Political Notebook

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  • Bennett back at the Statehouse
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  • Right to Life PAC endorses 6 area GOP candidates
    The Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee has endorsed six area Republicans seeking Statehouse office.

Right to Life PAC endorses candidates

The Allen County Right to Life Political Action Committee has endorsed local pro-life candidates before the May 6 primary election.

In some races, the PAC chose only one candidate and in others chose multiple contenders running for the post.

According to a statement, the group believes the following candidates, if elected, will be dependable voices on pro-life issues for their constituents:

•Indiana Senate District 14: Dennis Kruse (R)

•Indiana Senate District 15: Liz Brown (R)

•Indiana House District 50: Dan Leonard (R)

•Indiana House District 52: Ben Smaltz (R)

•Indiana House District 79: Matthew Lehman (R)

•Indiana House District 81: Martin Carbaugh (R)

•Indiana House District 82: David Ober (R)

•Indiana House District 83: Kathy Heuer (R) and Christopher Judy (R)

•Indiana House District 84: Michael Barranda (R) and Bob Morris (R)

•Indiana House District 85: Casey Cox (R)

•Allen County Prosecuting Attorney: J. Michael (Mike) Loomis (R)

•Allen County Sheriff: David Gladieux (R)

•Allen County Assessor: Sam Walker (D)

•Allen County Commissioner District 2: Therese Brown (R)

•Allen County Commissioner District 3: Linda Bloom (R) and Roy Buskirk (R)

•Allen County Council District 1: Kevin Howell (R)

•Allen County Council District 2: Thomas (Tom) Harris (R)

•Allen County Council District 3: Joel Benz (R), Tom Rotering (R), Gwendolyn (Gwen) Sordelet (R)

“The Allen County Right to Life PAC urges all pro-life Allen County voters to support our endorsed candidates,” said Cathie Humbarger, communications director of the Allen County Right to Life PAC. “The right to life is nonnegotiable.

“Voters can use their ballot to advance protections for the most vulnerable among us, notably the unborn and the aged. These endorsed candidates value the right to life and they are our best hope for promoting a culture of life in government.”

The Allen County Right to Life PAC endorsed candidates based in part on surveys completed by the candidates.

Brooks passes law

Pension legislation introduced by Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th, has been enacted – the first law produced by the second-year congresswoman who grew up in Fort Wayne.

President Barack Obama on Monday evening signed into law the legislation that Brooks sponsored to exempt charitable and cooperative associations that use multiple employer pension funds from having to fund their plans at the same levels as high-risk plans.

Brooks, a Homestead High School graduate who lives in Carmel, said the legislation had been supported by 11 interest groups, including those representing Christian schools, Jewish federations, rural electric cooperatives, farmer cooperatives, United Way and the Girl Scouts.

“By making sure they are not forced to overfund their (pension) plans, we are preserving their ability to continue enhancing communities across the nation,” Brooks said Tuesday in a statement.

The House and the Senate approved the Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act in late March.

On the losing side

U.S. senators from Indiana lost wagers on the outcome of Tuesday’s NCAA women’s basketball championship game between Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut, according to their offices.

UConn won 79-58 over the Irish.

Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., bet a basket of products from South Bend Chocolate Co. that Notre Dame would win the title, while Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., put up Jonathan Java Crunch UConn Dairy Bar ice cream and Stew Leonard’s brownies.

Donnelly is a Notre Dame graduate.

Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish and the UConn Huskies were undefeated heading into the championship, the first time both contenders have entered the women’s title game without a loss.

UConn won the NCAA men’s basketball championship Monday night. The school won both the men’s and women’s titles in 2004.

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