Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top 10 Local Stories of 2012

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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As tradition dictates it is time for me to compose my top 10 stories of 2012. I have been writing for NUVO since March and most of my focus has been on local issues, so I am going to limit my list to political stories and events in the Indianapolis area.

My criteria are pretty simple: impact on the region, the newsmaker involved, etc. And yet, this is all subjective. So with that said, here we go.

10. Greg Ballard sworn in for second term, showing Republicans can win in Marion County, despite what happened in 2012. Will they take a hint?

9. Maggie Lewis makes history as first female and African-American to head Indianapolis City-County Council. Brian Mahern has conniption fit!

8. Explosion rocks south side, kills two damages dozens of homes and all in the name of alleged insurance fraud. And they were idiots on top of it.

7. Council and Mayoral tensions crescendo in the form of a budget battle over CIB funding and $30 million impoundment of county funds. Not to mention, redistricting battle which could end up in court.

6. Eugene White job hunt falls short. Citizens suffer.

5. New Yorker Frank Straub resigns as Public Safety Director, replaced by Troy Riggs of Louisville. Hoosiers trade Big Apple bluegrass.

4. Thoughtful Council Democrats join forces with Mayor Greg Ballard to pass badly needed economic development projects in the form of TIF Districts. Poor people big winners.

3. TIm Durham sentenced to 50 years in prison for fraud. Apparently, love isn't the only thing money can't buy.

2. IPS Voters elect three reform minded candidates, Gayle Cosby, Catlin Hannon, Sam Odle. Total dynamic of board is changed, and for the better.

1. Indianapolis hosts Super Bowl 46, clearly demonstrating it can compete and do just as well, if not better, than a lot bigger places and opening the door to numerous other possibilities.*

*This one had actually tied with Abdul begins writing for NUVO, exposing an entire new audience to his right-of-center, yet occasionally snarky genius, but that would have been self-serving and my New Year's resolution is to tone some of that down. Yeah, right.

Happy New Year!

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