SB1 PASSES SENATE 26-20 WITH NEAR TOTAL BAN: Despite opposition from state and national Right to Life, the Indiana Senate passed a deeply unpopular SB1 that would further restrict abortion (Howey Politics Indiana). By a 26-20 vote, the Senate send this historic bill to the Indiana House. State Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange, started Saturday's debate by saying, "All of us have strived to make this bill better throughout the process." She says she's confident the House will continue to make changes. Asked by Sen. Shelli Yoder, D-Bloomington, Glick said SB1 is "not a forced pregnancy bill." Asked by State Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, if she's happy with the bill, Glick responded, "Not particularly." After more than two and a half hours of debate, Glick was the only senator who testified in favor of the bill.  State Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, said the bill went against "everything the Republican Party stands for. This bill doesn't make anything better; it makes things worse. SB1 removes vital health care from 52% of the state's population." She predicted "unintended consequences from ignorance." Becker added that a Senate of 42 men and eight women is "arrogantly dictating" how doctors should deliver health care. Are we meeting the medical needs of the people we represent with this legislation? No, we're just making a mess." Indiana Democrats voted against the bill, joined by nine Republicans. "This is a papa state. This isn't government," said Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson. "This is the male-dominated government saying to women, 'You lose your choice.'" The bill seemed to be hanging by a thread on Friday after Indiana and U.S. Right to Life groups urged lawmakers to defeat the bill. Jim Bopp Jr., general counsel to the National Right to Life, added, "SB 1 contains vague language and ill-defined terms which would actually protect abortion instead of protecting unborn children. SB 1 also would undermine existing protections for unborn children with disabilities. The pro-life movement calls upon pro-life legislators in the Indiana legislature to reject this travesty of a bill."

 

10 GOP SENATORS VOTE AGAINST SB1: Ten Republican senators and 10 Democratic senators voted against the bill. The GOP lawmakers were: Sen. Ron Alting, Lafayette; Sen. Eric Bassler, Washington; Sen. Vaneta Becker, Evansville; Sen. Jim Buck, Kokomo; Sen. Mike Gaskill, Pendleton; Sen. Dennis Kruse, Auburn; Sen. Mark Messmer, Jasper; Sen Jim Tomes, Wadesville; Sen. Kyle Walker, Lawrence; and Sen. Mike Young, Indianapolis. Four senators were not present for the vote: Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville; Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis; Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg; and Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago

 

GLICK, BRAY EXPECT HOUSE CHANGES: State Sen. Sue Glick, along with Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, said they expect the House to make amendments to the bill. What those changes could be are still uncertain (Downard, Capital Chronicle). Still, Glick said she won’t give blanket support to any version of the bill that could pass out of the House. “I can’t open up abortion on-demand — walking in and saying, ‘I want abortion for any reason, at any point during the pregnancy.’ That’s not where I personally am,” Glick said. “If that’s in the bill, I wouldn’t carry it.” Glick said she has “a deep feeling” that lawmakers need to approve more wraparound services. She’s also worried that the current bill “interferes” with doctor-patient relationships, which she hopes is addressed in the House.

 

DECORUM WILTED IN SENATE: The usual strictly-held decorum of the chamber has wilted this week as those lawmakers most firmly entrenched in their positions have struggled to bend even toward respectful disagreement (Herron, IndyStar). President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, admitted after the vote that members were "chafing against one another" but chalked it up to working on "a very difficult bill." Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, one of the chamber’s fiercest anti-abortion members, tossed papers onto her desk after a heated exchange with a colleague over votes on previous abortion-related legislation. A few minutes later, Sen. Fady Qaddoura, a Democrat from Indianapolis, shouted questions at his colleagues on the other side of the aisle. “What happened to the Republican Party that I appreciated and respected?” he said.

 

HUSTON COMMENTS ON SB1: Republican House Speaker Todd Huston said Friday he hadn’t yet reviewed the bill. He told reporters he would address the proposal next week, but said he supported exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother in an abortion ban (Capital Chronicle). “We’ll have that conversation,” Huston said. “Clearly, I do support those exceptions and I’ll have that conversation with the caucus.” On Saturday, Glick acknowledged for the first time a highly-guarded poll conducted by the House and Senate GOP campaign committees. Multiple GOP insiders who spoke to the Indiana Capital Chronicle said the poll indicates that Hoosiers don’t want a near-virtual ban on abortion. Instead, people in Indiana support exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. And many are supportive of allowing abortion up to 15 weeks of gestation. Huston did not acknowledge the poll’s existence on Friday, however. “We come here as representatives of our districts and people that have strong opinions … wherever we land is what our caucus believes is the right public policy for Indiana,” he said. “Myself and everybody’s always been clear on our positions on this. We’ve had elections with clear views on this … we’ll have elections moving forward.”

 

MEDICAL ASSN FEARS 'ANTAGONISTIC' ENVIRONMENT FOR DOCTORS: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) raised the same concern, saying in a statement Friday that the legislature is “creating an atmosphere that is being perceived by many physicians as antagonistic toward their profession” (Capital Chronicle). “Indiana cannot have an effective health care system if the training and expertise of physicians is not respected and they are under constant threat of political interference for practicing medicine and assisting their patients,” said ISMA executive vice president Julie Reed.

 

EVANSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ARRESTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING: Evansville police say school board member Amy Word "had knowledge" of narcotics trafficking at the West Franklin Street bar she owns, Lamasco Bar and Grill (Evansville Courier & Press). Word was booked into the Vanderburgh County jail at 6:34 a.m. Saturday morning on a charge listed as "controlled substance-common nuisance-maintaining," a Level 6 felony. She was later released after posting a $500 bond, according to jail logs. The Courier & Press left Word a phone message seeking comment. No one answered a knock on the door of her home. Evansville Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray said Word was one of 22 people arrested during the course of a narcotics investigation targeting drug trafficking along the Franklin Street corridor. According to police, that investigation has led to the seizure of pound-quantities of narcotics and multiple firearms.

 

KENTUCKY FLOODING DEATH TOLL AT 26: At least 26 people died — including four children — when torrential rains swamped towns across Appalachia, Kentucky’s governor said Saturday (AP). “We continue to pray for the families that have suffered an unfathomable loss,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. ”Some having lost almost everyone in their household.” Beshear said the number would likely rise significantly and it could take weeks to find all the victims of the record flash flooding. Rescue crews continue the struggle to get into hard-hit areas, some of them among the poorest places in America. “I’m worried that we’re going to be finding bodies for weeks to come,” Beshear said during a midday briefing. He said it’s still an active search and rescue operation with a goal of getting as many people to safety as possible. Crews have made more than 1,200 rescues from helicopters and boats, the governor said.

 

WESTFIELD SETS OFF YOUTH SPORTS ARMS RACE: Andy Card sat inside his favorite Mexican restaurant in an Indianapolis suburb after his son’s high school basketball game a decade ago and, over a burrito, began to draw his first design of a youth sports facility on a napkin (Washington Post). He had traveled the country for his sons’ sports for years, visiting one discombobulated tournament after another, often watching his kids compete in auxiliary gyms without air conditioning, always transfixed by the thousands of athletes and their parents who would pay for events time and time again. “This has got to be a business,” Card told himself after one particularly hellish trip to Las Vegas that saw him racing his sons from one end of the city to another to play in different gyms. A lifelong entrepreneur who steered his trucking and pizza companies through the Great Recession, he came home after that trip and decided to sell both. Two years later, he had raised roughly $9 million to help build an indoor basketball facility on the edge of Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, a 400-acre complex that will draw an estimated 2.5 million visitors this year with its 26 baseball and softball diamonds and 31 fields for soccer, football and lacrosse. Nearly 60 percent of the country’s youth play organized sports, according to some estimates. Families spend more than a combined $30 billion per year on their kids to participate, according to the Aspen Institute, with travel costs exceeding registration, equipment and private coaching, underscoring the increasing gap between elite competition and traditional recreation programs. The youth sports industry grew by a reported 55 percent from 2010 to 2017 and is worth an estimated $19 billion — more than the revenue of the NFL or NBA.

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The unpopular SB1 advanced from the Senate on Saturday with the biggest impetus appearing to be keeping the bill alive to continue the process in the House. - Brian A. Howey

 

Campaigns

 

MATTHEWS SAYS GOP TAKING ABORTION TOO FAR: Uncompromising positions and loaded rhetoric on key social issues are escalating concerns within GOP circles that the party is moving too far out of sync with popular opinion, projecting new hostility to gay people and potentially alienating women voters in high-stakes races (Washington Post). The Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade and ending a nationwide right to abortion last month has spawned strict new bans and stirred fears that gay rights and access to contraception could be next — shifting the focus from other culture-war battles where Republicans felt they had a winning message. “I feel we’re on this sort of seesaw where one party sort of gets the upper hand on social-cultural issues, then they overplay that hand,” said Christine Matthews, a moderate Virginia Republican and longtime strategist for GOP candidates. “Republicans have taken things too far.” She warned of fueling Democratic arguments that Republicans “want to take our country back to the 1950s” and said she swore out loud after reading one antiabortion advocate’s comments that a 10-year-old rape victim, under model legislation, would have to give birth.

 

IUPUI PROF ON ABORTION BEING BIG NOVEMBER ISSUE: IUPUI Dr. Aaron Dusso said most issues that come up over the summer are no longer a factor by the time November rolls around (WRTV). "We're still months away. Typically, the life span for any issue in the United States is not very long," Dusso said. But Dusso believes that abortion could be the exception. "If this issue doesn't break through to November, then there is no such thing. There is no issue that ever will," he said. Dusso doesn't think the GOP should worry about this coming election. "It's unlikely that you're going to see a Democratic breakthrough, but that doesn't mean it can't ever happen. And it may not happen this November, but over time things can change," Dusso said. "You need to work on an individual level, a grassroots level, and you've gotta build, and build, and build. That's hard to do. That's real politics, but it's hard to do."

 

INDEMS REACT TO SB1 ADVANCE: Indiana Democrat Executive Director Lauren Ganapini reacted, saying, “Hoosiers need to be on high alert because Senate Bill 1 in this form would be disrespectful to the majority of voters who told Republicans in their own polling that they wanted to keep the state laws as is – and that’s protecting a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body. Taking away this right, the ability for local governments to protect their constituents, and forcing survivors of rape and incest - even children - to notarize a sign affidavit just to obtain an abortion is extreme."

 

CONWAY URGES TRUMP TO DELAY ANNOUNCEMENT: Former President Donald Trump is "champing at the bit" to announce his third presidential bid, his former counselor and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says. But she has advised him to wait (Yahoo News). "My advice to the president privately is my advice to him publicly, which is, 'If you want to announce, wait until right after the midterms,'" she told CBS News' Catherine Herridge in an interview Friday. Asked whether she thought Trump would announce he's running, Conway retorted, "He would like to have done that already." She said she spent time with the former president this week, and she told Herridge that should he run, "I'll be a part of it."

 

Polls

 

SUFFOLK GIVES DEMS 4% GENERIC LEAD: Democrats are leading in the tight midterm race with a 4% edge over the GOP on the generic congressional ballot, as voters rank abortion as a leading issue over inflation (Fox News). A new Suffolk University/USA Today poll shook up the midterms, after 44% of voters said that if the election were held today they would vote for a Democrat candidate, while 40% said they would vote for a Republican. About 16% still remain undecided. Republicans have taken a hit over the past month, after a June poll from the university found Democrats and Republicans were evenly split on the generic congressional ballot with both parties receiving 40% of the vote. While the economy remains most important to voters in the upcoming election — with 20% saying it is the most important issue — the poll revealed that many believe abortion trumps inflation as the most important issue this election cycle. Nearly 16% of voters said abortion is the leading issue, with about 11% saying inflation, despite it hitting a 40-year high of 9.1% in June.

 

General Assembly

 

SENATORS TESTIFY ON SB1: State Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis who left the Republican caucus earlier this week, said, "I know this will b e the toughest position we’ll take in our lives. I’m voting no, not because I agree with the other side. I just don’t agree with this bill" (Howey Politics Indiana). Young added, "The bill wouldn’t be up here if there weren’t the votes." State Sen. Kyle Walker, R-Lawrence, said he’s voting no on this bill, saying he doesn’t think this is a "black or white issue." He stressed the need for a more "balanced" approach. State Sen. Jean Breaux, D-Indianapolis, described SB1 as "an attack on women," saying, "Senate Bill 1 strips women of the right to choose when and if they will have children. It seems like an attack on womanhood. Some will rejoice. But I will hang my head in shame and sorrow if this bill passes into law. This bill forces pregnant women to give birth if not result of rape or incest. Roe never forced anyone to do anything.”  State Sen. David Niezgodski, D-South Bend, drew the distinction between being "pro-choice and pro-abortion" saying, "I am pro-choice, not pro-abortion. I don't want women to have abortions. But as a man, I cannot possibly imagine what a women goes through when she faces a pregnancy she's not prepared for or was forced upon her by rape/incest."

 

SEN. BYRNE VOTED FOR SB1 TO SPITE OF PROTESTERS: Senate Bill 1 was approved with the bare minimum of 26 votes needed to send it to the House, with several "yes" votes coming from senators, including state Sen. Mike Bohacek, R-Michiana Shores, who said he only was supporting it in its current form to "keep the conversation going" (Carden, NWI Times) Others had seemingly less rational reasons for backing the measure. For example, state Sen. Gary Byrne, R-Byrneville, said he initially opposed the plan because it fails to stop all abortions, but he voted for it to spite the abortion rights protesters variously cheering and booing outside the Senate chamber during debate on the legislation.

 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD REACTS TO SB1 PASSAGE: Indiana lawmakers advanced a suite of anti-abortion policies on Friday and Saturday, signaling the end of safe and legal abortion care in Indiana (Howey Politics Indiana). The following statement can be attributed to LaKimba DeSadier, Indiana State Director for Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates: “We cannot let extremist Indiana lawmakers take away our control over our own bodies,” said LaKimba DeSadier, Indiana State Director for PPAA. “Forced pregnancy, which is what this legislature is promising, does not stop people from needing abortion care. What it does is separate those who can afford to leave the state and access care from those who cannot. These are policies against the poor—politics in exchange for people’s lives. Abortion is health care and we need to be doing everything in our power to protect it. If this legislative body won’t do it, Hoosiers will vote this November to make sure the next round will.”

 

SEN. QADDOURA REACTS TO SB1 ADVANCING: State Senator Fady Qaddoura (D-Indianapolis) issued the following statement following the passage of SB 1 (Howey Politics Indiana): “I am deeply disappointed that the Republicans have taken Indiana back to the 1960s by depriving women of the right to make science-based decisions with their physicians and faith leaders if they so choose. This extreme legislation will harm expecting mothers and their babies, criminalize healthcare providers, and enforce a narrow religious view on all Hoosiers regardless of their faith or non-faith affiliation. I will continue to champion individual liberties, freedom, religious freedom, and oppose extreme anti-family legislation. The political infighting between Statehouse Republicans is holding Indiana back. This extreme legislation is opposed by the overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, including Republicans. Indiana can’t afford reluctant or partisan leadership that places political or monetary considerations above the interests of Hoosier women."

 

HB1001 HEADS TO HOUSE: Headed to the Senate, meanwhile, is House Bill 1001, which implements Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's plan to spend about $1.1 billion in excess state revenue to provide $225 taxpayer rebate payments to some 4.3 million Hoosiers already in the process of receiving $125 checks linked to unanticipated state revenue growth during the 2021 budget year (Carden, NWI Times). It also increases state income tax exemptions and credits for children and adopted children, eliminates the 7% sales tax on children's diapers, and appropriates $58.5 million to state agencies and other programs through June 2023 to cover expanded prenatal services, Medicaid birth and delivery costs, child care, contraceptive availability and other anticipated expenses linked, in part, to the proposed abortion restrictions in Senate Bill 1. A smaller, $45 million package of social service programs for women, children and families was approved 46-1 by the Senate on Thursday in Senate Bill 2 and next will be considered in the House.

 

MADISON COUNTY TO HONOR SEN. LANANE: State Sen. Tim Lanane has been chosen as the 2022 “Distinguished Citizen of Madison County” and will be honored along with four “Under 40” distinguished citizens at an awards dinner at the Paramount Theatre on Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. (Anderson Herald Bulletin). The “Under 40” honorees are Samantha Loyd, Brad Meadows, Ashley Olibas, and Trent Palmer. The dinner is a fundraiser for the Sakima District of the Boy Scouts of America. Last year the event raised $50,000 for the district that includes 2,300 Boy Scouts in Madison and Henry Counties.

 

Congress

 

HOUSE MEMBERS GETTING SECURITY UPGRADE: Members of the US House of Representatives will now receive up to $10,000 to upgrade security at their homes in the face of rising threats against lawmakers, the House sergeant at arms announced last week, in yet another sign that American politics has entered a dangerous, violent new phase (The Guardian). As support for political violence appears to be on the rise in the US, experts warn that such threats endanger the health of America’s democracy. But they say the country still has time to tamp down violent rhetoric if political leaders, particularly those in the Republican party, stand up and condemn this alarming behavior. The announcement over increasing security for people in Congress came days after a man attacked Lee Zeldin, a New York congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate, with a sharp object during a campaign event.

 

PELOSI MUM ON TAIWAN VISIT: Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to appear in Singapore on Monday as part of a closely watched tour of Asia that has stoked fears, including at the highest levels of the American government, of dangerously heightened tensions with China over the possibility that she would make a stop in Taiwan (New York Times). Ms. Pelosi has not confirmed whether she will visit Taiwan, a self-governing democracy of 23 million people that China claims as its own territory. But she had proposed a trip to the island this year, which was postponed because she contracted the coronavirus, and when asked recently about her travels plans, she said that it was “important for us to show support for Taiwan.”

 

Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN MENTIONING 'THE FORMER GUY' - One month into his presidency, Joe Biden made clear his distaste for even naming the man he had ousted from the Oval Office, declaring, “I’m tired of talking about Trump” (AP) “The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people,” he said in a CNN town hall. But now, Biden is eagerly naming and singling out the erstwhile “former guy” in prepared remarks and on social media, elevating Donald Trump in a way that Biden and White House aides didn’t do during the first 18 months of his term. Speaking virtually to a group of Black law enforcement executives this past week, Biden accused the former president of stoking a “medieval hell” for police officers who fended off Jan. 6 rioters, adding that “Donald Trump lacked the courage to act.”

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN HAS REBOUND COVID - President Biden tested positive again for Covid-19 late Saturday morning, the White House physician said, and he is not experiencing any symptoms at this time (Politico). “The President has not experienced any reemergence of symptoms and is feeling quite well,” White House physician Kevin O’Connor wrote in a memo released Saturday. “This being the case, there is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time, but we will obviously continue close observation.”

 

WEST VIRGINIA: LEGISLATURE ADVANCES ABORTION BAN -  The Republican-controlled West Virginia senate on Friday passed a bill that would be the first to restrict abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled there is no constitutional right to the procedure (Reuters). But instead of now going to the governor who has indicated he would sign it, the bill must return to the house, where it passed earlier this week, to reconcile a Senate amendment stripping the possibility of prison time for doctors who perform abortions outside narrow exemptions. Several senators expressed concern about the state's ability to attract doctors if they could be hit with prison time for medical decisions they might make. Doctors could still have their licenses to practice revoked if found to violate the ban.

 

KANSAS: FIRST STATE TO HAVE ABORTION VOTE -  In the final days before Kansans decide whether to remove abortion rights protections from their State Constitution, the politically competitive Kansas City suburbs have become hotbeds of activism (New York Times). On Tuesday, Kansans will vote on a constitutional amendment that, if it passes, could give the Republican-dominated Legislature the ability to push new abortion restrictions or to outlaw the procedure entirely.

 

MLB: ANDERSON SUSPENDED FOR 3 GAMES; APPEALS - White Sox All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount of money for making helmet-to-hat contact with plate umpire Nick Mahrley during Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics (ESPN). Anderson appealed the suspension, making him eligible for the White Sox's 3-2 win over the A's on Saturday. His suspension will be held in abeyance until a hearing.

 

MLB: SOX BIP OAKLAND 3-2 - Gavin Sheets hit a tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning and scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Saturday night (ESPN). Sheets lined a leadoff double against Zach Jackson (2-3) in the ninth and advanced to third on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice bunt before Jackson bounced a slider with Tim Anderson at the plate.

 

MLB: SF DOWNS CUBS 5-4 -  Luis González and Joey Bart homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants withstood a late rally to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Saturday night (ESPN). Austin Slater doubled home Darin Ruf in the bottom of the third to start the scoring for San Francisco. Yermín Mercedes followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0. After David Villar led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, González hit a two-run homer off Cubs starter Drew Smyly. On the next pitch, Bart homered to left to give the Giants a 5-0 lead.

 

MLB: REDS BOMB BALTIMORE 8-2 -  Tyler Mahle recovered from a rocky start to pitch well in a potential trade deadline audition, Joey Votto hit one of Cincinnati's three homers and the Reds beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 Saturday night (ESPN). Jonathan India and Jake Fraley also connected for Cincinnati, which is selling pieces to contenders after dealing Luis Castillo to Seattle on Friday night. Mahle could be the next player out before Tuesday's deadline.

 

Sunday Talk

 

GOV. BESHEAR PREDICTS RISING DEATH ROLL: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) on Sunday said the death toll from the state’s severe flooding and rainstorms is at 26 and is expected to climb as rescue missions continue. “Our death toll right now is at 26, but I know of several additional bodies, and we know it’s going to grow. With the level of water, we’re going to be finding bodies for weeks, many of them swept hundreds of yards, maybe a quarter mile plus from where they were lost,” Beshear told moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

 

McDONOUGH SAYS VA SEEKING ABORTION SERVICES: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough on Sunday said his department is examining how to best protect abortion access to veterans after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, but he declined to provide a specific path forward. CNN “State of the Union” co-anchor Jake Tapper asked McDonough to respond to a letter from 24 Senate Democrats calling on the department to allow abortion services at veteran hospitals. “We’re going to make sure that they have access to the full slate of that care, because that’s what we owe them,” McDonough said.

 

MANCHIN SAYS SINEMA EXCLUDED FROM TALKS: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said the reason lawmakers such as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were not brought into negotiations on a climate, health care and taxes deal that he struck with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was that he feared it wouldn’t come to “fruition.” The deal would require the support of all 50 Senate Democrats, placing Sinema, who was not involved in the behind-the-scenes negotiations, in close scrutiny until she announces a position. “The reason people weren’t brought into this, I didn’t think it would come to fruition,” Manchin told CNN “State of the Union” co-anchor Jake Tapper. “I didn’t want to disappoint people.”

 

MANCHIN DUCKS BIDEN IN '24 QUESTION: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday would not answer directly when asked if he would support President Biden if he ran for reelection in 2024. “I’m not going I’m not getting into 2022 or 2024,” Manchin told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “Whoever is my president, that’s my president. And Joe Biden is my president right now.”

 

TOOMEY SAYS MANCHIN TAKEN TO CLEANERS: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Sunday decried a climate, health care and tax deal struck by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), saying he was “really surprised” that Manchin agreed to the bill. “I like Joe Manchin very much, he and I’ve become friends over the years that we’ve served together in the Senate,” Toomey told CNN “State of the Union” co-anchor Jake Tapper. “But it really looks to me like Joe Manchin has been taken to the cleaners,” Toomey said.

 

STEWART ASSAILS SEN. CRUZ: Comedian and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart on Sunday knocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for voting no on a bill to aid military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits during their service. “The bill that Ted Cruz voted yes on had the exact same funding provisions as the bill he voted no on. It’s the exact same bill. None of this makes any sense,” Stewart told moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Stewart also pushed back on Cruz’s claims that the bill is a “budgetary trick” by the Democrats to make some discretionary spending mandatory. “That’s just a word salad that he’s spewing into his coffee cup on his way to God knows where, as veterans sit in Washington, D.C., in the sweltering heat, demanding that they pass this legislation that they’ve been fighting for, for 15 years,” Stewart said.

 

Local

 

ELWOOD: PD OFFICER KILLED DURING TRAFFIC STOP - State Police are investigating following the deadly overnight shooting of an Elwood police officer. The Elwood police officer was shot during a traffic stop and died, according to Madison County Sheriff Scott Mellinger. The officer's identity has not been shared. Mellinger said the suspect was arrested in Hamilton County, where State Police said a pursuit ended in a crash on Interstate 69 near 106th Street in Fishers. WTHR's newsgathering partners at the Herald-Bulletin reported Carl Roy Webb Boards II, 42, Anderson, was arrested in connection with the shooting. Boards was taken to the Hamilton County jail and will be charged with murder with a firearm enhancement as a habitual offender, according to Madison County Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Hanna.

 

SOUTH BEND: MAN SHOT OUTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - South Bend Police Department officers shot and killed a man Friday afternoon following a standoff outside of Coquillard Elementary School on the city’s west side (WVPE). According to a press release from the St. Joseph County Police Department, which has been asked to investigate the incident along with the Mishawaka Police Department, South Bend officers were dispatched to the school around 11:38 a.m. on Friday after a call from school employees reported a man with a handgun threatening suicide near the baseball fields. The man was later identified as 51-year-old Dante Kittrell. The release says officers attempted to deescalate the situation and calm Kittrell for about 40 minutes. Body and car camera footage shows Kittrell threatening to shoot multiple times before pointing the handgun at officers at approximately 12:30 p.m.

 

MONROE COUNTY: FORMER JUDGE KELLAMS KILLED IN CRASH - Former Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Marc Kellams died Friday in a car crash in Indianapolis, according to the Indianapolis State Police (Indiana Public Media). The four-car crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m., a state police official said. Kellams was driving southbound on I-465 near I-70 in an SUV. The official said alcohol and drugs were not involved in the crash. Kellams, 73, served at the circuit court for 38 years. He was also a Catholic deacon through the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and ministered at Bloomington’s St. Charles Borromeo Church.