There is something I'd like to discuss now that "Republican" asked the question.
Why is it that our Democratic Party has come from its noble history to arrive at mayhem? Our party is fractured and disgruntled like never before. My father says he doesn't even recognize the party, especially locally, but nationally too. Why? What are we becoming? You have many people on here and I would say that most are Democrats yet even they constantly bicker and fight and call each other names.
The Republicans who get on here don't seem to know what's going on because our party has dominated things locally since the beginning of time as I remember (I'm 68). I don't much care what the Republicans know or understand. Their leader seems like a pretty nice but dimwitted character. No surprise that they'd exhibit ignorance. The only smart one they have in office, seems to me, is Ed Clere, and we love to hate him precisely because he knows what he's doing and we don't like it.
But what about talking about just the Democrats? Let's focus on us. We're a big part of the problem here. Why? Because over the past, oh, thirty years or so, we've let some real crooks take over. We've let things become "thug politics" in Floyd County, especially in the city of New Albany.
Oh, they've got their front men (and women) who then line up to take the fall whenever things go awry, but why do we allow this? Our friend, "Republican" asked why the Reps and the Demos don't get along. Heck, we don't get along with ourselves! Somehow, we've allowed the Central Committee to consist of that group known as "the inner circle" and they control everything, from who's going to run for what, to how many paid boards we can appoint weak-kneed yes-men to, to who's going to take the fall for what, to how we're going to use those on the outside, specifically the so-called "progressives" in town, to get us what we want, to making sure backs are turned on the cheating we ALL KNOW is going on (for example, city council district 1).
We say things like, "Gosh, we hate Dan Coffey" and that we don't support him, yet we pretty much sit around and allow this to go on. We even seem to support it! I am one who pushed Jeff Gahan as the man to vote for this past election. I wish I hadn't. He's got the same thugs (yes, THUGS) in office as before. Just switched around. We wonder why we can't make changes happen, then cry and bitch about it not happening. And we complain bitterly about the people in power. YET WE DO NOTHING TO STOP THEM! So, let's stop talking about how stupid the Republicans are and talk about US, the Floyd County Democratic Party.
Although I can't vote in the city elections and live near the Harrison County line, I watch and read everything about the city where I grew up. I would like to see us progress toward some change for the better. Also, I would prefer my name not be used and appreciate your offer of space on your blog to get some things said.