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Sunday, April 29, 2018 1:00 am

Hines lauds Tennessee Waffle House hero

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Speaking at the end of Tuesday night's Fort Wayne City Council meeting, Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, praised the hero of the Tennessee Waffle House shooting and called for a ban on AR-15-style weapons.

James Shaw Jr. was lauded as a hero after thwarting a shooter with an AR-15-type rifle who shot and killed four people outside a Waffle House near Nashville. Shaw rejected claims that he is a hero, stating that he only confronted the shooter to save his own life.

“He in fact is a hero and it just goes to show that we need to get the AR-15 assault weapon out of the hands (of dangerous people),” Hines said to scattered applause from the audience.

One person who has made no mention of Shaw is President Donald Trump. But Twitter followers point out Trump has been tweeting about rapper Kanye West instead.

Holdman aiming to get Long's job

While Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, faces a primary opponent in his Senate district, he is also focusing on another race inside the Republican caucus.

He and several others are vying to take over as Senate president pro tem after Sen. David Long leaves Nov. 7.

“I think we have a good shot at this,” Holdman said of the leadership race. “We are working hard and trying to do all the right things. I am trying to raise money to show the caucus my abilities.”

He said his previous work as a chairman on key committees has prepared him for the next step.

“I think I can be an effective leader. I've got a leadership style different than what David Long has.”

He said after having Long in place for 12 years, the chamber was sort of on autopilot and Holdman sees this transition as a time to reset.

“I support a much more collaborative approach, more team leadership,” he said. “David knew what he wanted and wanted to touch everything that transpired. I want to reach consensus rather than being told 'this is how it's going to be.'”

Holdman's biggest opponent appears to be Sen. Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville. He has been in the chamber since 2012. Holdman began in 2008.

GOP women's club sets public forum

The Republican Women's Club of Allen County will have a public forum Thursday for candidates seeking GOP nominations for county commissioner, County Council and township trustee.

The forum will start at 6 p.m. at Allen County Republican Party Headquarters, 135 W. Main St. The candidates will present their platforms and answer questions from the audience.

Another mayor supports Tritch

Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis has endorsed Courtney Tritch, a candidate for the Democratic nomination in northeast Indiana's 3rd Congressional District.

Ellis, a Democrat, said in a statement that Tritch “is known throughout the region for her tenacity, knowledge, and ability to work with all people.”

Tritch is running against John Roberson and Tommy Schrader in the May 8 Democratic primary election. The winner will face Republican Rep. Jim Banks in the Nov. 6 general election.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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