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Courtesy Sen. Joe Donnelly
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., wears an IPFW Mastodons jersey before Wednesday’s Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park.

Donnelly, Democrats rule diamond

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., has baseball bragging rights for another year over Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd.

The Democrats defeated the Republicans 15-6 Wednesday night in the annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game for Charity at Nationals Park in Washington. It was the Democrats’ sixth consecutive victory and evened the yearly series between the political parties at 38 wins each, plus a tie.

Donnelly played first base most of the game for the Democrats and had two hits, according to his office.

Stutzman, the GOP’s starting pitcher, walked the first three batters he faced in the first inning and then hit a batter with a pitch, forcing in a run, according to mlb.com. The Republicans gave up two more runs in the inning on an error and a steal of home by Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La.

The Republicans yanked Stutzman after he walked in another run in the second inning, mlb.com reported.

The contest was ended in the seventh inning because of thunderstorms.

Taxes are no joke

If you heard groaning coming from the Indiana Government Center conference rooms Tuesday, it’s because the tax jokes were flying.

Gov. Mike Pence hosted a tax conference full of economists, business officials and accountants – all of whom seemed to have their favorite tax joke.

Pence couldn’t pick a favorite, so he opened his speech with a handful of them.

For instance, he shared an old quote – “the difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”

Then he said America is the land of opportunity – everyone can be a taxpayer.

Pence also had this gem – there is no child so bad that he or she can’t be used for a tax deduction.

And he finished with: A harp is a piano after taxes. Huh?

Appointments

State Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, and state House Speaker Brian Bosma last week announced the 2014 Study Committee assignments for lawmakers.

Legislators will study a number of topics this summer and may offer recommendations for next session.

Here is how area lawmakers will serve:

Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City – Midwestern Higher Education Commission; Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs; Indiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission.

Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange – Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs; Interim Study Committee on Government; Judicial Technology Oversight Committee.

Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle – Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance; Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs; Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana.

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn – Interim Study Committee on Education; Education Commission of the States; Education Roundtable.

Long – Legislative Council and Personnel Subcommittee of Legislative Council.

Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation; Counterterrorism and Security Council; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission; Indiana Homeland Security Foundation; Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs.

Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance; the Interim Study Committee on Pension Management Oversight.

Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Courts and the Judiciary and the Interim Study Committee on Elections.

Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Elections; Interim Study Committee on Public Policy.

Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City – Workforce Innovation Council.

Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, will chair the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indianaand serve on the Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs.

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, will chair the Interim Study Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance; serve on the Indiana Heritage Trust Committee; Interim Study Committee on Public Policy; the Board of Trustees of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corp.

Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington – Native American Indian Affairs Commission.

Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne – Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development; the Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor; the Environmental Adjudication Director Selection Panel.

Rep. Dave Ober, R-Albion, will chair the Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor.

Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, will chair the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.

Rep. David Wolkins, R-Warsaw, will chair the Compliance Advisory Panel; the Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs.

Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola – Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs; Indiana Veterans’ Affairs Commission.

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