howeypolitics.com | Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:35:00 GMT
BRACE YOURSELF FOR A WILD WEEK: Brace yourselves for a wild week (Swan, Axios). Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are expected to testify on Thursday; an important NAFTA deadline looms; and with the Sept. 30 government funding deadline arriving next Sunday, Trump has to decide whether he's going to shut down the government because Congress won't give him enough money to build his wall.
KAVANAUGH, ACCUSER TO TESTIFY THURSDAY: The stage was set for a dramatic public hearing Thursday over sexual-assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, with Democrats planning to delve broadly into the Supreme Court nominee’s past and Republicans aiming to keep a narrow focus on the substance of the accusations (Wall Street Journal).
2ND WOMAN LEVELS ALLEGATION AT KAVANAUGH: As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh (New Yorker).
KAVANAUGH, WHITE HOUSE DENY: In a statement to The New Yorker, Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote, “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so.”
GRASSLEY PROMISES TO EVALUATE 2ND CLAIM: Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, late Sunday slammed Senate Democrats for withholding information from the committee regarding new sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Fox News).
2ND ALLEGATION COULD GIVE COVER TO DONNELLY, DEMOCRATS: While U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly had not announced a position on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a second women leveling an allegation may give him additional cover should he decide to oppose the Supreme Court nominee (Howey Politics Indiana).
TRUMP FINDS EVENTS BEYOND HIS CONTROL: As the fate of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, teetered over a sexual assault allegation from decades ago, President Trump vented his frustration about his own party’s unwillingness to aggressively hit back (New York Times).
HOOSIER FARMERS BRACE FOR LOSSES AT HARVEST: With the fall harvest under way and a U.S.-China trade war unresolved, Wabash Valley farmers are bracing for losses (Taylor, Terre Haute Tribune-Star).
TRUMP TARIFFS COMING TO WALMART: President Donald Trump’s trade battles are already triggering economic warnings — and rising danger for Republicans just ahead of the midterm elections (Politico). As fresh U.S. tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports take effect Monday, surveys show consumers growing increasingly worried about higher prices this fall. Giant retailers such as Walmart are warning of price increases for manufactured goods.
AFTER FIVE YEARS, TIGER MAKES A COMEBACK: Eighteen months ago, Tiger Woods needed help getting out of bed. Back injuries had derailed his golf career, and he was about to have his fourth operation, a last-resort effort to return to the links. His primary goal was to regain enough mobility to play with his two children, not against the best golfers in the world (New York Times).
HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: We’ve watched leaders from President Trump to Gov. Holcomb talk about making a coal comeback. From an Indiana perspective, the 2,500 coal miners are a tiny fraction of a more than 3 million person workforce. And it was fascinating to see NIPSCO announce last week that it is retiring all of its coal-fired plants within the next decade. The reason is more economical fuels. - Brian A. HoweyCLICK HERE TO READ TODAY'S FULL HPI DAILY WIRE.
howeypolitics.com | Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:27:00 GMT
DEMS HAVE 12% CONGRESSIONAL GENERIC LEAD IN NBC/WSJ POLL: The Democratic Party’s political advantage has grown in the home stretch of the midterm campaign, powered by strong support among women and a majority looking for a change from President Trump’s course, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found. Less than two months before Election Day, 52% of registered voters said they would prefer Democrats to control Congress, while 40% preferred Republican control.
ONLY 40% BACK KAVANAUGH IN FOX NEWS POLL; MOST BELIEVE FORD: Voter support for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is down in the wake of Christine Ford’s assault allegations, as more believe her than him (Fox News). Currently, 40 percent of voters would confirm Kavanaugh, while 50 percent oppose him, according to a Fox News poll.
REPUBLICANS EDGY ABOUT FORD/KAVANAUGH TESTIMONY: Republicans at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are edgy about yesterday's tentative agreement for Christine Blasey Ford, Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday (Allen, Axios).
HOOSIER FEMALES HAVE 3RD WORST WAGE GAP IN NATION: With women making 73 cents for each dollar a man earns, Indiana has the third largest gender wage gap in the nation, according to recent census estimates. Only Louisiana (68.8) and Utah (71.3) had lower rates (Shawgo, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette).
PENCE WARNS FAITH VOTERS: Two years after Mike Pence helped convince evangelical Christians to back Donald Trump's presidential bid, the vice president warned faith voters that complacency is the greatest threat to Republicans keeping control of Congress (Groppe, IndyStar). "The other side is mobilized, and some say they’re motivated as never before," Pence said Saturday at the Family Research Council's Voter Values Summit.
PENCE TO KEYNOTE GOP FALL DINNER: Vice President Mike Pence will keynote the Oct. 12 Indiana Republican Fall Dinner, the party announced Saturday (Howey Politics Indiana).
LAWSON TAKES STEPS TO SECURE ELECTIONS: Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson assured voters that the Indiana election process is secure in an op-ed article she wrote with Chris Krebs, the under secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. (IndyStar).
ROSENSTEIN REPORTEDLY TALKED OF INVOKING 25TH AMENDMENT: The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit (New York Times).
ROSENSTEIN DISPUTES ACCOUNT: Mr. Rosenstein disputed this account. “The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said in a statement.
TRUMP RESISTS FIRING ROSENSTEIN: Advisers to President Trump are counseling him against firing Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein over memos written by the former acting director of the FBI that say Rosenstein proposed secretly recording the president and pushed for his removal from office (Washington Post).
HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: So we head into this week with a Kavanaugh v. Ford showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about sexual assault allegations that happened three decades ago under the fog of teenage drinking. We’ve been analyzing for months the potential impact of female, suburban voters on the November election. It will be impossible to gauge the political ramifications of this coming testimony at this writing, other than to say this could become a complete wildcard in the mid-term elections up and down the ballot. - Brian A. HoweyCLICK HERE TO READ TODAY'S FULL HPI DAILY WIRE.
howeypolitics.com | Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:02:00 GMT
By BRIAN A. HOWEY
NASHVILLE, Ind. - In past U.S. Senate races in Indiana, the emphasis in the campaign homestretch is mostly concentrated on domestic or foreign policy. We’ve watched the debate in races going back to 2010 center on issues like deficits and debt, Obamacare, our alliance with Israel, military strength, or tax reform. The battle between U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican Mike Braun this time has strangely focused on their personal business interests, with most of the dirty work coming from super PACs which operate independently and are cloaked from the actual campaigns. If you’ve watched any TV lately, you’ve heard about “Mexico Joe” shipping jobs south of the border and Braun, whose company is selling auto parts imported from China.
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.
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. HoweyCLICK HERE TO READ TODAY'S FULL HPI DAILY WIRE
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.
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.
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.
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.
howeypolitics.com | Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:09:00 GMT
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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. HoweyCLICK HERE TO READ TODAY'S FULL HPI DAILY WIRE
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. HoweyCLICK HERE TO READ TODAY'S FULL HPI DAILY WIRE
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
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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.
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
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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.
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.