Bil Browning

Hoosiers make the news

Filed By Bil Browning | October 06, 2005 3:56 PM | comments

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Two Hoosier politicians have made national news lately. Senator Richard Lugar (R) is a possible contender for the Nobel Peace Prize, while former Senator Dan Coats has been tapped to shepherd ShrubCo's nominee for the Supreme Court, Harriet Miers, through the confirmation process.
WASHINGTON -- It's been five years since the Norwegian ambassador asked Sen. Richard Lugar how he could be reached at 5 a.m. if the Nobel Peace Prize committee had good news to deliver.

The Indiana Republican hasn't won the high honor for his efforts to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists or rogue states, but the 14-year-old Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program continues to be seen as a strong contender for the prize. The winner will be announced Friday.

WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday tapped former Indiana Republican Sen. Dan Coats to help shepherd Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers through the Senate's confirmation process.

Coats, now a member of a Washington lobbying firm, was a congressman from northeastern Indiana until being appointed to the Senate when Dan Quayle resigned to become vice president in 1989. He won statewide elections in 1990 and 1992, but did not seek a second full term in the 1998 election.

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