GLYNN WINS HD32 NOMINATION BY 6 VOTES:  Nine days after Indiana’s primary, Republicans have their nominee for one last seat in the Indiana House (Berman, WIBC). Hamilton County Councilman Fred Glynn held a six-vote lead on former Trump administration official Suzie Jaworowski on election night. But the Marion County Election Board had to rule on whether to accept 227 provisional ballots, cast when there’s a machine malfunction at the polling place or a question about whether a voter is properly registered. The board has accepted and tallied 108 of those ballots — but none of them turned out to include votes in that district. Four more voters have until noon Friday to present a photo ID after failing to do so at the polls, but even if all four do so and are in that district, it’s not enough to wipe out Glynn’s margin. Hamilton County, which contains most of the district, meets Friday to rule on seven provisional ballots, but none of them is in the district. Glynn’s victory will become official Monday when the Marion County Election Board votes to certify the totals. Jaworowski still has the option of seeking a recount. Glynn will face IUPUI Professor Victoria Wilburn in November for an open seat created by redistricting. The seat is expected to be a swing district.


CRAWFORD COUNTY JUDGE CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC BATTERY: A southern Indiana judge previously involved in a 2019 shooting in Indianapolis has been arrested on suspicion of battering her husband in front of their children (WRTV). Crawford County Circuit Court Judge Sabrina Bell, 40, was charged Thursday with a single felony count in connection with the April 12 incident, court records show. She was suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday. Bell had an argument with her husband that night that ended with her striking him in the left side of his face, a probable cause affidavit alleges. An investigation by the Indiana Department of Child Services found two of the couple's children, aged 12 and 8, witnessed the altercation, according to the affidavit. Indiana State Police investigated the alleged battery and a special prosecutor was appointed to the case. In April, the Crawford County Republican Party announced Bell suspended her campaign for reelection. In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Bell said, “My time will come friends and I will share with you everything. I have nothing to hide and no reason to hold back any longer. I’m looking forward to speaking my truth and being able to heal from it and being free” (CBS4).


INDIANA RENTS UP 13%: Indiana rents are up 13 percent compared with the same time last year, according to data from rental property hosting site Dwellsy (Thorp, Indiana Public Media). Nationwide, the company reports that residential rents have increased by about 24 percent, with rent increases in bigger markets like New York City slowly cascading into mid-sized markets like Indianapolis. Jonas Bordo, CEO and co-founder of Dwellsy, said as people get priced out of larger markets they’re likely to look to places like Indianapolis, which will continue to drive rent increases locally. Indianapolis has already seen rent increase 10 percent over last year. “I think we’ll start to see follow-on effects later on in places like Indy where prices will get pushed up more significantly,” he said. According to Bordo, rents are being boosted around particular kinds of property. Rental prices for apartments are up about six percent nationwide with single-family homes seeing a 36 percent increase. “More people are working from home and we’re still seeing 40 percent or lower office occupancy in most metro areas and that means people are working from home,” Bordo said. “That means you need a home office when you didn’t need a home officer before.”


INDIANA TO RECEIVED $506M IN OPIOID SETTLEMENT: Indiana is set to receive $506 million over the next two decades from a settlement with opioid manufacturers (Smith, Indiana Public Media). The settlement amount had been in flux for months. That’s because many of those local governments initially opted not to join in the state’s agreement, instead forging ahead with their own lawsuits over the opioid epidemic. That meant less money coming to the state. But Cory Voight from the Indiana Attorney General’s office said a new state law, HEA 1193, evenly splits the money from the drug companies between the state and local governments. And that has every local unit signing on to the settlement – ensuring Indiana will get as much money as possible. “That money – 70 percent of it must go to education, prevention, treatment programs,” Voight said.


8 CITIES SEEK TO FORM RDA: Eight cities and towns in central Indiana are looking to create an economic development group to increase collaboration and the ability to apply for regional grants (IBJ). The Central Indiana Regional Development Authority initially would include Anderson, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, McCordsville, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville. The cities, minus McCordsville and Zionsville, were among the communities located along the White River that came together last year to apply for funding through the $500 million Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative. “Our real goal right now is to get organized and be prepared with a governance structure,” Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen said. “There isn’t really a big, outstanding project that I would say we’re going after right now, but we know others that are coming down the pike.” The new RDA will dissolve a previous development authority that included Carmel, Greenwood, Indianapolis and Westfield. It formed in 2015 in an effort to win millions of dollars in state grants for the IndyGo Red Line after the General Assembly approved the formation of RDAs.


INDIANA GOOGLE VASECTOMY SEARCHES UP 99%: Google searches for vasectomy are up 99 percent since the leak last week of the Supreme Court draft opinion that could overturn Roe v. Wade. Questions such as “how much is a vasectomy” and “are vasectomies reversible” went up 250 percent, according to new data analyzed by Innerbody Research (Tara, Indiana Public Media). Bryan Hoff, urologic surgeon at IU Health, notes it is possible but still too early to know if the Roe leak has had a direct effect on the number of patients requesting vasectomies. Hoff said it’s possible that people concerned about a change in the law might be planning ahead.  "I think we will see more [men requesting vasectomies]. I've certainly seen a lot of mobilization of people protesting and such ever since [Roe documents were] leaked," Hoff said. Searches for "vasectomy near me" were most popular in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Florida. These are all states that are likely to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.


JAN. 6 PANEL SUBPOENAS McCARTHY & 4 REPUBLICANS: The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack subpoenaed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and four other Republican members of Congress on Thursday for testimony about events surrounding the Capitol riot and efforts to overturn the 2020 election (ABC News). McCarthy and the other members -- Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania -- had rejected the committee's voluntary requests for cooperation in recent months. "Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily," Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement regarding the subpoenas. "Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we're forced to take this step to help ensure the committee uncovers facts concerning January 6th. We urge our colleagues to comply with the law, do their patriotic duty, and cooperate with our investigation as hundreds of other witnesses have done."


NAVY WANTS TO SCRAP NEW USS INDIANAPOLIS: The chief of the US Navy defended the service's plans to scrap nine relatively new warships in the coming fiscal year even as the service tries to keep up with China's growing fleet. Three of the littoral combat ships slated for decommissioning are less than three years old (CNN). Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the anti-submarine ships could not perform their primary mission. "I refuse to put an additional dollar against a system that would not be able to track a high-end submarine in today's environment," Gilday told the committee. He said the main reason for the early retirement was that the anti-submarine warfare system on the ships "did not work out technically." The decommissioning of the ships would save the Navy approximately $391 million, according to the service's proposed FY23 budget. But that recoups only a fraction of the cost of the nine littoral combat ships, which totaled about $3.2 billion. The USS Indianapolis, USS Billings and USS Wichita were all commissioned in 2019, which means the Navy plans on decommissioning ships that are only a fraction of the way into their expected service life. The Navy also plans to retire six other littoral combat ships, all of the single-hull Freedom-variant, as opposed to the trimaran Independence-variant. Both variants can achieve speeds of 40+ knots.


BIDEN CONCERNED ABOUT OFF-RAMP FOR PUTIN: At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser outside Washington this week, President Biden shared a brief but interesting observation about Russian President Vladimir Putin (Washington Post). “He is a very, very, very calculating man,” Biden said. “And the problem I worry about now is that he doesn’t have a way out right now, and I’m trying to figure out what we do about that.” Writing in The Daily 202, Olivier Knox notes that Biden is essentially putting Putin on the couch and trying to get into his head regarding the war in Ukraine — and doing it with some frequency.


PUSSY RIOT SINGER ESCAPES RUSSIA; TO RAISE FUNDS FOR UKRAINE: Russian feminist arts collective and punk rock band Pussy Riot was set to perform for the first time in three years Thursday, after its lead singer dressed as a food-delivery courier to escape house arrest in Moscow (Washington Post). Speaking in Berlin at the start of a planned 19-show European tour to raise money for victims of the war in Ukraine, Maria Alyokhina, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, described her decision to leave Russia as “spontaneous.” It came after Russian authorities announced that she would have to serve a 21-day sentence in a penal colony. Alyokhina has been arrested six times over the past year on charges related to her political activism, with Putin expanding an already stifling crackdown on political dissent since his invasion of Ukraine. “We want to speak the truth,” Alyokhina said. “Those Russians who are aware are already doing all they can and are being imprisoned.”


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: In the first two years of the Carter and Clinton presidencies, and ditto for the same period of the Obama White House, Democrats had enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law and each time they passed on the opportunity. Meanwhile Republicans worked for decades, building a conservative Supreme Court majority that makes overturning Roe in the coming weeks possible. Senate Democrats botched their "show vote" on Wednesday with a bill that would have actually expanded abortions. turning their backs on Sens. Murkowski and Collins who were preparing their own Roe codification. - Brian A. Howey




INDEMS HAVE 2 WEEKS TO FILL OUT TICKET:  Indiana Democrats have just over two weeks to complete their slate of statewide candidates for November (Berman, WIBC). Former deputy attorney general Destiny Wells is Democrats’ expected nominee for secretary of state, but the party hasn’t announced candidates for treasurer or auditor. State chairman Mike Schmuhl says he’s having conversations with potential candidates, and says the party will fill those slots before a May 27 deadline. The nominations won’t be official until the state party convention next month. Republicans’ convention is the same day, but their filing deadline is a week later than the Democrats’. Three Republicans are challenging Secretary of State Holli Sullivan for renomination, and four more are running to replace term-limited state treasurer Kelly Mitchell. State Auditor Tera Klutz is expected to be unopposed for nomination for a second full term. Democrats have often waited till the last minute in recent years to complete the statewide ticket, and in 2020, went beyond the last minute. The party extended the filing deadline before announcing former House Minority Leader Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) as its nominee for lieutenant governor.


MORALES SAYS ROKITA DIDN'T FIRE HIM: Controversy has popped up regarding Diego Morales’ tenure at the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, with the key question being, did he quit, or was he fired?  And secondly, did Attorney General Todd Rokita, who was Secretary of State at the time, attempt to mislead convention delegates about the termination? Diego recently sent out an e-mail to convention delegates accusing his opponent, incumbent Holli Sullivan, of spreading false allegations that he was fired from his job back in 2009 (Abdul, IndyPolitics). Morales sent out the following e-mail: "You may be aware of the rumors being circulated by my opponent that I was fired from the Indiana Secretary of State office’s 13 years ago or somehow parted disagreeably with then-Secretary of State Todd Rokita. These baseless insults reveal the Establishment’s anxiety regarding the power of the America First movement in the Hoosier State, which will select true MAGA patriots for elected offices. I have worked in Indiana politics and government for many years, and I am proud of my record of hard work and achievement. I came to this country legally to pursue the American dream. Through hustle and talent, I earned degrees from both Indiana University and Purdue University, which prepared me well for business success. I also gratefully served in the U.S.Army with my green card in my pocket, and that experience formed in me a fighting spirit which I now bring to politics to confront these accusations and, ultimately, to become Secretary of State and fight for Hoosiers. When I left Secretary Rokita’s office, there was no scandal of any kind. Our parting was amicable, and to this day Todd and I remain good friends. He heard what was being said about me and sent me the following note, which he gave me permission to share with all of you."


INDEMS PRESS GREEN ON UNIONS: The Indiana Democratic Party asked Jennifer Ruth Green to clarify on the record about her support (or lack thereof) for project labor agreements (PLAs) and the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (Howey Politics Indiana). Green should also specify her stance on the Biden administration’s recent move to require steel made in America (prioritizing Indiana’s steel industry) for projects associated with The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (The Jobs Act). The request comes as Green continues a Fox News media blitz that’s more about national partisanship and less about her plans for Indiana’s First Congressional District. So far, Green has failed to share her vision for organized labor. “Jennifer-Ruth Green’s campaign seems to be taking cues from Washington D.C, because she’s failed to share her plans for one of Northwest Indiana’s most important communities: organized labor. It’s time for Green to specify if she supports project labor agreements, Indiana’s steel industry, and the PRO Act,” said Drew Anderson, spokesman for the Indiana Democratic Party. “Hoosiers already have a champion representing them in Northwest Indiana: Frank Mrvan. The Co-Chair of the Congressional Steel Caucus has ensured union jobs are a priority. And thanks to the American Rescue Plan and The Jobs Act, Mrvan has secured a brighter future for workers in the district. Mrvan isn’t hiding his support for workers, and it’s time Green join the conversation or risk showing her campaign is nothing but extreme partisanship.”


TRUMP RAILS AT SURGING BARNETTE: Kathy Barnette has gone from virtual nobody to virtual front-runner in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate contest — and now she's facing the heat that comes with being on top (NBC News). With days until the May 17 primary, detractors are frantically trying to prevent her from pulling off one of the biggest political upsets of the year. A super PAC backing one of her opponents released an ad calling Barnette, who would be Pennsylvania’s first Black senator if elected, "Crazy Kathy." Allies of her opponents are circulating old tweets, including one critical of former President Donald Trump. “Kathy Barnette will never be able to win the General Election against the Radical Left Democrats,” the former president said in a statement. “She has many things in her past which have not been properly explained or vetted, but if she is able to do so, she will have a wonderful future in the Republican Party — and I will be behind her all the way.”


PENCE TO RALLY FOR GOV. KEMP: Former Vice President Mike Pence will hold a rally with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on the eve of his GOP primary — Pence’s most aggressive political move yet in defiance of his former patron and ticket-mate, former President Donald Trump (Politico). The event comes ahead of the May 24 primary pitting Kemp against Trump-endorsed David Perdue, the former senator who is running for governor. The former president has made Kemp one of his top Republican targets of the midterm election, attacking him mercilessly ever since Kemp refused to intervene and overturn Georgia’s vote count during the 2020 election, when the state went narrowly for President Joe Biden.


PENCE CITES ABORTION EXTREMISM: Former Vice President and Indiana Governor Mike Pence is happy to see the Senate reject a bill that would have made abortions legal nationwide. Now he is hoping the Supreme Court will take it one step further (Herrick, WIBC). “It is my hope and literally my prayer that the draft opinion that was leaked a week ago before the Supreme Court becomes the majority opinion, so we’re able to overturn Roe v. Wade and return the question of abortion to the states,” said Pence in an interview on The Story with Martha MacCallum on Fox News Wednesday. Pro-choice activists have been protesting outside the homes of Supreme Court justices. Pence is not a fan of that. “It is an attempt to intimidate the court and it is against federal law. I think to have elected officials or any Americans hesitating to denounce that is irresponsible,” said Pence.




HOOSIERS DON'T WANT WEAKER WETLAND PROTECTIONS: A survey commissioned for the National Audubon Society shows most Hoosiers don’t want the state to weaken protections for wetlands — regardless of their political party (Thiele, Indiana Public Media). Among other things, wetlands provide habitat for endangered and threatened species, protect communities from flooding, filter out pollution, and store carbon emissions. Last year lawmakers passed a law to remove protections for about half of all wetland acres in Indiana. The survey shows more than 60 percent of Indiana residents polled who voted for Trump want the state to maintain its standards to protect wetlands. While more than 70 percent of Biden voters want the state to strengthen them.




GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB SAYS STATE MUST RETAIN WORKERS - Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state must do more if it hopes to retain and attract workers (Turner, Indiana Public Media). "We’re [the] number one per capita manufacturing state in America," Holcomb told attendees at the IU Center for Rural Engagement's Rural Conference Thursday. "If we want to be the number one advanced manufacturing state in America ten years from now, we’re going to have to make a lot of investments in equipment, etc. and skilling up the talent," Holcomb said. The governor was clear the state needs "to create a destination where people want to live and you have to cultivate the talent." He touted the state’s READI grant program, which earlier this year funneled $500 million in grants to local projects, as a potential area for growth. However, the program's funding comes from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan—which drew no votes from Hoosier Republican representatives in Washington.  That isn’t keeping Holcomb and state officials from taking credit. "$500 million state dollars attracted $10 billion off the sidelines that probably never would’ve happened," the Governor touted. "Maybe parts, but I’ve already publicly said I want to go back for another round."


SUPREME COURT: JUDGE BELL SUSPENDED - The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed an interim suspension on Circuit Court Judge Sabrina Bell of Crawford County, effective immediately. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed a “Notice of Criminal Charges and Request for Suspension” and “Exhibit A” with the Indiana Supreme Court (Howey Politics Indiana). The Notice, case number 22S-JD-148, was filed by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications when the Commission learned a prosecutor had filed Level 6 Felony charges against Judge Bell. According to Admission and Discipline Rule 25(V)(A) of the Indiana Rules of Court, “A judicial officer shall be suspended with pay by the Supreme Court…upon the filing of an indictment or information charging the judicial officer in any court in the United States with a crime punishable as a felony under the laws of Indiana or the United States.”


EDUCATION: CIVICS DEBATED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS - What Indiana does and does not teach about government—such as constitutional amendments beyond the Bill of Rights—is back in the spotlight this week as the state moves forward with a new middle school civics course (Appleton, Chalkbeat). In civics across all grade levels, the state standards stop at the Bill of Rights, with no specific requirements for students to learn about subsequent amendments that abolished slavery and established equal protection under the law, as well as Indiana’s own history of legal discrimination. In that vein, education advocates say the proposed middle school civics standards need more specificity, especially regarding the history of Black Americans and other people of color. “How do we have time to talk about the Magna Carta and Rome, but we fully miss the contributions of other cultures to Indiana and to the nation?” said Marshawn Wolley, director of policy for the African American Coalition of Indianapolis. “If you’re not talking about slavery and the Civil War and Black men’s contributions to saving the union, you’re missing something.”




SPARTZ INTRODUCES RUSS WAR CRIMES ACT: Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) and Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) introduced the Investigate Russian War Crimes Act, bipartisan legislation to allow the United States to provide material support or funding to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for their investigation of Russian war crimes and atrocities in Ukraine. Currently, U.S. law forbids any federal funds from being directed to the ICC (Howey Politics Indiana). “The loss of life and atrocities I have seen in Ukraine is heartbreaking and tragic,” said Rep. Spartz. “These purported war crimes are inhumane and cannot be ignored by the international community for justice to be served.” Last month, the ICC announced that it would become a participant in investigations into alleged core international crimes committed in Ukraine. “Russia’s conduct in Ukraine has been appalling and demands a full international war crimes investigation,“ said Rep. Jacobs. “I am proud to introduce this legislation that will strengthen the international community’s ability to hold Putin accountable, help the United States work collaboratively with the ICC, and boost our global leadership.”


PRO-CHOICE PROTESTERS AT YOUNG EVENT: Pro-choice protesters gathered at the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion Thursday night to express their views outside a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind (Ross, NWI Times). Chanting, “Pro-life is a lie, they don’t care if people die,” some 60 protesters voiced dismay over the leaked draft of a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would have overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed access to abortions. Young voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would have codified the Roe v. Wade precedent. Protester Paula Deiotte, of Porter, said she showed up to express her “disdain” for Young and support of the Nasty Women of Porter County organization “who stand up for women.” “No one’s pro-abortion,” she said. Rather, it’s a matter of allowing women to make that choice for themselves.


YOUNG ADDRESSES CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON USICA: U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), a conferee on his U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), spoke at the first public meeting of the conference committee (Howey Politics Indiana). The bill aims to out-innovate and outcompete the Chinese Communist Party. “In the days ahead, there will be disagreements, but we need to get this bill across the finish line with a strong bipartisan vote, and help ensure the United States is leading the world into the future,” Young said.


BUCSHON REMARKS AT BEGINNING OF CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: During the first meeting of conferees to negotiate a compromise between the Senate’s United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and the House’s U.S. Innovation and Competition (America COMPETES) Act, U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.) highlighted how American innovation and leadership should be the key priorities of this legislation (Howey Politics Indiana). “If we truly want to stay competitive, let’s focus on maximizing the use of the abundant resources we have here at home. Let’s focus on America. America ensures that the Chinese Communist Party is never playing on the same field as us by embracing innovation, unleashing domestic energy production and creating a reliable regulatory and permitting environment – not through government subsidies and wasteful spending. Lifting these barriers must be central to this legislation if we want to build off our storied history of global competitiveness and secure American leadership,” said Rep. Bucshon.


SENATE CONFIRMS POWELL FOR ANOTHER FED TERM: The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, giving bipartisan backing to Powell’s high-stakes efforts to curb the highest inflation in four decades (AP). The 80-19 vote reflected broad support in Congress for the Fed’s drive to combat surging prices through a series of sharp interest rate hikes that could extend well into next year. The Fed’s goal is to slow borrowing and spending enough to ease the inflation pressures. Since February, when his first term expired, Powell had been leading the central bank in a temporary capacity.


SEN. PAUL HOLDING UP UKRAINE AID: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) objected Thursday to a Senate vote on assistance for Ukraine, delaying passage of the bill till next week and dampening a bipartisan push to maintain steady aid to Kyiv (Washington Post). The senator faced backlash over his opposition but said he stands by his decision. “My oath of office is to the U.S. Constitution, not to any foreign nation,” Paul tweeted Thursday evening, repeating his remarks on the Senate floor. While he said he sympathizes with the Ukrainian people, Paul added that the United States “cannot continue to spend money we don’t have” because doing so is “threatening our own national security.” The bill — which would send $39.8 billion in economic, humanitarian and defense aid to Ukraine — passed in the House of Representatives this week with broad support. President Biden said he wanted it on his desk by the end of this week, with Washington trying to head off a lapse in funding to Ukraine as Kyiv’s forces clash with the Russian military in the country’s east and south.


The SENATE is out. The HOUSE will meet at 9 a.m. to consider the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2022. Last votes are expected at 3 p.m.




WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN ADDRESS INFANT FORMULA SHORTAGE - The Biden administration on Thursday announced steps to address the infant formula shortage, as limited supplies shake parents across the country struggling to locate the critical and in some cases, life-sustaining, products (Politico). President Joe Biden spoke with retailers and manufacturers on Thursday to discuss the crisis, and the administration announced plans to speed up the manufacturing process, crack down on price gouging and increase supply through additional imports. “I can assure you this is not new to the White House’s radar,” a senior administration official said Thursday, when asked why it took so long for the administration to take action. The Biden administration has been working with the Food and Drug Administration and others for a few months to determine next steps, the official said.


WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule — 9:30 a.m.: The president will receive the President’s Daily Brief. — 10:45 a.m.: Biden will welcome Jordan King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein to the White House. — 2:30 p.m.: Biden will meet with local elected officials, chiefs of police and a community violence intervention expert from cities across America to discuss infrastructure and policing, and will deliver remarks at 3 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.: Biden will participate in the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit. — 6 p.m.: The president will depart the White House en route to New Castle, Del., where he is scheduled to arrive at 6:55 p.m. VP Harris: — 11:30 a.m.: The vice president will host a working lunch with ASEAN leaders. — 1:30 p.m.: Harris will host a meeting with ASEAN leaders, Cabinet members and other administration officials. Press secretary Jen Psaki will deliver her final briefing at 1 p.m.


JUSTICE: PROBE OF CLASSIFIED MATERIAL AT TRUMP HOME - Federal prosecutors have begun a grand jury investigation into whether classified White House documents that ended up at former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida home were mishandled, according to two people briefed on the matter (New York Times). The intensifying inquiry suggests that the Justice Department is examining the role of Mr. Trump and other officials in his White House in their handling of sensitive materials during the final stages of his administration. In recent days, the Justice Department has taken a series of steps showing that its investigation has progressed beyond the preliminary stages. Prosecutors issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration to obtain the boxes of classified documents, according to the two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.


JUSTICE: 2 GOVS WANT SCOTUS HOME PROTESTS TO END - The Republican governors of Virginia and Maryland are calling on the Justice Department to enforce a federal law that bars picketing a judge's house to influence their decision-making, as abortion rights supporters continue to protest outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices (CBS News). Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland and Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, who lead the states where some of the justices live, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday calling the recent demonstrations outside the houses of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett "markedly different" than those that occur on the steps of the Supreme Court.


NATO: FINLAND SEEKS TO JOIN ALLIANCE - As Russia’s grinding war pulverizes eastern Ukraine and eats away at the global economy, it is also creating unintended consequences for President Vladimir V. Putin, whose aggression is bringing more European nations closer to NATO’s fold and strengthening Western ties, the very thing the Russian leader had hoped to weaken (New York Times). Finland’s leaders announced on Thursday that their country should “apply for NATO membership without delay,” while Swedish leaders were expected to do the same within days. It is a remarkable shift by two nations on Russia’s doorstep that had long remained nonaligned militarily — but where public opinion has lurched strongly toward joining the alliance in the 11 weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow would have “to take retaliatory steps … to stop the threats that arise” (Washington Post).


MEDIA: SUNDAY TALK - Tonight PBS’ “Washington Week”: Seung Min Kim, Susan Page and Manu Raju. “Fox News Sunday”: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Kathy Barnette. Panel: Charles Hurt, Guy Benson, Catherine Lucey and Mo Elleithee. ABC “This Week”: Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Panel: Chris Christie, Donna Brazile, Molly Ball and Jon Karl. CBS “Face the Nation”: Mark Esper, Scott Gottlieb, Lloyd Blankfein. NBC “Meet the Press”: Panel: Matt Bai, Al Cardenas, Susan Page and Ashley Parker. CNN “Inside Politics”: Panel: Astead Herndon, Margaret Talev, Asma Khalid, Alex Burns and David Sanger. MSNBC “The Sunday Show”: Rachel Bitecofer, Eric Holder.


TECHNOLOGY: MUSK PUTS TWITTER DEAL ON HOLD - Elon Musk said Friday that his planned $44 billion purchase of Twitter is “temporarily on hold” pending details on spam and fake accounts on the social media platform, another twist amid signs of internal turmoil over the proposed acquisition (AP). In a tweet, the Tesla billionaire linked to a Reuters story from May 2 citing a financial filing from Twitter that estimated false or spam accounts made up fewer than 5% of the company’s “monetizable daily active users” in the first quarter. “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” Musk said, indicating he’s skeptical that the number of inauthentic accounts is that low.


KENTUCKY: RICH STRIKE WON'T RUN IN PREAKNESS - Fresh off his victory at the 148th Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike will not race at the upcoming Preakness Stakes -- the second leg of the horse racing's triple crown, the horse's owner Rick Dawson said in a statement Thursday (CNN). "Our original plan for Rich Strike was contingent on the KY Derby, should we not run in the Derby we would point toward the Preakness, should we run in the Derby, subject to the race outcome & the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery time & rest and run in the Belmont, or another race and stay on course to run with 5 or 6 weeks rest between races," the statement said.


MLB: REDS BLANK PIRATES 4-0 - Connor Overton got his first major league win and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds' first shutout of the season, a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night (ESPN). A 2014 amateur draft pick who debuted last August with Toronto, Overton (1-0) was claimed by the Pirates in September and made five appearances for Pittsburgh. He became a free agent after he refused an outright assignment, and he signed with the Reds on a minor-league deal in November. "It was nothing I haven't experienced before," said Overton, who spent two stints in independent ball before making it to the majors. "I didn't really dwell on it. I kind of just put my head down and kept working."


MLB: YANKEES BLAST CHISOX 15-7 - Right before the biggest swings during New York's seven-run eighth inning, Marwin Gonzalez, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu each worked a walk against one of baseball's toughest relievers (ESPN). Just a little opening, and the Yankees pounced. Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in a career-best six runs, and New York beat the Chicago White Sox 15-7 on Thursday night for its fourth straight victory. “Just a great job by the offense tonight,” manager Aaron Boone said.




INDIANAPOLIS: HOGSETT RIBBON CUTTING AT JUSTICE CENTER - Mayor Joe Hogsett, city leaders and community partners will come together for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 16th to celebrate the opening of the new Indianapolis-Marion County Community Justice Campus (CJC) on the city’s southeast side (Howey Politics Indiana). The opening of the CJC is a cornerstone of Mayor Joe Hogsett’s criminal justice reform efforts, bringing together community partners on one campus for a modern, holistic, data-driven approach to the Indianapolis justice system.


BOONVILLE: ANNOUNCES $4.4M FIBER NETWORK WITH AT&T - Boonville, Indiana today announced a $4.4 million project with AT&T* to build its state-of-the-art fiber network to more than 4,000 customer locations throughout the city (Howey Politics Indiana). The network is expected to be complete 18 months after a final agreement has been signed. The project is contingent upon funding approval by the city of Boonville, and a final contract between AT&T and the city. "It's important that the residents of Boonville have the connectivity they deserve," said Mayor Charlie Wyatt, City of Boonville. “Building a super-fast, reliable fiber network will give them instant access to online educational, healthcare and business resources.” AT&T has extensive experience deploying fiber-optics across Indiana. In fact, hundreds of thousands locations in the state have access to AT&T Fiber today. AT&T is also currently working with neighboring Vanderburgh County to bring AT&T Fiber to unincorporated parts of the county later this year. “We have a long history of connecting businesses and residents across Indiana, and we look forward to working with Mayor Wyatt, the City Council, and the Board of Works on this collaboration,” said Bill Soards, president, AT&T Indiana. “Our AT&T fiber network is fast and reliable, and we look forward to helping close the digital divide and build better futures for the businesses and people of Boonville.”


ELKHART: CHAMBER PRESIDENT TESTIFIES IN CONGRESS - On Wednesday, the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce President Levon Johnson testified to Congress. Johnson joined a group of experts who spoke about the need for investing in small communities like Elkhart (WNDU-TV). His testimony focused on what makes Elkhart County special, and how it’s been able to bounce back from so many setbacks. “Like every community, Elkhart County has a combination of traits that make us unique. I am often asked, ‘What characteristics have allowed Elkhart County to remain an economic bellwether for the country?’ We believe our collaborative spirit, entrepreneurial equal system, economic resilience, philanthropic nature, and cultural diversity are the right mix that provide for opportunities in our communities,” Johnson said.


MARION COUNTY: 37K PENDING CRIMINAL CASES - There are more than 37,000 pending criminal cases, according to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of pending cases hovered between 25,000 to 30,000 each year (IndyStar). Provisional data from 2021 shows more new criminal cases from Marion County were filed in Hawkins' court than in any other major felony court. His court also resolved 1,830 cases — the third highest among his seven major felony peers. Judges aren’t shocked by the backlog. They've seen it coming for two years.


ORANGE COUNTY: NEW HOUSING COMING FOR RESORT WORKERS - A new subdivision with 76 homes is being built in Orange County as part of a workforce housing initiative led by the French Lick Resort (Indiana Public Media). A 2019 study done by the Regional Opportunities Initiative says more than 200 new homes will need to be built in Orange County by 2025 to keep up with demand. Cook Group is the parent company of the French Lick Resort. Company Vice President Chuck Franz said anyone can apply to live in the homes, so long as they’re employed locally. “If you look at it five years down the road, the next census, you would hope to see the population increase," Franz said. "That’s the idea - if that’s not happening, your community is kind of drying up.”