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  • Linda Chezem: USDA shields farmers from tariffs

    howeypolitics.com | Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:39:00 GMT

    MARTINSVILLE – Recent developments out of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) contained good news on several issues. Secretary Perdue announced more details of how the USDA plans to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. In his comments, Secretary Perdue summarized the reasons why the President should be given some negotiating space. “President Trump has been standing up to China and other nations, sending the clear message that the United States will no longer tolerate their unfair trade practices, which include non-tariff trade barriers and the theft of intellectual property.” Despite the naysayers in the Washington, D.C. area, the outcomes might benefit all sectors of the US economy, both consumers and producers. Our trade principles should be balanced, free and fair. For years, from Argentina’s default to World Trade Organization decisions, I had questions about United States and our bland acceptance of grossly unfair trade practices from other countries. China has been outrageously open in stealing our intellectual property, but certainly not alone in those activities.

  • Sept. 21, 2018 HPI Daily Wire sponsored by Sikhs PAC

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:19:00 GMT

    JUDGES REBUKE DCS FOR VIOLATING PARENTAL RIGHTS: Judges from the Indiana Court of Appeals have issued a scathing rebuke of the state's Department of Child Services, saying the agency repeatedly violated parents' rights (Segall, WTHR-TV).

    FINAL APPROVAL FOR TOLL ROAD FEE INCREASE: The Indiana Finance Authority on Thursday afternoon unanimously approved a plan to increase toll road fees by 35 percent for heavy vehicles (Erdody, IBJ).

    PENCE PRESENTS KOREAN REPATRIATION FLAG: Vice President Mike Pence participated in a flag presentation to the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation on Thursday (CBS News).

    DR. FORD WANTS TESTIMONY CONDITIONS: Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee if certain conditions are met, according to congressional aides (Wall Street Journal).

    NBC/WSJ POLL SHOWS KAVANAUGH SUPPORT TUMBLES: More American voters now oppose Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination than support it after he was accused of committing sexual assault while he was in high school, with opposition increasing 9 points since last month, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    EVANGELICAL LEADERS FRUSTRATED BY KAVANAUGH STALL: Worried their chance to cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court could slip away, a growing number of evangelical and anti-abortion leaders are expressing frustration that Senate Republicans and the White House are not protecting Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh more forcefully from a sexual assault allegation and warning that conservative voters may stay home in November if his nomination falls apart (New York Times).

    ANITA HILL CALLS FOR KAVANAUGH FBI PROBE: Anita Hill on Wednesday lent support to the accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, offering her own experience before the Senate Judiciary Committee 27 years ago as evidence that the process of airing sexual allegations will not be fair (NBC News).

    TRUMP LASHES OUT AT GOP OVER BORDER WALL FUNDS: President Trump lashed out at congressional Republicans on Thursday, questioning their strategy of pushing off a messy fight over border wall funding until after the midterm elections in November (Washington Post).

    HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The National Republican Senatorial Committee is telling some real whoppers on Sen. Donnelly in a couple of TV ads. They say Donnelly has never had a bill signed. Wrong (Remember President Trump just this year on Right to Try?). They say Donnelly voted on the Iran nuclear deal. But the Senate didn't vote to ratify the deal. C'mon, man. - Brian A. Howey


  • Christina Hale: The politicization of sexual assault

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:11:00 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS – Bad things happen when underage kids drink to excess without supervision. Perhaps you’ve seen it yourself or parented a teen who learned the hard way that gathering your friends to slam dad’s vodka when he’s on vacation is a good way to get expelled. Or for today’s youth, your phone confiscated. A few years ago, I collaborated with Sen. Jim Merritt to amend the Lifeline Law to include assault. This law is in place for exactly these kinds of parties, where teenagers drink and possibly take drugs to excess, and injuries result. No one wants to call the police, and young people have died from a variety of injuries over the years, from fisticuffs at beach parties on the shores of Lake Michigan to falling down the stairs in Central Indiana.  Sometimes assaults of a sexual nature happen at these parties as well. Republicans and Democrats all voted unanimously to pass a law that now essentially says, “Hey kids! If you drink underage and are assaulted at a party, and afraid to report the crime as your friends may get in trouble for drinking, don’t worry! If you report or call an ambulance, you are all are indemnified from the drinking offenses.” Now, your parent or guardian very well may punish you, but you cannot be punished by the government for underage drinking in this instance.  

  • Jack Colwell: Walorski sees 2nd CD election night bellwether

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:07:00 GMT

    SOUTH BEND – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski predicts that national TV will focus first on Indiana’s 2nd District on election night. “We’re a bellwether for the country,” Walorski told supporters at the grand opening of her campaign headquarters in Mishawaka last week. The Republican incumbent, seeking a fourth term, said that results in her race with Democratic challenger Mel Hall “will dictate what happens the rest of the night. And they’ll dictate that Republicans have swept. There was no Democratic wave.” Her enthusiastic supporters cheered those predictions. One of the predictions wouldn’t be disputed by Hall. He also sees the district as a bellwether. With Indiana results in early – we are often the first state declared by the networks in presidential elections – it’s likely that the 2nd District will be in national focus soon after the polls close.

  • Rich James: Don't expect much on alcohol reform

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:03:00 GMT

    MERRILLVILLE  – It took several lifetimes for Indiana to approve the sale of carryout liquor on Sunday. That was just earlier this year, so don’t expect additional major changes to the state’s liquor laws anytime soon. The General Assembly’s Alcohol Code Revision Commission will present its recommendations for changes on Sept. 28. But the early word is that nothing drastic will be recommended. There is one hope, and that bright light is coming from Randall Woodruff, one of the four Alcohol and Tobacco commissioners appointed by the governor. At issue is the alcohol permit system that is based on the population of each municipality. The quota system hurt Munster earlier this year when it attempted to receive three new permits for liquor consumption at Centennial Village restaurants.

  • Morton Marcus: Business tax climate meets reality

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:58:00 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS – Recently, the Northwest Indiana Economic Forum presented an introduction to its five-year strategic plan. Most folks will tell you the seven NWI counties — Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke — have had some tough years. Some will say it’s been rough going since the mid-70s. But history and its residue was cast aside as the audience of nearly 500 in Hobart was regaled with an impressive list of new investments made recently by relocating and existing businesses. No mention was made of jobs lost, ongoing pollution, or wage gains for existing jobs. Instead there was a flourishing of optimism, a recognition of a turning point, and declaration that now is the time to “Ignite the Region.” Only the pompoms and the boys’ band with 76 trombones were missing during the finale, as business leaders rose to pledge funding for the next steps.

  • Howey Politics Indiana Sept. 20, 2018

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:09:00 GMT



  • Sept. 19, 2018 HPI Daily Wire sponsored by Sikhs PAC

    howeypolitics.com | Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:55:00 GMT

    BRAUN SUPPORTS ANOTHER HEARING FOR KAVANAUGH: Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun said he agrees with the decision to give Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh another hearing after a woman went public with accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school (Lange, IndyStar).

    KAVANAUGH ACCUSER WANTS FBI PROBE BEFORE TESTIFYING: The woman who alleged Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her has requested an FBI investigation of the incident before she testifies, according to a letter her lawyers sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Wall Street Journal). 

    CHAIRMAN BROWN STILL ‘CRITICAL’ BUT MAKING PROGRESS: House Speaker Brian Bosma is in regular contact with House Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown’s family, and Bosma reported Tuesday that Dr. Brown remains in critical but stable condition at the hospital in Ann Arbor (Howey Politics Indiana).

    TOLL ROAD TRUCK FEE HIKE SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY: The Indiana Finance Authority is expected to act Thursday on a proposal that could result in about $1 billion in improvements to the state’s infrastructure over the next six years (Semmler, South Bend Tribune).

    SIMON SISTERS HAVE A BEEF WITH PENCE; GIVE $12M TO DEMS: A pair of shopping-mall scions from Indiana might seem like unlikely champions of the Democratic resistance. But sisters Deborah Simon and Cynthia Simon-Skjodt — who have for years opposed Mike Pence in Indiana over abortion and religious freedom laws — have poured $12 million into backing Democrats, making their combined contributions the seventh largest chunk of cash donated to either party this cycle (Politico). 

    COMPLACENT TRUMP VOTERS MAY COST GOP CONTROL OF CONGRESS: A private survey conducted for the Republican National Committee and obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek contains alarming news for Republicans hoping to hold on to control of Congress in November: Most Trump supporters don't believe there's a threat that Democrats will win back the House.

    18 ABUSIVE INDIANA PRIESTS REVEALED: A Catholic diocese in northern Indiana on Tuesday released the names of more than a dozen clergy accused of sex abuse (Hays, IndyStar).

    KAREN PENCE TOURS RICHMOND FOR OPIOID AWARENESS: During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, Second Lady Karen Pence visited Belden, Inc. in Richmond (Howey Politics Indiana).

    CHINA SCRAMBLES ON NEW TARIFFS: China scrambled to deal with an escalating trade fight with the U.S., issuing an expected volley of tariffs and weighing whether to agree to Washington's offer for more trade talks (Wall Street Journal).

    TRUMP HOPES TO EXPOSE FBI IN DOC DUMP: President Trump repeated a specious claim Tuesday that the FBI spied on his campaign, and suggested that his decision to declassify documents from the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election would reveal misconduct by federal law enforcement (Washington Post).

    EMANUEL SAYS LOCAL GOVERNMENT MOST STABLE POLITICAL ENTITY: Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is writing a book to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in spring 2020: "The Nation City: Why Mayors Run the World," about effective governing in a time of historic gridlock (Allen,Axios). 

    HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: I'm inclined to go with Sen. Bob Corker on the allegation leveled at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when he said on Tuesday, "Republicans extended a hand in good faith. If we don’t hear from both sides on Monday, let’s vote." The Kavanaugh nomination was made in early summer. The fact that Dr. Ford waited months to make an allegation about something that happened when she and the judge were in high school 35 years ago, is suspicious. Are Democrats stalling for time? Perhaps this is the ultimate payback for Mitch McConnell's cynically successful plan to derail the Merrick Garland nomination without a hearing. Ford now wants an FBI investigation and a case can be made that because this is a lifetime appointment, that would be a proper course. But Kavanaugh has gone through several FBI background checks and this incident has never come up. This entire episode smacks of blatant politics. - Brian A. Howey


  • Sept. 18, 2018 HPI Daily Wire sponsored by Sikhs PAC

    howeypolitics.com | Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:06:00 GMT

    DONNELLY CALLS FOR KAVANAUGH DELAY: U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly called for a delay in the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following sexual assault allegations made by a woman (Howey Politics Indiana).

    TESTIMONY NEXT MONDAY FROM FORD, KAVANAUGH: Republicans abruptly laid plans Monday for a Senate committee hearing at which Brett Kavanaugh and the woman alleging he sexually assaulted her decades ago will testify publicly, as GOP leaders grudgingly opted for a dramatic showdown they hoped would prevent the accusation from sinking his Supreme Court nomination (Associated Press). 

    GRASSLEY SAYS KAVANAUGH ACCUSER SHOULD BE HEARD: An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who alleged Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh assaulted her when the two were in high school, said Monday that Ford is willing to testify about the allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee (Washington Post).

    WALOSKI, HALL AGREE TO 2 DEBATES NEXT MONTH: The Jackie Walorski and Mel Hall campaigns have agreed to preliminary details on two debates next month, while still negotiating a potential third debate (Parrott, South Bend Tribune).

    DIOCESE WILL RELEASE LIST OF ACCUSED PRIESTS TODAY: The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will release names today of “credibly accused” priests and deacons of sexually abusing minors, according to a statement released Monday (Rodriguez, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette).

    TRUMP MOVING FORWARD WITH CHINESE TARIFFS: President Trump is expected to announce that the United States is moving ahead with tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, saying on Monday that a trade announcement would be coming after the close of American financial markets (New York Times).

    CHINA ‘CONFUSED’ ON TARIFF RESPONSE: President Trump imposed tariffs in July on $34 billion in Chinese goods. China matched them dollar for dollar with its own (Washington Post). 

    WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP ORDERS DOF TO DECLASSIFY RUSSIA REPORTS - President Trump on Monday ordered the Justice Department to declassify significant materials from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, threatening to spur a showdown with federal law enforcement officials resistant to publicizing information from an ongoing probe (Washington Post).

    UNSETTLED TRADE DEALS HURTING AGRICULTURE: Brad Winger, who farms corn and soybeans with his family in eastern Howard County and parts of Miami County, said the year started out well with good soil conditions that made for a smooth planting season (Gerber, Kokomo Tribune).

    SECTION 5 NOW OFFICIALLY I-69: The 21 mile section of Ind. 37 that has been under construction for four years is now officially part of Interstate 69 (Bloomington Herald-Times). 

    KAREN PENCE SPOTLIGHTS RICHMOND OPOID PROGRAM TODAY: Second Lady Karen Pence will be back home in Indiana this week to spotlight an opioid recovery program (Associated Press).

    HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Has the Hogsett administration really thought out how the commute from the north side of Indy to downtown is going to work with Central Avenue closed for the next six months and now College Avenue at Fall Creek closing. That was the conduit, College to Sutherland and then Central south of the bridge. Both College and Central will be closed and that's going to create a mess. Why did DPW move the College bridge project back until after it concluded its work on Central? - Brian A. Howey


  • Sept. 17, 2018 HPI Daily Wire sponsored by Sikhs PAC

    howeypolitics.com | Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:32:00 GMT

    DONNELLY BEGINS JACOB SEXTON TV AD: U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s campaign is airing a TV ad on Donnelly’s authoring the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act (Howey Politics Indiana).

    TARIFFS DEFINING SENATE RACE: The wildly differing results for Trump’s trade policies have created a political conundrum in Indiana, the nation’s top steel producing state that is also hugely dependent on farming and manufacturing (Alesia, IndyStar).

    WOMAN COMES FORWARD DETAILING KAVANAUGH INCIDENT: Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland (Brown, Washington Post).

    SEN. FLAKE WANTS FORD TO BE HEARD: The White House on Sunday stood by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a woman publicly accused him of committing sexual misconduct decades ago, while a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee joined Democrats in urging for a delay in the confirmation process (Washington Post).

    TRUMP OBSESSED WITH SPENDING AND DEBT: Donald Trump wants to rebuild America’s infrastructure the same way he built his buildings: debt, debt and more debt. His then-economic adviser, Gary Cohn, learned this the hard way in a fraught meeting last year, the details of which haven’t been previously reported (Swan, Axios).

    17 KILLED IN CAROLINAS AS FLOODING EXPANDS: Florence continues to inch across the Carolinas, spurring a widespread emergency across all of North Carolina, from the ocean east to mountain west (Washington Post).

    INDIANA’S TASK FORCE 1 RESCUES 100 IN CAROLINAS: If you want to know why Indiana's recuers are needed in North Carolina, you can check out Task Force 1's Twitter page. Spokesperson Mike Pruitt said the team has rescued over 100 people, and that includes old and young people, and even animals (WIBC).

    22 MILES OF LEVIES IN PLACE IN NW INDIANA: After the floods of September 2008, official anger focused immediately on the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, which had been given the levee construction job (Dolan, NWI Times). Some 22 miles of levees and control structures, costing $270 million in federal and state funds, are in place and certified as acceptable.

    SALESFORCE CEO, WIFE BUYS TIME: Nearly eight months after Meredith Corp. completed its purchase of Time Inc., the publisher has agreed to sell Time magazine for $190 million to Marc Benioff, co-founder of Salesforce.com and his wife Lynne Benioff (Wall Street Journal).

    HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The plea deal Paul Manafort copped with Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a big deal, according to a number of legal experts ranging from Kenneth Starr to Alan Dershowitz to Norman Eisen, as you’ll read in our Sunday Talk roundup below. President Trump now has some of his closest associates flipping, include former attorney/fixer Michael Cohen, Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, publisher David Pecker and now Manafort. So the president enters a new era of legal peril as his lieutenants cut deals. - Brian A. Howey


  • Craig Dunn: A Hoosier spy and the JFK assassination

    howeypolitics.com | Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:01:00 GMT

    KOKOMO – President John F. Kennedy was an avid reader of the British spy novels written by Ian Fleming. Fleming’s hero, James Bond, conjured up in the President’s mind the vision of a tall, dark and handsome man, oozing charm and sophistication. When the opportunity presented itself late in 1961 or early 1962, after learning of his exploits, Kennedy summoned to the Oval Office the American James Bond. Ushered into the Oval Office was a short, corpulent, pear-shaped, popeyed man with pigeon toes and a duck waddle. The man was William King Harvey, native son of Danville and Terre Haute, Indiana. The American James Bond was also the Hoosier James Bond. For one brief year in Harvey’s life, he would operate at the highest levels of government with awesome responsibilities fraught with danger to himself and his country. The road to the pinnacle of professional success for Harvey had certainly been a long, bumpy and winding one. The roots of his ultimate success and failure rested firmly in the soils of the Hoosier State.

  • Sept. 16, 2018 HPI Daily Wire sponsored by Sikhs PAC

    howeypolitics.com | Sun, 16 Sep 2018 17:41:00 GMT

    HOLCOMB DROPS A BOMBSHELL, RAISING CONCERNS: In 2006, the agreement allowing the lease of the Indiana Toll Road to a private company as well as the bill authorizing the public-private partnership were public and vetted – sometimes loudly – for months (Kelly, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). The legislature approved the bill in March and the deal closed June 30 – a 75-year lease that seemed pretty set in stone. Fast forward 12 years and Gov. Eric Holcomb dropped a bombshell this month – a $1 billion payment to the state over three years in exchange for a one-time, 35 percent toll increase on commercial vehicles with three axles or more.

    VINCENT WON’T DISCUSS DEAL OPTIONS: Micah Vincent, head of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, said increases for passenger cars were never on the table but other options were (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette).

    HOLCOMB LOOKS TO EXPAND BROADBAND: When Gov. Eric Holcomb announced his $1 billion infrastructure plan, most people were talking about Interstate 69's advanced completion date or more nonstop international flights out of Indianapolis (Indiana Public Media). The plan also includes $100 million to incentivize telecommunications companies to bring broadband service to rural areas.

    NORTHWEST INDIANA DUI DEATHS HIGHER THAN STATE, NATION: Region authorities are struggling to get ahead of drunken drivers who are causing a higher percentage of fatal road crashes in Northwest Indiana than the rest of the state and nation (NWI Times). From 2010 to 2014, drunken driving was linked to 35.1 percent of the deadly crashes in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, compared to 27.9 percent nationally and 25.1 percent statewide, according to a Times computer-assisted probe of federal road fatality data.

    ALCOHOL STUDY NOT LIKELY TO RESULT IN BIG CHANGE: A state task force conducting an in-depth review of Indiana's alcohol laws is likely to conclude its two-year study without recommending major reforms (Associated Press).

    HOWARD COUNTY URGES GUN VIOLENCE RESEARCH: The Howard County Board of Health has urged the federal government to begin researching gun violence, citing a more than two-decades-old provision that many believe has limited scientific data collection (Myers, Kokomo Tribune).

    MANAFORT COPS A PLEA DEAL: President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed Friday to provide testimony to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as part of a plea deal that could answer some of the most critical questions about whether any Americans conspired with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election (Washington Post).

    FLORENCE KILLS 14 IN CAROLINAS: Tropical depression Florence continued its march through the Carolinas on Sunday, dumping torrential and historic amounts of rain. Floodwaters are expected to push many rivers to all-time highs and could spur life-threatening landslides as the hurricane’s remnants move into the mountains in the middle of the states and then up into southwestern Virginia (Washington Post).

    RV SHIPMENTS DOWN 11% IN JUNE AS TARIFFS IMPACT: The story line gained some traction last week when the New York Times published an article highlighting some of the tariff anxiety that is being felt in Elkhart that the good times — following the brutality of the Great Recession — could soon be coming to an end (Semmler, South Bend Tribune). “As Elkhart, Ind., Goes, So Goes the Nation, and Elkhart Is Nervous,” the headline read. Shipments of all RVs were down 11.4 percent in June compared to the same month in 2017, according to the RV Industry Association.

    CHINA BALKS AT TRADE TALKS AFTER THREATS: Faced with fresh threats of tariffs from Washington, China is considering declining the Trump administration’s offer of trade talks later this month, according to officials with knowledge of the discussions (Wall Street Journal).

    HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Congressional Democrats raising a high school era sexual harassment allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh in an effort to derail his confirmation is stupid and shameful. Or in the words of Sen. John Kennedy on Fox News this morning, the allegation and confirmation process has ”been an intergalactic freak show." - Brian A. Howey



  • Mark Schoeff Jr.: Vice President Pence is no Gerald Ford

    howeypolitics.com | Sat, 15 Sep 2018 14:06:00 GMT

    WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence is no Gerald Ford. The former president was a moderate. That species of Republican is almost extinct. Those who are still occasionally spotted in the political wild are known as RINOs – Republican in Name Only. Pence has staked out a position on the far right, becoming not just a darling of conservative Christians but their lodestar. There’s that word again. It’s a favorite in Pence’s lexicon – and it was conspicuous in the anonymous Sept. 5 New York Times oped by a “senior administration official.” If that piece was the beginning of an attempt to pave the way for Pence to triumphantly enter the White House after a forced exit by President Donald J. Trump – either through impeachment or resignation – then Pence would do well to consider the Ford model for a vice president to succeed an ethically challenged commander-in-chief. The New York Times piece excoriated Trump’s leadership style and intellect and asserted that the writer and others in the administration are working furiously and furtively to check the president’s worst instincts and decisions before they harm the country. Recent speculation – by some Hoosier political insiders and by no less an authority than former Trump-loyalist-turned-fierce-enemy Omarosa Manigault – has centered on Pence chief of staff Nick Ayers as the author. 

  • Brian Howey: When candidates fear the people they want to lead

    howeypolitics.com | Sat, 15 Sep 2018 13:48:00 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Ind. – If you envision a career in Congress, there are several aspects of the job you have to accept: You work 15 to 20 hour days and weekends, you have to raise big bucks, and, once upon a time, you had to meet with your constituents. Even when they’re angry, fearful or contrarian. There used to be another part of the job description in the TV age of politics: You should be willing to debate your opponent, and show up to various forums sponsored by civic groups like the League of Women Voters, schools, or the Rotary Club. But here in the 2018 mid-terms, we find a number of Republican incumbents or nominees ducking the debates. Democratic 8th Congressional District nominee William Tanoos became the latest to find an incumbent Republican congressmen unwilling to match ideas and wit on a public stage, in front of TV cameras and radio mics. He joins 3rd CD nominee Courtney Tritch, 6th CD nominee Jeannine Lee Lake and 9th CD nominee Liz Watson in alleging that U.S. Reps. Larry Bucshon and Trey Hollingsworth won’t debate along with 6th CD nominee Greg Pence. 

  • Sept. 14, 2018 HPI Daily Wire sponsored by Sikhs PAC

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 23:56:00 GMT

    CATASTROPHIC THREAT AS HURRICANE SLAMS NORTH CAROLINA: After days of anticipation and evacuations, Hurricane Florence began battering the North Carolina coast while plunging tens of thousands of people into darkness (Wall Street Journal).

    FLORENCE COULD BE AROUND FOR MANY DAYS: Residents and emergency personnel throughout inland North and South Carolina were working under the grim assumption that the Category 1 storm's pounding of the coastline would be only the first powerful punch in a fight that could go many rounds and last for many days (New York Times).

    TRUMP ACCUSES DEMOCRATS OF INFLATING MARIA DEATH TOLL: In a series of Thursday morning tweets, President Trump denied the report commissioned by the Puerto Rican government that put the death toll from last year's Hurricane Maria's near 3,000, blaming Democrats for inflating the numbers "in order to make [him] look as bad as possible." (Axios)

    WIDESPREAD REBUKE AFTER TWEETS: President Trump drew widespread rebukes Thursday — including from several fellow Republicans — after falsely claiming that the number of deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria had been inflated by Democrats to "make me look as bad as possible." (Washington Post)

    UNDISCIPLINED PRESIDENT UNABLE TO SELL THE BOOMING ECONOMY: In an alternate universe, President Donald Trump would be heading into the midterms relentlessly touting his stewardship of a strong economy with results that include historically low unemployment, solid economic growth, sky-high enthusiasm among small businesses and shattered records for job openings (Politico).

    HOLCOMB TAKES FLAK OVER CALL FOR HILL'S RESIGNATION: When Gov. Eric Holcomb called on Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign after four women accused him of inappropriately touching them, Holcomb apparently did so at some political peril (Lange & Cook, IndyStar).

    MANAFORT, MUELLER REPORTEDLY REACH TENTATIVE PLEA DEAL: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.

    BISHOP RHOADES CLEARED IN MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATION: Catholic Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese has been cleared of allegations that he had improper relations with a young male in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in the 1980s (Elkhart Truth).

    HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Politics doesn't always have to be a down and dirty knife fight: State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and his Democratic challenger Sherry Shipley of SD22 have agreed to 'debate' during a round of miniature golf, date to be determined. The listeners of WBAA public radio at Purdue might well be entertained as they learn more about these candidates. Perhaps Indiana's debate-shy candidates will take note. Bowling, anyone? Enjoy the nice weather forecast for this weekend folks, and thanks for reading. - Mark Curry


  • Rich James: Why, Mike Pence?

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:46:00 GMT

    MERRILLVILLE  – What is it with Vice President Mike Pence, who embraces evangelicalism and portrays himself as being holier than thou? Through 20 months of the Donald Trump presidency, Pence has been the tail wagged by the dog. Whatever Trump says or does, Pence is the first to extol his virtues or be conspicuously quiet. Even though he is a fellow Hoosier, Pence no longer should be given a pass. For example: Why is it that Pence said nothing when Trump called his response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico “an incredible unsung success” although his negligence contributed to the deaths of almost 3,000 people? And, where was Pence when it was learned that Trump bought the silence of two women with whom he had extramarital affairs, a porn star and Playboy model? What has Pence had to say about Trump’s morality and his poor treatment of women?

  • Jack Colwell: WWN and fake news!

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:42:00 GMT

    SOUTH BEND – Maybe the Weekly World News (WWN) stopped publishing too soon. Wouldn’t that once flourishing supermarket tabloid be popular today, what with such widespread belief in fake conspiracies and pontificated falsehoods? The WWN was a weakly weekly, in terms of journalism. In fact, it wasn’t journalism at all. It wasn’t news at all. It was fiction, strictly fiction, portrayed as news, with sensational headlines that attracted shoppers glancing at the array of supermarket tabloids at check-out lanes. It ceased publishing 11 years ago, although it and its famous covers still can be found on-line. The WWN hit 1.2 million readership in the 1980s. There were so many memorable headlines: “Elvis Is Alive”; “Severed Leg Hops to Hospital”; “Saddam and Osama Adopt Shaved Ape Baby.” My favorite was the cover story about the demise of a woman with a mink coat who was bitten to death when the animals came back to life and did her in. There was a photo. Photographic proof.

  • Morton Marcus: Politics and the Golden Rule

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:39:00 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS  – At my grandson’s school, students are learning to think broadly as expressed in their adoption of Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase, “To infinity and beyond.” While every media outlet seems focused on the hijinks preceding the 2018 elections, those contests are a mere prelude to the national circus in 2020. Mega-money, now being spent by partisan groups, will not compare with the sums flowing through the political arteries two years from now. Neglected in this process are the state legislative elections this year. The entire Indiana House and half the Senate are on the ballot. Those elected this year could (if they have the courage) restore integrity to the House and Senate district boundaries. Establishing a justifiable system for redistricting after the 2020 Census is an imperative that informed voters cannot ignore. Elvis would croon to us, “It’s now or never.”

  • Howey Politics Indiana Sept. 13, 2018

    howeypolitics.com | Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:14:00 GMT



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