GOP CANCELS NRA PRESIDENT RALLY AT NOBLESVILLE: NRA President Oliver North was scheduled for a Right Track Republican event in Noblesville today, but it was cancelled (Howey Politics Indiana). Why? Perhaps because of the school shooting at West Middle School that injured three people last May. Republicans sent out a tweet on Friday saying, “BREAKING: Retired Lt. Col. & NRA President Oliver North will rally Hoosier Republicans for Mike Braun on Sunday on the FINAL stop of the #RightTrackResults Tour in Noblesville.” Indiana Republican spokesman Pete Seat later sent an email, saying, “Due to a scheduling conflict, Retired Lt. Colonel & NRA President Oliver North will no longer be available to attend the Hamilton County stop of the Right Track Results Tour on Sunday.” Will Baskin-Gerwitz of the Joe Donnelly campaign said, “The tweet has been pulled down, so they may have realized that holding an NRA rally near the site of last year's school shooting was a terrible idea, though the thought that they'd schedule such an event in the first place is ridiculous enough.” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear, a 2nd Amendment supporter, said, "I would not have added the NRA.”

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT GIVES DONNELLY 70.1% CHANCE OF WINNING: The metrics website FiveThirtyEight gives U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly a 70.1% chance of defeating Republican Mike Braun. It projects Donnelly with 50.1%, Braun at 47.1% and Libertarian Lucy Brenton at 2.5%. Howey Politics Indiana rates this race a “tossup.” It gives Republicans an 85% chance of controlling the Senate and Democrats an 84.6% chance of winning the U.S. House.

SILVER EQUIVOCATES ON HOUSE CONTROL, POLLING: FiveThirtyEight's election forecaster Nate Silver said Sunday that the House could end up in Democrat or Republican hands in Tuesday's election, though polling predicts that Democrats will flip the chamber (The Hill). "So in the House we have Democrats with about a 4 in 5 chance of winning," Silver told ABC's "This Week." However, he noted that "polls aren't always right." "The range of outcomes in the House is really wide," he explained. "Our range which covers 80 percent of outcomes goes from, on the low end, about 15 Democratic pickups, all the way to low to mid 50s, 52 or 53." "Most of those are under 23, which is how many seats they would need to win to take the House," he said." "But no one should be surprised if they only win 19 seats and no one should be surprised if they win 51 seats," Silver added. "Those are both extremely possible, based on how accurate polls are in the real world."

PENCE SAYS GOP WILL KEEP THE HOUSE: Vice President Pence maintained in an interview with Hill.TV on Friday that Republicans will keep control of the House in next week's midterm elections (The Hill). "I think we're going to expand our majority in the United States Senate, and I think we're going to hold our Republican majority in the House of Representatives," Pence told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton. "But that being said, there is certainly common ground in areas that we can work that the president has laid out," Pence added when asked about working with Democrats if they win the House, citing issues like trade and infrastructure. "I think there's a broad range of areas that we'll be able to work with that Democrat minority in the House and the Senate, and we'll continue to reach out to do that." The comments from Pence, a former six-term House member, came shortly after President Trump acknowledged earlier Friday that Republicans could end up losing control of the lower chamber in Tuesday's midterms. "It could happen. Could happen. We're doing very well, and we're doing really well in the Senate, but could happen," Trump said at a rally in West Virginia.  "And you know what you do? My whole life, you know what I say? 'Don't worry about it, I'll just figure it out,' " he continued. "Does that make sense? I'll figure it out."

DEMS HAVE ONLY 7% GENERIC POLL LEAD IN CONGRESS: Heading into Tuesday’s critical midterm elections, Democrats retain their advantage in the battle for the House, but Republicans could be buoyed by increasingly positive assessments of the economy and by President Trump’s harsh focus on the issues of immigration and border security, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News national poll. The poll finds that registered voters prefer Democratic candidates for the House over Republican candidates by 50 percent to 43 percent. That marks a slight decline from last month, when Democrats led on the generic congressional ballot by 11 points, and a bigger drop from August, when they enjoyed a 14-point advantage. Democrats also have a 51-to- 44 percent advantage among likely voters identified by The Post. That seven-point margin, which is in line with other polls taken in the past two weeks, puts Democrats roughly within range of what they probably will need in the overall national vote for the House to capture a majority from the Republicans, based on calculations from previous midterm campaigns.

TRUMP HERALDS ECONOMY AT SOUTHPORT: President Trump heralded the robust economy during a campaign rally for Republican Senate nominee Mike Braun at Southport HS Friday night (Howey Politics Indiana). “How were those jobs numbers today? How were they? In just four days the people of Indiana are going to send Mike Braun to the United States Senate so we can keep making American great again,” Trump told an excited crowd of 8,500 supporters. “This election will decide whether we build on the extraordinary progress we’ve made to whether we let the Democrats take a giant wrecking ball to our economy. In the last month alone, we added another 250,000 jobs and another 600,000 Americans returned to the workforce. The unemployment fell to the lowest level in 50 years and more Americans are working today than ever before. That’s going to be great on the debate stage when we’re debating the lefties.” Before Trump spokes, Vice President Mike Pence said, “I’m here today because I stand with President Trump. We’re here because President Trump and I stand shoulder to shoulder with the next great senator from the state of Indiana, Mike Braun. It’s the greatest privilege of my life to serve as President Trump’s vice president. He’s a man of his word, he’s a man of action and there’s only two ways to describe President Trump - two years of action, two years of action and two years of promises made and promises kept. Keep hearing about this blue wave. But I think that blue wave is going to hit a red wall.”

SPLIT DECISION COMING ON TRUMP? The 2018 midterm elections, widely viewed as a referendum on the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, appears headed for a split decision, with Republicans on track to keep control of the Senate while losing their House majority to Democrats (Wall Street Journal). The mixed verdict, if it comes to that, is partly the product of simple geography: the most-expensive midterm election in U.S. history is being fought out in two Americas undergoing a political realignment. Voters in suburban areas, where President Trump is less popular, will be crucial in the fight for control of the House. Rural areas, which tend to be Trump strongholds, have more sway in the contest for the Senate. Mr. Trump conceded during a Friday night rally in West Virginia that his party may lose control of the House. “It could happen, could happen,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re doing very well, and we’re doing really well in the Senate. But it could happen. And you know what you do?. Don’t worry about it, I’ll just figure it out.”

REP. HUSTON STEPS INTO BUDGET ROLE AS CHAIRMAN BROWN RECOVERS: State Rep. Todd Huston is stepping up to craft the 2019 biennial budget as Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown recovers from critical injuries (Kelly, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). “There's always a little bit of anxiety when you have so many new people at the table, but luckily we have given other people windows into the world before now,” said Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers. He is stepping in – at least for now – to fill the gap created by the loss of House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in September. “Tim has really engaged me the last two budget cycles. I have sat in on meetings and negotiations,” Huston said. “I am working to get further up to speed. It's a long way to go.” While Bosma, who declined comment for this story, hasn't said that Brown won't be in session, Huston is boning up on the issues as lawmakers head into State Budget Committee hearings. Huston and Senate Appropriations Chairman Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, are busy meeting with interested groups on why various programs need more money.

MARI HULMAN GEORGE DIES AT AGE 83: Mari Hulman George, the chairman emeritus of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has died at the age of 83 (WIBC). IMS officials say she died Saturday morning with her family by her side. She's best known for saying those famous words before the Indianapolis 500: 'ladies and gentlemen start your engines.' But her connection to racing was so much more than that. It started in the 1950s when she was co owner of a top racing team in the Midwest. She began serving as IMS chairperson in 1988, and stayed in the role for nearly 30 years. IMS President Douglas Boles released a statement: "The Hulman family's legacy will be felt for generations across Indiana. And, Mari Hulman George's continuation of the family's community leadership, giving spirit and compassion defines well the family and its Hoosier heritage."

TULLY CHARITABLE TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED: A charitable fund has been set up in memory of IndyStar columnist Matt Tully, who died Monday at the age of 49, two years after being diagnosed with stomach cancer (IndyStar). The Matthew L. Tully Memorial Fund will support educational opportunities for underprivileged youth, particularly in early childhood education. To contribute, click here. Matt’s wife, Valerie Tully, said the ability to make a tangible difference in people’s lives — especially disadvantaged children — seemed a natural way to honor Matt and maintain his impact in the community. “Even before our son, Matt and I grew more interested and involved in supporting early childhood education because of just how important those early years of a child’s brain development are for their later success in life,” Valerie Tully told me. “When we became parents, it became even more real to us.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Howey Politics Indiana  will issue its final midterm forecast around noon Monday in a special Daily Wire/Atomic! But we echo NBC Meet The Press host Chuck Todd: We’re not convinced of any of the polling. It’s been all over the map in the INSen race. We’re not sure it is capturing the Trump supporters (as was the case with much of the 2016 polling), and we’re not sure it’s picking up the motivating factors for the huge turnout across Indiana. We’re getting reports of huge lines in Indianapolis and more Republican areas of the state. - Brian A. Howey


TRUMP BLASTS DONNELLY: President Donald Trump swiped at the Democratic Senate candidate in Indiana on Saturday, calling attention to a report that his campaign is working to split Republican voters by paying for ads that support the Libertarian candidate (USA Today). Trump, who blasted Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in a tweet a day after holding a rally in Indianapolis, appeared to be reacting to a story in the Daily Beast noting that Indiana Democrats are buying ads on Facebook for the Libertarian Party candidate. Trump questioned whether Donnelly, who is running against Republican Mike Braun in one of the nation's most closely watched Senate races, is "trying to steal the election."  "Rumor has it that Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana is paying for Facebook ads for his so-called opponent on the libertarian ticket," Trump posted on Twitter. "Donnelly is trying to steal the election? Isn’t that what Russia did!?"

DONNELLY APPEARS WITH BARTHOLOMEW SHERIFF: U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., wants money from the sale of property seized from drug dealers for criminal activity in Bartholomew County to stay locally and be available to law enforcement, he said during a visit to Columbus to discuss the opioid epidemic (Webber, Columbus Republic). Drug asset forfeiture money was a major topic of discussion Saturday between Donnelly and Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Meyers at the sheriff’s department, just days before Tuesday’s election. Currently, the future of drug asset forfeiture money is largely unsettled. Two dozen states and the District of Columbia have reformed their forfeiture laws since 2014. The changes include mandating data collection and reporting, strengthening standards of proof and requiring a criminal conviction before some or all forfeitures. Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments that all accrued forfeitures be used exclusively for school improvements, rather than provided to criminal justice or law enforcement agencies.

INDY EARLY VOTE SURPASSES 2016: The Marion County Clerk says early and absentee voting in this year’s midterms is surpassing the 2016 Presidential election (Abdul, WIBC). As of Friday, nearly 66,000 voters had voted early either in person or absentee.  That’s more than 10 percent of the county’s registered voters. That number was less than 42,000 at this time in 2016.  And total voter turnout in the 2014 midterms was under 25 percent in the general election. Clerk Myla Eldridge attributes the high turnout to a combination of compelling races and more early vote centers.

2ND CD SCRAMBLE: If it seems like you’ve seen more TV ads in the race between incumbent Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski and Democrat Mel Hall than in past elections, and more negative ads at that, you probably have (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). And as Tuesday’s election nears, you might see the U.S. House candidates around town as they scramble for last-minute face time and hand shakes with voters for a race that’s expected to be closer than at least the last couple of contests in the 2nd Congressional District. For one of his final stops Thursday, Hall chose the gate at Royal Adhesives on South Bend’s west side, where he stood in light rain and greeted United Steelworkers members during a shift change. “The reason that I’m here is I stand with workers,” Hall said. “It is working folks who have been the most challenged in this economy. The stock market has done well but real wages, particularly now if we think about inflation, have not really increased.” Hall later attended a ribbon-cutting at the city’s recently renovated and expanded Charles Black Center. On Friday, he was in Elkhart for the local NAACP branch’s annual banquet, where he received a lifetime achievement award. and on Saturday, his schedule included stops at the South Bend Farmers’ Market, an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers food drive and a Teamsters dinner. “People say, ‘I bet you’re looking forward to it being over,’ ” Hall said. “I’m not because I’m doing something I think is really important.”

CAMPAIGN TEXTS ANGER VOTERS: An avalanche of more than 50 political text messages has caused one north-central Indiana resident to reconsider voting at all in Tuesday’s midterm election (Kokomo Tribune). Nancy Lindenmayer, a 47-year-old self-described independent voter who works at Blackhawk Winery in Sheridan, told the Tribune Friday morning that she received 54 political text messages in the previous 24 hours. The majority of those messages, she said, related to the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican challenger Mike Braun. Although more dramatic than other texting tales, Lindenmayer's experience reflects a campaign trend that's become a storyline of its own right during this year's midterm election. “The messages are just downright, a lot of times, nasty,” she said, describing the political attack ads she used to see only on TV or in mailers but which are now sent directly to her phone. “And I’m actually getting them from both sides of the board, too,” added Lindenmayer. “I’m getting them from Democrats and Republicans.”

GREG PENCE HAS HUGE WARCHEST ADVANTAGE: Greg Pence, the first-time Republican political candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has a commanding lead in name recognition and financial clout in the final days leading up to Tuesday’s election (Columbus Republic). Pence, seeking the 6th District seat that his brother, Vice President Mike Pence, held before becoming Indiana governor in 2012, has raised nearly $2.3 million and spent more than $1.9 million on his campaign. As of the Oct. 12 reporting period, Pence had $354,340 in cash on hand. The owner of two antique malls has raised nearly 50 times more than his Democratic opponent, Jeannine Lee Lake of Muncie, another first-time candidate. In dollars, that meant $2,244,760 more in donations for Pence than his opponent.

THORNTON CHALLENGES BROOKS: Seeking her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, incumbent Republican Susan Brooks is facing her strongest challenger for the 5th District seat (de la Bastide, Anderson Herald-Bulletin).. Her opponent, Democrat Dee Thornton, is making the record of the administration of President Donald Trump a focal point of her campaign. Brooks points out her bipartisan work in the House on issues like the opioid crisis, school safety and job creation. “I believe I’ve been a proven leader who works on the serious challenges facing Hoosiers in a bipartisan way, and I’m focused on the things they feel are the most important,” she said. Brooks said her focus is on good-paying jobs, the opioid crisis, ensuring a strong national defense and taking care of veterans. “I’ve been a reasonable, strong, bipartisan voice on behalf of the 5th District,” she said. Thornton said she is the best candidate to represent the 5th District, which is considered to be one of the strongest leaning Republican district in the state. “I’ve spent time meeting with people in the district and I understand the issues,” she said. “People are looking for a person that will represent them and it’s time for a change. It’s a time in our country for leadership that will speak up.”

TRUMP WARNS OF CARAVAN IN MONTANA: At a rally in Montana yesterday, President Trump said when he turned to the fear-the-caravans part of his speech: "We have our military, now, on the border. [Cheers.] And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. ... Barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight" (Axios). Trump repeated his ode to barbed wire during a rally in the Florida Panhandle last night: "[Di]d you watch tonight? I sent the United States military to our borders. And I looked at those young, great people and I looked at those generals giving the orders, and I looked at the way they worked and I watched that barbed wire being put down. Barbed wire!"

GOP BRACES FOR HOUSE LOSSES: The tumultuous 2018 midterm campaign, shaped by conflicts over race and identity and punctuated by tragedy, barreled through its final weekend as voters prepared to deliver a verdict on the first half of President Trump’s term, with Republicans bracing for losses in the House and state capitals but hopeful they would prevail in Senate races in areas where Mr. Trump is popular (New York Times). The president was set to storm across two states Saturday, two Sunday and three Monday in an effort to pick off Senate seats in Indiana, Florida and a handful of other battlegrounds where Republicans hope to add to their one-seat majority in the chamber. Democrats and liberal activists, galvanized by opposition to Mr. Trump, gathered Saturday to knock on doors and make turnout calls from Pennsylvania to Illinois to Washington to try to erase the G.O.P.’s 23-seat House majority. The run-up to the election, widely seen as a referendum on Mr. Trump’s divisive persona and hard-line policy agenda, has revealed deep strains in the president’s political coalition and left him confined to campaign in a narrow band of conservative communities. While Mr. Trump retains a strong grip on many red states and working-class white voters, his jeremiads against immigrants and penchant for ridicule have proved destabilizing, with the party losing more affluent whites and moderates in metropolitan areas key to control of the House. Republicans have grown increasingly pessimistic in recent days about holding the House, as polls show a number of incumbents lagging well below 50 percent and some facing unexpectedly close races in conservative-leaning districts.

OBAMA RIPS HECKLERS: For former president Barack Obama, it was a spontaneous response to a parade of hecklers — not a teleprompter remark that had been vetted for maximum effect — but it still seemed to sum up the final weeks of a searing midterm election campaign characterized by incendiary rhetoric, politically motivated package bombs and hate (Washington Post). “Why is it that the folks that won the last election are so mad all the time?” Obama asked a crowd of 4,000 as the fifth interrupting protester was escorted out of a Miami rally on Friday. Any further shouts were drowned out by the crowd’s roar. Obama was using his star power to drum up votes for Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and other Democrats in the Sunshine State. “It’s an interesting question,” he continued, turning around to address the people behind him. “I mean . . . when I won the presidency, at least my side felt pretty good. I don’t know why . . . it tells you something interesting, that even the folks who are in charge are still mad, because they’re getting ginned up to be mad.”

2016 HAUNTS DEMOCRATS: On the eve of the midterms, President Donald Trump’s approval is falling, young voters are energized, and Republicans look poised to lose their House majority (Politico). It’s enough to make Democrats nervous, miserable wrecks. Haunted by memories of 2016, liberals around the country are riven with anxiety in the campaign’s home stretch. They’re suspicious of favorable polls and making election night contingency plans in case their worst fears come true. Some report literal nightmares about a Democratic wipeout. “We're kind of just in the bed-wetting phase now," said Democratic pollster John Anzalone, a Hillary Clinton campaign alumnus who spent election night 2016 in Clinton’s Manhattan war room. Two years later, even thinking about the prospect of a repeat of that night’s letdown is still too much for many Democrats to bear. “Stop it!” shouted Nadeam Elshami, a former chief of staff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when asked about that possibility. To be fair, the possibility has literally haunted his dreams.

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GOP’S McDANIEL CALLS TRUMP ‘PROBLEM SOLVER’: Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Sunday she disagrees with critics who have blasted a campaign ad President Trump shared on social media that ties Democrats to a Mexican man who killed two police officers in 2014. "I think the point is the president’s a problem solver," McDaniel said on CBS's "Face the Nation" when asked about the message of the ad. "We have this caravan headed towards our country, we have an immigration policy that is not working for country, and it’s time once and for all for Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve our immigration problem," she said.

PEREZ SAYS HEALTH CARE ‘UNDER ATTACK’: Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez on Sunday said that "health care is under attack" from President Trump and the GOP, calling it the top issue ahead of this week's midterm elections. Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Perez made a closing pitch to voters two days ahead of the midterms, saying that health care will be "on the ballot" on Tuesday. “Health care is under attack. That’s the number one issue in this election, is health care. Because they want to do away with coverage for people for preexisting conditions. … That’s why so many Americans have angst," he said.  “So many people with preexisting conditions thought they would be able to retain their coverage. This administration doesn’t want to do it. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, they’re on the ballot. That’s why there’s so much energy on the Democratic side," Perez added during the interview.

ABRAMS EXPECTS FAIR ELECTION: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, said Sunday that she trusts the results in Tuesday's election will be fair despite past accusations against her opponent of voter suppression. "I do," she said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked if she believed the election would fair. "We have seen unprecedented turnout in this race from people who normally do not engage and do not vote. Some of that has been driven by the conversations of voter suppression." "Because one of the best ways to encourage people to use something is to tell them that someone's trying to take it away. Luckily, we've had two court decisions against Brian Kemp, one that requires that absentee ballots be counted even if the signatures aren't exactly the same and a second one that forces him to stop using the exact match system to disqualify voters who are qualified," she added, referring to her Republican opponent, who is the current Georgia secretary of state.

SEN. WARNER SEEKS ‘CHECK’ ON TRUMP: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Sunday that voters should back Democrats in this week's midterm elections to serve as a check on President Trump. "What I think people are concerned about is they’re concerned about this president that, frankly, even if you agree the economy is going well, we need to have some level of check on him," Warner said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "Rule of law and, frankly, America’s standing in the world is being undermined," he added.

WARNER PREDICTS SECURE ELECTIONS: Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Sunday that he believes Americans can "vote with confidence," and that this year's midterm elections will be secure from potential foreign threats. "I think we’ve made great progress, particularly at the individual polling stations and with the tabulations of votes. So I think people should vote with confidence," Warner said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Warner, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the U.S. is in a "much better" position to respond to any foreign election threats compared to 2016, when the intelligence community determined that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. The senator credited the Department of Homeland Security with coordinating with state and local official to improve defenses.

POMPEO PUSHES BACK ON IRAN CRITICISM: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday pushed back against criticism that the Trump administration's latest sanctions on Iran don't go far enough. "I’ve been at this a long time. No one’s going to argue that Secretary Pompeo isn’t tough on Iran, and no one’s going to argue that President Trump isn’t doing the same," Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday." The secretary of State downplayed calls from GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) that the Trump administration should take a harder line against Iran, even as the U.S. is set to impose sanctions on the country's oil sector.


STATEHOUSE: HILL JOINS SUIT V. EAST CHICAGO - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill joined a lawsuit over an East Chicago, Indiana, ordinance that some claim makes it a sanctuary city (Indiana Public Media). East Chicago’s 2017 “welcoming city” ordinance says police won’t participate in federal immigration enforcement actions unless ordered by a court. And it bars federal immigration officers from accessing people in the city’s custody unless they have a warrant. Prominent Indiana conservative attorney Jim Bopp filed a lawsuit against East Chicago, arguing its ordinance violates an Indiana law that bans sanctuary cities. Hill asked to join the case to defend the constitutionality of that Indiana law. In a court filing, East Chicago did not oppose Hill’s motion. But it said it doesn’t plan to challenge the law’s constitutionality. And it said it would try to move the case to federal court if Hill joined.

HEALTH: 1ST FLU DEATH RECORD - The Indiana State Department of Health on Friday announced the first flu-related death of the 2018-19 flu season (WIBC). Flu season started in October and a flu-related death so early in the season is somewhat unsual, according to Indiana State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. "We don’t typically see flu-related deaths this early in the season, but flu viruses circulate year-round and can have heartbreaking consequences at any time," said Dr. Box. "I encourage anyone who hasn’t gotten a flu shot to get one to help protect themselves and their loved ones."

INDOT: I-69 SPEED LIMIT RAISED TO 70 - Drivers will soon be able to go a little bit faster as they take Interstate 69 through Bloomington (Indiana Public Media). Indiana transportation officials announced Friday that workers will pull construction barrels and uncover speed limit signs throughout Section 5 of I-69 this weekend. Motorists will be able to drive 55 MPH in Bloomington and 70 MPH in rural areas beginning Monday. Temporary lane restrictions and reduced speeds will continue through November for landscaping and roadside grading. Officials announced I-69 Section 5 reached ‘substantial completion’ October 30, two years and two months behind schedule.

EDUCATION: IU ENDS MOLD MITIGATION PROGRAM - Indiana University officials say they’ve responded to almost all mold reports at two campus residence halls (Indiana Public Media). IU Spokesperson Chuck Carney says the university had more than 833 calls about mold and as of Friday completed 826 initial inspections. He says the university is trying to take a long term approach to addressing the problem. “Carpet that needs to be replaced or other things like that, then that’s going to take a little bit longer time, and were going to continue working on that," he says. "But at this time we have gotten through most of the reports that we’ve had and we’re now moving into a new phase.” Carney says maintenance staff completed over 1,300 basic remediations, which involves cleaning and inspecting fan coil units in rooms.


CITIES: COULTER SELECTED FOR INDY COUNCIL - Lobbyist Danielle Coulter has been chosen by a caucus of her Republican peers as the new Indianapolis City-County Council member for a south-side district after Scott Kreider unexpectedly stepped down last month (IBJ). Coulter is a senior government affairs associate at Indiana governmental affairs firm Dant Advocacy Inc. She is also a precinct committee member in Perry Township. Coulter tweeted Thursday evening that she was “honored to have been elected by my fellow Precinct Committeemen this evening to serve the people of District 23 as their new City-County councillor.” “I am eager to get to work, and I look forward to continuing to work with everyone to accomplish great things in our community,” Coulter tweeted.

CITIES: FORT WAYNE CIB HOLDS G.E. PROJECT FATE - Electric Works' supporters are anxiously awaiting Tuesday's Capital Improvement Board vote on whether to support $45 million in bonds for the project that developers say would transform the abandoned former General Electric campus into a vibrant, regional destination (Slater, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). Their anxiety has been stoked by behind-the-scenes comments reportedly made by Mayor Tom Henry, who has publicly supported the $248 million first phase. Proponents of Electric Works have spent months securing funding commitments from Fort Wayne City Council, the Allen County commissioners, the Legacy Joint Funding Committee and the Downtown Development Trust. Despite the apparent momentum, however, the committed funds combine for less than one-third – or $20 million – of the total $65 million request from developer RTM Ventures. Without the $45 million bonds being considered by the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board, the project wouldn't be financially viable, developers have said.

CITIES: FORMER ELSTON HS PRINCIPAL JONES DIES - Former Elston High School principal Warren Jones may be gone, but his memory lives on in those who knew him (Michigan City News-Dispatch). The News-Dispatch offered the community the opportunity to submit memories, condolences, sentiments and other thoughts after Jones’ passing Friday, Nov. 2. The following is a compilation of some of the responses. Rick Jones, elder son: “He’s been my best friend. I think the thing I will miss the most is that he’s been my best confidant.” Susie Crouse, daughter: “He was a great dad. Having him for my high school principal was amazing because he was a principal that everyone loved.”