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Saturday, October 01, 2016 9:04 AM
INDIANAPOLIS – Pondering Monday night’s epic debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and grasping for its meaning, I kept coming back to what many of us have heard from the World War II guys. They remember the loud-mouthed braggart in the unit, who was all talk until the heat of the battle, when he tended to cower and shift blame. And then there was the quiet guy, the modest guy, maybe of slight build and homely looks, who at the apex of battle stands tall and comes through. Many times, after the war these guys never revealed what they endured. It often only came to life when the family would meet a wartime buddy, who filled in the missing features: Bravery, fortitude, resolution, compassion, preparedness, humor.
U.S. Sen. John McCain put it this way to National Public Radio: “In America, we celebrate the virtues of the quiet hero, the modest man who does his duty without complaint or expectation of praise; the man who listens closely for the call of his country, and when she calls, he answers without reservation, not for fame or reward, but for love.” The 2000 Republican presidential nominee’s example was William B. Ravnel. “He was in Patton’s tank corps that went across Europe,” McCain wrote. “I knew him, though, as an English teacher and football coach in my school. He could make Shakespeare come alive and he had incredible leadership talents that made me idolize him. What he taught me more than anything else was to strictly adhere to our school’s honor code. If we stuck to those standards of integrity and honor then we could be proud of ourselves. We could serve causes greater than our own self-interest.”
In the context of Clinton v. Trump I, the contrast of this concept offers sharp relief. Going into the debate, Trump mocked Clinton for preparing for the encounter. His style, as we’ve seen from Westville to Terre Haute to Evansville, was one of winging it. Trump’s rallies were streams of consciousness, which amused his angry crowds. He bragged about himself and belittled friend and foe alike. He hurled insults. He made fun of fat people. His opponents were liars and crooked, with no energy. A rival’s father conspired to assassinate an American president.
He degraded everyone from disabled reporters, to an array of ethnic groups, to Gold Star mothers, peoples of entire nations and creeds, and even McCain himself. Trump’s style worked in the tormented Republican sub-demographic. But on a general election stage, it would face new challenges. His recent rebound in an array of state and national polls confounded pundits and experts alike. He had a deeper coat of Teflon than Ronald Reagan. His grim portrait of America was the antithesis of Reagan’s sunny “Morning in America” outlook, in times more troubled that these. The truth was of little consequence or bearing. There was no fealty to principled stances on issues; they would change to meet his instant desires, a character flaw that is now afflicting Gov. Mike Pence.
Watching Trump rise in the polls was prompting me to reassess. Was his rise simply because Hillary Clinton is truly an awful candidate? Her video last week where she looked panicked and asked, “Why am I not ahead by 50%?” was destined to be Exhibit A in the post mortem of why she lost.
What Monday night revealed was the classic loud mouth. Trump’s lack of preparation undressed him.
  • REP. YOUNG TO POST $1M FOR QUARTER: Just days before he makes a presumptive Republican U.S. Senate bid official, U.S. Rep. Todd Young scorched the fundraising circuit, preparing to post $1,024,908 for the second quarter (Howey, Howey Politics Indiana).


    HARRISON QUALIFIES FOR INDY MAYORAL BALLOT: Rev. Charles Harrison is now prepared to throw an interesting wrench into the Indianapolis mayoral race (Howey Politics Indiana). Allies of the United Methodist pastor filed more than 6,600 signatures to gain ballot access as an independent last week. Sources with the Marion County Voter Registration have confirmed 3,200 signatures, with another 150 pages yet to be counted, meaning Harrison qualifies for ballot access.


    DAILY WIRE RESENT DUE TO TECHNICAL GLITCH: We are resending today’s HPI Daily Wire due to technical glitches. We apologize for the inconvenience.


    SANDERS SURGE WORRIES CLINTON CAMPAIGN: The ample crowds and unexpectedly strong showing garnered by Senator Bernie Sanders are setting off worry among advisers and allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who believe the Vermont senator could overtake her in Iowa polls by the fall and even defeat her in the nation’s first nominating contest there (New York Times).


    INDIANA TEACHER POOL DRYING UP; ‘POLITICIANS’ BLAMED: School leaders in south-central Indiana are reporting that the number of applicants they get for teaching positions has declined in recent years (Ladwig, Greensburg Daily News). They blame primarily state funding constraints, which depress teacher wages, and a blame-the-teachers mentality of politicians and the media, which is pushing teachers out of the profession and prompting fewer high school grads to consider teaching an attractive career. Budd said that the number of applicants has declined especially for math, sciences and foreign languages. “It has become a real struggle,” Budd said. “The pool of applicants is definitely dried up.”


    TEACHING LICENSES DOWN 88%: Annual state data reveal that the number of teaching licenses the state issues has fallen a whopping 88 percent in the last six years (Greensburg Daily News). According to the Indiana Department of Education, the state issued in the 2007/08 school year about 7,500 teaching licenses. In 2013/14, the most recent year for which data were available, the state issued just 934 licenses.


    GM REBUFFS FIAT/CHRYSLER MERGER: John Elkann, chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and scion of Italy’s Agnelli family, isn’t giving up on forging a partnership with General Motors Co. , despite being rebuffed by his Detroit rival twice in the past four years (Wall Street Journal).


    ZODY WANTS DETAILS ON CANCELED PORTER-NOVELLI CONTRACT: Indiana Democrats have sent the Republican Pence administration a formal request to release documents showing what the state got for its money when it hired a New York public relations firm to deal with the damage inflicted by a new religious objections law (Associated Press). Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said Monday that he wants Gov. Mike Pence's office to release contracts, messages and emails related to the agreement with Porter Novelli.


    HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Hoosier taxpayers paid $365,000 to the New York PR firm Porter Novelli to repair the state’s post RFRA damage. We ought to be able to see what we paid for. Remember, Public Servants (this includes you, IEDC), you work for us, the taxpayers. - Brian A. Howey



    INDIANAPOLIS – Seated in Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma’s law offices overlooking Monument Circle, the first question posed during this interview was about the pending immigration bill facing Congress.
    “This is what’s on my mind,” Bosma interjected. “The contrast between Washington, D.C., and the state of Indiana. Let me wax philosophical.”
    Subsequently, the pundit recognized the Speaker from Indianapolis.
    Bosma then produced a prodigious stack of paper, which turned out to be the Indiana House agendas dating back to 2002 when he was minority leader. The stack was more than a half foot thick.
    “My frustration is with the way Washington handles issues because I had to talk recently, at one event, about the differences in Indiana 10 years ago and today,” Bosma said. “To do that, I keep copious electronic and paper files. I had a giant file in my desk drawer that said ‘prior agendas.’ And I pulled out our ‘New Direction’ agenda that our team put together in 2002. It said what we were going to do, it said why we needed to do it. And it told the story about what was really a dysfunctional state government, a dysfunctional economy, and dysfunctional fiscal house and it pledged to make a difference.”
    There followed a litany of Bosma-produced agendas: In 2009 it was “Moving Indiana Forward.” In 2010, it was the “Taxpayer Protection Plan.” In 2011, the “Strength in Indiana Pledge.”

    INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence has nominated Auditor Tim Berry to chair the Indiana Republican Party, two sources are telling HPI.

    Pence will recommend to the Indiana Republican Central Committee Berry, who is in his second term as auditor, when it meets on July 22 in Indianapolis to replace Eric Holcomb, who resigned to join the staff of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.

    He also named 6th CD Chairwoman Misty Hollis of Richmond as state vice chair. Former campaign manager Kyle Robertson was named executive director.

    The selection is a critical one for Pence, who enters a key six-month period where he needs to build on his policy legacy, prepare the GOP for key mid-term elections next year, and either his own or a potential 2016 presidential bid.

    "Having won four statewide elections, Tim Berry knows what it takes to run successful campaigns in Indiana," Pence said. "Tim is a cheerful leader who is well known throughout the state to Hoosier Republicans and will help our party grow as we work towards our goal of making Indiana 'the State that Works.'"

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  • Clinton assails 'unhinged' Trump over sex video tweet
    “Who gets up at 3 o’clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe? A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes.” - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, addressing Republican nominee Donald Trump’s obsession this week with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who Clinton used against Trump at Monday night’s debate. The 2016 presidential campaign continued to descend into the gutter, with BuzzFeed News uncovering an explicit Playboy video from 2000 in which Trump made a cameo. The film, titled "Playboy: Video Centerfold" featured nude women in sexual positions. The GOP nominee made a brief appearance in the film, according to BuzzFeed, and did not appear in any pornographic scenes. There is no evidence, however, that Machado appeared in a sex video that Trump referred to in one of his Friday tweets.

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