PENCE STUMPS FOR HOLCOMB IN JEFFERSONVILLE: Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence stopped by Jeffersonville’s Nachand Fieldhouse on Sunday to support his lieutenant governor's bid to replace him as Indiana governor — and to rally support for presidential candidate Donald Trump (Easary, News & Tribune). Holcomb took the podium wearing an Indiana Pacers' throwback Hickory sweater. Citing the efforts of his predecessors Mitch Daniels and Pence, he used a racing analogy to describe the challenge Hoosiers face in moving forward. “We’re either going to get a yellow flag (with Gregg) or a green flag,” he said. He only spoke for about 10 minutes Sunday, with his chief message being the importance of keeping Republicans in control of the Indiana Senate. Holcomb spoke only briefly, saying, “My momma didn’t raise a fool. I know I’m the only thing standing between you and main course.” Pence was clearly the star of the show. Trump signs equaled or surpassed Holcomb signs, and cheers and standing ovations occasionally interrupted his 30-minute speech. Pence’s time at the podium could have been mistaken for a Trump rally, with the bulk of his speech addressing the presidential race. He said he accepted Trump’s offer to be his running mate for two reasons. “One, I believe this country’s in a lot of trouble; so we said yes,” he said. “And, two: I knew that my lieutenant governor Eric Holcomb would be ready to lead this state into the future.” Pence predicted a late surge by Trump would hand him the presidency a week from Tuesday. "Just nine days away from a great victory all across the state of Indiana and all across America," Pence announced as he took the stage. He praised Trump as a "man who never quits, who never backs down, he is winner and until not too long ago, it seemed like he was out there fighting all on his own but now this movement is coming together, the party is coming together, Indiana is coming together and we're going to make Donald Trump the next president of the United States of America" (Louisville Courier-Journal). “Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to say 'hello' to a man who understands that a 'C' on classified documents stands for 'confidential?'" Holcomb asked.

 

TRUMP CAMPAIGN CLOSES GAP IN ABC/WP POLL: Republicans' growing unity behind their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has helped pull him just 1 percentage point behind Hillary Clinton and has placed GOP leaders who resist him in a vulnerable position, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll. A majority of all likely voters say they are unmoved by the FBI's announcement Friday that it may review additional emails from Clinton's time as secretary of state. Just more than 6 in 10 voters say the news will make no difference in their vote, while just more than 3 in 10 say it makes them less likely to support her; 2 percent say they are more likely to back her as a result. The Post-ABC Tracking Poll continues to find a very tight race, with Clinton at 46 percent and Trump at 45 percent among likely voters in interviews from Tuesday through Friday. The two major-party nominees for president are followed by Libertarian Gary Johnson, at 4 percent, and the Green Party's Jill Stein, at 2 percent. The result is similar to a 47-to-45 Clinton-Trump margin in the previous wave released Saturday, though it is smaller than what was found in other surveys this week. When likely voters are asked to choose between Clinton and Trump alone, Clinton stands at 49 percent, and Trump is at 46 percent, a statistically insignificant margin.

 

FBI TO REOPEN CLINTON EMAIL PROBE: The FBI will investigate whether additional classified material is contained in emails sent using Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state, FBI Director James Comey informed congressional leaders Friday (Washington Post). The announcement appears to restart the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s server, less than two weeks before the presidential election, an explosive development that could shape the campaign’s final days. In a letter to congressional leaders, Comey said that the FBI had, in connection with an “unrelated case,” recently “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the Clinton investigation.” Comey indicated that he had been briefed on the new material yesterday. “I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation,” he wrote. “I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” - FBI Director James Comey, in a letter to congressional leaders announcing that the FBI will restart an investigation on Hillary Clinton’s email server controversy. Comey announced in July that Clinton would not be charged, until he learned of additional Clinton emails. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reacted, saying, “Hillary Clinton's corruption is on a scale that we have never seen before. We must not let her take her are criminal scheme into the Oval Office. I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made."

 

FBI OBTAINS WARRANT FOR ABEDIN COMPUTER:  The FBI obtained a warrant to search emails related to the probe of Hillary Clinton's private server that were discovered on ex-congressman Anthony Weiner's laptop, law enforcement officials confirmed Sunday (NBC News). The warrant came two days after FBI Director James Comey revealed the existence of the emails, which law enforcement sources said were linked to Weiner's estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The sources said Abedin used the same laptop to send thousands of emails to Clinton. The FBI already had a warrant to search Weiner's laptop, but that only applied to evidence of his allegedly illicit communications with an underage girl. Agents will now compare the latest batch of messages with those that have already been investigated to determine whether any classified information was sent from Clinton's server.

 

DOJ ADVISED COMEY NOT TO MAKE STATEMENT: The Justice Department discouraged the FBI from alerting Congress to the unexpected discovery of emails potentially related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, given the proximity to the presidential election and the potential for political fallout, a government official said (Associated Press). Justice Department officials who were advised of the FBI’s intention to notify Congress about the discovery expressed concern that the action would be inconsistent with department protocols designed to avoid the appearance of interference in an election. In an apparent departure from the wishes of top Justice Department leaders, FBI Director James Comey acted independently when he sent several members of Congress a letter about the emails on Friday, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity. The move creates the potential for a divide between the Justice Department and Comey, who has served in government under both Democratic and Republican presidents. And it provides political fodder for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

 

DOJ COULD HAVE OVERRULED COMEY: Justice Department officials could have overruled FBI Director James B. Comey’s surprising decision to notify Congress about the renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, but they stopped short of ordering him to back down (Washington Post). Their decision partly reflected the institutional power of the FBI director, Comey’s personality and the political realities they were facing, according to current and former Justice officials. In this case, officials said Comey put the department in an untenable position by informing them that he was sending a letter to Congress because he had an obligation to lawmakers or they would feel misled. “At the end of the day, if you have the FBI director telling Justice that he has an obligation to tell Congress, there is no way you can direct the FBI to do otherwise,” said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “That’s too fraught. You can’t direct someone to withhold information from Congress. That’s not a prudent way to do things.”

 

PENCE CALLS FOR RELEASE OF ABEDIN EMAILS:  Mike Pence on Sunday questioned why Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, has yet to personally release the contents of emails in her possession that are now under scrutiny by the FBI (NBC News). "I'm very glad to hear Hillary Clinton calling for putting all of this out on the table," Pence said on Meet the Press about the FBI's letter updating Congress about to its investigation into Clinton's private email server. "Why doesn't she ask her senior aide to release all these emails?" Clinton has urged the FBI to release all pertinent information that it has on its latest look at emails - none of which the FBI has confirmed are newly revealed or relevant to the case. Federal prosecutors uncovered emails that included Abedin and other Clinton aides on systems confiscated by authorities looking into the devices used by Anthony Weiner, Abedin's former husband, who is under investigation for sending sexually suggestive material to an underage girl.

 

CONFLICTS WITHIN FBI OVER CLINTON FOUNDATION: FBI agents argued — based at least in part on news accounts — earlier this year that the Clinton Foundation should be investigated for potentially giving donors special political access and favors. The Justice Department’s public integrity unit said they did not have enough evidence to move forward (Washington Post). The Clinton Foundation said it was never contacted by the FBI, suggesting the bureau’s efforts were in a preliminary stage as prosecutors weighed in. But agents in New York have sought to keep their inquiries alive, feuding with the Justice Department about the lengths to which they can go, according to people familiar with the matter. That infighting became public Sunday, when the Wall Street Journal published a detailed account of interactions between prosecutors and FBI officials over the politically sensitive subject. The FBI already is under fire for taking actions that could influence the presidential election just days away, after FBI Director James B. Comey revealed agents wanted to look at newly discovered a new batch of emails that were possibly relevant to the probe of Clinton’s private email server. The leak of information about a separate Clinton-related matter fueled more criticism Sunday that the bureau was acting inappropriately. The FBI’s New York field office was one of a few that — in at least some small way — were looking into topics that touched on the Clinton Foundation’s work, according to people familiar with the matter. Agents in New York wanted to examine allegations of corruption and conflicts of interest that have swirled around the charitable organization of the Clinton family, the people said.

 

CLINTON CAMPAIGN BLASTS COMEY, SEEKS DETAILS: Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Sunday pressured FBI Director James Comey to release more details about the emails he says could be related to the investigation into her use of a private email server, including whether Comey had even reviewed them himself (Associated Press). Tim Kaine, Clinton’s running mate, said Comey owed it to the public to be more forthcoming about the emails under review by the FBI with only 10 days remaining before Nov. 8 election. Kaine’s message aimed to counter Republican rival Donald Trump, who has seized on the reignited email controversy in hopes of sewing fresh doubts about Clinton’s trustworthiness. “As far as we know now, Director Comey knows nothing about the content of these emails. We don’t know whether they’re to or from Hillary at all,” Kaine said. The Virginia senator said if Comey “hasn’t seen the emails, I mean they need to make that completely plain. Then they should work to see the emails and release the circumstances of those once they have done that analysis.” Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, said Comey’s handling of the matter was “inappropriate.” Podesta urged Comey to be more transparent because the disclosure came “in the middle of the presidential campaign so close to the voting.”

 

TRUMP OFFERED VEEP TO CHRISTIE FIRST; PENCE PERSISTED: Donald Trump offered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie the job of vice president, sources confirm to CBS News. Days before the Republican National Convention, however, Trump reneged on the deal after others in his inner circle convinced him otherwise. First reported by the New York Post, an indecisive Trump had initially decided on Christie after the New Jersey governor made his final case to Trump on July 12.  Christie, the first former presidential candidate to get behind Trump after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary, had assumed a high profile role on the campaign prior to the Convention – reaching out to donors and potential high profile supporters. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager at the time, allegedly had another idea in mind. Manafort had arranged for Trump to meet with his first choice for the job on July 13: Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Afterwards, the plans was for Trump and Pence to then fly back to New York together and a formal announcement would be made, a campaign source said of Manafort’s thinking. What had previously been reported as a “lucky break” by the New York Times was actually a swift political maneuver devised by the now fired campaign manager. Set on changing Trump’s mind, he concocted a story that Trump’s plane had mechanical problems, forcing the soon-to-be Republican nominee to stay the night in Indianapolis for breakfast with the Pence family on Wednesday morning. Swayed by Pence’s aggressive pitch, Trump agreed to ditch Christie and make Pence his VP the following day, according to a source. However, another source with direct knowledge of the situation contends that it was Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a key adviser, who made the final moves to seal Pence’s fate and oust Christie. “It all goes back to his dad being prosecuted by Christie,” the source told CBS News. Kushner arranged for a plane to bring Pence to New York on the Thursday in question. “Pence showing up caught Trump off guard and pretty much boxed in the decision,” the source adds.

 

MAYOR PASTRICK DIES AT AGE 88: Longtime East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick, who ran the city for more than 30 years, died Friday (Post-Tribune). Pastrick, 88, both helped modernize the industrial city and saw it through moments of noted corruption. The former mayor's 33-year tenure — making him the longest-serving mayor in East Chicago's history — was a capstone to his service as a city councilor and East Chicago comptroller and his 50-plus years as an active figure in Democratic politics. "He epitomized East Chicago," Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. said. "He was a legend." To serve as a mayor for 33 years is no small feat, McDermott said. "You couldn't find anyone who worked harder for or had more pride in his community than Bob Pastrick," Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg said in a statement. "We extend our condolences to his family, friends and all those his life touched." Pastrick was defeated in 2004 by George Pabey after the sidewalks-for-votes political scandal involving Pastrick and his administration. In 2010, Pastrick was one of three people ordered to pay more than $108 million in damages to the city in a civil case in the sidewalks-for-votes scandal. Pastrick was not charged with any criminal offenses in connection with the investigation. It was the first time a city government had been adjudged a corrupt organization under federal racketeering laws, according to Attorney General Greg Zoeller at the time. A 2001 documentary, "The King of Steeltown," tracked Pastrick's re-election bid during his 1999 campaign. The film looked at East Chicago's monolithic politician but did not ignore allegations of corruption.

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: American voters face a confusing situation after FBI Director James Comey’s Friday bombshell on the Abedin/Weiner/Clinton emails. No one knows what these new found emails contain, whether they are relevant to any of the previous investigation that resulted in no criminal charges for Hillary Clinton. What we do know is that the FBI and the Department of Justice have interjected themselves into an already controversial and polarizing presidential election - Brian A. Howey



Campaigns

 

HOLCOMB RARELY MENTIONS PENCE: Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb has rushed to distinguish himself to voters since his party chose him to replace Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot the three months ago, after Pence dropped his re-election bid to become Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate (Davies, Associated Press). But that hasn’t stopped Democrat John Gregg from keeping Pence — and Holcomb’s support for some of the governor’s most contentious issues — at the forefront of the fight to become Indiana’s next governor. Nearing the end of the race, Gregg has a more aggressive, better-funded campaign than he did when he narrowly lost to Pence in 2012. The former Indiana House speaker has a stream of television ads attacking Holcomb as a “rubber stamp” for Pence, pointing out his support for the religious-objections law the governor signed last year. The law sparked a national uproar, with opponents saying it sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. Holcomb largely avoids mentioning Pence and instead highlights his time as an aide to former Gov. Mitch Daniels, Pence’s popular predecessor. Holcomb says he is “quite proud” of where Indiana stands after 12 years of Republican governors, and touts the state’s $2.4 billion budget surplus, improved unemployment rate and recent tax cuts. “When I first came into this service, with former Gov. Mitch Daniels, we ushered in Indiana’s comeback,” Holcomb said. “We turned the state around, we quit spending more money than we were taking in.”

 

DEMOCRAT SAYS PENCE, GOP IN TROUBLE IN INDIANA: Adam Dickey, 9th District Democratic Party chairman, said Pence's visit was a sign of a failing gubernatorial campaign (Louisville Courier-Journal). "It seems indicative of a campaign in trouble," he said. "Instead of trying to help Donald Trump in swing states, Mike Pence is trying to do something to help Eric Holcomb right the ship in his own state."

 

GREGG INSPIRES LAWRENCE COUNTY DEMS: Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg said he may not look tough, but he had a few choice words for those who let Indiana jobs go to Mexico (Bloomington Herald-Times). “They left with tax dollars, Hoosier tax dollars,” Gregg said. “Let me tell you, I may not look tough, but if they leave with one dime of our money when I’m governor, I’m going to go back, kick their ass, take the money and bring it back.” And the crowd of more than 50 people erupted in raucous applause. Gregg and his running mate, Christina Hale, visited Harp Commons Saturday afternoon to offer their take on what needs to happen to make Indiana an ideal state for teachers, businesses and workers to take refuge in. “Now, let me share with you, the day we get elected is the day the war on our public schools and public educators ends, because we believe school teachers are part of the solution, not the problem,” Gregg said. “And our focus is going to be on those good paying jobs ... the same ones we’ve seen over 3,000 shipped to Mexico in just the last five months.”

 

GREGG CAMPAIGNS IN NEW ALBANY: Democratic candidate for governor of Indiana John Gregg pumped up a crowd of nearly 100 supporters Saturday night in New Albany at the last stop of a day-long bus tour (Rickert, New & Tribune). Touching on his plans to improve the lives of Hoosiers through better education and better jobs, he incited the crowd to stay strong through the next week and a half until election day, and asked that attendees talk to four people between now and then to help draw more support. “I think the biggest problem is Hoosiers are working harder and harder and making less and less,” Gregg said in an interview. “The number of Hoosiers I meet that tell me they are working two jobs ... we do have low unemployment, but under the Pence-Holcomb administration we have slid to 38th in per capita income. What that means for a family of four in New Albany tonight, they're making $7,000 a year less than the average American family. We can do better than that.”

 

GOV RACE PEAKS AT END: With just a week left in the race for Indiana’s next governor, the contest is tight and the candidates are pulling out all the stops (Kelly, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). The National Journal last week called the race the second most likely to flip party control. The new analysis moved the race three spots from its previous ranking. Republican Gov. Mike Pence is in office now but chose not to run for re-election after being tapped as Donald Trump’s presidential running mate. GOP Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb stepped into the race late and faces Democrat John Gregg. “Today’s analysis shows what we already know: Hoosiers are tired of the political agenda over the last four years. And under Eric Holcomb, the state would only continue to follow an out-of-touch ideology that has damaged our state’s economy and reputation,” said Drew Anderson, communications director for the Indiana Democratic Party.

 

CROUCH STUMPS IN DAVIESS COUNTY: Republican candidates seeking election in the Nov. 8 election have begun their final push to woo voters. The candidates have fanned out across the state making stops in hundreds of Hoosier communities in hopes of influencing voters (Grant, Washington Times-Herald). Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Suzanne Crouch made Washington one of her stops on Saturday as part of that final push and she reminded a partisan crowd at the Daviess County Republican Party Headquarters about her vision of the party. "As Republicans we believe it takes hard work to get ahead," she said. "We believe in equality and opportunity and we also believe in personal responsibility and readily accept that we have a responsibility to help those who are less fortunate."

 

BURST OF CASH IN SENATE RACE: The race for control of the Senate is tearing toward its finale on a last-minute burst of cash from both sides, with a half-dozen top races essentially tied (Associated Press). The outcomes of those contests, in states from Nevada to Indiana to New Hampshire, will determine which party can claim the Senate majority next year. The late-breaking news of a renewed FBI investigation related to Hillary Clinton's emails has the potential to shift the campaigns in favor of the GOP in their final days. Republicans have been fretting about the possibility that the toss-up races will break against them on Nov. 8. History shows that close races tend to move one way as a group. In 2014, Republicans won a swath of Senate races and took back control of the chamber from the Democrats. "Every Democrat has willingly tied themselves to Hillary Clinton with seemingly no reservations whatsoever - and there's no getting away from her now," said Ian Prior, spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund, a super political action committee allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. "If this ends up tightening the presidential by even a few points, it could definitely make a difference in Senate races."

 

BAYH FINDS LINGERING WARMTH: Sometimes campaign volunteers just gush after meeting former Sen. Evan Bayh (Groppe, IndyStar). “I voted for your dad three times,” retiree Linda Kassissieh said as she swiveled away from her phone and call sheet at the Democratic Party’s Monroe County field office. Another volunteer told Bayh she has his mother’s memoir in her library. “It’s heart touching,” Evelyn Lafollette said before posing for an “Ev and Ev” photo with Bayh. “And I wish you the very best. I’m making calls.” Indiana University senior Kegan Ferguson said he benefited from the college scholarship program Bayh created as governor, and so did his sisters. “When it comes to college affordability,” Ferguson said, “I’m very invested in helping Bayh.” That lingering warmth toward Bayh, 60, is why he became the instant frontrunner against GOP Rep. Todd Young after Bayh’s late entry into the race to succeed retiring Sen. Dan Coats. That’s despite the fact that Indiana usually votes red in a presidential election year and is expected to back GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The GOP's Senate Leadership Fund raised $7 million in the first 19 days of October and $25 million more since then. In addition, a nonprofit affiliated with the super PAC has transferred $11 million more. On the Democratic side, the Senate Majority PAC raised $19 million through last week. That's more than it ever has raised in a single month, showing donor enthusiasm for the push to take control of the chamber.

 

BAYH LEGACY PERMEATES TERRE HAUTE: Fred Nation wasn’t surprised to hear that U.S. Senate candidate Evan Bayh finds some of his strongest support among voters over age 65 (Hayden, CNHI). “That’s who I represent,” said Nation, 72, who now hopes to see Bayh, 60, return to a job in the Senate that he left six years ago.

Nation was Bayh’s press secretary during his two terms as Indiana governor. He's happy to recall, in the midst of a close contest with Republican U.S. Rep Todd Young, that Bayh left the Statehouse in 1998 with an 80 percent approval rating. “Older voters vote, and they remember the Bayh years,” Nation said. It's also likely that some of Bayh's most loyal support comes from their shared hometown of Terre Haute. The city was represented in the state Senate by Bayh's father, Birch Bayh Jr., before the elder Bayh himself went to Washington to serve in the U.S. Senate for 18 years. Nation, who still lives in Terre Haute, said Evan Bayh has built up a “reservoir of goodwill” in the west-central Indiana community that’s long lagged the more prosperous Indianapolis area. Those good feelings were nurtured by both Evan Bayh and his father, Birch, as well as his grandfather, Birch Evans Bayh Sr. A much loved coach and the first athletic director at what is now Indiana State University, Bayh Sr. was also famous as a referee who officiated more high school state basketball championships than anyone. Nation said older folks still remember him. Even for those who don't, the Bayh name permeates the city.

 

YOUNG RUNS AS A MARINE: Voters who don’t know much about the Republican running for Indiana’s Senate seat are likely to have learned at least one thing during the campaign: Rep. Todd Young is a former Marine (Groppe, IndyStar). Young tries to get that piece of information into most campaign commercials and into every conversation. Speaking to entrepreneurs recently at Launch Terre Haute, a co-work space for startup companies, Young said jobs are increasingly being created by “little platoons — as I like to call them — of rank-and-file Americans.” One reason Young mentions his background so often is many Hoosiers are still learning about the three-term House member from southern Indiana who is running against one of the biggest names in Indiana politics: Evan Bayh. The sign outside Launch Terre Haute declares that stretch of Cherry Street “Bayh Way,’ honoring the revered local figures of both Bayh and his father, former Sen. Birch Bayh. Young told the group inside that they probably don’t know his father, a small businessman. “I’m proud of my dad’s name. But I’m not running on my dad’s name,” Young said. “I’m running on my dad’s values.”

 

HOLLINGSWORTH ATTACK AD DEBUNKED: Did Shelli Yoder actually vote to raise taxes 25 times? That’s the claim Republican Trey Hollingsworth, who is running against the Democratic Monroe County Council member to represent Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, makes both in an advertisement and on his campaign site, where his campaign claims Yoder “has raised at least 25 tax rates in just three years” while sitting on the council (Banta, Bloomington Herald-Times). But at best, it’s a misrepresentation of her voting record. On Hollingsworth’s website, the campaign cites votes on nine ordinances. Of those nine, only one was a vote specifically on a tax increase. In that case, Yoder did vote to increase a tax rate by 0.045 percent, a move that increased funding for youth services in Monroe County, which were (and still are) strapped for funding. Another ordinance increases funding for the cumulative fire fund and does refer to a tax increase of about 3 cents per $100 of assessed value.

 

SPEAKER RYAN TO CAMPAIGN FOR HOLLINGSWORTH: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is rallying for 9th Congressional District Republican candidate Trey Hollingsworth at the Clark County Regional Airport on Tuesday (News & Tribune). Rep. Todd Young, R-Indiana; National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon; and Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, 9th Congressional District GOP chairman, will also be in attendance. The rally begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 1. Tickets are required for entry into the event. Ticket information is available on Hollingsworth's Facebook page and by emailing info@votefortrey.com.

 

WALORSKI TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED: Two years ago, voters in north-central Indiana re-elected Jackie Walorski to Congress in a landslide (Allen, South Bend Tribune). The Jimtown Republican won a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives with 59 percent of the vote in the 10-county 2nd District. Walorski is favored to be re-elected again this year, according to the Washington-based political newsletters that evaluate congressional races. But she's not taking anything for granted. "These are not gimme elections," Walorski said. "This is an independent district. It's a bellwether. It's a picture of what America looks like."

 

WALORSKI CITES HER PASSION: Seeking her third term as Indiana's Second District congresswoman, Jackie Walorski says her passion to fight for Hoosiers is what keeps her going (Vandenack, Elkhart Truth).  "I have seen from the inside the kind of difference one legislature can make standing up and fighting for one person," she said. "I have seen laws change for one person. I have seen the ability to go in and to fight for Hoosiers at every level, no matter whether they voted for me or not. We are linked together by what we believe as Hoosiers." "It takes help. You can't do anything by yourself there," she said. "You fight hard, you work hard with whoever will work with you to move whatever you want to move, or to play defense and slow down or kill what you think will be bad. I have been successful at both – not by myself, but because I built partnerships across the aisle."

 

COLEMAN DESIRES TO SERVE: Lynn Coleman didn’t grow up with the goal of being a congressman (Allen, South Bend Tribune). The Democrat’s run for north-central Indiana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives isn’t the culmination of some long-range career plan. He says he just wants to serve people. That desire to serve led Coleman to join the South Bend Police Department in 1977 and helped him rise to the rank of assistant chief during a 23-year career in law enforcement. After retiring as a police officer, he joined former Mayor Steve Luecke’s administration to coordinate youth programs and address neighborhood issues. Now he works at Memorial Hospital as a community liaison with trauma services as part of a violence-prevention program. “I believe in fate. I believe that God puts us in a place to do His will and service,” the 62-year-old Coleman said.

 

COLEMAN SEEKS TO INSPIRE YOUTH: Growing up in South Bend, Lynn Coleman never envisioned himself running for Congress. His parents came to Indiana from Mississippi in the 1940s in search of jobs and to escape oppression in the South, he said. His dad worked construction, his mom worked in an auto factory (Allen, South Bend Tribune). He was the first in his family to go to college. But here he is, the Democratic hopeful for the Second District U.S. House seat, which covers north-central Indiana. “There was nothing in my life that would’ve led me to believe that I would be here,” he said, speaking at The Elkhart Truth offices. He worked 23 years in the South Bend Police Department, retiring as assistant chief, then worked as an assistant to South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke until the end of Luecke’s term in 2012. Now, as U.S. House candidate – the first time he’s run for public office – he says it’s about the people. Also running are U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, the GOP incumbent seeking her third term, and Libertarian Ron Cenkush. ‘To help people’ Coleman, 62, consulted with many Democratic leaders before deciding to run. He spoke to church leaders. But “most importantly,” he said, he prayed, ultimately deciding to run, in part, to set an example. His candidacy, he said, is a way “to leave an example for younger kids, younger people, to be engaged, to be involved, to have hope and (believe) that they too one day could do this.”

 

NEW LAW CHANGES STRAIGHT TICKET VOTING: Voters planning to cast a straight-party ballot in the Nov. 8 election need to be aware of changes to the general election ballot this year which could impact their final ballot selections (Kokomo Tribune). Senate Enrolled Act 61, which takes effect for the first time in the upcoming general election, requires voters to select individual candidates when voting for any at-large offices. “Voters still have the option to cast a straight-party ballot, but it is important to note this option will not cast votes for candidates running for any at-large offices, school board positions, nor will choosing the straight-party option cast votes for any public questions,” said Debbie Walker, president of the Association of Clerks of Circuit Courts of Indiana. “Voters must proceed to that position on the ballot and make their selections to cast their votes for those offices or questions.” The Association of Clerks of Circuit Courts of Indiana and the Association of Indiana Counties urge voters to educate themselves about their ballot options.



Presidential 2016

 

CLINTON HAS NARROW LEAD WITH EARLY VOTERS: Hillary Clinton has established a slim edge over Donald J. Trump in early-voter turnout in several vital swing states, pressing her longstanding advantages in state-level organization and potentially mitigating the fallout from her campaign’s latest scrap with the F.B.I (New York Times). Even as Democrats continued to reel from revived questions about Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state — a jolt delivered 11 days before the election in an abstruse letter from the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey — turnout tallies and interviews with dozens of early voters suggest that even a vintage “October surprise” may pack less of a punch than it once did. At least 21 million people have voted so far across the country. In the states that are most likely to decide the election — among them Florida, Colorado and Nevada — close to a quarter of the electorate has already cast ballots. While their votes will not be counted until Election Day, registered Democrats are outperforming Republicans in key demographics and urban areas there and in North Carolina, where extensive in-person voting began late last week and which has emerged as one of the most closely contested battlegrounds for the White House and control of the Senate.

 

TRUMP LEADS IN FLORIDA: Donald J. Trump has slowly but surely improved his standing in state and national polls since the final presidential debate. A New York Times Upshot/Siena poll released Sunday is consistent with that trend: It gives Mr. Trump a four-point lead in Florida, 46 percent to 42 percent, in a four-way race. In our first poll of Florida a month ago, Mr. Trump trailed Hillary Clinton by a percentage point.

 

POLLS SHOW TIGHTENING RACE: New polls released Sunday in key battleground states suggest Hillary Clinton’s once-decisive advantage in the Electoral College is narrowing, raising the prospect that the bombshell letter FBI Director James Comey sent to Congress on Friday could further tighten the race (Politico). Two new surveys show an erosion of Clinton’s advantage in vote-rich Florida. But at the same time, Clinton is ahead in new polls in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania — and victories in both states next month would likely clinch the presidency. The new polls were conducted almost entirely before Comey’s letter leaked to the news media — a fact about which Trump crowed in a Twitter message on Sunday morning. “We are now leading in many polls, and many of these were taken before the criminal investigation announcement on Friday – great in states!” Trump tweeted. It’s not clear what impact, if any, Comey’s announcement will have on the race. The first data point, an ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll conducted over the past two nights, suggests voters haven’t been moved significantly in the immediate wake of the Comey letter.

 

TRUMP FOCUSED ON DEMOCRATIC STATES: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is redirecting his attention to traditionally Democratic states in the final days of the 2016 campaign in an urgent attempt to expand what for weeks has been an increasingly narrow path to victory (Washington Post). Following FBI Director James B. Comey’s surprise announcement Friday that the agency would once again examine emails related to Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, Trump and his advisers see a fresh opportunity to make gains in states that most public polls have shown as out of reach. They spent the weekend deliberating ways to seize on what they see as a dramatic turn in the campaign’s closing chapter and scramble the political map following a rough stretch beset by controversy. Trump held rallies Sunday in Colorado and New Mexico, and he was scheduled to make two stops Monday in Michigan — and visit Wisconsin the day after that.

 

ABEDIN UNSURE HOW EMAILS ENDED UP ON WEINER COMPUTER: Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin has told people she is unsure how her emails could have ended up on a device she viewed as her husband’s computer, the seizure of which has reignited the Clinton email investigation, according to a person familiar with the investigation and civil litigation over the matter (Washington Post). The person, who would not discuss the case unless granted anonymity, said Abedin was not a regular user of the computer, and even when she agreed to turn over emails to the State Department for federal records purposes, her lawyers did not search it for materials, not believing any of her messages to be there.

 

TRUMP CALLS IT ‘BIGGER THAN WATERGATE’: In the wake of the revelation that Anthony Weiner’s underage texting investigation has blown up in the face of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump wants you to know that he told you so (Politico). “Boy, did I call that correctly,” said Trump, referring to Weiner, the former lawmaker and estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as “a person who over the years I’ve known a little bit and watched” at a rally here on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, while the exact nature of the emails recovered from an unrelated investigation into Weiner’s alleged lewd texts with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina remain unknown, Trump has been calling Weiner a liability to his wife for years.

 

TRUMP SAW WEINER LIABILITY COMING: In the wake of the revelation that Anthony Weiner’s underage texting investigation has blown up in the face of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump wants you to know that he told you so (Politico). “Boy, did I call that correctly,” said Trump, referring to Weiner, the former lawmaker and estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as “a person who over the years I’ve known a little bit and watched” at a rally here on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, while the exact nature of the emails recovered from an unrelated investigation into Weiner’s alleged lewd texts with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina remain unknown, Trump has been calling Weiner a liability to his wife for years.

 

PENCE FINDS VOTE SUPPRESSION ‘OFFENSIVE’: “That's offensive to me, that kind of language. It's not our operation. Donald Trump and I want every American who has the opportunity to vote to vote in this election. And that's our message, is to tell the American people that this country really belongs to them. That we can have government as good as our people again, but it's going to take all of us. I’ve never heard anybody in this campaign talk that way. Frankly, you know, it was offensive to me to hear that being reported in the news because that's just not the approach Donald Trump has taken to this campaign. It’s not the approach we're taking. We're reaching out to every American.” - Gov. Mike Pence on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday, responding to a Bloomberg Businessweek report that a three-prong voter supression strategy by the Trump campaign was underway. Indiana State Police are investigation Patriot Majorities, a group that was seeking to register African-American voters.

 

PENCE CITES ’10 SECONDS OF UNCERTAINTY’ ON SKIDDING JET:  The chartered Boeing 737 was carrying the Indiana governor and 47 other passengers, including Pence’s wife and daughter. The plane had just flown in from Iowa for a fundraiser Thursday night at Trump Tower. Nobody was injured (NBC News). "As soon was we landed, we could tell they were trying to brake the aircraft pretty quickly," Pence said. "We felt the plane fishtailing a little bit, and then it slid sideways and when we saw the mud splash up on the windows up in the front of the aircraft, we new we were off the runway." Members of the press pool traveling in the plane noted that Pence walked down the cabin aisle to check on everyone after the plane came to a stop. "We're really grateful everybody's okay, including our press corps," he said.

 

CLINTON EYES BIDEN FOR SEC OF STATE: Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton’s transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state, a source familiar with the planning tells POLITICO. This would be the first major Cabinet candidate to go public for a campaign that’s insisted its focus remains on winning the election, and perhaps the most central choice for a potential president who was a secretary of state herself. Neither Clinton, nor her aides have yet told Biden. According to the source, they’re strategizing about how to make the approach to the vice president, who almost ran against her in the Democratic primaries but has since been campaigning for her at a breakneck pace all over the country in these final months. "He'd be great, and they are spending a lot of time figuring out the best way to try to persuade him to do it if she wins,” said the source familiar with the transition planning.

 

MISS FINLAND SAYS TRUMP GROPED HER: A former beauty queen said Donald Trump sexually assaulted her during the Miss Universe contest in 2006 (Politico). Ninni Laaksonen alleged in an interview with Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat that the Republican presidential nominee groped her before an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. “He really grabbed my butt. I don’t think anybody saw it but I flinched and thought ‘what is happening?'” Laaksonen was quoted as saying. “Somebody told me there that Trump liked me because I looked like Melania [Trump’s wife since 2005] when she was younger,” Laaksonen, who was crowned Miss Finland in 2006, said. “It left me disgusted.”

 

PENCE ACKNOWLEDGES ‘UNIQUE SITUATION’ IN UTAH: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence admitted Friday that his campaign is dealing with “a unique situation in Utah,” one of the nation’s deepest-red states where the GOP vice presidential nominee nonetheless spent time campaigning earlier this week (Politico). The “unique situation” that Pence referred to is independent conservative candidate Evan McMullin, a late entrant to the 2016 race who has struggled to gain traction elsewhere in the country but has polled well in Utah, his home state. The Real Clear Politics polling average of the state’s five-way race, which includes McMullin, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein, gives the Manhattan billionaire just a 5.8 percentage point edge in the state. McMullin and Clinton are tied for second.

 

PROSECUTORS APPALLED BY COMEY: "I got a lot of respect for Jim Comey, but I don't understand this idea of dropping this bombshell which could be a big dud," said former federal prosector Peter Zeidenberg, a veteran of politically sensitive investigations. "Doing it in the last week or 10 days of a presidential election without more information, I don't think that he should because how does it inform a voter? It just invites speculation ... I would question the timing of it. It's not going to get done in a week." Nick Akerman, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, was more critical: "Director Comey acted totally inappropriately. He had no business writing to Congress about supposed new emails that neither he nor anyone in the FBI has ever reviewed.” "It is not the function of the FBI director to be making public pronouncements about an investigation, never mind about an investigation based on evidence that he acknowledges may not be significant," Akerman added. "The job of the FBI is simply to investigate and to provide the results of its investigation to the prosecutorial arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. His job is not to give a running commentary about any investigation or his opinion about any investigation. This is particularly egregious since Secretary Clinton has no way to respond to what amounts to nebulous and speculative innuendo.”



Sunday Talk

 

PENCE CITES COMEY ‘LEADERSHIP’: Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Sunday commended FBI Director James Comey for his letter to Congress about the bureau’s new review of emails that might involve Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state (Politico). "What you see here is an example of real leadership," the Indiana governor said on "Fox News Sunday." “We commend the director of the FBI and the FBI for following through on their work before the Congress." Reminded by host Chris Wallace that Pence and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had slammed Comey’s handling of the case that involves Clinton just a few hours before the letter was released Friday, Pence said, “It was just incomprehensible this summer, when the director of the FBI came out and he literally indicted Hillary Clinton in the press and then said we're not recommending that she be indicted.” “I don’t think it alters the campaign at all,” Pence said. “What we already know here is troubling to the American people, and it’s convincing millions of Americans that Hillary Clinton is just a risky choice in this election.”

 

KAINE CALLS COMEY LETTER ‘PUZZLING’: Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine on Sunday joined other top Democrats in blasting FBI Director James Comey's letter to congressional leaders, updating them on the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails when she was secretary of state (Politico). The letter was “extremely puzzling,” Kaine said. “That's why we're asking the FBI director, 'OK, you violated these two protocols if you put out kind of a letter and then had to do a second letter to kind of backtrack, you owe the public full information,'” Kaine said of Comey. “He had to issue a second letter internally within the FBI to frankly back up because the first letter created so many misimpressions.”

 

POTESTA CALLS COMEY ACTION ‘INAPPROPRIATE’: Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, on Sunday dismissed as "inappropriate" FBI Director James Comey’s announcement of a new review of emails that could involve some from Clinton's time as secretary of state (Politico). “He should have taken further steps,” Podesta said on CNN’s "State of the Union." “Yahoo News reported last night that they haven't even looked at the contents of these. So, to throw this in the middle of the campaign 11 days out just seemed to break with precedent and be inappropriate at this stage.” Podesta added that he’s yet to hear an update from the federal government over its investigation into the hacking of his email account and the publishing by WikiLeaks of thousands of emails reported to be his. “What the government has learned about the interactions between [Julian] Assange and the Russians, it seems clear that the Russians were the ones who did the initial hack," Podesta said. "How they got to WikiLeaks, what the relationship was with [longtime Donald Trump confidant] Roger Stone, I don't know. I assume that the government's looking at that, but I don't know anything more.” “Maybe Jim Comey, if he thinks it's important, will come out and let us know in the next nine days,” Podesta said.

 

CONWAY CITES CLINTON ‘SCANDALOPRA’: Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, hammered away on Sunday at what she called Hillary Clinton's "never-ending scandalabra" (Politico) “There is a political currency attached to this,” Conway said on ABC's "This Week," pointing out that perceptions of Clinton's untrustworthiness have hurt her in the polls. And the latest wrinkle, with a new FBI review of possible Clinton emails as secretary of state, Conway said, was just the latest in a “never-ending scandalabra.”

 

PENCE VIEWS TRUMP FLIP AS ‘STRONG LEADERSHIP’: Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence tried to help his running mate capitalize Sunday on the FBI's decision to renew the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, saying Donald Trump's change of attitude toward the bureau's handling of the case was a sign of "real leadership" (Washington Post). Trump is once again predicting a victory for his presidential campaign after FBI Director James B. Comey chose to notify Congress on Friday that he is renewing the Clinton email inquiry. The Republican presidential nominee has claimed repeatedly that the election is "rigged." And just before news broke of Comey's decision, he accused the FBI of "rolling over" on the Clinton email inquiry. Later on Friday, Trump said, "I have great respect for the FBI for righting this wrong." Pence, the governor of Indiana, addressed Trump's about-face in an interview on Fox News Sunday. "I think what you see here is an example of real leadership," Pence told Fox. "That's because we thought the investigation never should have been closed.... It was just incomprehensible when the director of the FBI came out and literally indicted Hillary Clinton in the press and then said we're not recommending that she be indicted."

 

PENCE SAYS TRUMP ‘HAS ALL THE RESOURCES’: Mike Pence says Donald Trump has "made it clear we'll have the resources we need." But Pence won't say if his running mate has promised to pump even more of his own money into the Republican presidential campaign (Associated Press). Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Pence is praising "the incredible generosity" of Trump, which has self-funded some of the campaign. Still, Trump badly trails Hillary Clinton in cash-on-hand. Pressed on whether Trump will offer more money as the Nov. 8 election looms, Pence says only that Trump has promised the necessary resources "to drive our message." Pence also says the FBI's investigation into newly discovered emails by a Clinton aide shows she is "just a risky choice in this election."

 

NUNEZ CITES COMEY LETTER AS KEY: The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday called FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress regarding the bureau’s new review of emails that might involve Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state a “substantial development” (Politico). “I just don’t see Director Comey opening this case back up 11 days before the election unless it is quite serious,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on "Fox News Sunday." The new review, Nunes said, calls into question whether Clinton's aides in her campaign for president should receive the classified briefings traditionally provided to the candidates. “Should Hillary Clinton’s staff be given classified briefings at this point? I think it is a question that needs to be answered,” Nunes said.

 

Congress

 

REID SUGGESTS COMEY BROKE LAW: The top Senate Democrat said Sunday that FBI Director James Comey may have broken the law when he disclosed 11 days before the election that investigators had newly discovered emails that may be relevant to the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s private email server (Associated Press). In a scathing letter to Comey, Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada accused the FBI chief of a double standard, resisting Democratic calls to discuss possible ties between Donald Trump and the Russian government while informing Congress last Friday of the emails found in the sexting investigation of Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman and estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a top aide to Clinton. “Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another,” Reid said. “I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”



State

 

CIVIL RIGHTS: CITIES ASK FOR SUIT DISMISSAL - Bloomington and three other Indiana cities are asking a Hamilton County judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (Bloomington Herald-Times). The cities argue the conservative advocacy groups that filed the case against local human rights ordinances do not have standing and that they have improperly argued hypothetical “what if” situations. But the conservative groups counter that Bloomington’s human rights ordinance and similar ordinances in Indianapolis, Carmel and Columbus could have a chilling effect on religious freedom, particularly for evangelical Christian groups that oppose same-sex marriage and LGBT rights. The Indiana Family Institute and American Family Association of Indiana filed the lawsuit last December and were later joined by Indiana Family Action, seeking to bring back the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act in its original form in order to provide heightened protections for religious rights. Represented by prominent conservative attorney Jim Bopp, best known for his successful argument of Citizens United before the U.S. Supreme Court, the groups asked the court to throw out the RFRA “fix” that prevented people from using the state law to claim religious grounds for getting around local and state nondiscrimination laws.

 

INDOT: STATE OPTIMISTIC I-69 SECTION 5 WILL FINISH -  State officials are remaining confident the Section 5 project on Interstate 69 will be completed by next year, despite a recent credit rating agency downgrading the Private Activity Bonds used to fund the project again (Osowski, Evansville Courier & Press). This week, Fitch Ratings downgraded the bonds I-69 Development Partners LLC took out to fund the 21-mile stretch of highway between Bloomington and Martinsville from BB to B. That is the second downgrade since August for the bonds, which are now in the "junk status" range. Scott Zuchorski, a senior director for Fitch, said the low ratings means investors should be careful of those bonds on the market. Zuchorski said junk status means there is a heightened risk of nonpayment on the bonds based on the current financial situation of I-69 Development and Isolux Corsan. I-69 Development Partners and Isolux Corsan did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

 

RFRA: WOMAN GETS PROBATION AFTER BEATING SON - An Indiana mother who beat her son dozens of times with a coat hanger — and used the state’s new “religious freedom” law to justify the punishment — has been sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to battery (Washington Post). Kin Park Thaing was sentenced in Indianapolis on Friday, about eight months after she was accused of beating her 7-year-old son, who caught a teacher’s attention when he showed up to school with 36 deep-purple bruises on his body. Her case, according to the Marion County prosecutor, was the first time Indiana’s new religious freedom law was used as a defense in punishing a child. The 30-year-old mother was charged with battery on a person less than 14 years old and neglect of a dependent, both of which are felony charges that were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, online court records show. Thaing pleaded guilty to battery with moderate bodily injury, which is punishable by up to a year in jail in Indiana. She was sentenced to a year in jail, which she will serve through probation.

 

ELECTIONS: BMV EXTENDS HOURS - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will extend license branch hours on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 to issue identifications that can be used at polling places on Election Day (WTHR-TV). Commissioner Kent Abernathy says branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8. New, amended or replacement identification cards will be processed. Renewed, amended or replacement driver's licenses and learner permits also will be processed.

 

EDUCATION: MARCHING BAND CHAMPS - High school marching bands from across the state competed in the Open Class state finals Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Avon, Northview - Brazil, Western - Russiaville and Springs Valley - French Lick took top honors in Classes A, B, C and D respectively.

 

PARKS: NATIONAL LAKESHORE TO CLOSE FOR A WEEK - A beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is closing for a week for a paving project (Associated Press). The National Park Service says the lakeshore's West Beach area along the Lake-Porter county line in northwestern Indiana will be closed from Thursday through Nov. 9. The park service says other beach areas will remain open during the paving project. Those beaches include Portage Lakefront, Porter, Kemil, Dunbar and Lakeview.



Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: MICHELLE OBAMA ‘WILL NEVER RUN FOR OFFICE’ - First lady Michelle Obama “will never run for office,” President Barack Obama said Friday (Politico). “She will never run for office,” President Obama told the “Sway in the Morning” radio show. “She is as talented and brilliant a person as there is and I could not be prouder of her, but Michelle does not have the patience or the inclination to actually be a candidate herself. That’s one thing y’all can take to the bank.”

 

NOBLE: ‘SPEECHLESS’ DYLAN ACCEPTS HONOR - Bob Dylan has accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, the Swedish Academy said, adding that getting the prestigious award left him "speechless" (Associated Press) The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said Dylan himself contacted them and said "of course" he would accept the prize. Danius told Sweden's TT news agency that Dylan called her Tuesday evening and they spoke for about 15 minutes. "The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless," Dylan told Danius, according to a statement posted Friday on the academy's website. "I appreciate the honor so much."

 

Local

 

COUNTIES: HEROIN SURGES IN BARTHOLOMEW - Nine people have died so far this year from heroin overdoses in Bartholomew County, a primarily rural, agriculturally dominant place with Columbus as a progressive, community-minded, growing city at its center. Six of those deaths occurred in the first three months of the year, according to the Bartholomew County coroner’s office (Columbus Republic). More than 130 others have overdosed this year, only to be saved when naloxone was administered by first responders, Frederick said. The Columbus Police Department began to see significant increases in heroin overdoses in 2013, when three heroin deaths were reported, followed by five in 2014. Just one heroin-related death was reported in 2015, with the reduction attributed to wider availability of naloxone.