Now Indiana Democrats Are Fleeing Their State

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Update: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has made a statement downplaying his interest in chasing the wayward state representatives to the ends of the earth, or even to Skokie. "“I’m not sending the state police after anybody," said Daniels. "I’m not gonna divert a single trooper from their job of protection the Indiana public. I trust that people’s consciences will bring them back to work.” We can only assume Daniels was referring to the consciences of those lawmakers hiding out in states governed by a Republican.

Last week, Democratic lawmakers in Wisconsin fled the state rather than vote on a bill from Republican Gov. Scott Walker's to limit collective bargaining rights for state workers. And while the tactic has been the source of derision and skepticism amongst members of the national press, it evidently made quite an impact on Democrats in Indiana's Statehouse--the Indianapolis Star is reporting nearly all of Indiana's Democratic House Representatives bolted the state Tuesday rather than vote on a bill from Gov. Mitch Daniels that would "bar unions and companies from negotiating a contract that requires non-union members to kick-in fees for representation."

According to Star reporter Mary Beth Schneider, "only two of the 40 Democrats [were] present" when the House came into session Tuesday morning. Citing a source, Schneider says the bulk of the lawmakers are believed to be holed up in Illinois, though it's "possible some also might go to Kentucky." Per the Indiana Constitution, the rogue Hoosiers must "go to a state with a Democratic governor to avoid being taken into police custody and returned to Indiana." As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes, the rest of the Midwest might have to get used to the idea of obstructionism served "Wisconsin style."

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