Political Notebook

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GOP finds Bayh, Hogsett, unrecognizable

Indiana Republicans recently sent their intern out to have a little fun with the possible candidacies of Democrats Joe Hogsett for Indianapolis mayor and Evan Bayh for governor.

The intern carried around pictures of Hogsett – who just resigned his post as U.S. attorney for the southern district of Indiana – and Bayh, former governor and U.S. senator. A number of people she stopped in downtown Indianapolis couldn’t place the faces, with one woman asking whether one was Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Then the intern shifted to telling people that Hogsett – while still not mentioning his name – lost three runs for office consecutively and is now considering another. Hogsett ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate and Congress in the early 1990s and state attorney general in 2003. He hasn’t been on a ballot in more than a decade. “If he’s lost three times, you should probably just give it up,” one man said.

Another man – a Republican staffer at the Statehouse – said: “At some point you gotta stop. What’s the saying? Stupidity is repeating the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome each time.” It should be noted that voters don’t choose photos when they cast ballots – they choose a name.

And it’s likely many of them have heard of Bayh at least. Check it out on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzX2w6uJ7aY.

2 from Allen tapped

Gov. Mike Pence recently named dozens of Hoosiers from around the state to various boards and commissions. Two Allen County residents were among the group.

Robin Pfeiffer was appointed to a three-year term through June 2017 on the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Council.

R.T. Green was reappointed to a three-year term through June 2017 on the Natural Resources Commission.

Emerging leaders

Four people from northeast Indiana are among 40 Hoosiers selected by the Indiana Democratic Party for the 2014-15 class of its Emerging Leaders Project.

The leadership development and networking program is designed for young people interested in seeking elected offices or working on political campaigns.

Nearly 150 people applied, and participants were selected by a committee of program board members and Democratic activists, the party said.

The four chosen from northeast Indiana are:

Megan Butler of Fort Wayne, information specialist for Visit Fort Wayne.

Jorge Ortiz of Fort Wayne, northeast regional director for Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Madalyn Sade-Bartl of Churubusco, Whitley County clerk-treasurer.

Brian Smith of Leesburg, Goodwill Industries.

Inspiring ‘Scandal’

The woman who inspired the hit show “Scandal” will keynote the second annual Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women on Oct. 21 in Indianapolis.

Renowned crisis communications expert Judy Smith will discuss how to handle crisis situations in a candid presentation at the close of the conference. She is known to most as the political fixer who inspired the character Olivia Pope on “Scandal.”

But Smith has built a trailblazing career in government, media and communications. She previously served as deputy press secretary to President George H.W. Bush and senior vice president of corporate communications at NBC, among other roles, before founding her own company, Smith & Co., where her clients have included internationally recognized celebrities and Fortune 500 companies.

Smith also authored “Good Self, Bad Self: How to Bounce Back from a Personal Crisis.”

“Judy Smith’s illustrious career not only inspired a television show, it inspires millions of women,” said Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women co-founders Deborah Collins Stephens and Billie Dragoo. “Her work in the public, private and philanthropic sectors offers women of all backgrounds a blueprint for success in their personal and professional lives.”

Early-bird registration tickets can be purchased by visiting www.IndianaGovernorsConference.com.

More information regarding speakers and events will be distributed through the website and the official Twitter feed of the Conference @INGovConf.

The Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women is a daylong event for women of all ages and backgrounds.

The conference will provide attendees with educational opportunities and exposure to experts in various fields as well as inspirational advice and practical tools to utilize on the pathway to success.

Last year, the conference had a capacity crowd of more than 1,000 Hoosier business leaders, entrepreneurs and other professional women.

It included a keynote event with Martha Stewart, remarks from Pence and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, breakout panels and dozens of experts on a wide range of topics.

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