Thumbs up- Civic fever
ballots, nearly five times the number of first-day early voters in the last
municipal election. Several voters cited the Columbus Day holiday as giving
them enough time and flexibility to make the trip downtown, according to the
clerk's staff. "It goes to show you that when people have time and they
have flexible options they will avail themselves of the opportunity," said
Angie Nussmeyer, a spokeswoman for Marion County Clerk Beth White. "We
just wish it was in other parts of the community..." Last month,
Republican opposition thwarted the Clerk's efforts to expand early voting to satellite locations around the city
satellite locations around the city. Voters wishing to cast an early vote have
a variety of weekday and weekend options to do so downtown until noon Nov. 7.
Democratic candidate for mayor Melina Kennedy held a rally Tuesday to further
increase interest and participation. So who's ahead so far? No one can say. The
early ballots are kept in a vault until Election Day when bi-partisan election
teams will deliver them to their respective districts to be tallied.
Thumbs up- Indy Occupied
Here's to a peaceful yet powerful demonstration downtown
More than 1,000 people turned up to Occupy Indianapolis on
Saturday, and a small group remains encamped on the Statehouse steps. The
organic nature of this movement, the effort to embrace collective consciousness
and consensus and the overall inclusiveness are blazing new territory on the
protest front. We're eager to see how this movement evolves.
Thumbs up- Pony up for the puppies (and the kitties)
Animal rescue groups across the city are teaming up for
Rescue Rally, a friendly competition designed to see who can spring the most
animals from Indianapolis Animal Care and Control. Last year, 8,707 of the
16,933 animals IACC received were euthanized. Local rescue groups saved 30
percent of the animals adopted from IACC, according to Rescue Rally organizers.
The rally aims to bolster those efforts. The second annual event runs Oct. 15
– Jan. 15. Its goal is to see more than 200 animals removed from the
shelter, double the amount saved during last year's competition. In addition to
rewarding groups that save the most dogs and cats, the rally will also award
groups saving the most animals with special needs, including sight-impaired and
physically impaired animals. Rally organizers are currently raising money to
underwrite prizes. Wanna help? Visit rescuerally.org or call 317-641-9300.