Political Notebook

  • Donnelly stumping for Democratic candidates
    Sen. Joe Donnelly in recent days endorsed David Kolbe in Indiana House District 22, traveled to Iowa to stump for U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley and joined state House District 81 candidate Thad Gerardot for a campaign appearance in downtown
  • Coats, Donnelly donate to campaigns
    Neither of Indiana’s U.S. senators is on the election ballot this year, but that hasn’t stopped them from dipping into their campaign war chests.
  • Boland pledges to donate salary to community
    If elected, Democratic State Treasurer candidate Mike Boland would donate his salary to the community.

Coats backs farm bill

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., announced Monday afternoon that he plans to vote in favor of the five-year farm bill the Senate is debating.

“This farm bill contains over $16 billion in cost savings, reforms outdated programs and reduces food stamp abuse,” Coats said in a statement. “It also provides a broad safety net in the event of a natural disaster and includes my idea to allow Indiana specialty crop producers the flexibility they need to respond to market signals when making planting decisions.”

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said last week he would support the compromise legislation produced by a House-Senate conference committee. The measure would spend $100 billion a year, cut spending on food stamps by $800 million a year and replace direct-payment farm subsidies with subsidized crop insurance programs.

The House passed the farm bill last week in a bipartisan 251-166 vote. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, voted against it because food stamps and agriculture programs were not split into separate bills.