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Who’s holding the REINS? – Open Item

Hoosier Access Open Item covers Scott Tibbs most recent post on Todd Young's REINS act and summer study committees from yesterdayScott Tibbs is on fire this week, he’s contributed another excellent piece overnight, this one focusing on Congressman Todd Young’s (R-Bloomington) legislation to preserve legislative power with the legislative branch of government. Be sure to check out his post and share your thoughts on the subject as well!

There were two major summer study committee meetings yesterday. One on common core and the other on mass transit. Maureen Hayden writing for CHNI newspapers reported that the common core meeting lasted over eight hours and ran well into the evening. There was much dispute as to whether Indiana’s existing standards, particularly on math, were superior to those proposed by the Common Core standards. While there were no decisions made at the meeting it was a good opportunity to judge the relative passion on both sides of this issue.

Norman Cox and Jade Hindmon covered the mass transit summer study committee for RTV6 and found things may have been even more contentious at that meeting. Mayor Greg Ballard (R) and IndyGo president Mike Terry pressed the need for more transit options to a group of fairly skeptical lawmakers. Mayor Ballard raised the issue of a woman who has to take the day off to see her doctor because it is a two and a half hour trip to get there with current transit options. Lawmakers were concerned with sticking non-transit users with the cost of supporting the system improvements.

We neglected to announce the results of the Tweet of the Week polling. In what turned out to be a bit of an unfair advantage, one of the nominated tweets was about Purdue University when we posted a very pro-Purdue blog on the same day. So, sports reporter Chris Emma‘s post about Purdue University sports took the day after building up a commanding lead on the first day of voting. Here are the full results:

Which of the below is the best Tweet of the Week? (Week ending 8/1/13)

  • @CEmmaFOX - Darrell Hazell: "#Purdue is always a team that’s perceived in the middle of the Big Ten. ... We’re going to climb out of the middle." (65%, 17 Votes)
  • @jimgeraghty - Lincoln Memorial vandalizers laugh now, but they'll regret it tonight when the statue arises, tracks their scent, and takes his vengeance. (15%, 4 Votes)
  • @cmatthewspolls - It's a fair point: in '12 R candidates accountable for Akin/Mourdock. But Weiner, Spitzer, Filner...media not asking other Ds to denounce (12%, 3 Votes)
  • @chrisfaulkner - The Global Sharknado Threat-the infographic you were not really waiting for... http://shar.es/ynCn3 via @visually (4%, 1 Votes)
  • @cewise84 - Some of you sound highly irrational all the time. I bet that's exhausting. (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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We will be taking nominations until Thursday evening for next week’s poll. Just send them to us via our contact form or our Twitter account.

Finally, I just wanted to note that I’ve been added to the lineup of folks contributing to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forefront section. My first piece ran in the most recent issue, so if you’re a subscriber you can catch it in your print edition or on the Forefront website. As always, we welcome your thoughts on this or any of the other issues of the day!

This post was tagged under: Indiana Politics, National Politics, Open Item, Todd Young, Tweet of the Week

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