Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Up to No Good

Looks like Carl Drummer is up to his old tricks again:

Small claims judge sues Center Twp trustee

lawsuit filed against Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer by the township's small claims judge accuses him of meddling in the court's hiring and budgeting.

Judge Paula E. Lapossa filed the suit Monday in Marion Superior Court. It argues the Indiana Constitution allows the court to hire and supervise its employees, determine the court's expenses and provide adequate space.But the lawsuit says Drummer, the longtime trustee, hasn't provided sufficient office space, equipment or supplies. He also has interfered in hiring court staff and won't pay fees owed this year to a pro-tem judge and an interpreter, the lawsuit says; the pro-tem judge, whose name is not provided, sits in for Lapossa during some sessions and is owed $2,200.The Center Township Board approves the court's budget, but the lawsuit says Drummer has not consulted the court before presenting its budget.Lapossa's suit requests a court order barring Drummer from interfering in those areas and an order to pay the fees.

The state of Indiana also is listed as a plaintiff, and the township board is listed as a defendant.Attempts to reach Drummer today have not been successful.The case has been assigned to Judge Gary L. Miller, but not hearing date is set.

Friday, December 15, 2006

City Council Gets Smarter

In today's Indy Star we learn that Greg Bowes was replaced on the CCC by Cherrish Pryor last night. Pryor was selected in a special caucus last night.

Pryor has been working in the City-County Council administrative office as legislative and public affairs director since 2004. Bowes you will remember has no clue about anything and thought the prosecutor was filing too many charges against criminals.

Good bye to Bowes who is off to mess up your property tax assessments! Bowes was recently elected as the new Marion County Assessor with zero assessing experience.

He also was one of the voting members of the CCC when they voted to give County officer holders a raise. Nice work Bowes, giving yourself a raise. YOU DESERVE IT!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pick My Daughter . . .OR ELSE!

It what was little surprise, Billie Breaux's daughter, Jean was selected as Billie's replacement in her Senate seat. Jean beat CCC Ron "I hit Police Officers" Gibson in a romp.

Indiana State Senator Billie Breaux won’t be in the Indiana Senate next year. She resigned after she was elected to be Marion County auditor. However, there will still be a Senator Breaux when the legislature goes back into session next month.

On a 55-25 vote, the Marion County Democratic caucus chose Breaux’s daughter, Jean Breaux, to fill out her mother’s terms of office. She defeated City County Councilman Ron Gibson for the job.

Jean Breaux says her opponent fought a tough campaign. “I think he ran a spirited campaign, and I have to applaud him for what he accomplished in the period of time he had to work with,” she says.

Gibson admits that recent legal troubles may have played a part in his defeat. He’s facing charges following a fight during last summer’s Indiana Black Expo. Breaux says she’s looking forward to her new position, but admits will be difficult since Democrats are still in the minority in the Senate.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Back from Vacation

We are back and ready to see how the Democrats are doing. Beth White seems to think stealing ideas is a good thing to do. She is proposing decreasing the number of voting precincts in Marion County. A good idea that was proposed by Sadler two years ago and squashed by the Mayor's office.

Now that White has to run elections, she is all about lowering the number of places she can mess up.

White is already about a month behind in preparing for the May primary. My prediction now is that White will mess up the primary election numerous times. If we are even able to have a primary election it will be a miracle.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day is Here

Remember to vote today. Here is the link to locate your polling site.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Marion County Dems Breaking Laws?

Pike Township folks received a little campaign literature the other day. A pink flyer and a Melina Kennedy palm card. Nothing too fancy. The flyer advertises the Marion County D's attempts to get their vote out. The flyer talks about the Mayor, and all of the county wide candidates riding a bus to different places. They are using the Pike Township Government center as the meeting place Saturday morning.

The wonderful thing about this meeting at a government building is that the flyer advertising it does not have a disclaimer on it anywhere. Be nice to see someone look into that!

If the Mayor, Sheriff, and candidate for Prosecutor can't follow a simple election law, then maybe they should not participate.

Abdul Does It Again

I want to take my hat off to the hardest working member of the media in town. Abdul never takes a story or press conference at its face. He is always willing and able to look into things closer to get a full understanding. Additionally, I think that he may be smarter than about every Democratic member of the City-County Council.

Monday, the Democrats on the CCC tried to find a way to hit Brizzi a week before the election. Below, you will find Abdul's investigation into what happened and why.

Council Wars; Chapter 1.5 (The Rest of the Story)

There's some new information coming to light today on the Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats' move to see whether they can sanction Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi over what they allege were misleading statements regarding the early release of James Stewart, one of the defendants of the Hamilton Avenue murders.

I confirmed through several sources today that prior to Monday night's Council meeting, Democrats circulated copies of Democratic blog Taking Down Word’s posting that accused Brizzi of grandstanding on the issue. The post had been up for several days but failed to gain traction in the traditional media. Council Democrats and Brizzi had been at odds all summer long over the jail overcrowding issue.

In addition, Councilmember Ron Gibson was purported to make several disparaging remarks regarding Brizzi during the caucus and was extremely gleeful at the prospect of sanctioning Brizzi. Brizzi appointed a special prosecutor this summer to look into whether Gibson should have been indicted over a confrontation he had with a Marion County Sheriff's Deputy at Indiana Black Expo outside a local nightclub. Gibson was charged with several misdemeanor offenses, including battery and public intoxication.

To further add to the story, Brizzi is also looking into whether any laws were broken regarding 300 East, the bar/restaurant located in the Carson Center on Fall Creek. The wife of Council President Monroe Gray is one of the investors in the bar. And at Monday night's meeting, Gray signed off on Council Attorney Aaron Haith looking into whether Brizzi could be sanctioned.
In addition to the Brizzi issue, Democrats also ordered Haith to investigate whether they could sanction the Township Assessors for not providing them with assessments necessary to complete the budget this year. There may be some problems here. According the Indiana Department of Local Government and Finance, the Marion County Assessors are not alone. Close to half of the assessors in Indiana do not have the assessment in to their county boards and councils.

DGLF officials say the Council did not need the assessors' information to complete the budget. Instead, they say officials could have maximized the county's assessment to get the necessary tax rates and then later come back and lower their estimates once they had the actual figures. A position maintained by Lawrence Township Assessor Paul Rickets.

However, overarching in this debate is whether the Council has any authority to sanction Brizzi or any other official. A check into the Indiana Attorney General's Office revealed no legal opinions since 2001 that stated local government bodies could sanction other co-equal branches of local government.

I was able to find all this out in a couple hours. If it was this simple for me, people who specialize in local government should know this as well. What is more disturbing in all this is that it appears partisan politics (poorly done in my humble opinion) has reared its head one week before an election. At the very least Democrats should have checked to see if they had the authority to sanction other officials before announcing an investigation. Secondly, both Monroe Gray and Ron Gibson should recuse themselves from any matter involving the Prosecutor's office as they both have connections involving the prosecutor and alleged criminal conduct in Gibson's case and possible criminal activity in the case of 300 East. At least that way, things wouldn't look so blatant.

What likely happened is that some individuals in the caucus were so excited about getting Brizzi is they forgot someone would follow up on all this. Maybe they should consult me next time.

Monday, October 30, 2006

A Candidate Calls Tully to Task

From yesterday's Indy Star, Clerk candidate Donna Edgar takes issue with Tully and his article from a few weeks ago. It is nice to see a candidate fight back.

Crime and the Clerk

I am writing in response to Matthew Tully's Oct. 13 column ("Candidate has odd take on duties the job entails'') in which he takes issue with my campaign's focus on public safety and declares, "Edgar doesn't know what job she's seeking." I want to assure Tully that I am very clear on the office I seek and the role it plays to keep our citizens safe.

This year we have seen more murders than in all of 2005. This is a clear symptom of the problems we face including everything from overworked and underappreciated police to jail overcrowding. Faced with this crisis, I believe that every elected official and candidate should be focused on finding ways to make the citizens of Marion County safer.

The County Clerk's office has a clear role to play in this pursuit. For example, let's look at the early release of prisoners from our jails. It is undisputed that the length of time that an inmate stays in custody awaits trial is a major cause of overcrowding and ultimately the early release of dangerous criminals onto our streets.

It might surprise Tully to learn that judges cannot conduct hearings without the necessary file from the clerk's office. The sheriff cannot move an inmate unless the clerk has transmitted an order from the judge with instructions for the inmate's incarceration. Even the prosecutor cannot file the most serious habitual offender charges without the evidence of prior convictions from the clerk. If these tasks are not handled quickly and efficiently, our jail population will quickly grow to the point where criminals are released into our neighborhoods.

If you still have questions about the role of the clerk in public safety, then talk to the men and women who know the most about public safety. The Fraternal Order of Police has chosen to endorse me for Marion County clerk, emphasizing in a letter to me that "We hope that you are elected so that the problems facing our public safety and criminal justice systems will receive the proper attention they deserve." I pledge to do just that. Our citizens and the brave officers who put their lives on the line every day deserve nothing less.

With all due respect to Tully, I believe that the question voters will ask is why my opponent is not addressing public safety when we are facing a crisis of crime.

Too often, public officials focus on public safety only in times of crises. However, I promise you, that I will make public safety a top priority every day.

Donna Edgar
Candidate, Marion County clerk