An image.
Login | Subscribe
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
An image.
An image.
Indiana Republican Chairman Jeff Cardwell during last week's dramatic presidential roll call vote in Cleveland for the Trump/Pence ticket, but that moment will pale to what they face at 10 a.m. Tuesday when 22 Central Committee members select by secret ballot a replacement nominee for Gov. Mike Pence. (HPI Photo by Randy Gentry)
Indiana Republican Chairman Jeff Cardwell during last week's dramatic presidential roll call vote in Cleveland for the Trump/Pence ticket, but that moment will pale to what they face at 10 a.m. Tuesday when 22 Central Committee members select by secret ballot a replacement nominee for Gov. Mike Pence. (HPI Photo by Randy Gentry)
Monday, July 25, 2016 4:12 PM
By BRIAN A. HOWEY

INDIANAPOLIS - Sometime mid-day Tuesday, a new reality will take shape for Indiana Republicans in their quest to control the governor’s office for 16 consecutive years. Either Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks or U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita will emerge with a gubernatorial nomination won after a rapid 12-day campaign that played out in Cleveland before shifting back home late last week.

The 22 member Indiana Republican Central Committee will convene at 10 a.m. to, for the first time in the state’s 200-year history, select its gubernatorial nominee after Gov. Mike Pence resigned his nomination on July 15 so he could run for vice president. Most caucuses to fill ballot nominations for positions ranging from General Assembly and congressional vacancies have been open to the public and press, but it is unclear whether that will be the case on Tuesday. Four candidates, including State Sen. Jim Tomes, will have two-minute introductions by an advocate before the committee. Each of the four candidates will make a three-minute presentations, followed by 10 minutes of question and answer from the committee members. The committee will then conduct a secret ballot. If none of the candidates have the majority 12 votes, the last place finisher will drop off prior to a second ballot. A nominee will emerge no later than a third ballot.

“This will be the most important, consequential non-electoral vote in state history,” said 4th CD and Howard County Chairman Craig Dunn. The winner will face Democrat John Gregg. It will be the first time in the 160 years that the Indiana Republican Party has been nominating gubernatorial candidates that it will go through this caucus process. In the GOP’s second election in 1860, the party nominated Henry Lane as governor and Oliver P. Morton as lieutenant governor, but Lane immediately resigned after taking office, Morton was elevated to governor, and he subsequently nominated Lane to a U.S. Senate seat.

In this case, Pence and Holcomb were nominated on May 3, less than three months after Pence selected Holcomb to replace Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who later was named president of Ivy Tech. “We are confident we have the votes to win tomorrow,” said Pete Seat of the Holcomb campaign. But a number of other GOP sources HPI has talked with on Monday believe the race is fluid and subject to change as the committee members go beyond friendships and deeply ponder the "electability" dynamic as well as a final ticket.
An image.
  • By BRIAN A. HOWEY
    CLEVELAND – Perhaps the most surreal year in Hoosier politics came to a head on the shores of Lake Erie when Mike Pence brought his career into a Trumpian twilight zone. Plucked by the mercurial billionaire Donald Trump from a gubernatorial reelection campaign in which even his most fervent stalwarts weren’t convinced he would win, Gov. Pence did what he is apt to do, which is to double down. In Trump, he found a political figure whom he compared to his political hero, Ronald Reagan. “To be around our nominee, as I had the privilege to be, not only the campaign trail, but out among his associates, people that he’s employed for years, and among his family, I have a sense of this man,” Pence would say from Westfield to Cleveland. “I have a sense of his heart. I have a sense of his hands-on style of leadership, and for all the world, he reminds me of Ronald Reagan.” Pence is in lonely company when it comes to equating the billionaire to President Reagan. This is where Rod Serling emerges behind the misty Cuyahoga silhouette that Trump presented on Monday night when he introduced his wife Melania. “Is Donald Trump the incarnation of Reagan?” Serling might begin. “This is a portrait of an exposed governor named Mike Pence, who feeds off his self delusion, who finds himself perpetually hungry for greatness in his diet. He searches for something which explains his hunger and why the world passes him by without saluting. It is something he looks for and finds at a national convention, in his twisted and distorted lexicon he calls it faith, strength and truth. But in just a moment Mike Pence will ply his trade on another kind of corner, at the strange intersection we call the twilight zone.”
  • By MAUREEN HAYDEN
    INDIANAPOLIS – Democrat John Gregg met with an influential group of black pastors on Monday with plans to sell them on his jobs and education proposals, two big items in his standard pitch. Their first question wasn’t about his campaign for governor but instead what he thought of Gov. Mike Pence’s debut as Donald Trump’s running mate on “60 Minutes” the night before. “I didn’t even know he was on ‘60 Minutes,’” Gregg responded with exasperation. “I’m too laser-focused on my campaign.” The former speaker of the state House of Representatives, now making his second bid for governor, wishes others were, too. Instead, in what Gregg described as a “media frenzy,” much of the attention over the last week has focused on his former opponent’s departure from the governor’s race.The campaign is now awash in speculation over who the GOP’s hand-picked replacement for Pence will be. As the governor flew on a private jet to Cleveland to attend the Republican National Convention, where he was scheduled to speak Wednesday night, Gregg was telling reporters back home that his campaign strategy is locked in place. “I’ve always been running for governor and never running against Mike Pence,” he said. “And that’s what I’ll be doing, if it was Mike Pence or whomever the Republicans pick in their smoke-filled back room.”
  • By RICH JAMES
    MERRILLVILLE – Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart are taking their cooperation to new levels in the wake of the national tragedies of police shooting innocent blacks and blacks shooting police. At the heart of that effort, according to the two sheriffs, will be an increased effort to go after gang members who ignore state lines as they seek to control the distribution of drugs. And foremost among the two-state effort is to reduce the gun traffic from Indiana to Illinois, Dart said. Most of the illegal gun traffic originates at gun shows held quarterly at the Lake County Fairgrounds. The gun show loophole allows unlicensed dealers to sell firearms to those not legally allowed to possess firearms. “Indiana is the number two source of guns we find at our crime scenes in Chicago,” Dart said. “It’s stupid not to be aware of the fact gangs could care less about borders. As a matter of fact, they like them because traditionally (police) jurisdictions don’t have the ability to cross borders.”
        
  • By MORTON J. MARCUS
    INDIANAPOLIS – Back in the Reagan era (1984), as we emerged from the recession of those years, 73 of Indiana’s personal income was generated by non-farm employment. In this Obama era (2014), as we emerged from what we call the Great Recession, non-farm jobs accounted for 70% of personal income. Many will dismiss three percentage points as trivial, but that’s about $8 billion of 2014 income for Hoosiers. This shift of income is accompanied by an increase in the share of personal income represented by government transfer payments (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid payments, plus Unemployment Compensation). In the U.S., this increase was about 3% over the past 10 years and 5% in the Hoosier state. As of 2014, nearly 20% of Indiana’s personal income was derived from government transfers. This is a core issue in our nation, particularly in this election year. Government transfer payments are considered by many people as excessive burdens imposed on higher income people by elderly, low income voters. At the same time, these government transfers are seen by those with little wealth as necessary components of a social safety net readily afforded by a wealthy nation.
  • By BRIAN A. HOWEY
    INDIANAPOLIS – In a chaotic year of anti-establishment populism and charges of rigged systems, through the smoke and dust churned by great anxiety, fear and loathing, in walks Evan Bayh. In a stunning turn of events that matched Bayh’s February 2010 bombshell that prompted him to retire from the Senate just as the Tea Party embers were flaring and an Obamacare vote stood just over the horizon, Democratic Senate nominee Baron Hill bolted the ticket on Monday, setting the stage for Bayh and his $10 million war chest to return to Hoosier electoral politics. Hill told WTHR-TV’s Kevin Rader, “This was something I decided. I hold the cards here. I’ve got the nomination. I don’t have to leave this race. I did this on my own. Nobody pressured me to do this.”
An image.
An image.
  • Hoosiers see unity in Sanders speech
    By THOMAS CURRY

    PHILADELPHIA - With Democrats behind in the national polls for the first time, with another email scandal looming and with protesters dominating the headlines, the world's eyes were on Sen. Bernie Sanders Monday night as he attempted to unify the now divided party behind nominee Hillary Clinton. Sanders held true due to his message in the keynote address, with his signature citation of his individual donation numbers as well as warning about the increasing income inequality gap. “This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we currently experience, the worst it has been since 1928. It is not moral, not acceptable and not sustainable that the top one-tenth of one percent now own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, or that the top 1 percent in recent years has earned 85 percent of all new income. That is unacceptable. That must change.” said Sanders.  "Any objective observer will conclude that, based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States."
  • Holcomb predicts win as Brooks, Rokita refute funding assertion
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - The unprecedented Republican gubernatorial nomination sprint enters its final 24 hours with Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb claiming enough votes to secure the nomination, while his two main rivals dispute an assertion he made to the 22 Indiana Republican Central Committee members that he alone will have access to Gov. Mike Pence’s $7 million war chest. Holcomb is facing U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita in a race seeking a hard count and reflected in the facade of perception. Brooks released a letter to HPI from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, which said, “The RGA will wholeheartedly support the nominee you select. Period. And I have committed to Susan that I will work with her and my national network to raise what she needs to win.” Holcomb picked up the endorsements from Pence, Sen. Dan Coats, National Committeewoman Marsha Coats and Senate President David Long on Friday as he attempted to bat away the perception that Brooks was picking up momentum. As for Tuesday’s vote, Holcomb spokesman Pete Seat told HPI on Sunday evening, “We are confident we have the votes to win on Tuesday."
  • Holcomb lays claim to Pence's $7 million; nomination still in play
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb sent a letter to the 22 voting members of the Indiana Republican Central Committee, saying that Gov. Mike Pence’s endorsement is an “unambiguous demonstration of confidence” and suggested that he alone would have access to Pence’s $7 million war chest. Holcomb added, “I know from speaking directly with him that his support is not symbolic, but rather it is a commitment to the financial backing, staffing, and resources available through the Mike Pence for Indiana Campaign Committee. That is something no other candidate in this race can boast, and Gov. Pence has made it crystal clear that he will assist me in maintaining control of the Governor’s office.” Multiple sources have told HPI that Pence’s war chest will go to the nominee chosen on Tuesday morning.
  • HPI Analysis: Hoosier Republicans embrace their strongman
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    NASHVILLE, Ind. - In a conversation last autumn, Indiana Republican National Committeeman John Hammond III took measure of the growing Donald Trump phenomenon and produced this theory: Some Americans want a “strongman.” A Yankee version of Vladimir Putin, who makes decisive decisions and takes dramatic action. As the Ukraine overthrew its Russian backed leaders, Putin initiated an insurgency and simply took the Crimea. No one could stop him. On Thursday night in Cleveland, Trump confirmed Hammond’s observation. In 76 rambling minutes, Trump fulfilled the desire by a shrinking white minority defined by a growing list of grievances, much of it situated in the Republican Party. Trump sees it as a Nixonian “silent majority,” which in 1968 it was. But demographically, this voting block will soon be an American minority. “The forgotten men and women of our country — people who work hard but no longer have a voice: I am your voice,” Trump declared, his face reddening as glistening with sweat as he continued. “I will restore law and order. I have a message for all of you: the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored,” Trump added setting up the most chilling line of the night. “I alone can fix it.”

  • Holcomb gathers endorsements from Pence, Coats and Long

    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - Three days after Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb nominated Gov. Mike Pence for vice president, the governor has sent a letter to Indiana Republican Central Committee members endorsing his LG. Holcomb also picked up endorsements from U.S. Sen. Dan Coats and Republican National Committeewoman Marsha Coats, as well as from Senate President Pro Tempore David Long. “As I prayerfully considered the group offering themselves to succeed me, I concluded that I made my choice several months ago,” Pence wrote. “When selecting my lieutenant governor in March, the primary factor was who would be able to best serve the State of Indiana in the event I could no longer perform my duties as governor. As I concluded before, there is no better individual to lead our state than Eric Holcomb.”

An image.
  • Sanders unites behind Hillary Clinton with DNC speech
    "Any objective observer will conclude that, based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. If you don't believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country." - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, endorsing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Monday night. Clinton will be nominated at 4 p.m. today.
An image.
HPI Video Feed
Trump RNC acceptance speech
Donald Trump's RNC acceptance speech on Thursday.

Pence RNC acceptance speech
Gov. Mike Pence accepts the vice presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday.

1
2 videos
An image.
An image.
Trump taxes

Should Donald Trump release recent tax returns, like every major party nominee has done over the past 40 years?


 

An image.



The HPI Breaking News App
is now available for iOS & Android!










An image.
Home | Login | Subscribe | About | Contact
© 2016 Howey Politics, All Rights Reserved • Software © 1998 - 2016 1up!