Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Hodge Podge: SB621 Passes, Tew on Ultrasound Bill; Joe The Plumber Back Again; Tharp for Chair

Young's Bill Advances
Senator Mike Young's power grab bill taking away power from the City-County Council and handing it to the Mayor of Indianapolis has passed the Indiana Senate.  It moves on to the House now.  There is a House version of the bill that is almost the same as Young's bill except that it does not include the provision chopping the four At-Large City-County Council seats.  As for the Senate bill, we'll see how the bill that even Greg Ballard didn't ask for does in the House.

Ultrasound Bill Causing Controversy
This is something that probably merits its own blog post at some point, but the Indiana Senate is considering a bill that would force a woman who has had a medication-induced first-trimester abortion to have ultrasounds before and after the abortion.  My friend Kip Tew put it best in this Tweet.

More likely to come on this one.

Joe The Plumber Back
Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber" announced, announced, and announced before announcing again that he is giving away a free AR-15 rifle.  Wurzelbacher is clearly trying to make a point that the AR-15 is not an assault rifle.  Whatever it is, it's a dangerous weapon that can fire six rounds a second.  You can win one from Wurzelbacher, though.  It's a nice publicity stunt for Wurzelbacher who hasn't really been in the news since he lost his race for Congress with just 23 percent of the vote.  Wurzelbacher sent out about 20 Tweets like this one on his giveaway begging for coverage.

There you go, Joe.  Your desperation is not becoming, though.

Tharp For Chair
David Tharp, political director for the Vop Osili and John Gregg campaigns, is running for Howard County Democratic Chair.  While this should not be seen as an endorsement of him, I want to wish him the best in his run.  I do believe he would make a great chair.

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