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Fort Wayne Councilman Mitch Harper (left) was literally running for office on Friday morning as he launched his challenge to two-term Democratic Mayor Tom Henry.
Fort Wayne Councilman Mitch Harper (left) was literally running for office on Friday morning as he launched his challenge to two-term Democratic Mayor Tom Henry.
Friday, January 30, 2015 1:46 PM

By BRIAN A. HOWEY

NASHVILLE, Ind. - Fort Wayne City Councilman Mitch Harper commenced his Republican mayoral campaign on Friday morning by literally running into the clerk’s office to file. Harper began his challenge to two-term Democratic Mayor Tom Henry by jogging and a few determined supporters made the approximately 10-mile run from his home on the southwest side to the Allen County Election Board to officially file his paperwork early this morning in frigid temperatures.

“We thought is was a great way to start the campaign with the energy that is going to carry us through to May and beyond,” said Harper. Harper later held a press conference at the Allen County Republican Headquarters to officially announce his campaign for mayor in front of friends, supporters and members of the media.  “As our next mayor, I will listen to citizens; leading is serving and serving is listening,” said Harper, a former member of the Indiana House.

In Henry, the councilman faces a popular mayor who has presided over an economic uptick in the state’s second largest city, as well as a drop in the homicide rate. Since Republican Mayor Paul Helmke pushed through an extensive annexation program in the early 1990s that was supposed to have made Fort Wayne a Republican city, Henry and Democratic predecessor Graham Richard have held the office for four terms.

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  • By BRIAN A. HOWEY
    INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence achieved the greatest policy victory of his first term when he announced federal approval for his Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. It comes in a state where a clear majority oppose Obamacare, and it comes to a governor who has repeatedly vowed to do everything in his power to repeal the Affordable Care Act. So the great, historic irony here is that Indiana is poised to expand its Medicaid population in dramatic fashion, putting anywhere from 1 million to 1.4 million into some type of government health care program. While this story was partly obscured this past week by the uproar over the proposed “Just IN” state-run news site, the real news is the fact that Indiana is preparing to provide 350,000 to 680,000 Hoosiers with health coverage - including preventative options - without a tax increase. 
  • By MICHAEL HICKS
    MUNCIE – The legislature will be taking up the issue of Sunday alcohol sales this session. At the outset, I want to lay out my biases and clearly state that I think it silly to tell adults where and when they can purchase an entirely legal substance that has a 4,000-year cultural history. It is even more senseless to prohibit the sale of wine that would be used in communion on the same day. But there is a lot more to the story than the repeal of an inane Blue Law. Like all states, Indiana has regulated alcohol sales since the end of prohibition. The Sunday sales of retail alcoholic beverages may be the most visible relic of prohibition, but it is hardly the only one. Package liquor stores remain highly regulated. They are limited to the type of items they may sell, the places they locate, the age of employees, the hours they can remain open and the type of ownership structure they can operate under. In short, the regulation of alcoholic beverages in Indiana contains a vast web of laws that apply differently to different types of businesses. Over the past 80 years firms across Indiana have in good faith made investment and location decisions based upon these laws. Now the legislature proposes to eliminate one of these laws under the belief that to do so would increase market competition, leveling the playing field between liquor store owners and other retailers. If only the issue were this simple; I would be an adamant supporter of the law. The truth is a bit different. 
  • By RICH JAMES
    MERRILLVILLE – What is it about the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly and Lake County? Heavily Democratic Lake County has no love for downstate Republicans. The controlling GOP has given Democrats reasons for harboring those feelings. And this session of the General Assembly is no exception. The Republicans already are dictating the direction of two pieces of legislation that are keys to the area, particularly Democrats. Foremost is the legislation to continue funding for the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Most vital to that legislation is whether the state will renew its $10 million annual commitment to the authority. Gov. Mitch Daniels (yes, a Republican)  made that commitment 10 years ago when the RDA was founded through the efforts of state Rep. Chester Dobis, D-Merrillville, U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Merrillville, and Daniels. 
  • By LARRY DEBOER
    WEST LAFAYETTE – Once again, farmland assessments and property taxes are going up. The Department of Local Government Finance, which oversees the property tax in Indiana, has set the base rate per acre of farmland for 2015 taxes at $2,050 per acre. That’s a 16 percent increase from the base rate for 2014 taxes. In December the DLGF announced the base rate for 2016 at $2,420, another 18 percent increase. The base rate has been rising for years. But, this year, it’s a hot topic in the General Assembly. The base rate is the starting point for farmland property tax assessment. It’s a statewide dollar amount per acre. It’s adjusted by each acre’s productivity index so that the acre’s value reflects how much corn it can grow. Some values are adjusted downward for factors like forest cover or frequent flooding. The resulting assessment is multiplied by the sum of the tax rates for the local governments where the land is located. That’s the tax bill. 
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Pence Admin scales back Just IN
Gov. Pence's communications director Christy Denault scales back the Just IN news service. Here's WTHR-TV's coverage of her press conference.
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  • HPI Analysis: Gov. Pence's greatest policy achievement
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY and MATTHEW BUTLER
        
    INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, Gov. Mike Pence achieved the greatest potential policy victory of his first term when he announced federal approval for his Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. It comes in a state where a clear majority oppose Obamacare, and it comes to a governor who has repeatedly vowed to do everything in his power to repeal the Affordable Care Act. So the great, historic irony here is that Indiana is poised to expand its Medicaid population in dramatic fashion, putting anywhere from 1 million to 1.4 million into some type of government health care program. But Pence did it on his terms. He took the Healthy Indiana Plan forged by his predecessor and a coalition of legislative Republicans and Democrats, and evolved it into a system of what he calls “consumer driven” health care.
     
  • HPI Analysis: This Just IN: Duoh! Duoh!
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY
        
    INDIANAPOLIS – Tuesday should have been one of the best days for Gov. Mike Pence and his ambitious administration. He triumphantly announced the Obama administration’s approval of the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. A fierce critic of Obamacare who advocates its repeal, Pence took the health plan of predecessor Gov. Mitch Daniels, redrafted a Medicaid expansion using “market forces” and “consumer options” and chalked up a major victory for his state, a unit of government Pence has long declared is the innovative laboratory for policy. In doing so, his HIP 2.0 will extend coverage to 350,000 Hoosiers and have billions of dollars of implications for the next five years. But this major policy victory was overshadowed by news of the creation of “Just IN,” a state-funded and produced news site that has been almost immediately denounced as a “propaganda” font. Just today, a number of newspaper editorials blasted the idea. WTHR-TV’s Kevin Rader drove all the way to Mishawaka Wednesday to collar Pence, not about HIP 2.0, but Just IN. It is the latest end-around the news media for the Pence team. His transformation as a member of the media with a radio/TV talk show to a politician advocating a “media shield” while in Congress to a governor who routinely evades traditional media coverage has been one of the most fascinating aspects of this first-term governor.
     
  • Horse Race: Carmel tops mayoral primary showdowns
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY
        
    INDIANAPOLIS – There have been primary mayoral election cycles where dozens of incumbents have gone down in defeat. Thus far in Indiana, only a handful of primaries have developed where an incumbent mayor is being challenged. First-term Columbus Republican Mayor Kristin Brown is facing a challenge from Council President Jim Lienhoop. East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland is facing longtime City Clerk Mary Morris. And in Hammond, three-term Democrat Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. will be fending off City Councilman Homero “Chico” Hinojosa. But the race likely to garner a great deal of attention in the Indianapolis media market involves five-term incumbent Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, who faces a GOP primary challenge from Council President Rick Sharp, who kicked off his campaign on Monday. “Serving the people of our city since 2004, I have had the opportunity to be a part of Carmel’s tremendous growth, working to attract businesses to Carmel while exhibiting fiscal restraint,” Sharp said during his campaign kickoff.
     
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  • Romney nixes 2016 presidential run
    “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee. I did not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming the president.” - 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, announcing Friday morning he will not run in 2016. Jeb Bush had lured several key Romney operatives and donors in the days preceding the announcement. 



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