Political Notebook

  • Pence taps city native for key post
    A Bishop Dwenger High School graduate was one of four deputy chiefs of staff tapped by Gov. Mike Pence last week. Sean Keefer will serve as deputy chief of staff of executive branch agencies.
  • Messer wants GOP leadership position
    Another Hoosier seeks a leadership post with the U.S. House Republican caucus.
  • Lugar Series taking applications
    The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, a political leadership development course for Republican women, is taking applications for its next class until Aug. 1.
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Local residents want out of US

By 9 p.m. Tuesday, more than 15,600 Hoosiers had signed a petition for Indiana to secede from the United States.

Those Hoosiers are among residents in at least 40 states who have started a secession drive at "We the People," a White House website.

If any single petition receives at least 25,000 signatures, the Obama administration vows to review it. Texas was at 84,000 signatures at last count.

Numerous residents of northeast Indiana have signed their state's petition. The website shows the first name and first initial of the last name of each person to sign. For example, Fort Wayne residents Giovianna S, Manuel M, Benjamin H and Kurt B each wants out of the United States, apparently while still living in the Summit City.

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