Indiana Week in Review

IWIR

August 22nd, 2014 at 11:45 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Lesley Weidenbener is in for Jon Schwantes and Jennifer Wagner is the Democrat on Indiana Week in Review this week.  The panel will discuss the following topics:

  • The ruling requiring Indiana to recognize gay marriages from other states
  • Mayor Ballard’s proposal for a commuter tax
  • An alternative to the Mounds Lake Reservoir
  • Loretta Rush takes over as Chief Justice
  • Greg Zoeller seeks protections for members of the military
  • Indianapolis ranks 14th in honesty

IWIR

August 8th, 2014 at 4:46 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Lesley Weidenbener is in for Jon Schwantes this week.  The Indiana Week in Review panel will discuss these topics:

  • The selection of Loretta Rush as Chief Justice
  • Joe Hogsett files an exploratory committee for mayor
  • Greg Ballard says he’s undecided on a bid for a third term
  • Todd Rokita’s comments on immigrant children and Ebola
  • The movement for a rail line from Chicago through Fort Wayne
  • The National Guard ends racing sponsorships

IWIR

August 1st, 2014 at 12:54 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

It hasn’t happened for a while but all of the regulars will be on Indiana Week in Review today.  Here are the topics:

  • Mike Pence’s immigration comments
  • Pence meets with HHS Secretary about HIP
  • Joe Donnelly says the Roubebush VA Hospital may have been undeservedly red flagged
  • Bad sheriffs
  • State Fair beer
  • The railroad scare involving two women in Bloomington

IWIR

July 25th, 2014 at 11:24 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Brandon Smith of Indiana Public Broadcasting is in for Jon Schwantes this week and Lesley Weidenbener is in for John Ketzenberger as the Indiana Week in Review panel looks back on the last week in July and these topics:

  • The ruling striking down the Right to Work law
  • The naming of 5 pilot counties for Pre-K vouchers and the reaction from Mayor Ballard
  • Jobs announcements and the unemployment rate
  • The Tony Dungy/Michael Sam controversy
  • A beehive at the Governor’s Residence
  • Brickyard 400 picks

IWIR

July 18th, 2014 at 10:10 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Dan Parker is the Democrat and Lesley Weidenbener is in for John Ketzenberger today as the Indiana Week in Review panel tackles these topics:

  • Joe Hogsett’s political future
  • The call for non-profit contributions to pay for police in Indy
  • The Indy Chamber’s call for a commuter tax
  • State budget cuts revealed in the same week as new surplus numbers
  • The battle over cold beer
  • The youngest deputy

IWIR

July 11th, 2014 at 2:02 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

All of the regulars are on the Indiana Week in Review panel today.  It may be awhile before that happens again as vacations commence.  Here are the topics:

  • The state won’t recognize gay marriages
  • Tony Bennett agrees to pay $5,000 fine
  • Murders of police officers spark new sentencing demands
  • Sen. Jim Banks going on active duty in the Navy
  • Democrat Michael Claytor accuses the governor of accounting tricks
  • Governor Pence previews a trade mission to the UK

 


IWIR

July 4th, 2014 at 12:54 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Indiana Week in Review is on at a special time on TV20 tonight due to 4th of July coverage.  You can see it at 7:30pm.  All of the regulars will be there discuss the following:

  • The governor’s decision on whether to recognize gay marriages
  • The charge that the Division of Child Services is a “deadbeat parent”
  • 2 members of Congress tour the Indianapolis VA hospital
  • Connie Lawson establishes new crowdfunding rules
  • World Cup fever in Indy

Attorney General defends his gay marriage stance

July 3rd, 2014 at 3:44 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Attorney General Greg Zoeller is defending his role in the gay marriage battle now underway in the federal courts.  He is making his feelings known in an opinion piece sent to Indiana newspapers.

Zoeller’s appeal of the ruling that struck down Indiana’s gay marriage ban and his request for a stay of that ruling are no surprise.  He previewed his actions in a March 18th news conference at the Statehouse.

“The current rule of law,” he said at the time, “supports the state’s authority to set the licensing for marriage and we’ll continue to defend that until the Supreme Court tells us differently.”

Now he’s the target of protests and petitions, “Urging the attorney general to stop wasting taxpayer money,” said gay activist Kyle Megrath last week.

And so Zoeller authored an op-ed piece in which he writes, “Not to have requested a stay would have been a dereliction of duty.”

On Indiana Week in Review it was pointed out that he could let the judge’s ruling stand.  “He is not duty bound,” said John Ketzenberger of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute. “I will object to that because he had a choice to make.”

“He chose to take the intolerant position,” said Democrat Ann DeLaney, “and he should be aware of that and he should own up to it.”

In the op-ed piece Zoeller wrote that “some view me as being on the ‘wrong side of history or even bigoted, homophobic or uncaring.”

“None of that,” he wrote, “is accurate.”

“He is duty bound to protect the laws that the legislature passed,” said Republican Mike McDaniel, “and that’s the way he sees it and that’s what he’s doing.”

But Zoeller understands.  He wrote that being an elected official means being subjected to criticism.

He also made the point that this is an issue that is “impossible to address in a way that the public would accept as being fair to all concerned.”


IWIR

June 27th, 2014 at 2:59 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Lesley Weidenbener is in for Jon Schwantes as the Indiana Week in Review panel takes on these topics:

  • Gay marriage is legal
  • The ongoing appeals of the marriage ruling
  • The governor’s tax summit
  • Jackie Walorski takes on the VA
  • Mitch Daniels talks about a man on Mars
  • Grand Park

IWIR

June 20th, 2014 at 10:47 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Jennifer Wagner returns in the Democratic chair today as the Indiana Week in Review panel tackles these subjects:

  • The governor’s Summit on The Family and the Economy and the emphasis on two parent families
  • Criticism of the Obama Administration by Dan Coats with regard to Iraq
  • Marlin Stutzman loses leadership bid
  • Technical Correction Day in the General Assembly
  • Deb Minott leaving as Secretary of FSSA
  • Indiana has the worst teen drivers