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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Indiana’s Democrats Refuse to Show Up, Just Like in Wisconsin



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Does this sound familiar?

Democratic legislators are staying away from the Indiana House chamber, blocking the Republican majority from conducting business while hundreds of union members crowd the adjourning hallways in protest of a contentious labor bill.

Only three of the 40 House Democrats were in the chamber when Republican Speaker Brian Bosma tried to begin Tuesday’s session, leaving it with too few members for a quorum.

Rep. Terri Austin of Anderson said her fellow Democrats were studying proposed legislation and couldn’t predict when they would return. Bosma says he hadn’t heard from Democratic leaders and that he wouldn’t negotiate with people not doing their jobs.

I’d have the state police at the borders!

Maybe Indiana’s Democrats went to Wisconsin. I’d suggest Republicans in state legislatures begin a “Democrats Who Won’t Do Their Duty and Run Away Exchange Program.”


Tags: State Legislatures


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