Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Monday was a great day

I drove down to Indianapolis and met with Rebecca Sink-Burris and LPIN Executive Director Dan Drexler. I testified in front of The Indiana House of Representatives in favor of House Bill 1010, a bill that strengthens Indiana's Eminent Domain Laws. I spoke for about 8 minutes on Eminent Domain abuse in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Earlier this summer I went down to Indianapolis to testify in front of the sub-committee considering HB1010. Representative Wolkins (Committee Chair and bill author) invited me to come to Indianapolis a testify in front of The Indiana House while they were preparing to vote on HB 1010. I was the only private citizen invited to speak about Eminent Domain! Representative Wolkins liked my testimony and thought I should testify again right before the actual vote.

After I was done explaining Eminent Domain abuse in Fort Wayne I answered a couple of questions from Representatives. My Representative (Phyllis Pond) spoke up and acknowledged Fort Wayne's poor treatment of Belmont Liquors. The Chairman of The Indiana House of Representatives then thanked me for taking the time to come and testify. He commented that I was the only person who came on my own and was not paid to be present.

I then drove north and met with Kenn Gividen in Noblesville. We finished up most of our plans for the upcoming County Chair Convention that will be held on March 4th. Please follow this link to find out the details:

I then came back to Fort Wayne and attending the "Political Bootcamp" seminar put on by Leadership Fort Wayne and The Mike Downs Center.

It was a busy day; but, a satisfying day.

It goes to show you that 90% of success is just showing up!


Scott Greider said...

Can you post your testimony? Or can we read it anywhere?

Mike Kole said...

Thanks for making the trip, Mike! It was great that the Committee invited you for this second round of comments to them. I think it speaks very well of you!

LP Mike Sylvester said...

I will look to see if I can find the minutes online Scott. I will post them if I can find them.

When I speak I always speak "off the cuff," I rarely prepare comments...

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