Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bayh to Lead CIA Panel on Senate Computer Hack

In the wake of CIA Director John Brennan's admission that CIA operatives had hacked Senate computers being used in the investigation of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation" techniques in the George W. Bush administration, Evan Bayh will lead a board to recommend recommend steps the CIA should take after its internal investigation of the matter. Bayh serves on a CIA advisory board and as a US senator served on the Senate intelligence panel for 10 years. You can read more from the J&C here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lawsuit Against State School Board Can Proceed

A Marion County judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit against the state Board of Education to move forward. The suit argues that the Board had violated the state's open meetings laws by conducting an email discussion of changes in who calculates the state's "A-F" school grades. Read more here.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mayor Roswarski Interviewed on New WBAA Program

You can hear Mayor Tony Roswarski interviewed for a half hour on WBAA's new Ask the Mayor program here. The mayor fields questions on same sex marriage, a single-entry agency to address homeless issues in Tippecanoe County, and other matters. Mayor Roswarski will be a regular guest on the weekly program that airs live Thursdays at noon on WBAA News (AM 920) and is rebroadcast the same evening at 6 on both AM 920 and 101.3 FM.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Hoosier Opinions Change But Radical Right-Wing Republicans Don't

A great editorial in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette argues that progressives don't need to spend their energies trying to change the hearts and minds of Hoosiers on such issues as same sex marriage, gun control, and immigration; state polling already shows a shift in public opinion on such issues. There just haven't not been any commensurate changes in Republican politicians:
What’s not changing is the resistance of Indiana elected officials to recognize those changes, a resistance affecting not just gay marriage but dozens of issues held hostage by an ultra-conservative faction effectively employing its electoral clout. Until more moderate voices do the same, Indiana will continue to waste time on divisive issues that hamper its economic progress.
The editorial concludes that progressives need to focus on getting people to the polls: "If Indiana is ever to escape the quagmire of divisive and backward cultural issues, moderate and progressive voices need to spend less time changing hearts and minds and more time registering voters and getting them to the polls." Amen to that. You can read the entire op-ed here.