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Runaway redux: Indiana Democrats flee state to avoid vote, too

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Mary Katharine Ham
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Just days after their counterparts in Wisconsin fled their state rather than face a vote on cutting public union benefits and collective bargaining, Indiana Democrats have done the same, according to Indiana news reports.

Only two of 40 House Democrats in Indiana showed up for roll call this morning, denying Republican leadership a quorum, thereby avoiding a possible vote on a bill that would have prohibited union contracts from requiring non-union members to pay fees.

Sources tell the Indianapolis Star that the legislators may have fled to Illinois, just as Wisconsin’s AWOL legislators did. Others may have headed for Kentucky.

The House needs five Democrats to conduct business.

“I’m shocked. This has never happened before,” said Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma upon realizing there was not a quorum.  “Where are you guys? The Best Western?”

Bosma called a recess until 2 p.m., and the two Democrats present said their colleagues are “in caucus” outside the state house.

“I am not going to tell you where they are but I can assure you that all the Democrats are working very hard. There are 27 bills and one bill alone had 44 amendments. We are reviewing those very carefully. What we are trying to do is figure out a way to save the state from this radical agenda that has been forced upon us and actually we’ve been given no chance to shape or amend,” said Rep. Terri Austin, Madison County Democrat.

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  • ballotbox

    As a Independent, I wonder. Rush limbaugh has a representive negoiate, his million dollar contracts, this is because he thinks he has a value, The national football league has 2 billion dollars on the table to share with the league this year,( plenty on money for them) How far do I have to go to get people to realize almost everyone has someone to represent them in their endever to hake a living in the united states,Movie stars have agents, All sports, need I go on, All that has to happen is the sponsers that pay for these million dollar figures is raise the price on everything from Milk,gas,toothpaste,etc.) we use to pay these people whatever is negoiates in their contract. Everyone needs the ability to arbatrate for better living wages and benifits. The problem is out of control government. The answer to their quest for big government is to spend and raise taxes, It has inploded on them and now they have to deal with it and none of them are willing to take a reduction in any wage or benifit but they want to impose on the lifestyle of right now Teachers. Who is next? Public services jobs don’t have that going for them. Our taxes are going to be raised to compensate their demand for a living. From teachers,police, street dept, and county clerk. Mayor. Governor, state police, All government jobs. I think it would be a good idea sense we are in such straights that if all government employees ,starting with the president,all congress, all governors and state representives, city, and county, Take a 20 to 30 % cut in total wages and benifits, and pay up to but not more that 15% of their health care plus a deductable and contribute a set amount to their own retirement account. This might help balance the budget.Sound foolish?? Well look at what is happening with all the intelligent people.

  • bigdave

    Are these the same demorats who voted to shove Obamacare down the throats of every American….without even reading the bill?! Dennis Kusinich is a lying a-hole! A COMMIE a-hole at that! The ONLY reason DEMORATS support UNIONS, is, its a total scam, total corruption and collusion to DIVERT PENSION FUNDS TO DEMORAT CAMPAIGNS!! THATS IT! DO YOU REALLY THINK DEMORATS CARE ABOUT ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES?! THEN YOU ARE A FOOL AND HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING ATTENTION!!! ANTI-BUSINESS DEMORATS HAVE DESTROYED AMERICAN COMPANIES, WE NO LONGER MAKE, BUILD, CONSTRUCT, MANUFACTURE A DAMN THING EXCEPT A FEW CARS, AND THESE MILLIONS OF JOBS HAVE LEFT AND AINT COMMING BACK FOOLS!! THE MIDDLE CLASS HAS BEEN DESTROYED IN THIS COUNTRY BY DEMORATS WHO’S GOAL WAS TO CREATE DEPENDENTS ON THEM!!!! THEREBY SECURING THEIR PLACES FOREVER…OR AT LEAST UNTIL THE POPULATION WOKE THE HELL UP!! EVIL DEMORATS!!!EVIL…EVIL…EVIL!!

  • bassboat

    I see where the thugs go to the supreme state of thuggery, illinois. That should tell us something right there. It is high time that the silent majority is heard. The unions and liberals with 20% of the population have had their way long enough primarily because they have been loud enough. Conservatives do not like confrontation but when finally pushed into a corner they will finally get a backbone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Malone/646109303 Mike Malone

    You can hear themn. If you get everything quite just follow the waaaa….waaaaa…….WAAAAA! Noise. These same Democrates had no problem when it came to supporting ‘Card Check’.

    Mike Malone.

  • Spartican

    The Dems Have Become The Party of “Run Away, Run Away”

    First Wisconsin. Now Indiana. Their pay should be docked for non-performance. In fact, the residents of these states should hold a vote to replace those who have left the state rather than do their jobs.

  • FreedomRocks76

    1975 – Democrats run out on Vietnam and open the killing fields for millions to die.
    Todays Democrats are a disgrace to great American Statesmen such as Truman and Kennedy who would be disgusted at their gutless tantrums.
    Just like the spoiled self-interested groups they represent they take their ball and hide if they can’t force everyone else to bow to their childish demands.
    And like teh ill mannered children they are, they need punishment and limits

    • krjohnson

      You do realize that it was a Republican, Richard Nixon, that signed the Paris Peace Accords? And you do realize that Gerald Ford was president in 1975?

      Not trying to defend these gutless dems, but that is a terrible analogy.

  • Libertarian-Observer

    A Tale of Two Counties …. Comparing Fairfax Co, VA (no collective bargaining rights for public employees) and Montgomery County, MD (collective bargaining rights for public employees) … Straight from the Washington Post (05/30/10).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/29/AR2010052903132.html