Here are a few political items worth mentioning…

State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell turned in the 2019 Annual report for the Office of the Treasurer of State.  In this report, the Treasurer announced an investment income of over one hundred seventy-two (172) million dollars for the state of Indiana. This is a gain of over 100% equal to 87M over FY18 returns.  “I am pleased that the investments we do on behalf of the state continue to earn more each year”, said Treasurer Mitchell. “I look forward to continued growth in our investment income over the next several years.”

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Christina Hale for Congress in the open-seat race in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District.  The organization said Hale was a “community leader running to be a voice for Indiana families in Congress” and “She is deeply committed to protecting access to affordable health care, creating an economy that works for all Hoosiers, and preventing violence against women and girls. Deep-pocketed special interests will do everything they can to keep this seat, but Christina has what it takes to win this race with our help.”

Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher on Friday was inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers — an organization that only accepts into its ranks “lawyers with a reputation for the highest excellence in appellate work and unblemished integrity,” to quote from Fisher’s letter of invitation. “The average person might not be aware of what an honor this induction represents, but membership in this academy is limited to 500 lawyers in the United States,” Attorney General Curtis Hill said. “That averages to 10 lawyers per state. This group truly represents the best of the best when it comes to attorneys handling appeals cases.”  Fisher has argued four times before the U.S. Supreme Court. Twice, Fisher has won the National Association of Attorneys General Best Brief Award for excellence in U.S. Supreme Court brief writing.

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) presented the following awards to the Indiana BMV  at the 2019 AAMVA Region 3 Conference, last week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Public Affairs and Consumer Education (PACE) Category 1C: Other Print or Electronic Publications for their 2017 Annual Report. A magazine-style annual report of Indiana BMV’s activities and accomplishments was published for the first time in January 2017.  Innovative Use of Technology Award for their Growth of BMV Connect. Indiana residents now have access to a total of 32 BMV Connect kiosks and have the ability to complete 13 different transactions at each BMV Connect kiosk or center. 

Indiana Economic Development Corporation officials will join Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett and executives from B2S Life Sciences, a biotherapeutic enablement company, today to cut the ribbon on the company’s newly-renovated facility in Franklin.   B2S Life Sciences produces custom biological reagents to support biotherapeutic drug development to diagnostic companies and provides drug development consultative and data analytical services.

Rasmussen is reporting that voters clearly aren’t happy with the major party choices they’re likely to get in the 2020 presidential election. Nearly four-out-of-10 say they’re likely to vote for a third-party candidate.   The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters say they are likely to vote for someone other than President Trump or the Democratic presidential nominee in next year’s election. That includes 22% who are Very Likely to do so.