Archive for January, 2010
A group of Indiana state senators have formed a conservative caucus.
These are the senators in the group:
Sen. James Buck (District 21)
Sen. Mike Delph (District 29)
Sen. Travis Holdman (District 19)
Sen. Jean Leising (District 42)
Sen. Scott Schneider (District 30)
Sen. Marlin Stutzman (District 13)
Sen. Greg Walker (District 41)
Sen. Brent Waltz (District 36)
Sen. John Waterman (District 39)
Sen. Carlin Yoder (District 12)
Sen. R. Michael Young (District 35)
This is a list of legislation they mentioned today:
Current Positions Taken by the Indiana Senate Conservative Caucus:
SJR 1: Circuit breakers and other property tax matters (property tax caps)
SJR 13: Definition of marriage
SJR 14: Right to opt out of the health care system
SB 25: Firearms in locked vehicles
SB 43: Murder sentencing and sentence enhancements for witness under 16 yrs
SB 71: Involuntary manslaughter and pregnancy (OWI)
SB 195: Access to handgun licensing information
SB 198: Prohibits state agencies from contracting with or making grants to Planned Parenthood
SB 213: Requirements for the Dept. of Corrections concerning unauthorized aliens
SB 246: Income tax rate adjustment
SB 405: Gaming matters, riverboats, and authorizations
From the NCAA today:
The Kansas high school basketball coach who became an Internet and news sensation after improbably sinking a half-court shot during a school pep rally will attend the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four after all – as a guest of the NCAA.
Joel Branstrom, head girls basketball coach at Olathe (Kan.) Northwest High School, took the shot while blindfolded during a pep rally at the school’s gymnasium Jan. 22. Students told the popular coach that if he made the shot he would receive tickets to the Men’s Final Four.
What they did not plan for was the former Kansas University walk-on to actually make the shot. When he did, stunned and ecstatic students celebrated, but those who organized the contest had one problem: they did not actually have tickets for Branstrom to go the Final Four. Once video taken by the school’s multimedia department surfaced online, the story received national attention.
“When they dressed me up and put a blindfold on me, I was prepared to get hit in the face with a pie,” said Branstrom. “I didn’t know for over a minute that I actually made it. If it wasn’t on tape, I probably still wouldn?t believe it.”
“This is a unique circumstance – Coach Branstrom is an educator, former student-athlete, head women’s basketball coach, and apparently, a pretty good outside shot. When we first got word of Coach’s shot, this was a no-brainer – he’ll be in Indianapolis as a guest of the Association,” said Greg Shaheen, the NCAA’s senior vice president for basketball and business strategies. “The fact that he took the prank in good stride speaks volumes about his character. We’re excited to have Joel and his family at the Final Four as guests of the NCAA.”
“Even though I was part of a great team at the University of Kansas, we didn’t make it to the Final Four when I played,” Branstrom said. “I am excited for the opportunity to participate in the greatest weekend of basketball at the 2010 Final Four.”
The Final Four takes place April 3 and 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Very few people garner long-lasting results by jumping into any form of activity without first building a solid foundation of conditioning. Most people end up hating every minute of physical activity because they suffer through workouts due to not taking the time to build this foundation.
Here is this weeks segment on that very topic: http://www.wthr.com/Global/category.asp?C=83078&nav=menu188_2_2_1
It’s one of my favorite days of the year, Groundhog Day. Every year I watch Punxsutawney Phil come out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob to let us know if we’ll see more winter. Tuesday is Groundhog Day, so the count is on!
If Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter, if he doesn’t see his shadow, we’ll have an early spring.
I think I know what most of you are hoping for, but what do you really think Phil will see?
Whatever it is, I’ll be watching… I love that little guy!
Finally, after a very gloomy, cloudy month sunshine is back! One inch of snow fell in Indianapolis last night, and now, we’ll begin to dry out.
Partly cloudy skies are expected around Central Indiana today with highs in the upper teens. Winds will come out of the Northwest up to 20 mph, so expect very frigid wind chills in the single digits.
Overnight, clouds increase as lows drop to about 10 degrees. Wind chill readings will register around zero.
Tomorrow we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the low 20s.
The weekend looks dry with highs in the mid 20s.
This weekend there’s a big storm developing that will track just to the south of Indiana, if the track moves north a bit, we could be talking a different weekend forecast, so stay tuned for any changes.
Highs today will reach around 30 degrees in Central Indiana. A mix of sun and clouds is likely with clouds thickening up as we move into the afternoon. The winds relax today, so they won’t be as biting. Late this afternoon into tonight another chance of light snow moves in. Up to one inch of accumulation is possible with this next system moving through.
Tomorrow, expect another mix of sun and clouds with highs in the low 20s. Friday, we keep the mostly cloudy skies, but bump the temperature up to the mid 20s.
Saturday and Sunday it looks like the sun makes a return with partly cloudy skies, and highs in the mid to upper 20s.
There’s a large system to our south expected to produce rain and snow over the next few days. Right now it looks like it will stay far enough south to miss Central Indiana, but any slight move, and we could be changing the forecast, so stay tuned for any updates.
When Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi announced earlier this month that he wouldn’t be running again, it seemed like county Republicans had a good plan in place for his replacement – Helen Marchal, a prosecutor in Brizzi’s office.
But late Tuesday, Marchal, who has three kids under the age of seven, said on second thought, she was pulling her name from consideration. Read more here.
More on the Nightbeat at 11:00 pm.
Eyewitness News spoke to Congressman Mike Pence about his decision not to run for US Senate. The long-time Hoosier representative was being courted for a possible Senate run to challenge Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).
“In my role as chairman of the House Republican Conference, we have some unfinished business here. We have an opportunity to help lead Republicans to a majority in 2010 and I believe we can,” Pence said.
Pence said it wasn’t about personal ambition or political opportunity. “We tried to look at it from a standpoint of where we could make the most difference.”
Pence said that meant staying at his current post. He did express gratitude for the support he got from Hoosiers all over the state.