McCORMICK SAYS $5M INCREASE IN SCHOOL SAFETY GRANTS INADEQUATE: Indiana’s state schools superintendent says she’s worried a $5 million a year increase in available school safety grants won’t go far enough. Superintendent Jennifer McCormick said Monday the $19 million annual funding included in the new two-year state budget will help school districts, but cast doubts on whether that was adequate to cover costs for safety equipment, school police officers and threat assessment. “Yes, it is concern,” she said (AP). “It comes down to safety is not inexpensive and students deserve the expense of it. … For us to pretend like it is not or try to rationalize minimal dollars doesn’t seem like that it makes a whole lot of sense for a state.” McCormick spoke on the opening day of the state Department of Education’s annual Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy, which the department said drew some 1,200 people from eight states. She said Indiana school officials were learning how to improve security following shootings last year at a Noblesville middle school in which a boy wounded a classmate and teacher, and at a Richmond middle school where a boy shot out a door and at officers before killing himself. Republican legislative leaders touted the funding increase included in the spending plan approved last month as helping schools improve school safety. GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb had proposed keeping the funding level at $14 million a year with his initial budget proposal submitted in January. State officials awarded $14.3 million in grants to 388 schools around the state last year after lawmakers increased funding from the $9 million available in 2017. The governor’s office declined additional comment on Monday.

DETAILS OF LUGAR MEMORIAL SERVICES TODAY AND WEDNESDAY: A short ceremony to welcome Sen. Lugar back to Indiana will begin at approximately noon on Tuesday in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda. The hearse will arrive on the south side of the Indiana Statehouse at approximately 11:57 a.m. (Howey Politics Indiana). The hearse will travel south on Capital to Washington, west on Washington to Senate, north on Senate to the sidewalk immediately south of the building. The hearse will drive east on the sidewalk and stop adjacent to the steps. Gov. Holcomb, First Lady Janet Holcomb, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will be positioned at the top of the stairs. The Lugar family will be positioned at the halfway point of the stairs. A six-member military honor guard will carry the casket into the statehouse through the south atrium. The honor guard will enter the rotunda and place the casket on the catafalque. They will post flags and start the watch. The governor’s group and the family will follow the honor guard into the building. Gov. Holcomb and Mayor Hogsett will move to the podium in the rotunda. At approximately 12:07 p.m., Governor Holcomb and Mayor Hogsett will make remarks. Each will speak 3-4 minutes. At the conclusion of remarks, the Governor and First Lady will lay a wreath at the catafalque; the mayor will then lay a wreath and the ceremony will conclude. At 12:20 p.m., the rotunda will open to members of the public who wish to pay respects. Public entrances are located at the east and west sides of the Dtatehouse. The Lugar family will meet guests in the south atrium of the statehouse from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Public viewing will conclude at sunset, which is 8:51 p.m. The rotunda will be closed until Wednesday at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 15: Public viewing will continue from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Shortly before noon, the honor guard will carry the casket out the east side of the statehouse to the motorcade parked on Capitol Ave. The motorcade will depart at approximately 12:05 p.m. The motorcade will depart south on Capitol Ave. to begin its trip to St. Luke’s Church.

PENCE TO ATTEND LUGAR SERVICE: Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Indianapolis to attend the Memorial Service for Senator Richard Lugar at Luke’s United Methodist Church, where the Vice President will deliver a eulogy (Howey Politics Indiana). The Vice President and Second Lady will arrive on Air Force Two at Indianapolis International Airport and will return to Washington, DC that afternoon.

TRADE WAR COULD LAST A LONG TIME: Senior administration officials tell Axios' Jonathan Swan that a trade deal with China isn't close and that the U.S. could be in for a long trade war. A senior administration official said the differences between the two sides are so profound that, based on his read of the situation, he can't see the fight getting resolved before the end of the year. Trump yesterday held out the possibility of meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 in Japan next month. That statement may have been made in part to calm the stock market, which yesterday had its worst day since January. The bottom line: White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was right when he said on Sunday that "both sides will suffer" in a U.S.-China trade war. The Chinese economy will be harmed. But so, too, will America's. And so will American consumers, who will pay higher prices, and American farmers, who will be targeted for retaliation by China. The question remains: Can Trump, facing a re-election race in 2020, outlast China's "president for life"? Swan has asked several current and former administration officials whether Trump actually believes that China pays the tariffs — rather than the reality that U.S. consumers do. The consensus is "yes": That's what he actually believes.

HOOSIER FARMERS SAY IT'S POURING: We’ve all heard the expression, “When it rains, it pours.” Rensselaer farmer and Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Kendell Culp says farmers are being poured on literally and figuratively at the moment, testing their patience (Pfeiffer, Hoosier Ag Today). “Because of planting delays, because of rain, and because of lower prices every day, and comments made by the administration which causes an immediate drop in in commodity prices, and really no relief in sight, no deals in sight… It’s just time and, the farmers, I just think they’re out of patience.” Culp said he’d like to see trade issues with Canada and Mexico squared away soon, with steel and aluminum tariffs removed on those countries, especially since the administration has said that USMCA needs to be the first domino to fall to complete trade deals. As for China, he anticipated that this would be a long road. “Even if we did have an agreement that was hammered out and announced in the short-term, the destruction caused in the marketplace and the concern about the US maybe is not such a reliable trading partner, this effect is going to have a long tail and I think it’s going to go along for multiple growing seasons before we get back to anywhere near the position we were at before the trade disruption.”

YOUNG, GOP ANGST GROWS WITH TRUMP'S TRADE WAR: Republicans are growing more nervous about next year’s race for the Senate as President Trump ratchets up a trade war with China that increasingly threatens to cause pain to U.S. farmers (The Hill). To be sure, the 2020 elections remain more than a year off, the president is popular in farm country and voters in rural states largely have stuck with Trump through thick and thin as the economy has grown and the jobless rate has fallen. But GOP senators say few expected the trade war to last as long as it has. With markets plunging on Monday and China announcing retaliation against U.S. farm exports, fears are growing that the fight could take a bite out of pocketbooks and even pose a threat to GOP senators at the ballot box next year. “We all want to resolve this as soon as possible,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Todd Young (Ind.) said Monday in response to a question about the impact of China’s actions. “We all want to keep this economy growing faster than we’ve seen in decades.”

STOCKS PLUNGE IN WAKE OF TRADE WAR: U.S. markets plunged Monday as China said it would raise steep tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods, upping the stakes of a trade war that threatens to imperil the global economy (Washington Post). The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 617 points, or nearly 2.4 percent, as investors feared that the standoff with China would escalate into a full-blown economic crisis — tipping the U.S. and world economies into recession. Dragging the Dow were Apple, Caterpillar and Boeing, with drops of 5.9 percent, 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent respectively. The blue-chip index slumped to its lowest close since January. “Investors have reassessed the trade issue," said Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices. "They weren’t factoring enough risk into it.” “Today’s tit-for-tat in U.S./China trade tariffs has exacerbated tumbling futures out of fear that tensions could trigger a global recession,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research.

TRUMP TO MEET WITH XI, PUTIN IN LATE JUNE: President Trump on Monday said he plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin next month when world leaders gather for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Japan (The Hill). Trump predicted his meeting with Xi would be “very fruitful” and argued he would be negotiating from a position of strength after trade talks broke down last week between the world's two largest economies. “We’re in a great position right now, no matter what we do,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Hungary’s prime minister. “Yeah, I think China wants to have it.” The president’s announcement comes as trade tensions between the two nations have flared with each having hiked tariffs on the others’ imports following the failure of last week’s negotiations. Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent, but he said Monday he has not decided whether to impose 25 percent tariffs on the roughly $325 billion in remaining Chinese imports. “We have another $325 billion that we can do, if we decided to do it,” he said. “I haven't made that decision yet ... That is a tremendous amount of money that would come into our country.”

BUTTIGIEG'S 'IDENTITY POLITICS' GAMBLE: Pete Buttigieg has drawn the 2020 presidential field into a fraught debate over race, warning Democrats that identity politics is a dead end as the party seeks to win back the white working-class voters that broke for President Trump in the past election (The Hill). Speaking at an LGBT gala over the weekend in Las Vegas, Buttigieg, who is gay and has spoken openly about his own struggles with identity, warned that “so-called identity politics” has contributed to a “crisis of belonging” in the country that has “divided and carved up” people of different backgrounds. The remarks are a gamble for Buttigieg, a white man with a Harvard pedigree, who has struggled to attract the support he’ll need from people of color, even as his presidential campaign has caught fire among white Democrats.  A Post and Courier survey of South Carolina Democrats released over the weekend found Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., at 18 percent support among white voters and zero percent among black voters. But Buttigieg’s speech has also cracked open a complex debate on the left as Democrats field their most diverse group of presidential candidates ever.

SUSPECT RELEASED IN SHOOTING OF CLARK JUDGES: The Marion County jail has confirmed that one suspect arrested last week in the May 1 shooting of two Clark County judges has been released. A second suspect remains incarcerated in a separate case (Rickert, News & Tribune). Kaiser was released Sunday just after 9 p.m., jail staff confirmed, and Vazquez remains in jail without bond on a separate case from October, when he was sentenced for an OWI, including endangering a person. Vazquez has a hearing on violation of probation in this case set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Marion County Superior Court. Brandon Kaiser, 41, and Alfredo Vazquez, 24, both were arrested May 5 in connection with the shooting of Clark County judges Andrew Adams and Brad Jacobs in the parking lot of a downtown Indianapolis White Castle. The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. May 1, the day a judicial conference was set to begin, and the reason the judges were in Indianapolis. Kaiser was arrested on preliminary charges, including attempted murder, and Vazquez on a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal. Both were scheduled for initial court appearances last Wednesday, which was rescheduled for Friday. However, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office on Friday released a statement that further investigation was needed to determine potential formal charges and that none would be filed at that time.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Here's President Trump's problem with his trade war with China. He pulled out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which I believe is his biggest mistake. In doing so, he essentially left a void in Pacific rim leadership, which the Chinese are happily filling. So he's embarked on a trade war alone. The rest of the TPP countries haven't followed; they're cutting their own deals with China. President Xi, now in power for life, can wait President Trump out. I'll flesh more of this out in Thursday's weekly HPI. - Brian A. Howey


HAMILTON ELECTION BOARD HEARING ON CARMEL MAYORAL RACE BRIBE: At 9 a.m. today, the Hamilton County Election Board will examine allegations that the Glynn and Brainard mayoral campaigns attempted to bribe one another (Howey Politics Indiana).

Presidential 2020

SWALLWELL TO HOST TOWN HALL IN COLUMBUS SUNDAY: A Democratic presidential candidate with ties to Columbus is planning a town hall meeting here (Columbus Republic). U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California), who recently announced he is running for president, will hold a town hall meeting on Sunday in Columbus. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at Factory 12 Event Loft at 1235 Jackson St. Swalwell, 38, is married to Columbus native Brittany Watts Swalwell. “Our campaign all about the issues most important to America’s hometowns,” Swalwell said in a statement. “I’ve recently spoken in my hometowns of Algona, Iowa, and Dublin, California, and we’ll bring our message — extending the promise of America to all Americans — to Brittany’s hometown of Columbus as well.”

LATEST MORNING CONSULT POLL: The latest Morning Consult Poll this morning: Joe Biden 39%, Bernie Sanders 19%, Kamala Harris 8%, Elizabeth Warren 8%, Pete Buttigieg 6%, Beto O'Rourke 5%, Cory Booker 3%, Amy Klobachar 2%, Michael Bennet 1%. The figures are broken out among Democratic primary voters nationwide and in early primary states, which includes just voters who live in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Nevada. The latest results are based on 15,342 interviews with registered voters, collected from May 6 – 12 2019.

GOV. BULLOCK ENTERS RACE: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) said Tuesday he will join the already-crowded race for the White House with an overt appeal to voters who are most desperate to kick President Trump out of office (The Hill). In a video posted online Tuesday morning, Bullock painted himself as the most electable candidate in the field, and the only one who had won statewide office three times at the same time Republican presidential nominees carried his state. "As a Democratic governor of a state Trump won by 20 points, I don't have the luxury of just talking to people who agree with me," Bullock said in the video. "We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020, and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people's voice."

BOOKER SUPPORTERS SEETHE OVER MAYOR PETE: One of the Democrats running for president is a youthful former Rhodes Scholar who speaks more than one language and cut his teeth as a two-term mayor. The other is Pete Buttigieg (Politico). Buttigieg’s sparkling résumé has been the subject of countless profiles, powering the South Bend mayor to the top tier of the 2020 field. Sen. Cory Booker, however, hasn’t received nearly as much attention and remains mired in the middle of the pack in recent polls. The similarities between their credentials — and the disparity between how their campaigns have been covered on the campaign trail — are frustrating Booker allies who question whether the media is giving the New Jersey senator a fair shot. “He’s at a disadvantage anytime he’s not treated on the same playing level as all the other candidates,” said South Carolina state Rep. John King, who has endorsed Booker. “There should be a campaign where people start to question the process when there’s not fairness — and especially within the media.”

TRUMP SAYS HIS CAMPAIGN WON'T USE STOLEN MATERIAL: President Donald Trump said Monday that he would agree not to use any information hacked or stolen by foreign adversaries in his 2020 re-election campaign (NBC News). “I would certainly agree to that,” Trump told reporters during an event with the Hungarian prime minister at the White House, when asked if he would make that commitment. "I don't need it. All I need is the opponents that I'm looking at. I'm liking what I see." While Democrats have pledged to stay away from any hacked material that could possibly benefit their campaigns in 2020, the Trump campaign has been silent on the issue.

TRUMP SCHEDULES MAGA RALLY FOR PENNSYLVANIA: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. announced that President Trump will host a Make America Great Again rally on Monday, May 20 at 7:00 pm EDT at the Energy Aviation Hangar in Montoursville, PA (Howey Politics Indiana). This is the 48th rally that President Trump has held in Pennsylvania and the first rally in Montoursville since he first began his race for president in June, 2015.  He has held six previous rallies in Northeast Pennsylvania. “President Trump will be returning to Pennsylvania to share his long litany of achievements on behalf of the American people," said Michael Glassner, Chief Operating Officer of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.


GOP GIVING UP TRYING TO THWART TRUMP TRADE WAR: The GOP is starting to give up on thwarting President Donald Trump’s trade agenda (Politico). Senate Republicans acknowledge that the president’s latest tariff increase on Chinese imports are harming farm state economies, their own constituents and some of Trump’s most reliable voters. But there’s no plan to stop, or even threaten, the president’s tariff regime — just the latest example of Trump imposing his protectionist will on a party that once celebrated free trade. As the stock market tanked on Monday following the escalating conflict with China, Republicans lamented the state of affairs. But after trying, unsuccessfully, to get the president to remove his year-old tariffs on U.S. allies, there’s little appetite for opening a new front with Trump when it comes to China. “They can feel it. The farm community up ‘til now has really supported the president without flinching. But eventually you flinch,” said Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the No. 4 GOP leader whose state is a major soybean producer. Yet he concluded: “If you’re going to have a trade fight, the trade fight to have would be the China fight.”

2 EDITORIALS ENDORSE SEN. YOUNG'S SMOKING AGE BILL: Two more Indiana newspapers, the Indiana Business Journal (IBJ) and KPC Newspapers in northeast Indiana, have endorsed Senator Young’s Tobacco to 21 Act – bipartisan legislation to prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21 (Howey Politics Indiana). “U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., impressed us this month when he and three other senators (one Republican and two Democrats) introduced legislation to raise the age at which people can buy tobacco products to 21,” IBJ wrote. “IBJ wholeheartedly agrees and endorses Young’s efforts…” “Ignoring public opinion, Indiana lawmakers did nothing this year to fight the unfortunate smoking rate among Hoosiers. Fortunately, one of Indiana’s U.S. senators is picking up the ball that state legislators dropped,” KPC Newspapers wrote.

BUCSHON ANNOUNCES WEST TERRE HAUTE FUNDING: U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement to announce that West Terre Haute, Indiana will be receiving federal funds to bolster infrastructure as part of the USDA Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program in rural areas (Howey Politics Indiana): “I am pleased to announce that the city of West Terre Haute, Indiana will be receiving both a loan and a grant to update water infrastructure as part of a large scale program by the USDA to improve rural communities across the nation. Access to reliable, clean water in our rural communities ensures safe and plentiful water supplies and supports economic development. Investments like these are important to the quality of life across Southwest Indiana and I look forward to seeing this project progress.”

General Assembly

BLACK CAUCUS TO HOST HEARINGS: The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC) will begin its annual series of town halls across the state with a stop in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 18 (Howey Politics Indiana). In all, IBLC members will visit seven locations across Indiana through the end of August, according to IBLC Chair Robin Shackleford (D-Indianapolis). “These events serve two valuable functions for the IBLC,” Shackleford said. “It affords our members the chance to review the work of the Indiana General Assembly during the 2019 session. In addition, even though we just finished our work for 2019, the planning already has started for the 2020 legislative session. We want to hear from the people of Indiana what they want to see lawmakers do next year.

BLACK CAUCUS HEARING SCHEDULE: Here is the schedule for the 2019 IBLC town halls: Indianapolis – May 18 12PM-2PM EST, Julia M. Carson Government Center, 300 E. Fall Creek Parkway North Drive. Fort Wayne – June 15 12PM- 2PM EST, Turner Chapel AME Church, 836 E. Jefferson Blvd. Jeffersonville – June 29 12PM- 2PM EST, Community Action of Southern Indiana, 1613 E. 8th Street. Evansville – July 13 12PM- 2PM CST, Greater St. James Community Recreational Education Center, 484 S. Governor Street. South Bend – July 27- 12PM- 2PM EST, UAW Local #5, 1426 S. Main Street. Terre Haute – August 3 12PM- 2PM EST, Spruce Street AME Church, 1660 Spruce Street. Hammond – August 17 12PM- 2PM CST, Ophelia Steen Family & Health Services Center, 5927 Columbia Ave.


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB SCHEDULE - Below find Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s public schedule for May 14, 2019. Jobs Announcement, Gov. Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Executives of MetaCX and High Alpha, 9:30 a.m., , Salesforce Tower, Circle Building, Suite 1022 (10th Floor), 111 Monument Circle, Indianapolis.

GOVERNOR: CROUCH SCHEDULE - Below is Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch's public schedule for May 14 - 17, 2019. Tuesday, May 14: Crouch speaks at IU Rural Conference, IU Center for Rural Engagement, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., ET, with Crouch remarks at 9:40 a.m., ET, French Lick Resort, 8670 IN 56, French Lick; Crouch visits Orleans, Orleans Chamber of Commerce, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., ET, 150 W. Jefferson St., Orleans. Wednesday, May 15: Crouch attends Senator Richard Lugar's funeral, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., ET, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis. Thursday, May 16: Crouch tours Huntingburg with Mayor Denny Spinner, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., ET, Huntingburg Event Center. 110 E. 14th St., Huntingburg. Crouch speaks at OCRA Regional Conference Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., ET, with Crouch remarks at Noon, ET, Huntingburg Event Center, 110 E. 14th St., Huntingburg. Crouch speaks at Griffin Park ribbon cutting, Vigo County Parks & Recreation Department, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., ET, with Crouch remarks at 4:00 p.m., ET, Griffin Bike Park, 10700 Bono Rd., Terre Haute. Friday, May 17, Crouch speaks at Women in Business at IMS, Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Noon - 1:00 p.m., ET, with Crouch remarks at 12:45 p.m., ET, 4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis.

STATEHOUSE: HILL DENIES GROPING ALLEGATIONS IN SUPREME COURT FILING - Attorney General Curtis Hill denied allegations of impropriety in a new filing Friday. The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission filed a complaint against his law license in March and his response was due next week (Kelly, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). No new information came to light in the response – it simply says "denied" after each allegation. A few times it also says Hill lacked knowledge or sufficient information on a specific detail. The commission found there is reasonable cause to believe Hill committed attorney misconduct. Hill's "ethical violations and offensive conduct reflect poorly on the legal profession and does incalculable harm to the public perception of the Attorney General's office and all the state agencies it represents," the complaint said. Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby has been assigned hearing officer in the came, and a pre-hearing conference has been set for May 22.

EDUCATION: SUPT. McCORMICK DISCUSSES MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES - Approximately 1,000 school administrators from Indiana and neighboring states gathered in Indianapolis Monday for the 20th Annual School Safety Specialist Academy.  Mental health and social-emotional learning are a central topics for the two-day training, which comes after two school shootings in Indiana last year (Barrett, Indiana Public Media). The training is designed to help school officials navigate "best practices" of school safety. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says adequately addressing students’ mental health needs is an ongoing issue in Indiana, and progress is slowed by a limited pot of funding. "Schools are looking for those mental health providers, are looking for more social workers, they're looking for contracts with mental health providers," McCormick says. "So those dollars are going to be gone quickly as many of the needs are continuing to increase across the state."

EDUCATION: DEPAUW PRESIDENT McCOY TO STEP DOWN - The president of DePauw University in western Indiana plans to step down at the end of the 2019-20 academic year, he announced Monday (IBJ). Mark McCoy, who has served as president of the Greencastle school since 2016, said in a statement that administrators have focused on "building a strong foundation for the continued investment in our student experience, people and campus." Faculty members in November approved a resolution of no confidence in McCoy over finances and his response to racist messages found last year. The school in February announced job cuts as part of a restructuring.

EDUCATION: IU LAW PROF RESIGNS AFTER PROBE - An Indiana University law professor resigned Friday as the result of a Title IX complaint (Indiana Public Media). IU opened the investigation into Associate Professor Ian Samuel in November. Title IX is a federal law protecting students from sex discrimination, including sexual violence and harassment. IU Spokesperson Chuck Carney says the university received multiple reports of Samuel engaging in a possible Title IX violation at an after-hours law school event. He says IU placed Samuel on paid leave Nov. 19 and told him to stay off campus. In a letter addressed to the university’s provost that Samuel posted on Twitter, he says the allegations in the case involved him “drinking to excess in a public place I shouldn’t have been, in company that I shouldn’t have kept, and treating the people present in ways they didn’t deserve.”

JUSTICE: THERE'S A RURAL ATTORNEY SHORTAGE - Data from the Indiana Supreme Court’s Roll of Attorneys indicates there are far fewer lawyers serving rural Indiana counties than those that serve urban counties (Turner, Indiana Public Media). There are 154 residents for every attorney in Marion county. In rural counties, that number can climb to well over 1,000 residents for every attorney. Jessica Beheydt is a fellow at Indiana Legal Services, an organization that provides free legal help to individuals who couldn’t otherwise access it. She says people in rural parts of Indiana not only lack access to an attorney, but also struggle with understanding when it’s time to call an attorney. "A lot of our clients didn’t know that some of the issues that they’re having are legal issues in the first place, and so they don’t know to even reach out for our help," she says.

MEDIA: PROSPER GROUP ESTABLISHES EVEREST COMMUNICATIONS - The Prosper Group, a data-focused public affairs firm that develops communications approaches and digital strategies for political campaigns, advocacy efforts, and trade association initiatives, announced the formation of Everest Communications  and the appointment of Zack Condry – formerly of Brunswick Group and Edelman – as the firm’s president (Howey Politics Indiana). Condry previously worked for The Prosper Group from 2010-2014, and has reunited with the agency’s founders, Kurt and Kristen Luidhardt, to partner on the launch of Everest. Everest is a new digital communications firm focused on providing counsel and program execution support to companies across the corporate and financial sectors, with a specialization on hedge funds, technology firms, and sports and entertainment companies. The firm, which is also built to partner with public relations agencies on joint ventures, was created to deliver superior results in the areas of website development, social media strategy and management, search engine optimization, paid micro-targeting, analytics, and other emerging areas.


WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP PROMISES RELIEF PLAN FOR FARMERS - President Donald Trump further hiked tariff rates on $200 billion of Chinese imports last Friday. Now, the administration is trying to assure farmers and ranchers that they’ll get more help to deal with Beijing’s retaliation (Hoosier Ag Today). Media reports say Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue put out a Twitter post last Friday saying that USDA will be working on a relief plan “quickly.” The president says the administration may buy up to $15 billion worth of U.S. farm commodities and send them to needy countries. However, Politico says that plan might take months to get going, would offer little in the way of relief to farmers, and could possibly sow even more chaos in the world markets. It’s difficult to picture that food aid programs could buy up enough commodities to significantly reduce huge stockpiles and, thus, give farmers a boost to crop prices in the opinion of former USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber.

WHITE HOUSE: WAR DRUMS BEATING AGAIN - "The drums of war are beating once again," The Economist writes in its cover story: The potential for miscalculation is large and growing. American troops are within miles of Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Its warships are nose to nose with Iranian patrols in the Gulf. At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons," per the N.Y. Times. "Some senior American officials said the plans, even at a very preliminary stage, show how dangerous the threat from Iran has become. Others, who are urging a diplomatic resolution to the current tensions, said it amounts to a scare tactic to warn Iran against new aggressions."

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP'S SECRET IMMIGRATION PLAN ON PARENT ARRESTS - In the weeks before they were ousted last month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top immigration enforcement official Ronald Vitiello challenged a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of parents and children in a blitz operation against migrants in 10 major U.S. cities (Washington Post). According to seven current and former Department of Homeland Security officials, the administration wanted to target the crush of families that had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border after the president’s failed “zero tolerance” prosecution push in early 2018. The ultimate purpose, the officials said, was a show of force to send the message that the United States was going to get tough by swiftly moving to detain and deport recent immigrants — including families with children.Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller "declined to comment through a White House spokesman."

WHITE HOUSE: PRESIDENT CARTER BREAKS HIP - Former President Jimmy Carter was leaving his home in Plains, Ga., Monday morning to go turkey hunting, according to a statement from the Carter Center, when he fell and broke his hip (Washington Post). The former president is recovering at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Ga., after surgery that his surgeon said was successful. His wife, Rosalynn, is with him. Carter, 94, had been treated for cancer.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - President Trump will leave the White House at 11 a.m. en route to Lake Charles, La. He will participate in a walking tour of Cameron LNG Export Terminal at 2 p.m. Central time before delivering remarks on promoting energy infrastructure and economic growth. Trump will leave at 3 p.m. en route to a roundtable with supporters in Metairie, La. He will deliver a speech at a joint fundraising reception at 6:05 p.m. before returning to Washington.

STATE: POMPEO CRASHES E.U. MEETING - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo crashed a meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday to push for a united transatlantic front against Tehran and its nuclear program. But he failed to bend attitudes among leaders who fear that the United States and Iran are inching toward war (Washington Post). Pompeo’s last-minute decision to visit the European Union capital, announced as he boarded a plane from the United States, set up a confrontation between the top U.S. diplomat and his European counterparts, who have been scrambling to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal last year. At least one, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said he feared that unintentional escalation from the United States and Iran could spark a conflict — an unusually bold statement that appeared to assign equal culpability to Washington and Tehran.

JUSTICE: BARR SEEKS TO INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS - Attorney General William P. Barr has tapped John H. Durham, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, to investigate the origins of the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election (Washington Post). Barr picked Durham in recent weeks to work on the review, which is designed to ensure the U.S. government’s “intelligence collection activities” related to the Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate,” a person familiar with the decision said. Barr had confirmed the review publicly, though the person leading it was not previously known. Durham’s selection was first reported by the New York Times.

NASA: SEEKS MOON FUNDS - NASA unveiled plans to accelerate human exploration of the moon, including a requested $1.6 billion budget increase for 2020, larger spending boosts proposed for later years and enhanced commercial opportunities for rocket and spacecraft suppliers (Wall Street Journal). At a press conference Monday night, NASA Administrator James Bridenstine released a package backing up earlier White House pledges to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024 and to create fleets of reusable rockets, landers and other vehicles supporting sustainable, long-term missions for crews and robotic missions by 2028.


CITIES: GIBSON SEES TERRE HAUTE CASINO SITE - As a ribbon-cutting for the new Home2 Suites by Hilton on Monday showed off a new extended-stay hotel on the city’s East side, community leaders also looked north toward adjacent empty acreage as the possible site of a new casino (Trigg, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). “I’d like it to go right out there,” said Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson about the proposed casino that could be put before Vigo County voters in a ballot referendum as soon as this fall. Gibson, a Terre Haute developer and partner in casino venture Spectacle Entertainment, acknowledged the spot he pointed to is his ideal planned location, as it’s in the midst of commercial development along the U.S.40/Indiana 46 corridor adjacent to Interstate 70.

CITIES: 3K TIPS IN DELPH MURDERS - Indiana State Police say they have received more than 3,000 new tips in the three weeks since they released new evidence and a new sketch in the Delphi investigation (WRTV). In the 27 months since Liberty German and Abigail Williams were murdered, investigators have combed through more than 42,000 tips that have come in a number of ways including emails, phone calls and walk-ins to local police departments. In a news briefing on April 22, Indiana State Police released new evidence in their investigation including a sketch of a man they say is now the main suspect in Libby and Abby's murders. The man in the first sketch, which was released in July 2017, is no longer considered a suspect at this time.

CITIES: JACKSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR CLEARS BROWNSTOWN COPS -  The Jackson County Prosecutor has cleared Brownstown Police Chief Tom Hanner and Assistant Chief Joe Kelly of criminal liability in a police action shooting on April 3, ruling the officers lawfully used deadly force against Barry Alan Rucker in an act of self-defense (Columbus Republic).

COUNTIES: DEPUTY PICKETT ADDED TO POLICE MEMORIAL - Fallen Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pickett's name is being added to the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C. (WTHR-TV). Pickett's family, along with Sheriff Mike Nielsen and 26 employees from the sheriff's office, attended the candlelight vigil ceremony Monday on the National Mall.