IS IT TRUE? April 30, 2011


IS IT TRUE? April 30, 2011

IS IT TRUE that the Ohio River has crested at 46.4 feet?…that the forecast for the probability of exceeding 48 feet has now be revised down to less that 5%?…that more rain is coming but that it would have to be another doozie for Evansville to crest at above 48 feet?…that Pigeon Creek remains the biggest risk to us if another deluge hits?…that we seem to have dodged a bullet and will not be needing to utilize our flood gates?…that testing them out this summer would still be a good idea?

IS IT TRUE that the Tornatta for Mayor campaign has disclosed in the neighborhood of $20,000 of last minute contributions?…that such rapid disclosure is only required when the HIGH ROLLERS who contribute over $1,000 at a time are the source of funds?…that Mr. Tornatta’s big haul came from the usual Indianapolis based Democratic supporters of Mayor Weinzapfel, local attorney David Jones whose firm currently represents the City of Evansville, and the Vanderburgh County Democratic Central Committee?…that individuals always have the freedom to do as they please with their earned money but that for the Democratic Central Committee to support a candidate in a primary while crying for a healing event afterward is quite disingenuous?…that between trying to keep candidate Davis from running until the Mayor had exercised his right of first refusal, pitching a childish fit over the fall festival booth, and now overtly supporting a primary candidate, the loyalties of the Democratic Central Committee are pretty well known?

IS IT TRUE that IF and we do mean IF Team Troy goes down in flames on May 3rd that the machine known as the Vanderburgh County Democratic Central Committee will go down with it?…that this battle for Evansville’s democratic heart is as close to an epic battle as we are likely to get here for a long time?

IS IT TRUE that on Monday the City County Observer will be publishing a personal interview with Evansville City Councilwoman Connie Robinson?…that our questions touched on all of the usual known interests but also explored the ways that Councilwoman Robinson uses the knowledge of the real entrepreneurial world that she earns a living in to help her cut through political clutter and make sound business decisions for the City of Evansville?…that Councilwoman Robinson also discusses her period of enlightenment when she changed her long time position from NO to YES on strengthening the Evansville Smokefree Workplace Law?…that this is a perfect example of lifetime learning and that lifetime learning is what keeps all who have the courage to do so both relevant and vibrant?

IS IT TRUE that it has now been 1,458 days since the announcement was made on May 14, 2007 that the McCurdy Hotel was to be refurbished into luxury apartments?…that it has now been 1,312 days since the Evansville Redevelopment Commission at the request of Mayor Weinzapfel approved the spending of $603,000 to purchase the parking lot?…that City Centre Properties and Scott Kosene the developers of the McCurdy project are both listed as contributors to the Weinzapfel for Mayor committee for 2010?

IS IT TRUE that there are now 551 days remaining in the two years that the EPA had given the City of Evansville to present an acceptable solution to the Combined Sewer Overflow problem?…..that this plan is an expensive and complex endeavor that needs immediate attention to avoid the embarrassment and expense of another round of fines?


  1. Its the old story about once you learn you can write yourself a check.

    Organized labor here in Evansville, which put Weinzapfel back in office during the last election, and is squarely behind the Weinzapfel backed candidate this time around, learned how to insinuate itself into the government process at all levels.

    That is not as big a problem as union labors single-minded focus on protecting their turf at the expense of anything else of importance to this community, such as who is going to pay for all of this debt that has been run up in order to keep union workers working through this recession/depression/downturn/or what ever the hell you want to call it, and whether or not we can keep taxes low if all public sector jobs are to be unionized.

    If Tornatta is successful, I suspect it will be the same group of voters who put Weinzapfel in the last time who are responsible.

    It seems, here in Evansville anyway, that the Democratic party has been co-opted by union labor to the point that no other voices within the party count.

  2. I hope that someday the truth is told regarding the Democrat Central Committee Fall Festival Booth 2010, so that people understand it beyond the “childish fit” characterization that is simply not the true and full story.

  3. That’s true, it wasn’t a “childish fit”. The Courier even labeled it a threat.

    The battle for the Democratic “mind” is not difficult, and the “battle” was largely already waged getting on the ballot.

    It is very easy to be a mindless, status quo, progressive. It’s even easier in the Democratic machines because they are looking for a strong tyrant-like type to lead them to positions of power.

    When average citizens (like Mr. Johnston) file to run and get squeezed out due to threats that decades old information would be drug out in public, that’s a battle of sorts, but more of a mugging.

    And we see which side all the press is on in that battle. Mr. Johnston faded into the ether with absolutely no coverage – the press and the parties closed ranks and “protected” us from political dialogue that went beyond sloganeering.

  4. As usuall the CCO’s lack of diligance has resulted in another column full of innuendo and short of facts. As for the control of the heart, remember this the heart goes where the mind tells it to. Regardless of who wins tuesday the Central Committee are elected officers and do not serve at the pleasure of any candidate or elected official. If Davis should happen to win he will still have no control of the “machine” as you so like to call it and worse he’s alienated everyone that he would hope would come together in the name of party unity in the fall. Davis is Don Quioxte, sees plots, conspiracies and enemies behind every bush when its only his immagination.

  5. The $20,000.00 donated by the so called Indy based supporters still isn’t as much as the 3 fireman who want to be chief under Davis has donated. Thats not counting what their local PAC as given. Just so you know there were several local firms that donated to Tornatta at this last fundraiser. One also donated to Davis and Winneke.

  6. whats amazing is that the committee gives Tornatta $3500 and cuts the precinct committeeman’s expense money to $25. SInce most committeemen use this to buy refreshments for their poll workers, more of the cost of the election is coming out of their pockets.

  7. The republicans give their precinct committeemen nothing. The democrats provide $25 for refreshments for the poll workers for both parties. If a commiteemen can’t buy refreshments for $25, they need to start shopping at Walmart, or ask their republican counterparts to chip in.

    • that might work if we had a republican counterpart, which we don’t. They even import our poll workers from the county or get unemployed people through a temporary service. They make so little for what amounts to about 16 hours of work it’s hard to ask them for some of it.

      • Since when did it become the sole responsibility of the Democratic Party to provide all of the refreshments for everyone working at the polls? The poll workers are paid for their meals in addition the their pay for 12 not 16 hours of pay. I’ve never seen a poll worker spend 16 hours at the polls that are open from 6am to 6 pm.

        • Most, not all, poll workers arrive at the polls between 5-5:30 to get ready to open polls. They stay after the polls close to balance the count on the machines, then the inspector and the clerk or judge from the opposite party take the results to the civic center and wait to turn in the results. Then back to the polling place to pick up their car. It can be a very long day for the workers.

  8. “They make so little for what amounts to about 16 hours of work it’s hard to ask them for some of it.” (henry)

    What ever happened to one’s sense of duty as a citizen to perform these simple tasks so that the community, as a whole, might benefit? Pay should not even enter into the equation.

      • I worked inside the polls for the past 5 years, and having to be there at 5 am, then not leaving the polls until 7 or 730 and then having to go downtown with the results and that taking another 20-25 mintues to get there, drop off the results, and then take the judge back to their car or to their home, it’s at least 8 or 8:30 before I would even be done with the duties of working for the polls. mfcdkw is right, it is a LONG day for next to nothing in pay. Not only is a long day but can be a stressful day if the voting machines do not work properly or you have an abundance of voters that are in the wrong precinct and having to find where they are to go to vote, etc. The precint committeemen work hard to make the day go by smooth for their workers and when there are 5 workers plus them $25.00 does not really go that far. PLUS the poll workers meal is NOT included in their pay. It used to be included but now the poll workers are responsible for their own food out of their own pockets.

        • $25.00 is nuts. As a former committeeman I would make sure ALL poll workers were fed. What the county pays them for meals is just wrong. I would let them keep their meal money and made sure they had three meals plus snacks. It’ a very long day for them with very little pay. We should all appreciate them for what they do.

          • I concur! Poll workers may be the only group in Indiana that is more underpaid and overworked than substitute teachers. If pays more to watch one baby than it does to teach a class of 40 students for a day. These kinds of things make the saying “you get what you pay for” darn near terrifying.

  9. FiretheDemCentralComm
    Just someone who appreciates the workers. Have you been involved with the party or do you just sit back and complain. As a former chairman I don’t like to complain what the current chairman does, it’s not easy. There will be an election for chairman in a couple years, why don’t you put your name in the hat.
    Jack Waldroup

      • Well thank you. Sorry you feel that way. I never thought of myself as a piece of scum but I do have my flaws. Hope you have a nice day.
        Jack Waldroup

        • Looks like Jack couldn’t handle the truth and went running to the CCO.

          • Actually no he did not. We have many topics here that ignite passions. Such topics require more courtesy than lesser ones that other publications seem to always publish. Name calling is an automatic removal if we catch it. Please keep up the good dialog and try to refrain from name calling.

          • FiretheDemCentralComm
            You must be kidding. You think I would let somebody who hasn’t got the guts to sign their name bother me. I’m use to it on this site by a few people, very few.

          • You’re cry towel has been out since day 1. I wasn’t born yesterday.

    • I have dealt with Jack Waldroup Jr. too many times than I care to count and he has done nothing good for this party whatsoever….All he does is kiss the rear of Mosby who has been his little buddy every where he goes…. By the way JACK, how is David doing these days?

      • I have a idea, why don’t YOU ask David how he’s doing?
        But that would mean you would have to stop hiding behind your keyboard. You might not like who my friends are or what I tried to do to help the party but I always had enough guts to be out front. I’ve been called every name in the book on this site and not once use a bad word or name to respond.
        Have a nice day.
        Jack Waldroup

        • Yea you’ve never attacked anyone on here Jack… they’re all just out to get you….This entire town is sick of yours and Mosbys act and they’ve told you 2 goodbye a long time ago and are getting ready to send your other buddy Watts packing…..Whether you like it or not this party is cleaning itself up from the garbage that has infested it…. The peoples democratic party will return tomorrow…

          • I never said they were all out to get me. Nobody told me goodbye, I just didn’t run for the chairmans position after one term, just what I said I would do. The fact that you don’t like who I support or what I did as chairman means nothing to me. Why don’t you run for office. Sorry, that would mean you had to sign your name. Some people don’t have the guts. Have a nice day. Jack Waldroup

          • haha. 6thWard is kicking butt on here. Jack has hid his name on here this whole time and now that we exposed him for who he is he’s now going on some heroic Show Your Name mission.

            I watched him trash candidate after candidate and then attack poster after poster on here. Don’t quit your day job Waldroup because Watts, Tornatta, and Weinzapfel may have to take it.

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