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Sunday, April 07, 2019 1:00 am

Monday last day to get registered to vote

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Care about your garbage pickup? Potholes? Where your tax dollars are going?

Then register to vote.

Hoosiers have until Monday to register so they can vote in the May 7 municipal primary election.

Most cities and towns will have races for mayor, council and even city ballot questions.

You can register online at or in person at your county clerk's office. In Allen County, you can go to 1 E. Main St., Suite 176 of Rousseau Centre.

Early assessment for Braun 'great'

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun said last week he has enjoyed his first few months on Capitol Hill even if Congress is “a gummed-up process.”

“I think it's been going great,” he said Wednesday, during a conference call with Indiana news reporters.

Braun, R-Ind., said he plans to concentrate on legislation affecting health care, infrastructure and the budget, “and if I can do well in those three arenas, I think it's going to be well worth the price of admission.”

He said that price was an “acrimonious” campaign in 2018 that was “a long, hard journey to get here.”

Braun is the wealthy owner of a Jasper-based auto parts distribution business who lent millions of dollars to his campaign. He defeated U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer in the Republican primary election and Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the general election to reach the Senate.

The acrimony didn't stop when Braun took office in January.

“The problem is, it is such a gummed-up process,” he said about Congress. “It becomes so polarized. ... It's very congenial, even reaching out across the other side of the aisle, when you're not talking about anything important on policy. Once it becomes a significant policy issue, pretty well everybody gets into their own camp, nothing gets done.

“That's disappointing. You could never run a school board, a state government, any business in that fashion,” said Braun, an ex-state lawmaker and former school board member. “And to be honest, I don't see that changing for a while. I think it's been so built into the dynamic here.”

He praised Donnelly's constituent work.

“Sen. Donnelly ran a very good operation back in Indiana. He interfaced with agriculture well, many of the other business interest groups. I built my business on customer service; that's how you distinguish yourself. ... I made it clear we want to emulate what Sen. Donnelly did and even make it better. I think we're off to a great start,” Braun said.

He said Donnelly's staff worked with his staff “to get our Senate office off to a good start, and I appreciate that.”

Holcomb to get Trailblazer honor

Gov. Eric Holcomb will be awarded the Trailblazer Award on Saturday for his contribution to the state's technology ecosystem.

TechPoint – the nonprofit, industry-led growth initiative for Indiana technology efforts – will present the award during its annual gala.

“Indiana is fortunate to have a great stable of leaders in the tech space and even more fortunate that one of them is the sitting governor of our state,” said Sherry Aaholm, chair of the TechPoint board of directors. “He understands the critical role the tech sector plays in the state's economy and has worked to help it thrive today and well into the future.”

TechPoint credits Holcomb for several major wins, including exempting sales tax on software services, creating the Next Level Fund to spur venture capital activity and requiring schools to offer computer science classes.

Henry to speak

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will be the keynote speaker during the April 18 induction ceremony for Fort Wayne's National Society of Leadership and Success.

Since the focus of the organization is community service, Henry will discuss the importance and impact of volunteerism in Fort Wayne. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. About 250 people are expected to attend.

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