HOLCOMB ASKS SUPREMES TO REVIEW EMERGENCY POWERS: Gov. Eric Holcomb has asked the Indiana Supreme Court to review a lawsuit he lost against a law that limits the governor's emergency powers (Magdaleno, IndyStar). “This lawsuit is about making sure that state government operates the way our constitution outlines," Holcomb said Friday in a prepared statement. "Our State, and its people, deserve clarity and finality on this important issue, which is why I am filing an appeal today.” The governor's lawyers argued the law in question infringed on his constitutional powers because it gives the Indiana General Assembly the right to call itself into a special session after the governor declares an emergency. The state constitution says only Holcomb has the power to call special sessions, according to his lawyers. Earlier in October, Marion Superior Judge Patrick Dietrick handed the governor a loss when he issued an order saying the law, known as HEA 1123, is constitutional. The Indiana Attorney General's Office, which is representing the Indiana General Assembly in the lawsuit, critiqued the governor's appeal. "He got his answer. Turns out he didn’t like the answer," an office spokesperson said in a prepared statement Friday. "So, now the taxpayers have to continue to be on the hook for his lawsuit."

 

MAYOR McDERMOTT WON'T HIRE UNVAXXED CHICAGO COPS: Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is a Democrat and unreservedly proud of the Hammond Police Department, as well as an unabashed supporter of law enforcement in general. But the five-term leader of Lake County's most populous city has no interest in hiring cops who willfully ignore lawful, direct orders, or deliberately undermine the chain-of-command (Carden, NWI Times). On Friday, McDermott blasted U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., for offering to help Chicago police officers who lose their jobs for refusing to comply with the city's employee COVID-19 vaccination mandate find new positions at Indiana law enforcement agencies. "This mayor is not interested in the head cases from Chicago coming to the Hammond Police Department," McDermott said on his "Left of Center" podcast. "(Officers) willing to throw their career away over a political issue? I just don't want that." "The number one killer of police officers across the country right now is COVID-19." McDermott admitted he is no fan of Lightfoot. He said her political career is "toast," said "she's not going to get reelected," and noted "she's hated in Chicago." He also said he's glad there's no employee vaccine mandate for the city of Hammond or the state of Indiana. "If you're willing to throw all that away over a shot, during a pandemic; if you're that rigid, I don't really want you in the Hammond Police Department, I'll be honest with you. Because I imagine you're going to be a pain in my ass a couple years down the road also and you're going to be a pain in the chief's ass," he said. "You can't be a police officer and not take orders from the mayor."

 

DAVISSON WINS HD73 CAUCUS TO REPLACE FATHER: J. Michael Davisson (R-Salem) was named to complete the term of his father, Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem), who died of cancer last month. He'll face a primary against another GOP incumbent, State Rep. Jim Lucas, if he opts to run for a full term (WBIW). “For 11 years, I watched my father work tirelessly to serve the people of his district and to improve the lives of all Hoosiers,” Davisson said. “I am honored to have the privilege to carry on his work. I am committed to serving with the same sense of loyalty, duty, integrity, and respect that he exemplified.” “Congratulations to J. Davisson on his unanimous caucus victory tonight (Thursday). I can think of no one better to complete the late Steve Davisson’s term than J. Hoosiers in the 73rd District can expect the legacy of servant leadership Steve established to be seamlessly continued by their new State Representative, J. Davisson,” said Indiana Republican Chairman Kyle Hupfer.

 

REP. ELLINGTON SHIFTS TO BORDERS' HD45: State Rep. Jeff Ellington changed his voter registration address this week from his That Road home just south of Bloomington to an abandoned brick building in Bloomfield he bought for a bargain price in 2018 to renovate (Lane, Bloomington Herald-Times). He and his wife now will be living in District 45, which contains about half of Ellington's former District 62. He intends to run for re-election to the House of Representatives in the district currently represented by House Assistant Majority Whip Bruce Borders. Borders, who has served District 45 in two stints totaling 15 years and moonlights as an Elvis Presley impersonator, could not be reached Friday morning for comment. New Republican-backed redistricting maps, which Ellington voted against, took conservative Greene County out of his Republican-heavy district and left Ellington in a more Democratic-leaning one. "Wednesday, Hope and I changed our voter registration to our Bloomfield address," Ellington said in an email response to questions about his move. "It is my intention to run for re-election in 2022 from our Greene County home. This would put me in District 45 — Greene, Sullivan, and parts of Daviess, Knox, Vigo — in the 2022 elections, and not District 62, which used to be based around Greene County."

 

WILLARD HOTEL BECAME TRUMP'S INSURRECTION COMMAND CENTER: They called it the “command center,” a set of rooms and suites in the posh Willard hotel a block from the White House where some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal lieutenants were working day and night with one goal in mind: overturning the results of the 2020 election (Washington Post). The Jan. 6 rally on the Ellipse and the ensuing attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob would draw the world’s attention to the quest to physically block Congress from affirming Joe Biden’s victory. But the activities at the Willard that week add to an emerging picture of a less visible effort, mapped out in memos by a conservative pro-Trump legal scholar and pursued by a team of presidential advisers and lawyers seeking to pull off what they claim was a legal strategy to reinstate Trump for a second term. They were led by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. Former chief White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon was an occasional presence as the effort’s senior political adviser. Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik was there as an investigator. Also present was John Eastman, the scholar, who outlined scenarios for denying Biden the presidency in an Oval Office meeting on Jan. 4 with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. They sought to make the case to Pence and ramp up pressure on him to take actions on Jan. 6 that Eastman suggested were within his powers, three people familiar with the operation said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

 

5 BASKETBALL PLAYERS WITH INDIANA TIES MAKE NBA'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM: Sitting courtside in San Francisco, preparing to commentate the game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers, Reggie Miller was caught by surprise (IndyStar). Called in under the guise of talking about Stephen Curry, another member of the 75th Anniversary Team, Miller was informed he had also made the team by TNT’s Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. Whether because of technical delay or pure shock, it took Miller a few seconds to respond. “I wasn’t expecting to be on that list truthfully,” Miller said. With the NBA celebrating its diamond anniversary, the league concluded its announcement of the 75th Anniversary Team Thursday. And just as it did 25 years ago, the Hoosier state has a very respectable amount of representation with Miller, Indiana State and Indiana Pacer coach Larry Bird, IU guard Isiah Thomas, Crispus Attucks' Oscar Robertson, and Vincennes University's Bob McAdoo joining 70 other stars.

 

WHERE ARE ALL THE WORKERS? Earlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors: Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans. Many people, they argued, would then come off the sidelines and take the millions of jobs that employers were desperate to fill (AP). Yet three months after half the states began ending that federal payment, there’s been no significant influx of job seekers. In states that cut off the $300 check, the workforce — the number of people who either have a job or are looking for one — has risen no more than it has in the states that maintained the payment. That federal aid, along with two jobless aid programs that served gig workers and the long-term unemployed, ended nationally Sept. 6. Yet America’s overall workforce actually shrank that month. “Policymakers were pinning too many hopes on ending unemployment insurance as a labor market boost,” said Fiona Greig, managing director of the JPMorgan Chase Institute, which used JPMorgan bank account data to study the issue. “The work disincentive effects were clearly small.”

 

THE COMING DISRUPTION FROM ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Across the country, thousands of companies such as Trenton Forging are warily eyeing a future of electric vehicles that contain a fraction of the parts of their gasoline-powered counterparts and require less servicing and no fossil fuels or corn-based ethanol (Bloomberg). It’s a transition that will be felt well beyond Detroit, as millions of workers at repair shops, gas stations, oil fields and farms find their jobs affected by an economic dislocation of historic proportions. “Anybody who thinks this transition is going to go smoothly is fooling themselves,” said Michael Robinet, executive director of automotive advisory services for consulting firm IHS Markit. Making, selling and servicing vehicles employ an estimated 4.7 million people in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of the jobs won’t go away, of course — there will still be a need for dealerships and tire shops.

 

TWITTER REMOVES DEROGATORY TWEET FROM REP. BANKS: Twitter has removed a derogatory tweet by Indiana Congressman Jim Banks. Banks misgendered Dr. Rachel Levine, the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer, on Tuesday (IndyStar). "The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man," he said. On Saturday, the tweet was taken down, with the following message:  "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules."  Twitter's rules includes protection for transgender people in their "Hateful conduct policy." "We prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category," Twitter states. "This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals." "My tweet was a statement of fact," he stated. "Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t be able to cancel me.  If they silence me, they will silence you. We can’t allow Big Tech to prevent us from telling the truth. When Republicans take back the House next year, we must restore honesty to our public forums and hold Big Tech accountable."

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The Colts will face the 49ers tonight at 8:20, as well as one of the most intense "bomb cyclones" in San Francisco. The NWS is describing tonight's event as historic, so the Colts should turn to RB Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack. - Brian A. Howey

 

Campaigns

 

OBAMA CAMPAIGNS FOR McAULIFFE: Former President Obama delivered a fiery address campaigning for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe on Saturday, urging Democrats to flock to the polls and taking a number of swings at Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin (The Hill). “When you’ve got someone in your corner who has shown that they will work for you, who has a track record of accomplishments, then you have to go out there and work for them. Not because everything suddenly is going to be perfect but because it’s going to be better,” Obama told a crowd at Virginia Commonwealth University alongside McAuliffe. 

 

Polls

 

BIGGEST GALLUP GAP EVER: There’s an 88-point partisan gap in President Joe Biden’s approval rating. Among Dems, 92% approve of his performance and 6% disapprove. Among Republicans, 4% approve and 94% disapprove. That 88-point gulf “ranks among the largest in more than eight decades of Gallup measurements of presidential approval,” writes Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones.

 

General Assembly

 

CHAMBER PREVIEW NOV. 15: Join us November 15 at the Conrad Indianapolis as Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar unveils our top legislative priorities and long-term goals for the upcoming General Assembly session – just one day before Organization Day (Howey Politics Indiana). We are pleased to announce these legislative leaders will participate in an hour-long panel discussion on the 2022 issues that will have the greatest impact on the Indiana business community: Rep. Todd Huston, Indiana House Speaker; Rep. Terri Austin, Minority Caucus Chair; Sen. Mark Messmer, Majority Floor Leader; and Sen. Greg Taylor, Minority Leader. Tickets are $65 for Indiana Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Registration includes lunch and optional networking coffee breaks. Click below to register online, or contact Lisa at events@indianachamber.com or (800) 824-6885.

 

State

 

WORKFORCE: INDIANA JOBLESS RATE 4% - After three months stuck at 4.1%, Indiana’s unemployment rate inched lower in September while the national rate continued to catch up, according to numbers released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (IBJ). The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4% in September after hovering at 4.1% between June and August. Meanwhile, the national rate descended from 5.2% in August to 4.8% in September. An estimated 134,842 Hoosiers are currently unemployed and seeking jobs, the state reported. That’s down from 137,857 in July. Indiana’s labor force—which is composed of both employed and unemployed-but-willing-to-work residents—had a net decrease of 1,439 over August’s tally to about 3.34 million. This was a result of a decrease of 2,595 unemployed residents and an increase of 1,156 employed residents. Indiana’s labor-force participation rate drooped to 63% in September from 63.1% in August. It again bettered the national rate of 61.6% in September.

 

ISDH: MIX & MATCH VAX BOOSTERS AVAILABLE -  Eligible people in Indiana can now get COVID-19 booster shots of all three vaccines, the Indiana Department of Health announced (WRTV). Health officials said Friday that IDOH now offers booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, along with the Pfizer vaccine, which federal health agencies previously authorized. People who are eligible for Pfizer and Moderna booster doses include those who are age 65 and older, along with those who are age 18 and older who live in long-term care facilities, have underlying conditions and who work or live in high-risk settings.

 

SUPREME COURT: EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED - The Indiana Supreme Court announced today the implementation of a pre-eviction diversion program aimed at funneling rental assistance to landlords and tenants in a more effective manner, starting Nov. 1 (IndyStar). However, tenant lawyers expressed concerns that the program is non-mandatory and that landlords will not have an incentive to participate. The supreme court's move comes as thousands of tenants who were protected from eviction during the federal eviction moratorium, which ended on Aug. 26, are being taken to court by their landlords over non-payment of rent. Eviction filings have increased statewide from 4,263 in August to 5,135 in September. Thousands more tenants are in court for evictions that were filed before August.

 

GAMING: TERRE HAUTE LICENSE MAY NOT BE AWARDED NOV. 17 - With the Indiana Gaming Commission slated next month to review and select an applicant for a Vigo County casino, the state agency will not be issuing a casino license immediately (Terre Haute Tribune-Star). The Indiana Gaming Commission at its Nov. 17 meeting will be able to "evaluate the applicants and the commission would be in a position to make a selection, but issuing a (casino) license is complicated by the fact that there is a Lucy Luck appeal pending and a stay has been granted by the administrative law judge," said Jenny Reske, deputy director of the Indiana Gaming Commission. "As a practical matter, we are not going to be able to issue a (casino) license" on Nov. 17, Reske said Friday.

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL: ROKITA ANNOUNCES MEDICARE FRAUD CASE - Attorney General Todd Rokita recently marked another successful case investigated and prosecuted by his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). In 2021, the unit has now been involved in 53 cases resulting in guilty verdicts (Howey Politics Indiana). This month, the owner and operator of a Southern Indiana laboratory pleaded guilty to the crimes of theft and identity deception in connection with a scheme to defraud the Medicare and Indiana Medicaid programs. “The theft of money from government insurance programs dedicated to serving our most vulnerable populations is a theft against every Indiana citizen,” Attorney General Rokita said. “We must always hold accountable those who commit these selfish acts. That's exactly what our office has done by working with our federal partners to bring this matter to a successful prosecution.” The conviction and sentencing of Betty Hanks, owner and operator of Liberty Labs Inc. in Perry County, followed an in-depth investigation by the Indiana MFCU and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.

 

HUMANITIES: PANDEMIC GRANTS TO NEARLY 80 GROUPS - Nearly 80 humanities groups around Indiana are getting a boost with a share of more than $800,000 in federal pandemic relief funding (AP). The grants provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities will provide humanities-focused nonprofit groups in 45 Indiana communities with about $833,000. Seventy-eight organizations have been awarded grants, which comes from pandemic stimulus funding approved earlier this year by Congress. Indiana Humanities had invited nonprofits to apply for the grants, which will support programs and activities focused on subjects that include history, literature, archaeology, ethics and comparative religion.

 

NCAA: NOTRE DAME DOWNS USC 31-16 - Kyren Williams and No. 13 Notre Dame's offensive line took a big step forward Saturday night, withstanding Southern California's fourth-quarter rally for a 31-16 victory (AP). With fellow running back Chris Tyree sidelined by turf toe, Williams had two short touchdown runs and a season-high 138 yards on 25 carries for coach Brian Kelly's 6-1 team, and after the game saluted his offensive linemen for his performance. "Shoutout to the O-linemen for working hard and making it possible," Williams said about the rebuilt line that lost four starters from last season. "I just had to have the mindset to dominate and not be stopped by anybody."

 

BIG TEN: OHIO STATE FLABBERGASTS IU 54-7 - C.J. Stroud and TreVeyon Henderson provided Ohio State's offense with a refreshingly familiar look Saturday (AP). Even a persistently rainy night couldn't derail the Buckeyes' two big stars. Stroud threw four touchdown passes, Henderson scored three times and No. 5 Ohio State routed Indiana 54-7 after its bye week, extending the Football Bowl Subdivision's longest active winning streak against one team to 27 in a row.

 

BIG TEN: WISCONSIN RUNS PAST PURDUE 30-13 - Wisconsin freshman running back Braelon Allen figures the Badgers got back to their their strengths (AP). Graham Mertz completed just 5 of 8 passes for 52 yards. But it didn't matter with the Badgers running for 290 yards on 51 carries. "That's Wisconsin football, that's what we're known for, imposing our will on defenses," Allen said. "We are finally getting back to our brand of football. It's worked for the longest time." Chez Mellusi ran for 149 yards and a touchdown and Allen had 140 yards and two scores to help Wisconsin beat No. 25 Purdue 30-13 on Saturday.

 

MAC: MIAMI TOPS BSU 24-17 - Despite playing in front of a season-best crowd of over 15,000 at Scheumann Stadium to celebrate its 95th Homecoming, Ball State fell to Miami 24-17 Saturday in the annual Red Bird Rivalry (HPI). The Cardinals (4-4, 2-2) snapped a three-game winning streak heading into the matchup. "It was a disappointing loss and it hurts," Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. "I'm very appreciative of the Homecoming crowd and I'm very thankful for the fans. There were a lot of positive things trending going into today, but it was a tough loss."

 

NBA: PACERS DOWN HEAT IN OT -  Another overtime game, another white-knuckler.cBut after two road losses, the Indiana Pacers won their home opener over the Miami Heat 102-91 Saturday night in a gold-out at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.cThe Pacers outscored the Heat 9-0 early in OT (IndyStar). The Pacers had lost at Washington 135-134 in overtime Friday night.cOshae Brissett came off the bench to score 18 points in support of starters Chris Duarte (19), Malcom Brogdon (18) and Domantas Sabonis (17).cDuarte missed a catch-and-shoot 3-point attempt that would have won the game in regulation. His five free throws in OT helped secure the outcome.

 

Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN TO MEET WITH MANCHIN IN DELAWARE TODAY - President Joe Biden will host Sen. Joe Manchin in Delaware on Sunday as the two seek to finalize an agreement on Biden’s domestic agenda, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting (Politico). The president will huddle with the West Virginia moderate in Delaware, where Biden is spending the weekend. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will also attend. The meeting comes at an absolutely critical time for Biden, who is seeking to clinch a deal with Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on his social spending plan in the next week.

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN TAIWAN REMARKS PROMPT SCRAMBLING - President Biden’s public remarks Thursday that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if it were attacked by China left White House officials scrambling to explain it did not represent a shift in U.S. policy (The Hill). The comments come amid historically high tensions with China over trade, human rights, technology, the coronavirus and the island-nation just 80 miles off its coast, which Beijing considers to be a part of its country. As a result, Biden’s  answer to a question at a CNN town hall about whether the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it were attacked by China — “yes, we have a commitment,” the president said  — was major news and led to a predictably tough response from China. “When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told The Associated Press.

 

JUSTICE: LEV PARNAS FOUND GUILTY - Lev Parnas, a business associate of former President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, was found guilty Friday of funneling foreign money into U.S. political campaigns and illegally making donations in the names of others (Politico). The Manhattan jury deliberated for about five hours before finding Parnas, 49, guilty on all six felony counts that were the subject of a two-week federal court trial. The judge directed earlier that a seventh charge against Parnas, involving an alleged business fraud, be tried separately. Parnas was accused of arranging at least $156,000 in political donations with money from Russian businessman Andrey Muraviev as part of an effort to win legal cannabis licenses in several U.S. states. Prosecutors also alleged that Parnas made a $325,000 contribution to a pro-Trump super PAC through a shell company using another man's money.

 

Sunday Talk

 

PELOSI SAYS SPENDING DEAL 'PRETTY MUCH' DONE: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated on Sunday that Democrats would reach an agreement this week on President Biden's social spending bill. "We have 90 percent of the bill agreed to and written. We just have some of the last decisions to be made," Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think we are pretty much there now," Pelosi said when asked if an agreement would be reached before the president leaves for Europe on Friday. Pelosi also said that the scaled-back plan is still set for an Oct. 31 vote, when federal highway funding expires. "There was no deadline that was missed because of the progressives. The deadline was missed because they changed from $3.5 [trillion] to one half of that," Pelosi added.

 

WALENSKI ENCOURAGED BY COVID CASE DECLINE: Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said on Sunday that she was "encouraged" by dropping COVID-19 cases across the country but warned "we can't be complacent." Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Walensky gave her assessment of the current state of the pandemic to host Chris Wallace, who noted that the U.S. is still seeing over 70,000 COVID-19 cases a day but that cases have seen a decrease compared to the prior month that saw a surge due to the delta variant. "So I think the numbers actually speak for themselves. You're absolutely right cases are down they're down more than 50 percent from where they were in September, but we can't get complacent yet," Walensky said.

 

AMBASSADOR DEFENDS AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL DEAL WITH TALIBAN: In his first interview since resigning as the U.S.'s chief negotiator with the Taliban, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad strongly defended the deal he negotiated to withdraw U.S. troops from America's longest war, but told "Face the Nation" moderator and CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan that he objected to the direction of the Biden administration's current Afghanistan policy. "One reason I left the government is that the debate wasn't really as it should be based on realities and facts of what happened, what was going on and what our alternatives were," Khalilzad told Brennan.

 

Local

 

BLOOMINGTON: CITY TO GIVE $600 FOR EMPLOYEES TO VAX - Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton said the new incentive is only available to employees covered by the city’s health insurance plan (Indiana Public Media). “It appears that this benefit, the wellness benefit for next year, is moving numbers a little bit,” Hamilton said. “I’m glad we did it.” The new program is different from the $100 incentive previously available to all vaccinated city employees regardless of health insurance. Instead of being distributed as one lump sum, a portion of the new incentive will be reflected on each paycheck throughout the year. “The $600 wellness incentive, just to be precise, is actually paid out per pay period over the 2022 payroll cycle,” Hamilton said.

 

INDIANAPOLIS: DEMS TO DRAW COUNCIL MAPS FOR FIRST TIME - For the first time since Indianapolis moved to consolidated city-county government in 1970, Democrats will be in the driver’s seat next year as new districts are drawn for City-County Council seats (IBJ). State lawmakers already have completed the once-a-decade, highly partisan task of drawing new maps for Indiana’s legislative and congressional districts, based on the 2020 census. Now, Indianapolis and local governments across the state must draw new districts for local offices by November 2022. Indianapolis’ redistricting has been bitterly contested in recent decades, as Democrats came closer and closer to ending long-time Republican control of the City-County Council.

 

INDIANAPOLIS: 88% OF EVICTIONS FROM CORPORATE LANDLORDS - The Stone Lake Lodge Apartments is one of dozensof properties owned by corporate landlords that make up nearly 90 percent of the city's eviction filings, even as residents grappled with a global pandemic that's left 700,000 Americans dead and millions in financial crisis. IndyStar analyzed the more than 11,000 eviction filings in Marion County from Jan. 1 to Sept. 1 to determine which apartment complexes have tried to evict the most tenants. The analysis reveals a troubling trend: Evictions in Indianapolis are driven by a small number of corporate landlords — many of whom are out of state — who take advantage of Indiana's landlord-friendly laws, neglect health and safety issues at rental properties, and employ experienced attorneys to churn out evictions that threaten to derail the lives of tens of thousands of people.  88% of all eviction filings in Marion County were by corporate landlords, as opposed to individuals who are landlords.

 

INDIANAPOLIS: OESTERLE KEEPS BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER - Last month, former Angie’s List employees gathered for a reunion at Elevator Hill, the 18-acre parcel of near-east-side buildings that was once the online consumer-review company’s headquarters campus (Weidenbener, IBJ). The event drew hundreds, but many came for more than just a chance to commiserate with workmates. They also wanted to see their former boss—serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, activist and Angie’s List co-founder Bill Oesterle. “They came back because of Bill,” said longtime Angie’s List employee Cheryl Reed. “There’s just something about him. These people ran the gamut, from folks in the gay rights community to hardcore Republicans to Democrats like me. So many people just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to him.” Oesterle, whose numerous friendships span the political, cultural and socioeconomic spectrum, is something of an anomaly these days. In a time when so many people hunker down in ideological silos, Oesterle, 56, has built a career out of bringing disparate groups together to support common causes, eschewing dogma in favor of community.

 

ELBERFELD: FIREFIGHTER DIES OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY - The Elberfeld Fire Department says one of their firefighters has died (WFIE-TV). According to a post on the fire department’s Facebook page, firefighter Duane Erwin suffered a medical emergency Wednesday after responding to two fire alarms. Fire officials say he died early Saturday morning. Several other nearby fire departments are showing their support on social media, including the Newburgh Volunteer Fire Department, German Township Fire Department, Haubstadt Fire Territory, among others.