Maureen Groppe Indianapolis Star Published 3:54 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 WASHINGTON — Jeff Gleason of Fort Wayne was surprised when he got a text Tuesday encouraging him to call Sen. Joe Donnelly in support of President Trump’s newly-announced Supreme Court nominee. The text seemed odd because Gleason, who works for the steelworkers union, doesn’t like what he’s heard about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record on workers’ issues, so he wasn’t sure why he was getting the prompt. Gleason was even more confused when he called the phone number that appeared to have sent the text – and got a recorded message from Donnelly thanking him for calling his Senate office. “I was shocked,” Gleason said. “I knew Sen. Donnelly hadn’t released a position.” The text hadn’t, in fact, come from Donnelly’s office, but from the Judicial Crisis Network, one of the conservative groups campaigning for … [Read more...] about How unsolicited text messages were sent to Hoosiers to put pressure on Sen. Joe Donnelly
Kaitlin Lange and Dave Bangert and Seth Slabaugh Indianapolis Star Published 11:17 p.m. UTC Jul 12, 2018 The outcome of Indiana's heated Senate race may hinge on people like Rachel Forrester, who for 14 years has served homemade pies and home-style food at a café in the small Madison County town of Alexandria. Forrester's business, Rachel’s Hi-Way Café, has experienced its own struggles as factories and businesses closed in her community — the latest of which was Mounds Mall after 54 years — and her vote is determined by economic issues, not by party affiliation. Although Forrester leans Republican, and voted for Republican President Donald Trump in 2016, she voted for Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2012. And so did most voters in Madison County. So political pundits are watching her and her neighbors closely. Madison was one of the 22 Indiana counties that voted for Donnelly in 2012 and Trump in 2016. Many of … [Read more...] about Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?
opinion Tim Swarens Indianapolis Star Published 3:41 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 The other night I watched a not-so-good action movie on Amazon video. The climatic scene featured Jason Momoa, the actor who once played Kahl Drogo in "Game of Thrones," intentionally stepping on a bear trap as he rushed to tackle his antagonist. Both men hurtled over a cliff. The villain plunged to his death. Momoa dangled in mid-air, saved by his leg in the trap. Which naturally brings us to Joe Donnelly. Indiana's senior senator will face voters in less than four months. As a Democrat, his path to re-election was always going to be tricky in a state that Donald Trump won by 19 percentage points only two years ago. But it became decidedly more difficult the day Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. Republicans, for all their electoral strength, are a fractious bunch. The fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, evangelicals, … [Read more...] about Swarens: Donald Trump puts Joe Donnelly in a vise
Westword: Your book L.A. Man has California right there in the title – but you've spent some of your career in Colorado too, yeah? What part of Colorado did you call home, and what were some of the state-specific experiences that might make a sequel? (Half-Denver Man, maybe?)Joe Donnelly: Journalism all began for me in Vail, Colorado. I was a disillusioned young man living in New York City and having one of those 26-year-old's existential crises. Typical stuff – I didn't know who I was or what I wanted to do. My girlfriend dumped me. I was drinking and partying heavily. It was a bad time, and I was kind of a mess. But, in a fit of pique one day, I cleaned myself up, bought a suit and got a semi-fancy job at a semi-fancy advertising agency, mostly just to prove to the girl who'd dumped me that I could. On what was supposed to be my first day at work, my would-be supervisor got in the same elevator as I and started talking about all the stuff we had to get … [Read more...] about Alt-Weekly Man: Writer Joe Donnelly Comes to Tattered Cover
Justin L. Mack Indianapolis Star Published 3:54 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says he plans to cosponsor legislation that would fight the separation of immigrant families at the border. On Sunday night, Donnelly tweeted that he will be supporting the "Keep Families Together Act," also known as Senate Bill 3036, which was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The Indiana Democrat tweeted that while he does think those who break the country's immigration laws need to be held accountable, he does not support the policy that allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take immigrant children away from parents. A few hours after Donnelly expressed his support, Feinstein tweeted that Senate Bill 3036 now has the support of 48 senators. In a statement provided to IndyStar, Indiana Sen. Todd Young said ensuring the safety and well-being of children is a "moral imperative," and that the government must work to reunite families expeditiously. … [Read more...] about Sen. Joe Donnelly cosponsoring bill to fight separation of families at the border