By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Riverhead, L.I.

1. An 'end' the Indiana's pandemic

The Indiana General Assembly is poised to end the COVID-19 public health emergency during a special session next Monday. "Indiana is successfully moving beyond the pandemic," Speaker Todd Huston said in a statement Saturday. "There are only a few key components of the executive order that remain in place, including measures that help vulnerable Hoosiers."

But is the pandemic really over? Overall, 3,388,095 Hoosiers or 50.33% of Indiana's population have been fully vaccinated, while 59.1 of all Americans have been vaxed. WIBC's Eric Berman on Friday: 3,767 new Indiana #coronavirus cases, with 9.6% of today's batch of tests coming back positive; 10% of counties "approaching high risk" level for the first time since Sep 27. Monroe County officials were alarmed at how few wore masks at Assembly Hall last week for IU basketball games.  
Monroe County officials were alarmed at how few wore masks at Assembly Hall last week for IU basketball games.

Politico: Though nearly 70% of the country has had at least one shot and hospitalizations have fallen from their September highs, the news in many states remains grim and the trend lines portend a fresh wave in the coming weeks, including Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin where cases have exploded. Natasha Bagdasarian, the chief medical executive for the Michigan health department: “No part of the state has been spared.”

2. INDems showing up

Indiana Democrats took its "Small Town Tour" to 55 mostly rural counties this past summer and fall. Chairman Mike Schmuhl: “At the start of my term as chairman, I made a promise to Indiana Democrats — and all Hoosier voters — that we would start showing up everywhere to listen to folks, tell how common sense and popular policies can create a better future for our state, and push back against partisan extremism. We’ve also been sharing how Democrats are delivering for people. Congressmen André Carson and Frank Mrvan have led on transformative measures like the American Rescue Plan and The Jobs Act while statehouse Democrats have delivered on issues like broadband, the state’s READI program, pay raises for teachers, and fully-funded schools. 

3. National Guard seeks 'Brandon' vandal

WAVE-TV:  The Indiana National Guard is looking for whoever vandalized a tank with the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” at the National Guard Armory in New Albany. The phrase is used as a censored version of an anti-Joe Biden chant. Indiana National Guard Master Sergeant Jeff Lowry said, :“Indiana National Guardsmen take an oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution. As such we support the people’s right to free speech, yet not to vandalize property. Since the vandalism at our New Albany Armory is under a civil investigation, we cannot comment further on this matter.”

4. Pete downplays Harris rivalry

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg downplayed speculation that he has a rivalry with Vice President Kamala Harris, saying on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday:  "She and I are part of a team that is disciplined and doesn't focus on what's obsessing the commentators. We're too busy with a job to do. There's no room to get caught up in the parlor games, and I'm proud to be part of the Biden-Harris team." 

5. Supply chain woes recede


Wall Street Journal: Global supply-chain woes are beginning to recede, but shipping, manufacturing and retail executives say that they don’t expect a return to more-normal operations until next year and that cargo will continue to be delayed if Covid-19 outbreaks disrupt key distribution hubs.

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