OPEN ITEM – Some National Recognitions for Indianapolis
Indianapolis landmarks received two recognitions this past week. First, the Indianapolis International Airport was rated best in the continent by the Airports Council International. Justin Mack with the Indianapolis Star reports that the airport has received this recognition for the second year in a row and for the third time in the last four years. Passengers surveys conducted in the gate areas of the airports are used to determine which airport is recognized.
The other big recognition coming to Indianapolis is for the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, which was awarded another survey-based honor – this one coming from 10best.com, a division of USA Today. The museum won the “Best Museum for Families” category in a survey by 10best according to Shari Rudavski of the Indianapolis Star. Rudavski notes that Indianapolis is being considered in another survey – this category as “Best Convention City.” You have until March 10 to vote in that survey.
These recognitions do help drive attention to Indianapolis and while one might initially think that Indianapolis doesn’t have a great chance against destinations like Las Vegas, keep in mind that Visit Indy has brought in bigger and bigger conferences – it wasn’t that long ago we hosted the Super Bowl! In just a few months the National Rifle Association’s convention will be held in Indianapolis.
Following up on our coverage of Sen. Mike Delph’s (R-Carmel) press conference earlier this week, WTHR-TV reports that Sen. Delph has been disciplined by his caucus – stripping him of committee and leadership positions, his press secretary and moving his seat in the Senate chamber away from the Republican caucus. While this may sound harsh it is not unusual and represents a mild punishment for a leadership challenge.
The last major challenge to leadership came just before the 2003 session when then State Representative Win Moses (D-Fort Wayne) challenged State Representative Pat Bauer (D-South Bend) for leadership of the caucus. former Rep. Moses lost that challenge and had his committee assignments stripped from him. His unsuccessful challenge had distracted him from the campaign trail and resulted in him eking out a narrow victory against Fort Wayne architect and later mayoral candidate Matt Kelty. That challenge put a huge target on Rep. Moses’ back, whose district was targeted in redistricting and resulted in him losing to State Representative Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne).
Finally, another quick note about the Young Republicans event in Indianapolis this week – they have a great lineup of people supporting this event and it promises to be a great opportunity to not just meet and greet the political elite, but to support the campaign initiatives the YRs have planned for the upcoming election.