NUNN SEES DANGEROUS PERIOD COMING IN UKRAINE: On Monday, Howey Politics Indiana interviewed former senator Sam Nunn who heads the Nuclear Threat Initiative, in the week after Russian forces were in retreat in northeastern Ukraine, a nation Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded on Feb. 24. Is Nunn witnessing history potentially repeating after witnessing in person the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991? Could Putin face a similar fate as Gorbachev, or worse? "We're in the most dangerous period we've been in since the breakup of the Soviet Union," Nunn told HPI on Monday of what he sees as an emerging "Putin Doctrine" on WMD. "If you go back to the Cuban Missile Crisis ... it's hard to compare, but without much doubt we have the threat of escalation, we have the threat of Russia bombing supply lines which would involve Poland and NATO. We have the increased dangers of cyber interference to command and control, (and) warning systems leading to blunder. The Russian invasion makes that all more likely. As you mention, we have the added danger of turning nuclear power plant into a military base. "It is a very dangerous time," Nunn said. Look for the full HPI Interview with Nunn on Thursday's weekly edition.

 

PUTIN CALLS UP RESERVISTS, MAKES VEILED NUKE THREAT: In an escalation of the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the threat of a nuclear response in the conflict and ordered 300,000 reservists to mobilize, as Moscow seeks to buttress its army’s flagging manpower and regain the offensive following stinging losses on the battlefield (Wall Street Journal). “Russia will use all the instruments at its disposal to counter a threat against its territorial integrity—this is not a bluff,” Mr. Putin said in a national address that blamed the West for the conflict in Ukraine, where he said his troops were facing the best of Western troops and weapons. It’s the first mobilization in Russia since World War II and comes amid recent battlefield losses for the Kremlin’s forces (AP). Even a partial mobilization is likely to increase dismay, and perhaps sow doubt, among Russians about the war in Ukraine. Shortly after Putin’s address, Russian media reported a sharp spike in demand for plane tickets abroad, even though far fewer of those have been available since the start of the war and they are much more expensive than before.

 

MORALES ANSWERS QUESTIONS ON MILITARY SERVICE: Republican Secretary of state nominee Diego Morales was asked “Why did you enlist in the military even before you were a citizen?” (Wren, Importantville). "I am a legal immigrant who came to America legally, respecting the rule of law. My family and I had the opportunity to come to America, to come to Indiana, and we settled down by the Ohio River in Clark County. I was a senior in high school. I knew zero English. I had no friends. I had nothing. I had to start from scratch. But I had Hoosiers welcome me with open arms. When I went to my high school, Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg, everyone was kind and nice. And they just welcomed me with open arms. And I said, Wow, someday I would like to give back to this community that has already given me [a welcome]. Went to college. Worked two jobs to pay for my education. Hoosiers were kind to me. And I said I think it is time for me to show my love and gratitude to Indiana and America. And I said, In what ways? I think one of the honorable ways is to give back to the military. So with a green card in my wallet, I enlisted in the U.S. military, simply to give back and show my love and gratitude to America."

 

CONGRESS HOLDS SIGNING CEREMONY FOR WALORSKI: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a signing ceremony for the Indiana delegation’s bill, H.R.8656, to rename the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic in Mishawaka, Indiana the “Jackie Walorski VA Clinic.” The legislation passed the House unanimously on August 12, 2022, passed the Senate unanimously on September 8, 2022, and is now headed to the president’s desk (Howey Politics Indiana). Congresswoman Jackie Walorski served on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs for two terms, where she worked tirelessly to provide Hoosier veterans with quality care and advocated for the construction of a VA Clinic in Mishawaka. Said Rep. Jim Banks: “Today was an extremely emotional day in Congress for those who were lucky enough to know Congresswoman Walorski. It provided me with some closure and I hope the friends and colleagues we shared feel the same way.” 

 

BRAUN BILL WOULD MAKE FENTANYL DEATHS HOMICIDES: Fentanyl overdose is the number one cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. Hoosier communities are seeing record rates of overdose deaths, including Vanderburgh County which saw a record number of overdose deaths last year – 60% of which were from fentanyl (Howey Politics Indiana). U.S. Sen. Mike Braun has joined his colleagues Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing the Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act. The bill makes the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death punishable by federal felony murder charges. “Fentanyl is killing young Hoosiers and cutting a path of destruction through the Midwest,” said Braun. “If you are peddling this poison you should pay the price.”

 

DeHAAN ESTATE SELLS FOR RECORD $14M: The massive estate owned by Indianapolis businesswoman and philanthropist Christel DeHaan, who died in June 2020, has recently sold for a record-breaking $14.5 million. This makes the estate, called Linden House, the highest-selling residential property in Indiana’s history, according to a news release (IndyStar). Colorado-based M Development won the bid for the estate, and RH, which previously operated as Restoration Hardware, will lease the property. RH's goal is to open the showroom, featuring RH-branded products, in summer 2023, a news release said. The newly repurposed estate also will feature a restaurant, wine bar and interior design and outdoor furniture galleries.

 

2 MILLION BORDER APPREHENSIONS SO FAR THIS YEAR: The number of migrant arrivals reported along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2022 surpassed 2 million in August, an all-time high driven in part by unprecedented levels of migration from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, according to government data published Monday (CBS News). Migrant encounters along the U.S. southern border rose slightly to 203,598 last month, reversing a downward trend recorded in the previous two months, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data show. The number included 181,160 Border Patrol apprehensions of migrants who entered the U.S. illegally, virtually the same level as in July, as well as 22,437 migrants and asylum-seekers processed at official ports of entry, a slight increase from the previous month.

 

GAS PRICES RISE AFTER 99-DAY DECLINE: A 99-day stretch of declines in the average U.S. national gasoline price came to an end on Wednesday, a sign that the effect of falling fuel costs, which have recently helped temper overall inflation, might be waning (New York Times). The decline to date has only partly reversed a prolonged run-up in gas prices, which accelerated after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and continues to roil consumers. What to do about energy-driven inflation has also become a political problem for President Biden and a policy challenge for the Federal Reserve, which is expected to announce another big interest rate increase on Wednesday after its meeting.

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: In Thursday's weekly Howey Politics Indiana, we'll feature an HPI Interview with Sam Nunn of the Nuclear Threat Initiative as Vladimir Putin dials up his threats. Horse Race will have updates on the secretary of state and CD1 races. Look for it around 9 a,m. Thursday. - Brian A. Howey

 

Campaigns

 

WELLS ENDORSED BY VOTEVETS: Destiny Wells, a 19-year Army veteran, announced the endorsement of her secretary of state campaign by the VoteVets PAC. VoteVets, representing over 1.5 million veterans and military families, supports veterans running for office around the country. Wells enlisted in the Army National Guard at the age of 19 following the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Almost two decades later, Destiny continues to serve as a U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel (Howey Politics Indiana). “I am honored to be given VoteVets’ endorsement,” said Destiny Wells. “As a military intelligence officer, I have seen first-hand the state of democracy across the world and I am proud to have VoteVets’ support as I continue to defend access to democracy in the Indiana Secretary of State’s office.” Started in 2006, VoteVets PAC and VoteVets Action Fund have been the home for progressive veterans, military families, and their civilian supporters for over 15 years. It is the first organization of its kind and the largest, with over one and a half million supporters in all 50 states. VoteVets uses public issue campaigns to relentlessly lift up the voices of veterans on matters of national security, veterans’ care, and everyday issues that affect the lives of those who served, and their families. “In these turbulent political times, our veterans, communities and country need leaders like Destiny Wells, who will continue to serve the nation and put the country first.” said Jon Soltz, Chairman, VoteVets PAC.

 

YAKYM AIRS FIRST TV AD: The Yakym for Indiana 2nd CD campaign released their first television ad titled, “Jackie.”  The ad will be seen on both broadcast and cable across Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District (Howey Politics Indiana). The 30-second ad opens with Rudy Yakym, Republican Candidate for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, introducing himself direct to camera as someone who worked for the late Congresswoman Jackie Walorski for years.  Yakym reflects on Walorski’s successful nine-year tenure in Washington, where she went to “shake things up” and deliver results for Hoosier families and businesses. Yakym goes on to say that “families are suffering right now and Washington isn’t listening” to the concerns of Hoosiers across the district as President Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats lead our nation in the wrong direction. He then points out how Walorski showed him that “if you fight hard enough, stand for conservative values, and never give up, you can bring change.”   Yakym closes by committing to keeping this spirit, “Jackie’s spirit,” alive to honor her legacy and serve Hoosiers in Washington as Indiana’s next Republican Congressman for the 2nd District.

 

STATE POLICE ALLIANCE ENDORSES GREEN: The Indiana State Police Alliance endorsed Jennifer-Ruth Green for Congress in Indiana’s First District (Howey Politics Indiana). “As a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and former Federal Law Enforcement Officer, I understand and appreciate the work of LEO’s. In Congress, I will stand with the law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” Jennifer-Ruth Green said. “I am proud to have the endorsement of the Indiana State Police Alliance, and I look forward to working with them in Congress to provide funding and resources for better law enforcement for the people of Indiana.” “On behalf of over 2,000 active and retired Indiana State Troopers, Motor Carrier Inspectors, and Capitol Police Officers, the ISPA is pleased to endorse Jennifer-Ruth Green. Jennifer-Ruth swiftly established an early rapport with our organization and continues to include our leadership in various opportunities of public discussion. She is a leader who will provide a fresh perspective in Washington,” said Cory Martin, Executive Director at Indiana State Police Alliance.

 

CARRASCO, MEARS DEBATE: The candidates for Marion County prosecutor were finally able to address the issues plaguing the city of Indianapolis head to head in a public forum on Tuesday (Darling, WIBC). The forum put on by North Shadeland Alliance had the candidates answering questions in a debate-like event. The topic that dominated the discussion was Indy’s problem with violent crime, but there were also questions asked about low-level marijuana possession and abortion. “I’ve been very clear about where I stand on those issues,” said incumbent prosecutor Ryan Mears (D). “I don’t think it’s appropriate to continue to prosecute simple possession of marijuana. I don’t think it’s appropriate to prosecute women doctors and nurses (over abortion). We’re going to focus on violent crime. We’re not going to waste time on those other issues.” His challenger, former state inspector general Cyndi Carassco (R), believes the focus on violent crime from Mears has not been all there. “The people who got to participate (in the forum) got to see there is a big difference between the prosecutor (Mears) and myself,” she said.

 

CARRASCO CONTRASTS WITH MEARS: Cyndi Carrasco, candidate for Marion County Prosecutor, participated in a public safety forum along with current prosecutor, Ryan Mears (Howey Politics Indiana). “Thank you to the North Shadeland Alliance for hosting this informative event, and to all concerned members of the community who submitted questions and came to hear directly from the candidates,” said Carrasco. “I’m running for prosecutor because Marion County is facing a public safety crisis, and we deserve better. I believe that public safety is foundational to opportunity, and as your Marion County Prosecutor, I will be laser focused on making our communities safe and holding violent criminals accountable.” Carrasco and Mears discussed their backgrounds and very different plans for the office as they answered audience submitted questions at the forum hosted by the North Shadeland Alliance, a local community organization. “Tonight, Cyndi Carrasco highlighted the clear differences between her and Ryan Mears, and assured Marion County that her number one focus is public safety, not political rhetoric,” said Mike Cross, spokesman for Carrasco. “Unelected political appointee Ryan Mears has spent nearly three years interviewing for the job of elected prosecutor, and he has shown what Indianapolis can expect under his failed leadership.

 

DEMOCRATS SPEND $124M ON ABORTION TV ADS: Democrats have spent $124 million this cycle on TV ads that reference abortion, more than double the amount spent on the next issue (“character”), AP’s Steve Peoples and Aaron Kessler scoop. It’s a staggering sum that highlights how central abortion rights are to Dems’ midterms pitch; the issue warranted just $6 million in Democratic spending in 2018. Meanwhile, GOP spending on ads that reference abortion has declined since Dobbs.

 

Polls

 

MORNING CONSULT ON VOTER INTENSITY: We have new polling out from POLITICO and Morning Consult that offers some interesting glimpses into which party voters trust more on a variety of issues. Some of the findings underscore long-standing trends: The GOP enjoys an advantage on economic issues, as well as immigration and national security. Conversely, Democrats are more trusted on health care, the coronavirus, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and voting rights. More surprising results come in a handful of policy areas where the parties’ shifting positions have scrambled the usual political battle lines in recent years: education, gun policy and energy. Voters are close to evenly split on all three, but they lean toward trusting congressional Democrats more by 3- to 5-point margins. We also asked voters how enthusiastic they feel about voting in November. The results, along with other recent surveys, indicate that Dems have closed the gap with — or even exceeded — Republicans on this measure: Sixty-one percent of Democrats say they’re very or extremely enthusiastic, compared to 57% of Republicans.

 

MORNING CONSULT GIVES DEMS 46-41% GENERIC LEAD: The generic congressional ballot: While Democrats still hold the edge if the election were held today, 46% to 41%, the numbers for both parties came down one percentage point from the past few weeks, with more voters now saying they either don’t know or have no opinion (Politico/Morning Consult).

 

TRUMP LEADS DeSANTIS NATIONALLY:  In new POLITICO/Morning Consult polling out today, Donald Trump garners 52% among all Republican voters, with Gov. DeSantis grabbing just 19% — though Trump’s support has sagged by five points from where it was a month ago. Our Meridith McGraw has a look this morning at what the new polling tells us about the Republican electorate. The numbers, she writes, “illustrate the political benefits and larger downsides that the Mar-a-Lago probe continues to present for Trump. The investigation has allowed him to coalesce his base and provided him with tools to raise boatloads of money.”

 

DeSANTIS LEADS TRUMP IN FLA: Former President Donald Trump's support among Republican voters in Florida for another presidential bid has significantly eroded this year, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, as Gov. Ron DeSantis has scored gains in the home state they now share. In a hypothetical 2024 presidential primary in the Sunshine State, DeSantis now leads Trump 48%-40%. That's a reversal from a USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll of Florida in January, when Trump led DeSantis 47%-40%.

 

FLORIDA: GOP Sen. Marco Rubio leads Democratic Rep. Val Demings, 45% to 41%, per USA Today/Suffolk. DeSantis leads Democratic Rep. and former Gov. Charlie Crist, 48% to 41%.

 

WISCONSIN: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson leads Democrat Mandela Barnes 48% to 44%, per Emerson. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has a slight edge over Republican Tim Michels, 45% to 43%.

 

State

 

GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB MAKES APPOINTMENTS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced several appointments to various state boards and commissions.

 

Governor’s Workforce Cabinet: The governor made one reappointment to the cabinet, who will serve until December 31, 2024: Megan Glover (Zionsville), co-founder and CEO of 120WaterAudit. The governor also made four new appointments to the cabinet: David Adams (Indianapolis), commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, who will serve at the pleasure of the Governor; Robert Coons (Terre Haute), president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, who will serve until December 31, 2024; Fred Payne (Indianapolis), president and CEO of the United Way of Central Indiana, who will serve until December 31, 2024; Todd Richardson (Westfield), chief human resources officer and vice president for human resources at Indiana University, who will serve until December 31, 2024.

 

Indiana Education Savings Authority Board of Directors: The governor made two reappointments to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2026: Jay Collins (Indianapolis), consultant with Davis Homes; James Kennedy (Bloomington), associate VP for university student services & systems at Indiana University. The governor also made three new appointments to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2026: Kate Arndt (Indianapolis), certified financial planner with Bedel Financial; Teresa Hess (Indianapolis), director of apprenticeship training & grants administration with Ivy Tech Community College.

 

Indiana State Board of Nursing: The governor made one reappointment to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2026: Jennifer Willis-Miller (Danville), emergency department, EMS services, and emergency preparedness director at Hendricks Regional Health. The governor also made three new appointments to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2026: Sarah O’Brien (Indianapolis), public health nurse at Marion County Health Department; Nancy Juengst (North Vernon), LPN at Madison State Hospital;  Jessica Harlan-York (Indianapolis), Chief Operating Officer for Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services at Family & Social Services Administration.

 

Statewide 911 Board: The governor made three reappointments to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2025: Terri Brooks (Wolcott), 911 director for White County Communications/E911; The Honorable Tracy Brown (Lafayette), Tippecanoe County Commissioner; Kevin McGuire (Batesville), VP of eastern operations at Great Plains Communications. The governor also made one new appointment to the board, who will serve until September 30, 2025: Angie Helminiak (Atlanta), principal consultant at AT&T FirstNet.    

 

STATE: SULLIVAN OBSERVES NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY - Tuesday, September 20 is National Voter Registration Day, a civic holiday celebrating our democracy. Indiana makes it easy for new voters to register for the first time or for existing voters to update their information (Howey Politics Indiana). “Government works best when its citizens are active and engaged,” said Sullivan. “I encourage all Hoosiers to use this day to make sure they are registered and that their voter information is up to date. Registering only takes a few minutes and can be done online at any time.” Citizens can register to vote by visiting IndianaVoters.com, or can submit an application to register in person at their local county clerk's office. IndianaVoters.com also allows Hoosiers to confirm their voter registration, look up their polling place, get driving directions to their polling location, find out who's on their ballot, track their absentee ballot application, and contact local election officials. As of this month, there are 4.7 million registered voters in Indiana. Indiana’s voter registration deadline is October 11.

 

TREASURER: 529 PLAN SURPASSES $20M - Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell announced that the state’s FDIC-insured CollegeChoice CD 529 Savings Plan has surpassed $20 million in assets under management (Howey Politics Indiana). This milestone marks the highest balance on record as Hoosiers save for higher education in the tax-advantaged savings plan. “Our CollegeChoice CD program is an excellent option for education savers who prefer fixed-rate, low-risk investment options,” said Treasurer Mitchell.

 

MONUMENTS: $7M UPGRADE FOR CIRCLE - The stairs at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument on Monument Circle are literally crumbling before Hoosiers, and the Indiana War Memorial Commission said it will cost Hoosiers $7 million to have it fixed (WISH-TV). Stewart Goodwin, executive director of the Indiana War Memorial, said, “The steps, also made of limestone are delaminating, in other words, they are breaking up, and the reason is because of the drainage system. It’s not working the way it should.” Goodwin said water is getting under the steps and freezing, causing even more damage. “We’re taking a look at each one of the steps and if they’re not in bad shape, then we’ll keep them, and if we are, then we will replace them with more Indiana limestone,” Goodwin said. While the steps are out crews will also replace the faulty drainage system.

 

General Assembly

 

STUDY COMMITTEE HEARS CANNABIS TESTIMONY: The study committee will hear testimony from Hoosiers both for and against legalization, including cannabis legalization advocate Justin Swanson from Grow Indiana Together (WISH-TV). Grow Indiana Together is a nonprofit organization that supports efforts to legalize and tax all hemp and cannabis products for adult use in Indiana. Swanson stopped by Daybreak on Tuesday to talk about the group and why he believes its mission is so important for Hoosiers. “Grow Indiana Together is Indiana’s first political action committee, bipartisan, for supporting candidates and incumbents that support responsible cannabis reform. We really act as kind of a platform for Hoosiers to join the fight,” Swanson said.

 

Congress

 

THE SENATE will meet at 10 a.m. to resume consideration of the resolution of ratification on T.Doc.117-1, Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, post-cloture. VA Secretary Denis McDonough will testify before the Veterans’ Affairs Committee at 3 p.m.

 

THE HOUSE will meet at 10 a.m. Top bank execs will testify before the Financial Services Committee at 10 a.m.

 

Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN TO SKIP UN CLIMATE CONFERENCE - President Joe Biden is set to miss a United Nations roundtable on climate action Wednesday afternoon in New York, stoking concern that other G-7 leaders will also forgo the session meant to help pave the way for international global warming negotiations later this year (Bloomberg). The expected absence of Biden served to underscore a warning that came Tuesday in the speech that opened the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. “The climate crisis is the defining issue of our time. It must be the first priority of every government and multilateral organization,” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “And yet climate action is being put on the back burner — despite overwhelming public support around the world.”

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule - 10:35 a.m.: The president will deliver remarks at the U.N. General Assembly. 11:45 a.m.: Biden will participate in a bilateral meeting with U.N. Secretary-General ANTÓNIO GUTERRES. 1:15 p.m.: Biden will participate in a bilateral meeting with British PM LIZ TRUSS. 4 p.m.: Biden will deliver remarks at the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference. 7 p.m.: The president and first lady JILL BIDEN will host a Leader’s Reception at the American Museum of Natural History. VP Harris: 11 a.m.: The VP and second gentleman DOUG EMHOFF will attend a service for QUEEN ELIZABETH II at the Washington National Cathedral. 2:15 p.m.: Harris will deliver remarks on a press call with Treasury Secretary JANET YELLEN to provide an update on the Emergency Capital Investment Program.

 

JUSTICE: SPECIAL MASTER TO MOVE QUICKLY IN TRUMP DOCS CASE - The independent arbiter tasked with inspecting documents seized in an FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home said Tuesday he intends to push briskly through the review process and appeared skeptical of the Trump team's reluctance to say whether it believed the records had been declassified (CBS News). "We're going to proceed with what I call responsible dispatch," Raymond Dearie, a veteran Brooklyn judge, told lawyers for Trump and the Justice Department in their first meeting since his appointment last week as a so-called special master.

 

Local

 

CARMEL: RIDER ANNOUNCES FOR MAYOR - One week after Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard announced he would not seek reelection, a city council member announced his candidacy for mayor (IndyStar). Kevin “Woody” Rider, an at-large council member, announced in a news release Sept. 20, 2022, he planned to run for the city’s top job. Rider acknowledged earlier this year that he had conversations considering a run for mayor. “Throughout my professional and public service career, I’ve always been motivated by serving people,” Rider said in a news release. “Running for Mayor is a natural next step for me. I love the city of Carmel. And, for me, serving as Mayor is all about solving challenges, proactively planning, and continuing to lead innovation in our city.”

 

LAWRENCE: MAYOR COLLIER WON'T SEEK REELECTION - Lawrence Mayor Steve Collier announced he will not seek a third term (Howey Politics Indiana). "This morning I am announcing my decision not to seek a third term as the Mayor of this great city.  Inevitably, there will be many people who will be asking the question, 'What is driving you to make this decision?' While there are many reasons, the most compelling answer is that I need to finally consider my family first as I transition into full retirement. My beautiful wife and best friend for the past 44 years has earned some time away from our joint public service careers.  Between the two of us, we have spent a combined 90 years in public service. It is time for us to spend some time with our 6 grandchildren, and it is time for Chris and me to travel together and enjoy a bit of time away from the public eye."

 

ELKHART: COUNCIL PASSES CITY HALL GUN BAN - The Elkhart Common Council passed a resolution Monday night that bans weapons from any buildings containing a city courtroom — which includes city hall (WVPE). The resolution originally just banned firearms but was amended to be broader by describing and defining weapons. The ordinance does not include funding for metal detectors or security measures. Council president Arvis Dawson said it’ll be an “administrative decision” for how the weapon ban is enforced. Several council members criticized the need for the resolution, saying it lacks details on the cost for implementing and enforcing it. But other council members said the ordinance was needed for safety purposes. Dawson said that in his view, safety “has no costs” and the first step is passing legislation to establish the weapon ban.

 

FORT WAYNE: THREE RIVERS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR OUT - After just one year in the role, the Three Rivers Festival Board of Directors says Festival Director Justin Shurley is no longer with the festival (WPTA-TV). Board of Directors President John Nichter said on Monday afternoon that Shurley is no longer serving as the festival director. The move comes just one year after Shurley was appointed to the position when it was announced that longtime festival director Jack Hammer would no longer be serving in the position. Nichter did not provide a reason for his leaving, but released the following statement: “We wish him well in his future endeavors and thank him for the time he spent with the Festival. We’ve developed a staffing plan that will improve and sustain festival operations for years to come. This year we’re working diligently to strengthen our committee structures and bring more voices to the table, helping develop a comprehensive slate of events for our community. We’re also continuing to develop and strengthen our sponsor relations, which will allow us to improve heritage events and create new ones.”

 

MERRILLVILLE: CLERK SEEKS TO SHARE HER SALARY — Clerk-Treasurer Kelly White Gibson wants to share her raise with employees in her office, but the Town Council isn’t yet ready to support that (NWI Times). White Gibson said her salary is below what many other clerk-treasurers in the area receive, and the 2022 budget approved by the Town Council calls for her to receive a raise. “Most clerk-treasurers around here make between $89,000 and $106,000 and my salary is $60,500,” White Gibson said. She said the funding allotted in her spending plan would increase her annual salary to $75,000. She wants to pass that along to her employees, forgoing her raise.

 

MISHAWAKA: COUNCIL PASSES HOTEL ABATEMENT - The Mishawaka Common Council approved a 5-year tax abatement Monday night supporting the redevelopment of an old hotel at the corner of Lincolnway East and Capital Avenue on the St. Joseph River into a new apartment complex, the Steelhead Apartments (WVPE). Developers plan to convert the existing Mishawaka Inn building into 60 studio apartments and construct a new building closer to the river, which will hold between 46 and 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The Barak Group, who also built the River Rock Apartments in Mishawaka, purchased the hotel from Balaji Hospitality Group to build the development.

 

DELAWARE COUNTY: FORMER COMMISSIONER DUNNUCK KILLED IN CRASH -  Longtime local attorney Don Dunnuck, a former Delaware County commissioner, was fatally injured Monday night in a single-vehicle accident on Muncie's west side (Walker, Muncie Star Press). Dunnuck, 84, was pronounced dead at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital following the crash, which took place along Talley Avenue about 9:40 p.m., according to Gavin Greene, chief deputy coroner in Delaware County. According to a report by Ball State University police, a van driven by Dunnuck struck a tree after going over a curb near Lucina Hall, 2120 W. University Ave. The attorney had been en route to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where a family member had gone for treatment earlier in the evening.

 

CLARK COUNTY: SHERIFF NOEL FILES RESPONSE - Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, through his attorney, has responded to a judge’s request to provide factual evidence supporting a portion of his defense claim in one of two civil lawsuits filed by 28 female inmates who are alleging they were victims of harassment and sexual crimes while in the jail (Cunningham, News & Tribune). Noel cites the Prison Litigation Reform act as a complete defense to plaintiff claims in the case;  a portion of this law forbids lawsuits from being filed based on jail conditions unless the exhaustive requirement has been met. Last month U.S. District Judge Debra McVicker Lynch responded to that defense, saying Noel did not provide factual basis for the exhaustion defense, which is required.  Noel’s attorney gets into specifics about that defense in a response filed in federal court Sept. 16.  According to the response, Noel’s attorney says 14 were no longer incarcerated at the Clark County Jail on July 5, the date the lawsuit was filed. Noel does not know if they were incarcerated elsewhere at the time.