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Monday, October 24, 2016 8:53 AM
CNHI Statehouse Bureau

INDIANAPOLIS – Conservative Catholic radio host Gail Buckley, known as the “Bible Lady” to her national audience, has never really trusted Donald Trump. She worries that if he is elected his volatile temper and access to the nuclear code “could get us all blown up.”
The recently released contents of a 2005 audio tape, capturing him lewdly bragging of sexually assaulting women, horrified her more. It left the reliably Republican-voting Buckley in what she called a “huge struggle” over how to justify her vote.
But as an ardent opponent of abortion, she’s resolved now. It’s Trump. “I could never vote for Hillary Clinton or an administration that promotes abortion,” she said. “I’m concerned about voting for Trump. But there’s just no other choice for me.”
Catholic voters nationwide are facing a similar dilemma. Church teachings are firm that there is no other issue more important than respect for human life, which church catechism says begins at conception.
Trump, damaged by controversy and battling the expanding divisions within his own party, needs to keep Catholic voters like Buckley as he slips further behind his Democratic opponent.
The current Real Clear Politics average of polls puts Clinton ahead by almost 6 points. No past presidential candidate this far behind in the campaign has managed to make up a deficit that large in the national polls.
  • 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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  • Senior Republicans say Trump tied with Clinton in Indiana
    “Senior GOP Senate strategist: Trump now tied in Indiana. Down 11 in PA and 14 in NH. Going down hard.” - CNBC and New York Times analyst John Harwood in a tweet. Analysts Ben Ginsburg and Michael Steele said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" today that Indiana is emerging as a bellwether state in this landslide scenario. HPI’s Brian Howey noted in his podcast last week that if Indiana tightens up in the presidential race, expect Gov. Mike Pence to start scheduling campaign appearances in his home state to avoid what would be an epic embarrassment.
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