JUDGE REFUSES TO BLOCK SUBPOENA FOR TRUMP RECORDS: A Democrat-led House committee moved a step closer to reviewing President Donald Trump’s tax information after a federal judge ruled U.S. lawmakers have the power to demand records from his accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP (Bloomberg News). U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington said on Monday that the House Oversight and Reform Committee has authority to examine Trump’s personal and business records going back to 2011. The judge rejected Trump’s claim that Congress wasn’t entitled to the documents because they weren’t intended for a legitimate legislative purpose. The ruling is likely to be appealed. “To be sure, there are limits on Congress’s investigative authority. But those limits do not substantially constrain Congress,” Mehta said in a 41-page ruling. “So long as Congress investigates on a subject matter on which ‘legislation could be had,’ Congress acts as contemplated by Article I of the Constitution.” The ruling, if upheld on a likely appeal, would be the first to allow Congress to investigate the president’s finances, including his umbrella business, The Trump Organization.

SCOTUS DEFERS ON INDIANA ABORTION LAW: It may be years before the U.S. Supreme Court says anything about Alabama’s new abortion ban. But the justices could start leaving clues in a matter of weeks. The court on Monday deferred action on two less sweeping abortion disputes from Indiana though it will have another chance to step in next week (Bloomberg News). In one case, Indiana is seeking to bar abortions motivated by the risk of a genetic disorder and require clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains. In the other, the state aims to reinstate a requirement that an ultrasound be performed at least 18 hours before an abortion. Any case granted review in the coming weeks would be heard in the term that starts in October and be decided in the thick of the 2020 election campaign, when President Donald Trump will be seeking a second term. Restricting abortions is a top policy goal for the conservative and evangelical voters who helped elect Trump, and the president’s authority to nominate Supreme Court justices has proven to be a potent political motivator for Republicans. Both Indiana appeals are optional; the court could turn them away without making any comment on the merits, as it does with thousands of appeals every year. Four votes are needed to accept a case, meaning that in all likelihood either Roberts or Kavanaugh would have to join with the three most conservative justices to grant review. Should the court reject the appeals, one or more justices could publicly dissent or issue an opinion that sheds light on the behind-the-scenes debate. An opinion may already be in the works in the case over fetal disposal and genetic disorders. Indiana’s appeal first appeared on the agenda for the justices’ private conference in January. It has been held over for 13 subsequent conferences since then, suggesting an unusual amount of internal wrangling.

PENCE'S 'INDIANA MAFIA' TAKES OVER HEALTH POLICY: Sweeping new protections for religious health care workers and an overhaul of family planning programs to effectively cut out Planned Parenthood represent something unusual in the Trump administration: a clear spotting of the fingerprints of Vice President Mike Pence (Politico). From topics ranging from trade to the president’s scorched-earth attacks against the Mueller investigation, Pence has been the loyal foot soldier while often appearing uncomfortable amid the administration’s biggest fights. Despite having earned Trump’s gratitude for his loyalty, Pence has had a far lower profile than his recent predecessors. But behind the scenes, Pence has developed his own sphere of influence in an agency lower on Trump’s radar: Health and Human Services. It’s also the agency with the ability to fulfill the policy goal most closely associated with Pence over his nearly 20 year career in electoral politics: de-funding Planned Parenthood. Numerous top leaders of the department — including Secretary Alex Azar, Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Medicaid/Medicare chief Seema Verma — have ties to Pence and Indiana. Other senior officials include Pence's former legislative director from his days as governor and former domestic policy adviser at the White House. “He has clearly recruited people connected to him who share his very extreme views on sexual and reproductive health care," said Emily Stewart, the vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood. "This has been one of the most active administrations ever on rolling back reproductive rights and there's no way that happens unless you have people in the White House driving the effort to put out policies at such a rapid clip.”

ONLY 13% OF FIRMS HAVE ADDICTION COVERAGE: A majority of Indiana employers - 76 percent - say substance misuse is a problem in the community. But only a few - 13 percent - think it’s an issue in their own companies (Smith, Indiana Public Media). That's from results of an Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Wellness Council survey released Monday of 500 Hoosier employers. The survey paints a grim picture. Less than half of employers have adequate health benefits for employees struggling with substance misuse. Only about a third think their organization can support people in recovery. And Hoosier employees are just as likely to be fired after a failed drug test than given a second chance. Wellness Council Executive Director Jennifer Pferrer says there has to be better education. “When you think about the cost of bringing in a new employee, it is cheaper to keep somebody and retain them than it is to fire or dismiss somebody because they’re seeking treatment,” Pferrer says. Indiana Drug Czar Jim McClelland says the state has issued guidelines employers can follow to respond to employee substance misuse. “Understand what it takes to go through the process of achieving recovery and then maintaining recovery,” McClelland says.

TRUMP LIFTING STEEL/ALUMINUM TARIFFS CLEARS WAY FOR TREATY: President Trump’s decision to lift steel tariffs on Canada and Mexico while postponing a fight with the European Union over auto imports leaves him free to focus on China — an escalating trade war in which both sides are digging in (Washington Times). No new talks have been scheduled with China since the collapse of negotiations two weeks ago, and Mr. Trump is promising $15 billion in aid for U.S. farmers being targeted by Chinese tariffs on agricultural products. Lawmakers in both parties say the trade agreements with Canada and Mexico announced Friday make it more likely that Congress will approve Mr. Trump’s trilateral deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. U.S. industries including agriculture and bourbon expressed relief that they will no longer be saddled with retaliatory tariffs from the two major U.S. trading partners.

SEN. YOUNG LAUDS LIFTING OF TARIFFS: U.S. Sen. Todd Young lauded President Trump for lifting tariffs on Canada and Mexico (Howey Politics Indiana). “This is welcome news in Indiana, and I commend President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer for working with our Canadian and Mexican partners to reach this necessary agreement. Lifting the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, and ending the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products, will provide much needed relief to Indiana’s manufacturers and farmers," Young said on Monday. "This agreement will allow the United States to work in close concert with our Mexican and Canadian allies to focus on the fundamental source of aluminum and steel overcapacity: China.” Young wrote to President Trump in January 2018 expressing concern over the pending 232 tariffs against our key global partners. In November 2018, He wrote to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in favor of terminating the tariffs on our North American partners. Senator Young has spoken directly with the President, Vice President, and members of the Cabinet about the detrimental impacts of these tariffs on Hoosiers.

XI PREPARING CHINESE PEOPLE FOR LONG TRADE WAR: China’s government looks to be settling in for a long trade war with the United States, with President Xi Jinping invoking one of the Communist Party’s most epic — and ultimately successful — battles (Washington Post). The Chinese leader, accompanied by his top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, on Monday placed a floral basket at a monument in Jiangxi province commemorating the start of the Long March in 1934. In the 4,000-mile, year-long trek, the Communists broke through Nationalist lines, eventually ousting them and installing Mao Zedong as leader of China. Meanwhile, China’s main movie channel, CCTV-6, has scrapped its regular programming in favor of films about the Korean War, which ended in a draw after China intervened to fight back the Americans. Then, over the weekend, came three more movies about resisting the United States: “Battle on Shangganling Mountain” and “Surprise Attack.”

MAYOR PETE OUT OF SOUTH BEND HALF TIME: From Austin, Texas, to West Hollywood, Calif., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential bid has taken him out of town nearly half of the days in recent months, according to his daily calendar, news stories and information online (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). Of the 120 days from Feb. 1 through May 31, Buttigieg was away or plans to be away from the South Bend area at least 55 days, or 45 percent of the calendar days. Looking at only weekdays, he’s been gone or plans to be out of town for 39 of 86 days — also about 45 percent. Buttigieg didn’t formally declare his candidacy until April 14, but on Jan. 23 he announced he was exploring a run for president. His popularity mushroomed, and he received a burst of national media attention, after a CNN town hall on March 10. The travel also included a tour to promote his memoir, “Shortest Way Home.” Over the four-month span, Buttigieg has or will have been to New York city at least 10 times, Los Angeles and New Hampshire five times, and made four trips each to Washington, D.C., and Iowa. Lis Smith, his campaign’s top communications adviser, has said she’s tried to “get him everywhere” in order to boost his name recognition with voters. The Tribune requested Buttigieg’s daily mayoral calendar for the four-month period under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act. His administration responded by providing a calendar in which 45 of the 120 days were redacted. Other days didn’t indicate whether he was in town, and some were blank.

BUTTIGIEG DREW 1.1M VIEWERS FOR FOX TOWN HALL: Fox News Channel’s town hall with presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg dominated cable news on Sunday night, averaging 1.1 million viewers to top MSNBC and CNN combined, according to early Nielsen Media Research (The Hill). While Fox News averaged over one million viewers for the 7 p.m. event anchored by Chris Wallace in Claremont, New Hampshire, MSNBC attracted only 621,000 during the same time period and the ratings-challenged CNN finished dead last with only 447,000 viewers. Buttigieg’s Fox News town hall averaged 172,000 viewers among the key demographic of adults age 25-54, compared to 96,000 for CNN and only 77,000 for MSNBC during the same time period. Fox News viewership increased 22 percent for the Buttigieg town hall compared to other 7 p.m. programing on the network in 2019.

GOP MOVEMENT TO MAKE CHICAGO A STATE: Brad Halbrook stood in front of a crowd of more than 1,600 people on March 10 in Effingham, Ill., roughly 200 miles south of Chicago. According to supporters who were there, the rallygoers went wild when Halbrook — a Republican state lawmaker — talked about his big idea: a resolution to separate Chicago and its 3 million residents from the state of Illinois (Washington Post). If Halbrook and his supporters have their way, the 51st state would not be the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico. It will be the Windy City. Halbrook, who represents a district east of Springfield, Ill., reintroduced a bill in February to create a new state around Chicago. According to Halbrook, there are eight co-sponsors, up from three when it was introduced last year. The bill has a long way to go; it needs at least 60 votes to pass the Illinois House of Representatives, to say nothing of the state Senate or the governor. “This isn’t an idea that’s going to go very far,” said Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan (D).

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The court battles over President Trump ignoring congressional subpoenas have begun, and the first results are in, with U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta ruling Congress should have the president's tax records. Trump is playing a long game stall on congressional oversight. It will be interesting to see how fast the courts react and whether the timelines shift to 2020, an election year. - Brian A. Howey


HUPFER ANNOUNCES CAUCUS FOR HD93: Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer officially called a caucus of eligible precinct committee members to fill the upcoming vacancy in the office of House District 93. The seat is currently held by Rep. David Frizzell, whose resignation from the Indiana House of Representatives will be effective May 31 (Howey Politics Indiana). The caucus will be held at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June  4, 2019, at the Perry Township Government Center at 4925 Shelby St., Indianapolis, IN 46227. Chairman Hupfer received official communication from the Indiana House of Representatives concerning Rep. David Frizzell’s resignation on May 2. The individual selected at the June 4 caucus will fill the remainder of Rep. Frizzell’s term. “Throughout David Frizzell’s 27 years of service in the House, Indiana has transformed from a middle-of-the-pack state to a national leader in balanced budgets and responsible government," said Hupfer. "Hoosiers in Marion and Johnson counties will definitely miss Rep. Frizzell's service." Individuals interested in running in the caucus should contact the Indiana Republican Party Secretary at dzagone@indiana.gop to ensure they file the proper forms prior to the deadline, which is 72 hours prior to the vote. The caucus will be open to credentialed media who pre-register to Pete Seat at pseat@indiana.gop prior to 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, June 3.

SEN. YOUNG FUNDRAISER FOR KOKOMO'S MOORE: U.S. Sen. Todd Young will headline a fundraiser for Republican Kokomo mayoral nominee Tyler Moore from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at the Elliott House, 1216 W Sycamore St (Howey Politics Indiana).

WINNECKE CLOSES IN ON $1M WITH NO OPPONENT:  He won't say he's trying to raise $1 million for a campaign with no opponent in sight, but Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is headed there (Evansville Courier & Press). Winnecke's pre-primary fundraising report showed his re-election campaign raked in $192,150 between Jan. 1 and April 12, bringing the amount he has raised to more than $806,613. The Republican mayor's campaign spent money in the first few months of the year too — $142,266 — bringing his total warchest to just more than $664,000.

REP. AMASH GETS PRIMARY OPPONENT: Days after Rep. Justin Amash said President Trump engaged in “impeachable conduct,” a challenger has announced he’s running against the incumbent in the 2020 Republican primary (Washington Times). Michigan state Rep. Jim Lower announced his campaign against the five-term congressman Monday, saying Mr. Amash is “out of touch” with his district. “Congressman Justin Amash tweets yesterday calling for President Trump’s impeachment show how out of touch he is with the truth and how out of touch he is with people he represents,” Mr. Lower said in a statement, The Detroit News reported.

Presidential 2020

BIDEN, SANDERS TIED IN IOWA; PETE 3RD AT 14%: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tie in Iowa atop the large field of Democrats running for the presidential nomination. An Iowa Starting Line/Change Research Poll of 615 likely Democratic caucus-goers that was conducted this past week, May 15 to May 19, found both Biden and Sanders garnering 24% among the Democratic candidates. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 3.9%. Three contenders trailed the leaders with healthy percentages of support: Pete Buttigieg at 14%, Elizabeth Warren at 12%, and Kamala Harris at 10%. Beto O’Rourke came in at 5%, while Amy Klobuchar and Andrew Yang both had 2%. Everyone else polled at 1% or less.

BUTTIGIEG PICKS UP ENDORSEMENT OF FLORIDA AG NOMINEE: The first black attorney general nominee in Florida history is endorsing Pete Buttigieg’s bid to win the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, giving the South Bend mayor a prominent African American supporter at a time when his lack of support among minority voters has become an issue (Miami Herald). Tampa attorney Sean Shaw is flying Monday to Miami, where he’ll meet Buttigieg for the first time and endorse the mayor as he campaigns in Wynwood. While awaiting his flight from Tampa, Shaw told the Miami Herald that Buttigieg is the best candidate in “an election for an era.” “He’s the future of not only the party, but where I’d like to see us go with the country,” Shaw said. “Every time I hear him speak I love the way he makes me feel about where this country could go.”

BUTTIGIEG GIVES $175K TO DNC: Mayor Buttigieg's campaign donated $175,000 to the DNC on April 23, according to a recently released campaign finance report (Politico Playbook). Beto O'Rourke's campaign donated $50,000.

TRUMP OUT SPENDING DEMS ON FACEBOOK: President Trump’s re-election campaign has spent far more than any single Democratic presidential candidate on Facebook advertising, reprising a strategy that was central to his 2016 victory (New York Times). Mr. Trump spent particularly heavily on Facebook ads at the beginning of the year, when the number of Democratic candidates was smaller. But the playing field has shifted. Since entering the race late last month, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Facebook ads, outspending Mr. Trump’s campaign for three of the past four weeks. “For a long time, Trump was running an intensive campaign that no one was paying attention to,” said Mike Schneider, a partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a Democratic political and brand communications firm that is tracking Facebook spending by the presidential candidates. “And while Democrats have picked up their efforts, they’re fighting over the same group of supporters while he’s broadly expanding his base,” Mr. Schneider said. Much of Mr. Trump’s spending on Facebook advertising in recent weeks has gone toward ads that have been seen by older Americans, particularly women 55 and older, according to an analysis by Bully Pulpit.

TRUMP HOLDS MAGA RALLY IN PA: President Donald Trump on Monday told supporters that he’s “got to win” Pennsylvania in 2020, and took specific aim at former Vice President Joe Biden, a native of the state who could threaten his prospects here (Politico). “I'll be seeing a lot of you over the next year. I'll be here a lot,” Trump told an audience of thousands at a local airport hangar. “Got to win this state. We've got to win this state. We did great last time.”

TRUMP TAKES AIM AT BIDEN: Betraying anxiety about Joe Biden’s standing here, President Trump sought to undermine Biden’s local credentials. Biden was born in Scranton in 1942, but his family moved from the state in 1953 (Politico). “He's not from Pennsylvania,” Trump said. “I guess he was born here, but he left you folks. He left you for another state. Remember that, please....He left you for another state, and he didn't take care of you, because he didn't take care of your jobs. He let other countries come in and rip off America. That doesn't happen anymore."


PELOSI FENDS OFF DEM CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT: Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Joe Neguse of Colorado — all members of Democratic leadership — pushed to begin impeachment proceedings during a leadership meeting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, said the sources (Politico). Pelosi and Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Hakeem Jeffries of New York and Cheri Bustos of Illinois — some of her key allies — rejected their calls, saying Democrats' message is being drowned out by the fight over possibly impeaching Trump. [I]n a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting, Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee stood up and demanded Trump's impeachment. Pelosi then countered, 'This is not about politics, it's about what's best for the American people,' said a member who attended the meeting. ... During the Steering and Policy Committee meeting, Cohen said President Bill Clinton faced impeachment proceedings 'over sex' while Trump is 'raping the country,' according to two sources in the room. Cohen later confirmed his remarks.

YOUNG ANNOUNCES STOP FOR SCHOOL BUS ACT: U.S. Sens. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) announced the introduction of the Stop for School Buses Act of 2019 (S. 1254). Last year, in Rochester, Indiana, a driver struck and killed three young siblings and injured a fourth student while they were boarding a school bus. This bipartisan legislation requires a comprehensive evaluation of methods to prevent the dangerous and illegal passing of school buses at loading zones (Howey Politics Indiana). “The tragedy that occurred in Rochester is unimaginable, and my heart breaks for the parents of those young children. We cannot allow this to happen ever again,” said Senator Young. “The Stop for School Buses Act will help prevent the illegal passing of school buses and keep our children safe on their way to school.”

YOUNG, ROMNEY PUSH FOR FAST PASSAGE OF TOBACCO BILL: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to raise the legal tobacco age of sale to 21 (Howey Politics Indiana): “We commend Majority Leader McConnell and Senator Kaine for taking this important step towards raising the legal tobacco and e-cigarette age to 21. We strongly urge our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a clean tobacco age increase as quickly as possible.” Last month, Senators Young and Romney, and Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act, bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. The legislation introduced today by Majority Leader McConnell and Senator Kaine mirrors this legislation.

SEN. WARNER WARNS U.S. BUSINESS, ACADEMIA ABOUT CHINA:  U.S. Senator Mark Warner said on Sunday that he has been organizing meetings between U.S. intelligence officials and the country's business and academic communities to urge caution in their relationships with China (Reuters). "I have been convening meetings between the intelligence community and outside stakeholders in business and academia to ensure they have the full threat picture and hopefully, make different decisions about Chinese partnerships," Warner said in a statement. Accusing China of undermining U.S. security, Warner, a Democrat, said the meetings were aimed at increasing awareness about tactics used by China against the United States. In a series of classified briefings with U.S. companies, the country's intelligence heads have warned about potential risks of doing business with China, the Financial Times reported earlier on Sunday. The briefings to educational institutions, venture capitalists and technology firms have been given by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, along with officials from the FBI and the National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center, the FT reported, citing officials who attended the briefings.


GOVERNOR: CROUCH SCHEDULE - Below is Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch's public schedule for May 21-22, 2019. Tuesday, May 21: Crouch speaks at Indiana Health Workforce Summit, Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research & Policy, 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., ET, with Crouch remarks at 9:00 a.m., ET, Indiana Government Center South, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis; Crouch speaks at OCRA Regional Conference, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., ET, with Crouch remarks at Noon, ET, Fair Oaks Farms, 856 N. 600 E., Fair Oaks, IN. Wednesday, May 22: Crouch speaks at CTE Awareness Month, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Northeast Indiana Works, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., ET, with Crouch remarks at 1:40 p.m., ET, Fort Wayne Community School Family & Community Engagement Center, 230 E. Douglas Ave., Fort Wayne.

STATEHOUSE: HILL DEFENDS INDIANA ABORTION LAW - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is defending the state’s latest abortion-related law, after the ACLU sued to try and keep it from going into effect last month (Kenney, WRTV). Hill filed documents in U.S. district court this week, defending the state’s ban on dilation and evacuation abortions. They’re sometimes called “dismemberment abortions” by anti-abortion groups. The ban would make it illegal for doctors to use instruments such as clamps, grasping forceps, tongs or scissors to remove a fetus from the womb. There is an exception to save the pregnant woman’s life or prevent serious health risk to the woman. The person performing such an abortion could face a felony charge of up to six years in prison.

REGIONAL CITIES: NO NEW FUNDING PUZZLES SUPPORTERS - Indiana’s Regional Cities initiative helped serve as a catalyst for hundreds of millions of dollars in development in St. Joseph, Elkhart and Marshall counties and is expected to help the region grow well into the future (Semmler, South Bend Tribune). That’s why leaders in the region are puzzled why the state didn’t include a similar program in this year’s biennial budget in order to help other parts of Indiana that are suffering from population declines caused by people moving to areas that are considered more vibrant. “I believe the Regional Cities Initiative will likely become a national framework for revitalizing urban growth in Midwest and southern cities that are failing to thrive in the 21st century,” said Michael Hicks, an economics professor at Ball State University. “I also think the (Mike) Pence administration did a remarkable job in making this small progressive policy into a winner for Indiana,” Hicks said, referring to the vice president’s time as governor of Indiana. “It was shortsighted and disappointing that Indiana has stepped away from a policy that will likely become a national model in years to come.”

NATIONAL GUARD: BRIG. GENERAL WESTFALL RETIRES - The Indiana National Guard this month celebrated the retirement of Brigadier General Ronald Westfall in Indianapolis. Westfall retired after 40 years in the military, the majority of which was spent in Indiana (McLaughlin, Inside Indiana Business). During his career, Westfall earned several decorations and awards, including the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and Order of Saint Maurice. "Ron Westfall is one of the most talented officers we've had and is a great friend and confidant," said Maj. Gen. Courtney Carr, adjutant general of Indiana. "He and Mrs. Westfall has had a marked impact on the Indiana National Guard and in a broader sense, the nation."

INDOT: 1-465 NE TO RE REPAVED - The Indiana Department of Transportation will begin work on the northeast quadrant of I-465 next week (Howey Politics Indiana). Contractors will work to patch and repave segments of I-465 and I-69 from U.S. 31 all the way down to I-70. This work is part of a Marion County Construction Plan that looks to erase winter damage done to area interstates. It's part of a statewide winter damage plan.  Work is scheduled to begin next week after Memorial Day. Crews will be doing night and weekend work from the end of May through October. Work will be completed in four different segments. Please use the map below for reference. At least one lane in each direction will always be open during this project.

SEGMENT 1: I-465 E/W from White River Bridge to I-69. End of May to Middle of August. Crews will work on the eastbound inside lanes first. Work will be completed on nights and weekends  8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning . One lane will always be open in each direction

SEGMENT 2: I-465 E/W from U.S. 31 to White River Bridge: Beginning of June to Middle of August  Weekend lane closures, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday morning. One lane will always be open in each direction Segment 3: I-69 N/S from I-465 to S.R. 37

SEGMENT 3: Middle of June to End of July. Work will be completed on nights and weekends, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. One lane will always be open in each direction

SEGMENT 4: I-465 E/W from I-69 to I-70: Beginning of August through October. Work will be completed on nights and weekends, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning. One lane will always be open in each direction

DNR: FIELD TRIP GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR STATE PARKS - Educators interested in taking K-12 students on field trips to an Indiana state park or state-managed lake in the 2019-2020 school year can receive financial help through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF) (Howey Politics Indiana). Grants from the Discover the Outdoors Fund are available for public, private, parochial, or home-school educators, according to INRF director Jody Kress. “The Foundation’s mission is to celebrate and preserve Indiana’s natural legacy,” Kress said. “This grant gives children an adventure that showcases some of Indiana’s natural and cultural treasures and teaches the importance of protecting and preserving them for everyone to enjoy.” The grant application is at IN.gov/inrf/educate.html.

MEDIA: ROSS LEAVES NWI TIMES - NWI Times editor Doug Ross has taken a buyout. His final day was last Friday. Ross told HPI he will be looking for new opportunities in media. "It’s hard to say goodbye to something I’ve been doing for so many years, but I’m hoping to find another opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way for the next chapter in my life," Ross said in a Facebook posting.


WHITE HOUSE: FARM BUREAU WARNS TRUMP - It’s clear that American farmers are running out of patience for a China trade deal, and American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall wrote President Trump to make sure he understands that (Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today). Duvall told the President the escalating tariff war with China and a six-year downturn in farm prices have produced “near-unprecedented economic uncertainty and hardship.” Now add poor spring planting weather to the fear of losing more markets when many had expected a deal to already be done. “And now it’s going to take longer,” says Farm Bureau trade chief Dave Salmonsen. “Still have hopes it’ll be resolved, but it’s not going to be done, where we thought it would come to a resolution, hopefully, with reducing or eliminating tariffs, potential purchases of US ag products, that seems to be put off for the future.” Duvall asks President Trump for a swift resolution to the trade war with China, but Salmonsen says any deal may have to come in pieces.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP LASHES OUT AT MEDIA PLATFORMS - President Trump has a penchant for ganging up on the "mainstream media," but lately his attacks have spread to ganging up on any information gatekeeper — from Big Tech platforms to newscasters on his favorite network, writes Axios' Sara Fischer. Why it matters: Trump has spent years shooting the messenger. But as his presidency rolls on, so do his grievances against any information platform that may, at some point, work against his interests: Sunday shows: This weekend, he tweeted multiple times about the "Fake News Sunday Political Shows," and called out "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace for moderating a town hall with Pete Buttigieg Technology platforms: The White House launched a new tool last week that allows any U.S. citizen to submit a complaint if they think they were unfairly censored on social media platforms. This reverses Trump's posture toward free speech on social media platforms since he was inaugurated in 2017. Between the lines: The administration has pushed to undermine key White House press traditions that are meant to bring more information to the public. The last official White House press briefing was March 11. The administration has temporarily barred specific reporters.

WHITE HOUSE: SEEKS TO BLOCK McGAHN TESTIMONY - The White House intends to block former counsel Donald McGahn from testifying to Congress, defying another request from House Democrats (Washington Post). McGahn had been scheduled to appear Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, where Democrats were hoping to make a star witness out of a central player in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report. An individual familiar with the strategy said Monday that the White House would move to prevent McGahn's appearance. McGahn had documented in real-time President Trump's rage against the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and his efforts to shut it down. McGahn’s lawyers say he is not going to show up.

WHITE HOUSE: PRINCE CHARLES AGREES TO MEET TRUMP - Britain's Prince Charles has agreed to meet with US President Donald Trump during his controversial state visit to the UK next month, CNN has learned, in a move that sets up the prospect of a diplomatically awkward exchange over climate change (CNN). Trump and Charles, heir to the UK throne, are expected to meet for afternoon tea at Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

While a state visit guarantees an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, visiting leaders don't automatically get a one-on-one with Charles.

WHITE HOUSE: PENCE URGEST CONGRESS TO 'DO ITS JOB' ON USCMA - Vice President Mike Pence told Congress to get moving and pass the White House’s rewrite of the North American trade deal before autumn, after President Trump cleared a major hurdle by agreeing with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on aluminum and steel (Washington Times). The president has done his job. It’s time for the Congress do its job and pass the USMCA this summer,” he told a friendly crowd in Jacksonville, Florida, using the shorthand name for the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement. Lawmakers in both parties say the tariffs agreement with U.S. neighbors, announced Friday, make it more likely that Congress will approve Mr. Trump’s trilateral deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, or “NAFTA.”

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP/PENCE SCHEDULE - President Trump will have lunch with VP Mike Pence at 12:30 p.m. in the private dining room. He will meet with the leaders of the Freely Associated States (small Pacific island countries) at 2:15 p.m. in the Cabinet Room.

JUSTICE: BARR SAYS HE'S DEFENDING PRESIDENCY - As President Trump’s attorney general, William Barr has come under criticism from Democrats and some Republicans who say he is acting more like the president’s personal lawyer than the nation’s top law-enforcement officer (Wall Street Journal). But Mr. Barr, who as a private citizen bristled at the barrage of legal and other challenges Mr. Trump faced during his first two years in office, said his long-held belief in executive power is more about protecting the presidency than the current officeholder. “I felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump, and I thought it was damaging for the presidency over the long haul,” Mr. Barr said.

AUTOS: FORD CUTTING 7K JOBS - Ford Motor Co. F -0.10% said it is cutting 7,000 salaried employees, or about 10% of its white-collar workforce, part of Chief Executive Jim Hackett’s broader plan to reverse declining profits and catch up to competitors in the fast-changing car business (Wall Street Journal). Mr. Hackett said the cuts include some buyouts and layoffs that already have occurred, and the process will be completed by August, according to an email sent to employees Monday. The cuts will save about $600 million annually and are part of a broader, multiyear restructuring that will result in about $11 billion in charges. The reductions will include 800 layoffs in North America, where Ford already has made about 1,500 voluntary buyouts, a company spokesman said.

MEDIA: 19M WATCHED 'GAME OF THRONES' - The final episode of " Game of Thrones " brought in a series record of 19.3 million viewers (AP). The finale, titled "The Iron Throne," broke the record set by last weekend's episode, "The Bells," for which 18.4 million viewers tuned in. The viewership for "The Iron Throne" includes 13.6 million people who watched the episode on HBO at 9 p.m. Sunday night, making it the most-watched telecast in the network's history, according to HBO. The rest were viewers who watched an encore presentation, or who streamed the show with the HBO Go or HBO Now apps.

MEDIA: MELVIN EDMONDS DIES - R&B singer Melvin Edmonds, a member of the group After 7 and brother of superstar Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, has died at 65 (CNN). He died Saturday, After 7 co-founder Keith Mitchell confirmed on the group's Facebook page Monday. The cause of death has not been revealed. After 7 rose to fame in the 1990s with hits like "Can't Stop," "Ready or Not" and "Heat of the Moment." The group was founded in 1987 by Melvin Edmonds, his brother Kevon Edmonds and Mitchell. Melvin Edmonds grew up in Indianapolis and was one of six brothers. One of them, known as "Babyface," is one of R&B's most successful artists and producers, with 11 Grammy Awards.

MEDIA: EMMANUEL JOINS THE ATLANTIC - Former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is joining The Atlantic as a contributing editor, where he'll write for the Ideas section (Politico Playbook). Emanuel has written several times for The Atlantic in recent months, including on 'what the press is missing about Pete Buttigieg.' Emanuel's first piece as contributing editor, out this morning, calls on Democrats to 'become the party of justice' and hold elites accountable.

ILLINOIS: LIGHTFOOT SWORN IN AS CHICAGO MAYOR - Lori Lightfoot was sworn in as Chicago’s 56th mayor Monday at an inauguration ceremony rich with both the political history that it makes, the expectations it creates and the uncertainty that lies ahead (Chicago Sun-Times). “For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform,” Lightfoot declared. “Well, get ready … because reform is here,” she added. “I campaigned on change, you voted for change, and I plan to deliver change to our government.” In remarks that brought the crowd to its feet — but were, perhaps, received less enthusiastically by aldermen on the stage, Lightfoot addressed her signature campaign pledge: stripping aldermen of their unbridled control over zoning and permitting in their wards. “When public officials cut shady backroom deals, they get rich … and the rest of us get the bill,” Lightfoot said.


CITIES: INDYGO EYES BLUE LINE CONSTRUCTION - An update for Indianapolis resident on plans for the IndyGo Blue Line Project (WIBC). The rapid-transit bus line will travel 24-miles along Washington Street between the town of Cumberland and the Indianapolis International Airport. People at the meeting got a taste of what construction will look like as crews work on the Red Line, but Bryan Luellen with IndyGo said each bus line project -- Red and Purple are the other --  has its own challenges. The IndyGo vice president of public affairs said, "In some places, the work is actually going to be more intense. Both the Purple and Blue line projects are actually larger in scope than the Red Line -- both in the distance it covers and some of the fundamental infrastructure we'll be addressing with those projects."

CITIES: BITTER EVANSVILLE COUNCIL RACE SPILLS INTO MEETING - A recent bitter Democratic primary election in Evansville’s 2nd Ward bubbled over into Monday night’s City Council meeting (Martin, Evansville Courier & Press). The council filled two open positions on the Evansville Commission on the Social Status of African American Males. Melissa Moore and Keith Patterson were chosen for the vacancies. Council members voted down a motion made by Connie Robinson, D-4th Ward, to place the Rev. William Payne on the same board. Payne was a vocal supporter of City Council candidate D’Angelo Taylor, who narrowly lost the May 7 Democratic primary to incumbent Missy Mosby. Payne and Taylor are black, and Mosby is white.

CITIES: VINCENNES NEEDS $5M TO COMPLETE LEVEE - Officials in a southwestern Indiana city say they need about $5 million to complete improvements to a Wabash River levee to ensure that it remains federally accredited. The city of Vincennes expects that its earthen flood-control levee will be re-certified next year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But the Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports that the historic community that was Indiana’s first city, founded in 1732, first needs to replace seepage relief wells that extend about 3,000 feet along the levee.

CITIES: 11 APPLY FOR IPS SUPT - Eleven candidates have applied to be the next superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools (IBJ). Now the school board will begin evaluating which of the applicants may be a good fit for the district. The board will meet in executive session this week to review the applications, identify finalists, and determine next steps. The window for applications closed at 5 p.m. Friday. The names of the candidates will not be released to the public. But the district will release the names of finalists and conduct public interviews.

CITIES: EXPLOSION KILLS 1, DAMAGES 20 HOMES IN JEFFERSONVILLE - One person is dead after a home exploded in Jeffersonville early Sunday. It happened in the 900 block of Assembly Road at about 5 a.m. The Jeffersonville Fire Department told a WAVE 3 News photographer that the home "was completely damaged” and that several other homes were also damaged. “Twelve to 15 to 20 houses have sustained some sort of damage,” Chief Eric Hedrick said. “I would say five to six of those have sustained considerable damage and may not be able to be occupied. We’re in the process now of doing our secondary research. That’s where we go back and look at all the affected residents to make sure that no one is in there. A more thorough search to make sure no one is in there.”

CITIES: BODY FOUND IN MUNCIE WATER PLANT - A man's body was found inside a water treatment plant early Monday morning (WRTV). Delaware County Coroner Rick Howell says the body was found inside the Muncie sanitary building in the 5100 block of West Kilgore Avenue. Howell says the body has only been identified as a white male. They have no other details at this time.

CITIES: FORT WAYNE SCHEDULES OPIOID CONFERENCE - Community leaders will come together to examine the underlying issues that lead to opioid and substance use disorders and how we support those fighting addiction (Howey Politics Indiana). The Restoring Community Symposium is intended to foster connection and collaboration among patients, families, clinicians, mental health providers, judicial systems, government, policy makers, and social service agencies to address opioid abuse.

Experts will discuss topics such as overdose fatality data, science of substance use disorders, community collaboration efforts, justice system interventions, peer recovery, and current responses to the epidemic. The Restoring Community Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Indiana Tech’s Andorfer Commons, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. The event is sold out.  The opening session of the event will be Restoring Community: Coming Together to Overcome the Opioid Crisis. Speakers will be Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Fort Wayne Police Chief Steve Reed, Fort Wayne Police Department Captain Kevin Hunter and Jim McClelland, Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement.

CITIES: CAVEAT EMPTOR DEBATES CLOSING IN BLOOMINGTON - The future of a Bloomington downtown bookstore is uncertain as the owners struggle to renegotiate their lease. Caveat Emptor Owner Katy Brown says she’s debating the best option for the bookstore as the end of their lease approaches in August (Eady, Indiana Public Media). She says as the business market changes, it’s becoming difficult for small, independently owned businesses like Caveat to stay downtown. “Bookstores are closing in waves across the country and we’re not immune. That could happen to us as well,” Brown says.  Brown purchased Caveat Emptor in the summer of 2016, but says the increasing rent and fees for the downtown building make it hard to stay there.

COUNTIES: WASHINGTON SEEKS TO REPLACE FRANKLIN ON LAKE COUNCIL - Calumet Township Board President Darren Washington said Monday he will ask local Democratic Party leaders to appoint him to serve the remainder of late Lake County Councilwoman Elsie Franklin’s term (NWI Times). Washington said he is preparing to send letters of intent to precinct committee members in the county’s 2nd District, which Franklin represented from 2003 until her death earlier this month. The district includes precincts in Gary, Griffith and unincorporated Calumet Township. “My goal is to continue the legacy that Elsie Franklin created in trying to help people and working for the betterment of the 2nd District and Lake County as a whole,” Washington said. “If that means crossing aisles, that’s what I want to continue (to do).”