Governor's race: New Schellinger campaign manager; Daniels files

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger today named political veteran Tim Jeffers as his new campaign manager. Full Story
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Fishers, IN

#82 Feb 1, 2008
tell the truth wrote:
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When did Mitch lie cheat steal? concrete examples please. not "my neighbor whose son works for a guy who knows mitch's cleaning lady...and she said..."
let's see

He continues to state virtually everyday that the property taxes around the state increased last year because of school and local spending, while everyone else that actually takes the time to do the research and understand how it works agree that the taxes increased because of trending, elimination of the inventory tax and reduction in properety tax replacement credits...local government spending is responsible for only a very small part of the increase.

He continues to state that the administrative costs of running our schools are the highest in the nation, when in fact they are among the lowest in the nation, this year, 49th out of 50th.

He states that schools waste money by not doing joint purchasing for the common items they all buy, despite the fact he now, finally knows that there are about 8 service centers around the state doing exactly this...

Telling the local government associations that there members are not responsible for the problem but that it is the other local governments and then going to those associations and telling them the same thing.

I can go on and on.

Why does he do that...because the truth does not support his political agenda...he is the little bully that comes up and kicks the fellow already down, knowing that it is wrong, but doing it to get accepted by those important to him...in this case the voters.
Mr Obvious

Carmel, IN

#83 Feb 5, 2008
Alferd G Packer wrote:
Want another reason NOT to vote for Mitch:
May 14, 1970
That was when police converged on a Princeton University dorm room where one Mitch Daniels, 21, and two friends slept. Daniels spent two nights in jail and, more than a year later, pleaded guilty to using marijuana.
This can be verified at:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/...
No better person to lead the state and set an example.
So you mean to tell me while he was in college, he smoked marijuana?? For the life of me, I can't see how that is relevant to what he is doing 30 years later...

Hasn't every presidential candidate over the past 20 years also admitted to smoking marijuana at some point in their life...good enough for the white house, but not the governor's mansion?? GIMME A BREAK
Mr Obvious

Carmel, IN

#84 Feb 5, 2008
Drug Dealer wrote:
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Daniels only PLED to USING. He was actually DEALING the drugs. He was a major pothead in high school. Other reasons to kick him out:
--He has EXPANDED state government-- which is why
you have not seen an agency-by-agency comparison of state government expenditures and number of employees 2004 vs. 2008 in the Star.
--He threw a lot of money at the child welfare problem and created a whole new agency. Result: MORE children are dying.
---He could have/should have dealt with the property tax problem in LAST year's session but he chose to wait a year (and let people suffer another year) so that he could use the problem as a campaign issue.
--Today, he can't even file his own papers. He creates a media stunt for the filing while he is out campaigning on taxpayer time.
---He is selling of the state's assets for short term gain so that HE will look good.
--I won't even get into how he stole money from IPL retirees and his ginormous error in calculating the cost of the Iraqui war while Bush's Budget Director.(YES, Budget Director -- the one who took a huge surplus and turned it into the biggest deficit in our country's history.
...Had enough?
Ditch Mitch!
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So you blame him for creating a child welfare program, addressing the property tax problems after it happened (rather than forecasting it in advance?), not showing up for a photo op, and for the war in Iraq...

GIMME A BREAK...

You do realize that he didn't have anything to do with the war, ultimately he was given a token position, but the decision was going to be made by the White House...How you come to blame him is beyond me...
Mr Obvious

Carmel, IN

#85 Feb 5, 2008
Roadie wrote:
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You do know that the money from the lease is already accounted for? Major Moves has dibs on it. In fact the reason why I-69 improvements are being delayed is because they are trying to get more interest from the sale. So don't think we are in the black even though on paper we are. The question is, what happens in 20 years when we need money again?
Hey smart guy explain this one to me...if we have 3.8billion in capitol and we only spend the interest, shouldn't we continue to generate interest from the 3.8b over time??? Maybe we are ahead on paper, because we are able to use this as a revenue stream for the I69 expansion project which will allow SWI to expand enterprise and transportation routes from St. Louis and the rest of the country...

I mean it is as if you people have your heads in the sand and only come up to point out how he has spent money or consumed assets, whereas if you dig a little deeper you can see that he has laid the foundation for an economic boom throughout the state...

As for the loss of farmland across the state, trust there is plenty of it and if the farming families are facing difficulties (as they are across the country...FARMAID ringabell, its not Indiana exclusive) they now have opportunity for manufacturing jobs which will provide them with health insurance, retirement savings plans, and long-term securtiy...Mitch has also created a platform for the transportation industry and tax incentives for manufacturing companies to headquarter in Indiana where they will create jobs, revenue and stimulate an otherwise stagnant economy...

And if you think he hasn't brought in high paying tech jobs, take a look at the largest sectors of growth in the state, technology is near the top...

I mean come on people...don't you see what he has done here is nothing short of reposition the state for an economic boom, as oppossed to the 16 years of cutting jobs and outsourcing labor the previous admin. did...

Seriously, just because he is on the republican ticket, doesn't mean that he is doing a bad job... While I appreciate your passion, you have to come to grips with the fact that he has improved the state, and while I don't claim he is perfect, the alternative is certainly less capable of getting anything accomplished...please take a deep breath and acknowledge that in the imperfect world of politics, he has done an outstanding job.
Mr Obvious

Indianapolis, IN

#86 Feb 5, 2008
Ka-POW wrote:
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Hoosier Hound went to IU where Math is taught at the liberal level.
IMO, Mitch has been the greatest GOV to hit the Indiana scene with his Biz approach to politics and development. There are reasons why Tech companies like Google, Yahoo and the E-bay's of the world don't look at Indiana as a viable place to do do work in:
High taxes, Pi$$ Poor schools, and the backwoods non progressive population like the one Hoosier Hound and Mitch haters support that keeps us in the dark age.
I for one like new buildings and infrastructure, like it when new companies come into the state to set up shop and absolutely love it when the sate lottos go private and more casinos will hit the scene.
Streamline the Indiana Government, get rid of the douches in office that are not on board with development and move (FORCE in some cases) the public to get off their A$$es and make the state a better place to live. In general, stop being a little liberal crybabys and do something about it.
Go to college, get a better job, pick up the concrete blocks and stack of spare bald tires in your backyard, learn some English, try wearing a belt sometimes, comb your hair, shave your neckbeard, help old ladies cross the street and give the beggers downtown cookies baked with exlax. Whatever you might do, do something. You can't change anything if you don't accept that tomorrow will not be today. Chumps.
While I won't support giving the homeless exlax cookies, and I'm generally opposed to a casino coming into Indy (seriously, you can't drive an hour and half to go gamble?)...I do think the essence of this rant is fairly agreeable...change is coming and it is for the better...

And for the record, Monster.com has one of its largest employee centers here in Indiana and techpoint.com will show you were the new jobs are going to come in for the tech market...

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