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Posted on Sun. Aug. 31, 2014 - 12:17 am EDT

Liz Brown’s Senate bid in spotlight

The Republican State Leadership Committee’s “Right Women, Right Now” initiative last week recognized Liz Brown’s run for Senate District 15 as one of 14 races to watch in 2014.

“I’m honored that the Right Women, Right Now initiative took notice of my campaign in Northeast Indiana for Senate District 15,” Brown said. “I’m running for Senate to bring the common-sense approach of Allen County constituents to Indianapolis. Through the right tax policy, regulatory conditions and overall economic environment, I believe we can encourage hiring in our corner of the state. I hope to have the opportunity to represent my neighbors in Indianapolis and pursue job-creating conditions, sound education policy and strong conservative values.”

The Republican State Leadership Committee’s Right Women, Right Now initiative identifies and supports female candidates at the state level.

In 2012, it sought 150 new Republican candidates with the goal of electing 75 of them. It surpassed its goal by identifying 191 candidates and 84 of them were elected. This year, Right Women, Right Now has identified 558 women candidates.

Brown, a former Fort Wayne city councilwoman, faces Democrat Jack Morris in the November election.

Jack Morris gets nod

The Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police has endorsed Democrat Jack Morris in the race for Senate District 15 in Fort Wayne.

“I’m proud to have gained the trust and endorsement of the folks we count on every day to protect our community here” (in Fort Wayne), Morris said. “The brave men and women of law enforcement deserve a strong advocate at the Statehouse and I intend to be that voice.”

Morris faces Republican Liz Brown for the seat.

Morris also will participate in the annual Fort Wayne Labor Day Picnic at Headwaters Park Amphitheater Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pence hits Iowa

Gov. Mike Pence heads to Iowa this week – the strongest indication yet that he is interested in a 2016 presidential run.

He will headline a luncheon for Republican Gov. Terry Brandstad, who is running for re-election.

The Sept. 8 event follows a Dallas event that Pence appeared at Friday for Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by the Koch brothers.

He was a panelist on a budget-cutting panel but not a featured speaker.

Aligning education

The National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices recently announced the selection of Indiana as one of 14 states to participate in its policy academy aimed at aligning education and workforce training systems to meet states’ economic needs.

As a designated recipient, Indiana will receive grants and opportunities from the NGA to further learn from state colleagues and national experts, as well as technical assistance from the NGA Center for Best Practices.

“We were the first state in the country to create a specific agency to jointly coordinate our education and workforce efforts a year ago, and the interest from other states has been high in understanding our models and initial work plans,” Gov. Mike Pence said.

The policy academies are designed to assist states in:

•Articulating and implementing a strong vision connecting the education and training systems with the needs of the economy;

•Integrating and using education and workforce data to inform policy, track progress and measure success;

•Encouraging industry and education partnerships; and

•Modifying the use of resources and incentives to support attainment of the integrated vision.

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