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Friday, June 24, 2016 11:54 AM
By THOMAS CURRY
    
INDIANAPOLIS – Ninth CD Republican nominee Trey Hollingsworth seemed to come out of nowhere last fall, had more than $2 million spent by him and on his behalf, and won the primary against a formidable field that included the incumbent attorney general and two state senators.
    
HPI first caught up with Hollingsworth at the Indiana Republican Convention earlier this month and he promised an interview. On Tuesday, Hollingsworth stopped by Howey Politics Indiana’s Indianapolis office for the first in-depth interview of his political career. He believes that he has harnessed some of the same energy that has propelled presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and to a lesser extent, Democrat Bernie Sanders. Hoosiers are looking for new voices and players to correct what they perceive to be a broken system. We learned more about Hollingsworth’s extensive Indiana business holdings. At one point, he asked for our perspectives and advice, to which HPI responded that he might have commenced his conversation to the voters, Republican Party officials and the press by explaining his Indiana background and his family’s desire to live near Louisville.
    
Hollingsworth faces Democratic Monroe County Councilwoman Shelli Yoder in what appears to be, at this stage, a close race. The 9th CD is a  Plus 9 Republican district on the Cook Partisan Index.
    
Here is our interview with the 9th CD Republican nominee:
    
HPI: Your primary was a close one with some quality candidates. What do you think pushed you over the top and what did voters see in you that they didn’t see in the other candidates?
    
Hollingsworth: What I think makes me different comes down to two things. The first is business experience. Voters really understand the struggle small and medium businesses have to be able to create careers that Hoosiers and Americans want. They want someone who has business experience developing products and knows what it’s like working in that heavily regulated environment; business experience to know what it’s like to create careers and what the government is doing to stop creation of careers for people. It’s that business experience that people want in Washington, and people  want real change, but that real change isn’t coming from people who are architects of the existing system. They don’t want more politicians. They want to get back to public service. I think it’s a shame that too many people fear the government and don’t believe that the government serves them. I want to get back to a government that genuinely serves the people. Signing the term-limit pledge that I brought around to 13,000 homes –  that said I was not going to serve more than eight years and you can kick me out every two – made a difference and helped people understand that my interests are their interests. Our interests are truly aligned and I won’t be bought off with better titles or offices while in Washington or by promises of leadership; I am genuinely there to serve their interests, not to promote my own career.
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  • By CAMERON CARTER
    INDIANAPOLIS – This may seem like incredibly poor form, but I want to thank Omar Mateen for helping to further expose the broken politics of Washington, as a renewed and overdue debate over our civil rights took place this week.  If only the deaths of 49 innocents at an Orlando night club had not had to occur for this illuminating discussion to unfold.  If having followed the news this week you do not recognize the above description, it is because a great many citizens and our elected leaders in Washington – in the Obama administration and the U.S. Senate, particularly – have failed to comprehend the true nature of the debate in which they are engaged. And, having failed to comprehend it, they have engaged in a bonfire of inanities which has spread across the news media, cable talkshow gabblers, and so-called “social” media (which once again proves itself to be downright anti-social when controversies arise).  The question is not whether we want to prevent the next terrorist attack or mass shooting. Nor is it a question of whether the event in Orlando that Mateen perpetrated was a terrorist attack or a mass shooting. The obvious, inarguable (one would hope) answers to these questions is “of course, we do” and “of course, it was.” The real question, as President Obama has put it, is what kind of country do we want to be? 
  • By JACK COLWELL
    LaPORTE – When Blair Milo, elected mayor of LaPorte at age 28, won a second term last fall, with Democrats choosing not even to oppose her, she was viewed as a potential Indiana Republican superstar, likely to run for higher office. Milo is running. For sure. But not for higher office. At least not yet. Nor is she running a political course in accord with current Hoosier GOP political wisdom. She doesn’t endorse Donald Trump. She does support a wheel tax, saying it’s vital to fix crumbling streets in her city. Milo is running. The course she ran in May was in “toughman” competition, running a half marathon, 13.1 miles, biking 56 miles and swimming 1.2 miles. “My two goals were to finish and not die,” Milo laughs. She achieved both goals. She is used to challenges – a couple of marathons and in more serious matters in five and a half years of active duty in the Navy, including stationing on a vital Iraqi oil platform protected by the Navy and being sent to a dangerous part of Pakistan in “what was not my favorite time in the Navy.”
  • BY: MARK SOUDER
    FORT WAYNE – While I am more of a beer guy, or bourbon, Donald Trump has driven me to whine. If I’m not careful, between now and the fall election I could become sort of a political alcoholic filled with constant whine, whine, whine. But the only way to avoid the addiction is to totally abstain from politics, or at least have long dry stretches of Trump withdrawal while focusing on baseball.  Some days Trump makes me angry, as do Hillary and the President, but in today’s context of everyone being angry, mine hardly reaches that threshold anymore. When I raise my voice, my face slightly reddened, and make declarations, it sounds like Trump when he’s in a good mood. Or Hillary, when she’s whispering. At least the President just smirks. To be considered angry today, you really have to haul out some big verbal guns. Or threaten to use a real gun. Speaking of liberal hysteria, they holler at Trump (correctly) for turning terrorism by an Arab American into an “I told you so,” yet every shooting becomes the same for liberals. Primarily another notch on their gun control ban advocacy belt. 
  • By RICH JAMES
    MERRILLVILLE – Political campaigns come and go, but one thing has stayed the same over nearly a decade in Northwest Indiana. Yes, Virginia, can you say Cline Avenue Bridge? And, rightly so, the local Democrats continue to turn the bridge to their political advantage. The bridge was a major link between the Chicago Skyway and Northwest Indiana,  particularly the casinos and area steel mills and other industries. The state closed the elevated bridge in 2009, citing structural deficiencies. Although former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said the structure would be rebuilt by the state, he quickly washed his hands of the issue. The state then contracted with a private firm to rebuild the structure, although not to its original size. United Bridge Partners has started work on an operations and maintenance building in East Chicago. Work on the bridge, however, hasn’t started and it likely won’t be completed until 2019.
  • By BRIAN A. HOWEY
    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Americans and Hoosiers are angry. They are seeking political retribution. Some are resorting to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  and Democrat Bernie Sanders, both having framed powerful indictments of the political and economic status quo. Why are We the People so ticked? Appearing in Elkhart earlier this month, President Barack Obama laid out the template for the sizzling anger that is fueling one of the most unpredictable political climates in modern times. And Prof. Robert J. Gordon of Northwestern University, a macroeconomist and economic historian, supplies an array of data that helps understand why the political contours of 2016 are being framed in the current troubled context.

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  • HPI Analysis: As Trump implodes, 'tsunami watch' for Indiana
     By BRIAN A. HOWEY
        
    INDIANAPOLIS – This is the official posting of a tsunami watch for Indiana. With Donald Trump’s presidential campaign at best in transition and in all probability, in a mode of outright implosion, with Gov. Mike Pence locked in a dead heat along with sagging reelect and job approval numbers, and with Pence attaching his dingy to the political equivalent of the RMS Titanic, the potential for severe down-ballot trauma for Hoosier GOP nominees is heightened. If you are a nominee for the U.S. Senate, the 2nd, 8th and 9th CDs, assorted Statehouse offices, and a dozen or so Indiana House seats on competitive footing, the potential for base suppression and widespread damage exists between now and Nov. 8. Persons in these watch areas should prepare to seek shelter, stay away from windows and doors, and watch for falling debris. Unsecured folding chairs and tables, punch bowls, derby hats, emery boards and other objects have the potential to become projectiles that can inflict reputational damage and cause injuries. This is not a test.

  • As Indiana conventions end, a flurry of activity and speculation
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    INDIANAPOLIS - In the few short hours after the Indiana state political convention season ended early Saturday evening, there was virtually no lag time in the next sequence as the Republican Governors Association launched a second attack TV ad against Democrat John Gregg on behalf of embattled Gov. Mike Pence. It came two days after Gregg told Indiana Democratic Convention delegates that he had the ability to spend $600,000 a week in statewide TV between now and the Nov. 8 election.  And it comes as the imploding Republican presidential campaign of Donald Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski Monday morning, and hired Hoosier political operative Kevin Shaw Kellems to manage the use of surrogates.
  • Gregg issues a retort to Gov. Pence on Indiana's future
    By THOMAS CURRY

    INDIANAPOLIS - Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg played off Gov. Mike Pence’s assertion that Hoosier voters faced “two futures” last weekend. Setting up his rematch with the governor, Gregg called for “responsible leadership that moves us forward.” “I like studying the past but I do not want to live there,” said Gregg told more than 2,000 delegates attending the biennial Indiana Democratic Convention late Saturday afternoon. The former House speaker called out Gov. Pence for carrying an agenda focused more on his own political gains than of the people of Indiana. “It is time for adult leadership in the Statehouse,” continued Gregg, who concluded his address saying, “As your governor I will take on the solemn job of making the future better for our kids. That is the job Mike Pence has not done. Let’s go make an Indiana we can be proud of.”

  • Indiana Democrats sense a big year ahead during caucuses
    By THOMAS CURRY

    INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Democrats spent Saturday morning and afternoon circulating between meetings focused on issues for specific Congressional Districts and Caucasus of the party. The gubernatorial ticket John Gregg and Christina Hale as well as minority leaders Scott Pelath of the House, Tim Lanane of the Senate and Superintendent Glenda Ritz were on constant rotation giving speeches to the various meetings. Gregg told Democrats that they expect to spend over $600,000 a week on TV ads across the state to try and spread the Democratic message. Gregg also encouraged party delegates to speak to and convince their more moderate Republican neighbors to vote Democrat. “Talk to the people who voted for Dick Lugar Evan Bayh,” Gregg said. “These are Republicans who value good leadership over ideology.”

  • Indiana Democrats take swings at Trump, Pence

    By THOMAS CURRY

    INDIANAPOLIS - Hoosier Democrats gathered from throughout the state Friday night at the convention center in downtown Indianapolis for their Hoosier Hospitality dinner. Guests were treated to dinner and a speakers list that included Senator Joe Donnelly, US Rep Andre Carson, gubernatorial hopeful John Gregg, Democratic Senate nominee Baron Hill, Chairman John Zody, Superintend Glenda Ritz, Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane. House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and was keynoted by Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.  A short video message by presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was shown where she urged the delegation to realize that “Trump would be a dangerous Commander in Chief.” Clinton also praised the work of the party and hopes that they will help to carry her to victory in November.

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  • Coats votes to continue Senate gun reform debate
    “It is vitally important to ensure that known terrorists cannot legally buy or possess guns. The two amendments the Senate considered today each attempted to address this issue while providing due process protections." - U.S. Sen. Dan Coats after he was one of eight Republicans to vote on Thursday to allow further consideration in the U.S. Senate on bipartisan legislation banning gun sales to people on the no-fly list.
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