SEC. GRANHOLM SAYS POWER GRID VULNERABLE TO SHUT DOWN: Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm (D)  said on Sunday that adversaries of the U.S. have the capability of shutting down the country’s power grid (The Hill). "Yes, they do," she said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if U.S. adversaries had such a capability. “I think that there are very malign actors who are trying. Even as we speak, there are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector, generally,” Granholm added. “It's happening all the time. And this is why the private sector and the public sector have to work together.” Granholm also told host Jake Tapper that President Biden is working with other countries to fight cyberattacks. “He's working with our allies. He's working with countries around the world, because other countries, even Russia, they don't want to see their sectors attacked by malign actors, by rogue non-state actors, not to mention state actors,” Granholm told Tapper.


BUTTIGIEG SEES 'LOTS OF DAYLIGHT' BETWEEN GOP, BIDEN: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday said on CBS “Face The Nation” there is “lots of daylight” between the White House and Senate Republicans, as the two parties continue to negotiate on an infrastructure package. “There are a lot of conversations going on among a lot of members of the Senate and over on the House side. On Wednesday there's going to be a markup for a key element of infrastructure policy. So lots going on right now, but still lots of daylight, honestly, between us and our Republican friends,” Buttigieg told host John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” The White House and Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), have traded a number of proposals on infrastructure in recent weeks in an effort to reach a bipartisan agreement. Capito raised the GOP’s current offer by $50 billion last week, after meeting one-on-one with President Biden on Wednesday. Buttigieg, however, said on Sunday that the latest offer “really did not meet the president's objectives in terms of what we need to do for a generational investment.”


SEARCH FOR WORK REQUIREMENTS REINSTATED THIS WEEK: Starting this week, unemployed Hoosiers will once again need to prove they are searching for work in order to receive jobless benefits. The requirements are normal, but were waived for more than a year as a form of pandemic relief (Hicks, Indiana Public Media). Each week, Hoosiers will need to complete at least one work search activity. That includes things like creating a resume, attending a job fair, or participating in a program at a local WorkOne office. They’ll need to report those activities each week on their unemployment benefits claim and keep a detailed log as well. Join the conversation and sign up for the Indiana Two-Way. Text "Indiana" to 73224. Your comments and questions in response to our weekly text help us find the answers you need on COVID-19 and other statewide issues. Department of Workforce Development guidance warns that failing to pass a pre-employment drug test, dressing inappropriately for a job interview, or only applying for jobs someone is over- or underqualified for could negate that activity.


PAPA EXPLAINS ZIONSVILLE MAYORAL POWERS: In response to Sunday's HPI Daily Analysis concerning the mayoral powers there, the town’s first mayor Jeff Papa provides perspective: "In regards to your analysis below, as you know, towns in Indiana do not have mayors, except for Vernon and Zionsville. Vernon has a mayor by virtue of a 19th century charter from the General Assembly. Zionsville has a mayor due to the 2014 reorganization, which I wrote, under the Indiana Government Modernization Act.   That reorganization was approved by the voters, and upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals in 2015 and the Indiana Supreme Court in 2016. The text of that reorganization is the foundational document (along with the 2008 reorg document) of new Zionsville (we also eliminated three township governments).  We specifically included the provision you mention. It isn't that the mayor can't remove a department head; rather it is that the mayor needs approval from a majority of the town council to do so. We intentionally added this provision to protect professional department heads from political whims. If a mayor convinces four counselors there is a need, then the mayor can remove a department head. One of the reasons to get a mayor was to make sure that department heads no longer had to walk on eggshells around political factions (as they have in the past), unless they were not performing well."


U.S. VACCINATION RATES PLUMMET: Plummeting vaccination rates have turned what officials hoped would be the “last mile” of the coronavirus immunization campaign into a marathon, threatening President Biden’s goal of getting shots to at least 70 percent of adults by July 4 (AP). The United States is averaging fewer than 1 million shots per day, a decline of more than two-thirds from the peak of 3.4 million in April, according to The Washington Post’s seven-day analysis, even though all adults and children over age 12 are now eligible. Small armies of health workers and volunteers often outnumber the people showing up to get shots at clinics around the country, from a drive-through site in Chattanooga, Tenn., to a gymnasium in Provo, Utah, or a park in Raleigh, N.C. The slowdown is national — with every state down at least two-thirds from its peak — and particularly felt across the South and Midwest. Twelve states, including Utah, Oklahoma, Montana, the Dakotas and West Virginia, have seen vaccinations fall below 15 daily shots per 10,000 residents; Alabama had just four people per 10,000 residents get vaccinated last week.


LaRUSSA PASSES McGRAW ON MLB MANAGERIAL WINS LIST: Tony La Russa credited a long list of mentors. He paid tribute to his players, staff and family. He talked about working with strong ownership and front offices over the years (AP). For La Russa, it was their moment just as much as it belonged to him. "There's a lot of pieces to this day," he said. La Russa moved past John McGraw into sole possession of second on baseball's manager wins list, directing the White Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. It was win No. 2,764 for La Russa, who was hired by Chicago in October for his first managerial job since he led St. Louis to the World Series championship in 2011. It has been a bit of a bumpy ride so far, but the 76-year-old Hall of Famer has the White Sox on top of the AL Central. The crowd of 20,068 cheered as La Russa's accomplishment was announced after the win, and he responded by waving his hat and clapping toward the fans in appreciation.


LaPORTE NAMES BRIDGE FOR CHARLIE O. FINLEY: He died 25 years ago, and it’s been close to a half century since his high-profile Oakland A’s teams won three consecutive World Series. But Charlie O. Finley is back in spirit, with a bridge named after him close to where he lived outside LaPorte (Maddux, NWI Times). Finley, who grew up in Gary, is in the first class of six LaPorte County residents chosen to have their names go up on bridges under a new program honoring local citizens for their accomplishments. The Charles O. Finley Memorial Bridge is on Johnson Road above the Indiana Toll Road. Jim Arnold, a former Indiana state senator and LaPorte County sheriff, lived just down the road from Finley, whom he got to know on a first-name basis. Arnold said the honor is much deserved for a larger-than-life, blue-collar figure who brought recognition to the city and gave back to the community. “He put LaPorte on the map,” Arnold said.


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Sec. Granholm echoes warnings from former National Intelligence Director Dan Coats that the nation's power grid is vulnerable to cyberattacks. We’ve seen ransomware attacks hit pipelines and meatpackers in recent days. The nightmare scenario is awaking some more and there’s no power.  - Brian A. Howey




DONNELLY TO TOUT RESCUE PLAN IN KOKOMO: Former Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly will be holding a meet-and-greet to talk to Howard County residents about the American Rescue Plan on Tuesday (Kokomo Tribune). Donnelly will be speaking directly after the Howard County Democratic Party’s 5:30 p.m. meeting held at Roger’s Pavilion in Highland Park. The public is invited to attend. Donnelly served as one of the two U.S. Senators for Indiana from 2013 to 2019. He lost his bid for a second term to Sen. Mike Braun.




SCHUMER FACES CRACKS IN DEMOCRAT UNITY: Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is facing major tests of his ability to unite the Democratic caucus heading into a turbulent summer stretch (The Hill). Schumer, who has touted unity as a crucial asset, will now need to rally Senate Democrats to stick together amid new signs of division between moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and a progressive wing that is increasingly restless five months into the party’s control of Congress. Whether he succeeds will have sweeping ramifications for not only President Biden’s agenda, with fights over a slew of policy goals in June and July and separate talks on infrastructure coming to a head, but also the party's message in the 2022 midterms. Schumer is up for reelection next year amid constant speculation about a potential progressive primary challenger. “It is absolutely his job to be using every tool that he has in his toolbox to unify his caucus and be able to move things ahead. That is the entire mandate that he has as leader. This is certainly not just the Manchin, Sinema show,” said Mary Small, the national advocacy director for the progressive group Indivisible.


THE SENATE will meet at 3 p.m., with a vote to invoke cloture on JULIEN NEALS of New Jersey to be U.S. district judge for the District of New Jersey at 5:30 p.m. This is the chamber’s first floor vote on a Biden judicial nominee. More are expected in the June work period.


THE HOUSE is out. Secretary of State Blinken will be on the Hill, testifying before the Foreign Affairs Committee at 10 a.m. and an Appropriations subcommittee at 2:30 p.m.


General Assembly


PORTER REACTS TO MAY REVENUE: Indiana’s revenues grew faster in May than expected, painting a rosy picture for the state’s economic recovery following the fallout from COVID-19 (Downard, CNHI). According to the latest state report, released Friday, the General Fund revenues for May totaled $1.878 billion, $518.8 million (or 38%) more than predicted in the April 15, 2021, forecast and nearly double what the state received in May 2020. The report said that overall, the changes are likely due to “ … changing restrictions related to the pandemic, vaccine development and distribution, and recent federal policy actions on assistance programs, economic impact payments, interest rates and more.” Specifically, sales taxes, individual income taxes, corporate adjusted gross income tax and gaming taxes were collected at higher rates and are “trending at multi-year highs.” With an estimated $3.397 billion more in the General Fund, $617.9 million more than predicted just the month before, some Democratic budget writers are calling for an “impactful” infusion and increased spending. “Another half a billion dollars could remain hoarded in a bloated state surplus if my colleagues across the aisle do not take the opportunity to thoughtfully invest these taxpayer dollars back in our communities,” Rep. Gregory Porter, D-Indianapolis, said in a release. “A decade of ‘small investment’ and ‘small government’ policy is leaving our state ‘too small’ to work for everyone.”




DNR: STATE PARKS FACE LIFEGUARD SHORTAGE - With things looking a lot better as far as the coronavirus pandemic is concerned, people are flocking to Indiana’s state parks in record numbers (WIBC). According to Terry Coleman, the director of state parks with the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, they are seeing a lot of people paying money to see Indiana’s state parks. He compares the rush to one they saw shortly after 9/11. “We saw a rush of people coming for that sense of place, that sense of feeling,” Coleman told Indiana Outdoors. “Coming to some of the most special and treasured places of our state and they seem to flock there.” “We are right, smack dab, in the middle of hiring,” Coleman said. “We look for about 1,600 less than full-time people every year for a variety of things. Lifeguarding, maintenance, even housekeeping and cleaning for our inns and lodges.” Lifeguards are the biggest shortage that Coleman is facing. With pools closed for the whole of 2020 because of COVID restrictions, lifeguards at each state park were left without work. What complicates things is the fact that their lifeguards operate with a two-year certification.




WHITE HOUSE: HARRIS TARGETS CORRUPTION IN GUATEMALA - With Kamala Harris visiting Guatemala and Mexico on her first foreign trip as vice president, the Biden administration is expected to announce new measures to fight smuggling and trafficking, and hopes to announce additional anti-corruption efforts as well on Monday, a senior administration official said (AP). The official, who briefed reporters traveling with Harris on Sunday, spoke on condition of anonymity to preview announcements before they have been made public. No further details were provided. Harris has been tasked by President Joe Biden with addressing the root causes of the spike in migration to the U.S.-Mexico border, and her aides say corruption will be a central focus of her meetings with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday and Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday. “Corruption really does sap the the wealth of any country, and in Central America is at a scale where it is a large percentage of GDP across the region,” said special envoy Ricardo Zuniga.


WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN/HARRIS SCHEDULES - President Biden's schedule: 9:50 a.m.: The president will receive the President’s Daily Brief. 4:30 p.m.: Biden will host Stoltenberg at the White House. Press secretary Jen Psaki will brief  at 12:30 p.m. THE WEEK AHEAD: Wednesday: Biden and first lady JILL BIDEN will travel to the United Kingdom. Thursday: The president will meet with Johnson.  Friday-Sunday: Biden will attend the G-7 Summit in Cornwall HARRIS’ MONDAY: 9:35 a.m. CST: The VP will participate in a bilateral meeting with Guatemalan President Giammettei at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura in Guatemala City. 10:45 a.m.: Harris will take an official photo with Giammattei. 11:35 a.m.: Harris and Giammattei will hold a press conference. 1:45 p.m.: The VP will participate in a roundtable on migration with Guatemalan community and civil society leaders. 3:25 p.m.: Harris will participate in an intergenerational innovators and entrepreneurs event. 7:50 p.m.: The VP will depart Guatemala en route to Mexico City, Mexico, where she is scheduled to arrive at 11:05 p.m. CDT.


ECONOMY: STATES REBOUND FROM PANDEMIC -  Just a year ago, the financial future looked bleak for state governments as governors and lawmakers scrambled to cut spending amid the coronavirus recession that was projected to pummel revenue (AP). They laid off state workers, threatened big cuts to schools and warned about canceling or scaling back building projects, among other steps. Today, many of those same states are flush with cash, and lawmakers are passing budgets with record spending. Money is pouring into schools, social programs and infrastructure. At the same time, many states are socking away billions of dollars in savings. “It’s definitely safe to say that states are in a much better fiscal situation than they anticipated,” said Erica MacKellar, a fiscal analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.


ILLINOIS: OBAMA NAMES COMMS TEAM AHEAD OF LIBRARY GROUNDBREAKING - President Obama, who plans to remain in the public eye ahead of the Obama Presidential Center groundbreaking later this year on the South Side of Chicago, names two top staffers for his personal office (Axios): Hannah Hankins, President Obama's new communications director, served for 5+ years in the Obama White House Communications Department and Crystal Carson, Mrs. Obama's communications director, was a managing director at Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote Initiative. Eric Schultz continues his consultant role (via The Schultz Group) as outside senior advisor.


MLB: CUBS AVOID SF SWEEP WITH 4-3 WIN - Patrick Wisdom hit a pair of home runs and drove in three runs in helping the Cubs avoid a four-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday (AP). "The home runs come when I'm not trying to do too much," Wisdom said. "It's being relaxed and looking for a pitch I can drive." Wisdom has seven home runs in 13 games this season. He has a hit in nine of 11 games since his May 25 recall from Triple-A Iowa. "He's given us more than we expected," Cubs manager David Ross said. "He's really driving the ball. He picked us up today."


MLB: REDS DOWN CARDINALS 8-7 - Jesse Winker hit a tiebreaking home run off Alex Reyes in the ninth inning for his second three-homer game this season, and the Cincinnati Reds completed their first four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in 21 years with an 8-7 victory on Sunday (ESPN). Winker had six RBI, hitting a two-run homer in the first, a three-run homer in the second off John Gant and the go-ahead drive against Reyes (3-2). Winker has 17 homers, tied for the NL lead. He also homered three times against Milwaukee on May 21.


Sunday Talk


LEWANDOWSKI SAYS TRUMP HASN'T MENTIONED REINSTATEMENT: Former President Trump’s one-time campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Sunday that Trump has not spoken to him about being reinstated, following reports the former president believes he will return to the White House after his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen are proven true. “I can tell you I've spoken to the president dozens, if not more than 100 times, since he has left the White House, and the President and I have never had that conversation about him being reinstated so I can't specifically comment on what he has said to other individuals because it hasn't been a conversation I've had with him,” Lewandowski told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” He added that he knows “of no provision under the Constitution” that would allow Trump to be reinstated, or permit any individual “who lost an election to come back in if a recount is dubbed inaccurate.”


FACEBOOK VEEP DEFENDS TRUMP SUSPENSION: Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said on Sunday that the two-year suspension of former President Trump from its platform was “justified” despite widespread criticisms of the decision. “We understand that making a decision like this is controversial, it’s shouted out, if you like, from both sides, from those people who feel that Donald Trump should be back on the platform immediately and from those who say he should be banned forever. It receives criticism from all sides,” Clegg told “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos on ABC. Facebook said on Friday that it would uphold a suspension of Trump’s account for two years, lasting at least until January 2023, after which it would evaluate whether the "risk to public safety" of restoring Trump's account has abated. Trump, meanwhile, has called the suspension an “insult” to Americans who voted for him.


MANCHIN SAYS HR1 'WRONG' FOR COUNTRY: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said the sweeping election reform bill in Congress, dubbed the For the People Act, is “the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country. I think it will divide us further. I don't want to be in a country divided any further than I'm in right now. I love my country, and I think my Democrat and Republican colleagues feel the same," Manchin told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "If we continue to divide it and separate us more, it's not going to be united. It's not going to be the country that we love and know, and it's gonna be hard because it'll be the back and forth, no matter who's in power," he added.


BLINKEN VOWS TO HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR COVID: Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO" that the Biden administration is determined to "get to the bottom" of COVID-19's origins, and said the U.S. will hold China accountable. "The most important reason we have to get to the bottom of this is that's the only way we're going to be able to prevent the next pandemic or at least do a better job in mitigating it," he said during a wide-ranging interview in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room. Blinken said China still hasn't "given us the transparency we need," access for international inspectors and experts, or real-time information sharing. "That has to happen," he added. "(A)t the end of the day, it's profoundly in China's interest to do this, as well."


CONDI RICE SAYS U.S. TRUSTED CHINA TOO MUCH: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday said the U.S. may have been too trusting of the Chinese government in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Were [U.S. officials] too accommodating of China in the sense that early on we were told the Chinese are on top of it? I can't imagine during the Cold War U.S. government ever saying, ‘Well, the Russians have told us they're on the case. Everything's fine.’ Were we too trusting of the Chinese?” host John Dickerson asked Rice on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “That's a really good point, John,” Rice said, adding, “Maybe there was a little bit too much of trusting of the Chinese.”


GRAHAM CALLS FOR RUSS TO PAY PRICE FOR CYBERATTACKS: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that Russia should be held responsible for recent cyberattacks on U.S.-based companies. “Our critical infrastructure is very exposed, and we need to harden it, but more than anything else, we need to go on offense. You can only play defense so long,” Graham said on “Full Court Press With Greta Van Susteren.” “It’s time for the Russians to pay a price here because none of this would happen without their looking the other way or actively encouraging it.” Graham added that he doesn’t believe Russian President Vladimir Putin.


SEN. KING OPEN TO 'NUCLEAR OPTION': Independent Maine Senator Angus King said Sunday that he will consider using the so-called "nuclear option" to bypass the Senate's filibuster rules in order to pass a pending voting rights bill. Appearing on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, King responded to moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin's op-ed in which he wrote he would not support the For the People Act. King said Manchin is playing politics with Americans' voting rights and that despite the future risk of doing so, he is "reluctantly" open to eliminating the filibuster in order to get the legislation passed. The Maine senator said the nearly 1,000 pages of the voting rights bill still have much left to be negotiated. "But just to get a 'yes' or 'no,' it sounds like you are not in a place where you are ready to get rid of the filibuster yet," State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked King.


MISSISSIPPI GOV CALLS BIDEN VAX GOAL 'ARBITRARY': Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said on Sunday that President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4 is “arbitrary, to say the least.”  CNN's Jake Tapper asked Reeves on "State of the Union" whether the governor was concerned about the fact that only 30 percent of Mississippi residents are fully vaccinated. Fewer than 50 percent of adults in the state have had at least one dose of a vaccine. "The fact is, for over a year, we tried to focus our goals on reducing hospitalizations, reducing the number of individuals in ICU beds, because we think the most important thing is that if you get the virus, it's if you can get better with good, quality care, that you receive that quality care," Reeves said.




INDIANAPOLIS: COUNCIL TO VOTE ON COVID RESTRICTIONS TONIGHT - On Monday, City-County councilors will vote on the Marion County Health Department’s new COVID-19 health recommendations (WISH-TV). If approved, this could lift the mask mandate immediately for people who are fully vaccinated. It would also increase capacity at summer camps, bars and restaurants to 75% and increase indoor events to a 50% capacity.


BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY: MOBILE VAX UNIT OFF TO SLOW START - The first two mobile COVID-19 clinics in Bartholomew County got off to a very modest start (Columbus Republic). A total of 24 people turned out for a mobile clinic Thursday at Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School, said Jayne Pennington, a project implementation specialist at WindRose Health Network who has been directing a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Edinburgh. That was more than the seven people who rolled up their sleeves at a mobile clinic this past Tuesday at Taylorsville Elementary School. Pennington said WindRose was prepared to administer up to 60 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine over the two days and could have gotten 60 more if needed. “We have ample vaccine,” Pennington said. “We just need people’s arms.”


ST. JOSEPH COUNTY: CANNABIS ARRESTS UP - In January 2020, as southwest Michigan towns were about to see their first recreational marijuana shops open, St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter, south of the Indiana line, was meeting with police officers at their shift change roll calls (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). Cotter told officers in South Bend, Mishawaka and the county to watch for Hoosiers driving to the new shops, getting high and driving back home. “We wanted to let them know that this is something that we take very seriously, and I believe they do too, so please be on the lookout for it,” Cotter said. By the end of that year, his office would file 103 cases of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a Schedule I or II controlled substance, a 45% increase from the 71 such cases in 2019.