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Sunday, June 11, 2017 1:00 am

Young mum on possible judgeship for Davis

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

The office of Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., is not commenting on speculation that Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis might be a candidate for a federal job.

Young this winter sought applications to fill vacancies for two federal judges, a U.S. attorney and a U.S. marshal in the Northern District of Indiana. The vacancies include a judge in the Fort Wayne division of the district court.

Jay Kenworthy, Young's communications director, said Thursday in an email that Young and his staff “vetted and interviewed several candidates” for federal justice positions in Indiana but that “our policy is not to confirm any names of applicants or finalists.”

Allen Superior Court Executive John McGauley acknowledged the speculation surrounding Davis' possible candidacy for a federal judgeship but said “that is all it is at the moment.” McGauley said he did not know whether she applied for a federal post.

Davis has been an Allen County judge since 2011 and is a former part-time deputy prosecutor. She was among local health, justice and law enforcement officials who met with Young in February to discuss opioid abuse.

Nominees for federal judges and attorneys require Senate confirmation.

Warm beer tidbits

Part of the Chill Indiana public awareness campaign surrounding the sale of cold beer is a satirical look at the history of alcohol in Indiana.

Think Onion article – not a true story.

Indiana infamously is the only state to regulate the sale of carryout beer based on temperature – liquor stores can, big-box and convenience stores can't.

One of the first pokes at the law goes back to October 1794 and features Gen. “Happy” Anthony Wayne and his troops' occupation of the U.S. Army stockade that would soon be dedicated to the general and later become the state's second largest city in Fort Wayne.

“During the raucous celebration that evening, 'Happy' Anthony Wayne flew into an hours-long rage after being served WARM BEER by his troops, causing them to revise his nickname for posterity's sake”

Hence, Mad Anthony.

Under review

President Donald Trump's plan to privatize air traffic control received a tepid response from federal lawmakers representing northeast Indiana.

Reps. Jim Banks, R-3rd, and Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, and Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Todd Young, R-Ind., said they will review the proposal, but none of the legislators expressed outright support or opposition.

Banks “agrees with President Trump that we need to modernize our country's outdated air traffic control system,” Anna Swick, press secretary for Banks, said in an email response for comment on Trump's plan.

Walorski “welcomes President Trump's leadership in modernizing our nation's aviation system,” Jack Morrissey, Walorski's communications director, said in an email.

Young “agrees that we must modernize our air traffic control system and improve service for Hoosiers,” Jay Kenworthy, communications director for Young, said in an email. “He is looking forward to learning more about how the administration's proposal could provide a more efficient air traffic control system, save taxpayer dollars, and improve safety.”

Donnelly's office said only that he “will review any proposal that comes before the Senate.”

Trump said Monday that his proposal to switch air traffic control from the tax-supported Federal Aviation Administration to a self-financing nonprofit organization will result in “cheaper, faster and safer travel.” He said the FAA's traffic control system is “an ancient, broken, antiquated, horrible system that doesn't work.”

Trump's plan is supported by airlines.

Lugar series ready

The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is accepting applications for its 2017-18 class until Aug. 1.

The nonprofit program in Indianapolis says its mission is to “increase the number and influence of Republican women in elected and appointed governmental positions at the local, state and federal levels.” Applicants must be GOP women who have demonstrated leadership at work and in their communities, according to the Lugar Series website.

The series was founded in 1990 and has 489 graduates from Indiana.

The 20 women chosen for the 2017-18 class will participate in an eight-month program that includes a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. Applications are available online at www.lugarseries.com. For information, call email lugarseries@gmail.com or call 317-536-6900.

To reach Political Notebook by email, contact Brian Francisco at bfrancisco@jg.net or Niki Kelly at nkelly@jg.net. An expanded Political Notebook can also be found as a daily blog at www.journalgazette.net/politicalnotebook.