Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Hodge Podge: May Returns to Sender; Satellite Voting Drumbeat Moves On; Ellsworth Says No to Lobbying, CCC DIstrict Update


May Returns to City Payroll
After resigning in December to run full time as a candidate for the 7th District Congressional seat, Carlos May has returned to Mayor Ballard's Administration as the Director of Latino Affairs. It's a good position for a good man. Carlos is a friend of mine, and I'm happy to see him back in public service.

That said, blogs like Indiana's Conservative Hardball raise the point that May has made no bones about his desire to seek elective office. Will this just be another temporary job until the next election season? Republicans are in need of two more candidates for At-Large City-County Council, and that's just 2011. Will Carlos pass on that opportunity for other things? I guess time will tell.

Election Board Meets August 17
The fight to get satellite voting back on the books for the 2010 General Election opens its next chapter on August 17. The Election Board has its monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. that day in Room 260 at the City-County Building. Supporters of satellite voting are asked to attend.

In the meantime, feel free to call the Marion County Republican Party and tell them what you think of their opposition to satellite voting. The number is (317) 635-8881. While you're at it, call Mayor Ballard, too. No one knows where he stands on the issue. His number is (317) 327-3601.

Use the links in the right sidebar to read up on satellite voting and sign the petition to show your support.

Also, I'm still waiting on a reply from GOP candidate for clerk, Jana Scott. She has yet to respond to my query through her website.

Ellsworth Takes Stand on Lobbying
Brad Ellsworth fired another shot across Dan Coats' bow this week by announcing a plan to impose a lifetime ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists after they are defeated or retire from the government. Find more about Ellsworth's plan here.

Coats, of course, has spent much of his post-Senate time as a high-powered Washington lobbyist.

CCC Districts Getting Candidates
Educator Blake Johnson formed an exploratory committee for a run at City-County Council, District 15, a few months ago. He is now raising money and scheduling fundraisers for a potential run. This seat is currently held by Democrat Doris Minton-McNeil. Minton-McNeil has yet to announce if she will seek re-election, so there is not yet TECHNICALLY a primary challenge in the works for a sitting Councillor.

Kostas Poulakidas has filed to run for Council, but he is in District 4. That seat is currently held by Republican Christine Scales.

If you know of other people that have filed for district races, please let me know.

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