sleepy primary cycle suddenly started to wake up in the past week, when negative ads from an otherwise soft-spoken veteran lawmaker hit the airwaves in Indianapolis.
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Daniels says trip for political meeting was appropriate

May 1, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said his trip to a conference in Georgia attended by several Republican presidential hopefuls was a chance to promote the school and meet potential donors.
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UPDATE: Presidential debate interest renewed at Purdue

April 28, 2014
Associated Press
The appointment of Purdue University President Mitch Daniels to the Commission on Presidential Debates raises the question of whether the university would bid to host one of the debates for the 2016 race.
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Turner skips hearing, documents claim no misdeeds

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner missed an ethics review Wednesday but claimed in filings submitted to the panel that he did nothing wrong when he fought legislation that could have cost him millions of dollars.
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Ethics panel set to review Turner lobbying situation

April 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana House Ethics Committee on Wednesday will review the actions of a senior lawmaker who worked in private to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars.
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Report: State political leader had millions on the line

April 17, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Documents show House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year.
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WellPoint spending millions in California ballot battle

April 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
WellPoint Inc. is leading companies that have poured $13.4 million into defeating a ballot initiative that would give California regulators the power to reject increases in health policy premiums.
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Partisan battle freezes proposal to repave ravaged city streets

April 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Democrat-controlled City-County Council committee has tabled a proposal to spend $8 million in Rebuild Indy funds to repair thoroughfares hit hard by the brutal winter. Democrats say the project would favor Republican districts.
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Manufacturer's group gives high grades to legislative session

April 3, 2014
 IBJ Staff,  The Statehouse File
The Indiana Manufacturers Association released its scorecard for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday and applauded the results.
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Supreme Court voids overall political contribution limits

April 2, 2014
Associated Press
The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions.
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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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