BIDEN NOMINATES DONNELLY TO BE ENVOY TO VATICAN: President Biden has nominated former Indiana senator Joe Donnelly to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See (Howey Politics Indiana). Donnelly, who served in the House for three terms and the Senate for one, follows former Gov. Robert Orr (Singapore) and Tim Roemer (India) as Hoosiers serving as envoys. Donnelly is a partner at Akin Gump in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Afghanistan Study Group and has been a professor at Notre Dame University. Donnelly is chairman of the Board of the Soufan Center in New York, and a Senior Advisor to Inovateus Solar in South Bend, Indiana, Living Greens Farms in Faribault, Minnesota, Hawkeye 360 in Herndon, Virginia, and Champ Title in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.A. from Notre Dame University, and a J.D. from Notre Dame University Law School. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal and a Medal of Merit from the National Guard Association of the United States.


HOLCOMB WEIGHS OPTIONS IN WAKE OF RULING: Indiana’s governor says he’s waiting to decide on whether to continue his court fight against a new law giving state legislators more power to intervene during public health emergencies (Davies, AP). Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has maintained that the law violates a state constitutional provision allowing only the governor to call the Legislature into a special session after its regular annual session wraps up by the end of April. A Marion County judge, however, upheld the law Thursday in ruling that the General Assembly the authority to determine when it will meet. Holcomb said Friday he and his attorneys were reviewing the ruling and hadn’t decided whether to appeal.


INDIANA COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS UDER 1,800: The state recorded 3,595 new COVID-19 cases Friday, up from 2,326 Thursday, and from 2,675 Wednesday. It’s the most cases confirmed this week and the first time daily confirmed cases exceeded 3,000 for the week (Indiana Public Media). The number of positive cases has declined since topping out at more than 5,000 new daily cases more than two weeks ago; it was the most confirmed in Indiana since Jan. 8. The Indiana Department of Health announced 29 new COVID deaths, bringing that number to 15,469 since the pandemic began. The state surpassed 14,000 deaths Aug. 30. The state has reported 982,444 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations in the state dipped under 2,000 for the first time in three weeks Monday, with the number of Hoosiers in the hospital with the virus at 1,861. It was up Tuesday to 1,879 and 1,878 Wednesday. Thursday, the state recorded 1,838 hospitalizations. Friday, the state recorded the lowest number of hospitalizations it’s seen since Aug. 21 – hitting 1,780. The state’s seven-day positivity rate Thursday is 9.4 percent, the same as Wednesday and Thursday. The positivity rate hit a low of 1.9 percent June 22.


HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF U.S. SERVICEMEMBERS UNVAXXED: Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members remain unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Pentagon’s first compliance deadlines near, with lopsided rates across the individual services and a spike in deaths among military reservists illustrating how political division over the shots has seeped into a nonpartisan force with unambiguous orders (Washington Post). Overall, the military’s vaccination rate has climbed since August, when Defense Department leaders, acting on a directive from President Biden, informed the nation’s 2.1 million troops that immunization would become mandatory, exemptions would be rare and those who refuse would be punished. Yet troops’ response has been scattershot, according to data assessed by The Washington Post. For instance, 90 percent of the active-duty Navy is fully vaccinated, whereas just 72 percent of the Marine Corps is, the data show, even though both services share a Nov. 28 deadline. In the Air Force, more than 60,000 personnel have just three weeks to meet the Defense Department’s most ambitious deadline.


TRUMP TOUTS BIG LIE IN IOWA: The former president rallied before thousands of his most loyal supporters across the Iowa state fairgrounds on a balmy Midwestern evening. He regaled them with his stories from the White House, his falsehoods and complaints about the 2020 election results, and his criticisms of the Biden administration on everything from immigration to the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The bulk of Trump’s speech was devoted to his baseless claim the 2020 election was stolen — a false belief that was supported by the crowd who broke out into chants of “Trump won! Trump won! Trump won!” (Politico). Trump himself seemed to recognize as much, as he focused intently on re-litigating the results of the 2020 elections even while admitting his own party members wished he would just move on. “Sir, think to the future, don’t go back to the past,” Trump said some Republican members of Congress have advised him. “I’m telling you the single biggest issue, as bad as the border is and it’s horrible, horrible what they’re doing they’re destroying our country, but as bad as that is the single biggest issue the issue that gets the most pull, the most respect, the biggest cheers is talking about the election fraud of the 2020 presidential election,” Trump said.


RAFFENSPERGER'S FACE OFF WITH TRUMP IN GEORGIA: Donald Trump never wastes an opportunity to attack Georgia’s top statewide Republican officeholders for failing to help him overturn the 2020 election results in the key swing state (Politico). Brad Raffensperger is the only one who refuses to shut up and take it. Raffensperger, who has borne the brunt of Trump’s wrath as the top election official in the state, is running a damn-the-torpedoes reelection campaign that directly confronts the former president — even though it could cost him the GOP nomination. In a party where Trump’s enemies tend to see their political careers abruptly ended, Raffensperger’s approach is being closely watched by Republicans within the state and outside. “The last internal poll I saw said that 87 percent of Republican primary voters felt like the election was stolen,” said former Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.). “With those kinds of numbers, I don’t see Brad getting through the primary.” If Raffensperger isn’t Trump’s top GOP nemesis, he’s close to it. Next month he’ll publish a book called “Integrity Counts,” billed by Simon & Schuster as Raffensperger’s “inspiring story of commitment to the integrity of American democracy.” “We’re out there setting the record straight. No. 1 is that President Trump did not carry the state of Georgia,” Raffensperger told POLITICO, pointing to multiple recounts, reviews and investigations that confirmed the accuracy of the Georgia results.


MOST SENATE REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TRUMP TO ANNOUNCE IN 2022:  Senate Republicans, with a few exceptions, are hoping that former President Trump does not announce his intention to run again for president (The Hill). These GOP senators definitely don’t want to see Trump announce a bid before the 2022 midterm elections, fearing that could sink their hopes of winning back the Senate. More broadly, they’re generally reluctant to see him on the ballot in 2024 at all because of his track record with independent and swing voters. Several Republican senators, who requested anonymity to discuss Trump frankly, said they don’t want to see Trump return as the party’s standard bearer. “I think we’re better off when he’s not part of any story,” said a Republican senator, who said his view is widely shared in the GOP conference. “He’s a clinical narcissist. He threw away the election in the debate with Biden and he threw away the Senate out of spite,” the lawmaker added, referring to Trump’s first against Biden, which many Republican senators viewed as a disaster, and his influence on Republican voter turnout in the Georgia special election. One thing is crystal clear: Most GOP senators think Trump announcing a bid before the midterms would hurt them.


PENCE RIDES IN FW TO STEM VETERAN SUICIDE:  BraveHearts, an equine therapy group that works with veterans who battle mental illness, estimates 20 veterans die by suicide every day. Along with a high number of suicides, many veterans battle mental illnesses like anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after completing their service (WANE-TV). To heighten awareness of this epidemic, dozens of veterans went on a 20-mile “Trail to Zero” horse ride Saturday, stopping at various Fort Wayne landmarks along the way. Former Vice President Mike Pence joined at the University of Saint Francis to address trail riders at the memorial“ We just we all have to be praying for our veterans who carry those invisible walls,” said Pence. “We have to end this scourge of combat veteran suicide in America and I’m deeply committed to you. All we can also just urge, urge every Hoosier to pray for all those who have served and seen more who carry those burdens.”


TAIWAN DEFIANT AS CHINA VOW REUNION:  Taiwan’s president on Sunday vowed to defend the island from China’s rising pressure for reunification, after a week of unprecedented tensions with Beijing (AP). Speaking at the island’s National Day celebrations, a rare show of Taiwanese defense capabilities in the annual parade underlined Tsai Ing-wen’s promise to resist Chinese military threats. “We will do our utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered,” President Tsai said. “We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us,” the Taiwanese leader added. Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan days after China’s People’s Liberation Army sent a record 56 bombers and other aircraft on sorties near the self-ruled island in a single day (Wall Street Journal). Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen answered in a speech the following day, saying Taiwanese people would not bow to Chinese pressure. “The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and can definitely be fulfilled,” Mr. Xi said in Beijing on Saturday, adding that achieving that goal by peaceful means is in the interests of people in Taiwan.


ABBY & LIBBY PARK OPENS IN DELPHI: In the days leading up to Saturday’s dedication of the Abby and Libby Memorial Park, less than two miles north of where Delphi eighth-graders Abby Williams and Liberty German were murdered in 2017, the conversation turned to rocks (Bangert, Based in Lafayette). As in tons of rocks, some picked by hand and others by heavy equipment from the former Hoosier Heartland Highway right of way, in the shadows of The Andersons grain elevators, as families and friends slowly made their way on a do-it-yourself dream to honor the girls. “We had some rocks to get out of there, I can tell you that,” Eric Erskin, Abby Williams’ grandpa, said.


HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: We are entering a very, very dangerous period. Donald Trump was in Iowa Saturday night insisting the election was stolen. The fact that former Attorney General Bill Barr and a number of current Republican election officials have insisted that is not the case appears to be ignored by a significant portion of the electorate is alarming. - Brian A. Howey




MOED, EASON SEEK SD46: Two Democrats, including a current state representative, are expressing interest in running for an open state Senate seat encompassing downtown Indianapolis (IBJ). Democrat Rep. Justin Moed told IBJ he is gearing up to run for the newly drawn Senate District 46. He is planning to formally announce his campaign soon. Ashley Eason, an Indianapolis resident and former Democratic Senate candidate, announced her campaign for District 46 last week.  Eason lost to Republican Sen. Jack Sandlin of Indianapolis in 2020. District 46 emerged from the GOP-redrawn Indiana Senate district map that cleared the Legislature last week and was signed into law Monday by Gov. Eric Holcomb. It placed a new Senate district in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and includes part of Fountain Square and Irvington. Marion County GOP chair Joe Elsener said he has not heard of any Republican candidates planning a run for the seat yet.


SEN. RICK SCOTT SPEAKS AT FW REAGAN DINNER: One of the big names in Republican politics from the Deep South visited the city Friday to deliver the keynote speech at Allen County's Reagan Bean Dinner. Florida Senator Rick Scott took part in the fund-raiser at Ceruti's Banquet and Event Center on Illinois Road (WPTA-TV). There had been some buzz about the possibility of Scott making a run for the White House in 2024. But he told ABC 21 that is not in the cards. "I don't plan to run for president. Right now, my focus is we've got to get a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate, in Congress, so we can stop the things the Democrats are doing and hopefully start making some good things happen in this country so we get job growth going again, better schools, make sure people are safe," Senator Scott said.


HESS ELECTED ST. JOE COUNTY DEM CHAIR: The St. Joseph County Democratic Party now has its new chair (WSBT-TV). Diana Hess ran unopposed for the position. She replaces Mark Torma, who resigned last month.


ELSENER ON INDY'S 'GRIM MILESTONE': Marion County Republican Chairman Joe Elsener said in a Friday email: "Last weekend, Indianapolis hit the 200-homicide milestone for the second time in history. The dramatic rise in homicides and violent crime in our city over the past six years is alarming. For every homicide in the city, IMPD’s victim assistance unit estimates that over 200 people are impacted. Additionally, over the course of the year, more than 60 juveniles have been victims of shootings. The supermajority on the city-county council has had little to say. So much so that when asked for comment by FOX59 members took offense and claimed they’d never talk to FOX59 again. Prosecutor Ryan Mears, one of the chief law enforcement officers in the city, is often missing in action. At a time when Indianapolis needs leadership focused on public safety, our prosecutor is often spending his time acting as a public defender or campaigning. And residents of our capital city are paying the price. Mayor Hogsett, who promised to be the “public safety mayor” in 2015, has failed on that promise. As Indianapolis surges toward another record year of violent crime, the mayor has not presented any new ideas."


General Assembly


PRYOR RESPONDS TO FAIR HOUSING REPORT: State Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis) today committed to ending redlining and discriminatory housing practices in light of a recent lawsuit following a lengthy investigation into fair housing practices (Howey Politics Indiana). Recent investigations allege racially discriminatory mortgage lending practices in Black neighborhoods in the Indianapolis metropolitan area, conduct that would constitute redlining and violate the federal Fair Housing Act. Redlining refers to the practice implemented by the Federal Housing Administration in the 1930s and 40s that outlined Black communities in red ink on maps to warn mortgage lenders about "risks" of investing in those areas. Although the practice was outlawed by the Fair Housing Act in 1968, the practice continues as historically segregated neighborhoods continue to influence the choices of white residents and banks. "Studies have shown that housing equity accounts for two-thirds of a household's wealth, meaning continued practices of housing discrimination is the largest contributor to the racial wealth gap," Pryor said. "This gap in equity means that white families are able to accumulate over 10 times more wealth than Black families.




GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB ON US STEEL SPILL - The U.S. Steel plant in Portage has had another spill into a Lake Michigan waterway — the second one in less than two weeks. A sheen was discovered in the Burns Waterway on Thursday (Indiana Public Media). It caused Indiana Dunes National Park to temporarily close off access to the water and shoreline at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk — beach waters were reopened to the public late Friday morning. A spokesperson for U.S. Steel said an existing boom in the water contained the sheen over a roughly 120 square foot area — so it didn’t get into Lake Michigan. The company said the sheen is no longer there, but that it’s investigating what caused it. Last week a coalition of residents and environmental advocates sent a letter to Gov. Eric Holcomb and the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. It urged them to take action to prevent these frequent spills on Lake Michigan. When asked about this latest leak from U.S. Steel, it wasn’t clear if Gov. Holcomb recognizes the spills as a recurring problem that needs more attention. “These spills are unsatisfactory and they have ramifications and we’ll deal with it like we do any accident," he said.


GOVERNOR: MONTHLY REVENUE REPORT - The monthly revenue report for Sept. 2021 state tax collections is posted online with commentary. It can be found here.


INDOT: MICHIGAN STREET RAMP TO REOPEN - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced the opening of the southbound I-65 collector/distributor (C/D) ramp to Michigan Street during a media event this morning. This is the first reconstructed ramp to open since the full North Split closure in May. Drivers can begin to use the Michigan Street ramp on Monday, October 11 (Howey Politics Indiana). During the Michigan Street exit closure, crews worked to reconstruct the ramp pavement and the Saint Clair Street bridge, one of 50 bridges in the North Split interchange. As part of the Michigan Street exit opening, temporary barriers will be placed on the east side of the ramp for construction crews to continue work on the bridge railing.


INDOT: OHIO STREET TO CLOSE - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced today the closure of eastbound Ohio Street at College Avenue beginning Monday morning, October 11. The full closure affects vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic and will be in place until November 9, weather permitting (Howey Politics Indiana). All eastbound Ohio Street traffic will be redirected to New York Street via College Avenue throughout the duration of the closure. An additional left turn lane has been added on eastbound Ohio Street at College Avenue to accommodate the diversion. Likewise, an additional right turn lane has been added to College Avenue at New York Street. The signal at the intersection of Ohio and College has been reprogrammed for the new traffic configuration.


INSURANCE: NO CHANGE IN WORKERS COMP RATES - Indiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Amy L. Beard recently approved an average 0% change for Workers’ Compensation rates, effective January 1, 2022 (Howey Politics Indiana). “We are pleased to approve rates with a zero percent average change to help support Indiana businesses as they grow their companies,” said Commissioner Beard. Workers’ compensation insurance covers medical costs associated with workplace injuries and provides wage replacement benefits to injured workers for lost work time. Indiana Workers’ Compensation rates consistently rank one of the lowest in the United States, according to the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking report. The Information Technology and Research Section in the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has examined state rates on a biennial basis since 1986.


DNR: CHARTERS OF FREEDOM COMING TO FORT HARRISON SP - Replicas of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights will be permanently installed in front of The Garrison at Fort Harrison State Park Inn and Conference Center and dedicated in a public ceremony on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. (Howey Politics Indiana). The dedication of the replicas, collectively called the Charters of Freedom, will include music and comments from DNR Director Dan Bortner and Vance Patterson of Foundation Forward, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation that partners with local organizations across the country to install such displays. After the unveiling of the exhibit, refreshments will be served to attendees, who are encouraged to bring business cards, notes of support, or other small commemorative items to place in the exhibit’s time capsule, which will be opened in 100 years.


TRANSPORTATION: MAN ARRESTED ON FLIGHT FROM INDY - A Republic Airlines flight from Indianapolis International Airport made an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport Saturday afternoon (WTHR-TV). According to FlightAware tracking, the plane left Indianapolis at 1:01 p.m. and landed at 2:55 p.m. WNBC reported the plane made an emergency landing after a passenger on the flight was acting suspiciously. The flight crew confronted the passenger who allegedly suggested he had a device on the airplane. Once the plane was on the ground, all 80 passengers and crew deplaned onto the tarmac. Police took the unruly passenger into custody for questioning.


NOTRE DAME: IRISH DEFEAT VA. TECH 32-29 - Jonathan Doerer’s 48-yard field goal with 17 seconds left made the difference as Notre Dame rallied to defeat Virginia Tech, 32-29, at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg on Saturday (AP). The Fighting Irish improve to 5-1 while the Hokies fall to 3-2 on the season. The Hokies (3-2) had taken command with an interception return for a touchdown by Jermaine Waller and another touchdown drive started by an interception and finished with a 19-yard run by Braxton Burmeister, who suffered an upper body injury earlier in the game, with 3:55 to play, but Jack Coan returned after playing just the first quarter to lead the comeback. The Irish rallied from behind, scoring quickly on a seven-play, 1:29 drive that ended with Coan connecting with Avery Davis for a four-yard score followed by a two-point conversion completion to Kevin Austin with 2:26 left to tie the game.


MAC: BSU DOWNS WESTERN MICHIGAN 45-20 - Drew Plitt passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns, including a 75-yarder to Jalen McGaughy on the first play from scrimmage, and Ball State pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Western Michigan 45-20 in Mid-American Conference action (AP). After Plitt staked Ball State (3-3, 1-1) to the lead 11 seconds into the game, the Broncos (4-2, 1-1) responded with short touchdown runs by La’Darius Jefferson and Kaleb Eleby to grab a 14-7 lead by quarter’s end.




PENTAGON: GEN. ODIERNO DIES AT 67 - Raymond T. Odierno, a four-star Army general who was an influential architect of the surge of American forces during the Iraq war that helped quell sectarian killings and increase stability in the country, died on Friday. He was 67 (New York Times). His death was confirmed by a spokesperson for the family, who said in a statement issued by the Army on Saturday that the cause was cancer and was not related to the coronavirus. Further details were not immediately available.


Sunday Talk


YELLEN ON INVOKING 14TH AMENDMENT: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Sunday that the U.S. should never be in a position in which officials need to consider invoking the 14th Amendment to ignore the debt limit. "How about invoking the 14th Amendment as justification for continued borrowing? The text is pretty clear, 'the validity of the public debt of the United States should not be questioned.' Why not invoke that?" host George Stephanopoulos asked Yellen on ABC 's "This Week." “We shouldn't be in a position where we need to consider whether or not the 14th Amendment applies. That's a disastrous situation that the country shouldn't be in," Yellen said.


SCALISE WON'T SAY TRUMP LOST: House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Sunday repeatedly avoided answering whether or not believes the 2020 presidential election was "stolen," after Fox News' Chris Wallace pressed him on the matter. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Scalise blasted the Biden administration's handling of the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic and the two major bills that have stalled in Congress. After Scalise's numerous condemnations of the White House, Wallace specifically asked the GOP leader if he believed the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump and whether such claims undermines American democracy. "Well Chris, I've been very clear from the beginning. If you look at a number of states, they didn't follow their state passed laws that govern the election for president. That is what the United States Constitution says. They don't say that the states determine what the rules are, they say the state legislature determined that," said Scalise. When Wallace took that to mean that he believed the election was stolen, Scalise did not refute him, but repeated his remarks on state legislative rules and what the Constitution states, refusing to agree or disagree with claims of a stolen election. Scalise also declined to say how he would vote if former Trump advisors resisted subpoenas from Congress to speak to the Jan. 6 Capitol select committee.


COONS SAYS SCHUMER RHETORIC NOT HELPFUL: Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said on Sunday said he agreed with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) frustration with his Republican colleagues that was seen in a fiery speech last week, but acknowledged that the timing of the remarks "may not have been the best." Schumer angered Republican lawmakers on Thursday when he lambasted them in a speech on the Senate floor, just after they had helped to advance a short-term debt ceiling extension. He accused GOP lawmakers of playing "dangerous and risky partisan game."


FACEBOOK VP CAN'T ANSWER ALGORITHM: Facebook Vice President Nick Clegg said he couldn't give a "yes or no answer" when asked on Sunday if the social media giant's algorithm played a role in amplifying insurrectionist voices ahead of Jan. 6.  "Given we have thousands of algorithms and you have millions of people using this, I can't give you a yes or no answer to the individual personalized feeds each person uses," Clegg said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The whole point, of course, of Facebook is that each person's newsfeed is individual to them," Chegg explained. "I can't give a sort of generic answer to each person's individual feeds. What I can say is that where we see content that we think is relevant to the investigations of law enforcement, of course we cooperate with them."




MICHIGAN CITY: MAYOR PARRY ABANDONS BIG RAISE — Mayor Duane Parry urged the City Council to skip raises for elected officials to free up $179,000 for hourly employees (Ross, NWI Times). The city’s budget is headed toward last-minute approval after the council failed to act at its meeting last Tuesday, saying it was advised that morning the numbers they had been looking at weren’t accurate. Parry criticized the Finance Committee for abruptly ending budget talks. Department heads were present and prepared to discuss their budgets, he said. “The action of the Finance Committee appeared to be related to salary adjustments in the 2022 budget,” Parry said. “By suspending the budget hearings, the committee has given our biggest enemy, time, a seat at the table.” If the council fails to approve a 2022 budget by Nov. 1, the city defaults to the 2021 budget, which is $5.2 million less than proposed for 2022, meaning city services would be reduced, he said. “Our budget cannot be amended to recapture this money. It would be lost forever,” he said. “The worst thing the council can do is fail to review the budget or fail to pass the budget,” Parry said. “Workers can’t stop because they feel like it. Neither can you or me. Make the cuts you want, but please pass the budget as soon as possible.”


LaPORTE COUNTY: PROSECUTOR SUES FORMER MC MAYOR - LaPorte County Prosecutor John Lake and his wife and chief of staff, Mary Lake, have filed a civil tort claim against former Michigan City mayor Ron Meer and the city of Michigan City (LaPorte Herald-Dispatch). In the claim filed by local attorney Guy DiMartino in Starke County Circuit Court on Tuesday, the Lakes say they are seeking “compensatory damages, punitive damages, and all other just and proper relief” stemming from Meer having accused them of arresting his stepson out of political retaliation just weeks prior to the 2019 general election – an allegation the Lakes say is false.


GARY: COUNCIL PRESIDENT SUES MAYOR PRINCE — A council president is moving to sue Gary Mayor Jerome Prince regarding personnel titles and salary changes that took place earlier this year (Ortiz, NWI Times). Gary Common Council President William Godwin filed a petition on Friday with Lake Superior Court to have the case be heard by all of the Lake County judges, also known as "En Banc Determination." The case, Godwin vs. Prince, takes issue with Prince's move in March 2021 to "effectively dissolve" the chief of staff position by decreasing the salary position from $98,000 a year to zero and increasing the deputy mayor position from zero to $98,000 a year," the document states.


ELKHART COUNTY: COUNCIL APPROVES SOLAR FARM -  An economic development agreement for the construction of a $120 million solar farm near Millersburg was unanimously approved Saturday by the Elkhart County Council members (Schneider, Goshen News). The next step for the project is to win approval from the Elkhart County Commissioners for the property rezoning needed. The commissioners are expected to take up the matter Monday morning. Kansas City-based Savion Development intends to install solar panel arrays on about 850 acres of agricultural land south of Millersburg. The company has an agreement with two sets of property owners to lease land around Ind. 13, C.R. 146, C.R. 148 and C.R. 43.