Some Appointments, But Not What You Expected
Yesterday Governor Mike Pence announced a few appointments, but all were to official state government positions – there was no news as to his preference for state party chairman. Two positions in Indianapolis and a local judicial vacancy were filled.
First, Pence appointed Brian Bailey to take the reins of the State Budget Office. Bailey is currently the Chief of Staff and General Counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. Before Pence took office Bailey also served as Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance and has worked as an attorney in Indianapolis. Replacing Bailey at the Office of Management and Budget is Andrew Kossack, Pence’s Education and Workforce Policy Director.
Second, in news of a more northeastern Indiana flavor, Pence appointed Craig Bobay to the vacant judicial bench on the Allen County Superior Court. Bobay is the final domino to fall after Judge Stephen Simms announced his intention to retire from the bench. Judge Dan Heath, former district director for then Congressman Dan Coats, elected to take Simms position on the family court leaving the vacancy Bobay will fill. Bobay has been highly visible at local Republican events over the last few months as he negotiated the treacherous waters of ostensibly seeking a judicial appointment.
In other Hoosier news, the Chicago Tribune joins a number of voices backing Congressman Marlin Stutzman’s efforts to separate Farm Bill programs designed to support agriculture producers from those designed to support agriculture consumers. Also, Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) received some praise from the Air Force Benefits Association for his effort to make it easier for Hoosier veterans to qualify for in-state tuition.
Finally, we have some big U.S. Supreme Court holdings headed our way this week. Also, Ivy Tech has been receiving criticism from a number of fronts regarding its graduation rate. We hope to go into greater detail on those issues later this week. Also, it smells like Emily Borkholder has some Highlights cooking in the Hostage Hoosier kitchen. Please weigh in on these or any other issues you’d like to chat about in our comments section below.