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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Another One Bites the Dust! Jeb Hensarling announces Retirement from Congress

Earlier this month IR wrote about the retirement of Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy. In what looks like a possible stampede forming on the plains. The Hill reports that another Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas is also choosing to not seek reelection.

The Hill reports:

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) announced Tuesday (October 30th, 2017) that he will retire at the end of his term.

"Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the U.S. Congress in 2018. Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life, I never intended to make it a lifetime commitment, and I have already stayed far longer than I had originally planned," Hensarling said.

Hensarling has been set to lose his position as chairman of the Financial Services Committee at the end of this Congress; GOP rules limit a chairman to three consecutive terms. Hensarling said the term limits made it the right time to leave Congress to spend more time with his family.

From what we all have been hearing. Hensarling is a fairly decent member of the house. We cannot help but wonder if he is choosing to leave due to frustration with his life in congress. His seat is most probably a safe GOP seat. But if the number of incumbent republicans who decide to retire keeps growing. Then the GOP needs to get it's act together or they should get used to saying "House Speaker Pelosi" come January 2019. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Governor Eric "Bagman" Holcomb Once Again Jets Around The World

It seems in a shocking turn of events that the CIA's Paper of Record the Indianapolis Star put out another decent story. This time from another one of our favorite reporters. IR has frequently cited the work of Kaitlain Lange on this blog. If the Star hires just a few more reporters like Ms. Lange, Fatima Hussein, and Tony Cook. We all here may have to slighty revise our long standing negative view of "Pravda Indianapolis". INDY REPUBLICAN does not think that will happen anytime soon. But we all believe in the redemptive power of prayer. So we will not give up just yet.

Now let's get down to business. Kaitlain Lange's October 27th, 2017 piece "Gov. Eric Holcomb travels to India on third international trip as Governor", will be the subject of this post. Most people who have read Gary Welsh's "Advance Indiana" blog. Will most likely be aware that the old master loved to call out Governor's Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence for their frequent "trade mission" trips. It was Gary's contention as well as IR's that these trips, unless proven otherwise, are a waste of taxpayer money and are simply an excuse for politicians and lobbyists to conduct underhanded and possibly illegal activities away from the eyes of the public.

The reason that the IR gang has not written about "trade missions" before. Is that although we share Mr. Welsh's negative view of these trips. We feel that we the people are better off when these politicians and parasites leave town. Yes they do waste taxpayer money by having the trips abroad. But they can and do waste more money and inflict more pain when they are in Indiana. So we have done our best not to encourage Holcomb and others like him from actually staying in town.

But honesty and our commitment to carrying the torch Gary Welsh light for all of us. We felt compelled to write about this. Notwithstanding our own feelings on the subject.

Ms. Lange writes:

Gov. Eric Holcomb is traveling to India on Friday for his third international trade mission in his first nine months as governor

Holcomb and Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger will focus on expanding business opportunities for both countries as they meet with governor officials, business leaders and representatives of foreign chambers in Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore and Pune.

Holcomb previously traveled to Hungary and France in June and Japan in September for economic development.

"With recent, large job commitments from India-based companies, we are building even greater momentum to send more Hoosier-made goods to India and recruit more Indian businesses to grow here in Indiana," Holcomb said. "I'll remain focused on taking our state to the world and bringing the world back to our Hoosier communities."

Holcomb has made workforce development a priority since he became governor, creating a new position as the chief talent recruitment officer.

There are currently nine India-based companies in Indiana.

In March, Infosys became the latest Indian company to announce plans to add an Indiana site with the creation of a tech and innovation hub. The company will invest $8.7 million and employ up to 2,000 Hoosiers. Holcomb will meet with the executives of Infosys as well as Indian company Cummins while in India.

Since 2006, Indiana exports to India have increased 117 percent, totaling more than $266 million in 2016, while India imports to Indiana totaled $349 million.

India also has strong ties to the state's colleges: Purdue University, for example, had the largest enrollment of Indian undergraduate students in the U.S., with 881 students in the fall of 2016.

The international trade trips are funded by the Indiana Economic Development Foundation, which receives private donations.

INDY REPUBLICAN is skeptical to say the least that this trade mission is being funded by private donations. According to the government watchdog site ProPublica the Indiana Economic Development Foundation's address is listed as One North Capital Avenue in Indianapolis. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation created by former Governor Mitch Daniels is also located at One North Capital Avenue. The IEDC was created to replace the former Indiana Department of Commerce and has been frequently criticized for fabricating the number of jobs they have brought into Indiana among other things. To be fair the article only states that the IEDC Foundation receives private donations. It does not say it ONLY receives private donations. Nor does the article state that any private funding is being used for Governor Holcomb's little jaunt to India. Here is hoping that "Bagman" Holcomb does not do anything to asinine while in India. And remember no matter how disgusting it is that old Eric and the gang are traveling the world on trips of dubious value. We still want them to stay the hell out of this state.

For further information about the problems that have been plaguing the IEDC since it's creation back in 2005 click here and here to read Gary Welsh and Paul Ogden's articles on the matter.

Lawsuit alleges Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is violating Federal Election Laws

Connie "Freeloader" Lawson

Back in May IR wrote about Vice President Mike Pence and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson's appointment's to a Commission on Voter Fraud by President Trump. On Friday October 27th, 2017 Fatima Hussein at INDYSTAR.COM reported that Secretary Lawson was being sued by Common Cause Indiana and other parties for violating federal election laws.

Ms. Hussein writes:

Common Cause Indiana in a federal lawsuit filed Friday calls for an injunction to be issued against Lawson, whom the political watchdog group accuses of unlawfully purging voters from state rolls.

Specifically, Common Cause challenges the new "Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck" system that allows election officials to immediately remove voters identified as having registered to vote in another state. The process finds a match based on first name, last name and date of birth.

Common Cause alleges that the crosscheck system contradicts the protections in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, resulting in "nonuniform, discriminatory and illegal cancellations of Indiana voter registrations."

For example, one requirement of federal law says a state “shall not remove” a voter from its list of eligible voters due to change in residence unless the voter confirms a change in residence in writing or fails to respond to a notice sent by the state.

The ACLU of Indiana, national ACLU and voting rights group Demos are representing Common Cause in the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Common Cause's latest action is similar to a lawsuit filed by the Indiana NAACP and League of Women Voters in August.

The Indiana NAACP and League of Women Voters also allege that the state's crosscheck system on voter rolls violates federal law and is discriminatory.

In noting the similarity of the separate lawsuits, Common Cause Indiana's policy director says the issue warrants increased attention.

"There seems to be a move to restrict the right to vote rather than expand it," Julia Vaughn told IndyStar.

"We are disturbed by attempts to restrict access to vote, and we feel an obligation to the voters and state to say, 'No, you have to follow federal law.'"

Named defendants in the lawsuit are Lawson, J. Bradley King and Angela M. Nussmeyer, who are co-directors of the Indiana Election Division.

The secretary of state's office declined to speak with IndyStar regarding the lawsuit, citing a policy not to comment on pending litigation. A spokesman for the Indiana Election Division did not respond to IndyStar requests for comment.

IR has the utmost respect for Julia Vaughan of Common Cause Indiana. We here disagree with her on many issues. But fairly often side with her on issues of government transparency. INDY REPUBLICAN is not sure of what to make of this lawsuit yet. We do not have enough information to form an opinion. But due to our reservations about Connie Lawson, and our respect for Julia Vaughan we will do our best to keep an eye on this case.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Former Indianapolis Prosecutor's Law license suspended after altering public records

Sorry to just be now reporting on this. The IR team has been very busy as of late. WRTV 6's Jordan Fischer had an interesting report about a former Indianapolis Prosecutor whose law license has been suspended for falsifying public records. Jordan Fischer's report from October 18th, 2017 had this to say:

The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended a former Indianapolis city prosecutor’s law license for altering records of his communications with Call 6 Investigates.
Former deputy prosecutor Mark Pizur was terminated from his position in April 2016 after he admitting to doctoring public records. In a statement to the court, Pizur called the move a “total lapse of judgment.”

The records in question were email communications between Pizur and Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney following the death of puppies at the city shelter. The puppies were delivered by dogs seized from Upton's Famous Pet Training Center as part of an ongoing case against the kennel.

Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered Pizur to serve a 180-day suspension from practicing law, to begin Nov. 22.
Pizur’s law license will be automatically reinstated following that period.
The city of Indianapolis eventually returned the dogs to Upton after an agreement was reached in December 2016. In exchange, Upton agreed to dismiss several lawsuits against the city and halt pending records requests and complaints.

Alrighty Then! Let's just digest what WRTV has reported. Mark Pizur a former Indianapolis City Prosecutor has admitted he was guilty of doctoring public records that he gave to WRTV Reporter Kara Kenney and he gets a six month suspension with automatic reinstatement of his law license. But Paul Ogden who did nothing more than accurately point out that a judge was violating the lazy judge rule was slapped with a $10,000 fine and 30 day suspension of his law license with automatic readmission. Why is Pizur not at the very least facing jail time or at least a heavy fine? This does not seem like justice was served in this case. But we are not at all surprised. Back in 2014 Scott Storms a former Administrative Law Judge at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission who was fired from the IURC for overseeing cases related to Duke Energy, while at the same time Mr. Storms was lobbying Duke Energy for a job. In that case Storms was only given a reprimand. Even though his actions may have caused serious problems for people all over Indiana. Paul Ogden and Gary Welsh reported on Scot Storms scandal here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here
For more information on Mark Pizur and the Upton Pet Training Center case. Please check out the following links:

Kudos to Jordan Fischer and Kara Kenney for all there good journalistic work. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Denver GOP to Mike Pence: "We are just not that into you."

Karen and Mike Pence

Good evening boys and girls! Well as always we are impressed by the quality of our readership. One of the most talented, most interesting and most extraordinary people in the universe has told us of a news item we all thought would be of interest to all of you.

John Frank writing today for the Denver Post has a story about just how badly Colorado Republicans want to pay to hear Vice President Mike Pence ramble endlessly speak.

John Frank writes:

Because of a lack of demand, the Colorado Republican Party is offering a Groupon-like deal to see Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence is the headliner for a party fundraiser Oct. 26 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, where the lowest-priced tickets originally cost $275.
The party announced the event weeks earlier but struggled to sell the tickets available. So now it’s lowering the cheapest ticket to $150, a 45 percent discount. A couple can attend with a two-for-one deal at the original $275 price.

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Jeff Hays tried to put his best spin on the news, writing in an email Wednesday: “Due to popular demand, we have made more tickets available at a new lower price.” But the same invite later says space is limited.
Daniel Cole, the party’s spokesman, clarified: “We are hearing from a lot of people that they very much want to see the vice president but the tickets were too expensive.”
He added: “We couldn’t fill the large room at that ticket level.”
The party initially indicated it planned to sell 800 tickets but later said the expected attendance is 400, a goal it expects to meet. The room holds 900 for typical banquet events, according to the hotel.
Cole declined to release the number of tickets sold to date, adding that he never expected the event to sell out because of the size of the room. And he disputed the idea that ticket sales were a reflection on the Trump administration.
The move to add cheaper tickets creates another tier of seating. The original $275 ticket is now reserved seating “in the best locations,” Cole said. The new, lower price is open seating. Both tickets include dinner.

“All Republicans want to see the vice president, and many Republicans can’t afford the $275 ticket,” he said, citing grumbling online from party activists since the fundraiser was announced.

"All Republicans want to see the vice president?" Do you seriously expect us to believe that Mr. Cole? All of us here at Indy Republican as well as many republicans we know throughout the nation can think of almost nothing less we would like than to see the Vice President! A longtime reader of this blog has said to us that "Mike Pence is political mental pornography". By the tone of their voice we assume they are comparing Pence to being on par with late 1990's era scrambled porn. Perhaps midget porn. We are not that sure yet. Pence is continuing to bleed support. All we can say is we hope that the Colorado GOP has something better than Mike Pence available to pump life into it. Otherwise they should just get used to being in minority status in Colorado for the foreseeable future.

Word to the wise for Mike Pence:

Mister Vice President. We here at IR maybe just little nobodies to you and the Washington blue bloods you hang out with. But for once in your miserable life, use your brain. Listen very carefully to what we are about to tell you, Each day you stay in the national spotlight is one day closer you get to political extinction. You have never run for president yourself, as Governor you allowed yourself to be bullied by Mitch Daniels and his gang, and since you have become Vice President you have made one blunder after another. You are obviously in over your head. Resign as Vice President and get the hell out of D.C. before it destroys you.

IR believes in the redemptive power of prayer. But we are not going to lose sleep waiting to see if Vice President Pence decides to be smart and leave political life.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saturday Night Live Skit Spanks Mike Pence for being a submissive to the establishment

A great friend of the blog told IR of last nights Saturday Night Live skit calling out Mike Pence for being a submissive little bitch to the powers that be in Washington, D.C. Last week we blogged here and here about Mike Pence's grandstanding and disrespecting of the national anthem of the United States at last Sunday's Colt's Game in Indianapolis. The White House has since used Pence's childish stunt in a fundraising email. Click here for that story.

Luke Kerr-Dineen at USA Today has the story:

The national anthem issue was kicked up another notch last week when, on President Donald Trump’s orders, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the stadium in response to players kneeling.
And now, in its first show since the pre-planned stunt, SNL is poking fun at the whole thing. In the skit, Trump orders Pence to first walk out of a Pacers game for players not respecting the anthem, then a Starbucks for the company not using “Christmas” cups, then a gay wedding. In light of the revelation that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon's having promoted pro-transgender propaganda. It would be a real knee slapper if the gay wedding in the skit turned out to be Bannon's. IR does not believe Bannon is gay. But in light of what we know about the man. We wouldn't put it past him to be hiding something.

Here is the above mentioned SNL skit:

Rob Kendall of WIBC and Central Indiana Fame had this to say about Mike Pence's stunt:

Steve Bannon peddled Harvey Weinstein Pro-Transgender Propaganda in 2005

Steve Bannon (left) helps Harvey Weinstein (right) distribute "Transamerica"

Former White House Chief Strategist and Breitbart News Chief Steve Bannon declared war on Anti-Trump Republicans at yesterdays Value Voters Summit. One thing that Indy Republican is sure of is that Bannon did not tell the Value Voters Summit about how he profited back in 2005 by distributing Harvey Weinstein's film "Transamerica". Nikki Schwab of the British Daily Mail reported the story last Thursday October 12th, 2017.

Ms. Schwab writes:

As part of Steve Bannon's distribution deal with accused sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein, the former White House chief strategist's video company profited from a title that was groundbreaking for the transgender community.  
Twelve years before it was considered a 'win' for Bannon when his boss, President Trump, banned transgender people from serving in the military, Bannon inked a deal with the Weinstein Company to distribute the film, Transamerica, starring Felicity Huffman.

The 2005 film – heralded by IndieWire as 'the finest U.S. film honoring what it means to transition as an adult' – was part of a video and DVD distribution deal between the Weinstein Co., led by Harvey and his brother Bob, and Genius Products, which was chaired by Bannon.

The deal was first reported by the Associated Press.  
'Genius Products anticipates that the new venture will release to DVD a slate of approximately 20 theatrical films and a significant number of direct-to-video and library titles per year from [the Weinstein Co.],' a press release touting the 2005 deal said.
It goes on to mention Transamerica as one of the titles. 
A 2006 review of the Transamerica DVD confirms that Genius Products ended up being the film's video distributor.

In the press release, Bannon is personally quoted. 
'The management team has worked successfully over the past year to transform the company into a significant player in the home entertainment business,' he said, of the Genius Products team. 'Our relationship with The Weinstein Company – many months in the making – validates both our strategy and our team,' Bannon added. 
Bannon spoke more personally about the Weinstein brothers in investor calls, unearthed by the Associated Press.
'Bob and Harvey are two of the most prolific studio heads in the history of Hollywood,' Bannon said.   
In 2005, Harvey and Bob Weinstein sold their Miramax studio to Disney and launched the Weinstein Company. 
It diversified quickly, with the brothers becoming 70 percent owners in Genius that same year.   
Labeled their 'worst purchase' by Forbes, Genius went bankrupt in 2011.   
Bannon, however, walked away with sizable profits from the venture, the AP found. 
Bannon Strategic Advisers, the former White House chief strategist's company, made $500,000 from a consulting agreement with Genius Products in 2006. 
Bannon was also awarded bonuses for more than $200,000, SEC filings showed, according to the AP. 
In 2005, the ex-White House aide was also awarded stock options valued at more than $1 million at the time. 
Bannon's deal with Weinstein alone opens him up to charges of hypocrisy, as his website Breitbart News has had a field day over the producer's lurid downfall, as sexual assault and harassment accusations pile up.

INDY REPUBLICAN also would like to point out that in addition to the hypocrisy involved in having done business with Harvey Weinstein. Bannon has opened up another can of worms by having profited and unashamedly so off of a film that would appear to go against much of what Bannon would say is President Trump's agenda.

Josh Delk of The Hill.com quoted Bannon as having said yesterday that:

Stephen Bannon on Saturday declared a "season of war" against Republican lawmakers, promising to help elect replacements for any Senate Republican who opposes President Trump.

Bannon told Fox News's Sean Hannity earlier this week that he was declaring "war" on the GOP establishment, saying he would support candidates looking to unseat Republicans who oppose Trump's agenda.

So Steve Bannon is faced with a problem. If he is as he claims looking to go after Republicans who do not support President Trump's agenda. It would be reasonable to infer that Bannon personally supports President Trump and his legislative/ideological goals. Then either a.) President Trump opposes the ideas as promoted in "Transamerica" in which case Bannon is guilty himself of having worked to undermine the "Trump Agenda" for cold hard cash, or b.) Bannon is saying by his actions that "Transamerica" does not go against Trump's ideology. And in that case Bannon has not done anything to undercut Trump by doing business with Weinstein on a film that is transgender friendly. The former scenario if true damages Bannon's credibility as an advocate for President Trump. While the later cast both Trump and Bannon in a bad light regarding their seemingly apparent opposition to the transgender movement. Specifically regarding a ban on transgender servicemen in the military supported by both President Trump and Steve Bannon.  

One of the above assumptions maybe true. But logically one of them must be false. One possible way Bannon could try to resolve his quagmire is to publicly repent of his involvement with Weinstein, and then to either donate all the money he has made from his past dealings with Weinstein to charity. Or spend it on candidates and causes that he supports. IR is going on the record as saying we do not believe that Bannon has to give away the money he made with Weinstein, or that he even should. Our problem is that Bannon needs to acknowledge his past with Weinstein. If he refuses then he can and will be justly accused of being hypocritical. IR cannot predict the future but we are not going to hold our breath that Bannon is going to deal with this issue anytime soon. He most likely will not give back what money he has made with Weinstein.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

InfoWars Head Alex Jones claims Hollywood Elites Grabbed him by the Pu$$y!

Alex Jones

By now it is fair to assume that most of our readers are aware of the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Hollywood Mogul Harvey Weinstein. Click here for more background on Weinstein's fall from grace. Alex Jones everyone's favorite nut-job of InfoWars infamy has come forward claiming that he has been sexually harassed by Hollywood insiders.

Susan Wright over at Redstate.com has the story:

InfoWars host Alex Jones jumped the Weinstein bandwagon Friday:
“I’ve had Hollywood producers grab me by the genitals, twice, and I’ve had them pat me on the butt many other times, and that’s why, one reason, I don’t go out there,” Mr. Jones said near the start of Friday’s edition of his popular internet and radio program.
“I was just thinking about it — I had suppressed it, I had repressed it — one other Hollywood producer, three of them, grabbed my genitals,” Mr. Jones said several minutes later.

The Weinstein thing has been going on for over a week. Jones has been talking about it, without making a single reference to his own experiences, but suddenly, he’s got a vivid memory and exact detail.
“Going after the women is only secondary and only to humiliate them. It’s really about men dominating other men, and it’s not even for the gay sex. It’s an act of domination,” Mr. Jones said during Friday’s broadcast.
“I guess it’s just something they do – they really will grab you and really not kind of hurt you, but squeeze you. I guess just to see what you’re going to do,” Mr. Jones said. “It was like a weird handshake ritual of dominance to see what I’d do.”

So knowing all of this, what did you do? Who was responsible? Name names and put those scumbags on the ropes.
Jones didn’t name names.

IR has to share Susan Wright's skepticism of Alex Jones claim of having been molested by Hollywood moguls. His refusal to name the people he alleges to have harmed him diminishes his already non-existent credibility. The cowardly behavior exhibited by Alex Jones stands in stark contrast to the late great Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana fame. Indy Republican admits that yes Gary was an fan of InfoWars and believed in our opinions far more than he should have in conspiracy theories. Gary was only trying to get at the truth and help insure justice was done. Also Gary openly called out powerful people that he knew or thought he knew engaged in molesting others. The staff here recalls with great admiration. Gary Welsh's articles exposing Indiana Democratic fundraiser Joe "The Popper King" Miller for his role in contributing to the death of many members of his own gay community by his manufacturing of poppers. As well as calling out Miller on the fact that he had been charged in the late 1970's with molesting two teenage boys in Johnson County, Indiana.

It is one of the greatest sins of our time that a man like Gary Welsh who did fight against sexual violence against men and women felt compelled to end his life. While a, and we use the term loosely here a "man" like the vile creep Alex Jones is out there peddling his garbage. Alex Jones days are numbered though. More and more. His insanity is being called out by great men and women at publications like Redstate, National Review, Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire, Brian Dunning's Skeptoid.com, and the Weekly Standard.

We will leave you with a video that we believe portrays what really runs through Alex Jones's brain:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Reactions to Mike Pence's Sunday Colt's Game Hissyfit

On Sunday we reported on Mike Pence's publicity stunt in which he ran away like an angry child at the Colt's game, and how he posted a three year old picture of himself and his wife to Twitter showing them at a Colt's game. Not to mention Pence's going to attend a fundraiser for RINO Congressman and Putin Stooge Dana Rohrabacher on Monday. Apparently others took notice of Pence's asinine behavior and expressed everything from advice to Vice President Pence, suggestions for what Pence could be better used for, etc. We thought we would share the responses of other distinguished people with you our readers. Here are some of what we found perusing cyberspace:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Angie's List selling it's East-Side Indianapolis Office

To all our readers IR apologizes for the delay in reporting this news. The staff has had a busy week. On Monday October 9th, 2017 Jared Council writing for the Indianapolis Business Journal reported that the Indianapolis based front um we mean business Angie's List has decided it is time to sell their east-side business campus.

Council reported:

ANGI Homeservices Inc. has listed for sale the entire Angie's List corporate campus, a 17.5-acre property that helped revitalize a section of Indianapolis just east of downtown—but one that ANGI wants nothing to do with.
Colorado-based ANGI—which debuted as a public company Oct. 2 after Angie's List Inc. merged with HomeAdvisor—announced Monday that it is selling the property for the best offer. The campus, headquartered at 1030 E. Washington St., is made up of 41 parcels with 25 buildings, 1,000 parking spaces and 190,000 square feet of office space.
The local office of Chicago-based JLL is the listing real estate brokerage.
It remains to be seen how much interest it will attract, whether one buyer will want it all, and whether the next owner (or owners) plans to be an occupant or an investor.
Abbe Hohmann, president of Indianapolis-based Site Strategies Advisory LLC, said the campus might see some interest—but it could be tough to get one buyer. Hohmann was involved in Indianapolis Public Schools' $1.65 million sale of the former Ford plant on East Washington Street to TWG Development Inc. The Ford plant is across the street from Angie's campus on a 3.6-acre lot.
"We had five bidders, so there are people looking at that East Washington Street corridor," Hohmann said. "But I think the challenge will be having one group want to buy all of that."
JLL listing agent Matt Waggoner said ANGI will accept offers until Nov. 3 and hopes to finalize a buyer or buyers by the middle of next year, when it will move affected employees to new space. He said ANGI's preference is to sell the property to one buyer, but is not ruling out offloading it in pieces.
"One of the huge benefits of this campus ... is that it's one of the biggest developable parcels in proximity to downtown," Waggoner said. "It's got a lot of parking, it's got a lot of good infrastructure and buildings, so it creates a lot of flexibility for future buyers."

There aren't many potential occupants known to be looking for 190,000 square feet of space.

Angie's List started renting east-side buildings and lots in 2000 and grew its footprint over time. In November 2012, while in the midst of adding 500 employees to the roughly 1,000 it already had, it decided to purchase those parcels—about 40—for $6.25 million.
The seller was Henry Amalgamated, a property company in which former Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle was a 70 percent owner.
ANGI's decision is hardly a surprise. Since the merger was announced in May, officials charged with leading the new company expressed interest in cutting costs and simplifying operations. And it just doesn't need that much space. Angie's List downsized from about 2,200 employees in mid-2014 to about 1,000 today..
Angie's List and HomeAdvisor are separate brands under ANGI. Both entities plan to maintain separate operations in Indianapolis—at least for now. ANGI CEO Chris Terrill told IBJ last week that his vision is for the two brands to occupy the same office space, but that may come down the road.

We need not worry about Angie's List finding a buyer for their campus. Surely Bill Oesterle or Angie Hicks can use their political pull business acumen to find someone to by the property above market value! Let's help Paul Ogden and the late great Gary Welsh finally drive a stake through the heart of the Indianapolis vampire known as Angie's List.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence’s Shamelessly Panders to his Beltway Paymasters

Mike Pence the sycophant

Well IR was hoping we could get through this weekend without having to witness anymore stupidity out of Vice President Pence. But as is his won’t good old Mikey just had to show us all just how much of a political hack he is. INDY REPUBLICAN has many times over the past year and a half of this blogs existence chronicled the train wreck that is Mike Pence. Everything from his whoring himself out at a fundraiser for his master President Trumpphotographic proof that he is losing his soulhis attempts to act like “I know nothing” Sergeant Schultz
to his dishonesty about his residency when he ran for governor. We have covered it all. At today's Colts game facing off against the 49ers, Vice President Pence decided to up and leave the game.

Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports has the story:

Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts game before it started on Sunday, making a show out of leaving when players from the visiting team knelt for the national anthem. President Donald Trump later tweeted that he had asked Pence to leave the game if anyone knelt.
Vice President Pence being the sniveling toady he is submitted to his master Donald Trump by running away like a whiny little girl leaving the game. Not content enough to simply leave. The VP decided to take to Twitter and express his outrage at the San Francisco 49er's kneeling during the national anthem. Probably because Pence was afraid that President Trump would question his manhood if he did not.

Which is interesting as earlier Pence had tweeted that he wanted to cheer on the Colts and honor former Indianapolis Colt Peyton Manning:

Or here in this shot of Mike and Karen standing for the national anthem:

Last week IR friend and fellow blogger Paul Ogden of Ogden on Politics fame summed up INDY REPUBLICANS feelings perfectly both regarding the "protesters" kneeling during the national anthem and the bone headed reaction of our Commander-in-Chief to these classless fools:

I (Paul Ogden) find the players actions at best misguided and at worst deplorable. The protest is supposed to be about raising the issue of racism.  But the protest does not do that at all.  Instead the protesting players are slapping the face of all those who have fought and died so that we can have the freedoms we Americans enjoy, including the freedom those players have to earn millions of dollars playing a game one day a week.  Those players might have as well gone up and spit on the flag and what it represents.   But it is exactly because of what that flag stands for that we should respect and allow the protests to continue.  The flag stands for the freedom to express one's views, especially those that are political, i.e are about a matter of public concern. Now I am well aware that the Free Speech Clause does not apply to private businesses, such as the NFL.  And, yes, the team owners can almost certainly legally fire the players for their objectionable speech.  But just because the action would be legal, does not mean it is right.  Free speech is not just part of a constitutional amendment.  It is an essential characteristic of American society and a bedrock principle of our political system.  If people are constantly threatened with their jobs if they dare express their views publicly then robust political debate is silenced and we all suffer as a result. Sadly, we have a President who has long declared open hostility to the American tradition of free speech.   Candidate Trump attacked American free speech during the campaign., even suggesting that the requirement of "actual malice" for libel actions be done away with.  Trump warmly praised dictators who violently put down public protests and kill journalists who write negative stories about those dictators. He is the first President since John Adams who has argued that Americans actually have too much free speech.   Even before entering the world of politics, Trump was well-known for suing (or threatening to sue) anyone who had the temerity to speak ill of him publicly. Unfortunately, too many of my Republican friends have tossed aside their conservative principles to back the President's over-the-top assertion that these NFL players should be fired by their employers. In doing so, they are eschewing Constitutional principles and embracing the liberal tactics of suppressing unpopular free speech, i.e. speech liberals do not like  If those tactics are wrong for liberals, they are also wrong when done by conservatives.   The answer to unpopular speech is not to silence that speech, but to counter it with other speech.  By all means let's roundly condemn those players who insult the grand principles for which our great country stands. But, as one of those principles is the right to speak out on matters of public concern, let's stop short of demanding that speech be silenced by firing the speakers.   For conservatives to do otherwise makes them no better than the liberals.

INDY REPUBLICAN just like Paul Ogden feels that these "protesters" are showing extreme disrespect to the national anthem of this the greatest country in the history of man. Nevertheless standing up for these United States and the Anthem demands that we should allow the protest to continue. We conservatives, libertarians, and republicans should counter the protesters with speech of our own defending the U.S. of A. We must not attempt to trample the free speech rights of anyone. Nor should we turn tail and yell "UNCLE" like the spineless jellyfish of a Vice President Mike Pence did earlier today.

IR would like to ask Mike Pence this question: "Why not stay during the game and show that you were not intimidated by the cowardly kneeling during the anthem?" Instead by leaving you gave the (accurate) impression that you are terrified of any sign of dissent weather real or imagined.

Bill Kristol former chief of staff to Vice President Quayle and Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Standard magazine, has some interesting observations about the Vice President's conduct at today's Colts game:

Mr. Kristol is referring to California Republican  Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. The Vice President is scheduled to be at a fundraiser for Rohrabacher tomorrow. This despite the fact that many political observers have expressed concerns about Rohrabacher's overly friendly views towards Russian tyrant and former KGB Agent Vladimir Putin. If being around a bunch of pampered, self-indulgent, whiners who show disrespect to the national anthem is too much for the Vice President. Then how can he justify fundraising for a congressman whose own patriotism has been rightfully questioned?

Kristol also had this to offer bit of advice for Mike Pence to consider:

It's a fair point Mr. Vice President. If the VP or any supporters of his feel an need to respond. We will happily post there responses. We are not going to hold our breath.

Have a Happy Columbus Day tomorrow everyone!

UPDATE: WRTV reporter Katie Cox reports that the photo of Mike and Karen Pence in Colts attire was actually a photo taken back in 2014. It is apparent when you compare the photograph of the Second Couple standing for the anthem in which the Vice President is wearing a business suit and Mrs. Pence is wearing a Colts Jersey No# 18. And in the other picture both Pences are wearing Colts apparel and Mrs. Pence is wearing a Colts No# 50 Jersey. Click here for the full story. 

UPDATE: Patterico over at Redstate.com has written here about how Mike Pence’s whole childish walkout at today’s Colts game was a pre planned stunt. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Is Congressman Tim Murphy's resignation a sign of troubles to come for the GOP?

Congressman Tim Murphy R-PA

CBS News reported earlier today that republican congressman Tim Murphy has resigned his seat in congress. Effective October 21, 2017. INDY REPUBLICAN wonders how many more republicans will resign there seats in congress. Like fellow blogger Paul Ogden, and all of us we are just soo sick of winning all the time!

Click here for more information on Murphy's resignation.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Did Former Workforce Development Commissioner steer nearly $1 Million to their former company?

Steve Braun

Recently INDY REPUBLICAN reported here on the resignation of Indiana Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun in preparation to run for congress. Now to our extreme surprise word is out that Steve Braun may have some conflict of interest issues he is embroiled in. Hayleigh Colombo at IBJ.COM has an article she wrote yesterday entitled “Former DWD chief used ex-colleagues to build key data tool” has the details.

Ms. Colombo reports:

When Steve Braun stepped down last month from leading the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, his key initiative was in place and operating: a $3.6 million data system designed to predict demand in Indiana for about 800 occupations.

It was something the Republican had been working to execute almost since then-Gov. Mike Pence tapped him in late 2014 to lead the agency.

Braun—a former state legislator who had sold an IT consulting firm a decade earlier for $40 million—believed the key to cracking the workforce code was the use of forecasting and analytics tools to anticipate the state’s labor needs.

And now, as Braun readies a run for Congress, his system is starting to produce results that he and other advocates say will give the state unprecedented insights into current and future job demand, information that is being used to inform decisions about the way hundreds of millions of dollars in education and training funding are allocated.

Braun, 57, said he wanted to create an “ecosystem to give us a very unique strategic advantage when it comes to how we educate our people with the right skills at the right time to fill the jobs today and in the future.”

But not everyone is fully comfortable with the process that led to the development of what’s called the Demand Driven Workforce System or what some fear is an overreliance on the data to make decisions affecting thousands of Indiana high school and college students.

For one, a key part of the work was done by Chicago-based Inquidia Consulting  a 25-employee data-analytics firm that was started by several of Braun’s former employees from Braun Consulting, the IT firm he sold to Minneapolis-based Fair Isaac Corp. in 2004.

Now here comes the juicy part:

Inquidia—which reaped nearly $1 million over two years from the DWD— also employed Braun’s son Jonathon as a senior data architect and consultant at the time Inquidia started working for the state in 2015.

Steve Braun himself was a minority shareholder in Inquidia until shortly before the agency sought firms to bid on the project in 2015. Braun said he once owned 27 percent of the firm.

And Braun told IBJ he championed Inquidia’s involvement from the start. (Wonder why? Could it have something to do with his son having been employed at Inquidia?)

“As we looked around in terms of people that could do it for us, we weren’t comfortable that there were vendors in the current system really that … were capable,” Braun said. “I knew my guys could because this is what we did.”

Hayleigh Colombo also points out in addition to the possible conflict of interest. The project may not work as the state hopes it will.

Observers say another potential problem is the data itself. Experts say there’s no system—no matter how well designed—that can fully predict what jobs will be available in a decade or more. And they worry that decisions based largely on the information might miss the mark.

Michael Hicks, the director of Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research, said the DWD’s goals are laudable. But he said the state must be careful not to rely on the information too much or as if it’s 100 percent accurate.

“If the numbers are wrong and we’re deploying resources in places that are inappropriately educating people for those jobs, we’re screwing them over,” Hicks said. “There’s no polite way to say that.”

Hayleigh Colombo reporting on the deal with Inquidia:

The state’s contract with Inquidia struck some DWD employees as a potential conflict of interest—or at least the appearance of it—from the start. But the agency’s general counsel, Jeff Gill, told IBJ he was “confident we had screened Braun from any involvement” in the deal.

Braun said that—on the advice of DWD attorneys—he divested his Inquidia stake. State rules say officers and employees “may not knowingly have a financial interest in a contract made by an agency.”

State code also says an individual employed in an agency “may not contract with or supervise the work of a business entity of which a relative is a partner, executive officer, or sole proprietor.” The DWD said Braun’s son Jonathon was not in one of those leadership positions at Inquidia when he was an employee there from 2014 to 2016.

Braun submitted an amendment to his state financial disclosure on July 15, 2015—about two weeks before the request for bidders was released—stating that “as of June 30th, I have divested my entire minority shareholder position of Inquidia Consulting Inc. I no longer have any financial interest whatsoever in Inquidia.”

Indianapolis-based Knowledge Services, a state procurement contractor, released a “request for project services” seeking a vendor to help with the workforce system on Aug. 4, 2015. Responses were due two weeks later, on Aug. 18.

Inquidia was one of six bidders, according to DWD, and was ultimately selected. Also bidding were CSpring, SEP and STLogics Corp., all of which are based locally, as well as Lafayette-based Roeing Corp., and Ohio-based Sogeti USA, which has an Indianapolis branch.

Most of the unsuccessful bidders did not reply to IBJ’s request for comment.

But Raman Ohri, president of SEP, said nothing about the bidding process for the DWD contract seemed unusual—“other than the result.”

“The work was something we are well suited for,” Ohri said. And he said the company typically scores well in competitive bidding situations.

“In this case, we were the cheapest,” he said. But he said SEP scored low “for suitability of our solution.” (Very curious)

Braun said that he “wasn’t on the scoring team” that reviewed the bids and made the decision. “I completely stepped back once I divested,” he added.

Gill told IBJ that Steve Elliott, DWD’s chief information officer, and Jeff Tucker, a DWD IT specialist, “led the entire” bidding process. But it’s not clear who made the final hiring decision. (Conveniently as DWD Commissioner Braun was Elliott and Tucker’s boss and could have very easily applied pressure to them to award the contract to whomever he wanted)

DWD said in a written statement that it “cannot, for a variety of reasons–including confidentiality–provide a list of people who were involved in the scoring process, other than to say it did not include Steve Braun.”

(Our response to DWD’s saying cannot tell us who was involved in the scoring process is BULLSHIT! How is the scoring of a contract that involves millions in taxpayers money not a matter of public record? Without the list of scoring officials we have no way of knowing whether or not Steve Braun was one of the officials)

“The final decision was collaborative, and was based on the approved scoring process that was set forth,” DWD spokesman Bob Birge told IBJ in an email.

Gill rejected IBJ’s request to view evaluation forms used in the RFP scoring process. He said Indiana law gives agencies discretion to withhold from public disclosure “records that are intra-agency or interagency advisory or deliberative material.”

Braun said the vendor request “certainly was not tailored” to give Inquidia an advantage. But he also said, “It was clear in my mind that they were the best” option for the job. (Word to the wise Mr. Braun you should stop talking)

By mid-September 2015, Inquidia had inked out a deal with state officials, according to a signed work order provided to IBJ, in the amount of $481,160, including $28,000 for travel, lodging and meals. That contract called for Inquidia to create an “employer demand data strategy roadmap” and an “infrastructure and platform roadmap.”

Throughout at least part of the contract, Inquidia employees, including Jonathon Braun and others, used office space at the DWD, Steve Braun said.

Gill said Pence’s office recommended that DWD clear the contract through the Indiana Ethics Commission. Two months after it was signed, Gill wrote to then-Inspector General Cynthia Carrasco concerning two issues: Braun’s son Jonathon’s employment with Inquidia and Braun’s divestiture of the company.

The Office of the Inspector General determined “it does not appear that a potential conflict of interests exists” under state code. Staff attorney Stephanie Mullaney said in a reply to DWD that while it appeared appropriate statutes had been followed, “you may consider, out of an abundance of caution, to continue screening the commissioner from any involvement with Inquidia, particularly with respect to any potential issues, review, or other matters that may arise regarding any part of this project.”

State Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, questioned the timing of Braun’s disclosure of the situation to the Inspector General’s office.

“The main concern is that it would have been better if Steve, who I have the highest regard for, had gotten the ethics opinion before going forward,” DeLaney said. “I don’t see a suggestion he made 5 cents off of this. But the system is a little strange where you get an ethical opinion after the fact.”

In the fall of 2016, the state used a change order to bump up the contract by another $100,000, bringing the total cost of Inquidia’s work for DWD to $981,160.

The state’s payments for the work ultimately went to Knowledge Services, which in turn paid Inquidia. That means the payments do not appear on the Indiana Transparency Portal, according to Indiana Department of Administration spokeswoman Molly Deuberry. The contract does not appear there either. (So much for open and transparent government. Gives some insight into what kind of Congressman Braun would be)

State Senator Luke Kenley said regarding DWD’s contract with Inquidia: “You need for that kind of a deal to be made if that’s the best purchase for the state but you need to have the transparency that’s going to provide enough openness,” Kenley said. “It sounds like the question is, ‘Did they do it well enough?’ It’s not just to make sure that the taxpayer is getting the best deal, but that the taxpayer is getting an honest deal.”

Ethics experts say this is a deal that deserves scrutiny.

“While I can appreciate they sought to create a level playing field, the fact that [Braun] admits ‘I knew my guys could do it’ makes it at least appear to have been preordained,” said Julia Vaughn, executive director of government watchdog group Common Cause Indiana.

Gerry Lanosga, an assistant professor of journalism at Indiana University, said “it always strikes me that there are a lot of companies that do the work in question and it seems convenient and coincidental that this company happens to be the one” chosen.

“Officials really should think about and ask themselves what would it look like to someone on the outside when there are relationships or connections with vendors that could lead to a perception of conflict of interest and possibly a gaming of the system,” he said.

INDY REPUBLICAN would like to commend Hayleigh Colombo for having written another outstanding article. DWD has been abysmally run since at least 2005. The fact that this agency has managed to escape so much public scrutiny for so long is incredible. This story reminds all of us here of another conflict of interest involving then DWD IT Director Roy Templeton back around 2005. DWD awarded a contract to a company that Templeton had a financial interest in. Surprisingly although the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General said DWD should not have awarded the contract. To the best of our knowledge nothing has ever been done to the agency or Templeton. It is long past time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Labor reign in DWD.

Gary Welsh and Paul Ogden reported on Roy Templeton’s conflict of interest back in 2009. Click here and here for their articles.

Click here for a chart from the Indiana Business Journal outlining Braun’s connection to Inquidia.

To read the United States Department of Labor’s full report on the Roy Templeton incident click this link: https://www.oig.dol.gov/public/reports/oa/2009/05-09-001-03-390.pdf

UPDATE: Originally we said $3.6 Million in the blog post title. The original amount was closer to $1 Million. Sorry for the mistake. It has now been corrected. Thanks to Hayleigh Colombo for pointing out the mistake.