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U.S. Senate sends massive farm bill to Obama

February 4, 2014
Associated Press
The sweeping farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama Tuesday has something for almost everyone, from the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients to Southern peanut growers, Midwest corn farmers and the maple syrup industry in the Northeast.
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U.S. Senate ready to send $1.1T spending bill to Obama

January 16, 2014
Associated Press
The Democratic-controlled Senate planned to give final congressional approval to the immense spending measure, possibly as early as Thursday. The Republican-run House passed the package Wednesday in a lopsided 359-67 vote.
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Jobless-benefits extension bill stalls in U.S. Senate

January 9, 2014
Associated Press
Legislation to resurrect long-term jobless legislation stalled in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, triggering recriminations from both sides of the political aisle and putting Indiana Sen. Dan Coats in the middle of the battle.
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Showdown set on unemployment bill in U.S. Senate

January 7, 2014
Associated Press
The new year looks a lot like the old one in the Senate, with Democrats scratching for votes to pass an agenda they share with President Barack Obama, and Republicans decidedly unenthusiastic about supporting more spending.
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Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid default deadline

October 16, 2013
Associated Press
Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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House GOP preparing to counter Senate debt-limit plan

October 15, 2013
Associated Press
Top Republicans unveiled a plan that would repeal a new tax on medical devices and take away lawmakers' federal health care subsidies, in addition to funding the government through Jan. 15 and giving Treasury the ability to borrow normally through Feb. 7.
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Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

October 1, 2013
Associated Press
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.
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Pence pleads for end to medical device tax

October 1, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Republican Gov. Mike Pence wrote a letter Monday urging members of the U.S. Senate to vote to repeal the medical device tax that is helping to finance Obamacare. But the Senate on Monday night voted not to repeal the tax, with all 54 Democrats voting to keep it.
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Government edges closer to shutdown over Obamacare

September 30, 2013
Associated Press
About 800,000 federal workers could be forced off the job after midnight if Congress can't cut an eleventh hour deal on the budget, complicated by the GOP's attempt to delay Obamacare.
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Let the sequester begin: Senate fails to block spending cuts

February 28, 2013
Associated Press
The $85 billion in across-the-board federal cuts are set to kick off on Friday, but will fall into place gradually over several months. The Obama administration has pulled back on its earlier warnings of long lines developing quickly at airports and teacher layoffs affecting classrooms.
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Lugar's storied political career comes to a closeRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Colleagues and friends say Lugar’s commitment to foreign policy, which earned him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination, and his belief in bipartisanship, which contributed to his thrashing by Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock in the May primary, will be sorely missed when he leaves the Senate in January after 36 years.
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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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Tea party looks for Mourdock win with final push

November 4, 2012
Associated Press
Tea party advocates in Indiana who aced their first test by ousting U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in May likely face a much tougher final exam Tuesday as they work to push Republican Richard Mourdock to victory.
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New poll shows Donnelly, Pence with big leads

November 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Howey/DePauw University Battleground poll released Friday shows Republican Richard Mourdock trailing Democrat Joe Donnelly by 11 points.
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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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Mourdock's answer to rape question overshadows debate

October 23, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock ignited a firestorm with a response to a question about rape late in Tuesday night's debate with Democratic challenger Rep. Joe Donnelly.
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New spending pushes Indiana Senate air war above $20M

October 17, 2012
Associated Press
Spending in Indiana's tight U.S. Senate race topped $20 million this week, with new spending from the conservative Club for Growth, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's super PAC, and national Democrats and Republicans.
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Club for Growth spends $600,000 on anti-Donnelly ad

October 17, 2012
Associated Press
A club spokesman said the TV ad will show the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate is "just another liberal" who supported Washington spending.
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Donnelly, Mourdock needle each other on weaknesses

October 15, 2012
Associated Press
Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly faced off Monday for the first time in a debate that saw them repeating many of the hard-edged charges that have marked their contentious campaign to be Indiana's next U.S. senator, but they landed few blows.
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GOP dominates latest money race for Senate, governor

October 15, 2012
Associated Press
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence reported raising $2.9 million to Democrat John Gregg's $1 million, and Senate candidate Richard Mourdock raised $3 million to Democrat Joe Donnelly's $1.5 million. The amounts account for money raised in July, August and September.
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Dems, GOP launch on-air ad spree for Senate seat

October 1, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has quickly become a major battleground in the race for control of the U.S. Senate, with national Republicans and Democrats forking over more cash this week to tea party favorite Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly.
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Dems increase spending in tight Indiana Senate battle

September 24, 2012
Associated Press
Democrats eyeing a rare opportunity to pick up a U.S. Senate in a traditionally red state are buying television time in Indiana for the second consecutive week as they fight to maintain control of the chamber.
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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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GOP support building behind Mourdock

September 17, 2012
Associated Press
On Monday at an Indianapolis fundraiser, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan exhorted Republicans to "please, please, send us Richard Mourdock!" Other prominent party members are lining up behind Mourdock, too.
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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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