Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Bare-Knuckle Politics in Terre Haute

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

The whole senatorial brouhaha in Minnesota has nothing on the ongoing mayoral battle in Terre Haute, Indiana. The loser in the city’s 2007 election is still contesting his defeat, on some seriously esoteric grounds:

Burke v. Bennett pits former Mayor Kevin Burke against current Mayor Duke Bennett, who won the 2007 election by 110 votes out of about 12,000 cast. However, Burke argued — after the election — that Bennett had been ineligible to run due to the Hatch Act, a law that limits the political activity of people paid with federal funds, including employees of some not-for-profit agencies that receive federal money.

Before being elected, Bennett was director of operations at the Hamilton Center, a not-for-profit mental health organization that includes a federally funded Head Start program.

Microkhan now understands how such madness might inspire the city’s garage bands to great feats of musical creativity.


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