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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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Ballard postpones India trip

February 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Trade mission will be rescheduled following bomb blasts that killed 11 in sister city.
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Mourdock not ruling out another run for office

February 18, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he hasn't ruled out another run for political office — something he considered after his failed bid for U.S. Senate.
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Pence address set to expand on 1st-year priorities

January 21, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence might be shying from specifics ahead of his first State of the State address, but the details of a first-year agenda that will focus on jobs training, expanded spending on private schools and an across-the-board tax cut are largely known at this point.
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Shape of 'jobs budget' depends on the state

January 20, 2013
Associated Press
The proposals of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley epitomize the reality of the Red State and Blue State philosophy of just what a 'jobs budget' looks like.
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Pence names human services chief, ag director

January 17, 2013
Associated Press
Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday named Debra Minott, an attorney with health care regulatory experience, to run the Indiana's human services agency while it implements the looming Medicaid expansion. Pence also named Gina Sheets to lead the Agriculture Department.
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House speaker seeks jobs panel, preschool funding

January 16, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma plans to spearhead efforts to create a new statewide jobs council and give families scholarships so children can attend preschool as part of an agenda focused on fighting Indiana's stubborn unemployment rate by closing the state's "skills gap."
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Pence sworn in as Indiana's 50th governor

January 14, 2013
Associated Press
Mike Pence, the former six-term Republican congressman from Columbus, used his inaugural address from a Statehouse balcony in front of a crowd of supporters and state officials to call upon all residents to help better the state.
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Pence orders Indiana family impact statements

January 14, 2013
Associated Press
New Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is telling several state agencies they must consider the impact any new regulations would have on families. That's among 15 executive orders that Pence signed in the governor's office Monday, a few hours after his inauguration.
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Democrats alter City-County Council posts, GOP member steps downRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
John Barth replaces Brian Mahern, a fierce opponent of some of Mayor Ballard's policies, as council vice president.
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Pence inaugural events to draw thousands of people

January 10, 2013
Associated Press
Thousands of people are expected during two days of public events leading up to the inauguration of Republican Mike Pence as Indiana's 50th governor.
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Fishers Town Council elects new leadership

January 8, 2013
The seven-member council chose John Weingardt as president and Pete Peterson as vice president. Weingardt replaces Scott Faultless, who had been president since 2001.
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Pence inaugural ball sold outRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The black tie dinner and dance will be at the JW Marriott's Grand Ballroom.
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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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2012 NEWSMAKER: Council Dem Mahern plays role of antagonist

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
City-County Council Vice President Brian Mahern emerged as the chief foe of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s redevelopment agenda.
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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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Pence's inner circle includes old, new hands

December 16, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence's staff says he likes to chew over an issue extensively before presenting it to the public, and wants to hear from multiple sides before making up his mind.
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Pence keeps transportation, National Guard chiefs

December 13, 2012
Associated Press
Pence announced that Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger would continue as the head of Indiana's National Guard and Michael Cline would continue serving as state transportation commissioner.
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Pence travels Indiana to thank supporters, voters

December 6, 2012
Associated Press
Gov.-elect Mike Pence pledged to work with both parties to improve Indiana's economy but sidestepped potential political minefields as he hit the road Thursday for a two-day trip to thank supporters who helped him win the governor's office.
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Longtime Pence aide to serve as chief of staff

December 4, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence's top congressional aide is moving to the governor's office to serve as his chief of staff.
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Pence taps former lawmaker Espich as top lobbyist

November 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has tapped Jeff Espich, a retired lawmaker with four decades of legislative experience, to guide his agenda through the Statehouse.
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Pence appoints veteran Indiana aide chief counsel

November 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence announced Wednesday that Mark Ahearn would serve as his general counsel. Ahearn comes from the Indiana Department of Transportation and previously worked for Pence and former Sen. Dan Quayle in Congress.
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Lawmaker seeks funding to tackle abandoned housingRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
State Rep. Ed Clere plans to introduce a bill that would give municipalities explicit powers to create land banks, which can sell surplus property for redevelopment. He also wants to include a revenue source to support land-bank operations and eliminate tax-foreclosure sales as a form of investor speculation.
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Ritz turns to D.C. in quest for cloutRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
J.K. Wall
Politically boxed in at home, newly elected state schools chief Glenda Ritz is looking to Washington for some wiggle room to make changes to Indiana’s education rules.
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Pence solidifies opposition to state exchange

November 15, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence closed the door on a state-run health insurance exchange Thursday, arguing that the estimated $50 million cost of the state program was not worth the limited autonomy granted in return.
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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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