Friday, July 23, 2010

The Friday Hodge Podge: Lugar Takes Heat, Stays in Kitchen; Locke Calls Out Berry; Ballard Misses Point of Smoking Ban; Scott Silent on Satellites

Lugar to Support Kagan
The old saying goes, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Well, Richard Lugar, the longest-serving Republican U.S. Senator currently seated in office, can clearly take the heat. State Senator Mike Delph sounded more like a potential 2012 primary challenger this week when, according to the Star, he used his Facebook page to criticize Lugar’s statesman-like support of Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination. I doubt Lugar will raise a bushy eyebrow at the young whipper snapper’s challenge. It’s not his first time at the rodeo here.

Lugar understands how the Senate works. It’s a long-standing tradition (until recently) that the President usually gets to nominate who he wants for Supreme Court service. Elections have consequences. It’s why Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed 96-3 in the Senate in 1993. Of course, the days have changed.

Look for Delph or someone of his ilk to challenge Lugar in the 2012 Primary if he runs.

Auditor’s Race Heats Up
As reported on several other blogs, Sam Locke called out Tim Berry on some quizzicalities (did I just coin a word…I’m pulling a Palin!) on his campaign finance report. From the Locke campaign:

Auditor of State Tim Berry’s recent campaign finance report reveals much about his campaign. Despite listing dozens of campaign stops on his campaign website and Facebook page, he lists no travel expenses on his quarterly financial report.

This exclusion means that Auditor of State Tim Berry has either (1) filed an incorrect financial statement with the Secretary of State or (2) used resources available to him as a public official (car, mileage reimbursement, etc.) to make campaign stops.

Our campaign immediately calls upon Auditor Berry to either file an amended financial report with the Secretary of State or to reimburse Hoosier taxpayers for the public resources used for campaign appearances.

I bet Tim Berry never thought he might have to actually raise a finger to keep his career in state government. As you might remember, Berry took office in 1999 as the Treasurer of State. He served two terms there before moving over to the Auditor’s Office in 2007.

Here’s to hoping he moves back to a nice, private sector office when Sam Locke takes office in January 2011.

Ballard Flip Flops His Flip Flop While Flip Flopping on Smoking Ban
Depending on the media outlet, Greg Ballard is either amenable to a compromise in the proposed total smoking ban OR he likes the current city ordinance and wants to help people stop smoking to begin with.

Wait…if we pass a comprehensive air ordinance in this city, might that not help people stop smoking?

Personally, I’d just like to be able to go to a bar, have a nice Diet Coke, and not come home smelling like I rolled around in an ashtray while not being able to breathe the next day.

No Word from Scott
There’s another Scott running on the Republican ticket in 2010 other than Marvin Scott. Jana Scott is running for Marion County Clerk against incumbent Democrat Beth White.

Given the Republican Party’s apparent stance against satellite voting, I decided to send Ms. Scott a query through her website on the issue. So far, I have yet to receive a response.

Absent that response, you have to assume (and, yes I know what assuming does) that she must agree with Republicans on the blockage of satellite sites to cast your vote on Election Day. Yay for voter suppression (sarcasm intended)!

Well, that’s it for the hodge podge! Enjoy your weekend.

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