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MAURER: Turning Hoosiers into leadersRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Tobias Center's Hoosier Fellows experiential leadership program offers unmatched opportunities.
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FEIGENBAUM: Budget concerns push big ideas into next yearRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Ed Feigenbaum
Amazing how deadlines—particularly pushing them forward—can ensure compromise in the General Assembly’s conference committee process.
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LOPRESTI: Wichita State can join perfect Hoosiers, not beat themRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Championship team members, now grandfathers, don't mind welcoming new unbeatens to their club.
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DINING: Rockstone rolls into Fishers

March 15, 2014
Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub is yet another new northside pizza place. Is it worth a visit?
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Hicks: Local government should track job growth, tooRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Mike Hicks
Before we get down to evaluating economic development incentives, we ought to understand just what it means to “create a job” and how we can honestly evaluate tax incentive policies.
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Kim: Investors must play to win to reach long-term goalsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Mickey Kim
Whether an athletic contest or the “game” of investing, many factors determining whether we win or lose are beyond our control. However, we can control how we approach the game and respond as events unfold, which can be just as important.
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SHELLA: Alternatives to Statehouse press corps fall shortRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Jim Shella / Special to IBJ
An old friend was in the Statehouse the other day for the first time in a long time. He’s a guy who worked in the media, then in state government, and now in public relations. He knows his way around the building.
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Think twice before deregulating utilitiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
For decades, our state has enjoyed low, stable electricity prices due in large measure to using Indiana’s abundant natural resource—coal. However, federal environmental mandates have eroded that advantage as our electric utilities have had to make expensive investments to comply with stricter rules.
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BOHANON: Hooray for Indiana’s do-nothing Legislature!Restricted Content

March 15, 2014
Cecil Bohanon / Special to IBJ
I have always thought legislators should be obliged to take the equivalent of the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm. Most of the major and minor evils of history have been a byproduct of overambitious political leaders intent on “doing something.”
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ODLE: Liberty, freedom should be legislative prioritiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Samuel L. Odle / Special to IBJ
It’s hard to ignore the amount of energy we have put on a constitutional amendment to define marriage.
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FRANCISCO: The answer to the question is yes, to both extremes

March 15, 2014
Karen Francisco / Special to IBJ
“The editorial was typical of The Journal Gazette’s ultra-liberal, atheistic, secular, humanistic rhetoric,” a letter-writer complains. “You need to quit channeling Fox News,” writes another.
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JONES: Hoosiers still processing change with wary eye

March 15, 2014
Max Jones / Special to IBJ
A casual glimpse of recent developments in Indiana politics might suggest Hoosiers are in the throes of an identity crisis. As a traditional dead-red state, Indiana produced few surprises. Republicans, for the most part, rule the roost, even with the occasional presence of Democratic governors or slight majority of Dems in the state’s House of Representatives.
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SOUDER: Moral issues are dead in Indiana politics—for nowRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Mark Souder / Special to IBJ
This debate is not new. A famous president of Purdue University once said that whoever raised the abortion debate was the loser. Political debate over issues such as gay marriage, abortion, marijuana, prayer in schools, hiring rights of religious organizations, and posting of the Ten Commandments has long been a part of the American political process.
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TAFT: Indianapolis vacant housing at critical crossroadsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Bill Taft / Special to IBJ
Neighborhood and local government leaders in Indianapolis increasingly face a dilemma: Let tax-foreclosed houses sit vacant or enable their acquisition by large, scattered-site rental investors.
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SPALDING: Take the transit money while the fed's hand is openRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Every time I see an IndyGo story, I brace myself for the good, the bad and the oh-so ugly.
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WESTERHAUS-RENFROW: Crime undermines Indy’s many advancementsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow / Special to IBJ
In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Ballard expanded on a familiar theme of making Indianapolis a more livable city, one that can build on its unique amenities to attract middle- and upper-income residents back into Marion County and even the old city limits.
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BOEHM: Airport is shortsighted location for justice centerRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Ted Boehm / Special to IBJ
Like almost everyone familiar with the Marion County courts, I applaud Mayor Ballard’s proposal to address the long-recognized need for a judicial center. The proposal would leave the civil courts in the City-County Building but consolidate the criminal courts and their associated agencies in one complex.
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PARR: Taxes, budget surpluses and dueling ideologiesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Riley Parr / Special to IBJ
For some time now, there has been a concerted effort—primarily by Republicans—to tackle tax reform. Essentially, the plan is to lower rates for all Americans and close loopholes, doing so in a revenue-neutral manner.
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LANOSGA: Run government like a business? Which business?Restricted Content

March 15, 2014
Gerry Lanosga / Special to IBJ
Which is better: business or government? Before you answer, consider two cases.
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MASSON: New slogan destined for 'Wander Indiana' infamyRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Doug Masson / Special to IBJ
The Indiana Office of Tourism Development has announced that “Honest to Goodness Indiana” is the new slogan with which it will attempt to promote the state to tourists. IBJ reported that slogan was the product of a panel of 30 individuals within the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, government leaders, and representatives from both the public and private sectors as well as a development process including input from nearly 8,000 consumers.
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MADISON: Hoosiers, the American Dream, and 'jest a bein' rich'Restricted Content

March 15, 2014
James H. Madison / Special to IBJ
Indiana was for a century and a half the heartland of the American Dream. Pioneers bought land cheaply, built log cabins, grew corn, and soon acquired iron stoves and store-bought clothing.
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KETZENBERGER: It isn't about the destination; it's about the questRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
John Ketzenberger / Special to IBJ
When I was a kid with a tank full of cheap gas and nothing but time on my hands, I’d drive all over the countryside trying to get lost.
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GARRISON: Planned Parenthood's latest subsidized exploitRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Greg Garrison / Special to IBJ
So I am preparing for the show one recent morning when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a story at Breitbart.com about a new PR campaign being launched by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The subject? Bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism for “active teens.”
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RASMUSSEN: Politics now minus-sum game where everyone losesRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Scott Rasmussen / Special to IBJ
“A simple recipe for violence: promise a lot, deliver a little. Lead people to believe they will be much better off, but let there be no dramatic improvement.” The brilliant political scientist Aaron Wildavsky wrote these words in 1968 while America was engulfed in race riots and anti-war protests. Sadly, his words from long ago eerily describe the politics of 21st-century America.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dance Kaleidoscope explores undiscovered country (& western)

March 15, 2014
Lou Harry
Even saddled with distracting costumes, DK shines in country show. Highlights include choreographer Cynthia Pratt's "If I Needed You."
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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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