Redistricting

Indiana Supreme Court sides with Ballard in redistricting fight

May 7, 2014
Jennifer Nelson / The Indiana Lawyer
The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard in a dispute between the mayor and Democratic members of the City-County Council who challenged a redistricting plan passed in late 2011.
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Election map aids Indiana GOP grip on House seats

March 31, 2014
Associated Press analysis
Indiana Democrats don't expect their election prospects to improve soon after Republicans drew election maps that led to the GOP picking up two U.S. congressional seats in 2012.
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House to take up bill to create redistricting commission

January 9, 2014
Erika Brock, The Statehouse File
The Republican-controlled Indiana House is set to take up legislation that would give a bipartisan commission the duty of drawing district maps.
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Young aggravates colleagues, puts stamp on Marion CountyRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
State Senator from Speedway plays outsized role in shaping policy for Indianapolis.
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Ballard nixes new redistricting plan for Council

December 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Friday vetoed a City-County Council redistricting plan, likely setting the stage for a lengthy court battle. He wants to stick with the lines drawn by Republicans in late 2011, before newly elected Democrats took control.
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GOP aims to bolster legislative firepowerRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Republicans expect to rule the Statehouse again in 2013, and the only question to be answered Nov. 6 is the extent of their majority.
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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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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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New Indiana congressional districts clear Legislature

April 28, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House voted 62-31 mostly along party lines Thursday to give final legislative approval to the redistricting plan and send it to Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is expected to sign it.
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Indiana Legislature OKs redistricting proposal

April 27, 2011
Associated Press
Maps for new Indiana legislative election districts have gained final approval from the General Assembly and go to Gov. Mitch Daniels for consideration.
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GOP forges ahead with Indiana redistricting

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Republicans who now fully control the Legislature and the redistricting process say they've followed their commitment to draw new districts that are compact and avoid splitting up cities and counties.
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House panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 16, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana House elections committee voted 8-5 along party lines in favor of the proposals after Republicans revised the lines for several scattered state House districts from what they had proposed Monday.
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FEIGENBAUM: New legislative maps matter over the long term

April 16, 2011
Ed Feigenbaum
District lines largely will guide the partisan composition of the Indiana House of Representatives and the delegation we send to Congress for the next decade.
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Indiana Senate panel backs GOP redistricting plan

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
A Republican-led Indiana Senate committee on Thursday approved a plan for new Senate election districts that Democrats maintain unfairly dilutes black and Hispanic voting strength.
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Indiana Democrats seek more time with GOP redistricting plan

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
Outnumbered Democrats in the Indiana House argued Wednesday that the new election districts proposed by Republicans would lead to fewer competitive races and create more solidly GOP seats.
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EARLY: Either sing 'Kumbaya' or 'suck it up, cupcakes'Restricted Content

January 8, 2011
Rex Early / Special to IBJ
The real gift in the 2010 election is that the Republican landslide was nationwide and resulted in Republican majorities in legislatures all over the country. Why was this so important? It’s map-drawing time.
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Turbulent Indiana General Assembly just ahead

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
Scarce resources promise to vex lawmakers charged with writing a new budget when the Legislature convenes in January.
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MARCUS: Redistricting key to economic policy

December 18, 2010
Morton Marcus
The key factor determining the change in a county’s representation in the Legislature is the change in its share of the state’s population.
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BOEHM: Gerrymandering causes quiet carnageRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Those of you who work in manufacturing businesses, and many others, are familiar with the idea that a flawed process produces flawed products.
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VAUGHN: Strip partisanship from redistrictingRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Julia Vaughn / Special to IBJ
Hoosier Republican leaders must resist the temptation to play political payback with redistricting and instead create a process that is fair, open and free of partisanship.
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SHELLA: Spoils of redistricting go to the victorRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
Indiana politicians have never shown an interest in leaving the redistricting duty to others, and don’t look for it to happen anytime soon.
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Control of House key issue as election season revs up

September 7, 2010
Mary Dieter
One hundred Indiana House seats are on the ballot—though many fewer are competitive—but their outcomes may affect the state well beyond the two-year terms that the candidates seek.
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Rokita says GOP redistricting plan not enough

November 13, 2009
Associated Press
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is pleased that state Senate Republicans have proposed changes to the way legislative districts are drawn, but he says they don't go far enough.
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Legislator promotes fair redistricting

October 10, 2009
Sometimes I agree with Morton Marcus’ opinions and sometimes I don’t, but I was incredulous when I read his “Let’s help keep legislators in check” in the [Sept. 28] IBJ.
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MARCUS: Let's help keep legislators in check

September 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
All last week, I felt good that Todd Rokita, Indiana’s secretary of state, is pushing for less partisan redistricting of political offices after the 2010 census.
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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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