The Journal Gazette
Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:00 am

GOP attorneys general group elects Hill

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was recently elected by his peers as vice chair of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

The distinction comes after a lawmaker and several legislative staffers accused Hill of drunkenly groping them at a bar in March. A special prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to charge him with misdemeanor battery, but many of Hill's Republican colleagues have urged him to resign.

The group chose Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as its chair.

Paxton just won re-election with 51 percent of the vote even though he is under indictment on two first-degree felony counts of securities fraud and one third-degree felony count of failing to register as an investment adviser.

Hill said he is honored to be elected by his fellow attorneys general and understands the importance of this role both in terms of recruiting the next generation of conservative leaders and ensuring states are not overrun by the federal government.

“Issues such as immigration, security and free speech rights are only growing in importance to the American people, putting attorneys general in a critically important role of enforcing the rule of law and protecting fairness,” he said.

GOP outraises Democrats 3-1

The Allen County Republican Party raised more than three times as much money as the county's Democratic Party heading into the Nov. 6 election that the GOP dominated.

The Republicans' pre-election campaign finance report covering April 14 through Oct. 12 showed the organization raised more than $109,000, spent more than $70,000 and had more than $64,000 in cash for the final weeks of the campaign.

Democrats reported raising about $31,500 and spending more than $26,000 in the same period, and they had roughly $30,000 in cash for the stretch run.

Top Republican contributors included the campaign for Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards, $10,150; Kelley Automotive Group, $10,000; and County Commissioner Therese Brown, nearly $8,900. Brown and Richards ran unopposed for re-election.

Leading Democratic contributors were Courtney Tritch's congressional campaign, $2,400, and the Democrats' 3rd Congressional District organization, $2,000. Tritch lost the 3rd District race to Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Banks.

Not including township-level races, Republicans won 38 of 42 partisan offices listed on Allen County's election ballots.

Trash complaint call volume drops

At least one Fort Wayne city councilman has seen fewer calls after a change to Red River Waste Solutions' collection schedule took effect this month.

“That's a good sign and we hope that progress will continue,” Councilman Jason Arp, R-4th said.

Arp is part of a working group Mayor Tom Henry put together to address local garbage collection.

New collection days were implemented Nov. 5 with the intent of reducing the number of homes missed each week. 

Residents have reported problems with Red River's service since the Texas company took over for Republic Services in January. Red River was fined $294,200 by the city for missed recycling and garbage collections from April to July.

Council President Tom Freistroffer, R-at large, thanked Arp and Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, for their efforts on the working group to come up with solutions. He also acknowledged Councilman Russ Jehl, R-2nd for putting forth a resolution urging city officials to provide a one-month credit on their trash collection bill. 

“Hopefully we'll be pointing in a more improvement-type direction with the garbage,” Freistroffer said.  

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