While you weren't looking, Mayor Greg Ballard just became Emperor Greg I.
Ballard has now become officially power drunk. Below is a video from the Marion County Democratic Party. Make sure you share it far and wide.
Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, and everyone in between, your elected Mayor did not trust you enough to vote on the kind of government you want. His minions didn't trust you with a referendum, and they certainly didn't trust your judgement when you elected a Democratic-majority City-County Council.
Instead of working at the ballot box to win elections in 2015, he worked with a friendly legislator in 2013 to get control of the budget from the Council and wrestle away more seats on the Metropolitan Development Commission from the D's. The Republican-dominated House agreed, and Senate Bill 621 is reality and heading to conference committee.
While we may never get back what we have lost, at least you can tell your Mayor how you feel now that he's becoming your Emperor. (317) 327-3601 is his number. Be nice to his secretary. It's not her fault, but let the Mayor know exactly how you feel about the legislation he worked on with Senator Mike Young.
This cannot go unchallenged.