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“Get Well.” Construction worker Jeff Reick’s message to 88-year hospital patient Gloria Porter. Reick wrote the message on a steel beam where he was working; the two had waved hello through Porter’s hospital window. Porter placed a sign reading “Stay Safe” to Reick and the other workers, who were high in the air, on a cold and windy day. (WTAE Pittsburgh)
“The focus is on having meaningful, individual dialogue with Hoosiers…” Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R-Indiana-9) explaining why he did not hold any town halls while he was on Congressional recess in February. Representative Hollingsworth says he invites his constituents to contact his website to arrange a “one-on-one” meeting to discuss issues. Rob Burgess, the congressman’s communications director says the representative’s office does not have enough staff to manage the phone calls and letters coming into the office. (The News and Tribune, New Albany, Indiana)
President Trump “needs to purge Leftists from executive branch before disloyal, illegal & treasonist acts sink us.” Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) on Twitter (Twitter)
“We tend to focus on really big dollar [infrastructure] projects. We tend to focus on these mega-projects but I think when we do that, we miss the fact that so much of what is needed is basic repair of what already exists and incremental improvements.” Kevin DeGood of the Center for American Progress in a news segment that also pointed out that these needed types of infrastructure works are the same less likely to be accomplished by President Trump’s plans of public-private partnerships since they don’t have obvious, large returns on investment. (APM Marketplace)
“Since the beginning of February, they were some of the best performing weeks in the history of the brand. For several different retailers, Ivanka Trump was a top performer online, and in some of the categories it was the [brand’s] best performance ever.” President of the Ivanka Trump fashion brand, Abigail Klem, discussing February’s record sales, which were probably not in the least bit helped when the President of the United States and one of his key advisors publicly championed the brand. (Refinery29; The Hill)
The president has “been to the Trump International Hotel in DC several times since he was inaugurated. You know, he’s been seen there. We’ve learned that some of his cabinet members are actually living there in the hotel during the week in DC. So there’s certainly an appearance that if you go to the Trump hotel and bring your business there, you could argue that there’s a decent shot that you would either run into the president or run into a member of his cabinet or his staff because they are there quieter frequently and they don’t hide it. You know, they put this out in the open whenever they’re there. It’s a scene. They want to be seen interacting with the customers there.” Amy Brittain (APM Marketplace; Washington Post)
2: February 2017 was the second warmest February ever recorded. (NPR)
90: The Trump administration has suspended or reversed more than 90 regulations since they assumed office in January. These regulations include those on Wall Street, pollution, and gun sellers. (New York Times)
100: The ride-sharing/tech company Lyft announced in January that it planned to expand its service to 100 cities in 2017. Lyft just announced it had already reached that goal— nine months before it had planned. (The Verge)
600 Billion: The Republican House’s American HealthCare Act (also known as TrumpCare or RyanCare) offers 600 billion dollars in tax cuts. 90 percent of these cuts go to the top one percent of American earners; 62 percent of these cuts got to the top 0.1 percent of American earners. (Emily Bazelon; Slate/Panoply Political Gabfest)
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has published its annual report card for the infrastructure of the US. They gave us a D+.
So, the Indiana campaign season for the 2018 US Senate race is already heating up. All signs point to a Luke Messer (R-Indiana-6) and Todd Rokita (R-Indiana-4) Republican smackdown to try to challenge Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly. You can follow Representative Messer on Twitter (@RepLukeMesser), RepresentativeTodd Rokita (@ToddRokita), and Senator Donnelly on Twitter (@SenDonnelly).