McCORMICK HASN'T RENOUNCED GOP: Monday’s announcement that Supt. Jennifer McCormick will join Sen. Eddie Melton on a gubernatorial exploration town hall tour in July and August was a jaw-dropper (Howey Politics Indiana). Is this the first bipartisan gubernatorial ticket taking shape right before our eyes?  Indiana Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer believes that. "Today's announcement seems to confirm the rumors of the last few weeks, that Jennifer McCormick is auditioning for a new job ... as the lieutenant governor nominee on the Democrat ticket in 2020. It begs the question whether Jennifer McCormick is still a Republican? I'm sure someone will ask her that soon." HPI did, and DOE spokesman Adam Baker said, “It’s a little premature to talk about a ticket or an endorsement. None of that has happened. She hasn’t even endorsed Sen. Melton. She has endorsed education. Sen. Melton reached out, to say, 'Hey, I’m going on a listening tour.'” McCormick will join only a handful of the dozen Melton events. Is she still a Republican? Baker responded, “She hasn’t said otherwise.” Is she open to a Melton/McCormick ticket? “That’s premature,” Baker said. “That’s not even in the discussion.”

HARRIS ALMOST TIES BIDEN IN QUINNIPIAC POLL; PETE AT 4%: Former Vice President Joseph Biden hits his lowest number yet in the Democratic primary race with 22 percent of the vote among Democrats and Democratic leaners, virtually tied with California Sen. Kamala Harris who has 20% of the vote . Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren follows at 14%, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is at 13%, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gets 4%, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Tuesday. Buttigieg polled 0% among black voters. No other candidate tops 3%.  This compares to a June 11, 2019 Quinnipiac University Poll which had Biden at 30%, Sanders getting 19%, Warren with 15%, Buttigieg at 8%, and Harris with 7%. In today's poll, Biden has a numerical lead among men with 22 percent, followed by Sanders at 19 percent and Harris with 14 percent. But among women, Harris has a slight edge with 24 percent to Biden's 22 percent. The race is similarly close for white Democratic voters, with Biden at 21 percent, and both Harris and Warren at 20 percent. Harris also essentially catches Biden among black Democratic voters, a historically strong voting bloc for Biden, with Biden at 31% and Harris at 27%. "Round 1 of the Democratic debates puts Senator Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden on two different trajectories, as support for Harris surges but continues to slip for Biden. Biden's once commanding lead has evaporated. There are other red flags for him in areas where he still leads, including double digit drops among Democrats and Democratic leaners who view him as the best leader, or as the best candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow.

BUTTIGIEG MAKES PUSH TO JACKSON'S RAINBOW CONFERENCE: Mayor Pete Buttigieg called for national solutions to racial disparities, as he faced criticism for his police department's recent shooting of a black man and questions about his responsiveness to the African American community in South Bend, Ind. (Wall Street Journal).  “This is an American problem and it requires nationwide American solutions,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the Rainbow/PUSH conference in Chicago on Tuesday. “Events compel me to acknowledge that whatever we’ve done has not been nearly enough,” Mr. Buttigieg said. “As long as a traffic stop is a completely different experience for a black driver than it is for a white driver, we know we have not done nearly enough.” As his city addresses the strains the shooting has spotlighted, Mr. Buttigieg said his police department will need to make structural changes. Mr. Buttigieg also called for the creation of a federal fund that would “co-invest in entrepreneurs of color, particularly in low-income communities,” as well as awarding 25% of federal contracts to minority- and women-owned firms. In a CNN poll released Monday and in a Quinnipiac Poll on Tuesday, Mr. Buttigieg register ed virtually no support among non-white voters. Asked about that showing, he said he simply needs more time on the campaign trail. “There’s a lot of voters I need to get to know and who need to get to know me,” he told reporters. “When you are new on the scene, and you are not from a community of color, you’ve got to work much harder in order to earn that trust.”

REV. JACKSON GIVES HIGH MARKS FOR BUTTIGIEG RESPONSE: Rev. Jesse Jackson gave Mayor Buttigieg high marks for how he’s dealt with the Logan shooting and its aftermath (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). “He’s handled an awkward situation well by being transparent,” Jackson said. “But I think the media, with all due respect, has reduced it to a breaking news snapshot and missed the bigger picture. If you have size 10 feet and wear a size 8 shoe, you’re going to get corns because there are structural abnormalities. It’s a teachable moment for all of us.” Jackson traced the poverty and violence in South Bend’s predominantly black neighborhoods to systemic racism that took root long before Buttigieg was born. “Real estate agents sent them to that side of town,” Jackson said of blacks. “Banks targeted people there and did subprime lending, came and ripped them off. Banks redlined.” In a prior interview with The Tribune, Jackson called for Indiana to reconsider its law prohibiting cities from requiring police officers to live in a municipality. Only 17% of South Bend officers live in the city.

HPI ON HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: This will be the last HPI Daily Wire until next Monday, when we resume our normal schedule. The HPI website will be updated throughout the holidays. Have a great and safe holiday, folks, and thanks for reading.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN POSTS MASSIVE $105M: President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $105 million in the second quarter of 2019, the RNC announced Tuesday (Politico). That number, first reported by The New York Times, eclipses the roughly $85 million in contributions then-President Barack Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised during the same period in 2011 as he sought a second White House term. "Our massive fundraising success is a testament to the overwhelming support for President Trump,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign manager, said in a statement. "No Democrat candidate can match this level of enthusiasm or President Trump’s outstanding record of results."

PENCE ABRUPTLY RETURNS TO WASHINGTON: The White House says there is "no cause for alarm" after Vice President Mike Pence's plane was recalled to Washington, D.C. in mid-flight Tuesday morning (WIBC). Pence was headed for New Hampshire for a speech on opioid abuse. The event has been canceled. Alyssa Farah, Press Secretary for Vice President Pence, said on Twitter: "Something came up that required the @VP to remain in Washington, DC. It’s no cause for alarm. He looks forward to rescheduling the trip to New Hampshire very soon." The White House said in a statement: "This is not health-related for the VP or President; nothing related to national security."

TAYLOR U. PRESIDENT APOLOGIZED FOR PENCE INVITE: Taylor University President Paul Haines resigned last week following controversy over his decision to invite Vice President Mike Pence to speak on the Christian campus located in Indiana (Breitbart News). Dozens of students walked out during Mike Pence’s commencement address at Taylor University and 6,000 Taylor University community members signed a petition calling on administrators to revoke Pence’s invitation to campus. “Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration’s policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear,” the petition read. Last week, Taylor University President Paul Haines stepped down from his role after intense criticism of his decision to invite Pence to campus. The College Fix highlighted Haines’ resignation in a report this week that noted that Haines apologized to the Taylor University community for his decision to invite Pence to campus. “I didn’t really foresee the depth of pain and things that would come out of (inviting Pence), and I feel very badly about that, and I ask your forgiveness for that,” Haines said in his apology. A university spokesperson claims that Haines decision to step down was not related to the controversy surrounding his decision to invite Pence to give the commencement address.

ASIAN CARP NEAR INDIANA WATERS: Invasive black carp are getting close to Indiana waters, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday (Howey Politics Indiana). In June, two black carp were captured in the Ohio River about 10 miles downstream of the Indiana state line. Black carp are native to eastern Asia and were brought to the United States during the 1970-80s. They have since escaped captivity and have been moving throughout the Mississippi River basin. Black carp feed on mollusks and pose a serious threat to Indiana’s mussel populations. Many of the mussel species native to Indiana are already listed as species of special concern or endangered due to pollution and changes in river habitat. For more information about the important role mussels play in the state’s rivers, visit If you have caught a suspected black carp, follow the keep, cool, call procedure: Keep the fish and make note of its location. Cool the fish on ice once you have killed it. Call the DNR at 1-866-663-9684 to report the fish.

HOOSIER FARMERS FACE TOUGH 2 YEARS: Indiana  farmers still don't have all their crops in the ground. That could damage farm income not just this year, but next year (Berman, WIBC). There's been so much rain that farmers in the northern two-thirds of Indiana couldn't get their planting done. Purdue agricultural economist Chris Hurt says a million acres of corn and soybean fields are still unplanted, a month and a half after planting should have been complete. That's 8% of Indiana's total acreage for those crops. Hurt says it's too late now to plant corn -- the first frost of autumn would kill it before it has time to mature. He says soybean farmers could still plant for the next week, and hope for more favorable weather the rest of the year, especially a late-arriving frost.  But the late start will mean lower yields. Hurt estimates soybean production will be down 15-to-20%, with corn off 20-to-30%. And Hurt says the damage is likely to carry over to next year. Fields which go unplanted and untilled for the year may see less productive soil in 2020 as a result.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Lee Iacocca created the Ford Mustang and the Chrysler minivan. He led the effort to renovate the Statue of Liberty, which his parents passed via ship when they immigrated to the United States. As we celebrate the Fourth of July over the next few days, it is the late Iacocca's legacy which should give us pause to reinforce the notion of what a great nation we are.- Brian A. Howey


MAYOR DENNIS UPSET BY GOP SLATING COUNCIL CANDIDATES: In a bit of a twist last week, the person least happy about Republican reinforcements being slated as last-minute candidates for West Lafayette City Council on the November ballot was the city’s Republican mayor (Bangert, Lafayette Journal & Courier). “Let’s just say I was caught off guard,” Mayor John Dennis said. Dennis hadn’t made it a secret in the past four years that he liked the makeup of a city council that included four Republicans and five Democrats but has tended to blur traditional partisan lines at a time when the focus has been on a historic run of development in the city. “You’ve heard me say, if I could wave a magic wand and keep this council together, I would,” Dennis said. “We’re at a place over here where being an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ didn’t really matter. Getting things done did. … My party knew I felt that way. So, I’m frustrated, to say the least.”

Presidential 2020

BIDEN LEADS IN POST/ABC POLL: Former vice president Joe Biden leads his Democratic rivals in the campaign to win the party’s presidential nomination, continuing to show broad support despite coming under sharp attack from Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and others in last week’s debate in Miami, according to a Washington Post-ABC News survey. Democrats judge Harris as the standout performer among the 20 candidates who debated over two nights, but she ranks behind Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in preferences for a nominee to challenge President Trump in the 2020 general election.When asked to identify their preferred candidate, without being prompted with a list of names, Biden is cited by 21 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, a gain of eight points since late April. Sanders runs second at 13 percent, up four points since April. Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) are tied at 7 percent, both up three points. Among the others, only South Bend, Ind., Mayor Buttigieg, named by 3 percent, gets above 1 percent in this ranking. Meanwhile, 41 percent of Democrats did not volunteer a preferred candidate, down from 54 percent in April.

SANDERS POSTS $18M; BENNET $2.8M: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet raised $2.8 million for his presidential campaign in the second quarter, adding another $700,000 from his Senate committee to bolster his 2020 run (Politico). The $3.5 million total puts Bennet far behind two front-runners who have already announced their second-quarter fundraising. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $24.8 million from April through June, his campaign said, while Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) campaign brought in $18 million, plus a sizable $6 million transfer from Sanders' past campaign committees.

TRUMP PLANS MAGA RALLY ON NIGHT OF MUELLER TESTIMONY: President Trump is planning to stage a campaign rally in the battleground state of North Carolina on the same day this month that former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is scheduled to deliver highly anticipated public testimony to Congress (Washington Post). Trump’s campaign announced Tuesday night that he would return to Greenville, N.C., on July 17, offering some counterprogramming to Mueller’s testimony earlier in the day before the Democratic-led House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

NRA MELTDOWN WORRIES TRUMP CAMPAIGN, SEN. YOUNG: The [NRA] aired an avalanche of TV ads and pushed its five million-plus members to the polls for Donald Trump in 2016, propelling him in the Rust Belt states that delivered him the presidency. Now, the gun rights group is in total meltdown — and senior Republicans and Trump 2020 officials are alarmed (Politico). In recent weeks, the NRA has seen everything from a failed coup attempt to the departure of its longtime political architect to embarrassing tales of self-dealing by top leaders. The turmoil is fueling fears that the organization will be profoundly diminished heading into the election, leaving the Republican Party with a gaping hole in its political machinery. With the Chamber of Commerce and Koch political network withdrawing from their once-dominant role in electing conservatives, Republicans worry that three organizations that have long formed the core of their electoral infrastructure will be effectively on the sidelines. The predicament has so troubled some Republicans that they are calling on the famously secretive NRA to address its 2020 plans. Within the past week, senators have privately expressed concerns about the group to [NRSC] Chairman Todd Young (R-Ind.).


CARSON SEEKS REDUCED RECIDIVISM: The Department of Labor has awarded a grant to a local organization that will help expand employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated people in the Indianapolis community (Howey Politics Indiana). It was announced that, beginning July 1, 2019, the agency will provide a $1.5 million Reentry Projects (RP-3) Grant to RecycleForce, an electronics recycling organization that offers employment and workforce training opportunities for returning citizens who are transitioning back into society. In April, Rep. Carson wrote a letter to officials at the Department of Labor in support of the proposed grant. “I am incredibly pleased that RecycleForce has been awarded this vital grant to expand its efforts to offer a new beginning for returning citizens in our community, and I’m honored to have helped secure this funding” Rep. Carson said. “Statistics show that more than 65% of formerly incarcerated people who return to prison in Marion County do so because of technical violations, like the inability to find a job. With this grant, RecycleForce can help even more members of our community avoid the prison pipeline and reach a brighter future.”

BAIRD DONATES BOOKS: U.S. Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN-04) donated books from the Library of Congress’s Surplus Books Program to the Boys and Girls Club of Clinton County in Frankfort (Howey Politics Indiana). The Surplus Books Program allows Members of Congress to donate excess books not needed for the Library’s own use to eligible organizations in their districts. “It is a privilege to donate these books to the Boys and Girls Club in Frankfort,” said Baird. “I’m proud to partner with the Library of Congress as we work to build out collections and libraries by expanding access to literature in our 4th District communities.”

YOUNG LAUDS AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE:  U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) released the following statement and video in advance of Independence Day on July 4 (Howey Politics Indiana): “This Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation and all the men and women who make it great. For 243 years, Americans have worked to build a home where freedom can be enjoyed by all. To the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice, to make this dream a reality, we are forever grateful. To the generations who will carry America into the future, we are forever hopeful. Today we celebrate not only how far we have come, but also how far we will go. We are blessed to live in this country and I am thankful for those who keep it secure. Have a safe, happy and patriotic Independence Day,” said Senator Young.


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB APPOINTMENTS - Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced several new appointments and reappointments to various state boards, commissions, and task forces.

Board of Registration for Soil Scientists: The Governor made four new appointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023: Robert Jones (Carlisle), project manager with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Jessique Haeft (Huntington), assistant professor of natural resources at Ball State University

Rebecca Langford-Willis (Evansville), owner of Rebecca Langford LLC; Linda Mauller (South Bend), former environmental director with the St. Joseph County Health Department. The Governor also made one reappointment to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023: Thomas Eickholtz (Kendallville), soil consultant with Eickholtz, Inc.

Environmental Rules Board: The Governor made one new appointment to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023: Michael Schuler (Sellersburg), president of Schuler Homes, Inc.

Indiana Election Commission: The Governor made one new appointment to the commission, who will serve until July 1, 2021 and will also serve as chair of the commission: Paul Okeson, executive vice president of Garmong Construction Services. The Governor also made one reappointment to the commission, who will serve until July 1, 2021 and will also serve as vice-chair of the commission: S. Anthony Long (Boonville), founding attorney of Long & Mathies Law Firm.

Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority Board of Directors: The Governor made one new appointment to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2022: G. Michael Schopmeyer (Evansville), partner with Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP.

Indiana Public Retirement System Board of Trustees: The governor made two reappointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023: The Honorable Tera Klutz, Auditor of the State of Indiana; The Honorable Kelly Mitchell, Treasurer of the State of Indiana.

Indiana State Board of Education: The governor made three new appointments to the board: William Durham (Indianapolis), director of The Excel Center-Meadows, will join the board and will serve until June 30, 2021. Pete Miller (Avon), director of business intelligence for IU Health Revenue Cycle Services, will join the board and will serve until June 30, 2023. Kristin Rentschler (Columbia City), teacher at Columbia City High School, will join the board and will serve until June 30, 2023

Land Resources Council: The Governor made one new appointment to the council, who will serve until June 30, 2023: The Honorable Tom DeBaun, Mayor of Shelbyville.

Nonemergency Medical Transportation Commission: The Governor made twelve appointments to the new commission, who will serve terms staggered as follows: Serving until June 30, 2021: Lorraine Bigsbee (Indianapolis), representing fee-for-service recipients; Sarah Chestnut (Indianapolis), director of public policy and technical assistance with the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF); Dr. Michael Kaufmann (Brownsburg), EMS Medical Director for the State of Indiana; Gary Miller (Highland), former owner of PROMPT Medical Transportation; Andrew VanZee (Indianapolis), vice president of operational improvement and technology at the Indiana Hospital Association; Rob Zachrich (Atlanta, GA), COO of Southeastrans Serving until June 30, 2022: Kim Dodson (Westfield), executive director of The Arc of Indiana; James Fry (Clay City), CEO of Steadfast Transportation, LLC; Sherri Hampton (Morgantown), vice president of field accounting with American Senior Communities; Kristen LaEace (Indianapolis), CEO of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Amanda McClure (Carmel), Indiana regional lead social worker with Fresenius Kidney Care

Serving until June 30, 2023: Dr. Jennifer Walthall, director of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. The Governor has also designated Dr. Walthall as chair of the commission.

Probate Code Study Commission: The Governor made nine appointments to the new commission, who will serve until June 30, 2021: James Carlberg (Carmel), partner with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; The Honorable J. Terrence Cody (New Albany), judge of the Floyd Circuit Court; Barry Cushman (Notre Dame), John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School; Donald Hopper (Indianapolis), partner with Harrison & Moberly, LLP; Jeffrey Kolb (Vincennes), senior partner with Kolb Roellgen & Kirchoff LLP; James Martin (Merrillville), attorney with Martin & Martin; Sara Shade (Muncie), attorney with Beasley & Gilkison, LLP; Kip White (Covington), attorney with Fountain Trust Company; Cindy Wolfer (Fort Wayne), associate with Rothberg Logan & Warsco.

School Accountability Panel: The Governor made two appointments to the new panel, who will serve until Dec. 31, 2021: Jody French (Leopold), principal of Perry Central Jr./Sr. High School; B.J. Watts (Evansville), teacher and coach with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission: The Governor made seven appointments to the new commission, who will serve until June 30, 2021: Keira Amstutz (Indianapolis), president & CEO of Indiana Humanities; Elaine Bedel (Indianapolis), president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Kathy Cabello (Indianapolis), owner of Cabello Associates; Joyce Rogers (Indianapolis), vice president for development and external relations for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University; Danielle Shockey (Carmel), CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana; Judy Singleton (Indianapolis), co-founder of Singleton Associates, LLC; Rose Wernicke (Indianapolis), president of the Indianapolis Propylaeum. The Governor also designated Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch to serve as chair of the commission.

GOVERNOR: CROUCH TO LEAD MEXICO TRIP -  Indiana's Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will be part of a delegation of agriculture and tourism leaders heading to Mexico to develop economic partnerships and strengthen agricultural ties (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). Crouch is leading the trip in collaboration with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The delegation leaves Sunday and returns July 11. They'll also use the trip to showcase Indiana as a tourism destination. An agricultural delegation will spend most of its time in Mexico City, working to strengthen ties and develop new markets for Indiana's agricultural products. Also in Mexico City, a tourism delegation will be working to develop relationships with key travel and tourism stakeholders. For the state delegation, trip costs are being paid for through private donations.

IURC: DUKE SEEKS RATE INCREASE - Duke Energy has filed a request to increase rates with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The proposed new rates will be used to cover a range of upgrades, improvements and innovations, such as generating cleaner electricity, improving the reliability of our electric service, and making investments to serve a growing customer base (Howey Politics Indiana).  The filing will be accessible soon on the commission’s website at The Duke request is for an overall average rate increase of approximately 15% averaged across all customer groups. If approved, the increase will be added to bills in two steps, approximately 13% in 2020 and 2% in 2021. The increase will vary among consumers, depending on the cost to serve different types of customers. If approved by the commission, the company’s average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month can expect a monthly bill increase of approximately $23, or approximately 77 cents per day.

DNR: FEDS RECOGNIZE FLOOD WARNING SYSTEM - The DNR Division of Water’s use of technology to communicate flood risks to Hoosiers has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Cooperating Technical Partners program (CTP) (Howey Politics Indiana). The Division of Water received honorable mention “for outstanding achievement in developing CTP Communications and Outreach and Program Management activities.” According to the CTP Newsletter, “Indiana DNR used funding and partnerships to merge the National Flood Hazard Layer to create the Indiana Best Available Floodplain Layer (BAFL).” The BAFL includes more than 18,000 stream miles of updated floodplain information that is useful for planning and better understanding potential flood risk. In 2016, the CTP launched the CTP Recognition Program to recognize top performing Cooperating Technical Partners that clearly demonstrate best practices, and who help communities get involved in mitigation action.

HEALTH: RIGHT TO LIFE SAYS ABORTIONS INCREASE - Indiana Right to Life reviewed new abortion data for 2018 released by the Indiana State Department of Health. In 2018 there were 8,037 abortions compared to 7,778 in 2017 (Howey Politics Indiana). For the second consecutive year, the Indiana abortion rate increased. Pro-life leaders expected the increase because a 2016 ultrasound law, which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, remains blocked by an activist judge. According to the new data, 65 percent of the abortion numbers increase is attributed to non-Indiana residents, likely a direct result of the ultrasound law blockage. The majority of these abortions are assumed to be a referral from Planned Parenthood in Louisville, Kentucky, to Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

EDUCATION: IU KELLEY SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW INSTITUTE - The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University has announced its new Institute for Entrepreneurship and Competitive Enterprise within the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (McLaughlin, Inside Indiana Business). IU says funding for the institute’s launch came from a nearly $6 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation. The Johnson Center has recieved more than $19 million in donations from what it calls a large range of benefactors who support the center's mission and goals. The school says the institute will enhance the research and teaching mission of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on the Bloomington campus. "We are extremely excited about launching the institute and are confident that it will enhance the academic mission in entrepreneurship for the Kelley School of Business. In addition, the development of the institute will ensure that the powerful entrepreneurship research mission that our faculty pursues will continue for years to come," said Donald Kuratko, Johnson Center executive and academic director and the Kelley School's Jack M. Gill Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship.

EDUCATION: PURDUE FORT WAYNE HOUSING RATES SET - The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved amended housing rates and room configurations for its Fort Wayne campus. The plan aims to provide up to 64 more beds and lower the per-student cost from $8,300 to $5,420 for the 2019-2020 academic year (Inside Indiana Business). The university says current two-bedroom, two-bathroom deluxe units will be adapted to house four students. The university housing is currently at capacity, and if more beds are needed, standard two-bedroom units can also be reconfigured to create nearly 144 beds and lower the per-student cost for those units to $4,316 for the academic year.

MEDIA: WFYI ENDS KRULL'S 'NO LIMITS' - Host John Krull announced on the air Tuesday that the twice-weekly radio show will end on July 11 (IBJ). That makes way for a new program, "All In," that will be hosted by WFYI's Matt Pelsor.


WHITE HOUSE: $2.5M IN PARK FUNDS DIVERTED FOR TRUMP'S PARADE - The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country to cover costs associated with President Trump’s Independence Day celebration Thursday on the Mall, according to two individuals familiar with the arrangement (Washington Post). Trump administration officials have consistently refused to say how much taxpayers will have to pay for the expanded celebration on the Mall this year, which the president has dubbed the “Salute to America.” The two individuals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, confirmed the transfer of the Park Service funds Tuesday.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP DROPS CENSUS QUESTION ISSUE - The Trump administration has dropped plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the Justice Department said Tuesday, just days after the Supreme Court described the rationale for the question as “contrived” (Washington Post). The decision was made after officials determined that there would not be enough time to continue the legal battle and meet the printing deadlines for the census questionnaire, according to people familiar with the matter. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement Tuesday that “I respect the Supreme Court but strongly disagree with its ruling regarding my decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census.”

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP NOMINATES 2 FOR FED - President Trump plans to nominate economists Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller to fill two board vacancies at the Federal Reserve, after months of pressing the central bank to lower interest rates (Wall Street Journal). Mr. Trump announced his intentions in a series of tweets on Tuesday, noting that Ms. Shelton currently serves as U.S. executive director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, while Mr. Waller is director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Mr. Trump recently dropped plans to nominate two other picks, conservative pundit Stephen Moore and onetime Republican presidential contender Herman Cain.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - President Trump will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 12:45 p.m. in the private dining room.

IMMIGRATION: SQUALID CONDITIONS IN MIGRANT CAMPS - Overcrowded, squalid conditions are more widespread at migrant centers along the southern border than initially revealed, the Department of Homeland Security’s independent watchdog said Tuesday. Its report describes standing-room-only cells, children without showers and hot meals, and detainees clamoring desperately for release (New York Times). The findings by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General were released as House Democrats detailed their own findings at migrant holding centers and pressed the agency to answer for the mistreatment not only of migrants but also of their own colleagues, who have been threatened on social media. In June, inspectors from the department visited five facilities in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and found children had few spare clothes and no laundry facilities. Many migrants were given only wet wipes to clean themselves and bologna sandwiches to eat, causing constipation and other health problems, according to the report. Children at two of the five facilities in the area were not given hot meals until inspectors arrived.

AUTOS: LEE IACOCCA DIES - Lee Iacocca, the tough-talking, cigar-chomping auto executive who saved Chrysler Corp. in the early 1980s and became one of America’s first big-time, celebrity CEOs, has died at age 94 of complications related to Parkinson’s disease (Wall Street Journal). The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Iacocca came from modest beginnings in Allentown, Pa., had a meteoric rise to the top of Ford Motor Co. until he was suddenly fired, jumped to Chrysler and, with help from the federal government, pulled off a stunning turnaround. The no-nonsense persona he projected in commercials for Chrysler won him acclaim beyond automotive and business circles. His autobiography and subsequent books became best sellers, he energetically campaigned to restore the Statue of Liberty, and his name became synonymous with straight-talking leadership and, eventually, the highly paid, highflying executive style that defined his era. “You know, every little kid wants to grow up to be a cowboy,” he told shareholders at his last meeting as chairman of the company in 1992. “Well, I did, I really got to be one.” In the early 1960s, he led the development of the Ford Mustang, which became one of the most successful and influential American cars of all time. Under his guidance, Chrysler came up with a new type of roomy vehicle in the 1980s that it called the “minivan” that revolutionized family travel for a generation of Americans and a decade later the company launched the first car-based SUV.

JUSTICE: NAVY SEAL ACQUITTED - A decorated Navy SEAL who once lived in Fort Wayne was acquitted Tuesday of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017 (AP). The verdict was met with an outpouring of emotion as the military jury also cleared Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of attempted murder in the shootings of two civilians and all other charges except for posing for photos with the body of the dead captive. The case exposed a generational conflict within the ranks of the elite special forces group and the outcome dealt a major blow to one of the Navy's most high-profile war crimes cases. After the verdict was read, the defense attorneys jumped up from their seats as Gallagher turned and embraced his wife over the bar of the gallery. Gallagher, dressed in a Navy white uniform and sporting a chest full of medals, told reporters outside court that he was happy and thankful. “I thank God, and my legal team and my wife,” he said.


CITIES: PORTAGE CLERK MAY HAVE VIOLATED LAWS - More investigation is needed into the dealings of Clerk-Treasurer Chris Stidham, according to a report released by the mayor's investigative committee (Kwiatkowski, NWI Times). A heavily redacted version of the June 25 report compiled by the committee assembled by Mayor John Cannon to look into allegations against Stidham was released Tuesday afternoon. The report says there is probable cause Stidham violated city ordinances and state rules on the conduct of attorneys. It lists at least 13 laws Stidham could have violated.

CITIES: FOP SETS UP FUNDING FOR SGT. O'NEILL - The city’s police union has moved the crowdfunding campaign for the officer involved in the shooting of Eric Logan from GoFundMe to another site, claiming “anti-police activists” pressured GoFundMe (Dukes, South Bend Tribune). The campaign is now on Harvey Mills, president of FOP Lodge 36, said GoFundMe opted to cancel the campaign for Sgt. Ryan O’Neill. The original page description said it had been started to help O’Neill pay “legal defense and communications” costs. Logan’s family filed a lawsuit against the city after, authorities say, O’Neill shot Logan on June 16 while investigating reports of a car burglary. O’Neill has said Logan approached him with a raised knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon. Ryan Stubenrauch, spokesman for the FOP, said that he was told that GoFundMe had received complaints about the campaign.

CITIES: $86M SPORTS COMPLEX SLATED FOR KOKOMO - City officials and a private developer revealed plans Tuesday for an $86 million development that will combine youth sports and commercial opportunities in an effort to reshape Kokomo’s east side (Kokomo Tribune). It is a vast, comprehensive project the two sides hope will significantly bolster an area of Kokomo positioned directly off U.S. 31, while also taking advantage of a booming youth sports tourism industry and furthering the city’s ties with the growing Indianapolis metro area. The project’s announcement from the city of Kokomo and Henke Development Group came in a media release distributed late Tuesday morning that disclosed what has been named Championship Park of Kokomo. The project will include two clusters of multi-purpose athletic fields and various commercial attractions meant in large part for the out-of-town families and visitors expected to utilize the fields during summer sports tournaments and other events.

COUNTIES: HOWARD PUBLIC DEFENDER CHIEF PLACED ON PROBATION - The Indiana Supreme Court late last week placed Howard County’s chief public defender on 18 months of professional probation for violations related to money mismanagement and lack of oversight over an employee who pleaded guilty to felony theft and forgery (Kokomo Tribune). The court's justices published an order Friday suspending Steve Raquet from practicing law for 180 days but stayed, or held off, the suspension subject to Raquet successfully completing the year-and-a-half of probation. The order, signed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush, came after the Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Commission filed a complaint against Raquet on April 24 that detailed continuous overdrafts from his Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) and a series of professional conduct violations.