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Missing Larry Riley

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As we get closer to the November elections we are beginning to see the 214 Democrats hard at work.  

Earlier Muncie Politics wrote about the unintentional candidate for a position as a Democrat precinct committee member.  Although, no elected officials, not the County Clerk Mike King or the County Prosecutor Jeff Arnold and neither of the political party chairs felt the need to pursue how the unintentional candidate was able to beat the intentional candidate.  Score 1 for the local Democrat Headquarters.  How to unintentionally win a race

Next on the list is the swinging door for the commissioner’s race.  Phill Peckingpaugh withdrew early on – citing health issues.  The seat for commissioner remained unfilled for several months until Brock Reagan stepped up to run.   A few weeks later Reagan dropped from the race.  He cited lack of time and money. providing an opening for the third time in the commissioner’s race.

As luck would have it, the Democrats immediately found a replacement in Jason Donati,  MSD Stormwater educator, and MCS advisory board member.  Jason was nominated by Mayor Tyler for the new school board but wasn’t chosen.

Asked if he had another candidate to fill the commissioner vacancy on the fall ballot, Craycraft said, “They’re talking to some people.”  Candidate resigns another files

Wonder if “they” talked with Dave Ring?  He ran as a Democrat, albeit, an outsider.  Now Ring is running as an independent for commissioner.    

Here is the timeline of the commissioner’s race:

  1. Phil Peckinpaugh files and drops out.
  2. The position sits vacant for several months.
  3. Brock Reagan drops from the recorder’s race and runs as commissioner.
  4. Jason Donati is not appointed to the MCS school board.
  5. Reagan quickly resigns from the race.
  6. Dave Ring files as an independent.
  7. Democrats immediately pick Donati.

Let’s go back to 2012.  Todd Donati lost his bid for a second term as commissioner.  A few weeks later, Muncie Redevelopment director retires unexpectedly after 20 years.  As luck would have it Mayor Tyler appoints the former commissioner and longtime friend, Todd Donati to the position recently vacated…as luck would have it.

So why the blog title Missing Larry Riley?  We lack solid political commentary in this county.  No one gets to the meat of an issue.  Perhaps there is no need.  We all know what’s what in Delaware County politics.  Here is an example:

Yet we’re facing stranger times. Once Dennis Tyler took over the Muncie mayor’s office in 2012, and then saw no Republican opposition in his re-election, the floodgates opened up for people running Democratic Party Headquarters. Nothing stopped Democratic HQ from using reins of Muncie government for its own purposes, including to line pockets.
That’s what the FBI has been investigating since late in 2015, and resulted so far in one arrest, that of the Mayor’s building commissioner, the son of the man in the seat of power in Democratic Headquarters. That FBI investigation remains ongoing in Muncie, recently heating up.
I’ve always liked Dudley, and he’s always been cordial and willing to talk with me. But joining your star to that particular Headquarters, a corrupt party and city administration, is treacherous. Larry Riley May 1, 2018

The only way Delaware County is ever going to advance beyond the corruption, poverty, absence of fruitful economic development, and 214 political appointments is to vote NO! to anyone who is affiliated with the 214 mainstream Democrats.

  #No!to214Dems

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How to unintentionally win a race

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A Saturday morning “huh”?
 
How can filing for a precinct committee position be “unintentional”? Easy.
 
You unintentionally go to the County Building and unintentionally visit the Clerk’s office.
 
You unintentionally ask for the papers so you can unintentionally be placed on the ballot.
 
You unintentionally complete and sign the registration papers.
 
You unintentionally tell two witnesses while working at the polls on the election day you didn’t know you were on the ballot.
 
Conclusion:
 
“Both (political) parties on the board believed her signatures matched and they had no issue with it,” Arnold said. “Her signature looked the same.”
 
Arnold added that his office would not conduct an investigation of the matter.
 
Results:
 
Fant who was an intentional candidate lost to Burkhart the chosen 214 Democrat who ran for the position unintentionally
This is crazy.

Don’t call any witnesses, instead, ask the unintentional candidate about her unintentional signature.

You might be thinking “Big deal. It’s only a precinct committee position.”  It’s a big enough deal that a former Democrat Chairperson and his sister removed a precinct candidate from the ballot.  Phil Nichols resigned his position, and his sister was the only person charged.  The candidate, of course, lost because he wasn’t on the ballot.

It is important to have Democrat precinct committee people who are on board with the local Democrat Headquarters leadership (elected and non-elected).  Because should an elected official be removed from office, death or resignation Headquarters needs to be assured the precinct committee members will vote for the leadership’s choice.

The party is notorious for election shenanigans and it seems they have been given another free pass.  And while we have the city council president complaining about the State taking away the people’s right to vote for school board candidates, the Delaware County Democrat party would be the last group to be genuinely concerned about your vote.

Please be mindful when you go to the polls in  November.

Check out the EMS report from Dennis Tyler and other stuff

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Warning:  It’s a long study.

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Also, coming up is Mayor Tyler’s State of the City address.  Visit the City’s website here.   Hoping for a large turnout in support of DCEMS.  The City website still has the housing study which was discredited because of the false data.

May 7th – Muncie City Council meeting @7:30 PM.

 

The Waiting Game

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Friends and readers of Muncie Politics,

We will be taking a short break.  We have been asked to help in a research project totally unrelated to politics.  This is a change for us!  Of course, we will update any new developments in the political world of Delaware County.

It has been an excruciating wait for the results of the City of Muncie FBI investigation, Bracken vs. Muncie and Stewart vs. Muncie lawsuits and of course what is happening with Delaware County EMS.  Let’s hope Mayor Tyler and Muncie City council rule with cool heads and consider the ramifications of a city-run EMS.  For once we may actually see People Before Party.  Sigh.

Don’t forget Muncie City Council 1st Monday of the month 7:30 PM. City Hall.

See you soon, please don’t forget us!

 

Saturday Ramblings: Corruption? Political agendas? No way!

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Lots of things have been happening in good old Muncie, Indiana.  Some have been not so good and some has been very good.  Not so good for our local administration very good for the people of Muncie.

Let’s begin with Halteman Village.

Halteman Village is where the Mayor of Muncie as well as two City Council members live.  It has been near and dear to Mayor Tyler, so much he donated $10,000 to fix Halteman Pool.  $10,000 city tax dollars, that is.  Oh, it was to pay for swim lessons, except the privately-owned pool permanently closed a few days later.   We have a nice public pool, it’s called Tuhey Pool.  It was quite a battle to get Tuhey Pool up and running.   Questioning the Mayor why Tuhey Pool wasn’t used for the swim lessons “I don’t remember” he replied.

Halteman’s pool and clubhouse went up for tax sale and somehow the city acquired the property.  The city has been maintaining it and spokesperson for the city, Sarah Beach, said the city didn’t want to see the neighborhood run down.  Hmmm.  Not sure where it’s at today.

Muncie Community Schools closed Mitchell School (in Halteman Village) and put it up for sale.  It became quite complex because the city, as well as Ball State University, submitted offers.  The city was higher and the university pulled back.    The City of Muncie with the Muncie Redevelopment Commission wanted to demolish the school and build condos.  As you can imagine, that didn’t please the residents of Halteman or city taxpayer who financed a remodel of the school about a decade past.

Next, we found the city had commissioned a housing study, citing the need for new housing to draw people to Muncie.  Muncie Redevelopment director, Todd Donati, posted on his Facebook page “all the facts were in” and all the facts were based on this one study.   Michael Hicks the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University examined the city’s housing study.  The Muncie Star Press reported the City’s Study was based on incorrect data.

Economist: City of Muncie used ‘fabricated’ data to push housing

The city is no longer interested in building condominiums on the Mitchell School land.   Todd Donati in charge of Muncie’s economic development was cited several times in State Board of Accounts audits for years 2014-15.  Donati used a study calling it “facts” to push millions into the condo building project.    Fortunately, for the stakeholders of Muncie, his plan fell through.  Something else will come down the pike, count on it.  He’s more than willing to spend money on pie in the sky ideas.

Besides the ongoing FBI investigation, the Bracken, and Stewart lawsuits against the City of Muncie we have one pressing issue that is still on the table and at anytime Mayor Tyler can direct his City Council to proceed.  And the City Council Democrat majority will proceed simply because they have never denied Mayor Tyler or their political party anything.

Delaware County EMS is hanging in the balance.

You see, Mayor Tyler wants to start his very own EMS claiming it will bring revenue into the city.  No, it won’t.  This administration has gone over budget at Prairie Creek Reservoir, nearly $100,000 over budget for Tuhey Pool,  increased the city’s tax levy every year and passed a 43% income tax in 14 days back in 2015.   And just look at Halteman Village as proof they have no idea how to be fiscally responsible.  Really, you could list other items of senseless spending and budgeting of this administration.

City Council member Alison Quirk and city attorney Megan Quirk have used the wear and tear of firetrucks when they go on a first responder call as leverage for city-run EMS.  For six years the trucks have been used to run errands, go out to eat and grocery shopping and not a bit of concern was shown on “wear and tear” until the city wanted an EMS of their very own.

Not to mention the council’s attempt to schedule a City Council meeting on New Years Day.  Oh, on the advice of the city council’s attorney, which just happened to find a 40-year-old city code requiring all council meetings to be held on the first Monday of the month.  I’m sure the council was hoping for a low turnout on a holiday.

Wrong again. Guaranteed the message was broadcast on every form of social media and the meeting would have been a packed house.  Proving once again, the only people in favor of city-run EMS would be the Mayor, the Fire Chief, and the six Democrat  Headquarters’ council members and anyone who was concerned about losing their city positions, party support or city contracts.

Make no mistake, the Mayor has been able to systematically remove anyone who hinders his personal and political agenda.  And without a doubt, DCEMS is caught in the sights of a political agenda and the collateral damage will be the people of Muncie and Delaware County.

Self-serving are they.

 

 

 

Keep  Delaware County EMS on the streets of Muncie.

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The people have been up and down, over and under by Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler and his City Council.  It’s called “his” City Council because the majority of the members will do as the party dictates.  We don’t want another bloated and costly department.  We want to keep the service which has done an excellent job for 40 years.  We don’t trust this administration to work for the best interest of the people.   We want to know that DCEMS will come when we call.  Listen up, we DON’T want Tyler’s ambulance service.

Keep  Delaware County EMS on the streets of Muncie.

 

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MRC = Muncie Realestate Commission

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todd donatiDirector of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission speaks to the issue of Mitchell School.

Todd Donati shared his first post.

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion going around that needs to be addressed. We are going to invite all the entities involved with the misinformation and either clear this all up and determine if the MRC will continue with the projects in play. The MRC had always shown interest in some of the properties that the MCS had to offer, including Mitchell, Storer, Sutton and land on Cornbread Rd.

The MRC had been contacted by a demolition company out of Richmond, IN that wanted to demo the schools for salvage. The MRC could not really do anything with the properties with buildings in place. The demolition company said they really did not want the land. So the demolition company offered the land to the MRC, for free, once they removed the buildings. The MRC board agreed to this only after we contacted BSU and asked them if they were interested in any of the properties. They had the right to buy them all.

The MRC was told that they did not have any interest in any of the properties but Northside MS. You have seen the recorded document waiving their right to buy. So the MRC board agreed to donate $658,600 to the MCS if they were to accept the $125,000 offer from the demo company. This would garner the MCS much needed revenue, this would allow the MCS to achieve their objective, illuminate the liability of taking care of these abandoned buildings and help generate at least $20- $50 million in taxable revenue on these combined properties.

The MRC board did not close these schools. The MRC board, nor the City of Muncie administration did not create the financial crisis within the MCS. The MRC board was only trying to create opportunities for the community we support. It seems that there are comments out there that we, the MRC and the City of Muncie asked BSU to give these schools up when in fact, BSU really wanted them. We have no interest in doing that. The MRC board would like to ask BSU if in fact they do want these schools.

The MRC board does not want to get involved with any form of miscommunication, especially with our community partners. And, we feel that BSU is a very valuable and important community partner. If BSU wants these schools, our board is prepared to take action. However, it needs to be BSU that openly states that this is what they want…not hearsay comments from unauthorized citizens. 


There were no lies made or personal gains made from anyone in this group. I appreciate the hard work and dedicated members of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission. They volunteer their time to make our community better.

Disclaimer: The only changes made to this public post is breaking the comment into paragraphs for easier reading.  Nothing else has been altered.