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Your Complimentary Cheat Sheet for August 26, 2017

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Your Complimentary Cheat Sheet for August 26, 2017

  1. 1. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 30 – August 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• Today's Senate Saga Things continue to get more interesting the U.S. Senate race, particularly with the GOP Primary. You might have seen the most recent announcement of the new leadership team for Luke Messer. The campaign will be now be co-chaired by Jim Kittle, Greg Pence, and Jennifer Hallowell. Chasen Bullock, who worked for Senator Rand Paul, is now the campaign manager. And Doug Rose is the new campaign finance Chairman. There are two "conspiratorial" theories out there behind the announcement. One is as Pence gets ready for a likely Congressional run the team needs to make changes now, so they don’t get behind the ball later. The other theory is that Messer has not been too thrilled with the way things have been going and needed a shake up. I’m sure TCS will know for sure about 15 minutes after this goes out because we will get a phone call. And before we forget, apparently the night before the Messer Senate announcement at the annual Family BBQ, there was another barbeque for Messer; there were two differences, however. It was private, and the Vice-President of the United States, Mike Pence, was there.
  2. 2. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 30 – August 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• We Interrupt This Cheat Sheet… The dismal last week of Department of And Now Back to Your Cheat Sheet… Meanwhile, the political establishment, TCS hears, is taking a little bit of glee concerning the recent story about Todd Rokita holding a high-priced political fundraiser in San Francisco while running on a campaign against the “elites.” And when you add this story to the one that Rokita can a bit “challenging”, to say the least, if you are his driver, the school of thought is that this will be used against him in the campaign in the form of ads that try to convey a message that Rokita says he’s running against the elites, but acts just like them. You know this is coming. And before we forget, word on the street is that the early back and forth between Rokita and Messer caught the attention of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. We're told he was worried the internal fighting would only make things easier for Joe Donnelly in 2018, so he sent the Senate Republican Campaign Committee into Indiana to possibly look for another candidate and the one they focused on was State Representative and businessman Mike Braun. TCS also hears Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill hasn't totally ruled out a possible run. Although he's been spending a lot of time helping the 10-Point Coalition, rumor has it Hill has hired Kyle Robertson to do some political work for him. Once again, fueling speculation that he is keeping a toe in the water. Why are these folks smiling? They just got their Cheat Sheet! Advertise with us!!!
  3. 3. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 30 – August 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• Life in the 4th Don’t be shocked to see an announcement soon from outgoing DWD Commissioner Steve Braun that he is running for Congress in the 4th CD. As we were the first report in our LNG capacity, Braun submitted his resignation to the Governor this past week; which made it pretty clear he’s getting ready to do something else. Now, this sets up an interesting dynamic since the only two announced candidates are Braun and Diego Morales. In part because while Braun lives in Boone County on the 5th CD side of the line, his family has owned land on the 4th CD side of the line for generations. Also, there have been questions as to whether Diego is from the 4th CD. We spoke with him, and he told he and his wife owned a place in Plainfield. We also think the money race between the two will be interesting to watch. Steve, like his brother Mike, can self-finance, however, Morales is expected to announce a major list of supporters who should be able to raise quite a bit of cash. And keep Morgan County Commissioner Ryan Goodwin on your radar screen. He’s pretty sharp and well-regarded in the 4th and is also a big supporter of incumbent Todd Rokita. And another name that’s popped up on our radar screen is Motor Speedway President Doug Boles.
  4. 4. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 30 – August 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 Few Other Items of Note Rumor has it the Chief Information Officer over at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is “no longer” with the agency. TCS is trying to figure out if it was voluntary or involuntary. One thing we know for sure, it wasn’t pretty and may even get uglier down the road. It looks like slating will stick around in Marion County for a while. Marion County GOP chair Jim Merritt apparently let the township chairman decided if they wanted to keep slating and they agreed unanimously. However, they also agreed the township chairs would stay out of slating races and just be more facilitators of the process rather than get involved with candidates. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, things are about to look a lot more like Game of Thrones. Word is Democratic party Chair Kate Sweeny Bell wants to stay out of the Sheriff’s race between Kerry Forestal and Bill Benjamin and let them duke it out for their party’s support. However, she’s apparently getting pressure to appoint PCs in vacant slots to benefit Forestal; it’s unclear if any of that pressure is coming from Mayor Joe Hogsett who supports Forestal.
  5. 5. The Cheat Sheet, Vol. 6, Issue 30 – August 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• And speaking of "slating," a lawsuit may be filed against the Democrats arguing their system is discriminatory because of the fee a candidate has to pay to be considered. The theory is because a candidate would have to pay a slating fee (which is usually 10% of the salary of the office they are vying for) it has a disproportionate impact on minority candidates since they may not have the resources of their white counterparts. We don’t make this stuff up, we just report it. A lot of eyes are starting to focus on State Senator Mike Delph and whether he will run for re-election in Senate District 29. Republican State Rep. Dave Frizzell (HD 93) may be getting a primary challenge. Former Democratic State Senator Jim Arnold of LaPorte is looking at running against 2nd District Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. The Hendricks Power Cooperative is reportedly looking at moving its headquarters from Avon to Zionsville. Yes, that sounds odd to us too. But then again, this is the same place where the former CEO got 33 months in prison for passing off nearly $600,000 in personal expenses as business purchases. There’s scuttlebutt that Facebook might be looking at setting up a major operation here in Indiana; the site is possibly in the Noblesville area. 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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