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.

Talk to Tom, not Chuck

Who says a 3-1/2 hour meeting can’t be fun?

As Fort Wayne City Council members debated guiding principles for how to spend money from the lease and sale of the city’s old electric utility, Council President Tom Smith questioned a provision allowing the fund’s board to vote the shares of stock in its portfolio. Smith thought the wording sounded like board members could vote by proxy; Mitch Harper, R-4th, assured him it was only saying the board could vote like other shareholders in publicly held corporations.

“I wouldn’t speculate on your stock holdings,” Harper told Smith, “but I’m sure it’s vast.”

“Oh yes,” Smith replied, laughing. “Mitt (Romney) calls me for advice all the time.”