Friday, May 22, 2015

At Least the Weather is Good This Weekend

Let's see: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is littered in car parts from crashes, and Indiana's reputation is still in tatters over Governor Pence's signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Here's a bit of commentary from a PR professional out East: "Governor Mike Pence continues to draw negative attention, not just for this divisive law but for cutting back food stamps and justifying that with comments about 'ennobling' the poor. The governor then did what many people in crisis situations do - go into major denial. Pence declared the controversy over, and hired Porter Novelli to clean up the mess at taxpayer expense."

Ain't God good to Indiana?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Four Crashes ... and Counting

Disaster looms at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week. The "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" has indeed become spectacular as car after car "helicopters" down the track with the new aerodynamic bodywork kits, maiming four drivers so far.

"Caution Flag: The Indy 500 is turning into a car-flipping debacle" is just one of the reports of what's happening out at the IMS.

As Ben Smith reports, "The problem, unbelievably, is that no one thought to test the speedway aero kit on an actual speedway before, you know, actually coming to a speedway."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Linda Vaughn and the "500"

This is why The Indianapolis Star needs local, seasoned reporters:
"Linda Vaughn and Me: a coming-of-age story" by third-generation Indy resident Will Higgins remains the best feature on the 500-Mile Race.

Miss Hurst Golden Shifter is as indelible an icon of May as Jim Nabors ever was.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Pence Does Something Right

"Late this afternoon, Governor Mike Pence vetoed Senate Bill 369 which would have allowed government agencies to charge as much as $20 an hour for public records searches," reports Paul K. Ogden.

Bloggers, including your Indianapolis Observer, are relieved.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pence is Toast

"Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) has seen a significant drop in his approval rating since signing a widely criticized 'religious freedom' law, with one longtime political observer in the state saying the fall is historic for a governor."

Well, no kidding.

The problem is that he listened to the "Tea Party" faction of the GOP-dominated legislature, which thinks the world hasn't changed since the 1950s.

Unfortunately, his boneheaded actions reflect on the rest of us Hoosiers -- and (according to the poll cited) "Fifty-nine percent of respondents in the new poll said the "religious freedom" law was unnecessary, compared to just 30 percent who thought it was needed."

At the next election, throw the bums out.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Let the Team Owner Pay for the Stadium

Everybody with a stake in the soccer stadium discussion needs to read this article by Neil deMause on Field of Schemes.

Although he's writing about the wrangling over funding a soccer stadium in Minneapolis, his assessment speaks to the same wrangling over funding of a soccer stadium in Indianapolis.

Check out "Star Tribune nails trees, misses forest in Minnesota United stadium coverage" (and note that the newspaper has a direct interest in the funding discussion).

(Speaking of which, check out this: "U-T San Diego columnist: I was fired for not being “positive” enough about stadium deals", on the same online publication.)

This Indianapolis Observer is definitely a soccer fan, but not if taxpayers are going to be footing the bill for the team's stadium (thus enriching the owners -- as we're doing for basketball, football and now auto racing in Indianapolis).

Fix the potholes already. Replace the dead trees in the median of 38th Street. Upgrade city parks. Get new (non-electric) cars for IMPD. There are plenty of priority items that need funding more than yet another spectator sport.

Monday, April 13, 2015

RFRA Tarnished Indiana's Image

According to the Huffington Post, ""The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that state politicians were hostile to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, which leads the state's efforts to attract and retain businesses, has retained Porter Novelli for an undisclosed sum. The firm's task is to brand Indiana 'as a welcoming place to live, visit and do business'."

Good luck with that.