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  • INDIANAPOLIS – “Make America Great Again?” As a child growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area I was aware of the civil rights and voting rights movements as they were taking place right at that time in what was called the Deep South, but I did not personally know of anyone participating in those activities. I did understand from the stories told to me by the elders of my family, especially on my mother’s side, that they had migrated to California from Louisiana because of the racism and oppressive economic conditions that kept so many Black families stagnant and systematically prevented them from progressing. So even though they were landowners, my great-grandmother, her 15 young adult children, and their families headed west. After all, my grandfather Rafe Taylor told me, in Louisiana if he was walking down a street and a white person was on the same side of the road, especially a white woman, he would have to cross the road or risk getting lynched. Those day-to-day experiences, among others, were just too much to bear. America wasn’t so great at that time.
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  • Messer signals U.S. Senate candidacy on Facebook
    “We’re in! See you at the picnic on Aug. 12.” - U.S. Rep. Luke Messer on Facebook at noon Wednesday, unveiling a new U.S. Senate campaign logo. The campaign also launched a “I Like Luke” website at which is now signing up campaign volunteers. He is expected to make a broader pitch at his annual picnic on Aug. 12 near Shelbyville. He joins Terry Henderson, Andrew Takami and Mark Hurt as announced candidates. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita is expected to enter the race soon. Messer campaign finance chairman Greg Pence had stated in an email obtained by Howey Politics Indiana that there would be “big news” was on tap today. “Stay tuned for some very exciting news from Congressman Messer tomorrow morning,” Pence said in an email sent on Tuesday. The day of your hard work and support has arrived. Exciting times are ahead!" U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s campaign manager Peter Hanscom reacted, saying, ”Joe Donnelly has been an independent voice for Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Hoosiers know that Joe will always put them first—not party bosses, corporate lobbyists, or special interests in Washington. Despite Congressman Messer's entry into the Republican primary, there’s still only one person on next year’s Senate ballot who is deeply connected to the Hoosier electorate and has a proven track record of working across party lines to deliver for Hoosiers, and it's Joe Donnelly.”
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  • Expect more White House chaos
     Months ago I speculated on how many Trump cabinet appointees would last a year. Today, President Trump is openly conspiring to terminate Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisory H.R. McMaster appear to be tenuous. So does Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. And new comm director Anthony Scaramucci is threatening a leak purge. All of this comes as “all options are on the table” with regard to North Korea, where the Chinese are now moving military assets at the border. And Trump’s speech to the Boy Scouts last night? My reaction as an Eagle Scout is this: About the most unScout performance I’ve ever witnessed. - Brian A. Howey, publisher

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