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It was a good weekend.  I went to a 10th anniversary chili cookoff party, chatted with friends, worked around the house in the amazingly nice weather.

Yesterday was good, went to the polls, voted str8 Democratic ticket, expected everyone else would do the same.

Woke up this morning, and what did I find?  We have a Republican mayor and a Republican City County Council.  The weather has turned cold, and I have the start of a miserable headache.

You see, I didn't pay attention to anything the Republicans in the City County Council and the mayor were running on.  I don't know them, I don't know their platform, I don't know how anti-gay, pro-James Dobson and potentially corrupt they are.

In other words, I have committed a classic evil overlord mistake.  I don't know my enemy.  Neither did our old Democratic Mayor Bart Peterson.  He made the mistake of being an arrogant ass.

Ballard, a 52-year-old retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, didn’t have much money and didn’t have the support of party insiders or the business community. But he had something better: votes.

With votes from nearly all of the city’s 917 precincts tallied, Ballard was ahead by almost four percentage points. Peterson called him shortly before 10:30 p.m. to concede.

Note to all Democrats running for office.  Just because Bush is an unpopular moron does not mean that the entire Republican machine will crash and burn because of him.  Don't anticipate winning because Cheney is unpopular.

Riding a wave of voter discontent over rising taxes, Republicans stormed back into control of the City-County Council on Tuesday night despite running a slate loaded with newcomers.

Democrats went into Election Day holding a 15-14 majority. But by late Tuesday night, Republicans had won 15 seats, with at least a few more likely to go their way.
The GOP said crime, tax increases and questions about City-County Council President Monroe Gray’s ethics helped them win back the council.

Democrats running for National office need to be very, very careful.  Next year's elections are not a given.

Originally posted to angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:13 AM PST.

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  •  a cautionary tale. nt (6+ / 0-)

    Read Obama's 2002 speech against invading Iraq.

    by Inland on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:14:51 AM PST

    •  Why Guiliani is so scary (2+ / 0-)
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      angrytoyrobot, HoosierDeb

      I don't understand how Guiliani can win if he gets the Republican nomination.

      That being said we must not assume he will not win for if he wins what Constitutional protections are left will be under very serious threat.

      We will have to unite around whoever the Democratic nominee is and work to make sure this time next year we are recovering from a huge victory.  

      The wise are driven by reason; ordinary minds, by experience; the stupid, by necessity, and brutes by instinct. Cicero

      by MoDem on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:05:29 AM PST

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  •  If I had (8+ / 0-)

    ten cents for every time I read "Bush is Toast" and saw people trollrated for suggesting otherwise in 2004, well, I would be able to afford my dental work today.

    Nothing can be assumed.  And with the national Democrats demonstrating daily that they are not much in the "Change" department, it's hard to motivate people to get out and vote, to be honest.

  •  Another informed voter- (1+ / 0-)
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    You see, I didn't pay attention to anything the Republicans in the City County Council and the mayor were running on.  I don't know them, I don't know their platform

    No wonder you hate the evil (R)'s so much!

    •  I don't like the Rethugs because (2+ / 0-)
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      stitchmd, Chad Michaels

      they are anti-gay pro-evangelical baptist in general.  The Republicans on the City County Council have been exceedingly anti-gay these past years.  I don't see that as having changed.

      What I don't know is exactly how bigoted this new batch will be.  I didn't pay attention.

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:30:46 AM PST

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    •  Oh, and by the way, boobookitty (2+ / 0-)
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      Dburn, stitchmd

      I see that I am honored by being the subject of your first ever post.

      Ah, a newly-minted troll...

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:33:08 AM PST

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      •  not a new troll (0+ / 0-)

        check the archives. An old troll, just not a frequent one.

        Civil marriage is a civil right.

        by stitchmd on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:56:42 AM PST

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      •  She's been registered for awhile (0+ / 0-)

        just laid low.

        Boo boo kitty... hmmm, think she's trying to tell the pootie lovers here something?

        BTW, seems Ballard won because of the property tax increase that just went into effect recently.

        And Peterson merged the police with the county, and supposedly crime went up.  Ballard promised to bring the police back under the control of the mayor's office.

        Here are Ballard's pointshe ran on.:

        Greg Ballard, Republican candidate for Indianapolis mayor today unveiled a six-point program to promote sound, accountable, ethical government...

        Today Ballard called for:

        • -The registration of lobbyists who represent companies or firms who do are doing, or are seeking to do, business with the Mayor's Office, any agency of city government, or the City-County Council... Ballard said these new requirements would not apply to average citizens or businesses required to get permits, licenses or other approvals required by laws or ordinances.
        • -A requirement, similar to Indiana's lobbying law, that requires lobbyists to report any expenses they make to provide entertainment or any other item of value to elected local officeholders or public employees. Ballard said he would not rule out tougher requirements.
        • -A proposal to prohibit registered lobbyists or persons with a financial interest from serving on any board or commission that directly affects or deals with their lobbying or financial interests.
        • -The establishment of a Code of Conduct prohibiting the Mayor's Office Staff, city department leaders, and mayoral appointees to boards and commissions from soliciting campaign contributions from firms that currently do business with the city or propose to conduct business in the direct area of city government that they regulate or govern.
        • -A requirement that all annual Statements of Economic Interest required of top city officials be available for inspection on the Office of Corporation Counsel's website.
        • -A requirement that all campaign reports of all elected officials be made public and available on the internet, similar to the information provided online by the Indiana Secretary of State's office.

        "Skyrocketing property tax bills, the mayor's 65% income tax increase, and public hearings manipulated by the Mayor's office and Council leadership to shut down participation by the taxpaying public has led people to believe that their government represents everyone but them. That must change... said Ballard...

        There you have it. Lobbyists were one of his big selling points. Hold his feet to the fire and make sure he does what he promised.

        <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

        by bronte17 on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:11:10 AM PST

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    •  Aren't you a prominent RedStater? (1+ / 0-)
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      And named after Shirley's stuffed cat, too.

    •  That's not why Robot hates 'em (0+ / 0-)

      Rethugs' destroying the country and being hypocritical, greedy and murderous warmongers is a much better reason!

      Great crowd you hang with!

  •  Just another reason to hate the Colts. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Did I mention we are building a stadium (8+ / 0-)

      that will cost close to a billion dollars when completed?

      Did I also mention that schools in Indy suck, that home foreclosures are some of the worst in the country, and the Coach of the Colts is anti-gay?

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:44:46 AM PST

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      •  And Peyton Manning... (4+ / 0-)
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        bronte17, Tracker, exiledfromTN, Newzie a Republican.

        Makes me even happier than I already was that the Pats whupped his ass Sunday.

      •  With the stadium building (3+ / 0-)
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        bronte17, stitchmd, angrytoyrobot

        Memphis has the same class stadium while the infrastructure crumbles and the schools are bottom-barrel.  Talk about prioritites!

        •  We've had this problem (2+ / 0-)
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          exiledfromTN, DrWolfy

          in Baltimore for ages. Why?

          Because Indianapolis stole the Colts.

          So after the fact we decided to build not one, but two stadia. And then did it back to Cleveland.

          American priorities are just so screwed up.

          Civil marriage is a civil right.

          by stitchmd on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:00:37 AM PST

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          •  "Stadia" (3+ / 0-)
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            bronte17, stitchmd, angrytoyrobot



            Dad calls me from Memphis to give me updates about once every other week or so.

            I don't think it's America's priorities insomuch as it is the people holding all the finances.

            From what I can tell, Memphis is just a donut, rotting from the inside out.  The local gov't is desperate for a bigtime professional team.  But no one in Memphis has any money to go to the games!  And the people that do have the money certainly don't want to have to drive through the ghetto to get there!

        •  Ah, but you should hear the Rethugs whine about (5+ / 0-)

          how much the new central library costs!

          Libraries, you see, don't bring in REVENUE.  You can't get a Superbowl into Indy with a LIBRARY.  LIBRARIES are obsolete, after all, because we have the 'Net now.  Libraries are full of pointy-headed liberals, and the librarians are probably all homosexuals.

          This city has issues.

          Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

          by angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:00:47 AM PST

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          •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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            exiledfromTN, HoosierDeb

            This city has issues.

            Spouse is from Indianapolis. We made a deal a number of years ago when we moved from Cincinnati: I said I'd never move to Indy, and spouse said no to Richmond. It's worked well.

            Civil marriage is a civil right.

            by stitchmd on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:05:33 AM PST

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          •  I lived there in the early '00s (0+ / 0-)
            •  Oops (0+ / 0-)

              I lived there in the early 00's and I've seen first hand the idiocy.  Not that everyone there is ignorant, of course.

              But besides Mississippi, it was definitely one of the most misinformed places I've ever lived.

          •  You are not kidding the city has issues! (1+ / 0-)
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            The whole damn state has issues!  Been here 15 years next week, and am tired of the bull.  But God forbid any money is spent on the LIBRARY in Indianapolis, and I still can not get my head around the TEXTBOOK RENTAL for school children.

            But the stadium has been funded.  sigh.  And the promises continue to lower property taxes.  After watching where funding tends to get cut in this state, I expect that whatever they decide on to replace the lost revenue we're going to end up losing and so are the children.  

            I live down in the southern part of the state and I am tired of watching the people hurting.  Jobs are being lost all over the state and foreclosures are a nightmare.

            And while I am on a rant, the new healthcare they are proposing to help cover more of the uninsured will only go to the first to apply.  When the money is gone, the others are out of luck.  Another "look what we did" solution that helps a few, but leaves the rest out in the cold.

            I could go on and on....

      •  Or that you are still paying 1% more (1+ / 0-)
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        in restaraunt tax to pay for the Hoosier (err.. RCA) Dome, an extra tax you've been paying since 1984?

        •  Yes. Knock it down! (1+ / 0-)
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          They are going to destroy the "Hoosier Dome" next year.

          We will, no doubt, still be paying on it.

          It's sort of like buying a Chevrolet and taking out a ten year loan on the thing.

          Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

          by angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:02:25 AM PST

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      •  Stadiums are a huge boondoggle for local business (1+ / 0-)
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        Yet another example of the flawed 'trickle down' theory. Local businesses get all the money generated by any increase in local traffic. So they may hire a few minimum wage workers to handle increased business. But they mostly keep the profits. And the tax payers pay the bill for the new 'house of games'.

        Anyone for a quick game of Chess.

        by CitizenOfEarth on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:45:20 AM PST

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      •  Lucas Oil Stadium? (1+ / 0-)
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        Didn't they bid the highest for the naming rights? I keep wondering about that . Will people demand gasoline refined from Lucas oil? Will people feel a bit of resentment who drive down from smaller cities in Indiana on $4/Gallon Gasoline with $50.00 cheap seat ticket to see a Ball game in stadium called Lucas Oil?

        When I heard about that stadium, I nearly shit. Skyrocketing crime, Foreclosures at a high, and the Governor selling a Hi-way or leasing it for 4 Billion so people can watch increased tolls get added on to their skyrocketing fill-ups.

        OTOH if you don't mind living in this crap, real-estate is cheap and bound to get much cheaper. Just stay in the house and start a business. That way you can save your lips from biting on them as you interact with some of the Hoosiers here.

        I say that becuase a freindship that has lasted 11 years died in 2005. I never would have thought this guy and his wife would be rabid Clinton haters and big Bush fans. I mean they were in a swingers club which would seem to indicate a stray BJ shouldn't have bothered them to the point where they both got red faced and begin to shout about it.  

        To make matters worse: the guy had been inducted in the army in 1970 and jumped the bus on a rest stop that was taking them to boot camp. They never found him. This is also the place where his employer slowly strangled to death and he found he owed 70K in Credit Card debt. Then rushed to file Bankruptcy before the new laws kicked in.

        His employers wife has bladder cancer and when they lost the business she didn't have it checked for 18 months for lack of Health Insurance.

        God What a State. There's so many more states out there just like  good ol Indiana home of Martinsville 40 miles south of Indianapolis home of the KKK awhile back.

        Support The Troops
        Let them see IMPEACH

        by Dburn on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:04:59 AM PST

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  •  School Boards are a huge issue for me (1+ / 0-)
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    Every time there is a public school board election, I plead, prod, threaten, beg my children who now have children to learn who is running and why.

    "Man's life's a vapor Full of woe. He cuts a caper, Down he goes. Down de down de down he goes.

    by JFinNe on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 06:43:28 AM PST

  •  Sorry to hear tht. (1+ / 0-)
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    Dems have held the mayor seat since Steve Goldsmith got the boot several years ago.  It was a refreshing change.

  •  Property Taxes was the Death Knell (0+ / 0-)

    The explosive rise in property taxes on homes, I suspect, is at the root of this. I think the voters in Indianapolis simply voted to through incumbents out.

    Tragically,it is the STATE HOUSE incumbents, not the city level incumbents, who were responsible for the debacle of rise in property taxes here in Indiana this year.

    I live down in Bloomington, mine skyrocketed 25%. Obscene. My home is not a money making endeavor. It is my major investment, my retirement nest, it should NOT be the primary source of funding for government. Money producing events, sales tax, income tax, added value tax, anything but regressive, punitive property taxes, that is where government should be finding funding.

    One note: Here in Bloomington, it was a clean sweep for Democrats. Only one city council Republican survived, and his challenger lost by only six (6) votes. Sadly this was in my district. I voted Democratic early, so I could use the optiscan human readable ballots. I do not and will never trust DRE, fully electronic voting. I think the difference in Bloomington, to be blunt and unkind, is that the majority here are smart enough to have figured out the difference between local officials and state officials. The latter were the cause, the former just the implementors have a flawed tax increase.

    Indianapolis DOES need to be a lesson, however, to the Democrats. Do NOT expect to just coast to victory. Mayor Bart just learned that the hardest way possible in Indy.

  •  Peterson for Gov in 08? (1+ / 0-)
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    The majority of the incumbents lost last night, due to the broken property tax system that the state hasn't addressed. Unfortunately, it was the officials on the local levels that were taken to task, while the state issued no accountability. It's pathetic that Ballard was elected, and it scares me to think what could happen to Indianapolis within the next 4 years, but if there is a silver lining with this, it could be that the state Democrats have found their candidate who can beat Mitch Daniels in the 2008 governors race. Eventhough, Bart Peterson lost last night, I can see the likes of Pat Bauer, as well as others, knocking on his door, begging him to run for governor. Yes, it's only a year away, but I think Peterson has the bank and power to make it happen, and what a great way to comeback, and defeat the man who has taken no responsibility for the property tax problems. In Peterson's last two terms, he has been responsible for making our downtown thriving,consolidating the county and city police and fire departments, and he has brought many businesses to the city. Also, he was highly responsible for the building of the new Colts stadium, as Mitch didn't jump in and help, until Bart had the negotiations between the city and the Colts completed. And this is the same man, that tried to address the increase in crime, by telling Indianapolis, that he needed to increase income taxes to fund law enforcement, just months before the election, not after. I don't discredit Jill Long Thompson at all, but I think Bart is the best opportunity the Democrats have in defeating Bush's man Mitch.

    •  Peterson, to be honest, was NOT a very good (0+ / 0-)


      His policies are half-baked, his budgets a mess.  Frankly, he should have resigned and let another Democrat run this time.

      Governor?  Ick.  I hope not.

      Democrats need to learn from this...

      Dana Curtis Kincaid Ad Astra per Aspera! The enemy is not man, the enemy is stupidity.

      by angrytoyrobot on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 07:44:12 AM PST

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  •  Indy Guy here (1+ / 0-)
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    I 'm wondering why this diary is not on the REC list. It certainly goes against the CW here that the D's have next year locked up. Maybe that's why so few are commenting. I recall last year when a few Democrats were elected to congress from Indiana the place went wild.

    I think maybe if you retitled  R's Win Big In Indy,
    then "but I thought...."

    Thanks for putting this up.

  •  Running attack ads on the opposition (0+ / 0-)

    When you are up by 15 points in the polls....not that smart of a strategy.  

    2006: The year the Donkey went Rocky on the Pachyderm

    by marcvstraianvs on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 08:07:23 AM PST

  •  Is this Hell or Indianapolis? (1+ / 0-)
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    "Can't go west, can't go east...
    I'm stuck in Indianapolis,
    with a fuel pump that's deceased.
    Ten days on the road,
    now I'm four hours from my hometown...
    Is this hell or Indianapolis,
    with no way to get around."

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