Andy Downs

Bob Liptack, Lakeshore Public Media

Today:   "Reporters Roundtable" takes this week off, and we bring you two political topics:   first, a conversation with Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics about the role that Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly might play in the upcoming tax reform bill debate on Capitol Hill.  Then, we bring you Monday evening's live broadcast of "A Community Conversation: Women in Politics" held at Crown Point Community Library.

Three top federal officials visited Indiana in August: Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

The trips were tightly scripted and large parts were closed to the public.

While federal officials have visited Indiana in the past, there has been an uptick in visits since President Donald Trump took office.

IU-Purdue Fort Wayne

Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Monday for a discussion of summertime political topics -- mainly what Governor Eric Holcomb is doing these days,  of the interest in influential State Senator Luke Kenley's position, now that he plans to retire this autumn -- and about potential candidates in two U.S. Representative primary elections which won't be held until next year.

Town of Merrillville website

Today:  A conversation with Rob Vollrath of suburban Chicago-based Leopardo Energy, a firm that is working with the city of Hammond on an ambitious 14-month-long energy conservation project that -- Rob says -- guarantees the city will save up to $26 million in energy costs over 15 years.  The project includes energy conservation measures in all city-owned buildings as well as replacing current Hammond city vehicles with more energy-efficient ones.

Governor's Office

Indiana's new Governor, Eric Holcomb, held his first news conference last week -- one month after being sworn into office.   Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics joined us on "Regionally Speaking" on Tuesday to talk about that first official meeting with the media. 

IU Northwest

Today:  Northwest Indiana community activist Ruth Needleman and a group of citizens attended Monday night's Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority's first public workshop on the Master Plan Update. She joined us to talk about what issues were brought up that weren't related to the Master Plan -- but affect the Airport and the community at large.  Ruth also talked about efforts underway at the Statehouse to force Lake County precinct changes, even though the County Election Board promised lawmakers that they'd make the changes themselves.