SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST!
As I have stated previously, Phil Hinkle is a good friend of mine and my family, but this latest action...well, I just don't understand. In the middle of an election year, Phil Hinkle is almost blatantly trying to help Republicans retain control of the City-County Council in Indianapolis.
According to Paul Ogden and WIBC, Hinkle has filed an amendment to a bill that would ELIMINATE the four at-large City-County Council position as early as 2011. That's right, you could see the end of the line for the four positions.
Hinkle is a former City-County Councillor, so he knows how important those seats are to swinging the control of the Council. It's hard not to see this move by the Republican Representative as anything but a political move in an election year.
Where's the fire here? November 2011 is the fire. Hinkle and the Marion County GOP know very well that all or at least some of those four seats are poised to turn back to blue. In a year where some of the district Councillors are facing tough fights just to stay in office, you could see a majority swing to the Democrats in 2011 based upon these At-Large seats. Absentee ballots are already being mailed back in, right now, so what's the legality of this right now trying to dump the At-Larges? Perhaps Mr. Hinkle will respond to this post. I know he reads the blog.
If we want to have this discussion, then let's have the discussion in 2012. Right now, leave the Council alone. Withdrawing the amendment is the only way to make this look like anything but a political swipe. It's also completely unfair to those people running hard for these office right now. The candidates in all three parties deserve better than an 11th-hour Amendment.
Abdul reports on Facebook that he interviewed Hinkle this morning. The measure would not kick in until 2015.