HOOSIERS LINE HIGHWAYS AS CPL. SANCHEZ’S BODY RETURNS: The body of a Marine who was among 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing during the U.S.-run evacuation at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport was returned Sunday to his northern Indiana hometown (AP). A military procession marked the beginning of memorial services for Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport. Sanchez’s body arrived Sunday morning at Grissom Air Reserve Base near Peru, about 80 miles (128 kilometers) north of Indianapolis. The procession then headed about 20 miles (30 kilometers) to Logansport. People lined the route to show their respects, many with American flags, and jets flew overhead as the procession approached downtown Logansport. It stopped briefly downtown, where the hearse carrying Sanchez’s body paused under a garrison flag. The procession included Indiana State Police and vehicles carrying Sanchez’s family, followed by thousands of motorcycles. Sanchez was among 17 members of his Logansport High School class who joined the military after their 2017 graduation. He died in the Aug. 26 attack in Kabul, where he had been transferred after serving as a U.S. embassy guard in Jordan, according to his obituary.


REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS OPPOSE BIDEN VAX MANDATES: Republicans are seizing on President Biden’s latest coronavirus vaccine mandates as a campaign issue as the party looks to galvanize its base ahead of the 2022 midterms and 2024 presidential elections (The Hill). On Friday, former Vice President Mike Pence and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) took to Fox News’s airwaves to lambast the president’s move, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called the mandate “an assault on private businesses” in a tweet. Meanwhile the Republican National Committee vowed on Thursday to sue the Biden administration over the mandates. Nationwide polling shows mandates are generally popular, but Republicans see an opportunity to use the issue to appeal to their staunchest supporters. “I think this is going to be a motivating factor,” said Republican strategist Keith Naughton. “In an off-year election it’s always hard to get people to turnout for the president except in a crisis, but you do get the people who are angry with him to turnout.” Twenty Republican governors, including Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, as well as Abbott, have publicly opposed Biden’s vaccine mandate since it was announced on Thursday.


PUBLIC POLICY EXPERT SAYS BIDEN MANDATE 'ORDINARY': Just days after President Joe Biden announced his most sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements to date, there's mixed reaction, much of it falling along partisan lines. The new requirements include a vaccine mandate for all federal workers and contractors. Also, there's a requirement that large companies with 100 or more employees mandate vaccines or regular testing for employees. While there will be legal challenges, public policy experts are weighing in; Dr. Peter Federman, an IUPUI professor whose work focuses on how the decisions of leaders impacts the public, is one of them. "This is not something out of the ordinary," Dr. Federman said (WRTV). "It is to my understanding that this is one of the first steps the federal government is taking in terms of what is within their ability to do around Covid in particular." Mandating certain rules and around workplace safety is not new, Dr. Federman said. "It's one of the things the Department of Labor is assigned to do and it's well within the purview of what we've tasked the Executive Branch in doing."


CHAMBER ACKNOWLEDGES VAX PROBLEM, BUT OPPOSES BIDEN MANDATE: Several major companies in Indiana including Eli Lilly, Anthem and Roche Diagnostics said they will require COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. But many other Hoosier businesses say the Biden administration’s proposed mandate to require vaccines or weekly testing goes too far (Horton, Indiana Public Media). The federal requirement would affect businesses with 100 or more employees. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce represents many of those businesses in the state. President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said employers want the pandemic to be over. "I can tell you that the employers that I've talked to in the last month or so, are very frustrated that the pandemic is persisting, and they view it as a result of a large portion of our population who have refused or chosen not to get vaccinated," Brinegar said. "And they feel very strongly that it is these unvaccinated individuals who are perpetuating the pandemic." Last month, the chamber launched the COVID Stops Here campaign to get companies to encourage their employees to get vaccinated. So far hundreds of businesses have participated in the campaign that the organization is using to help get the economy back to pre-pandemic levels. Still, Brinegar said any decision to require vaccines should rest with individual companies. “The chamber is still of the position that should be the employer's determination as to whether or not to require vaccination or proof of [a] negative COVID test," he said. "This requirement or mandate from the Biden administration goes beyond that.”


DR. ADAMS GIVES BIDEN A 'B' ON MANDATES: The grade Dr. Jerome Adams would give President Biden’s coronavirus response speech on Thursday would be a “B.” Adams was Indiana’s Health Commissioner from October of 2014-September 2017. He also was the Surgeon General during Donald Trump’s time as President (Herrick, WIBC). “It was a really powerful speech given by our President calling on Americans to do our part. He put a lot of blame on the people who are unvaccinated. I give him a B because one of the things that really concerns me is that you’re setting up a fight between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated,” said Adams in an interview with WISH-TV. President Biden is requiring vaccinations or testing to be done once a week for companies with more than 100 employees. All federal workers are required to get vaccinated. Adams knows this will make life tricky for managers and bosses across the country. “I’ve always said that your boss or workplace telling you to do something is going to have a greater impact and be met with less resistance than a governor or the President,” said Adams.


70K PACK COLTS STADIUM: A sold-out stadium cheered the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. It was the largest crowd in Lucas Oil Stadium since 2019. Colts fans did not disappoint at Sunday's season opener (WTHR-TV). Almost 70,000 fans packed the stadium. After staff restricted seating last season, thousands of people showed up for one reason— to cheer for their favorite team. "I'm glad that we are able to still be alive and be out. And I'm glad the Colts are still hanging in there," said Colts Fan Ashley Johnson.


INDIANA HIRES NEW COVID TESTING FIRM: Indiana is hiring a new company to help increase COVID-19 testing across the state (Indiana Public Media). That comes amid a surge of cases – the state Friday reported its highest number of positives in a day since early January. The state’s contract with Kentucky-based Gravity Diagnostics will run through June of next year, with an option to extend it further if needed. Gravity will provide supplies and staffing to increase capacity by up to 5,000 tests per day. That includes both rapid antigen testing and PCR tests. In the coming weeks, the state and Gravity will establish up to 45 sites around the state, targeting communities that currently lack testing resources. The Indiana Department of Health said Gravity will also offer voluntary testing in Indiana K-12 schools, working directly with schools to do so.


FBI DECLASSIFIES 9/11 DOCUMENTS: The FBI on Saturday released the first document related to the 9/11 attacks since President Biden ordered the declassification of more records last week, unveiling a memo detailing "significant logistic support" that two of the Saudi hijackers received in the U.S. (CBS News) The document, which is heavily redacted, comes from the secret FBI investigation into 9/11 — dubbed "Operation Encore" — which centered on the two hijackers who lived in San Diego and who may have assisted them. The 16-page document is dated April 4, 2016, and describes a November 2015 FBI interview with an unidentified individual related to his pending U.S. citizenship application. The interview was intended "to ascertain the circumstances of his contact with" people who provided "significant logistic support" to two 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar.


MANCHIN DOUSES DEM BUDGET BILL: A Democratic senator vital to the fate of President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion plan for social and environmental spending said Sunday he won’t support even half that amount or the ambitious timetable envisioned for passing it (AP). The stand by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was described as unacceptable by the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, who is helping craft the measure. But Democrats have no votes to spare if they want to enact Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” agenda, with the Senate split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris the tiebreaker if there is no Republican support. With congressional committees working toward the target of Wednesday set by party leaders to have the bill drafted, Manchin made clear his view, in a series of television interviews, that there was “no way” Congress would meet the late September goal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for passage. “I cannot support $3.5 trillion,” Manchin said, citing in particular his opposition to a proposed increase in the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and vast new social spending. “We should be looking at everything, and we’re not. We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting, or someone’s going to fall through the cracks,” he said.


JUSTICE BARRETT FEARS SCOTUS PERCEIVED AS PARTISAN: Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett expressed concerns Sunday that the public may increasingly see the court as a partisan institution. Justices must be “hyper vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too,” Barrett said at a lecture hosted by the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center (Politico). Barrett said the media’s reporting of opinions doesn’t capture the deliberative process in reaching those decisions. And she insisted that “judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties.” “To say the court’s reasoning is flawed is different from saying the court is acting in a partisan manner,” said Barrett, whose confirmation to the seat left open by the death of the liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cemented conservative control of the court. “I think we need to evaluate what the court is doing on its own terms.”


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The White House is doing a lousy job on messaging on this avoidable sequence of the pandemic. President Biden did not issue a vaccination mandate; he did issue a testing mandate, for companies with more than 100 employees. According to NBC Meet The Press host Chuck Todd, Gov. Holcomb was one of 19 governors who turned down an invitation to talk about his "bridge too far" take on Biden's speech. Concerning Indiana's vaccine mandates, how many Hoosiers do you know that have had a recent case of polio? Small pox? Measles? - Brian A. Howey




PENCE STUMPS IN NEBRASKA: Three Republican presidential prospects on Sunday sharply condemned President Joe Biden’s handling of the end of the war in Afghanistan, rebuking the administration’s conduct of the U.S. withdrawal as weak and as emboldening its adversaries (AP). Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Vice President Mike Pence attended Gov. Pete Ricketts’ annual steak-fry fundraiser in Nebraska City, a town in the state’s southeastern corner and just a few miles from Iowa, traditionally the first state to vote in presidential primaries. “The chaos that followed, and the loss of 13 extraordinary servicemen and women, including a hero from right here in Nebraska, broke my heart because it never had to happen,” Pence said.


REPUBLICANS SUGGESTING CA RECALL RIGGED: The results of the California recall election won’t be known until Tuesday night. But some Republicans are already predicting victory for the Democrat, Gov. Gavin Newsom, for a reason that should sound familiar. Voter fraud (New York Times). Soon after the recall race was announced in early July, the embers of 2020 election denialism ignited into new false claims on right-wing news sites and social media channels. This vote, too, would supposedly be “stolen,” with malfeasance ranging from deceptively designed ballots to nefariousness by corrupt postal workers.




The SENATE is back in town this week and will meet at 3 p.m. to consider nominations and the motion to proceed to H.R.1, the For the People Act.


The HOUSE is out. The Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, Judiciary and Veterans’ Affairs committees will hold markups on reconciliation. Secretary of State Blinken will testify on Afghanistan before the Foreign Affairs Committee at 2 p.m. At noon, at the East Front of the Capitol, Hill leaders will hold a congressional remembrance ceremony marking 20 years since the Sept. 11 attacks. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also invited fellow leaders for a security briefing about a Sept. 18 rally planned at the Capitol to support rioters from Jan. 6.


General Assembly


TOP LAWMAKERS EYE SCHOOL FUNDING DESPITE QUARANTINES: Indiana lawmakers will address concerns from school leaders about a possible loss of funding because of the high number of children forced to quarantine so far this school year (Lindsay, Indiana Public Media). In a letter sent to schools Friday, Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) and House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) outlined a plan for lawmakers and the Indiana Department of Education to ensure full funding for students learning in-person during the fall semester. Join the conversation and sign up for the Indiana Two-Way. Text "Indiana" to 73224. Your comments and questions in response to our weekly text help us find the answers you need on COVID-19 and other statewide issues. The letter comes after school leaders raised the alarm about the possible loss in funding for students forced to quarantine – in some cases multiple times. State law says schools receive 15 percent less funding for students learning online for more than half of the time. Lawmakers made a temporary fix to address similar concerns about school funding last year, when many schools were forced to go virtual because of COVID-19.




WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN HEADS WEST - President Joe Biden will promote his administration’s use of the Defense Production Act to aid in wildfire preparedness during a western swing in which he’ll survey wildfire damage in Idaho and California (AP). The administration activated the wartime provision in early August to boost the supply of fire hoses for the U.S. Forest Service, by helping to ease supply chain issues affecting the agency’s primary firehose supplier. It marks the second use of the wartime law, after the president used it to boost vaccine supplies, and the administration had not previously announced it publicly. The use of the Defense Production Act helped an Oklahoma City nonprofit called NewView Oklahoma, which provides the bulk of the U.S. Forest Service’s hoses, obtain needed supplies to produce and ship 415 miles of firehoses. Biden planned to showcase the move as part of broader remarks on the work his administration has done to address yet another devastating wildfire season across the western U.S.


WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN WORKS WITH MODERATE DEMS - With negotiations over a $3.5 trillion antipoverty bill heating up among Democrats, the White House is trying to ensure that inflation fears don’t drive moderates away from supporting the plan as Republicans argue the proposal will accelerate a surge in prices (Wall Street Journal). The Biden administration acknowledges that rising prices are a problem in the short term. But in memos and blog posts aimed at Democrats in Congress, administration officials contend that the plan to pump funding into education, healthcare and the environment is a long-term investment, spent slowly over the next decade and mostly paid for through tax increases, that will ultimately lower prices and increase productivity.


WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule: 8:10 a.m.: The president will depart Wilmington, Del., en route to Boise, Idaho, where he is scheduled to arrive at 11:50 MDT. 12:15 p.m. MDT: Biden will receive a briefing from federal and state fire agency officials. 12:55 p.m. MDT: Biden will tour the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. 1:55 p.m. MDT: The president will depart Boise for Mather, Calif., where he is scheduled to arrive at 2:15 p.m. PDT. 2:40 p.m. PDT: Biden will receive a briefing on wildfires from local, state, and federal emergency response personnel. 3:25 p.m. PDT: The president will survey damage from the Caldor Fire in an aerial tour of El Dorado County. 4:25 p.m. PDT: Biden will deliver remarks on the wildfires, climate change and infrastructure.  4:55 p.m. PDT: Biden will depart Mather, Calif., en route to Long Beach, where he will arrive at 6:15 p.m. PDT. 7 p.m. PDT: Biden will participate in a campaign rally with California Gov. Newsom. First lady Jill Biden will travel to Milwaukee, Wis., and Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday to visit an elementary school and community college.


TERRORISM: AL-ZAWAHRI REAPPEARS - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead (Politico). The SITE Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist websites said the video was released Saturday. In it, al-Zawahri said that “Jerusalem Will Never be Judaized,” and praised al Qaeda attacks, including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January. SITE said al-Zawahri also noted the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. It added that his comments do not necessarily indicate a recent recording, as the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban was signed in February 2020.


MLB: GARCIA'S WALKOFF LEADS CHISOX OVER BOSTON 2-1 - Leury Garcia hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Boston Red Sox 2-1 Sunday (ESPN). After Boston reliever Garrett Whitlock (8-4) struck out Eloy Jiménez and Yasmani Grandal to begin the inning, Garcia fell behind 0-2 before hitting a 98 mph fastball over the center-field fence. It was the fifth homer of the season for Garcia, who is filling in at shortstop with starter Tim Anderson on the injured list. "I knew I hit it good, but it was center field," Garcia said. "I said, ‘You better go!' "It was one of the best moments for me." Chicago took a 1-0 lead and a three-hit shutout into the ninth before Craig Kimbrel (4-4) struggled with his control and blew the save.


MLB: CARDINALS DOWN REDS 2-0 -  J.A. Happ can finally get a good night of sleep. The St. Louis left-hander threw 5 1/3 shutout innings in the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday (ESPN). Nolan Arenado homered for the second game in a row and Happ combined with four other hurlers on a five-hit shutout. St. Louis has won four of six. The Cardinals began the day two games behind Cincinnati and San Diego for the final NL wild-card spot. Cincinnati, which won the first game of the series, has lost five of seven.


MLB: GIANTS DOWN CUBS 6-5 - Wilmer Flores flew halfway across the country knowing he would play in just one game before heading back home (ESPN). Turns out it was a worthwhile trip. Flores homered and drove in three runs, Kris Bryant scored two against his former team, and the San Francisco Giants hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Sunday for their season-high seventh straight win.


NFL: EFFICIENT WILSON LEADS SEAHAWKS OVER COLTS 28-16 - Russell Wilson looked right at home in Seattle's new offense (ESPN). He found open receivers, converted third downs and took advantage of a solid ground game by making big play after big play. Then he turned things over to the defense. Wilson threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half Sunday and Seattle's defense clamped down in the second half as the Seahawks pulled away for a 28-16 season-opening victory at Indianapolis. "We have a great mixture of all the things we've done in the past, we've done a lot of great things and you can't take that for granted," Wilson said. "We're all working together. It's a beautiful thing. It was a great game tonight."


NLF: STAFFORD LEADS RAMS PAST BEARS 34-14 - Matthew Stafford's second pass for the Los Angeles Rams traveled 53 majestic yards through the air and dropped right into the hands of Van Jefferson, who fell down untouched, stood up and scored (ESPN). The Rams have bet their future on Stafford being the key to turning a good team into a great one. With a dynamic debut against Chicago, Stafford immediately showed the potential the Rams might have unlocked. Stafford passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns in one of the most prolific quarterback debuts with a new team in NFL history, leading the Rams past Andy Dalton and the Bears for a 34-14 victory on Sunday night.


NFL: BENGALS TOP VIKINGS 27-24 IN OT - Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's first words after the team's victory over the Minnesota Vikings were aimed squarely at the discourse surrounding rookie wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (ESPN). "I thought he was dropping everything," Burrow sarcastically quipped moments after he walked past Chase before speaking with the media for his postgame news conference on Sunday. Chase, who battled drops in the preseason, had a team-high five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 27-24 overtime win at Paul Brown Stadium.


Sunday Talk


SEN. YOUNG CALLS AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL 'BOTCHED': Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) appeared on this week’s edition of IN Focus to discuss his thoughts on the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. “This exit (from Afghanistan) was botched, and for that, we all deserve a lot of answers,” said Young in an interview Tuesday afternoon. Sen. Young was also asked what he thought should have been done differently in Afghanistan, about his reversal on the infrastructure vote, and about the political dynamics involved in the coming 2022 and 2024 election cycles, with former President Trump reportedly considering another run for office- would Young support such a move? “I’m focused intently on solving genuine crises right now, many of which we did not have when this administration came to office. I want to work with this administration wherever possible to solve these crises. Where it’s not possible, I want to hold them to account. And then as 2022 approaches, we’ll focus on that election, and then after that, we can focus on future elections,” said Sen. Young, who is running for re-election to the Senate next year.


MURTHY SAYS VACCINE IS OUR ENEMY, NOT EACH OTHER: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said on Sunday that Americans should focus on defeating the virus instead of turning on one another. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Murthy told host George Stephanopoulos that he acknowledges people have expressed frustration over the ongoing pandemic and President Biden’s new vaccination mandates. “But what we cannot allow, George, is for this pandemic to turn us on each other. Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another,” Murthy told Stephanopoulos. “And what we have to do is approach this next phase of the pandemic response recognizing that we’ve got to listen to each other before we rush to judgment. We’ve got to support one another in our decisionmaking and during times of crisis.” 


CHRISTIE SAYS MANDATES WILL HARDEN OPPONENT: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday said the new federal vaccine mandate that President Biden announced last week will “harden opposition” to getting inoculated. “This is going to harden opposition. Sometimes when you're a leader, you have to go in and use a sledgehammer. And I've been known to do that when I was governor. Sometimes it's appropriate, but this one was not the time to do it. We have to be persuasive, we have to continue to persuade,” Christie said during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”


GOV. HUTCHINSON SAYS MANDATES 'INCREASES DIVISIONS': Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Sunday that President Biden’s new vaccine mandate will “increase the division” between the unvaccinated and the vaccinated. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hutchinson told host Chuck Todd that Biden’s mandate will cause more resistance for people to get the vaccine and will divide the country. "This is an unprecedented assumption of federal mandate authority that really disrupts and divides the country. It divides our partnership between the federal government and the states, and it increases the division in terms of vaccination when we should all be together trying to increase the vaccination uptake,” Hutchinson told Todd.


GOTTLIEB SAYS MANDATES MAY DISCOURAGE SOME: Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Sunday said the new federal vaccine mandate announced by President Biden could “discourage some vaccination” in the near term (The Hill). “In the near term, a lot of businesses that have might have mandated vaccines are now going to sit on your hands and say, I'm going to wait for OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to tell me just how to do it, and give me more political coverage,” Gottlieb said. “So in the near term, you could actually discourage some vaccination,” he added.


GOV. RICKETTS SEEKS TO ATTACK MANDATES: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) on Sunday said his attorney general and officials from other states are looking into how they can “attack” President Biden’s new vaccine mandate in court. Ricketts, during an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” called the new vaccine requirement that requires private employers with 100 or more employees an “egregious overreach of federal authority.” “I've been talking to my attorney general, he is coordinating with the other attorneys general across the country who share similar views about the overreach,” Ricketts told Chris Wallace during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”


RICE SAYS U.S. SAFER THAN BEFORE 9/11: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that the U.S. is safer than it was before the Sept. 11 attacks, despite her concerns about America losing its "eyes and ears" in Afghanistan following President Biden's military withdrawal last month. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rice told host Dana Bash that the creation of the Homeland Security Department and the National Counterterrorism Center helped protect the U.S. from future attacks.  Rice also trumpeted the dismantling of the terrorist organization al Qaeda, which carried out the 9/11 attacks. "Denying them the territory of Afghanistan meant that they couldn't train and they couldn't operate in the way that they did on that day," she said.  But Rice added that she would separate the successes of the past 20 years from the latest decision to end U.S. on-the-ground involvement in the country. “The part that doesn't make me feel very comforted is that we have lost the eyes and ears on the ground in Afghanistan that helped us to know where the terrorists were, that allowed us to run the kinds of operations that you sometimes have to run against terrorists,” she said.


MORALL SAYS JIHADISTS EMBOLDENED: Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell said jihadists were “absolutely inspired” by the Taliban’s victory in the Afghanistan war and the U.S.’s exit from the country. “I think that the Taliban winning the war in Afghanistan, and then the way our exit happened, has absolutely inspired jihadists all over the world,” Morell told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “The Taliban is saying, we just didn't defeat the United States, we defeated NATO. We defeated the world's greatest military power, ever. So there's a celebration going on,” he added.


KINZINGER SAYS GOP FUNDRAISING OFF VAX STOKES FEARS: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Sunday criticized the Republican Party for fundraising off of vaccine mandates, contending that the strategy is “playing on people’s fear.” Kinzinger told host Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that GOP governors who have voiced support for vaccines have been “pushed aside by some of those that are out to simply manipulate our base, raise money off of them and not care about their life, only care about what it means for their votes and their bottom line as politicians.” He said some Republican members of Congress are “putting out fundraising after fundraising email about first it's going to be a vaccine mandate, next thing the Gestapo is going to show up at your door and take your Bible away.” “That's not going to happen, and that's playing on people's fear,” he added.


JUSTICE BEYER TALKS TERM LIMITS: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Sunday said the implementation of term limits for justices on the bench would “make life easier for me” as Democratic lawmakers are increasingly pushing the 83-year-old justice to step down and allow President Biden to install a liberal replacement. During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Breyer expressed an openness to term limits but warned that any should be set for “a very long term.” “I think you could do that. It should be a very long term because you don't want the judge who's holding that term to start thinking about his next job,” Breyer said. “But it would make life easier for me,” he added, cracking a smile.




INDIANAPOLIS: COUNCIL PANEL CLEARS WAY FOR $150M IN BUILDINGS - Indianapolis is making big moves toward nearly $150 million in new public buildings (IBJ). The City-County Council’s Administration and Finance Committee this week advanced $10.5 million for a new solid waste facility and $7.5 million for a new firehouse—in addition to letting Indy borrow $126.7 million in bonds for a range of new buildings on the Community Justice Campus and other facilities. Slated for the Community Justice Campus are a $40 million juvenile offender center, a $30 million forensics crime lab and a $16.7 million coroner’s facility.


EAST CHICAGO: GARCIA BACK AT COUNCIL HELM — Robert Garcia is back at the helm of the East Chicago City Council (NWI Times). The recent resignation of former City Council President Emiliano Perez has resulted in Garcia, D-5th, once again moving to the council president seat. Garcia served in that role in 2020 and then as vice president when Perez was elected president in January. The council at its meeting Wednesday unanimously elected Councilwoman Monica Gonzalez, D-1st, to replace Garcia as vice president. She was the lone nominee for the position.


MICHIGAN CITY: COUNCIL MULLS AFFORDABLE HOUSING — Lack of housing is among the top issues facing the city in the six to 18 months, according to Economic Development Corp. Michigan City Executive Director Clarence Hulse (Ross, NWI Times). Hulse gave the City Council a six-month update Thursday on his agency’s economic development progress. The city has four multi-family mixed-use projects in the pipeline for the city’s downtown, a total of more than 500 units. The estimated cost is $300 million for the projects, which will bring a projected 175 permanent jobs, Hulse told the council. In addition, a residential land inventory is underway to see where the city owns land appropriate for residential use that could be developed.