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Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:42 AM
By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Trump says ‘Rocket Man’ on ‘suicide mission’

Here are your Tuesday power lunch talking points: President Trump made his case against North Korea and Iran during his address to the general session of the United Nations this morning. “We meet in a time of both immense promise and great peril. We want harmony and friendship, not conflict and strife,” Trump said. “If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world. We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime. Hopefully this will not be necessary.” Essentially, Trump threatened nuclear war at the United Nations. That was Trump’s weekend Twitter nickname for North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un. “The United States is ready." He called the Iran deal “one of the worst and most one-sided in history. That deal was an embarrassment to the United States. We will stop radical Islamic terrorism and not allow it to destroy the world.”

Trump thanked world leaders for aid to hurricane victims. He recounted how the U.S. “has done very well since Election Day,” citing that stock market and job growth are “at an all-time high.” Trump added, “Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.” Trump added, "Strong sovereign nations let their people take ownership of their future and control their own destiny. Our success depends on a coalition of strong and independent nations that embrace their sovereignty.” And Trump added, "Our government's first duty is to its people...I will always put America first. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people where it belongs. We are guided by outcomes, not ideology.”

2. Holcomb charges IEDC for Amazon HQ2

Gov. Eric Holcomb has returned from Japan and is now fully engaged on Amazon H2Q. “After I arrived home Friday night, I spent the weekend in briefings about the Amazon bid process,” Holcomb explained. “Indiana has a tremendous opportunity to be seriously considered in this process. We are doing what Amazon has asked us to do: Coordinating efforts with all interested regions of the state to put our best bid forward. I’ve called on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to lead this collaborative effort that will culminate with a bid submission that includes local and state incentives as well as recommended best sites.” Gary joins Indy/Fishers, Boone County (five sites) and the Indiana Louisville suburbs in the quest for this $5 billion, 50,000-employee motherlode.

3. Pence goes nationwide

Vice President Pence did meet with Lafayette area World War II Honor Flight veterans, but when it comes to his Indiana roots, he is throwing off his Hoosier staff. The latest is press secretary Marc Lotter, who was quickly replaced by Alyssa Farah, a top adviser to the House Freedom Caucus and former communications director to Rep. Mark Meadows, who heads the Tea Party caucus. Lotter follows former chief of staff Josh Pitcock out the door and on his way to the coming “Marc Lotter Show.”
  • 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



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    "Luke and I have been friends for a long time, and being his colleague and watching him work up close, I have no doubt he'll make a great U.S. Senator. We face tough issues as a nation and need Luke Messer in the Senate to meet those challenges and make Washington work better for Hoosiers. Luke is a proven conservative, but more than that, he is a respected and skillful leader who builds the relationships necessary to get our shared priorities enacted into law. His principles and strong communication skills have made him a go-to leader in the House, and those same attributes will enable Luke to deliver results when he arrives in the U. S. Senate. His record of fighting for school choice to create better education opportunities for tens of thousands of Indiana families and protecting veterans’ GI Bill benefits shows Hoosiers they can trust him to do the right thing and do it well.” - U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, endorsing U.S. Rep. Luke Messer for the 2018 Republican U.S. Senate nomination on Wednesday. Messer faces U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, attorney Mark Hurt, businessman Terry Henderson, State Rep. Mike Braun and educator Andrew Takami in the GOP primary.
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  • Mike and Hillary
    We’ve watched 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton make the rounds on her new book: “What Happened.” The reaction has been cringes from Democrats hoping to move on, a set-the-record mentality from some journalistic quarters, and taunts from Republicans. Vice President Pence has the best line of all, with this tweet Thursday morning: “The first book that has the question and the answer on the cover.” Good line, Mike, er … Mr. Vice President. It harkens back to those studio days near the Speedway and a retreat to Claude & Annies. - Brian A. Howey, publisher
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