Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


September 22, 2013

Public Eye


Could you please mow?

When Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann toured Howard County Tuesday, she met in the morning with local elected officials, and in the late afternoon with a selected group of farmers, business people and civic leaders.

It was hardly a setup to offer many contentious moments, but even so, the press wasn’t invited to either meeting.

One exchange we wish we’d seen, however, involved Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, who asked Ellspermann if she could do something to ensure the Indiana Department of Transportation does a better job of taking care of the state road corridors in Kokomo.

Ellspermann might have expected questions on taxes, federal and state mandates and workforce development, but we are guessing she probably didn’t expect anything on the state’s “weedians.”

We’re also wondering if Goodnight will end up being uninvited to future meetings with key state officials.

Set ‘em up, knock ‘em down

With the 2014 Congressional elections a little more than a year away, it was not a surprise to learn that Republican Susan Brooks was staging a fundraiser for her re-election bid.

Brooks was elected from the 5th Congressional District in 2012, which includes portions of Howard and Tipton counties.

Her campaign committee is conducting the “Come Shoot Sporting Clays” with Brooks on Monday at the Indiana Gun Club in Fishers.

The event starts with a luncheon at noon with Brooks to make comments to those gathered supporters at 3:30 p.m.

Title sponsorship will cost $5,000 and includes two people shooting with Brooks; a co-sponsorship costs $2,600 with one entrant and $1,000 to sponsor each Sporting Clay Station. Included in the cost is the luncheon, 50 rounds of ammunition and clays, safety equipment and the use of a shotgun.

Eight people can shoot with the congresswoman at a cost of $2,600 each.

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