Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Hodge Podge: Ellsworth in Indy; Hogsett Still Waits

Ellsworth in Indy
Congressman Brad Ellsworth will be in the Indianapolis area this weekend and next weekend. Tonight, the Congressman is holding a Young Professionals fundraiser featuring the game cornhole and beer at 4130 N. Meridian Street. Low end contribution is $25. Sounds like a good time, and it's good to see the Congressman in Indianapolis.

On Saturday, he will be the keynote speaker at the Johnson County Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. Next weekend, his campaign tells me he will be at the Third Annual Marion County United Democrats Picnic at Garfield Park. The event is on Sunday at the Pagota Shelter ('s spelled that way) from 1-3 p.m.

Hogsett Waits
Former Indiana Secretary of State Joe Hogsett still awaits Senate confirmation as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. If he is confirmed, Hogsett will be required to refrain from political activity until he is no longer a U.S. Attorney. While I'm certain that Joe will make a tremendous U.S. Attorney, the move silences one hell of a good campaigner.

Locke Still Hammering Berry on Travel
Sam Locke, the Democratic candidate for State Auditor is still holding Indiana Auditor of State Tim Berry accountable for questionable travel records. From the Locke campaign:

Information obtained in a recent public records request has once again found Auditor of State Tim Berry taking questionable trips statewide - financed by taxpayers and using state resources. On June 14, state travel records detail that Auditor Berry drove his government vehicle 232 miles to the City of Bluffton, for what was described in the disclosure as a “revenue report.” Further comparison to a list of campaign appearances on his Facebook page and campaign website revealed this report was delivered to a meeting of the 6th District Constitutional Patriots, a local Tea Party-affiliated organization.

Blue Dogs Endorse Van Haaften
Trent Van Haaften, the Democratic nominee for the 8th District Congressional seat, has picked up the endorsement of the Blue Dog Coalition. In the release to the media, Van Haaften's campaign describes the coalition as a "fiscally-conservative" group. They neglect to also note the coalition's "socially-conservative" stances on LGBT and other issues.

I haven't dug that deeply into Van Haaften's views, but I hope he's the kind of candidate LGBT individuals in the 8th District can support rather than just vote for.

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