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Sunday, October 21, 2018 1:00 am

Vice president's daughter goes on book tour

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Hoosier Charlotte Pence took Manhattan last week with a whirlwind book tour.

Her latest book, “Where You Go: Life Lessons from My Father,” hit stores Tuesday, and she was busy with book signings and media gigs.

While visiting NBC News' “Megyn Kelly TODAY,” the daughter of Vice President Mike Pence opened up about being in the political spotlight.

“I mean it is always kind of hard as a daughter to see negative things said about someone that you love but at the same time, whenever we see protesters, my dad always says, 'That's what freedom looks like,'” she said. “So he has kind of taught me through that, that it might be hard as a daughter to see that, but as an American citizen it makes me really proud because it means that our system is working.”

The 25-year-old's new book follows a best-seller about her pet bunny Marlon Bundo called “A Day in the Life of the Vice President.” That book was illustrated by her mother, Karen Pence.

Charlotte Pence used Instagram to happily chart her way through interviews with CNN, Fox News' “Fox and Friends,” Breitbart News and ABC's “The View.”

Charlotte Pence told “The View” hosts that she wanted to show the dad side of Mike Pence in the book and that he always taught her and her siblings “to follow our dreams, but not to forget our family or our faith along the way.”

Host Joy Behar – a loud critic of the Trump-Pence administration – asked her about meeting President Donald Trump's family and what she sees in them that Behar doesn't. Charlotte Pence said the Trumps have been kind and inclusive and that it has been nice to see them as a strong family unit.

Behar also asked Charlotte Pence about the so-called Pence rule, in which the vice president won't have dinner alone with another woman to protect his marriage.

“Growing up, I just always watched my parents really have this strong marriage that really worked for them. My dad always put my mom first no matter what,” she said.

Donnelly leading in pair of polls

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana leads Republican challenger Mike Braun in two recent polls.

Vox Populi Polling released survey results Thursday showing 44 percent of likely voters favor Donnelly and 36 percent favor Braun. Among undecided voters, 11 percent leaned toward Donnelly and 9 percent leaned toward Braun.

Vox Populi Polling did not include Libertarian candidate Lucy Brenton in its survey of 783 likely voters. The poll was conducted Oct. 13 through Monday, and the margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Gravis Marketing released polling results Wednesday showing that 44 percent of voters support Donnelly, 40 percent back Braun and 7 percent favor Brenton.

Gravis Marketing conducted its poll of 377 likely voters from Oct. 12 through Tuesay. The margin of error is plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.

The Vox Populi Polling survey found that 35 percent of respondents said they were more likely to vote for Donnelly because of his opposition to confirming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, while 27 percent said they were less likely to vote for him for that reason and 28 percent said Donnelly's opposition had no impact on their votes in the Senate race.

Gravis Marketing also asked voters about the race for Indiana secretary of state. Results showed 35 percent of voters favor Republican incumbent Connie Lawson, 29 percent support Democrat Jim Harper and 9 percent favor Libertarian Mark Rutherford.

Gravis Marketing found that 50 percent of Indiana voters approve of President Donald Trump and 45 percent disapprove of him. Vox Populi Polling found that 45 percent of Hoosier voters approve of Trump and 47 percent disapprove of him. 

GOP Bean Dinner already sold out

The Allen County Republican Party's annual Reagan Bean Dinner sold out of tickets more than two weeks in advance of the event.

Party Chairman Steve Shine said Monday that 530-plus seats were reserved for the Nov. 1 fundraising dinner, which will feature South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. The event will be at Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel & Conference Center.

“We never have been sold out for any event with this much time in advance of the speaker's appearance. It's pretty impressive,” Shine said in a telephone interview.

Graham, 63, has raised his national profile in recent years, first as a rival and harsh critic of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, later as an ardent Trump supporter and recently for his angry outburst while the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Graham told Democratic senators that their questions for Kavanaugh were “the most unethical sham since I've been in politics, and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn't have done what you have done to this guy.”

Graham told the nominee: “You're looking for a fair process. You came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.”

In a news release announcing the Reagan Bean Dinner sell-out, Shine said Graham's support for Trump and Kavanaugh has “catapulted him to a pre-eminent position” among Republicans trying to energize voters ahead of the Nov. 6 election.

“No doubt, Republicans from Allen County and Northeast Indiana want 'red meat' served with their red beans and with Senator Graham's firebrand delivery, no one will be disappointed,” Shine said in the release.

Disengaged Hoosiers

Indiana is the nation's fourth-least politically engaged state, according to a study released Thursday by WalletHub, a personal finance website.

WalletHub compared states in 10 categories, including voter registration and turnout, voter accessibility policies, financial contributions, and participation in political campaigns and civic organizations.

The three most-engaged areas, in order, were the District of Columbia, Maine and Utah. The three least-engaged states, in order, were New Mexico, Hawaii and Alabama.

Bad ballots sent in Allen County

The Allen County Election Board is setting up a meeting to determine how to handle 40 to 60 improper absentee ballots mailed to Allen County voters. 

Because of an error by election officials, some domestic voters were mailed a ballot intended for military and overseas voters, Director of Elections Beth Dlug said. After an investigation, all of the people who got an incorrect ballot have been located and will receive letters detailing the next steps, Dlug said. 

Anyone with questions about their ballot can contact the Election Board at 449-7329.

To reach Political Notebook, email Brian Francisco at or Niki Kelly at An expanded Political Notebook can be found as a daily blog at 

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