CENSUS COULD MEAN $18B FOR INDIANA: Nearly $18 billion is on the line for Indiana — roughly $2,710 per person. That’s how much in annual federal funding the state receives based on population data from the U.S. Census Bureau (Columbus Republic). And those population numbers are about to change. The Census is preparing to launch its 2020 count, and the data collected will determine how much the state could receive for the next 10 years. The fewer people counted, the less money allocated to Indiana’s 6.7 million residents. The dollars fund giant programs like Medicaid, food stamps, federal student loans and highway projects, but also things like low-income housing, school lunches, foster care and adoption support, and unemployment insurance administration. The census affects political redistricting, congressional apportionment and even where businesses might decide to locate. That’s why — even though the first census mailings are still months from landing in mailboxes — some local and state leaders have been busy helping the Census Bureau update addresses and brainstorming ways to encourage participation. “The challenge is, if we don’t get everybody counted in Indiana, that’s never good for us,” said Carol Rogers, deputy director of the Indiana Business Research Center and the governor’s liaison to the census. “Let’s get our fair share back from Washington. Let’s make sure we get our fair share of congressional seats.”

TRUMP JOB APPROVAL AT ITS HIGH IN ABC/WAPO POLL: Bolstered by a strong economy, Donald Trump reached the highest job approval rating of his career in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll and runs competitively for re-election against four of five possible Democratic contenders. Yet he remains broadly unpopular across personal and professional measures, marking his vulnerabilities in the 2020 election. Forty-four percent of Americans approve of Trump’s overall job performance, up a slight 5 percentage points from April and 2 points better than his peak early in his presidency. Among registered voters, his approval is 47%. Still, 53% disapprove, keeping him at majority disapproval continuously for his first two and a half years in office, a record for any president in modern polling.

BIDEN LEADS TRUMP BY 10%: Even while it’s up, President Trump’s historically low approval rating makes him vulnerable in the 2020 elections – but hardly a pushover, according to the ABC/Washington Post Poll. Among all adults (there’s plenty of time to register to vote), Joe Biden leads Trump by 14 points. But that narrows among the other four Democrats tested against Trump in this poll – an 8-point lead for Kamala Harris, a slight 7 points for Elizabeth Warren, 6 for Bernie Sanders and 4 for Pete Buttigieg. The latter two don’t reach statistical significance. Among registered voters, moreover, Biden still leads, by 10 points, but the other races all tighten to virtual or actual dead heats – Trump a non-significant -2 points against Harris, -1 against Sanders and exactly tied with Warren and Buttigieg.

BUTTIGIEG RAMPS UP HIS STAFF: Before the first Democratic presidential debates kicked off last week, close to 100 Pete Buttigieg supporters and donors sheltered from the Miami heat in a Hilton hotel conference room, where Buttigieg’s senior staff briefed them on the campaign’s transformation from shoe-string operation to $25 million enterprise (Politico). The officials didn’t reveal Buttigieg’s field-leading second-quarter fundraising total then, but what they did discuss is more important in the long run: how Buttigieg plans to spend the money. For months, the South Bend, Ind., mayor has run one of the more frugal 2020 campaigns, eschewing on-the-ground organizers in early caucus and primary states and instead focusing on fundraising, media appearances and the candidate’s travel. But Buttigieg is now rapidly expanding his campaign’s footprint to try and build on his gains in the first half of the year. In Iowa, Buttigieg’s campaign added 30 organizers at the end of June, filling out what had previously been a four-person skeleton crew. A dozen staffers are now on board in New Hampshire. And by the end of the summer, there will be many more: The campaign plans to swell its staff to 300 people by Labor Day, according to multiple people briefed on its plans.“The whole point of all that fundraising is making sure we have the organization we need to win,” Buttigieg continued. “Obviously, we've got great news on that front. Now we’ve got to get to work.”

BUTTIGIEG'S BLACK SUPPORT FELL IN 2015 REELECT: As Mayor Pete Buttigieg contends with the fallout from the shooting of a black man by a white police officer in his city, a POLITICO analysis of data from his earlier mayoral elections shows he struggled to win the confidence of the city’s black voters following a series of controversies in his first term (Politico). Detailed precinct results from South Bend's 2011 and 2015 mayoral races show Buttigieg repeatedly lagging behind black primary challengers in many of western South Bend's predominantly black neighborhoods. And while Buttigieg still managed to win those precincts in two general elections against white Republican opponents, his support in these areas fell after his first term. In the 2011 general election, Buttigieg had some of his highest margins of victory in these neighborhoods — a typical result for a Democrat facing a Republican opponent in South Bend. But by 2015, western South Bend gave him his weakest results after his support plunged by more than 20 points in some precincts.

QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT SGT. O'NEILL'S FUNDRAISING: An online Fraternal Order of Police fundraiser has now collected more than $75,000 for South Bend police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill — ostensibly to help defend the officer in court after his fatal shooting of Eric Logan last month (Sheckler, South Bend Tribune). But whether O’Neill will be on the hook for any out-of-pocket legal fees is in dispute, with some lawyers arguing the city will almost certainly pay for his defense. The questions about the purpose of the fundraiser come after three tense weeks in which the reaction to Logan’s shooting has created a racially and politically charged atmosphere. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has faced criticism over the police department’s relationship with minorities, as well as accusations by the FOP that he is demonizing the police to score political points. During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, local FOP president Harvey Mills slammed Buttigieg and accused the online fundraising site GoFundMe of being anti-police, after the company removed the union’s account for an apparent violation of the site’s policies. A GoFundMe spokesman has said the company prohibits fundraisers for legal defense in cases that involve a person’s death. The FOP moved its page to the site Fundly, where the fundraiser for O’Neill had collected $77,085 as of Saturday afternoon. “He may be responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and costs,” the police union said in a news release announcing the fundraiser, adding that O’Neill and his family “don’t have the means to cover such fees and costs.”

23% OF AMERICANS WON'T RETIRE: Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals' retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce (AP). Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they'd like. According to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 23% of workers, including nearly 2 in 10 of those over 50, don't expect to stop working. Roughly another quarter of Americans say they will continue working beyond their 65th birthday. According to government data, about 1 in 5 people 65 and older was working or actively looking for a job in June. For many, money has a lot to do with the decision to keep working. “The average retirement age that we see in the data has gone up a little bit, but it hasn't gone up that much,” says Anqi Chen, assistant director of savings research at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. “So people have to live in retirement much longer, and they may not have enough assets to support themselves in retirement.”

EVA KOR DIES IN POLAND: Independence Day has brought us another historical irony with the passing of Eva Mozes Kor at age 85 in Poland. She died not far from the Auschwitz concentration camp that dramatically altered the life of her and her family. But she rose from the most searing atrocity in the history of mankind and defined her life with forgiveness, humility and education (Howey Politics Indiana). She had been tweeting on her last trip to Poland on July 3, saying, "Can you believe that today I can get chicken McNuggets near Auschwitz? That would have been wonderful 75 years ago. They taste the same in every country and were delicious." She had big plans for the future as she prepared to observe the 75th anniversary of her liberation, tweeting on June 22, "If any of you want to go with me, you have a great opportunity in January 27 2020 - 75 years to the liberation of the camp. We will see you next year!" Gov. Eric Holcomb, who honored Kor with the Sachem Award in 2017, said, “The world just lost a giant with Eva Kor’s passing. Janet and I loved and adored her. Everywhere she went, Eva brought light into darkness and provided comfort to those in pain unlike anyone we’ve ever met. From her against all odds survival as a young girl in Auschwitz to her peace spreading message based from home in Terre Haute, Indiana, her relentless and optimistic example inspired the world. Holcomb added, "Her angelic spirit will live on in the countless souls she saved from ongoing confusion and torment. Janet and I are reminded just how blessed we are to have her as a friend. We will miss her laughter, her wisdom and her passion. We call on every Hoosier to look above on this Independence Day and say a prayer for Eva and the family and nation she leaves behind.”

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: That Eva Mozes Kor would die so close to her birth home and the Auschwitz camp that changed her life but would not define it was another historic irony. Her Candles Center observed, "Rather than allowing the darkest moments of her life to define her, she moved forward headfirst into a life of purpose." Rest In Peace, Eva. - Brian A. Howey


JENSEN ANNOUNCES NOBLESVILLE TRANSITION COMMITTEE: Noblesville Republican mayoral nominee Chris Jensen announced the organizing committee for the transition of Noblesville city government (Howey Politics Indiana). Chaired by former Hamilton County Superior Court Judge Steve Nation, the committee will gather community input to help ensure a successful and prosperous next chapter for Noblesville. “I’m ready to work with this group of Noblesville leaders who are willing to give their time and expertise to our city. My door is open to anyone who has positive ideas to make our city a better place to live, work, and play,” Chris Jensen said. “This is a strong first step in a process to ensure a transparent and effective city government for every Noblesville resident.”

PELOSI TO KEYNOTE YOUNG DEMS IN INDY:  The Young Democrats of America (YDA) and Indiana Young Democrats (IYD) announced Sunday that Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will headline the 2019 Young Democrats of America Convention here in Indianapolis (WIBC). Speaker Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives and was first elected Speaker of the House in 2007, making history as the first woman to serve with the title. Pelosi is now in her thrid term as Speaker. She is set to join the National Convention on Friday, July 19th for the General Session at 7pm.  This will be the first time Indy hosts the National Convention and the first time the YDA has come to Indiana in over 25 years. “After a period of record growth, IYD has worked for nearly two years to bring the largest gathering of young Democrats in the country to Indiana and we are incredibly honored to have a groundbreaking leader like Speaker Pelosi join us," says Katherin Chi, member of the YDA National Planning Committee and Vice-President of the Marion County Young Democrats.

COLUMBUS CANDIDATE TO ADDRESS YOUNG DEMS: One of Columbus’ own young professionals will address a room full of young Democrats later this month (Columbus Republic). Grace Kestler, 29, was named a panelist at the Young Democrats of America National Convention in Indianapolis July 17 through 20. The Columbus City Council at-large candidate will speak about Run for Something’s “How Indiana Changed What a 2019 Candidate Looks Like” discussion panel. “I realized as a young person that I have a lot of years left to enjoy my community,” Kestler said. “I want to be a part of shaping my generation’s future and supporting those who have lived in Columbus as well as considering how we can attract new people to live in our city.”

4TH ANDERSON MAYORAL CANDIDATE EMERGES: A fourth candidate has entered the race to be elected the next mayor of Anderson, but Thomas Dubrick is not associated with a political party (de la Bastide, Anderson Herald-Bulletin). Dubrick filed the necessary paperwork with the Madison County Clerk's Office on Monday to run as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 5 general election. Dubrick's name will not appear on the municipal ballot.

Presidential 2020

BUTTIGIEG HAS THE MONEY. CAN HE WIN? Pete Buttigieg stunned the Democratic presidential field with a nearly $25 million second-quarter fundraising haul. Now he needs to figure out how to use that money to build a campaign that can go the distance against nearly two dozen rivals—many of them better known—and ensure that enthusiasm from donors is matched by support from voters (AP). That poses big challenges for the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who lags several of his top opponents in the number of staff on the ground in early states. He also has significant work to do to earn support of African American voters, a crucial constituency in the Democratic presidential primary. Buttigieg said much of his emphasis will be on retail politics—more days like Thursday, when he blitzed across Iowa for a parade and picnics and one-on-one interactions with voters. The campaign also says it plans in coming months to add 100 people to a staff that started with six employees and now has about 200, as well as enlist a larger number of volunteers. "The whole point of all that fundraising was to make sure that we have the organization we need to win," Buttigieg told reporters after a town hall meeting in a sweltering Sioux City, Iowa high school gymnasium. "Obviously we got great news on that front, now we've got to put it to work."

BUTTIEIG ADDRESSES ESSENCE FEST: Black women have been “at the tip of the spear experiencing” the consequences of systemic racism in America, according to Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one of several Democratic candidates to address the crowds on the Power Stage during the 25th anniversary of Essence Festival. “I stand here aware that Black women are not just the backbone of the Democratic party, but the bone and sinew that is making our democracy whole,” Buttigieg said. “We have seen time and time again, especially in the last couple elections, that when Black women mobilize, outcomes change, and we need some new outcomes in a time like this.”  Rising incarceration rates amongst Black women, gerrymandering and disenfranchisement, the wage gap, White Nationalism and the American healthcare system all work to maintain institutional racism, Buttigieg said in his opening remarks. “There’s been too much talk about Black problems, and not nearly enough about Black solutions,” Buttigieg said. “Empowerment leads to greater empowerment.”

BIDEN ADDRESSES RACE: On Tuesday, Joe Biden told his advisers he wanted to give a speech in South Carolina to address, and preempt, the mounting attacks on his record concerning race and civil rights. Sources close to Biden told Axios he was still rewriting the draft on Saturday in the car en route to Sumter, South Carolina, where he gave the speech to a mostly black audience. "Given the coverage we got coming out of the debate ... we could die by death by a thousand cuts here," said a source familiar with the thinking in Biden’s camp. "So it was either you wrap it all up in a bow and you say, 'Look, this is who I am. Barack Obama picked me, so if it was good enough for Barack Obama it's good enough for me' ... or we could have fought each one of these battles individually."

HICKENLOOPER VOWS TO STAY IN RACE: Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper returned to Iowa Sunday night pledging to continue his presidential campaign after a major shakeup of his campaign staff last week. Hickenlooper, who has had trouble polling above 1 percent, acknowledged his struggles as a candidate and explained why he is continuing his bid for the Democratic nomination when there is a Senate race in his home state that pundits say he would have a good shot at winning (Politico). "I don't think that's my calling," Hickenlooper told reporters about running for the Senate after a "meet and greet" event in Perry. Hickenlooper admitted he has discussed it with his staffers, saying they have told him he would be a "lock" to defeat Republican Sen. Cory Gardner.

STEYER TO ENTER DEMOCRATIC RACE: Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist who toyed with a 2020 presidential run before deciding against it, has told people he plans to announce that he's entering the race for the Democratic nomination, according to three people familiar with his plans (Politico). Steyer held a private conference call last week to announce to people who work for Need to Impeach, NextGen America and Steyer's Sacramento office that he was planning to run, according to one of the people.

Sunday Talk

AMASH WON'T RULE OUT PRESIDENTIAL RUN: Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) doubled down on both his support for impeaching President Trump and his decision to leave the Republican party on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. Amash, who had previously been the only Republican member of Congress to support impeachment proceedings, told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday that senior officials have privately thanked him for his public stance. "When I was discussing impeachment, I had fellow colleagues and other Republicans, high-level officials, contacting me, saying, 'Thank you for what you’re doing,'" Amash said. "So there are lots of Republicans out there who are saying these things privately, but they're not saying it publicly, and I think that’s a problem for our country." Amash also declined again to rule out a third-party presidential run. "I still wouldn't rule anything like that out. I believe I have to use my skills, my public influence, where it serves the country best. And I believe I have to defend the Constitution in whichever way works best," he said.

AMASH SAYS GOP WAS BROKEN BEFORE TRUMP: Rep. Justin Amash, just days after he announced his departure from the Republican Party, said Sunday he would have left even if Donald Trump weren’t the president but insisted that this term in Congress was what “really broke it for me." “Over the years, I've seen that people are just falling in line behind the leaders, including people in my own caucus, which I left,” the five-term Michigan lawmaker told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “So it has gotten worse and worse and I think this was the term that really broke it for me.” Amash said he has been bothered by the way Trump expects Republicans to be first and foremost loyal to him, not the party itself. "I think he's really identified what I talked about in my op-ed, which is, he thinks that people owe loyalty to him," Amash said. "But people are elected to Congress with an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not an oath to support and defend one person, the president, who happens to be from your own party."

KLOBACHAR WON'T MAKE PROMISES JUST TO GET ELECTED: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) defended her policy proposals, which some progressives have criticized for being too centrist when compared to many of her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. "I look people in the eye and I tell them the truth, that I'm honest about how we think we can move forward," Klobuchar said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "I think there’s a lot of people making promises and I'm not going to make promises just to get elected. I am not running for chair of the Democratic National Convention, I am running for president of the United States and that means you bring people together and find that common ground in our own party," she said.

MERKLEY, HURD WARN ABOUT BORDER CONDITIONS: The congressional stalemate about how to handle the influx of migrants along the southern border, amid a spate of new reports detailing the harrowing conditions there, was on full display on "Meet the Press" this morning. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., decried the conditions as "horrific," and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, warned that America needs to handle people "with care and humanity when they are in our custody." But there's far from a consensus on the root cause, which makes it even more difficult to fix it. Merkley claimed there's an ethical problem within the Trump administration, accusing officials of abiding by a "philosophy that says, 'Let's discourage immigration by mistreating refugees.'"

DELANEY SAYS MEDICARE BEING 'HIJACKED': Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) on Sunday blasted his fellow Democratic presidential candidates’ support of Medicare for All proposals, saying the voters “will reject” them. “This is [Sen.] Bernie Sanders’s [I-Vt.] plan, it will take private insurance away from half the people in this country,” Delaney said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” adding that Democrats who support such proposals have “outsourced” health care policy to the Vermont senator. “They’ve hijacked the good name of Medicare and applied it to a law that will cause upheaval in our health care system,” he added. “Now we’re seeing the debate change on this issue as people start to realize.”

COONS SAYS BIDEN SHOULD BE JUDGED ON CAREER: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on Sunday defended former Vice President Joe Biden’s record on civil rights after Biden said last week that he was “wrong” for speaking fondly of his working relationship with segregationists in the Senate. “His lifelong record of standing up and fighting for civil rights is what he should be judged on,” Coons said of Biden, who caused controversy in recent weeks after speaking of the “civility” of his work in the Senate with Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.). Coons also defended Biden’s failure to apologize when confronted on the issue in the first June Democratic primary debate, saying “one of the challenges of the debate stage is everybody’s got 60 seconds to address very complex issues.” “It’s important that he gave a speech in which he acknowledged” the harm caused by the remarks, Coons added.

BENNET SAYS ECONOMY MAY NOT HELP TRUMP: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Sunday that Donald Trump will not be able to coast to re-election on the strength of the U.S. economy alone, and will have to answer for his “war with American tradition” while in office. “I don’t think it’s been much better, Dana. I think it's been what it was: It’s been fine, it’s been good,” the Colorado senator said of the economy during an interview with Dana Perino on “Fox News Sunday.” “So it has improved, just as it’s improved from 2009 when Barack Obama took over,” Bennet continued. “What we don't need — in my view, I think — is a president who’s so at war with American tradition.


HOUSE PREVIEW: The House will take up the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act — must-pass legislation that outlines defense budgets and policies, per a senior Democratic aide (Axios). This legislation will take up most of the week given there are roughly 300 amendments to the bill. What to watch: The Iran-related amendments, as tensions rise with Tehran.

SENATE PREVIEW: The Senate plans to consider four tax treaties that were reported out of the Foreign Relations committee in late June, per a Republican leadership aide. The aide said the Senate will also confirm the following nominees in this order: Daniel Aaron Bress as a judge for the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. T. Kent Wetherell II as a judge for the Northern District of Florida. Damon Ray Leichty as a judge for the Northern District of Indiana. J. Nicholas Ranjan as a judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Robert L. King as an Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education in the Department of Education. John P. Pallasch as an Assistant Secretary of Labor. Peter C. Wright as Assistant Administrator in the EPA's Office of Solid Waste.

General Assembly

CHAMBER RELEASES GRADE REPORT: The Indiana Chamber of Commerce released its annual report scoring state legislators on how they voted on key business legislation in the recent General Assembly. For 2019, lawmakers' scores ranged from 27% to 100% (Kelly, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). “The Legislative Vote Analysis is how we hold lawmakers accountable for their voting records and is an important source of information for employers and citizens across our state,” Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar said. “The report's purpose is to keep Hoosiers informed about what's going on at the Indiana Statehouse and how their legislators are voting on issues vital to Indiana's economic future. This report makes it clear which legislators support pro-job growth and pro-economy issues and which legislators do not.”


AGRICULTURE: HOOSIER FARMERS FACE MARKET, CROP VOLATILITY - A week after the controversial USDA acreage report, the market is turning to crop conditions. New numbers on just how much corn and soybeans have been planted this year will not be available until August. In the meantime, the weekly crop conditions ratings which are released every Monday afternoon will be the guiding force for market prices, says Bob Utterback, with Utterback Marketing (Truitt, Hoosier Ag Today). “We had a historically high amount of corn emerging the last week of June,” he stated. “This means we have about 20 million acres of this corn that is very late, and we will need almost perfect weather from now on to get any kind of respectable yield.” He added that the good to excellent ratings, which have been at very low levels, will have to start showing consistent improvement. But emergence and crop development are only part of the story. Mike Silver, with Kokomo Grain, told HAT a host of agronomic problems will continue to plague crops this summer, stating, “All kinds of agronomic issues are beginning to manifest themselves in the field, from nitrogen deficiency to shallow rooted corn to compaction issues.” He said, for many growers, this is the worst year they have ever experienced. As a result, extreme market volatility is like to continue. Utterback said, “There is a lot more market volatility ahead of us. Farmers must position themselves to be able to handle this volatility and, yet, still be able to take advantage of rallies.”

INDOT: I-65 CLOSURES IN INDY - he Indiana Department of Transportation will be continuing their roadwork on the city’s south side next week, starting with lane closures on southbound I-65 (WIBC). July 12 @ 9 p.m. - July 22 @ 6 a.m.: All lanes of SB I-65 from the South Split to I-465 will be closed. July 26 @ 9 p.m. - Aug. 5 @ 6 a.m.: All lanes of EB and WB I-70 from I-465 to the South Split will be closed. Additional closures will be added on the weekends, according to INDOT. INDOT says the closures are in response to rain delays crews experienced in May and June.


WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP MAY USE EXECUTIVE ORDER ON CENSUS - Senior administration officials told me on Saturday afternoon that they expected the president to take executive action early this week to force the citizenship question onto the 2020 Census (Axios). Sunday afternoon, Trump spoke briefly to reporters as he was about to board Air Force One to leave New Jersey after spending the weekend at his Bedminster golf club. On the Census, he said: "We are moving forward. We have a couple of avenues." Trump also said Attorney General William Barr is exploring several options. "We can do a memorandum. We can do an executive order."

WHITE HOUSE: FACEBOOK, TWITTER EXCLUDED FROM SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT - The White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter to attend its social media summit on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said (CNN). The people, who spoke to CNN Business on the condition of anonymity, suggested it was not surprising. They said they believe the summit would amount to a right-wing grievance session and was not aimed at seriously discussing some of the issues facing large technology companies. A spokesperson for the White House declined to comment.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - Monday: President Trump will have lunch with VP Mike Pence and give a speech about "America's Environmental Leadership." He will also attend a dinner hosted by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in honor of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Tuesday: Trump will meet with Al Thani. Wednesday: Trump will speak about kidney health. Thursday: Trump will speak at the Presidential Social Media Summit.

PENTAGON: ADMIRAL POISED TO BE NAVY SEC RETIRES - The four-star admiral set to become the Navy's top officer on Aug. 1 will instead retire, an extraordinary downfall prompted by what Navy Secretary Richard Spencer on Sunday called poor judgment regarding a professional relationship (AP). Spencer provided no details about the unnamed individual, but other officials said Spencer was referring to [Adm. William] Moran having recently taken public affairs counsel from Chris Servello, who was removed from his position as public affairs adviser to Richardson in 2017 and given a non-punitive letter of reprimand for drinking and fraternizing with junior officers during and after a December 2016 Navy Christmas party.

JUSTICE: JEFF EPSTEIN ARRESTED IN NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors appear to have resurrected a federal sex crimes case against the billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein by focusing on accusations that he sexually assaulted girls at his mansion in Manhattan — more than a decade after a widely criticized plea deal shielded him from similar charges in Florida (New York Times). Federal prosecutors are expected to unseal the new charges on Monday accusing Mr. Epstein, 66, of running a sex-trafficking operation that lured dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14, to his Upper East Side home, according to three law enforcement officials. He was arrested on Saturday at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, after arriving on a private flight from France, two law enforcement officials said. The sex trafficking charges carry a combined maximum sentence of up to 45 years in prison.

OHIO: BILLS WOULD DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA - Bills working their way through the Ohio Legislature would reduce punishment for some drug crimes while favoring treatment over automatic prosecution (AP). The measures are part of a national debate over reducing prison populations while responding to the nation's opioid addiction epidemic. A proposal passed by the House last month expands the use of a program allowing judges to order treatment instead of prosecution for defendants facing low-level drug charges. Judges could deny treatment requests but would have to list reasons why they feel jail, fines or both are a better option. The legislation would also make it easier for Ohioans to seal records involving low-level nonviolent and non-sexual offenses to help them move forward with their lives. A pending Senate bill would reduce low-level drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, and also allow treatment instead of prosecution. The court could put the misdemeanor cases on hold until offenders undergo treatment. "And if they complete that treatment, then the case is never prosecuted, never part of that person's record," said state Sen. John Eklund, a Republican from Portage County and Judiciary Committee Chairman and co-author of the bill. "If they screw up, they'll be convicted or prosecuted on a unclassified misdemeanor."

SPORTS: U.S. WOMEN WIN WORLD CUP - The United States women’s soccer team was as good as American players promised — maybe even better (AP). Especially Megan Rapinoe, the pink-haired captain who emerged with the Golden Ball as top player, the Golden Boot as top scorer and a world-wide stature as a champion for gender equity. The U.S. won its record fourth Women’s World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night when Rapinoe converted a tiebreaking penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal. Rapinoe scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder in the penalty area.


IRAN SURPASSES URANIUM LEVELS: Iran has surpassed the cap on uranium enrichment set by a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said Monday, warning that Tehran would take further steps to reduce its commitments under the accord (Washington Post). Speaking to local news agencies, Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran has exceeded the 3.67 percent limit and was now enriching uranium at 4.5 percent, a rate far below the 90 percent needed to produce a nuclear weapon. He said, however, that there were no obstacles to Tehran enriching at even higher levels.


CITIES: PERU PD TO WEAR BODY CAMS - A northern Indiana city has become the latest community in the state to require police officers to wear body cameras. The Peru Police Department implemented its body-camera program last week after its Board of Works approved policies detailing the cameras' use. The Kokomo Tribune reports that officers must now wear a camera at all times and record every encounter they have with a citizen in the city of about 11,000 residents. Officials say the cameras will decrease resident complaints, use-of-force incidents by police and help the city avoid costly lawsuits. Peru Police Chief Mike Meeks says the department began considering using body cameras a few years ago, but pressed ahead after Indiana lawmakers passed new guidelines on their usage.

CITIES: ST. JOHN PAYS $200K TO SETTLE HARASSMENT SUITS - The town has paid $202,000 to two women to settle sexual harassment lawsuits, while a third woman's lawsuit remains pending in federal court, records show (NWI Times). The two settled cases led to former Cmdr. Michael Fryzel's retirement from the St. John Police Department in March 2015, days before the sexual harassment allegations the lawsuits detailed became public. 

CITIES: TERRE HAUTE'S CASINO 'RACE' WITH DANVILLE, ILL - If there is a race between Terre Haute and Danville, Illinois, to see which city will be first with a casino, Danville is in the lead, a member of that city’s casino steering committee said (Taylor, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). “As far as the timing perspective, I think so,” said Vicki Haugen, president and chief executive officer of Vermilion Advantage, a business and economic development organization. Haugen cited the requirement for Vigo County voters to approve a Nov. 5 referendum before any casino plans can move forward. Illinois has no such requirement. But Terre Haute officials downplay the idea of a “race.” Mayor Duke Bennett said the city is in a good position for a casino and industry observer Ed Feigenbaum, publisher of Indiana Gaming Insight, agreed. Solicitations of interest to prospective operators of a Danville casino went out Wednesday and responses are expected in about a month. An operator selected by the city must then apply for a state gaming license by Oct. 28.

CITIES: MICHIGAN CITY PD WANTS PLATE SCANNERS - The Michigan City Police Department is seeking permission from the city to purchase license plate reader technology as an additional means of combating crime (Michigan City News-Dispatch). Police Chief Mark Swistek asked the Common Council on Tuesday for just shy of $32,000 to purchase three Vigilant Solutions cameras to be mounted outside an unmarked police car. As that car travels, the chief said, the specially designed cameras would engage in a constant collection of data – from license plate numbers to vehicle makes and models, and more. The cameras also possess facial recognition abilities, but Swistek said the MCPD would not use them for that purpose. "As the vehicle travels throughout the city, the vehicle is recording data from every single vehicle that it passes on a roadway," he said. "If it is a four-lane highway, it will capture the majority of those vehicles as well. If the officer comes to a stop at a traffic light, anything that is nearby, it will record.

CITIES: KILROY'S TRIED TO REMOVE ALCOHOL CHIEF - Kilroy’s on Kirkwood tried and failed to convince state officials that the Monroe County Alcoholic Beverage Board’s president had been biased in her review of the popular college bar’s liquor license, and that she should be removed from future proceedings (Christian, Bloomington Herald-Times). In April 2018, the local alcohol license review board responded to residents’ concerns that Kilroy’s promotes binge drinking and the objectification of women by renewing the bar’s alcohol permit for one year instead of the standard two. Indiana Excise Police Officer Lonnie Gibson and Board Member Karen Howe Fernandez voted in favor of the probationary renewal, while Board President Kitty Liell voted to cut Kilroy’s off from selling alcohol altogether. At the end of the hours-long meeting, Liell cited the hundreds of police calls to that bar as evidence of the establishment being a public nuisance.

CITIES: NASHVILLE HIRES CONSULTANT OVER TOWN MANAGER - The City of Nashville will not have a town manager for the foreseeable future (Turner, Indiana Public Media). Instead, the town council is hiring a consulting firm to handle the duties of previous town manager Scott Rudd. Rudd accepted a position with Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch’s office last year. Under the agreement, the town will pay MS Consultants $3,250 per month.  Nashville Town Council President Jane Gore says the city is temporarily testing the agreement before signing a long-term contract.  "We’re kind of testing the waters and so far I think we’re pretty comfortable with the results that we’re getting,” she says. “It’s early on.” Dax Norton is one of the consultants working with the city. He believes there are numerous communities across the state that are in need of strategic leadership. “How long have we been trying to answer the question of rural Indiana? I think upwards of 60 of the 92 counties lost population,” he says. “Are we getting these communities prepared for a different economic future?”