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February 22, 2011

Report: Indiana Democrats Flee Statehouse To Avoid Having To Vote

Democrats: Fighting Running and Hiding For You!

House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation, The Indianapolis Star has learned.

A source said Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They need to go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana.

The House was came into session this morning, with only two of the 40 Democrats present. Those two were needed to make a motion, and a seconding motion, for any procedural steps Democrats would want to take to ensure Republicans donít do anything official without quorum.

With only 58 legislators present, there was no quorum present to do business. The House needs 67 of its members to be present.

You know who this benefits? Mitch Daniels.

The Indiana story is similar to that in Wisconsin.

At issue in Indiana are several bills, but primarily a so-called right to work bill that would give members of private-sector unions the right to opt out of unions and not pay dues. Mr. Bauer said House Democrats met Monday night for about five hours at a time when the full House of Representatives was supposed to be meeting. "We let them think about it already for five hours last night," he said of House Republicans.

They call themselves "Democrats" but refusing to debate and vote is fundamentally un-democratic. In November, voters made it clear business as usual was over and that the public fisc would no longer be the piggy bank for the Democrats coalition and this is how they respond...with contempt.

This is the second state cleared of Democrats. If we can get all state Democratic legislators to flee to Illinois, the other 49 states will be in a lot better shape.


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