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  • The Cheat Sheet 2012 The Cheat Sheet“The best darn Indiana political gossip that your money can buy and I can spend!” November 19, 2012, Vol 1, No. 44 THE WASN’T SUPPOSED TO COME OUT UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING BUT THE GOSSIP GOT SO GOOD WE HAD TO DO IT NOW EDITIONSo there were thinking that we could take a few days off and enjoy the startof the holiday season, but nope! That was not in the cards. When we wantgossip, rumor and blatant innuendo we get nothing. Try to get out for awhile and they pull us right back in! (Said in Al Pacino voice). But enoughmelodrama, you want the best darn Indiana political gossip your money canbuy and I can spend, well here we go.Ritz’s Rocky Start We told you how new Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Glenda Ritz was probably in for a rough haul a Statehouse with the GOP-controlled legislature, well we’re finding out the Ritz crew is turning out to be their own worst enemies. TCS hears Ritz making ISTA official Nancy Papas her Chief of Staff and Scott Reske is going to be her Legislative Liaison. TCS has known Reske for years, he can be a bit of drama queen at times. But Papas?! As one source put it yesterday, that’s like putting Michael Jackson in charge of a day care. Papas is likely going to take a pay cut to take the job. She was making more than $300,000 over at the teachers union. Speaking of jobs, the Ritz campaign is broke and can’t afford to pay some of its campaign workers so they’ve asked Tony Bennett’s office to start hiring some of them now and get them on the payroll.1 | The Cheat Sheet. A Publication of Indy Politics. Be sure to catch “PoliticallySpeaking” A weekly public affairs program, Saturdays at 1 p.m. on WITT, 91.9 FM,Indianapolis
  • The Cheat Sheet 2012 Bennett’s office told them to get lost. They said they would cooperate with the transition, but there’s no way they’re hiring anybody early. That’s when the Ritz folks called the Governor’s office trying to get them to get Bennett’ people on board. No such luck.A Most Melancholy Mourdock Richard Mourdock is not in the best of moods these days. TCS hears back at the office he is very moody and brooding, not so much because of his loss in the U.S. Senate race, but also because he felt he dragged down the rest of the ticket. Speaking of drags, Jim Holden is getting his old job back at the State Treasurer’s office as Chief of Staff. So much for no bad deed not going unpunished.Tea Party Parting Ways The members of the Indiana Tea Party movement are taking this year’s rejection by the sane voters of Indiana pretty seriously. There’s talk they are meeting to either dissolve or split into two groups. One group, we’re told, will just focus on fiscal issues, the other group will stay on the crazy train. We think Tea Party guru Greg Fettig will be the conductor. We also hear they are mad at the Libertarians for what happened to Richard Mourdock and plan to “go after” them.2 | The Cheat Sheet. A Publication of Indy Politics. Be sure to catch “PoliticallySpeaking” A weekly public affairs program, Saturdays at 1 p.m. on WITT, 91.9 FM,Indianapolis
  • The Cheat Sheet 2012A Little Family Friction It may not be much yet, but there is some potential friction on the horizon between incoming Governor Mike Pence and the Republican- controlled General Assembly. TCS hears that the more experienced lawmakers aren’t crazy about Pence’s proposed income tax cut and may push it down the road. The logic being since the state has already phased out the inheritance tax and is cutting the corporate income tax, there may not be much left to do in that area until the economy gets better, especially with the President’s health care plan kicking in.Madame Chairwoman? We hear there is campaign to make Vi Simpson the next Chair if the Indiana Democratic Party. And while they folks at State Party tell TCS that’s “crazy talk” there’s a big social media push to give Vi the position if Dan Parker leaves to go work for Senator-elect Joe Donnelly.The Contenders We’ve mentioned in previous Cheat Sheets who the possible contenders are to take on Donnelly in 2018, Congressman Todd Rokita, Todd Young, Congresswoman Susan Brooks, well you can add a new name to the list, Marlin Stutzman of the 3rd Congressional District.3 | The Cheat Sheet. A Publication of Indy Politics. Be sure to catch “PoliticallySpeaking” A weekly public affairs program, Saturdays at 1 p.m. on WITT, 91.9 FM,Indianapolis
  • The Cheat Sheet 2012Coats Staying Put Don’t expect U.S. Senator Dan Coats to go anywhere. TCS is hearing more and more that he is running for re-election in 2016 and has his fundraising machine off and going.8th District Challenges Although Larry Buschon won over David Crooks in the 8th Congressional District, there’s talk that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel may try to run in 2014. Another name we hear is former gubernatorial candidate John Gregg.Look for a Lawsuit Don’t be surprised if a county-elected official sues Mayor Greg Ballard over the budget. We’re told the Ds are upset over the Mayor’s withholding of funds from county offices, so the Democrats are trying to map out a legal strategy. The problem is that they can’t sue in Marion County because the judges are impacted by their Mayor’s veto action.4 | The Cheat Sheet. A Publication of Indy Politics. Be sure to catch “PoliticallySpeaking” A weekly public affairs program, Saturdays at 1 p.m. on WITT, 91.9 FM,Indianapolis
  • The Cheat Sheet 2012Sheriff Speaking with Forked Tongue? Marion County Sheriff John Layton is causing a little confusion in his neck of the woods. He’s been sending out conflicting e-mails over a fuel surcharge for deputies. If you want a copy, let us know. We’ll be happy to send them.Don’t Forget! On Monday, November 19, Indy Politics editor, publisher and agent provocateur Abdul-Hakim Shabazz will be hosting the Amos Brown show on 1310 AM in Indianapolis, from 1 – 3 p.m. You can tune in live or stream the show at www.praiseindy.com. It will be open phones for the most part. We plan to have an interview with former DCS head, Judge James Payne.So that’s all we have for now. We’re taking a few days off so enjoy yourThanksgiving. And while TCS is very thankful for the blessings it hasreceived over the year we are even more thankful for the politicians who dothe stuff which may these pages possible. So be sure to let us know whenthey do something silly, abdul@indypolitics.org. Happy Turkey Day! Gobble! Gobble! Bye! Bye!5 | The Cheat Sheet. A Publication of Indy Politics. Be sure to catch “PoliticallySpeaking” A weekly public affairs program, Saturdays at 1 p.m. on WITT, 91.9 FM,Indianapolis