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Indianapolis Star Endorses Lugar Over Mourdock

The editorial board of the Indianapolis Star endorsed U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-In., Sunday over state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the hotly contested May 8 Republican primary.

In giving the six-term incumbent the nod, the newspaper responded to four chief objections to Lugar’s nomination raised by his Tea Party challenger and his supporters. Among the chief complaints from conservative activists is that Lugar is a disloyal Republican who party leaders can’t rely on.

From the Indianapolis Star:

Our response: Lugar has voted with the Republican majority in the Senate 88 percent of the time for more than 20 years.

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Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Star Will Go to Trial

An age discrimination suit against the Indianapolis Star will go to trial.

Judge Richard Young ordered the case to trial last month, but unsealed the records this week. (Read the records here.)

The plaintiff in the case is Susan Guyett. She created the paper’s “Talk of Our Town” society column and wrote it until 2008, when she was laid off at age 59. The layoff was part of a series of firings in the newspaper chain Gannett, which also owns the Courier-Journal.

Guyett claims she was told at the time that the paper was eliminating her column, however, a 39-year-old reporter took her place. Attorneys argue that the layoff goes against the seniority provision in the reporters’ collective bargaining agreement. Further, Guyett says the fact that she was replaced disproves the paper’s claims that hard news reporters and beats were protected in the layoffs.

However, Judge Young notes that some of the other employees laid off from the paper were younger than Guyett.

A deposition of Guyett’s editor has already been released, but observers note that the trial could uncover more details on Gannett’s controversial layoff plan, under which thousands of reporters have been fired in order to cut operating costs.