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.

End of session nigh

The 2013 legislative session has only a few days remaining, though the end date is a bit in the air.

The session is statutorily required to wrap up by midnight on Monday, April 29. Legislative leaders are pushing to end Friday, though likely very late.

GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma said last week that a national firefighter convention starts this week, which means some lawmakers are losing their regular hotel rooms starting Thursday.

To avoid trouble, his staff identified a handful of hotels outside downtown that have rooms for lawmakers. And he stressed the group will be in session Friday, which is usually a day off.

The issues that must be reconciled in the remaining days include a state budget, a gambling bill to aid casinos, several thorny education bills and aid for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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