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Max Jones

March 7, 2008

MAX JONES: Readers speak: Tell us about political factions

TERRE HAUTE — Last week, I wrote about the fractured Democratic Party in Vigo County, the players behind the factions, and how the divisions were posing new challenges in covering this upcoming primary season.

I asked this key question: “… Do you as readers and potential voters want to know the faction with which a candidate is aligned, if any? Or does any of this ‘political insider’ stuff really matter to you?”

The column brought some very interesting responses. Here’s a sampling:

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“Very much enjoyed at last an accurate look at Vigo County politics. I don’t really care who is supported by whom, but the bottom line is we have all paid the price for control squabbles for years in Terre Haute.

“The folks that are involved in all of this are not interested in the welfare and progress of Terre Haute, but are more caring about having their hand on the master switch. I heard once that Pete Chalos didn’t make a phone call unless he called Mr. Anderson first. I had really hoped that when Kevin Burke was elected that maybe the ‘good old boy’ network might finally be broken, but alas, it doesn’t seem so.

“If the real reasons industry doesn’t come here, that progress is so painfully slow, could be reported, that would be more helpful to me. Thank you for a very insightful piece, good luck.” — Jim Moles

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“I think there should be an open forum where all of the primary candidates are required to answer the question, ‘Which faction of the Democratic Party do you support’. Then the TribStar could publish these results before the primary voting. I realize they could say neither, but in my opinion, they would be evading the question because they have to be aligned to one or the other for financial support. … Just my perception.”

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