The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Thursday, October 1, 2015. (Interview With Indiana Black Legislators On Bill Crawford’s Life Starts At 3:29 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Bill Crawford not only had HIS Family, he also had his LEGISLATIVE Family. In a poignant, emotional but focused hour, Bill Crawford’s legislative colleagues, members of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus appeared on Afternoons with Amos to share their memories of Bill Crawford’s remarkable career, especially his four decades of service in the Indiana Legislature.
Sen. Lonnie Randolph, current Chair of the Caucus was joined by Senators Greg Taylor and Jean Breaux, State Representatives Cherrish Pryor, Robin Shackleford, John rtlett, Greg Porter, Vanessa Summers and former Senator and County Auditor Billie Breaux. The lawmakers shared stories about Bill Crawford, how he got things done in the legislature, how he represented the interests of his district, his community and his people. Robin Shackleford and Cherrish Pryor, who served as legislative interns for Crawford talk about how he mentored and taught them the ways of lawmaking and politics.
But the other legislators also told similar stories. Rep. Bartlett talked about Bill’s way of focusing on issues in budget debates. Vanessa Summers told of how the media doubted how Bill Crawford could handle chairing the power Ways and Means (Budget) Committee of the Legislature. But his colleagues knew he could handle the job. The Black legislators stressed how Bill Crawford schooled them on the importance of gathering your facts and information to be able to present your the argument persuasively. The legislators reacted to the comments by Governor Mitch Daniels and Mayors Steve Goldsmith and Bill Hudnut on Afternoons with Amos about Bill Crawford’s greatness. The nine Black lawmakers said that while Bill Crawford is irreplaceable, they are dedicated to continue and the legacy he left of working tirelessly to improve the conditions for African-Americans and others Hoosiers. Regarding how Crawford will be honored, the legislators said they expected early next year the full House and Senate would have an appropriate ceremony where the entire Indiana General Assembly would honor Bill Crawford’s legacy and life. But Sen. Randolph and Black Caucus Members will be strongly pushing for a bust of Bill Crawford is placed in the Rotunda of the State Capitol along with other great Hoosier citizens and lawmakers.
(Interview with Indy GOP Mayor Candidate Chuck Brewer Starts At 49:44 Mark On Media Player). In his fifth Afternoons with Amos interview of the campaign, since becoming the Republican candidate for Mayor Chuck Brewer took questions from listeners for the first time. Before that Brewer talked about his seven point Economic Development Plan that he introduced September 30th. The plan includes encouraging the city’s largest businesses, Brewer calls them “Anchor Businesses”, to spend 10% of their dollars with businesses located in Indianapolis, including minority, women and veteran owned businesses. Brewer also called for more use of the data the city collects and gather to improve transparency of city/county government. To encourage Indianapolis youth and you to get involved in the business of developing apps and software for computers and smartphones, Brewer wants to create free Coding Academies where young people could be taught, free, coding and encourage those youngster to enter get interested in careers in tech related fields. Expanding resources that go to Indy’s convention efforts, Brewer said, would help increase convention business which benefits the city’s economy. A major focus of Brewer’s Economic development initiative is creating economic corridors along the city’s most significant streets. But in a question, Brewer didn’t directly answer why 38th Street, a major arterial street where businesses have dried up in recent years wasn’t included. Or why Michigan Road was labeled, but not the street south of 38th which is Martin Luther King, which had been a development focus of the Ballard Administration. Asked by a listener, Brewer said he would be in favor of a Civilian Review Board for police. And in another surprise, asked about mass transit, Brewer said Indy needs a better system, but insisted that any new mass transit plans should be “self sustaining” meaning should pay for itself, not dependent on taxpayer subsidies. Click Here To Read Chuck Brewer’s Economic Development Proposal. CHUCK BREWER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN
The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Thursday, October 1, 2015 Runs 92 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.