The Official Website of Josh Gillespie

Stop Governing Like This

Josh designed and contributed to a bi-partisan grassroots policy blog titled “Stop Governing Like This” that was developed to promote the local government reform agenda of set about by the Kernan-Shepard report.

From the Evansville Courier Press:

Applying new-style politics to an old issue, two prominent Indiana bloggers from the political left and right have joined forces to

advocate eliminating township government.

The two are jointly launching to advocate the local government changes recommended by the Kernan-Shepard Commission. Though at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, Democratic blogger Jennifer Wagner and Republican blogger Josh Gillespie said they agree Indiana’s local government structure is antiquated and streamlining it would save Hoosier tax dollars.

The coalition “sort of decided that among the many outreach tools, they wanted to have an online presence and wanted a Democratic blogger and a Republican blogger to dig deeper into the issues and ferret out waste in local government and write about it,” Wagner said. “Politics and policy make strange bedfellows.”

Gillespie agreed. “When Jen ran Taking Down Words, she had a way of getting her message out that was funny and irreverent and infuriating at the same time — especially if you were a Republican. Part of the goal with is to advocate for Kernan-Shepard with a certain pithy, snarky attitude that connects with readers, with varying levels of acceptance.”

From Indiana Barrister (by guest contributor Mark Miles,President of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.)

“I’ll close by saying that this isn’t a partisan issue. When I returned to Indianapolis a few years ago, I said I felt like Rip Van Winkle: When I left, Republicans were the party of UniGov. When I got back 15 years later, they were opposing Mayor Peterson’s efforts to consolidate police and fire services.Today, both parties are sitting the issue out, so as not to offend the local elected officials who populate their organizations. But we also have folks from both sides of the aisle supporting the cause – visit to read perspectives from Jen Wagner and Josh Gillespie on reform.

The bottom line is, if we want change, voters will have to demand it. It’s been said that in a democracy, the people get the government they deserve. Hoosiers deserve better.”

From Northwest Indiana Politics:

“Polar opposites Jen Wagner and Josh Gillespie have teamed up to bring the new site Stop Governing Like This … with it’s unveiling today.

I sat on a panel with Josh over the weekend at the Blog Indiana Conference, and can attest to his conservative roots but a desire to work across the aisle to reach far-reaching results. Take a few minutes to check out the site and movement.”

From Frugal Hoosiers:

“Jennifer Wagner and Josh Gillespie have teamed up and started a new blog, “Stop Governing Like This.“ The focus of the blog is local government reform, inspired by the Kernan-Shepard Commission report. We’ve oftenwritten about that report and tried to encourage efforts to keep local government reform alive in the post-property tax crisis world in Indiana. It’s great to have a new blog on the scene written by veteran bloggers with this focus.”

And from me at  Hoosier Access:

“So what are we going to do on our blog? Pretty simple actually. We want to expose all the waste, fraud and abuse that occurs at the local level that cost you and me our hard earned tax dollars. You know you’ve heard about it and you know you’ve seen it.

If you’re interested in seeing how your taxes are being spent, head on over to Stop Governing Like This. You will be astonished at what you read.

And don’t worry. Just because I’m teaming up with Jennifer Wagner doesn’t mean I’m going to take it easy on Democrats on here or on the new site.”