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Your Complimentary Cheat Sheet

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Want to who is, or make that who isn't running in next year's May Primary? Well, have we got a Cheat Sheet for you. This one's on us.

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Your Complimentary Cheat Sheet

  1. 1. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 19 – May 2017 If you’re not a member of the Antelope Club, you should be. 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• Primary Colors So with the primary being a year away, or less depending when this was forwarded to you, here’s our assessment of Indiana’s political landscape based on the best darn gossip, rumor and blatant political innuendo we can find. U.S. Senate It’s pretty common knowledge that both Todd Rokita and Luke Messer are both going to run. There are also some lesser known candidates, but TCS is hearing that Attorney General Curtis Hill might seriously be giving some thought to running for the job. We know he has hired a campaign manager, but Hill has also told us in the past that a good campaign never stands down, so we will have to do some more digging. We do know that a lot of Republicans are worried about an ugly primary fight between Messer and Rokita. The “good news” is that the big money Super PACs that dominated the last election cycle aren’t likely to show up this cycle since many of them think there’s not a lot of daylight between the two. As far as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee goes, TCS is told it's been sending Freedom of Information requests to state agencies regarding correspondence between Messer during his days as a State Representative. We expect some similar requests to show up at the Secretary of State’s Office regarding Rokita. Speaking of Democrats, expect Chairman John Zody to focus all his attention on getting Joe Donnelly re- elected. We did some asking about the other statewide offices, and right now it’s every man, woman, and intersex for themselves.
  2. 2. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 19 – May 2017 If you’re not a member of the Antelope Club, you should be. 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• Congressional Contenders So if Todd and Luke are running for the U.S. Senate, who’s running for their jobs? Here’s the current list of contenders. 4th CD  State Rep. Jim Baird  State Senator Brandt Hershman (Provided he doesn’t get appointed to the FCC or some other D.C. post)  State Senator John Crane  State Senator Randy Head  Former State Rep. Randy Truitt  Former State Rep. Matt Whetstone  State Rep. Heath VanNatter  State Senator Mike Young 6th CD  State Rep. Randy Frye  State Rep. Sean Eberhart  Henry County Council President Nathan Lamar  State Senator Mike Crider  Former U.S. Senate, Congressional, State Treasurer candidate Don Bates, Jr.
  3. 3. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 19 – May 2017 If you’re not a member of the Antelope Club, you should be. 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• Who else might be getting a challenger?  State Senator Joe Zakas  State Senator Travis Holdman (courtesy of Monica “The Hutt” Boyer)  State Senator Mike Delph  State Rep. Curt Nisly And while they may not be getting a primary challenge, we hear former State Rep. and Lt. Governor candidate Christina Hale might take on Susan Brooks in the general election. Word on the street is that Democrats point to Angela Demaree’s slight win in Marion County in 2016 and Trump’s unpopularity with Hamilton County Republicans, they may have a shot at flipping the seat. And keep an eye on Jackie Walorski, Larry Bucshon, and Trey Hollingworth’s seats. Depending on how things go, the word is they have the potential to be vulnerable as well. We’re also hearing that Indy Mayor Joe Hogsett is thinking about taking on Eric Holcomb for Governor in 2020. Oh, and that Secretary of State’s Race This is getting interesting. Although he hasn’t made a formal declaration for any office, former Pence administration aide Diego Morales has been making the Lincoln Day Dinner rounds. We ran into him in our LPP (Legitimate Political Pundit) capacity at both the Floyd, Lawrence Township and Putnam County Lincoln Day Dinners. We do know he has been told directly by state party they are backing Connie Lawson for Secretary of State. And we are hearing that election attorney Jim Bopp may be part of a legal team getting ready to challenge Lawson’s ballot access, arguing she is term-limited because of her 2012 appointment. .
  4. 4. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 19 – May 2017 If you’re not a member of the Antelope Club, you should be. 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• A Couple Other Items of Note TCS hears the state might be getting sued for guns in the statehouse bill since it doesn’t cover all state employees. We also hear there was some division in Holcomb administration over whether the bill should have signed it at all. The Marion County judges that have campaign committees now have to dissolve them. Under the new state law that calls for them to be appointed, the judicial canons require them to retire their committees. There’s no word yet on what they should do with any money they have in their accounts. We hear Woody Burton might not be running for another term. 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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