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Some WTHR viewers have pointed out a connection between the wife of Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett and the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association.

When asked if she were employed by the organization, Bennett responded, “No, she’s not. My wife served as a consultant for the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association. She separated herself from her contract as a consultant a week ago last Thursday.”

Bennett went on to say, “I wonder how many of our organizations who feel that that’s a valid attack would also attack the members of our General Assembly – who, by the way, vote on legislation and I don’t – who are employed by our state’s higher ed institutions, who receive money from the General Assembly, or who are public school teachers whose corporations receive money, have they accused them of engaging in some type of conflict of interest?”

Watch our complete interview here (this question is addressed in the final minute of the interview.)

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Gov. Daniels makes pitch to C-PAC

Posted By · February 14, 2011 at 9:30 am

Gov. Mitch Daniels at C-PAC

Gov. Mitch Daniels’ speech before C-PAC Friday night is raising eyebrows and questions.

Can a Republican win the nomination for president by campaigning down the middle? Normally Republicans lean to the right in the primary fight and Democrats to the left. That leaves the middle as the battle ground in the general election.

However, the Indiana governor didn’t use his opportunity before C-PAC to pander. There was some controversy over the group even giving Daniels the mike at all. Some said they would boycott because of his recommended truce on social issues.

Daniels did not back away, telling his conservative audience that “purity in martyrdom is for suicide bombers.” Then he added, “I for one have no interest in standing in the wreckage of our Republic saying I told you so or you should’ve done it my way.” Instead he preached about the need to broaden the party’s base. Earlier in the week in the Indiana Statehouse he had praised President Ronald Reagan for doing that very thing. Now he is asking his party to remember where it came from.

Could it be that the governor realizes the religious right in his party has already lined up behind Sarah Palin or does he believe his party can’t defeat an incumbent with that narrow of a focus? Palin is preaching exclusion – us against them; a campaign of division.

Daniels, remembering Reagan, is calling for a party of addition. He quoted John Adams’ diary entry while en route to Philadelphia when he wrote “great things are wanted to be done.” That may turn into his rallying cry but watching all this unfold I can’t help but think of another entry Adams made when writing to his wife Abigail back in Massachusetts. He penned “but it is my destiny to dig treasures with my own fingers.”

Now it will be interesting to see who is willing to get their hands dirty along with him. 

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted By · February 14, 2011 at 6:08 am

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Highs today will stay steady around 40 degrees with partly cloudy skies.  It’s going to feel cool because of a Northwest breeze, gusting at times up to 30mph.

Overnight, it will be cold.  Lows will drop to the low 20s, but the wind dies down.

Tuesday, our warm up begins!  Highs will hit the low 40s with partly cloudy skies.

Wednesday, we could hit 50!  A slight chance of rain moves in too.  Check out the 7 day… not only do the temps go up, but a chance for rain will be with us through the weekend.

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Fall in Love with the Forecast

Posted By · February 13, 2011 at 6:53 am

Here comes the warm up!

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 40s with mostly sunny skies.  A few clouds will build for the afternoon as winds stay steady out of the Southwest from 15 to 30mph. 

Overnight, the wind will stick around as temps drop to around freezing with mostly clear skies.  The bus stop won’t be as cold as it was last week for the little ones!

For Valentine’s Day, highs reach about 40 with partly cloudy skies.

Starting Tuesday a nice warm up begins (check out the 7 day below), and there’s a slight chance of rain starting Wednesday.  Still, what’s a little rain if temps hit close to 60 by the end of the week?

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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The Warm Up is Here!

Posted By · February 12, 2011 at 6:09 am

Highs today will reach the upper 30s with partly cloudy skies across Central Indiana.  If you have one complaint today, it’ll be the wind.  A breezy day is ahead with winds out of the Southwest up to 15 mph.

Overnight, a few more clouds will move in, and there’s a slight chance for isolated flurries.  Temps will only drop to the upper 20s, but winds will gust up to 20 mph.

Sunday, the wind sticks with gusts up to 25mph.  Be happy the wind is out of the Southwest… that’s what’s bringing us the warmer temps!  Highs Sunday will reach the mid 40s.

Look in the 7 day… we approach 60 degrees near the end of the week!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Daniels in the spotlight at CPAC

Posted By · February 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Gov. Mitch Daniels will step into the spotlight Friday night. The governor is planning a speech before a conservative group in Washington, DC. The governor will be introduced by conservative columnist George Will.

The only thing we know for sure about Friday’s speech is that he will not be announcing his candidacy.

I think we will hear him defend his controversial stand of asking Republicans to call a truce on social issues until the economic issues confronting the country are resolved. He has taken some heat on this from the right in the GOP. Now he gets the opportunity to defend himself against that criticism and outline the agenda as he sees it for the country.

At CPAC Thursday, 11,000 people turned out to hear Donald Trump, among others. While the governor may not have that star power, his attraction here is on-the-job experience.  He’s been successful in the business world, has balanced budgets in government, has worked for two presidents including Ronald Reagan, which carries a lot of weight, and timing is everything. 

If I know Gov. Daniels, he will not miss an opportunity to talk a little bit about events in Egypt and America’s role in this and the world. I will be watching it and have the details tonight at 11:00 pm.

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Here Comes the Sun & the Warmth!

Posted By · February 11, 2011 at 5:00 am

Today will be the coolest day out of the next 7!  That’s a good way to start off your weekend… right?

Highs today will reach the upper 20s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Early Saturday, a few flurries may be possible, but we’ll warm up into the mid 30s, and that is just the start of the big melt of 2010!

By Sunday, highs will reach the mid 40s, and we could be talking the 50s by next week.  I know… this is exciting!  There may be a few chances for rain Tuesday-Thursday, but at this time it’s too early to tell.

Enjoy the warmth!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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Warm Up Just Ahead

Posted By · February 10, 2011 at 9:55 am

Highs today will reach the mid teens in Central Indiana with sunny skies.

Overnight, skies remain clear, but we won’t be as cold, dropping to around 7 degrees. 

Friday, highs reach the upper 20s, but early in the day wind chills will be in the subzero territory.

If you’re hoping for warmth… it’s coming! 

Saturday we’re in the mid 30s… and Sunday we’re looking to hit the mid 40s!  The rest of the 7 day looks fabulous!

Indianapolis Seven Day Weather Forecast

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