Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pence Nixes JustIn State-Run News Site

Well, that didn't take long.

TO: All Agency Heads
FROM: Governor Mike Pence
DATE: January 29, 2015

From the outset of this administration you have heard me emphasize the importance of integrity and accountability to the public, and I am grateful for the manner that each of you has worked to serve the people of Indiana with transparency and a servant’s heart.

As you are aware, concern has arisen regarding the development of a new website for the state of Indiana.

However well intentioned, after thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed, I am writing to inform you that I have made a decision to terminate development of the JustIN website immediately.

The original intent of this project was to make press releases more readily available in a onestop website for the convenience of the press and the public. At present, approximately 50 of the 90 executive branch state agencies and commissions post press releases on the state's current public calendar website ( This results in the press and the public having to visit multiple sources to stay informed about state activities.

Therefore, rather than developing a new website, I have instructed the Office of Information Technology update the current public calendar website to ensure that the press and the public have unfiltered and convenient access to all press releases and public meeting notices. The updated calendar will be fully automated and designed to post all press releases and public meeting notices in real time.

Accordingly, effective immediately, I am directing you to instruct your communications office to work with the Office of Information Technology to ensure that all press releases and public notices issued from your agency are properly displayed on this public calendar and press releases website.

It is a great privilege for us to serve the people of Indiana and I am grateful every day to serve with men and women like you who share my determination to do so integrity, servant leadership and accountability.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Michael R. Pence
Governor of Indiana


Anonymous said...

Does this faux-conservative really know what the hell he is doing?

I guess he is saying he was right before he was wrong.

NOT presidential material in the least, not even as a now-and-then mentioned candidate for the office.

local landlord said...

Mike Pence is just not ready for prime time. At one point in his career he was the fourth highest ranking member of the House. And now here he sits as Governor of the State of Indiana. But I think the “Peter Principle” applies most aptly. The Peter Principle is a concept in management theory in which the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate's performance in their current role rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and "managers rise to the level of their incompetence." Mike Pence was a credible team player as a fiscal conservative. But not a stand alone exceptional thinker. He still has to prove himself as a leader. Intellectually, he’s certainly no Mitch Daniels. He’ll never ascend to the presidency of a nationally acclaimed University. He’s more likely to return to radio. Perhaps he and Garrison can trash homosexuals together in Christian brotherhood in the 10 am slot on local radio. But he’ll never be President.

Anonymous said...

I heartily agree with everything Anon 3:13 says except Mitch Daniel's alleged intellect. The man is not a profound thinker in the least.