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Howey Politics Indiana Jan. 7, 2021
Howey Politics Indiana Jan. 7, 2021: HPI 2021 Power 50 List; Howey Column: The Banana States of America; Souder Column: Upholding a Republic; Claybourn Column: Time to choose sides; Ticker: Braun flips again on EC challenge
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  • Time to inoculate General Assembly complex from COVID threat
    This year's Indiana General Assembly is conducting the "peoples' business" in unprecedented fashion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its plate is full with issues ranging from the governor's emergency powers, to teacher pay,  redistricting and forging the biennial budget. Thus far, only State Sen. Vaneta Becker is in quarantine due to COVID exposure, but Speaker Todd Huston and Senate President Rod Bray have suggested that disruptions are quite possible due to the pandemic. There have been accounts of a lack of widespread masking at the Statehouse, as well as a lack of enforcement. This problem can be quickly and resolutely solved if Huston, Bray and the Indiana Department of Health make arrangements to have the entire day-to-day General Assembly complex - legislators, staff, lobbyists, press - inoculated as soon as possible. This should not be viewed as the powerful jumping the line; this needs to happen to ensure the peoples' business is conducted in a safe and timely fashion. - Brian A. Howey, publisher.
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  • HPI Power 50: Crisis shapes 2021 list

    By BRIAN A. HOWEY
    and MARK SCHOEFF JR.

    INDIANAPOLIS – After two decades of publishing Power 50 lists in the first week of January, this one comes in a true crisis atmosphere. As we watched in horror the U.S. Capitol being overrun by supporters of President Trump on Wednesday, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 8,000 Hoosiers and 350,000 Americans, shutting down our state and nation for nearly two months last spring. While vaccines are coming, there will be a distinct BC (Before COVID) and AC delineations as this epic story comes to a close. It gripped like a vise key figures, from Gov. Eric Holcomb to Vice President Pence. It delayed an election, closed schools and restaurants, reordered the way we do business and buy things, and will set in motion ramifications that we can’t truly understand (like the virus itself) at this point in time. There’s another crisis at hand. It’s our society’s civics deficit, fueled by apathy that transcends our schools and societal engagement, and allowed to fester by a news media in atrophy. That three members of the Indiana congressional delegation – U.S. Sen. Mike Braun and Reps. Jim Banks and Jackie Walorski – signed on to a protest this week, induced by losing President Donald Trump to “investigate” widespread vote fraud that doesn’t exist, is another indicator of the risks a polarized and undisciplined political spectrum brings to the fragile American democratic experience.

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