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Mayor Candidate John Hamilton Holds Fundraiser in D.C.

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The race for mayor of Bloomington took one candidate six hundred miles from City Hall last night.

John Hamilton, one of three Democratic candidates for mayor, held a fund raiser at Mandu Restaurant in Washington, D.C., about a mile from the U.S. Capitol building. The event was co-hosted by several prominent Democrats, including some high-profile lobbyists and public officials. Hamilton told WFHB that while the fundraiser was held far from Bloomington, the crowd had ties to Indiana.

“There is a regular group of Hoosiers who have transplanted to D.C….and welcome Hoosier candidates of many kinds to talk,” Hamilton said. “They asked whether I would do it and I said, ‘Sure.’”

Among the co-hosts listed for the event was Brad Queisser, a lobbyist with mCapitol Management in Washington. mCapitol did $2.6 million of lobbying work last year for unions, cities and companies. That included $100,000 of work for Crowe Horwath, an accounting and consulting firm that frequently contracts with the Bloomington city government.

Another co-host was Joel Riethmiller, a lobbyist whose firm did $220,000 of work last year for the Cook Group, a medical device company based in Bloomington.

When asked if he would accept campaign contributions from lobbyists, Hamilton reiterated his pledge not to accept money directly from corporations.

“I don’t accept any money from a corporation or a PAC (political action committee) which is focused on a particular issue,” Hamilton said. “As long as it’s a human being that is supporting my cause for progressive values and good jobs and strong public education…I’ll take support from that individual.”

Other co-hosts of the fund raiser last night included Anne Andrews, the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, and Ron Klain, an attorney who President Obama appointed as Ebola Response Coordinator amid the beginning of the disease outbreak last year.

So far, Hamilton is the only one of the three Democrats running for mayor to acknowledge holding a fund raiser outside Indiana. But he’s not the only one to accept out-of-state contributions to his campaign. Darryl Neher is another of the three candidates.

“I’ve accepted money from out of state, but its from close friends, people whom I have know for years,” Neher said.

Andy Downs, with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, said it’s not unusual to see candidates for local office taking campaign money from far away.

“If, for example, you went to college outside of the state, you develop a network of friends who might want to support you when you’re running for office,” Downs explains. “What people begin to question is when you go to raise money outside the state, and you’re doing it in a lobbyist’s office or you’re doing it in a law firm…and then people start to think, ‘OK, wait a minute, those folks have obvious interests beyond their person interests in you as an individual, is this going to cause us a problem down the road?’”

The third candidate for mayor, John Linnemeier, says he has accepted no money from outside Indiana. Linnemeier says he’s only raised about $2,000 for his campaign so far. He says the candidates should not have to focus so much on money.

“I don’t even have a tab on my website that tells you how to donate,” Linnemeier said. “I mean, how many people are in Bloomington? We’re all pretty much one degree of separation from each other. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary. And what’s worse than that is it has the possibility of corruption or the perception of it.”

So far, there are no publicly-available documents showing exactly how the mayoral candidates have been paying for their campaigns. That changes next week, when candidates are required to declare all of their campaign contributions and expenses.

Daily Local News – April 9, 2015

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The race for mayor of Bloomington took one candidate six hundred miles away from City Hall last night;Construction of section 5 of I-69 on the west side of Bloomington will begin this month;The Walnut Twig Beetle, known for carrying a fungus fatal to black walnut trees, has been detected for the first time in Indiana;

VOICES IN THE STREET
This week is our spring fund drive here at WFHB, your chance to support our award-winning news department!

CREDITS
Anchors: Carolyn VandeWeil, Scott Weddle
You’ve been listening to the Daily Local News on WFHB,
supported by Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, your locally-grown co-op grocery.
Today’s headlines were written by Sarah Panfil and Joe Crawford
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Jose Rodriguez
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – April 9, 2015

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It’s time for our pledge drive here at W-F-H-B, your opportunity to show support for independent news coverage of environmental and ecological issues affecting the local community.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors Julianna Dailey and David Lyman
This week’s news stories were written by Josh Byron, Joe Crawford, Linda Greene, Norm Holy and Halle Shine. Our feature and broadcast engineer is Dan Withered. This week’s calendar was compiled by Catherine Anders.
EcoReport is produced by Dan Young, Filiz Cicek, Nancy Jones, and Gillian Wilson. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Brown County Hour – Episode #37 – April 2015

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB.

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guests the Rusted String Swindlers
  • Singer/songwriter Cari Ray returns with another “For a Song”
  • Poetry by Carol Marks and BCH Poet Laureate, Gunther Flumm
  • Essays by Dave Seastrom and Rick Fettig
  • Vera Grubbs delivers the April Brown County Community Calendar and an interview with the Reverend Rick Clayton about the unique labyrinth he constructed behind his church
  • Brown County jazz violinist Carolyn Dutton talking about the upcoming BC Playhouse film, “Lady Be Good”
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

Brown County Hour – Episode #37 – April 2015

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Hosted by Dave Seastrom, Vera Grubbs, Rick Fettig & Jeff Foster.

First aired Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9 AM on WFHB.

☆ In this episode of the Brown County Hour:

  • Musical guests the Rusted String Swindlers
  • Singer/songwriter Cari Ray returns with another “For a Song”
  • Poetry by Carol Marks and BCH Poet Laureate, Gunther Flumm
  • Essays by Dave Seastrom and Rick Fettig
  • Vera Grubbs delivers the April Brown County Community Calendar and an interview with the Reverend Rick Clayton about the unique labyrinth he constructed behind his church
  • Brown County jazz violinist Carolyn Dutton talking about the upcoming BC Playhouse film, “Lady Be Good”
✇ Theme music by Slats Klug & Friends.

A 30-Day Needle Exchange Program Is Established In Response To The HIV Outbreak In Scott County

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Health officials have accepted 300 used needles and tested 27 people for HIV as part ot the response to the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana. That’s according to the state’s Joint Information Center established after the outbreak was detected. There have been 89 new reported cases of HIV in Scott County and Governor Mike Pence has declared a public health emergency there. Pence also temporarily suspended state law to establish a 30-day needle exchange program. Beth Myerson, the co-director of the Rural Center for AIDS and STD Prevention at Indiana University,says the whole state of Indiana has something to learn from the recent outbreak in Scott County.

Scott County was lacking much of that public health system before the HIV outbreak was identified earlier this year. There has been no HIV testing facility in the county since a Planned Parenthood facility was closed there in 2013. That closure was blamed largely on funding cuts at the state level.

Myerson said the response to the recent crisis from the State Department of Health has mostly been good. She praised the efforts to test residents for HIV, provide them with medical records and enroll them in health coverage. But she said there are problems with the 30-day needle exchange program, questioning how the time period would be long enough to be effective.

Indiana law effectively makes it illegal to run a permanent needle exchange program. That’s because it is illegal for anyone to possess drug paraphernalia or trace amounts of drugs.

Better Beware! – Tax Time

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Tax scams are bigger and nastier than ever, and some of the most likely victims won’t get warned unless YOU tell them! Here’s a quick look at the worst dangers.

Daily Local News – April 8, 2015

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Health officials have accepted 300 used needles and 27 people for HIV as part of the responsive to the HIV outbreak in southern Indiana; Taxes are putting an unfair burden on poor and middle class families in Indiana, according to a report from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy; Local state legislators had an opportunity to talk to a local audience about the highly controversial RIFRA bill as well as other bills that they have been working on.

Better Beware!
Tax scams are bigger and nastier than ever, and some of the most likely victims won’t get warned unless YOU tell them! Here’s a quick look at the worst dangers.

Credits
Anchors: Kelly Wherley, Sophia Saliby
Today’s headlines were written by Joe Crawford and Thomas Schneider
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, in partnership with Community Access services
Better Beware was produced by Richard Fish
Our Engineers today are Adam Reichle and Matthew Gwaltney
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Interchange – Saint Monkey: A Conversation with Jacinda Townsend

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Host Doug Storm is joined by Jacinda Townsend, author of the novel Saint Monkey which has won the 2015 James Fenimore Cooper Prize awarded by the Society of American Historians. The Society’s web site says that the “prize is awarded for a book of historical fiction on an American subject that makes a significant contribution to historical understanding, portrays authentically the people and events of the historical past, and displays skills in narrative construction and prose style.”

Of Related Interest
#WhiteHistoryMonth: The FBI’s obsession with African-American Literature

Credits
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Jonathan Richardson
Executive Producer: Joe Crawford

Ins and Outs of Money – The It’s Your Money Project

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What’s with these Ins & Outs of Money radio segments, anyhow? They’re part of the It’s Your Money project at Monroe County Public Library, which is all about helping you hang on to your cash. Hear more about what IYM is, and why you need the free, unbiased money smarts it offers.

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