Political Notebook

  • Donnelly stumping for Democratic candidates
    Sen. Joe Donnelly in recent days endorsed David Kolbe in Indiana House District 22, traveled to Iowa to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley and joined state House District 81 candidate Thad Gerardot for a campaign appearance in downtown
  • Coats, Donnelly donate to campaigns
    Neither of Indiana’s U.S. senators is on the election ballot this year, but that hasn’t stopped them from dipping into their campaign war chests.
  • Boland pledges to donate salary to community
    If elected, Democratic State Treasurer candidate Mike Boland would donate his salary to the community.

GOP seeking to fill county recorder seat

The Allen County Republican Party will have a caucus election Aug. 9 to fill the term of county Recorder John McGauley.

McGauley is leaving office a day earlier to become the Superior Court executive. He is in his second four-year term as recorder and is prohibited from seeking a third straight term in the Nov. 4 general election.

Republican precinct committee officials no doubt will select McGauley’s chief deputy, Anita Mather, to fill the remaining months of his term. She was unopposed in the May 6 GOP primary election and has no opponent in the general election.

Candidates for recorder must file to run at least 72 hours in advance of the caucus, which will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at GOP headquarters, 135 W. Main St., according to Republican Chairman Steve Shine.

Stutzman too old for endorsement

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, is getting too long in the tooth for one organization’s interests.

The group named FuturePAC.Us has endorsed Stutzman’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 4 election, Justin Kuhnle.

FuturePAC.Us says on its website that its mission is to “help young men and women get elected regardless of party, issues or affiliations.”

It says in a news release that Kuhnle, a Kendallville resident, “embodies the innovative perspective that young Americans have been waiting to see takeover Washington.”

Kuhnle is 34, the same age Stutzman was when he was first elected to Congress. That was way back in 2010. Stutzman will turn 38 this summer.

FuturePAC.Us also has endorsed Adam King, 30, the Republican candidate for a congressional seat representing parts of western Los Angeles. That has to make Kuhnle feel old.

Websites for the Federal Election Commission, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Sunlight Foundation have no information on FuturePAC.Us, in Athens, Georgia, judging by its emailed news release.

College Democrats rally behind Ritz

The College Democrats of Indiana has started a petition telling Gov. Mike Pence to get out of Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz’s way.

The original goal was to get at least 500 signatures by Aug. 25. But after only four days the group has more than 1,400 signatures.

The #LetRitzWork campaign has already been picked up by State Impact Indiana and the Indianapolis Star, as well as supported by the Indiana AFT and several office holders.

This story is one that focuses on both youth engagement in educational policy as well as state-level political discussion, according to a release.

The news of the signatures came just after Gordon Hendry, a member of the State Board of Education and a Democrat, chastised Ritz in an editorial sent to newspapers around the state.

“I don’t know why the Superintendent insists on creating conflict where rational debate should instead exist. I have reached out to her on multiple occasions to sit down and talk through our differences,” Hendry said.

“I hope she will change her mind and decide to work with us to promote an agenda of ideas instead of more empty, anti-everything rhetoric. The Superintendent was elected, but not as an education czar.”

Ritz continues to battle with the State Board of Education, which has a majority of Republicans, and the Center for Education and Career Innovation, which is quasi education agency created through an executive order by Pence that is representing the board.

To learn more about the petition, go to www.facebook.com/collegedemsin.

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