- Carl Brizzi will choose to not run for a 3rd term as Marion County Prosecutor. (Politicians who have successfully been elected are generally risk adverse. With the 40% base vote Republicans had in 2008 county-wide races why risk losing?)
- As Hoosier unemployment continues to skyrocket in 2009, Governor Daniels' popularity will sink. (Unfairly, I might add. There is very little a state Governor can do in the midst of a world-wide recession. But when you are on the hot seat, you not only get the credit when the economy takes off, you get the blame when the economy tanks.)
- Behind-the-scenes, strong-arm tactics of the Mayor Ballard's administration on council Republicans who dare question what is happening on the 25th Floor will surface.
- Instead of following his predecessor's lead, Greg Zoeller will take the Attorney General's Office in a more active direction, including using the office to assist prosecutors by investigating white collar crime. (This is more hope than anything.)
- Sheriff Frank Anderson exploratory interest in the Mayor's Office will be derailed by questions relating to his receipt and expenditure of funds related to the operation of jails. (While yours truly raised questions on these pages recently about nearly a quarter of a million dollars being moved from one account to another to pay CCA which operates Jail #2, I have been told by several people there are a lot more issues out there regarding the handling of jail money.)
- Expect a Republican reform movement, opposed to the Old Guard which has operated in Marion County for decades, to begin to get traction.
- Tom John will be re-elected county chairman. Opponent Henry Karlson, if he runs, will get a protest vote of 25% to 30%.
Possibly more predictions later.