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.
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Daniels makes lame-duck appointments

In 2005, one of the first things Gov. Mitch Daniels did upon taking office was ask all members of key boards and commissions to resign so he could appoint people of his own choosing.

Fast forward almost eight years and Daniels apparently doesn't feel that way anymore. Earlier this week he appointed or reappointed dozens of people to various state boards and commissions rather than waiting until Gov.-elect Mike Pence takes office.

Here are some of the key appointments, and those from northeast Indiana:

  • Retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr., to the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission.
  • Dorian Maples, of Fort Wayne, was reappointed to the Community & Home Options to Institutionalized Care for the Elderly and Disabled Board.
  • Maureen Weber, of Indianapolis, was appointed as chairwoman of the Indiana Charter School Board.
  • Roxsandra Clemons-McFarthing, of Fort Wayne, was reappointed to the Indiana State Commission on Aging.
  • Sandra Kemmish, of Fort Wayne, was appointed to the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites Corporation Board of Trustees.
  • Dan O'Connell, of Fort Wayne, was appointed to the Indiana Tourism Council.
  • Elizabeth Bechdol, of Auburn, was reappointed to the State Fair Commission.
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