Friday, December 9, 2011
A Snowy Friday Hodge Podge: $300 Million Surplus; Super Bowl Headaches; Sister Won't Back Newt
News came this week that the state had $300 million more than it
thought it had. Just in time for a reelection year! Coincidence?
Regardless, I have been discussing with some of my friends some of the
things that the state could do with that money that’s better than just
returning it to taxpayers. The two that keep coming to the top
include more money for public schools and more money for the victims
of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse. Those two make a heck of a
lot more sense than just sending a rebate check to Hoosiers.
Super Bowl Headaches
JMV, 1070 The Fan’s afternoon drive time host, was wondering what
Indy is going to be like during the Super Bowl for the working folks and people that live downtown that have to move around during the two weeks of hype and
pageantry that is the big game. No question, it’s going to be a
It’s also a headache in other ways, too. A friend of mine informed me
that a group he’s involved with had booked a charter bus during Super
Bowl week to attend a long distance function. The bus company just
informed them that the reservation will be canceled now due to demand
for charter buses in the city.
Besides all of this, the city is essentially turning into one big
billboard for the NFL with several downtown buildings going undercover
as advertising space. Also, there will be a number of the normal
parking lots that are being rented out to the NFL as well for space.
Bottom line, if you don’t have a ticket to the game and you don’t want
to be a part of the festivities, you’re going to have headaches,
Newt Won’t Have Sister’s Support in 2012
If Republican Newt Gingrich wins the nomination and is the GOP’s
standard-bearer in the run for the White House, his own half-sister
will be supporting his opponent, President Barack Obama.
Candace Gingrich-Jones is a LGBT rights activist that first made
headlines when Gingrich was still Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.
Gingrich-Jones told Reuters that she would be supporting
President Barack Obama in 2012 even if her half-brother wins the
Gingrich-Jones said that her brother did not even attend her wedding.