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MORRIS: Creativity puts United Way over the top

April 7, 2012
Greg Morris
So, what would make Community Health Network’s president and CEO, Bryan Mills, star in a video dressed as a caveman? It could only be United Way’s “Give Gleefully” YouTube video competition.
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MAURER: Cancer fighter Endocyte shows promiseRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Mickey Maurer
It is evident that the Endocyte crew feels confident.
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MORRIS: Second Amendment rights under attack

March 24, 2012
Greg Morris
I’m worried that, if given a second term, our sitting president will launch a full-scale attack on our Second Amendment rights.
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MAURER: It's all Greek to me ... and now youRestricted Content

March 17, 2012
Mickey Maurer
The New York Times' loss is your gain. Enjoy this crossword puzzle.
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MORRIS: Approach of spring breeds optimism

March 10, 2012
Greg Morris
Attitude makes a big difference with staff productivity at work. Happy troops are productive troops.
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MAURER: Politics prevail over wisdomRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Mickey Maurer
There is absolutely no evidence to support the theory of creationism. Creationism seeks a supernatural explanation and must be taken on blind faith. It is not science.
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RACE: All top cities have urban design plans

March 3, 2012
Bruce Race / Special to IBJ
Regardless of their size and regional settings, there is a common theme among cities making the “best cities” lists: place-making is a priority.
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MORRIS: Shepard's legacy is open government

February 25, 2012
Greg Morris
I was pleased when the Hoosier State Press Association recently honored Shepard with a Frank O’Bannon Sunshine Award for his support of open government. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient.
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MAURER: 'Three score and ten' but not the endRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Mickey Maurer
This is the year we will hit that biblical wall. Psalm 90:10 had all of a sudden become relevant. It’s time to plan for the end game.
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MORRIS: Being in the Super Bowl moment

February 11, 2012
Greg Morris
Now that there’s time to take a breath, I want to share some personal experiences from Super Bowl-related activities the past few weeks.
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MAURER: Religion does not make the candidateRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Mickey Maurer
Kennedy believed in an America where the separation of church and state was absolute.
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MORRIS: I have fond memories of Super Bowl XLIRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Greg Morris
As Indianapolis welcomes the world for Super Bowl XLVI, I find myself thinking back to Feb. 4, 2007, when the Colts beat the Chicago Bears to win Super Bowl XLI.
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MAURER: Daniels could have rested on laurelsRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mickey Maurer
The governor did not need to take on right-to-work to leave a legacy of success.
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MORRIS: Daniels succeeds the right way

January 14, 2012
Greg Morris
As I watched Gov. Daniels’ final State of the State speech last week, I was reminded just how lucky we’ve been to have his leadership the past seven years.
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MAURER: 2011 marked by generosity, ignoranceRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Mickey Maurer
The Indiana Legislature unleashed the serpent of prejudice and hatred that may send Indiana reeling economically, socially and morally.
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MORRIS: What to expect from IBJ in 2012

December 31, 2011
Greg Morris
I’ve been reviewing IBJ’s offerings for 2012, and I’m excited to share some of them with you.
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MAURER: Have some year-end downtime? Exercise your brainRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Mickey Maurer
As is the custom for the last column of the year, I present to you a puzzle.
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MORRIS: From politics to hoops, my 2012 wish list

December 17, 2011
Greg Morris
As another year comes to a close, I’m going through my customary reflection of accomplishments for the past 12 months and prioritizing goals for the upcoming year.
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MAURER: McKinney name and gift enhance our livesRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Mickey Maurer
A top-tier law school in the city of Indianapolis not only will enhance an honorable profession, but also will provide a fine legal education—a sound foundation for any career.
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MORRIS: Discover great voices you might not have heard

December 3, 2011
Greg Morris
Have you taken in a performance by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir recently? If the answer is yes, you know why I’m enthused. If no, then I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read further. My goal is to encourage you to discover this gem of our arts community for yourself.
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MAURER: 'Mayor, read the smoke signals'

November 26, 2011
Mickey Maurer
One bar visit—one whiff of ammonia, benzene, arsenic, lead, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde—will send visitors home coughing and commenting about the Indy time warp.
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MORRIS: Feeling (mostly) thankful this year

November 19, 2011
Greg Morris
I’m feeling very thankful that I have the opportunity to work alongside such wonderful people. Many CEOs feel the same way.
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MAURER: Ideas worth testing when risk is nilRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Most economic development programs are crafted in such a way that no benefits are paid unless promises are kept.
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MORRIS: Are you paying attention to election season?

November 5, 2011
Greg Morris
The problem with the Indianapolis mayoral campaign and most others is, by the time the election gets here, after all the negative commercials and nasty exchanges, we are so disgusted with the whole process, we don’t care who wins.
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MAURER: A puzzle by and for Mensa membersRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Mickey Maurer
Match wits with Mensa by solving this crossword puzzle.
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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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