Political Notebook


Indiana Republicans score well with ACU

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., are among the more conservative federal lawmakers in the eyes of the American Conservative Union.

The ACU said Thursday that Stutzman and Coats were among 21 senators and 107 members of the House who scored at least 80 percent in 2013 for their votes on selected legislation.

The group included six of the seven Republicans from Indiana – everybody but Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd, whose score was 68 percent.

Lawmakers were scored on their votes on legislation affecting government spending, taxes, defense, gun rights, abortion and farm subsidies.

Stutzman had the highest score, 96 percent, among the Indiana delegation. Coats scored 83 percent. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., scored 16 percent.