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Here'a a Complimentary Copy of the Latest Cheat Sheet

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If you love the latest gossip, rumor, and blatant political innuendo when it comes to Indiana politics, then you will love this free edition of The Cheat Sheet.

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Here'a a Complimentary Copy of the Latest Cheat Sheet

  1. 1. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 7, Issue 16 – April 2018 It's the new hangout for Indiana's political class, the Antelope Club. It’s the place where Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians can all hang out, have a great time and drink in peace and harmony. 615 N Delaware Street, Indianapolis• FREE PARKING• JOIN TODAY A Few Items of Note There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether Governor Eric Holcomb’s Chief of Staff Earl Goode will be departing soon. Initially, the word was that Goode would be leaving this summer because when he came on board, it was just to get Holcomb through his first couple of years. It turns out Goode will be sticking around for a while. Our very reliable sources on the second floor tell TCS Goode will be staying at least through the next budget session in 2019. We are told Goode is enjoying his job and not slowing down as initially speculated. You might remember the Mike Delph poll recently cited over at Howey Politics that took a snapshot of the U.S. Senate race in his district. That poll had Todd Rokita in first place with 28 percent, Mike Braun was at 23 percent, and Luke Messer was at 12.7 percent. The rest were undecided. We did some checking on that, and while the numbers were accurate, the poll was actually taken about a month ago near the time Delph was getting ready to announce his re-election bid, so the data was a little dated.
  2. 2. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 7, Issue 16 – April 2018 It's the new hangout for Indiana's political class, the Antelope Club. It’s the place where Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians can all hang out, have a great time and drink in peace and harmony. 615 N Delaware Street, Indianapolis• FREE PARKING• JOIN TODAY Delph wasn’t the only person who was polling. TCS hears Travis Holdman had also been polling his race and asking questions about the U.S. Senate candidates. It turns out in Holdman’s district Braun had the “lead” with about 26 percent of the vote. Both Messer and Rokita were tied at 13 percent each. The rest were undecided. Oh, and we did a little more digging on Braun’s recent internal polls. They say it has him in the lead about 8-9 points. They also say the number of undecided voters has been dropping and not moving towards Rokita. Take that for what you will. But his poll does line up with another one we were privy to which had him in the lead, Messer in second place and Rokita in third. Speaking of primary challenges, both Holdman’s and State Senator Jim Merritt’s don’t quite seem to be firing on all thrusters. (Pardon the Star Trek IV reference). Crystal Lamotte who is running against Merritt is apparently difficult to deal with to the point that the Micah Clark crowd that has been trying to support her has given up. Meanwhile, Eric Orr isn’t getting the traction he wanted either against Holdman and the people backing him (i.e., Monica “the Hutt” Boyer et al; I just can’t give up my movie references today) are going after people like Tim Wesco because they don’t think he’s “pro-life” enough. (We are not making that up.) If you’ve ever wondered who reads the Cheat Sheet, we can tell you, everybody, who is anybody in the political class. Shortly after we wrote last week about rumors that Todd Rokita might try to challenge Eric Holcomb for the primary in 2020 if he loses the U.S. Senate race, several people attached to the Rokita crowd (TCS hears) called the Governor freaking out to tell him that wasn’t on their agenda.
  3. 3. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 7, Issue 16 – April 2018 It's the new hangout for Indiana's political class, the Antelope Club. It’s the place where Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians can all hang out, have a great time and drink in peace and harmony. 615 N Delaware Street, Indianapolis• FREE PARKING• JOIN TODAY We didn’t think those guys paid attention to the liberal media or non-trustworthy conservative or whatever we are this week. If you’re looking for a date for a special session, scribble down May 14 because that’s looking more like the day it will happen. May 15 is technical correction day, so lawmakers have to be here anyway. However, by doing it on the 14th, they can come down on Sunday where it’s easier to get a hotel room for those who might need one, also since they can only do technical corrections on the 15th, lawmakers have to get their act together and can’t mess around. It also means bills can be posted the prior week and meet the publication and notice requirements so none of those rules will need to be waived. Both State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and Auditor Tera Klutz, CPA have officially filed their convention paperwork. Connie Lawson has also filed. The GOP convention is June 8-9 in Evansville. TCS doesn’t expect anything to get out of control, but the X-Files conspiracy theorist in us (there we go again with the sci-fi references) is that if anyone loses a primary, they could potentially gum up the works at the state convention by running for one of those three offices. How, you might ask? Well, State Party rules allow for candidates to declare candidacy for the constitutional offices within 30 days of the convention. The GOP state convention is June 9. The primary election is May 8. So someone could lose the primary and then file the next day. And when you throw in the fact there are currently no contested statewides, and the convention is in Evansville, as opposed to Indianapolis, you might not get as many people signed up for delegates, and lower turnout can increase the opportunities for someone to play games and give us material to write about in a future Cheat Sheet. Before we forget, look for First Lady Janet Holcomb to be coming soon to a movie theatre near you and first dog Henry Holcomb to likely becoming to a toy shelf near you. The Usual Disclaimer Stuff: The Cheat Sheet is a publication of IndyPolitics.Org. This is a compilation of pure gossip, rumor and blatant innuendo. We assume no liability if it is wrong, we only take credit for it when it’s right! If you’ve got something you want to share, (good, bad or ugly) send it to Abdul@indypolitics.org. We promise to take all the credit and all of the blame.

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