|White Lodging Executive Barry Cochrum|
|White Lodging's Bruce White|
Cocktails and artful-looking hors d'oeuvres were plentiful, as were the city's civic and social leaders.
|Carolene Mays with husband Fred|
Mayor Greg Ballard promised to put an end to country club politics after he won his upset victory over former Mayor Bart Peterson four years ago. He hasn't stopped running backwards from that commitment since the day he made it. He has accepted more than $50,000 in free country club memberships, travel, meals, gifts and entertainment during his first four years in office, none of which I'm betting he paid income taxes on. It's okay. He doesn't have anything to worry about. It's an accepted way of conducting business in Indianapolis. Both federal and state prosecutors in Indianapolis refuse to prosecute self-dealing and corrupt influence matters that other prosecutors across America prosecute every day. It's no wonder why guys like Bruce White feel no compunction about rubbing in our faces the graft they spread around to the politicians and downtown elites in consideration for the tens of millions of tax dollars they hand out to the greedy billionaires, particularly when they can count on the Indianapolis media to pat them on the back for doing so.