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Sunday, May 07, 2017 1:00 am

Seek 'common good,' Young says

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

In his maiden speech on the floor of the Senate, freshman Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., called Thursday for his colleagues to pursue “the common good” for America.

“I don't profess that Hoosiers have a monopoly on the common good,” Young said in remarks broadcast by C-SPAN, “but rather than allowing ideological labels to guide our policy-making decisions, we should instead be guided by what we in Indiana call Hoosier common sense. It's the notion that we should be guided by facts, that we're open to change, to new ideas, regardless of ideology, when presented with results.”

He invoked the words of 18th-century Irish statesman Edmund Burke by saying, “The common good requires compromise. It requires cooperation.”

“Our charge, our duty, is to advance the common good by identifying common goals and then using common sense to further those goals,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described Young's speech as “truly inspirational” and noted that former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar was in the chamber to hear it.

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said on the Senate floor that Young “is a terrific partner” and his speech “couldn't be more important, couldn't be more timely and couldn't have been presented any better.”

Purdue employee joins Senate race

The field for the Republican nomination in next year's U.S. Senate election in Indiana has grown to three.

Andrew Takami, director of Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, a branch of Purdue University, recently announced his candidacy for the seat held by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Takami joins Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt and Hamilton County businessman Terry Henderson as announced Senate candidates in the 2018 GOP primary election. U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita are considering running.

Takami, 37, is a former executive director of college advancement at Ivy Tech Community College Southern Indiana in Sellersburg and a former manager of alumni affairs and special events at Indiana University Southeast. 

Banks to speak at Huntington U

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd; state Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington; and state Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, will speak at the May breakfast of the Huntington University Foundation.

The breakfast will be at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University. The program will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 9 a.m.

Admission is $10, which helps support area students attending HU through the Huntington County Grant. First-time attendees can eat free courtesy of Bailey-Love Mortuary.

To RSVP, contact Barb Baker at 260-359-4069 or

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