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Governor’s Race Still Up in the Air

Posted By · February 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm

As one office-holder told me, “Two years is an eternity in politics”.  That said, for someone running for the state’s top job, will it be long enough?

In December, Democrat Evan Bayh (who our political analyst Peter Rusthoven (R) refers to as “the appointed one”) announced he would not, as some expected, run for Governor in 2012.

That opened the door for three other Dems to rise to the short list:  Rep Joe Donnelly, Former Congressman and Senate hopeful Brad Ellsworth, and Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Over the weekend, Weinzapfel announced he would not run for governor.  I had the chance to talk with him in person about his decision.  Like Bayh, he cited family reasons.  The father of three–an 11 year old and 9 year old twins–he said not only the rigors of the campaign would take its toll–but the office itself.  His family would remain in Evansville–and he would be (as he estimated) in Indianapolis 21 months of the year.    Weinzapfel told me ” I couldn’t see leaving the kids at home when they still call you Daddy …I think I would be miserable doing that”.

As for Ellsworth–(who came to our studios with Weinzapfel–something I didn’t expect)–he said solely and repeatedly “I will not be a candidate for anything in 2012″

It’s an interesting situation for Democrats–especially since the expectation is that Republican juggernaut Mike Pence
“is” expected to run.

Pence, who is not only known statewide–but nationwide (he only recently announced he wouldn’t run for president)–is also according to Rusthoven, “beloved by his party”.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t Dems up for the challenge.  This week Democrat and former speaker of the Indiana House John Gregg told the Terre Haute Tribune Star he’s giving it some serious thought:  http://tribstar.com/news/x186196340/BREAKING-John-Gregg-giving-governor-run-serious-thought

And Joe Donnelly is still a possibility.

But no one is committing.  Not yet.  Rusthoven explains it this way, “While the (state) legislature is in session, no one can raise money, so there is no point declaring that your going to run…”  He expects when the session is over in April, the candidates will surface.

With one exception.  Businessman and former Hamilton county councilman Jim Wallace has officially announced he plans to run for the GOP ticket.

There is a little less than two years before the election…but for those hoping to win over voters across the state–this race may be more a sprint than a marathon.

Kris Kirschner

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Falling Temperatures and Snow

Posted By · February 21, 2011 at 7:27 am

Highs today will hit the mid to upper 50s with scattered showers.  That temp will be found this morning, with temps tumbling into the 30s and 40s this afternoon as a cold front passes through.  As the temps change, so will the precipitation.  Rain is expected to change from rain to snow.  Tonight through Tuesday morning up to 1″ of snow is possible, with most accumulating snow falling in our extreme Northern counties.  That’s where a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect.  A brief period of freezing rain is possible in the advisory area. 

Bottom line, watch for falling temps today, and slick spots the later we head into the afternoon and overnight!

Overnight, temps drop to the mid 20s with a chance for light snow.

Tuesday, highs only hit the mid 30s with partly cloudy skies and morning flurries.  It’s going to feel much colder!

Wednesday, the temp bumps back into the 40s, before another round of rain/rain snow mix moves in late in the week.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Wintry Mix to Rain & the 50s Today!

Posted By · February 20, 2011 at 7:25 am

Morning sleet/ wintry mixes across Central Indiana will transition to all rain after sunrise as temps start to rise.  Highs today will reach the low to mid 50s with scattered showers.  The day won’t be a washout, and we may see a few breaks of sun this afternoon.  Still, keep the rain gear handy as an isolated shower will be possible any time this afternoon.

Tonight, temps stay steady around 50 degrees with scattered showers.

Monday, we hit our high temp in the low to mid 50s in the morning, with falling temps for the afternoon.  Scattered showers are likely throughout the day, turning to a wintry mix and snow Monday night.  By Tuesday morning up to 1″ of snow may be possible, but we’re not tracking much at this point!

Check out the 7 day for the rest of the roller coaster temps!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Weekend Warmth Continues

Posted By · February 19, 2011 at 6:49 am

Clouds will be on the increase today with highs in the mid 40s.

Tonight, mostly cloudy skies settle in, and after midnight, a chance for rain moves into the forecast!  Rain will be likely into your Sunday morning.  Temperatures will hover close to freezing, at 32 degrees, so some areas, especially North and East of the Indy Metro could see a brief wintry mix.

Sunday, we’ll stick with scattered rain showers through noon, turning isolated for the afternoon with highs soaring into the mid 50s.

Monday, more rain, and falling temps.  We’ll start the day with highs around 50, but as colder air moves in… rain will turn to snow Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning.  Very light accumulations of up to an inch are possible.

For the rest of the temperature roller coaster, check out the 7 day below!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Cooler… but Warmer than Average!

Posted By · February 18, 2011 at 4:48 am

The warmth continues around Central Indiana… no complaints from me!

Temperatures today will be doing a little bit of a roller coaster as a front moves through bringing cooler air.  We’ll start off the day near 60 degrees, and see temps fall but remain nearly steady in the 50s as we head into the afternoon.  Winds will gust up to 25mph out of the Northwest during the day.

Saturday looks cooler, but dry as highs hit the mid to upper 40s.

Sunday, we’ll be tracking light rain with highs again popping into the 50s.

Monday, a rain/snow wintry mix is expected as cooler air moves in.  At this time, we’re not tracking accumulating snow… we’ll keep you posted if that changes!

I hope you enjoy the weekend and get out to soak in the warmth!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Nice Warm Up!

Posted By · February 17, 2011 at 4:52 am

It seems like most Hoosiers are a little happier these days… could it be the forecast?

Highs today will reach the mid 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.  Winds will gust up to 35mph, so it’s going to be a breezy day.  Today’s record high is 69 set back 100 years ago in 1911.

Overnight, the winds stay just about the same, and lows drop into the low 50s.  There’s a chance for light scattered showers.

Friday, temps warm into the upper 50s with a chance for morning sprinkles.  Clouds will eventually break as we head into the afternoon for a mix of sun and clouds.  Again, winds will be brisk out of the West up to 25 mph.

Saturday we are dry with highs in the low 50s.

Check out the 7 day forecast… there’s a chance for a rain/snow mix on Monday as temps fall closer to average next week.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Chance of Drizzle with Warmer Temps!

Posted By · February 16, 2011 at 5:16 am

There’s a chance for scattered drizzle in the forecast today, but with temps in the low to mid 50s, don’t let the slight chance for rain get you down!  We’ll see mostly cloudy skies throughout the day.

The clouds stick around tonight, but the melting continues as overnight lows only drop to the upper 40s.

Thursday, highs reach the 60 degree mark with a 30% chance for scattered showers.

Friday morning, we’ll be watching for scattered morning showers, then the clouds break for the afternoon with highs in the upper 50s.

Temps fall into the 40s for the weekend, but we still stay above average!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Warm Up Starts Today!

Posted By · February 15, 2011 at 6:02 am

Another short but sweet weather blog… that’s because there’s good news on the way!

Highs today will reach the mid 40s with partly cloudy skies.

Tonight, we drop into the mid 30s with partly cloudy skies.

Wednesday, highs soar to around 50 degrees.  Scattered light rain showers are possible, but nothing too heavy is expected.

Thursday and Friday, we could hit nearly 60 degrees, but again, we’ll have to deal with a little rain.  Check out the 7 day below for all of the overnight lows… they’re not too bad!

For the weekend, temps fall and we could see a rain/snow mix.  We’ll keep you posted.  Remember, we’re not done with winter yet… this nice warm up is just a preview of what’s to come when spring really gets here!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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