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An ode to utility workers

July 13, 2010
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They're some of the most stable people in the state, a new study shows.
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Sue Shields' faves for state supreme court

July 8, 2010
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Legendary former judge would prefer that three women—and a man—go to Daniels for a final choice.
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Is alternative energy sustainable in Indiana?

July 7, 2010
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An economic development observer questions what will happen after the feds turn off the tap.
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ArcelorMittal throws down gauntlet on gun law

July 1, 2010
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Steelmaker’s decision to forbid guns at work despite Indiana’s new statute will likely spark a lawsuit.
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Was Daniels right about the Court of Appeals?

June 30, 2010
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The state Supreme Court rammed an appeals court decision on Indiana’s voter ID bill down its throat. Was the appellate decision “judicial arrogance?”
 
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Study calls for restricting development in Indy area

June 29, 2010
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Prime farmland is disappearing fast, Indiana University researcher warns.
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Comings and goings in the Indy area

June 22, 2010
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A clever interactive map shows where locals are moving to and where the new locals hail from.
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Indy job recovery still underway

June 18, 2010
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Mixed unemployment report has some positive nuggets.
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Pining for Amoco

June 17, 2010
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Maybe BP (Big Problems?) could have avoided one of its woes by leaving a household name alone.
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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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A peer remembers Will Koch

June 14, 2010
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An admiring amusement park operator says nobody managed better than the late CEO of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari.
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Bloomington chamber steps into Arizona boycott debate

June 11, 2010
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The real hurt is being felt right in Bloomington, the biz group complains.
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Recession poster child bouncing back

June 9, 2010
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The Elkhart area—used as a backdrop three times by Barack Obama to talk up his economic policies—is making a comeback.
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People are quitting jobs; that's a good thing

June 9, 2010
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An improved economy is giving workers confidence to jump.
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Nipping estate feuds in the bud

June 7, 2010
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A lawyer says too many parents withhold information about estate from heirs and unwittingly set up the heirs for a battle.
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Merit pay fireworks in the next General Assembly?

June 4, 2010
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A Republican takeover might spark a run at teacher merit pay and even right-to-work legislation.
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Bloomington piles into Arizona boycott

June 3, 2010
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City officials in Bloomington have decided to stop buying goods and services from companies based in Arizona. Neither will the city send its officials to Arizona for conferences.
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Downstream problems with professionals

June 2, 2010
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Should engineers be required to spend time in repair shops, and architects with the lunch bucket crowd?
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Time to bring I-69 downtown?

May 28, 2010
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Dusting off the original plans to extend the highway from I-465 to downtown would ease congestion. But, oh, the downsides.
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One thing that's going right in Indiana

May 27, 2010
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In a state where education, incomes and health suffer, there’s more water than anyone knows what do to with.
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Shaking up the Indy 500

May 26, 2010
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Looser restrictions, and the potential for more innovation, could bring back some of the old luster.
 
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The perils of measuring 'success'

May 10, 2010
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A philanthropy expert thinks donors could unwittingly undermine their dollars and time by insisting on too much documentation.
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Travails continue at for-profit colleges

May 7, 2010
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ITT Educational is getting whipsawed with unflattering news on the industry.
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Some law firms are mouthfuls

May 6, 2010
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Indianapolis still has some doozies in an era when the savviest firms are trimming to the optimal two names.
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Regulators ripped in Irwin Financial postmortem

May 5, 2010
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The Chicago Fed missed several chances to rein in explosive growth before the prominent bank failed. But the deeper question is, what was Will Miller thinking?
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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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