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Dems show no signs of returning (Indiana House AWOL RAT Fleas missing for over a month now)
Purdue Exponent ^ | 3/25/11 | KIRSTEN GIBSON

Posted on 03/27/2011 11:08:39 AM PDT by Libloather

Dems show no signs of returning
BY KIRSTEN GIBSON | City Editor Purdue Exponent
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 10:00 am

It's officially been a month since the Indiana House Democrats left the state and there is still no end in sight.

Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette, said the Republicans weren't sure when the Democrats were coming back, or even if they would come back.

The Democrats originally left to deny the Republicans a quorum. This prevented voting on an anti-union bill but, after the bill was thrown out, their stay continued: This time, for voucher bills as well as amendments to the budget that cut education spending.

While the Democrats are away, Truitt said the Senate and the House are going to continue to do their "constitutional" duty.

"The Senate began hearings (March 21) about the budget," Truitt said. "The House will also start hearing Senate bills."

These won't be official hearings, however, because there won't be a quorum.

"At the end of the day, it's going to require a quorum to get the budget passed," Truitt said, something not likely to happen any time soon. With the General Assembly session ending at the end of April, there is little time to decide on amendments from both Republicans and Democrats.

Rep. Sheila Klinker, D-Lafayette, said the Democrats have 25 amendments they want to propose for the budget.

Klinker also said the Democrats are being fined $350 per day, a step up from the $250 fine. According to Klinker, the Democrats already have paid some money back to the state.

"We all made out a check for $760 to the Indiana State Treasurer," Klinker said. This money was for the first week they were absent from the Statehouse.

Klinker remains optimistic about the situation.

"We're taking it a day at a time," Klinker said. "We hope something happens today that will help the whole situation."

The House Republicans, among others, made a YouTube video singing a song dedicated to the Democrats who fled to Illinois. One line says, "74 bring them home to the place they belong, Indiana, not Urbana, ... " The video is an attempt to make light of the situation, but also a plea for the Democrats to come back.

As Truitt said, "The saga continues."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: awol; fleas; house; indiana
At this point in history, are RATS really needed anymore?
1 posted on 03/27/2011 11:08:43 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

should be considered ABANDONMENT of responsibilities....a new election for their positions should be held, pronto


2 posted on 03/27/2011 11:10:43 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: goodnesswins

Dimwits. Irresponsible nitwits.


3 posted on 03/27/2011 11:12:38 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Libloather

If you can go missing from your job for over a month evidently you are not needed.


4 posted on 03/27/2011 11:15:02 AM PDT by linn37
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To: goodnesswins
Democrats have always been derelict in their duties, they just are making it more visible now.
5 posted on 03/27/2011 11:15:12 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: goodnesswins; indylindy

I do with that Governor Daniels would look into that possibility.


6 posted on 03/27/2011 11:17:28 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Libloather

They should be denied pay and new people installed in their places.

They can either participate or get lost for good.


7 posted on 03/27/2011 11:17:51 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Libloather

Question for FReepers: Is this pattern of Democrat Legislators leaving their jobs and now having occurred in multiple states, going to backfire big-time on the Dems poltically? IOW, will there be a severe voter backlash against the Dems for, what amounts to, shirking their responsibilities? Or, will they be rewarded politically for being “heroic”?

Personally, I think it’s going to be the former.


8 posted on 03/27/2011 11:18:15 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Libloather

Frankly the entire US would be better off if both dems and republicans would stay away from the legislature and stop passing all these silly laws the seem to wind up voting in when the legislature is in session.


9 posted on 03/27/2011 11:21:12 AM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Libloather

In the Army, when you have been gone that long, you are declared a deserter and the US Marshalls are sent out after you. You come back, are court martialled for desertion and given a bad conduct discharge.

These guys are deserters, so it’s time to round them up, bring them back in handcuffs and leg restraints, try them and imprison them.


10 posted on 03/27/2011 11:22:41 AM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: zot; Interesting Times

I guess the Dems have decided that not representing the people is the best way to represent them. Or their version of “I’ll hold my breath until you agree to do what I want to do.”


11 posted on 03/27/2011 11:23:02 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Signalman
...backfire big-time on the Dems politically?

Whatever happens, it doesn't look good on them. Bad optics.

12 posted on 03/27/2011 11:23:58 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather
Time for the GOP brain trust in IN, such as it is, to come up with something novel and painful for the absent rats. Gentlemen, it's time to turn the screws and make ‘em shout ‘UNCLE.’
13 posted on 03/27/2011 11:24:36 AM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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To: JPG
“Time for the GOP brain trust in IN, such as it is, to come up with something novel and painful for the absent rats. Gentlemen, it's time to turn the screws and make ‘em shout ‘UNCLE.’”

But don't emulate the GOP in Wisconsin which, after a lot of tough talk, forgave all the fines and penalties after the Dems came back. No penalty for all of the misbehavior.

14 posted on 03/27/2011 11:34:04 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Libloather

I missed this completely because I didn’t even know they’d gone. The media isn’t doing a very good job per usual.


15 posted on 03/27/2011 11:35:02 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: indylindy
Their salaries for their legislative session have already been paid.....not sure about the per-diems. The teachers' union are funding their stay. In Case You Missed It....

........Meanwhile, IFT President Rick Muir was shockingly honest about union efforts to pay Democrats’ hotel bills in Illinois.

Rick Muir, president of the Indiana Federation of Teachers, said he expects a compromise on most bills. “I wish they could stay out until they defeated these bills entirely. My gut tells me that’s probably not reality,” he said. He said unions are sending money from member political contributions to the state Democratic Party, which is helping pay the expenses of the absent Democrats. – Wall Street Journal
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Wonder how they'll come up with the $350/day fine that is now imposed. GOP Raises Fines in Indiana Battle
16 posted on 03/27/2011 11:51:53 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Libloather

The Governor should declare the seats vacant because the rats are no longer residents of their respective districts and appoint replacements and go on with the business of the people.


17 posted on 03/27/2011 12:12:49 PM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Libloather

It’s ok to disenfrachise Republican voters but not commies.

Pray for America


18 posted on 03/27/2011 12:42:22 PM PDT by bray (Hey Country Club, hold your noses this election!)
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To: Libloather
Dems show no signs of returning

Damn, those taxpayers of Indiana are sooooooo lucky.

19 posted on 03/27/2011 1:05:58 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: Libloather
Wisconsin law considers failure of an elected official to attend to his duties for 30 days constitutes abandonment of the office and it is declared vacant.

I think every state should have that provision, although 30 days may be too long. I would endorse two weeks as reasonable, and I assume the absence does not trigger the application of the law in case of injury or illness.
Knowing the creativity of elected criminals like Reid/Pelosi or their ilk, "out of state" suddenly scheduled fact finding missions must be limited to no more than a week, and not more than two per active session. Miss emergency sessions at your own risk.

20 posted on 03/27/2011 1:08:24 PM PDT by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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To: Libloather

Time for Sheilia Klinker to go ! She has been in the Indiana legislature for too long !


21 posted on 03/27/2011 2:05:39 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: GreyFriar

It seems to be working. The Indiana House can’t do anything without them.


22 posted on 03/27/2011 3:35:35 PM PDT by zot
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To: Libloather

23 posted on 03/27/2011 5:03:55 PM PDT by IPWGOP
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To: PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson

Another good one on #23.


24 posted on 03/27/2011 5:56:44 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather
It's officially been a month since the Indiana House Democrats left the state and there is still no end in sight. Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette, said the Republicans weren't sure when the Democrats were coming back, or even if they would come back.

In every occupation in every business or government in every country of the world, this is called "quitting".

25 posted on 03/27/2011 6:04:07 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: Libloather

Actually they are just doing what their constituents do - namely shirk work and responsibility, loaf around and collect government money for doing nothing.


26 posted on 03/27/2011 6:09:57 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 26 days from outliving Brandon Tarkikoff)
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