After all the reveling from the New Year, it appears everyone is taking a break from making any news. So, here are some random thoughts on some even more random stories that caught my attention this morning. In no particular order….
The Carroll County Comet is reporting on the arrest of Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Currie. He was arrested on 12/23/07 allegedly for public intoxication. He had an initial hearing on 12/26. A “not-guilty” plea was entered and he has a bench trial scheduled for 3/28. The Blogmeister is hard pressed to give the Judge too much of a hard time, as we all screw up occasionally.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette opines on abuses in the selling tactics of insurance companies concerning the Medicare part D program. What?… Insurance companies promising coverage and not following through… Pushy insurance salesman…. What a shocker. Welcome to my world.
David Van Gilder is really p*ssed at 5th District U.S. Rep. Mark Souder about Souder’s reported views of non-Christian religions. The Blog Blue Indiana agrees.
The Fort Wayne City Council and Mayor were sworn in yesterday, as were other city council officials around the state. What makes FW’s different is two of the new members are very active in the state blogosphere. Here is what the Journal Gazette says about Mitch Harper and Karen Goldner:
Karen Goldner, Democrat
2nd District, northeast and northern part of the city
Age : 44
Occupation : Vice president for special projects at FourthWave LLC
Elected service : Elected in November to first term
Goals : Goldner plans to introduce a bill that would give a small advantage to city companies looking to sell goods and services to city government. She also said she wants to re-examine the council’s policy for issuing tax abatements.
On a district level, Goldner wants to work with Mayor Tom Henry to develop a long-term capital improvement plan for her district. She said this would work better than just assigning projects annually. She also plans to conduct a public meeting for her constituents in February and continue that quarterly throughout her first year.
Mitch Harper, Republican
4th District, southwest Fort Wayne
Age : 51
Occupation : Attorney
Elected service : Elected in November to first term, served 12 years in state legislature
Goals : Harper said he hopes to bring more transparency to local government. By releasing as much information as possible, Harper said the council can use the collective knowledge of the community to gauge public policy decisions.
“It’s important to give people as much information as we can,” he said.
For example, Harper said it should be easier for people to determine how different members of the council voted on individual bills.
As the Blogmeister understands it, Goldner comments on many blogs, while Harper is the editor of Fort Wayne Observed.
The Evansville Courier Press positively opines about the Healthy Indiana Program (HIP).
The state’s newest political blog, Political Equinox, has a great first person post about the Iowa caucus.