No third term for Brizzi

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi announced on Thursday that he will not run for a third term. I had a short conversation with him after he made that announcement.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi announced on Thursday that he will not run for a third term.  With a daughter headed to college and three other children soon to follow suit, he says he needs to concentrate on that.  I had a short conversation with him after he made that announcement.  I thought I would share a couple of those questions with you.

Rader Q?   “What if somebody said he’s not running because of everything going on with Tim Durham?  What would you say to that?”

 Brizzi: “I would say number one, Tim is a friend.  I don’t trade old friends for new friends.  I’m a prosecutor. I don’t make decisions on conjecture or speculation. I make them based on facts and evidence.  Number one.  Number two, no other elected official has been, Kevin, as transparent as I have been in all of my finances, all of my investments, my loans, my stocks, all my investment in Harry and Izzy’s and the reason why folks have been able to ask the questions they’ve asked is because I have every year methodically religiously disclosed that on my campaign finance disclosures as I’m required to do.”

Rader Q:   “Does this mean you won’t run for public office again?”

Brizzi:  “I will not ever say never.  I am going to keep all my options open and right now. I am going to take each day as it comes and I’m going to continue on the banner year we’ve had in 2009.”

How short is the short session?

There are a few very important issues to deal with like property tax caps and the unemployment trust fund, but for the most part, the remaining issues – if not resolved soon – could certainly wait until next year.

The short legislative session by design is supposed to go fast.  It is scheduled to wrap up on March 14th but there is some speculation these days that the end could come a little sooner than expected.

There are a few very important issues to deal with like property tax caps and the unemployment trust fund, but for the most part, the remaining issues – if not resolved soon – could certainly wait until next year.

 The Governor will weigh in with his state of the state message on the 19th which will give lawmakers something to think about in the remaining days, but what would happen if both the Senate and the House have already acted on the proposal to put the property tax cap amendment into the state constitution?  Could the governor actually sign that during the state of the state?  That would certainly be a night to remember and fuel more speculation surrounding Governor Daniels political future,  but why stop there?  What if lawmakers just decided to save the taxpayers’ money and sine die immediately following his message.  Now that may be taking it a little too far I realize, but this is not a normal session.  It is the short session and it could be the shortest we’ve had since the Valentine’s Day adjournment in 1994.

– Kevin Rader

January Thaw

It’s supposed to be cold in January, but not as chilly as it’s been! Today will be the warmest day of 2010.

Today Central Indiana is finally expected to get above freezing!  We haven’t seen temperatures above the 32 degree mark since New Year’s Eve.  Highs today will reach the mid 30s with plenty of sunshine.  Winds will come out of the Southwest so that will help bump our temps up!

Overnight, lows won’t be as cold as what we woke up to this morning, even though we’ll see clear skies.  Lows look to drop to the upper teens to around 20 degrees.

Thursday, expect an increase of clouds with highs in the mid to upper 30s.  Late Thursday night into Friday as a cold front pushes through Central Indiana patchy drizzle is possible.  A few spots may see a few snowflakes, but no accumulation is expected.  A 20% chance of lingering sprinkles is possible Friday, but most spots will remain mainly dry.

The weekend looks dry with highs near 40.

Enjoy this nice warm up!

Home Exercise Equipment

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When choosing home exercise equipment, keep things simple and start with basic pieces that have been proven over time to be of the highest quality….steer clear of trendy, infomercial equipment that only produces loss of your money and NOTHING else!

I always recommend starting with strength equipment such as a Multi-Purpose Weight Bench with a set of Dumbbells or a Powerblock set which is a cool system that replaces dumbbells, offers countless variation and will save you valuable space.

Chris Lutz from Bob Block Fitness is on hand with his recommendation for Cardio Equipment. Choose equipment based on quality, your needs, personal preferences and goals then get moving!!

Here is a link to my Monday segment on home exercise equipment. http://www.wthr.com/global/Category.asp?c=83078

Out With the Cold!

Yes, finally, a warm up is on the way!!!

A few flurries are possible this morning, then, temps stay relatively steady in the mid 20s with a mix of sun and clouds.  Today should be our last day below freezing!  We’ve had enough of them!  The last time temps were above freezing was back on New Year’s Eve.

Wednesday, expect partly cloudy skies with highs in the low to mid 30s.

Thursday, that temp jumps up to the mid to upper 30s!  Who knew that sounded so inviting (and warm)!

Friday, we could see a few isolated showers or snowflakes, but the temperature remains in the mid to upper 30s.

For now, the weekend looks dry as highs remain in the mid to upper 30s.

This is a broken record I could get used to for awhile!

Sodrel to run against Hill in 2010

Republican Mike Sodrel announced plans Monday to seek the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District.

Republican Mike Sodrel announced plans Monday to seek the Republican nomination for Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. Two other Republicans also plan to take on Democratic incumbent Baron Hill.

The seat as been up for grabs between Sodrel and Hill several times since 2002, when they first ran against each other. Hill won the seat back then. Sodrel took it back in 2004 by a slim margin, then it was back to Hill in 2006. He hung on to the seat in 2008.

In a press release issued Monday, Sodrel hinted at some campaign themes, including the climate bill (specifically “cap and trade”). He also says higher taxes and more regulations are damaging during tough economic times.

Scattered Snow Showers Today

Hit or miss snow showers are possible across Central Indiana with light accumulations possible.

More cold, and more snow, what else is new around Central Indiana?

 Highs today are expected to reach the mid 20s with scattered snow showers.  Up to 1″ snow accumulation is possible.  Slick spots may develop on area roadways because temperatures are well below freezing.

Tonight, any left over snow showers will turn to flurries as lows drop to the teens.

Tuesday, flurries are possible with highs in the upper 20s.

Wednesday we finally get above freezing (mid 30s)!  With sunshine to boot!

Thursday and Friday highs push close to 40 degrees!  Friday we have a slight chance of a rain/snow mix.  We’ll keep an eye on that as we get closer to the weekend.

Who’s Ready for More Snow?

A quick clipper system is getting ready to move into Central Indiana, bringing accumulating snow to the area Monday.

More snow is on the way, but before that gets here, enjoy today’s sunshine.  The day won’t be complete sunshine, but at least we’ll see some!  Highs today will reach the upper teens to around 20 degrees.

Overnight, clouds will be on the increase and lows won’t be as cold as what we woke up to this morning.  Lows should drop to the mid teens.

Monday morning is when the forecast changes.  Snow showers are likely and right now it looks like 1-2 inches of snow is possible by the afternoon.  Most spots will probably pick up, up to 1″ of snow, with isolated areas picking up more.  While this isn’t a big storm, the snow starts falling at a bad time, rush hour.  Prepare for slick spots on your way in tomorrow.  Highs look to reach the mid 20s.

Tuesday, flurries linger with highs near 30 degrees. 

And, get ready for a big warm up… highs in the mid to upper 30s Wednesday and Thursday.  Okay, so it’s not super warm, buy hey, we haven’t been above freezing since New Years Eve, so we’ll take what we can get!

Snowy Saturday Start

Snow showers will wind down this morning across Central Indiana, then we’ll prepare for a frigid night!

This morning many spots in Central Indiana are waking up to a quick 1/2 covering of new snow.  By the time the lake effect snow showers wind down, another 1/2 of snow will be possible.

Highs will reach 20 degrees today with snow showers tapering to flurries for the afternoon.

Overnight, the clouds break, and that means temps become dangerously cold.  Overnight lows are expected to drop to -5 to 0.  With the wind chill it could feel as cold as -15.  If you have pets that sleep outside, please think of letting them in for the night, and make sure they have access to water that won’t freeze in the bowl.

A cold start Sunday morning will translate to a partly cloudy Sunday, as highs only reach the teens.

Another quick inch of snow may be possible Monday, then we dry out through Thursday.  The best part about the extended forecast?  We finally get above freezing Wednesday and Thursday!