More Democrats FLEE
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 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 don’t 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.
Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, told House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, that Democrats “continue to be in caucus” to discuss potential amendments to several bills.
Bosma said he was “flummoxed,” adjoured until noon, and labor union members watching in the gallery and hallway outside cheered the work stoppage.
Today’s fight was triggered by Republicans pushing a bill that would bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation. It’s become the latest in what is becoming a national fight over Republican attempts to eliminate or limit collective bargaining.
House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, “has taken a page out of the Wisconsin Senate playbook apparently” by keeping his caucus in hiding, Bosma said. “They are shirking the job that they were hired to do.”
In Wisconsin, Senate Democrats have fled to Illinois to deny Republicans the quorum they need to pass legislation limiting collective bargaining for many public employees.
Asked at what point he would call in the Indiana State Police to attempt to round up the Democrats, Bosma said: “We’ll see how the day goes.”
Gov. Mitch Daniels had said he supports the policy his party is pursuing in this legislation, but said earlier that this is not the year to do it with so many other critical legislation in the works, including his education reform agenda.
Bosma said he spoke to Daniels and said the governor is “very supportive of our position to come in and try to do our work. He was not pleased that the Democrats weren’t here to do their work. And like me is just waiting to see how the course of the day proceeds.”
Austin told reporters that “it doesn’t matter where they (Democrats) are at this point. What matters is that they’re trying to figure out a way to save the state from this radical agenda.”
Asked if they were in the state, Austin said only: “They’re working hard.”
The last time a prolonged walk-out happened in the Indiana legislature was in the mid-1990s, when Republicans were in control and tried to draw new legislative district maps, eliminating a district that likely would have been a Democrat one, in the middle of the decade. Democrats won that standoff, staying away several days until Republicans dropped the plan.
What courageous men and women.
THIS is what America is all about.:rolleyes:
We had an election, the voters spoke, the Democrats leave.
Do these people represent the voters or the unions???
CHANGE is arriving.........
DEM'S ON THE RUN.... wasn't that a hit song in the 70's??:cool:
I agree 100%!!!
Originally Posted by sinner
These people are doing what the union leaders are telling them to do.
NOW----here is the issue.
Where do the Democrats get most of their financial support?
These are the same people that will collectively bargain with each other!!!:shock:
See what I'm sayin'????????
Change is already here, that's why the Dems are running. They can't deal with, so they RUN. More Change on local level in Nov and Nationally in 2012. Can't wait.
Originally Posted by road kill
RK asks..."We had an election, the voters spoke, the Democrats leave.
Do these people represent the voters or the unions??? "
To that I say, "Isn't it incredibly obvious???" Anyone with a minimum of intelligence can recognize what has happened in these two states' Democrats.
My guess is Ohio isn't far behind. All the Democrats are now being directed by the governmental unions, which they appear to be totally beholden.
Even liberals must be seeing how little their elected officials are concerned about representing them as opposed to protecting their own asses by running off and hiding.
As the problems escalate, the Obama followers have to wonder when they will be considered as important by their elected representatives.
Where will this all end? 2012 hopefully.
Whoever came up with the idea of a Tea Party, I could kiss him right now!!!
If it wasn't for the Tea Party, our country would still be spiraling downhill.
NOW there is HOPE! With CHANGE right around the corner!
For God's sake WILL YOU OTHER STATES STOP SENDING YOUR TRASH HERE WE HAVE ENOUGH OF OUR OWN ! ! !
WOW! So what do the dems that voted for these guys think of them now? Can't stay and fight the good fight for what you believe in and say you represent those who elected you? How is this representing ANYONE? Don't you have to be there to represent some thing?
Man the next elcection in WI should see ALL the dems voted out after this. Really I would be pizzed if I had voted for these asshats, dem or rep. I promise you I would do all I could to see them voted out in the next election.
Originally Posted by huntinman
yes and well before it's time, it seems-
"Well, the undertaker drew a heavy sigh seeing no one else had come,
And a bell was ringing in the village square for the rabbits on the run.....
Dem's on the Run...
........ and the county judge, who held a grudge. Will search for evermore
For the Dem's on the run, Dem's on the run!!!"