Richard Mourdock, like countless primary winners before him, must switch tactics after winning the Republican base vote.
Now, to win in November, he needs to appeal to more voters with broader political views – in other words, moderate Republicans and independents. A key adviser to Mitt Romney received much attention when he described the strategy shift as an Etch A Sketch: You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.
One sign of this quite-typical change in campaign approach came when some of the pro-tea party language on Mourdocks website was removed.
Before the May 8 primary, Mourdocks site called Chryslers rescue a shell game and sham, claiming that no law can be cited to justify what happened, the state Democratic Party noted in a news release. Visitors to that page are now greeted with a headline reading access denied.
Other language scrubbed from the site included Mourdocks support for the cut, cap and balance proposal that would cut Medicare and Social Security by 25 percent; his attacks on incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar; and his no compromises speech.
Lugar, meanwhile, again showed his independent streak, saying he is not going to campaign for Mourdock against Democrat Joe Donnelly.
Next Monday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio – described as the crown prince of the tea party – visits Indianapolis to raise money for Mourdock. Interested contributors can attend an hour-long roundtable discussion – and get photos taken – for a mere $2,500.
Those who want to attend a reception pay just $1,000, photo included, or $500 sans photo. The price to attend a less-intimate rally: $100.
A number of clerks offices in Indiana have been investigated over the years – with more than a few becoming the subject of criminal charges. Clerks and some of their employees have access to a lot of cash, especially if their city or town has parking meters.
The latest is in Muncie, where police are investigating what happened to money defendants paid for fines in Muncie City Court. The Muncie Star Press reported that some defendants claimed their records showed fines due when they had in fact been paid. An Indiana State Police investigator said, It has been reported that some cash payments received at the Muncie City Court were not forwarded to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The City Court judge initiated the investigation.
A recent annexation request bothered some Fort Wayne City Council members, who felt unduly pressured because of a quid pro quo: A dentist offered for the site of his planned office to be annexed voluntarily if the council also granted a tax abatement.
The dentist, David Painter, knows much about both annexations and tax abatements: He is in his third term as an Auburn City Council member.