BIDEN, LILLY BLAST NEW INDIANA ABORTION LAW: The administration of President Joe Biden and one of Indiana’s largest employers have condemned the state’s new ban on abortions, with the White House calling it another extreme attempt by Republicans to trample women’s rights (AP). “The Indiana Legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Saturday. “And, it’s another radical step by Republican legislators to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.” Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., which employs 10,400 people at its headquarters in Indianapolis, warned that the ban could lead it to reassess its presence in Indiana. “We are concerned that this law will hinder Lilly’s — and Indiana’s — ability to attract diverse scientific, engineering and business talent from around the world,” the company said in a statement Saturday. “While we have expanded our employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services unavailable locally, that may not be enough for some current and potential employees.”


ELWOOD SAYS GOODBYE TO OFFICER SHAHNAVAZ: A young Indiana police officer who was killed during an early morning traffic stop was remembered Saturday as a man focused on a career in law enforcement (AP). Noah Shahnavaz, 24, an officer with the Elwood Police Department was shot in the head just after 2 a.m. July 31, before he could even get out of his patrol car. “Noah destroyed any barriers that got in his way,” his mother, Laurie Shahnavaz, said in her eulogy. “He was singularly focused on becoming a police officer and finally achieved that dream in 2021.” Dozens of law enforcement officers were among the more than 1,300 people who attended the officer’s funeral at ITOWN Church in the officer’s suburban Indianapolis hometown of Fishers, with some going to an overflow room, WRTV-TV reported.


SENATE DEMS PASS MASSIVE $740B DRUG, CLIMATE BILL: Senate Democrats after a very long series of votes have approved a massive $740 billion bill that will make significant investments in climate change while lowering the price of prescription drugs and taking steps toward a more equitable tax code (The Hill). That the Senate was able to get the bill done is somewhat of a surprise if you look back to December 2021, when Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) appeared to torpedo the efforts with an announcement on Fox News that he could not support the measure because of inflation. It was just the first time Manchin appeared to kill the bill, only for him to save it with a last-minute deal with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) late last month that caught most of Washington and the nation by surprise. The package now moves to the House, where it is expected to be approved despite opposition from Republicans and some disappointment from Democrats about its size.


BIDEN DEFIES EXPECTATIONS: President Biden has defied expectations, earning a legacy as a president who got big things done despite a deeply divided Congress (Axios). After passing the Senate 51-50 yesterday — with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaking vote after an all-night session — Democrats' climate, health and tax bill is expected to clear the House on Friday. The legislation opens the door to Medicare negotiating lower prescription drug prices, and is expected to push the nation toward clean energy by making it cheaper. The bill joins a list of hard-fought Biden-era legislation shaping the U.S. economy, society and foreign policy for decades to come — despite the constraints of a 50-50 Senate: The American Rescue Plan (COVID stimulus). The Infrastructure and Jobs Act. Confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black female on the Supreme Court. Gun safety legislation. CHIPS (semiconductor manufacturing and U.S. competitiveness with China). Veterans' health care expansion. It's unclear how much this list will help Biden in November's midterms, or if he seeks re-election in '24. Biden's approval rating has been stuck below 40%. Inflation is still very real.


SPARTZ CRASHED CODEL, WAS 'ACCUSATORY': When a bipartisan group of lawmakers visited the Ukraine border in March, an unexpected guest showed up on the trip: GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana (CNN). Spartz, the first Ukrainian-born member of the US Congress and an outspoken advocate for her home country, had expressed interest in joining the congressional delegation but wasn't invited to attend the trip, which consisted primarily of House Foreign Affairs Committee members, a panel where Spartz is not a member. So, she used her own funds to fly to the border of Ukraine in Poland and linked up with lawmakers once there to join in on some of their meetings, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. Her surprise appearance, the circumstances of which have not been previously reported, was initially viewed as a welcome addition -- albeit an unusual one -- as lawmakers sought to rally Western support for Ukraine amid Russia's bloody assault on the country that began a week earlier. But members who were part of the official trip told CNN that Spartz was "argumentative," "accusatory," and "unhelpful" during key meetings with NATO members, generals and government officials, sparking concern that her presence was doing more harm than good. "She crashed our CoDel. She was like a bull in a china shop," said one GOP lawmaker, who like other members for this story was granted anonymity to speak more freely about a colleague and due to the sensitive nature of the subject. "I don't know if it was pent-up frustration or she didn't feel like she was getting enough proper information, but she was just accusatory and rude."


DELEGATION PROPOSES WALORSKI CLINIC: The Indiana state delegation introduced a bill Sunday to name a clinic after late Indiana Representative Jacki Walorski. Wolorski, her communications director Emma Thomson and her district director Zach Potts died in a car accident on Wednesday (WANE-TV). The bipartisan resolution would name the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic in Mishawaka, Indiana the “Jackie Walorski VA Clinic.” Walorski served on the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for two terms. Along with the entire Indiana delegation, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Whip Steve Scalise, House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, Ranking Member Michael McCaul, and Rep. Ann Wagner joined this legislation as original cosponsors. Rep. Jim Banks said this about the bill: “I can think of a no more fitting tribute than to name a VA facility in Indiana’s 2nd district after my friend Rep. Jackie Walorski. Jackie fought tirelessly to serve veterans in her district and renaming this facility in her honor ensures Rep. Walorski’s legacy of public service will live on for a long time to come.”


SEN. SCOTT SAYS IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR GOP TO RETAKE SENATE: National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Rick Scott said on Sunday that it will be tough for GOP lawmakers to take back the Senate in the upcoming midterm elections. During an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” moderator Margaret Brennan asked the Republican senator from Florida if it will get harder for Republicans to take control of the House and Senate chambers in November, citing victories for Democrats such as lower gas prices, the Inflation Reduction Act advancing and the military strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri last week.


ANOTHER 912 FLIGHTS CANCELLED ON SUNDAY: Another wave of airline cancellations and delays is being felt across the United States on Sunday. According to the flight tracking website, FlightAware, there have been 912 flights canceled so far on Sunday (CNN). A total of 6,378 flights have been delayed across the United States. Chicago O'Hare saw the most cancellations and delays on Sunday, with approximately 12% of flights canceled, and over 40% of flights delayed.


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg has a huge problem in the massive number of flight delays. It is getting virtually impossible to book a flight and actually end up on your destination on time. - Brian A. Howey




TRUMP WINS CPAC POLL: At the Conservative Political Action Conference Texas on Saturday, former President Donald Trump overwhelmingly won an unofficial straw poll of attendees who were asked who they preferred as the Republican nominee for president in 2024 (CNN). "He's more popular than ever," said Jim McLaughlin, a pollster for Trump who conducted the straw poll. McLaughlin announced the results from the CPAC Texas main stage about two hours before Trump's scheduled appearance. Among the attendees who voted, 69% said they preferred Trump, with 24% saying they would prefer Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. When asked about who they would prefer if Trump did not run for president, 65% of respondents said they preferred DeSantis, while 8% said they would support Donald Trump Jr.


TRUMP OUTLINES PLANS FOR 2022 WIN: Former President Trump outlined steps for Republicans to take if they win back control of Congress in November during his speech Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (The Hill). Trump said the midterms need to be a “national referendum” on President Biden and Democratic control of Congress, and Republicans must ensure Democrats are dealt a “crippling” defeat. His speech at the convention in Dallas, Texas, concluded its third day. Trump pointed to candidates he backed in primaries like Tudor Dixon, the Republican nominee for governor of Michigan, and Kari Lake, who won the GOP nomination for governor of Arizona. He said GOP candidates should campaign on holding the Biden administration accountable and working to “shut down” the southern border, reduce crime and beat inflation. He said restoring “public safety” is the first job for the next Congress, and he knows the Republicans who are running are “not going to play games.”


REPUBLICANS SHRUG OFF KANSAS: Republicans are not yet sweating the idea of abortion issues swaying the midterm elections in favor of Democrats. But with Kansas voters decisively rejecting an anti-abortion ballot initiative, the room is getting warmer (The Hill). National GOP groups are brushing off the idea that the Kansas vote last week is a warning sign for November, confident that concerns about economic issues prevail as the driving force in the election. “The economic mess Democrats created by ignoring their own economists and saddling Americans with record-high prices is the number one issue in every competitive district,” National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Michael McAdams said in a statement when asked about implications of the Kansas measure.


MICHIGAN AG NOMINEE BREACHED VOTING SYSTEM: The Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general led a team that gained unauthorized access to voting equipment while hunting for evidence to support former President Donald Trump’s false election-fraud claims, according to a Reuters analysis of court filings and public records (Reuters). The analysis shows that people working with Matthew DePerno - the Trump-endorsed nominee for the state’s top law-enforcement post - examined a vote tabulator from Richfield Township, a conservative stronghold of 3,600 people in northern Michigan’s Roscommon County.




MONMOUTH FINDS DEMS LEAD GENERIC BALLOT BY 7%: A Monmouth University poll shows Democrats gaining ground on the generic congressional ballot — another sign that the party's fortunes may have improved over the last month (Axios). The poll finds Democrats with a 7-point lead on the generic ballot (50%-43%), up from a tie in the pollster's June survey. More Democrats (74%) said it was "very important" for them to vote than Republicans (69%) — a sign of increased Democratic engagement in the runup to the midterms. Despite party momentum, Biden himself still holds a dismal 38% approval rating, largely unchanged since the June survey. Only 33% of independents approve of his performance.




GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB SIGNS SB2 - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law Friday aimed at providing Hoosiers relief from inflation (Smith, WRTV). Senate Bill 2 will give Hoosier taxpayers a $200 refund and will allow Hoosiers who didn't file taxes to claim the credit on next year's taxes. The taxpayer refund was originally proposed by Holcomb in June. He wanted to give taxpayers a $225 refund using about $1 billion of the state's $6 billion reserves. The bill will also put $1 billion toward the state's teacher pension fund. Senate Bill 2 also caps the state's gas tax at $0.29 through the end of June 2023 and provides a sales tax exemption for children's diapers. The bill also creates the Hoosier Families First Fund with $45 million. This aims to provide social services for expecting mothers. “The exemplary teamwork and seriousness of purpose put into each element of SEA 2 is a testament to the elected leaders who helped shape it," Holcomb said in a statement. "I would like to thank Senator Travis Holdman, Chairman Doc Brown, and Representative Sharon Negele and the many other members from both sides of the aisle who contributed to the strength of the final product."


HEALTH: YOUTH DRINKING, SMOKING DECREASES - Youth cigarette, alcohol and marijuana use saw the lowest rates in 30 years, according to a new survey from Indiana University (WVPE). The 2022 Indiana Youth Survey is administered by Prevention Insights at the IU School of Public Health. More than 90,000 students across the state in sixth through 12th grades participated. Alcohol use among 12th graders in the past 30 days has dropped nearly 40 percentage points since 1991, the survey found. It also decreased over the past two years: 28.5 percent of high school seniors reported drinking in the 30 days prior to taking the survey in 2020 compared to 19.9 percent this year. Cigarette use among 11th graders saw a 37.3 percentage point decrease from a prevalence rate of 40.1 percent in 1996. And marijuana use among 10th graders decreased 16.5 percentage points from a high of 24.9 percent in 1996. High school seniors’ use of vaping products also decreased, from 23 percent in 2020 to 14.8 percent in 2022.


IDEM: INDY COMPANY ORDERED TO PAY $310K - An oil processing facility on the south side of Indianapolis will pay a $310,000 settlement after it allegedly violated the clean air act (WRTV). According to a press release from the U.S. Environmental Protecting Agency, Metalworking Lubricants Co. will pay the United States and the state of Indiana a $155,000 penalty each. A complaint by the EPA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management alleges the company emitted more than 25 tons of hazardous air pollutants per year.


ATTORNEY GENERAL: ROKITA OPPOSE BIRTH CERTIFICATE CHANGES - Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita is defending the practice of listing individuals’ biological sex on birth certificates. He says changing the sex years later on those certificates is wrong (WIBC). “The purpose of a birth certificate is obviously to establish a record of biological birth and certain relevant factual details of that occasion. To change the designated sex on a birth certificate at a later date is in effect falsifying that document,” said Rokita. The Indiana Supreme Court is reviewing whether the judicial branch has the authority to order changes in the designated sex on birth certificates. While Indiana General Assembly possesses the authority to pass a law permitting such changes, Rokita says the courts do not. In a brief written by Rokita, he brings up a case where a mother filed a petition with a court asking to change a 7-year-old child’s designated sex from male to female. Documents say the child has been treated as a girl since the age of 2. “We all should care about and sympathize with our fellow Hoosiers’ specific life experiences. By insisting on public policies that serve the greater good, we ultimately reinforce that principle rather than diminish it,” said Rokita.


PURDUE: CENTER NAMED AFTER FIRST BLACK PROF - Purdue honored the memory of Helen Bass Williams, the university’s first Black professor, by renaming the Academic Success Center she helped develop 50 years ago. Trustees signed off Friday on the Helen Bass Williams Academic Center, a spot in Wiley Hall the helps undergraduate students get counseling for study skills, online resources, practice test work and other things meant to increase student retention on the West Lafayette campus (Bangert, Based in Lafayette). Before coming to Purdue, Williams helped start Head Start programs and took part in freedom rides the help register Black residents of Mississippi, according to Purdue archives.


General Assembly


500 BUSINSSES OPPOSED SB1: Hundreds of businesses are standing up for abortion rights in Indiana (WISH-TV). “We fully support reproductive rights. It’s a woman’s choice what to do with her body,” the co-owner of Amelia’s, Charlie McIntosh, said. The Indianapolis bakery, Amelia’s, is one of more than 500 businesses in more than 50 cities listed in a letter that supports abortion access. The effort is led by the ACLU of Indiana. The letter says restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of employees and customers. “We try to make it known to our staff that we’re not okay with this,” McIntosh said.




YOUNG VOTES AGAINST INFLATION REDUCTION ACT: U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today voted against the Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spend bill, the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 50 to 50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie (Howey Politics Indiana). “With inflation at a forty-year high and our country in a recession, this bill is the absolute wrong approach to helping Hoosier families,” said Senator Young. “Despite its name, this legislation does nothing to address rising prices or high energy costs. Instead, the bill will raise taxes on nearly every income bracket, spend billions of dollars in Green New Deal waste, double the size of the IRS, and grow big government. This bill is bad for Indiana and won’t help bring relief to those struggling in this challenging economy.”


SENATE PASSES CLIMATE BILL: The Senate-passed climate bill, if approved unchanged by the House, has a plausible chance of slashing domestic emissions and resetting the dynamic in global climate talks (Axios). The bill would invest roughly $370 billion in renewables, electric vehicles, hydrogen, clean energy equipment manufacturing, home efficiency and other climate programs. Takeaways from Axios Generate co-authors Ben Geman and Andrew Freedman: U.S. emissions may fall a lot: Energy analysts who favor strong climate action say the plan should bring the U.S. within shouting distance of Biden's pledge under the Paris agreement — cutting domestic greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. The tenor of global climate talk could change: The likely enactment of legislation to back up America's commitments would boost U.S. credibility to convince other countries to take actions of their own.


REPUBLICANS STRIP INSULIN RELIEF FROM BILL: Republican lawmakers on Sunday successfully stripped a $35 price cap on the cost of insulin for many patients from the ambitious legislative package Democrats are moving through Congress this weekend, invoking arcane Senate rules to jettison the measure (Washington Post). The insulin cap is a long-running ambition of Democrats, who want it to apply to patients on Medicare and private insurance. Republicans left the portion that applies to Medicare patients untouched but stripped the insulin cap for other patients. Bipartisan talks on a broader insulin pricing bill faltered earlier this year.


PRYOR NOMINATION ADVANCES IN SENATE: Southern Indiana District Court Magistrate Judge Doris Pryor’s nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has advanced to the full U.S. Senate after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in her favor Thursday morning, with two Republicans breaking from their party despite the ranking member announcing his opposition to her confirmation (Indiana Lawyer). Pryor, the national security chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana before joining the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, was tapped by the Biden administration to fill the vacancy created on the 7th Circuit by the impending retirement of Judge David Hamilton. If she is confirmed, Pryor will be the first Black woman from Indiana to serve on the Chicago-based appellate court. Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, summarized Pryor’s professional career and highlighted the qualities she would bring to the circuit court. “She’s demonstrated a capacity for even-handed decision making,” Durbin said. “This is an exceptional nomination.”


YOUNG, BRAUN HONOR WALORSKI WITH SENATE RESOLUTION: the U.S. Senate unanimously cosponsored and passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of Rep.Jackie Walorski, who served Hoosiers in the U.S. House of Representatives for the last 10 years. Rep. Walorski tragically passed away in a car accident on August 3, 2022 (Howey Politics Indiana). “Jackie and I came to Congress at roughly the same time. I will never forget when she arrived here at the U.S. Capitol. Jackie knew that she belonged here. Jackie understood that this was her calling. She didn’t need people to tell her she belonged… Jackie’s last breath was spent in service. In service to her constituents, to her God, to the great state of Indiana, to her country, to her calling. She loved and was faithful to them all, to the great benefit of Indiana and America… Let that be her legacy,” said Senator Young. Young also paid tribute to the other victims of the tragic accident, Edith Schmucker, Zachery Potts, and Emma Thomson. “We grieve them all, and we pray for their family and friends. This is, of course, a profoundly difficult time for those of us who knew one or more of these Hoosiers. We commit to do whatever it is in our power to comfort their loved ones in the difficult days ahead,” said Senator Young.






WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN FEELING BETTER - President Joe Biden left the White House for Rehoboth beach on Sunday morning after being released from covid isolation. He has tested negative for the second day in a row and his doctor cleared him for public engagement and presidential travel (Daily Mail). He arrived at the Delaware shore a short time later, where he'll be reunited with Jill Biden. He last saw the first lady on July 20th. 'I'm feeling good,' he told reporters at the White House upon departure. He smiled and waved as he headed to Marine One.  The president left town as the Senate was still in session, debating the Inflation Reduction Act, a package of climate and health programs that Biden supports. The chamber is engaged in what's called a vote-a-rama, a series of votes on proposed amendments to the legislation, that is expected to wrap up sometime on Sunday. 'I think it's gonna pass,' Biden told reporters of the bill as he left the White House.


WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule - 8:30 a.m.: The Bidens will depart Rehoboth Beach, Del., for Kentucky, arriving in Chavies at 11:45 a.m. 12:30 p.m.: Biden will take part in a briefing on the area’s flooding response at Marie Roberts Elementary School in Lost Creek. 2 p.m.: The Bidens will visit with affected families and see the response in eastern Kentucky, and Biden will make remarks. 3:25 p.m.: The Bidens will depart Chavies and make their way back to the White House by 5:50 p.m. Tuesday: President Joe Biden signs the CHIPS and Science Act into law. Wednesday: Biden signs the PACT Act (the toxic burn pits bill) into law, and departs to Kiawah Island, S.C. July inflation numbers are released.  Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will gaggle on Air Force One on the way to Kentucky. VP Harris: — The VP will meet with university/college presidents to talk reproductive health care access at 3:15 p.m.


PENTAGON: CHINA CONTINUES TAIWAN EXERCISES - China's military announced fresh military drills on Monday in the seas and airspace around Taiwan - a day after the scheduled end of its largest ever exercises to protest against last week's visit to Taipei by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Reuters). China's Eastern Theatre Command said it would conduct joint drills focusing on anti-submarine and sea assault operations - confirming the fears of some security analysts and diplomats that Beijing would continue to maintain pressure on Taiwan's defences. Taiwan's foreign ministry condemned the move, saying China was deliberately creating crises. It demanded Beijing stop its military actions and "pull back from the edge".


OHIO: 9 WOUNDED IN SHOOTING AT CINCY BAR -  At least nine people were wounded — none critically — in a shooting outside a Cincinnati bar early Sunday, police said (AP). The shooting took place shortly after 1:30 a.m. outside Mr. Pitiful’s bar in the Ohio city’s Over-the-Rhine district, a popular nightlife area. Most of the victims suffered wounds to their lower halves, Lt. Col. Mike John of the Cincinnati police told reporters. John said during a Sunday news conference that eight men and one woman ranging in age from 23 to 47 were wounded. All nine people treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center had been released, hospital spokesperson Heather Chura told The (Cincinnati) Enquirer.


MLB: SOX DOWN RANGERS 8-2 - Andrew Vaughn had a two-run home run among his three hits, Luis Robert hit a two-run double, and AJ Pollock had two doubles in a three-hit game as the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Sunday to split a four-game series (ESPN). Leury Garcia had three hits and scored twice and Jose Abreu had three singles as the White Sox broke out offensively. They had 15 hits, five for extra bases, after being limited to four runs and 13 hits in the previous three games. The White Sox pulled within two games of first-place Minnesota in the AL Central and remained three games behind in the wild-card race.


MLB: REDS DOWN BREWERS 4-2 -  Donovan Solano had a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Sunday (ESPN). Solano, who also had an RBI double in the eight, had an RBI flyball in the 10th off Devin Williams (2-2) as the Reds won for the eighth time in 10 games.


MLB: MIAMI BLANKS CUBS 3-0 - Jesús Luzardo allowed one hit over seven innings for his first win since April, and Jacob Stallings and Peyton Burdick hit back-to-back home runs as the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep (ESPN). Yan Gomes singled with two outs in the fifth off Luzardo (3-4). Nick Madrigal's leadoff single in the ninth against Tanner Scott was Chicago's only other hit. Scott then got a groundout and two strikeouts for his 15th save.


Sunday Talk


HALEY SAYS WINNING IN 2022 ESSENTIAL: Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley dodged questions about whether former President Trump should run again in 2024, emphasizing the importance of this year’s midterms. “We should not take our eyes off of 2022. If we don’t win in 2022, there won’t be a 2024. So we need to stay humble, disciplined, and win that,” Haley said on Fox News Sunday with anchor Mike Emanuel. Pressed over whether Trump should run again in 2024 despite mounting evidence against him from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Haley said the former president “will decide for himself if he wants to run again.”  She also dismissed the “biased committee,” which is composed of Democrats and two Republican members appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).


MEIJER SAYS PELOSI WANTS TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE: Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), who lost his primary election last week, said on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her Democratic colleagues are hoping that former President Trump announces another run for president in 2024 ahead of this year’s midterm elections because they think it’ll deflect from President Biden’s poor approval ratings. During an appearance on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” moderator Margaret Brennan played Meijer a clip from Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) latest campaign commercial where her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, referred to Trump as a “threat to our republic” and a “coward.” In response, Meijer told Brennan that Trump’s continuing influence on the party is due to “the extremes on the right, and the establishment left.”


CARDIN SAYS RECONCILIATION NOT RIGHT WAY TO GO: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on Sunday said he supports using the budget reconciliation process to bypass a Senate filibuster for the Inflation Reduction Act, but said using the process for bill after bill is “not the right way to do it,” calling for more bipartisan unity on key legislation. Cardin told “Fox News Sunday” anchor Mike Emanuel “it would be much better if we could have a process where we work together and have the richness of every member participating in the process.” “Let me say this: doing all these bills by reconciliation is not the right way to do it. The Republicans did it in 2017 on the tax bill,” Cardin said. “We are obligated to use this process because we can’t get Republicans to work with us on fundamental issues, such as energy, climate and health care costs.”


COONS SIDESTEPS BIDEN IN '24 QUESTION: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on Sunday sidestepped questions about whether he is encouraging President Biden to run for a second term in 2024. “I’m hopeful that President Biden will run again. If he does, I’ll certainly support him,” Coons, a close Biden ally, told ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos. But when pressed about whether he would encourage the president to run again, Coons said, “I’m encouraging him to focus on what’s right in front of us.”  “What I know President Biden stays up at night worrying about, which is American families,” he added.


MALONEY KNOCKS KINZINGER ON DCCC: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Sunday defended the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) after the group that he chairs took out an ad aimed at splitting Republican support between a moderate GOP incumbent and a far-right House challenger in a Michigan race. “It’s flat wrong to say that we were promoting an election denier. We were attacking an election denier,” Maloney said on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.”


GRAHAM URGES TRUMP NOT TO FOCUS ON 2020: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said former President Trump should “focus on problems Americans are living with” instead of continuing to rail against the 2020 election, which Trump claims without evidence was stolen from him. Graham told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” that he supports election integrity policies but reiterated that voters are tired of hearing about the last presidential election. “If he runs for president, talking about 2020 is not what people want to hear. He likes hearing it, but people want to hear about how you can secure a broken border, how you can stop rampant crime,” the senator said. “That’s what people want to hear. … I’m telling [former] President Trump if you want to be president in 2024, focus on the problems Americans are living with.”


GRAHAM SAYS DEM BILL 'WILL MAKE THINGS WORSE': Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that he will not support the Democrats’ landmark climate, tax, and health legislation, adding that the bill will “make everything worse.” During an joint appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” alongside fellow lawmaker Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Graham told moderator Dana Bash that he’s not going to vote for the Inflation Reduction Act, saying that it will not help address the ongoing inflation problem in the country. “This is gonna make everything worse. I voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, voted for gun legislation,” Graham told Bash. “I’m not gonna vote for this.”


GOTTLIEB SAYS U.S. NEEDS TO 'CATCH UP' ON MONKEYPOX: Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Sunday said that the Biden administration “can still catch up” and control the monkeypox outbreak in the U.S. with ramped-up testing. “I think they can still catch up. I think there’s a potential to get this back in the box. But it’s going to be very difficult at this point,” Gottlieb told CBS “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan.


ABRAMS WILL BACK BIDEN IN '24: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Sunday said she will support President Biden if he decides to run for reelection in 2024 amid growing calls among Democrats for Biden to rethink seeking another term. “If he chooses to run again, I’m there to support him,” Abrams, who is running for governor in Georgia, told CNN’s “State of the Union” co-host Dana Bash. “I absolutely support him.”


BLUMENTHAL FOCUSED ON REELECTION: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said on Sunday that November’s midterm elections will determine how successful President Biden will be as a candidate in 2024.  During a joint appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” alongside Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), moderator Dana Bash asked Blumenthal if Biden is the best candidate for the Democrats in 2024. “I’m gonna be very blunt and very honest with you,” Blumenthal replied to Bash. “My focus is totally on this November because I am running for reelection.”




SOUTH BEND: MAYOR RESPONDS TO KITTRELL SHOOTING — Community activists will host a vigil Monday night and make demands upon city leaders as they mourn the death of 51-year-old Dante Kittrell, a Black man whom police shot and killed Friday afternoon after he had been threatening suicide while apparently holding a gun (Smith, South Bend Tribune). Near Coquillard Elementary School on South Bend's northwest side, where the killing occurred, the group Faith in Indiana will be joined by Black activist organizations at 5:30 p.m. to call for the release of all body-cam footage and dispatch recordings related to the incident. The Tribune has filed public records requests for both items. "I share the shock of the community following Friday's tragic loss of Dante Kittrell," said South Bend Mayor James Mueller, who oversees SBPD, in an interview with The Tribune. "My heart goes out to the Kittrell family and the community as we mourn the loss of a loved one, as well as to the first responders to this incident and their families.”


INDIANAPOLIS: HOGSETT DISCUSSES COMING 2023 BUDGET — Emerging from the financial instability of the COVID-19 pandemic into the uncertainty of a potential recession, the proposed 2023 municipal budget for the City of Indianapolis will top out at approximately $1.4 billion, up $100 million from this year’s budget (CBS4). Mayor Joe Hogsett’s spending plan for next year will be introduced to the City-County Council Monday night. “There will be a significant infrastructure portion, increase in infrastructure funding, as well as the additional public safety funding,” the mayor said in an exclusive budget preview interview Sunday afternoon. “For the sixth consecutive year, it will be fully balanced, it will be fully funded and we might even ask the council to consider some tax relief.”