OPEN ITEM: Lots of Items to Cover and Just a Little Time
First, if you missed Rob Burgess’ Open Item yesterday, the Indiana Republican Party announced their new executive director yesterday. We first profiled Rachel Jacobs when she was selected over the summer as the Political Director. Now Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry has tapped Jacobs to serve as executive director. In addition to the selection of Jacobs as executive director, it was announced that Dan Dumezich would serve as Treasurer.
In campaign news Andrew McNeil announced that he’s going to leave his job to campaign full time against Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Newburg) in the primary for Indiana’s Eighth Congressional District. While it is commendable that McNeil is willing to devote his full energy to this campaign, it is not clear how he plans to gain traction against Rep. Bucshon who, as I noted in an earlier candidate profile, seems to have his campaign firing on all cylinders this cycle.
Congressman Todd Rokita (R-Clermont) chairs the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. Libby Nelson with the Politco’s Morning Education feature notes that Rokita joined House Education Committee Chairman John Cline (R-Minn.) and two other members of the committee to express their concerns about guidelines for school disciplinary procedures issued by the federal Departments of Education and Justice. You can read their joint letter here.
State Senator Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) was recognized by the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers for his support of Indiana’s “Lifeline Law.” Steve Kohrman of Cedar Creek Beverage in Leo is chairman of the IABR and presented Sen. Merritt with their Legislator of the Year award. “Indiana’s Lifeline Law is a critical tool that helps save lives,” said Kohrman. “As responsible retailers who are strictly regulated by the state, we’ve worked with Sen. Merritt in support of revising and extending the law this year and hope to see it become a national model.”
Finally, a Fort Wayne-area student athlete is receiving national attention for his accomplishments on the wrestling mat. Woodburn native Nik Hoot, who lost both his legs in a botched abortion, made the semi-states this year. Hoot’s accomplishment was profiled yesterday by Steven Ertelt in national pro-life publication LifeNews.com.