Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Hodge Podge: Mitch's Oops; Swearing-in Details; Delph's Incredible Adventure;

Mitch's OOPS
Governor Mitch Daniels
About two weeks before Greg Ballard was reelected Mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels stood on a podium with Ballard and Litebox founder Bob Yanagihara and called the businessman "a visionary."  That assessment has been thrown into doubt in recent weeks as details have emerged about the Litebox founder's business dealings in other states.

Today, Governor Mitch Daniels admitted that he jumped too soon.  WRTV reports that the Governor said he has put the endorsement of the Litebox deal on his "list of mistakes" he keeps in his office.

This cannot be good news for Ballard and Develop Indy that continue to try to put lipstick on this pig of a deal and try to make it look like something that might actually get off the ground.  Point of fact, it might.  But still, it just seems incredibly unlikely.

Swearing-in Details
Mayor Greg Ballard
Mayor Greg Ballard will be sworn-in on Sunday.  The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial.  The Republican City-County Council Caucus will apparently also be sworn in at that time.

The Republicans turned down a request from the majority Democratic Caucus to have a joint swearing-in on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the IndyFringe Theatre.  Dems say they asked the Republicans before their event was scheduled.  Regardless, on Sunday, the new Council and the Mayor's second term will begin.

The Star reports that Ballard will not give many specifics to his second term in his inaugural speech.  Why would we expect them now?  I honestly still don't think the guy has a plan.  Happy New Year, Mr. Mayor.

Incidentally, Democratic Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup will be sworn in on Sunday as well at 1:30 p.m. in the City of Lawrence Government Center.  Jessup knocked off Paul Ricketts.  Dennis Buckley will be sworn in as Mayor of Beech Grove.  At press time, I do not have those arrangements.

Delph's Journey
State Senator
Mike Delph
While his fellow legislators get ready for the 2012 short session of the Indiana General Assembly, Mike Delph will be trying to get Rick Santorum through the Iowa Presidential Caucus.

The caucus, which, by the way reportedly will not require photo identification for participation, takes place on Tuesday, January 3.  Delph says he will be back in town for the legislative session on January 4.

Delph is a lightning rod in Indiana with conservatives adoring him and liberals not adoring put it nicely.  I think Delph is a nice guy, but I think his politics are completely crazy.  He probably thinks the same thing about me, I guess.

This is my last post for the calendar year of 2011.  See you next year!

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