Milder air will be with us on Saturday ahead of a cold front and our high will rise above freezing, into the mid-30s. We’ll have clouds after midday and snow is likely from the clouds after midnight, through midday Sunday. Accumulation amounts will be less than one inch.
Saturday Forecast: cold
Morning Low: 17 High: 35 Sky: Mostly cloudy
Sunday Forecast: Less than 1″ snow
Morning Low: 26 High: 33 Sky: Snow
Monday Forecast: cold
Morning Low: 16 High: 32 Sky: Partly cloudy
Tuesday Forecast: dry
Morning Low: 24 High: 38 Sky: Partly cloudy
Wednesday Forecast: fog with a 40% chance for rain
Morning Low: 30 High: 42 Sky: Rain
And so it goes.
Governor Mitt Romney wins the fight in Indiana, but loses the war. President Barack Obama wins the day and four more years.
In Indiana, Congressman Joe Donnelly gets a promotion. He moves from representing a district that was actually redistricted from underneath him by Republican lawmakers to a seat in the United States Senate. For Donnelly, redistricting wasn’t an end, it was an opportunity.
He has Richard Mourdock to thank for that. When Mourdock upset 36-year incumbent Richard Lugar, Republicans knew they would have a fight on their hands to keep the seat. Mourdock may have thought fellow Republicans would rally to his cause, but that never really happened.
It was an uneasy alliance, at best.
When a third party PAC sent out a mailer saying Richard Lugar endorsed the Mourdock campaign, the Lugar camp only said that it would vote for him, nothing more. The message was clear. Lugar would not campaign for the man who defeated him. Lugar supporters took the cue. Some would hold their bitterness and vote for Mourdock, but most would cross over or vote Libertarian.
While Mourdock tried to rally his base, Donnelly worked to expand his. Recognizing an opportunity, he went after Lugar Republicans.
Then, Mourdock delivered a gift that cemented his demise – the off-handed comment about abortion in cases of rape. It echoed not only around the state, but the entire country. It fed extremist fears that Democrats everywhere tried to use to show Republicans were waging a war on women. From that day on, all Joe Donnelly had to do is go through the motions: the election was his.
In the race for governor, we have all been entertained by the John Gregg campaign commercials. But even as I watched, I often thought if he were running for mayor of Sandborn he would win. I envisioned, instead, a commercial showing him walking down a long road, talking about where we’ve come from and where we needed to go. Something more serious, with more direction, more purpose. His campaign showed me once again why we like John Gregg, but we’ve always known he was a nice man, but I don’t think we knew enough about why he should be elected governor.
Congressman Mike Pence ran an above-the-fray campaign. He inherited a mantle from Governor Mitch Daniels, just by being a member of the same political party. Hoosiers assumed he would just continue in Daniels footsteps.
They were comfortable with that.
Pence tried hard not to disrupt that sentiment or alarm anyone. Status quo was the unspoken theme of the campaign, until Mourdock’s comments. It raised alarmist fears and his opponent tried to tie him to Mourdock. It gave voters pause, but in the end, it was not enough to make Hoosiers change their minds. They want continuity. Pence could offer that, Gregg could not.
Now Mike Pence will hold a press conference with Governor Daniels on Wednesday morning. The two will talk of transition and the future. That is good, because voters are tired of all the negative ads and negative words. Now they want to be reassured. They want a respite from politics. They want to talk about the Colts and the Pacers and – can you believe it? – I think they want to just see a regular TV commercial again.
Kevin Rader/Eyewitness News
The first full day here at the Republican National Convention in Tampa promises to be huge.
We will have the roll call of the states, which is just one of the many traditions that I so treasure. I know these days it has evolved into a mere formality and I know some states take the opportunity to say the craziest things, but it is a rare piece of Americana.
“The great state of Indiana would like to cast.”
I love hearing those words. It is something that is ours and only ours. It is the voice of America.
Then, we will hear from the voice the Romney campaign believes can captivate America, that of Ann Romney. The campaign believes she knows the candidate better than anyone and it also believes she will be able to convince viewers he is the right choice for America, the comforting voice that will reach out to women.
They are putting so much stock into that, there is belief that Governor Romney himself will make an appearance in the hall to hear it. It will be the photo op of the two together that the campaign hopes will help build momentum to when he actually accepts the nomination later in the week. A chance to show that this family, despite the differences in religion, income and pedigree, is not that much different than the rest of us.
It will be a tall order.
And then don’t forget New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver what promises to be a firebrand speech culminating the evening. Christie is never one to pull punches and that is why he has the primetime slot.
It will not most likely win the ratings war for the night, but it should. This is, some would argue, America at its worst, but not me. I still believe in those voices. Not of the candidates, but the delegates.
“The great state of Indiana would like to cast.”
I, for one, can’t wait.
These conventions are a chance for Americans to state what they believe in. I believe I am not alone when I say I am anxious to hear it.
Of all the things I’ve been able to do through my career in television, today might have been the coolest.
That statement is likely to change while Jim Nabors sings at this year’s Indianapolis 500, but for right now, Super Bowl Media Day might be the highlight of my broadcast career. Thing is, even with a man in a large fur hat, another in a cape and superhero mask and a Spanish-speaking female reporter encouraging players to Salsa dance in a sombrero, it seemed tame compared to the Super Bowl Media Days I’ve seen video of in the past.
But still, for a sports fan and career journalist, it was beyond cool to “people watch” as personalities from ESPN, NFL network, broadcast networks, top-flight newspapers and everywhere in between zipped by, making their way from station to station, player to player was almost dizzying.
Even better, my role at Media Day was almost like a fly on the wall. I was there to get pictures, tweet some pictures and observations, then come home and write about it. I can’t imagine the effort our team of photographers and reporters (not to mention hundreds of others) put forth, pushing through the crowd to get their questions asked and answered, all with a mind toward putting the story on the air for the news.
And speaking of asking and answering, the directions the players were pulled in the 60-minute sessions was fascinating. In each team’s session, the head coach (Bill Belichick even smiled! Twice, I think!) and a couple of stars were mobbed by cameras and microphones, while about a dozen others fielded a steady stream of questions from passing reporters and a couple more from each team were set up in the stands, talking to a smaller group of reporters, and mostly only ones with a specific interest in their story.
With any credentialed media member available to ask questions, the inquiries were widely varied. One minute, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was answering questions in Spanish, the next in English. Student reporters would ask a player “what is it like to be an NFL player?” and a moment later, the same player would be asked to break down the opponent’s defense. A caped reporter from Nickelodeon asked players about their favorite superhero, while another reporter convinced Giants safety Antrel Rolle to belt out a chorus of Madonna’s “Material Girl.”
He declined a verse of “Like A Virgin,” for personal reasons, he explained.
Among the crowd were stand-up comedians Nick DiPaolo and Artie Lange, the latter formerly of “The Howard Stern Show,” who now host a talk show on satellite radio. Lange was the one that got the stoic Belichick to crack, posing a question from an alleged Twitter user about the intricacies of basketball’s zone defense.
“I’m not a basketball guy. I’m a football guy,” Belichick replied, smiling before turning to more pressing questions.
In the past year alone, I’ve attended the Kentucky Derby, Indianapolis 500 and Game 6 of the World Series, but today’s experience ranked up there with all of them. If what everyone has been saying is true, I can’t wait for Indianapolis to host the Super Bowl again…or even just the Media Day.
WTHR asked Indiana Insider analysts Peter Rusthoven (R) and Robin Winston (D) for their thoughts on Saturday night’s mayoral debate at the University of Indianapolis. Here are their responses. Please note that WTHR does not endorse these statements and that they are the opinions attributed to each individual commentator only.
This debate provided a good window on the candidates and the choice in this year’s Mayoral election.
Mayor Ballard comes across as exactly what he is – a Marine, a leader, a doer.
If you had to pick one of these two people to do a tough job that was personally important to you and your family, where “talking good” meant nothing and getting results meant everything, there’s no question you would hire the Marine and the doer, not the lawyer and the talker. And you’d be right.
That’s exactly the choice faced by the City of Indianapolis and it citizens. They should make the same decision.
My dogs wanted out in the backyard, but the back door wouldn’t budge. It was iced in. I tried pushing to no avail. I went to the front door and same thing. Stuck. Not good.
How about the garage? A neighbor advised me to leave it open a couple of inches to prevent freezing… thank goodness I listened. It opened and was able to get outside…but the dogs wanted out back.
I grabbed a hoe and clumsily climbed a back fence, nearly falling flat on my face. After 15 minutes of chopping, I had cleared enough to let my two lab mixes squeeze through the back door (without even a doggy kiss of thanks.)
I left for work thinking… wow, could have been a much longer morning. I wondered how many other people faced the same thing? It didn’t take long to find out. We quickly found one man who couldn’t get out the front door, but managed to get out the back. And soon we found Stacy – who found both of her doors iced shut. Stacy had moved to Indianapolis from Florida last summer, a chilly welcome. She said preparing for the storm was like preparing for a hurricane except she went out of her way to find firewood. Luckily, she still had power and several days worth of food. When asked if we could do anything, she said she’d be fine. She had no plans to go anywhere the rest of the day and her computer was on… she was connected to the outside world.
We found another woman who had just finished digging out. She said she had to remove the storm door window and salt the front, hacking away at the ice with a shovel until the door moved. It made shovelling six inches of snow look like scooping up cotton balls.
Everyone we encountered was good-natured. Misery loves company and yes, it could have been worse. It could always be worse. But this was winter, and like every other winter, this one would soon melt into spring…but I don’t think too many people would mind if the big thaw got an early start.
– Mary Milz
Tuesday will be a mess with 1-2″ of snow on the ground by 7am. We’ll have up to 5″ on the ground by Tuesday evening.
Sunshine rules Sunday but the cold air hangs on with highs in the 20s. A major storm system developing to our west will move this way late Monday night and bring us more snow. 1-2″ is likely by Tuesday morning, with 2-5″ total by Tuesday afternoon.