Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Some Blog Business Updates

On the right hand side of this page, you'll see a new section entitled "About this Blog." I'll be using this for a few things I've wanted to put up since this blog got started. A policies page is already up, as well as a contact page. The contact page also lists my Twitter feed and personal Facebook profile.

In the works in the same section is an About Me page and another page detailing various methods of contacting elected political officials. Contacting elected officials isn't like it used to be. In addition to telephone, snail mail, and e-mail, offices as low as Clerk and Assesor and as high as United States Senator are using a variety of social media to promote what their office does and keep in touch with constitutents. I'll be listing ALL methods of contact that I can find. When I can, I'll note the official's preferred method of contact as well.

While I've been a bit unmotivated to write much lately (with academics and work picking up), Pat Andrews at Had Enough Indy? has two excellent pieces here and here. The first deals with some funny math that the municipal corporation known as the Capitol Improvement Board put out. The CIB, after crying poverty for a good chunk of 2009 and 2010, has increased their 2011 budget by about $10 million, which is just about the same that they've agreed to give for a Pacers bailout over the next few years. The second deals with a crime prevention grant that the tourism not-for-profit Indianapolis Downtown Inc got in 2009 and how payments were handled.

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