HILL ANNOUNCES FOR 2ND CD: Former Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced that he will run in the upcoming caucuses to fill the ballot vacancy for the 2nd Congressional District for both the general election and the special election. The vacancy was created by the death of Rep. Jackie Walorski in a car accident on August 3, 2022. The caucuses will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mishawaka (Howey Politics Indiana). “Rep. Walorski’s passing was tragic and I continue to mourn the loss of this accomplished stateswoman,” said Hill. “I believe that I can best pay tribute to her dedication to the people of northern Indiana by carrying on her fight for public safety, families, children, and our core conservative principles.” Hill has been an outspoken supporter of President Trump and vows to continue combatting the Democrats’ leftist agenda. “Our nation has been spiraling downward under the current administration,” he said. “Today, costs are out-of-control, with prices for food, rent and gasoline straining our household budgets. Education has become indoctrination. Public safety has given way to rampant crime. And the rule of law has evolved into witch hunts that threaten our cherished freedoms.  “As your next Congressman, I will fight as a true Conservative to restore common sense and traditional values to our great nation,” Hill said. Hill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Indiana University. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in 1987 and served as Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County from 2003 to 2016. Hill is the former president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys and served on the Advisory Board for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hill served as Indiana’s Attorney General from 2017 to 2021. Hill and his wife Teresa have five children. They live in Elkhart.


DANIELS AIDES FORMING PAC TO URGE HIM TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR: Staffers who worked under former governor Mitch Daniels filed with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office last week to create a political action committee urging Daniels to run for governor in 2024 (Downard, Capital Chronicle). Christine Hurst and Ben Ledo spearhead the committee as chairperson and treasurer, respectively, under the name Frugal Hoosiers for Mitch 2024. The organization, in its filing, simply says, “We are encouraging Mitch Daniels to run for Governor in 2024.” Hurst, Daniels’ former communications director, previously worked at Angie’s List before becoming the vice president of marketing at MakeMyMove, an Indianapolis-based relocation firm, according to her LinkedIn. Ledo, the vice president of enterprise sales at MakeMyMove, also worked for Angie’s List and held positions for nearly five years in various capacities in the Daniels’ administration. During Daniels’ initial campaign, Ledo drove Daniels around the state to various events in his signature-laden RV. Ledo is also a board member for the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation. "We know he loves the state, and we know he’s got big ideas,” Hurst told the Star. “But not sure what he’s going to do next, so we just are sort of gathering the voices to encourage him to consider running.”


CHENEY DRUBBED: Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, Donald Trump’s fiercest Republican adversary in Congress, was defeated in a GOP primary Tuesday, falling to a rival backed by the former president in a rout that reinforced his grip on the party’s base (AP). The third-term congresswoman and her allies entered the day downbeat about her prospects, aware that Trump’s backing gave Harriet Hageman considerable lift in the state where he won by the largest margin during the 2020 campaign. Cheney was already looking ahead to a political future beyond Capitol Hill that could include a 2024 presidential run, potentially putting her on another collision course with Trump. Cheney described her loss as the beginning of a new chapter in her political career as she addressed a small collection of supporters, including her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, on the edge of a vast field flanked by mountains and bales of hay. “Our work is far from over,” she said Tuesday evening, evoking Abraham Lincoln, who also lost congressional elections before ascending to the presidency and preserving the union. The results — and the roughly 30-point margin — were a powerful reminder of the GOP’s rapid shift to the right. A party once dominated by national security-oriented, business-friendly conservatives like her father now belongs to Trump, animated by his populist appeal and, above all, his denial of defeat in the 2020 election.


BIDEN SIGNS INFLATION RELIEF ACT: President Biden on Tuesday signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, an ambitious measure that aims to tamp down on inflation, lower prescription drug prices, tackle climate change, reduce the deficit and impose a minimum tax on profits of the largest corporations (Washington Post). At a bill signing ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House, Biden praised the legislation as among the most significant measures in the history of the country. “Let me say from the start: With this law, the American people won and the special interests lost,” Biden said. His administration had begun amid “a dark time in America,” Biden added, citing the coronavirus pandemic, joblessness and threats to democracy. “And yet we’ve not wavered, we’ve not flinched and we’ve not given in,” Biden said. “Instead, we’re delivering results for the American people. We didn’t tear down. We built up. We didn’t look back. We look forward. And today — today offers further proof that the soul of America is vibrant, the future of America is bright, and the promise of America is real.”


BIDEN REMAINS IN TRUMP'S LONG SHADOW: Moments before President Biden signed a legacy-defining package of initiatives into law on Tuesday, one of his congressional allies lamented that the president’s accomplishments are “often away from public view” while another contrasted him with a former president who “relished creating chaos.” No one mentioned Donald J. Trump’s name during the ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House, but his presence was felt nonetheless as Mr. Biden enacted major climate, health care and corporate tax policies (New York Times). One major reason Mr. Biden’s achievements often seem eclipsed in public view is because Mr. Trump is still creating chaos from his post-presidential exile. No other sitting president has ever lived with the shadow of his defeated predecessor in quite the way that Mr. Biden has over the last year and a half. Regardless of what the current president does, he often finds himself struggling to break through the all-consuming circus that keeps Mr. Trump in the public eye. Even the bully pulpit of the White House has proved no match for the Trump reality show.


TRUMP SEEKS TOP LEGAL HELP; HE KEEPS HEARING 'NO': Former president Donald Trump and close aides have spent the eight days since the FBI searched his Florida home rushing to assemble a team of respected defense lawyers. But the answer they keep hearing is “no” (Washington Post). The struggle to find expert legal advice puts Trump in a bind as he faces potential criminal exposure from a records dispute with the National Archives that escalated into a federal investigation into possible violations of the Espionage Act and other statutes. “Everyone is saying no,” said a prominent Republican lawyer, who like some others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations.


HOUSE GOP QUIET ON SEA1: There was no torrent of news releases from Indiana House Republicans after the late-night August 5 passage of the state’s new abortion restrictions, despite the hours of public testimony and debate that went into the legislation (Muniz, Capital Chronicle). While at least 17 of the Indiana Senate’s 39 Republicans released public comments day-of (44%), just two of the House’s 71 (3%) have news releases posted on the caucus’ website: House Speaker Todd Huston, R-Fishers, and Rep. Joanna King, ,R-Middlebury. That’s compared to the 49 House Republicans (69%) who posted statements online when the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade through Dobbs v. Jackson. In his statement on August 5, Huston called the ban a “giant step toward improving protections for Hoosier women and the unborn” and a “thoughtful way forward that shows compassion for both mothers and babies.” In an August 12 statement, King said the special session was a “historic moment for our families and for the preservation of life” and highlighted a provision moving abortions from independent clinics to hospitals. House Republicans Communications Director Erin Wittern noted in an email that the Senate’s final action came “well after the House adjourned.” The House last voted about 2 p.m., while the Senate concurred with its amendments at 10 p.m. But it’s been more than a week and the caucus hasn’t sent news releases touting the bill – instead responding to individual requests of local media outlets.


HEAT BLAMED FOR CLEAR LAKE FISH KILL:  Hundreds of fish found dead in a northeastern Indiana lake likely died from natural events tied to recent hot weather, state wildlife officials said (AP). Fisheries biologists with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources visited Clear Lake on Aug. 4 after residents reported numerous dead fish in the lake near the Steuben County town of Fremont, The Journal Gazette reported. The DNR said an estimated 500 fish were found dead, including bluegill, crappie and bass in the lake about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) northeast of Fort Wayne. The state agency said Monday that natural events likely caused the fish to die, and noted that heat, warm water and windless days can produce low levels of dissolved oxygen in lakes. “Without dissolved oxygen, fish are unable to breathe and can die rapidly and in large numbers,” the DNR said in a news release.


MAR-A-LAGO AFFIDAVIT HEARING SET FOR THURSDAY: Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart scheduled a hearing for Thursday at 1 p.m. to determine whether to unseal the affidavit underpinning the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago (Politico). Several news outlets have requested to make it public, while the Justice Department argued in a Monday filing that doing so could compromise its criminal investigation. In addition to the media’s push for the affidavit, many Republicans have called for it to be released amid the conservative backlash to the FBI search. Donald Trump himself said on Truth Social Tuesday, “I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN.”


CLARK SHERIFF RESPONDS TO 'NIGHT OF TERROR' AT JAIL: Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel commented publicly on the "night of terror" jail lawsuit (CNHI). He told the News and Tribune on Monday that more information about the night of the alleged incident is coming soon. “The lawsuit filed and recent comments from my political opponents contain more false statements and incorrect information than I can count,” Noel said. “Despite the ongoing lawsuit, I’ve told my staff that we’re going to bring transparency to this incident and show the community precisely what happened and what we learned from our joint investigation with the FBI and U.S. Marshals. In the coming days, we’ll bust those myths and show the community the truth and the evidence showing what happened during the 50-minute incident on Oct. 24, 2021.” Later Monday afternoon, in a news release, Noel announced the pending launch of www.ClarkFacts.com. Noel said he will use www.ClarkFacts.com to show the public the truth. Noel also said he urges any victims of sexual assault from that incident to come forward. “Sexual assault is evil and my office will always do everything we can to prosecute those who prey on women,” Noel said. “But right now, there’s not a single woman who maintains to investigators that she was sexually assaulted by male inmates on Oct. 24, 2021. Audio and video evidence that will come to light soon also doesn’t show any kind of assault.


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: In Thursday's weekly edition of Howey Politics Indiana, we'll preview the 2nd CD caucus. We'll also look at how climate change could impact Indiana in the coming decades. Look for it around 9 a.m. Thursday. - Brian A. Howey




INDEMS LAUD INFLATION REDUCTION ACT SIGNING: The Indiana Democratic Party  issued the following statement from Chairman Mike Schmuhl after the U.S. House of Representatives - including André Carson and Frank Mrvan - passed the Inflation Reduction Act (Howey Politics Indiana): “President Joe Biden promised Americans he would tell it straight and make the government work for working families once again. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) accomplishes this goal, and thanks to the leadership of Indiana Democrats like André Carson and Frank Mrvan, this Congressional session will be remembered as one of the most productive in American history.


For decades, special interests have blocked progress and have kept voters from seeing the kitchen-table issues they care about most solved. Not anymore. Older Hoosiers wanted to see lower prices for their prescription drugs. This bill got it done. Younger Hoosiers demanded politicians take climate change seriously. The IRA delivered the biggest energy investment in our nation’s history. And, voters who have been worried about our country’s debts can be rest assured. The IRA reduces the deficit by $300 billion and does not raise taxes on Hoosiers, because for the first time in a long while, multi-billion dollar corporations will finally pay their fair share.


LAWRENCE FOP ENDORSES CARRASCO: Lawrence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 159 has voted to endorse Cyndi Carrasco, candidate for Marion County Prosecutor (Howey Politics Indiana). “It is our honor as members of the Lawrence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 159 to endorse Cyndi Carrasco in her campaign for Marion County Prosecutor,” said President Brandon Raftery. “As a citizen of Marion County, she has shown her support for Law Enforcement and our community. We believe with her leadership and skills justice will be restored to the citizens of Marion County.”


GOTSCH SAYS INFLATION ACT MISSES KEY AREAS: Independent candidate for Congress Nathan Gotsch acknowledged today’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, but criticized it for not going far enough in lowering prices for everyday Hoosiers (Howey Politics Indiana). “The Inflation Reduction Act does not address three key areas crucial to decreasing prices: eliminating tariffs, suspending excessive regulation, and addressing our worker shortage,” Gotsch said. Earlier this week, Gotsch laid out his plan to combat inflation on his website, nathanforus.com. In May, Gotsch noted, the Biden Administration rescinded the 25% tariff on Ukrainian steel but chose not to do the same for other steel and aluminum tariffs that are costing U.S. consumers an extra $51 billion this year, according to a recent study by the American Action Forum. “Repealing unnecessary tariffs that don’t even protect Americans in good economic times is vital to lowering prices, and they can take effect immediately.


SNYDER CHALLENGES BANKS TO DEBATE: Gary Snyder, Democratic candidate for Indiana's 3rd CD, issued a challenge of two debates to Jim Banks while he is visiting the 3rd District for a high end fundraiser. "Jim Banks got up this morning in his $1,000,000 Virginia home, flew into the Ft. Wayne International Airport, which is currently undergoing a $14,000,000 renovation thanks to President Joe Biden and the bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act (Jim Banks voted NO), to hold a swanky high end fundraiser featuring a who's who of election deniers and conspiracy theorists," said Snyder. "So while Jim is paying a rare visit to the 3rd District, I would like to take the opportunity to call on Jim to honor his challenge to debate me and issue a counter challenge to him to participate in two debates before the election.


MURKOWSKI, PALIN ADVANCE IN ALASKA:  Two of the most prominent women in Alaskan Republican politics — Senator Lisa Murkowski and Sarah Palin — appeared to be on divergent paths early Wednesday following the state’s special election and primary (New York Times). Ms. Murkowski, 65, spurned by former President Donald J. Trump, advanced to the general election in November in the Senate race, according to The Associated Press. Ms. Palin, 58, who had Mr. Trump’s backing, also advanced in the fall for an open House seat but was trailing her Democratic opponent.




DEMINGS LEADING RUBIO 48-44%: Rep. Val Demings (D) leads Sen. Marco Rubio (R) by 4 percentage points in Florida’s Senate race, according to a poll released Tuesday (The Hill). The poll, released by the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab, shows Demings with the support of 48 percent of surveyed registered voters who said they would vote in the midterms. Rubio, in comparison, received 44 percent support, while 7 percent said they would choose someone else. Broken down by party, 89 percent of Republican voters supported Rubio, in addition to 36 percent of voters who either had no party affiliation or whose political affiliation was termed “other.” The poll found that Demings was supported by 94 percent of Democratic voters and 46 percent of voters with no party affiliation.


BOTH DEMS, GOP ANGRY: Close to equal proportions of Democrats and Republicans say the word “angry” describes their feelings about the November midterms for Congress “somewhat” or “very” well, according to a new poll (The Hill). A Morning Consult State of the Parties survey found that 42 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Republicans surveyed said the word “angry” described their feelings about the midterms “somewhat” or “very well.” In comparison, when respondents from both parties were polled on the same question in 2018, 49 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Republicans said they felt angry.


WIDE SUPPORT FOR INFLATION RELIEF ACT:  The latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll has some new numbers on Inflation Reduction Act — looking at the popularity of some of its individual components: — Placing caps on prescription drug price increases: Somewhat or strongly support: 76%; somewhat or strongly oppose: 13%. Net: +63; — Allowing Medicare to negotiate some prescription drug prices: Support: 73%; oppose: 13%. Net: +60; — Reducing the federal budget deficit by $300 billion: Support: 72%; oppose: 11%. Net: +61; — Limiting annual out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries to $2,000: Support: 72%; oppose: 15%. Net: +57; — Putting a 15% corporate tax minimum on companies that have usually paid little, if any, taxes: Support: 61%; oppose: 24%. Net: +37; — Providing $60 billion in incentives for clean energy manufacturing in the U.S.: Support: 59%; oppose: 28%. Net: +31; — Investing $369 billion in climate and energy programs over the next 10 years: Support: 54%; oppose: 33%. Net support: +21; — Giving $80 billion to the IRS to improve its ability to investigate and recover unpaid taxes: Support: 40%; oppose: 46%. Net: -6.




GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB APPOINTS NEW FIRE MARSHAL - Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced he has selected Brownsburg Fire Territory Fire Marshal Stephen Jones to serve as the Indiana state fire marshal (Howey Politics Indiana). "Fire Marshal Jones brings 38 years of experience to the State of Indiana, and his expertise makes him the right person to lead our work in improving public safety for Hoosiers," Gov. Holcomb said. "He will continue to promote fire prevention efforts and brings incredible investigation experience to the state." Jones began his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in 1984 in central Indiana. He became a career firefighter in Pike Township (Marion County) in 1989 and served as deputy fire marshal, safety and training officer, HAZMAT training coordinator, fire inspector, deputy chief of administration and division chief of prevention services. In 2013, he became fire marshal in Brownsburg, where he oversees building code enforcement, fire investigation and public education and community risk reduction.


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB SCHEDULE -  Gov. Holcomb will attend the OneZone Chamber of Commerce August luncheon at 11 a.m. today at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Holcomb will appear with Ranjit Puthran, board chair, OneZone Chamber of Commerce and Jack Russell, president and CEO, OneZone Chamber of Commerce and speak at noon.


LOTTERY: NEAR RECORD REVENUE - Indiana government will receive $344 million from the Hoosier Lottery this year – a near record amount (Indiana Public Media). That money goes to help teacher, police and firefighter pensions as well as reduce how much you pay for your license plates at the BMV. The lottery broke just about every record it had for the fiscal year that spanned July 2020 to June 2021. The general consensus was that, with the pandemic shutting down a lot of other entertainment options, people turned to lottery games.


AGRICULTURE: RECORD SOYBEAN HARVEST EXPECTED - Indiana farmers are anticipating record soybean yields this year. According to the USDA, Indiana farmers will harvest an estimated 4.95 million acres of corn, down 320 thousand acres from last year and 5.83 million acres of soybeans, up 190 thousand acres from last year (Hoosier Ag Today). After a delay in planting due to cold, wet conditions, farmers were able to begin planting heavily in mid-May. Ideal planting conditions in mid to late May allowed farmers to make excellent progress and both corn and soybeans were nearly all planted by the second week of June. Weather to date has been dry and some areas have experienced drier than normal conditions, though rains in most areas have been adequate to sustain crops. Indiana’s average corn yield is forecast at 189 bushels per acre, down 6 bushels from the previous year. Total production is forecast at 936 million bushels, down 9 percent from last year on both lower yields and fewer acres planted.








WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN'S 3-PRONGED ABORTION STRATEGY - Cheered by a decisive win for abortion rights in a Kansas vote and eyeing November midterm elections, the White House is launching a push for abortion access that aims to influence men as well as women, sources with direct knowledge told Reuters (Reuters). The Biden administration's three-prong playbook leans on two specific federal statutes to target states that limit abortion, communicates to voters the impact on women, and accentuates how forced pregnancies negatively affect both women and men. Senior White House officials, advisers and abortion rights advocates have held multiple strategy and engagement calls in recent days, including an Aug. 4 call with nearly 2,000 participants, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private meetings. Abortion rights advocates have accused U.S. President Joe Biden's administration in the past of being slow to act around a Supreme Court ruling in June that ended the constitutional right to abortion. Two Biden executive orders and engagement with key stakeholders led by Vice President Kamala Harris have assuaged some concerns, several told Reuters.


WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule - The president has nothing on his public schedule.


FBI: TRUMP PASSPORTS RETURNED - Passports belonging to former President Donald Trump that were taken by the FBI during the search conducted at his South Florida residence last week have been returned to the former president, a law enforcement source confirmed to CBS News. The source said the passports were given back to Trump after they were discovered by a "filter team," a group of federal investigators who screen the materials seized during the execution of a search warrant for privileged or extraneous information. The FBI said in a statement that when executing search warrants, the bureau "follows search and seizure procedures ordered by courts, then returns items that we do not need to be retained for law enforcement purposes."


FBI: CIPOLLONE INTERVIEWED - Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and former deputy White House counsel Pat Philbin have been interviewed by the FBI regarding documents that were stored at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News. Cipollone and Philbin are the most senior former administration officials known to have spoken with the FBI about Trump's handling of documents to date. ABC News has reported that the FBI has already interviewed multiple former White House officials and members of Trump's current staff.


USAID: U.S. TO BUY UKRAINE GRAIN - The U.S. Agency for International Development is spending more than $68 million to purchase and ship Ukrainian grain in the largest such export deal since Russia’s invasion this year and the start of a July agreement to allow for renewed shipments from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports (Wall Street Journal). USAID is providing the funds to the World Food Program, a United Nations agency that historically gets the biggest part of its grain from Ukraine, to purchase, ship and store up to 150,000 metric tons of wheat, the agency said. “While this additional wheat will be used to help feed people in countries facing severe hunger and malnutrition, much more is needed to help the world recover from the global devastation caused by Putin’s brutal war,” USAID administrator Samantha Power said in a statement.


EDUCATION: $3.9B IN ITT STUDENT DEBT CANCELLED - Students who used federal loans to attend ITT Technical Institute as far back as 2005 will automatically get that debt canceled after authorities found “widespread and pervasive misrepresentations” at the defunct for-profit college chain, the Biden administration announced Tuesday (AP). The action will cancel $3.9 billion in federal student debt for 208,000 borrowers, the Education Department said. The debt is being forgiven using a federal rule known as borrower defense, which is meant to protect students from colleges that make false advertising claims or otherwise commit fraud.


MICHIGAN: GOV. WHITMER PROPOSES SUSPENDING SCHOOL SUPPLY TAX -  On Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed a suspension on the state sales tax on school supplies (WNDU-TV). This comes as prices continue to rise, making it harder for working families to make ends meet. The proposal is part of the Michigan Back to School Plan which hopes to lower costs for families as well as help teachers who often have to buy supplies for their own classrooms. “As families gear up for the school year, they should be able to get what they need without spending too much money out of pocket. That’s why I’m putting forward the MI Back to School Plan, which includes a proposal to temporarily suspend the sales tax on school supplies. Getting this done would lower costs for parents, teachers, and students right now, and ensure that they have the resources to succeed. I will work with anyone to lower costs, cut taxes, and help our kids thrive. Last month, I signed a bipartisan education budget—my fourth—which made the highest state per-student funding in Michigan history. We should build on this progress as we get ready for the next school year by enacting the MI Back to School Plan.”


MLB: CHISOX RALLY AGAIN TO NIP ASTROS 4-3 - The Chicago White Sox came into the season with huge expectations and their sights set on a deep postseason run (ESPN). Though it hasn't gone the way they envisioned, they are rolling at the moment — and closing in on the AL Central lead. Yoán Moncada came through with the go-ahead single in the eighth inning for the second straight game, and the White Sox rallied to beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Tuesday night.



MLB: PHILLIES DOWN REDS 11-4 - Rhys Hoskins homered twice and drove in five runs as the Philadelphia Phillies posted the 10,000th win in franchise history, beating the Cincinnati Reds 11-4 Tuesday night (ESPN). Philadelphia became the last of the original eight National League franchises to reach the mark. At 10,000-11,163, the Phillies are the only team among them with a losing record.


MLB: CUBS EDGE NATS 7-5 -  Patrick Wisdom drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Tuesday night after losing a 4-0 lead (ESPN). Wisdom led off the inning with a double down the left-field line against Victor Arano (1-1), scoring automatic runner Willson Contreras. Wisdom then went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Seiya Suzuki's single. "Sometimes you can get deflated on the back end of having a four-run lead and the team clawing back, and the guys just kept having good at-bats and putting pressure on the defense," Cubs manager David Ross said. "We made some mistakes in there and still ended up coming out with a win."




ELWOOD: CITY TO PURCHASE BULLET PROOF SQUAD CAR WINDSHIELDS — The Elwood Board of Works and Public Safety approved a request by Chief Jason Brizendine to equip police vehicles with bullet-resistant windshields (WTHR-TV). Chief Brizendine said all 17 patrol vehicles in Elwood will receive the new windshields. The chief said each windshield will cost up to $2,200.


RICHMOND: PD WARN OF SCAM AROUND OFFICER BURTON — Richmond police are warning the public to remain vigilant when donating to fundraisers for Officer Seara Burton, as some of them may be fraudulent (WRTV). In a Tuesday Facebook post, the police department reminded the community that donations are being accepted locally by the Richmond City Employees Federal Credit Union. "We have been made aware of potential fraudulent fundraisers online. Please be cautious contributing to online fundraisers," the post states.


FORT WAYNE: COUNCIL SEEKS MORE BOARD APPOINTMENTS – At Tuesday’s city council meeting, a pair of resolutions councilman Russ Jehl sponsored were discussed (WANE-TV). The goal? To put more power in the hands of the city council by allowing them to appoint more members to government boards. The first resolution aims to take elections from the mayor and give them to the council. “It’s amazing that half of the boards and commissions locally are set up to have only executive branch input (mayor) but no legislative branch (council) input,” Jehl said. “And it’s not a surprise that a lot of the conflict that you see between the administration and council comes from boards with no collaboration with the board.” According to Jehl, there are approximately 61 local boards and commissions that Fort Wayne appoints members to. Jehl says the Mayor appoints 180 members to those boards and the city council only appoints 49 members. And 28 of those boards don’t have any appointments from city council. “That puts council in a difficult place if there is something that controversial comes up,” Jehl said.


FORT WAYNE: COUNCIL HEARS FINANCE REPORT – In a year that has seen a number of turbulent meeting topics with TRAA and Red River, For Wayne’s city council breathed easy when the city financial status report was presented on Tuesday night (WANE-TV). The report was given by SG-Risk who concluded that ultimately Fort Wayne has managed insurance and workers comp claims so efficiently it has saved the city an estimated 25 million dollars since partnering with SG-Risk. Jon Griglack of SG-Risk praised the city’s decision to self insure, and the risk management department for making claims fast. “When the self-insurance program is really ran very well, risk management is great. You save a lot of money by not paying those premiums to insurance companies,” Griglack said. The city decided to self-insure in 1989 and established the Workers’ Compensation Fund in 1991.


ST. JOSEPH COUNTY: KOSTIELNY APPOINTED TO AIRPORT BOARD - The St. Joseph County Commissioners unanimously appointed outgoing commissioner Andy Kostielny to the county’s airport authority board Tuesday (WVPE). The bipartisan board governs the county’s airports, including South Bend International. All five members are appointed by the commissioners. County attorney Michael Misch, who also serves on the airport board, said Republican member Jay Asdell recently resigned, leaving an open spot for a new Republican member — Andy Kostielny. Kostielny said his appointment would take effect Sept. 1. He’s stepping down as a commissioner later this month to join architecture, engineering, surveying and design firm DLZ Indiana.


VIGO COUNTY: EMPLOYEES SEEK BETTER SECURITY - Nearly 80 county employees have signed a letter asking security be improved at the Vigo County Government Center at First and Oak streets in Terre Haute (Greninger, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). Vigo County Assessor Kevin Gardner read the letter to county commissioners on Tuesday. “We come to you not only as Vigo County employees but also as Vigo County taxpayers,” Gardner said. “We feel that we deserve the same level of protection as other county employees, the courthouse and juvenile center for example. “The annex building or government building,” Gardner said, “is the only building without proper protection against outside threats that desire to harm the government building and its employees. “The commissioners set forth a proactive plan of action. We do need this building secured, regardless of the expense, as it will be nothing compared to the lawsuits that will follow when something happens,” Gardner said.


POSEY COUNTY: SOLAR FARM APPROVED - The Posey County Area Plan Commission has voted to approve the plan for a new Tenaska solar farm (WFIE-TV). It happened at a meeting Monday night, and the vote was five to three in support of moving forward. Officials say now, they just have to get permits from DNR, and construction can start by mid 2023. Officials say they hope crews have it finished by late 2023 or early 2024. The project won’t mean many full time jobs, but officials tell us it will provide several temporary construction jobs.