By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Nashville, Ind.

1. Biden spikes the football

Did President Biden spike the football at the 10-yard line on Thursday? Biden spent Thursday morning on Capitol Hill wooing House moderates, which is the kind of move that in the past would suggest he was closing the deal before heading off to the Vatican. He had a mid-day speech introducing the "framework" of a budget reconciliation deal. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema appeared to give it a calculated blessing (for what that's worth). House progressives appeared to endorse. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Dems who “were not prepared for a yes vote” on the bipartisan infrastructure bill “have expressed their commitment” to eventually vote for it.

President Biden: "No one got everything they wanted, including me. But that's what compromise is. That's consensus. And that's what I ran on. I've long said compromise and consensus are the only way to get big things done in a democracy. Important things done for the country. I know it's hard. I know how deeply people feel about the things that they fight for. But this framework includes historic investments in our nation and in our people."

NBC's Meet The Press Daily describes the whole thing is "in the red zone" but short of the proverbial touchdown. They describe it as a "climate and family" bill that allocates $555 billion for climate change initiatives while providing families pre-K while extending the $300 a month child tax credit for another year. Gone are family leave and about a trillion dollars of other goodies in the initial package.

2. 109,000 Hoosiers quit their jobs in August

IndyStar: A record 109,000 Hoosiers quit their jobs in August in an economy where employers are desperately looking to hire and the worker pool has shrunk. "It's at a level that we haven't seen ever before," said Andrew Butters, an economist at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. Here's a question from Howey Politics: If President Biden and congressional Democrats pass their almost $2 trillion infrastructure bill, where are we going to find the workers?

3. Holcomb ignores township trustees

Indiana Township Association chief Debbie Driskell sent Gov. Holcomb a letter last April offering to have the state's 1,000 township trustees distribute federal rental assistance to landlords and renters. The IndyStar reports that Driskell "never got a response." Hmmmm, wonder why? Perhaps it's because trustees sat on $300 million in tax-funded dollars during the Great Recession. Or, perhaps, it's because of the crazy antics of Fairfield and Wabash township nutball trustees in Tippecanoe County (one trustee moved to Florida and has been indicted; another sought to make indigent cremains into diamonds). BSU's Michael Hicks: Brendan Clancy's township ended the pandemic year with reserves of $5.8 million, but spent $91,265.14 on housing assistance. They spent $1.1 million on personnel, office supplies and equipment. That's right, this township managed to spend 1.57% of its reserves on housing.

4. Grooms/Boehnlein saga twists

State Sen. Ron Grooms announced he wouldn't seek reelection last summer, endorsed Kevin Boehnlein as his SD46 successor, only to watch Boehnlein be drawn into SD47 held by State Sen. Erin Houchin. On Thursday, Grooms announced he would resign on Nov. 2, setting up a Nov. 15 caucus. Boenhlein will run and if elected by precinct officials, join Houchin in the Senate. The two will then spar in the May 2022 primary in Houchin's SD47. So there could be some awkward moments in the Senate next winter.

5. Wright now eyes SD26; McDermott makes hires

Campaign news: Melanie Wright is now pondering a run for the open SD26 instead of seeking the 5th CD nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz. Perhaps it's because the new 5th went from a purple to bright red GOP redoubt. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott's U.S. Senate campaign has hired Joseph Shepard as rural outreach director and Arielle Brandy as director of voter engagement.

Gov. Holcomb, First Lady Janet and Hank the dog will greet trick or treaters from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Governor's Residence. The Governor and First Lady will dress as characters representing iconic imagery and Hoosier historic figures. The Colts face a must-win game Sunday against Tennessee. Win, and the Colts go to 4-4 and trail the Titans by just a game. Lose and they're three games out of first (essentially 4 games because Tennessee would hold any playoff tiebreaker with two wins over the Colts). Have a great weekend, folks. It's The Atomic!