February 22nd, 2011
02:54 PM ET

Indiana lawmakers boycott union-rights bill

The vast majority of Democrats in the Indiana House have stayed away from the statehouse Tuesday, effectively blocking a Republican-supported bill that would reduce private-sector union rights.

Republicans - who make up 60 of 100 House seats - lacked the two-thirds majority needed for a quorum. Sixty-three lawmakers attended.

Democratic state senators in Wisconsin similarly boycotted their legislature last week to prevent a quorum from passing a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights.

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  1. robert

    Lawmakers need to leave unions alone. What they need to do is stop wasting money, especially using preferred vendors that charge 50% to 1000% over consumer costs on things like toliet paper, mops and brooms, wax for floors. Government, school districts etc.. spend way too much for what you can get for 1/3 of the cost at a local retailer. These preferred vendors are tied into the political game and its the lawmakers that win with the campaign controbutions and special gifts. They forget they are their for the people that elected them, not themselves but for some reason they forget that once in office.

    February 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |

    unions are killing america.. all americans should be making only 10$ an hour and pay for there own health care..

    atleast thats what big corparate america thinks..

    February 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ru you have stoop to an all time low to echo the sentiments and mentality of greedy CEO's and unbridle capitalists.

      February 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    I bet those of you who stayed home or voted Republican are wishing you didn't!
    The klan just took off the robes that's all,most people in america want to just move on from the ugly past,but these republicans are being driven by those who were the youth of that movement and they want their country back,
    They're using their inheritance to fund the movement and it just feel like america has signed the country over to its most extreme element,
    I bet you'll vote what's right next time!!

    February 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Amen! CNN won't let me post what I want to say, but it is *not* in the best interest of the country to bust unions.

    February 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mrs sippy

    duke i voted republican and feel pretty dang good about it alot more will voting that way come 2012 get used to it lots a love

    February 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Sippy sleeps with neanderthals!

      February 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ed bailey

    Voting republican proves the cave man is not extinct!

    February 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hadenough

      Why is it you Dem's are always wanting to spend somebody else's money? Why should I pay for
      my heath care and my retirement and yours too? I say let the states go bankrupt then what is ole ed
      going to do. I can hear it now, raise taxes on the rich!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Field reporter/correspondent

    This just in : banasy is a Hermaphadite/ news flash.com

    February 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |

    if a republican sees a stray dog behind his house he calls the dog catcher..

    if a democrate sees a stray dog behind his house he gives hima bowl of food, then the next day there is two dogs so he puts out two bowls of food.. the next day theres 4 stray hungry dogs and one needs medical attention.. pretty soon he's broke and has dog poop everywhere..

    February 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • angie

      Ruffnutt, the Democrat would not feed the dog! He would demand his neighbor who makes more money feed the dogs until he was spending so much on dog food that their wealth was equal.

      February 24, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      (sigh) don't need to bother Angie he keeps pig poop in his backyard...the landscapers will continue to boycott him until he rids himself of the pig mentality

      February 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Field reporter/correspondent

    This just in: I'm marrying banasy! Watch it at:

    February 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duke

    Mrs sippy!
    If you stop sipping so much,maybe you'll see the harm of taking away the right to negotiate,
    And the name of it is dictator(you know your brethren momar).
    have you noticed how conservative the middle east has been in the past 35/40 years??
    More in line with republican thinking don't you think??
    And now,
    The protesters are more democratic in their approach!!
    So keep sipping it won't last long.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. illogicbuster

    More Dem cowards go AWOL.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. illogicbuster

    Government employee unions are an abomination that should have NEVER occurred. Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relations and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the Government. The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to obstruct the operations of government until their demands are satisfied. Such action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nichole

    As the wife, sister and daughter of union members, I just wanted to remind the Republicans that the majority of this country was built by unions. Maybe if the Republicans had supported the unions all of the jobs in the U.S. wouldn't be in Mexico and Canada. When you say buy American made products remember, it's probably union made!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JesusChristSuperFraud

    So much for limited government. It seems that limited government only applies to limiting leftist policies, yet the Repuglicans poke their noses into everyone's bedroom and place of employment when it suits their needs. Both parties are stuck in 1920 with how they treat the voters. When there is a budget issue they target groups they don't like for cuts instead of across the board cuts including legislative pay+benefits+extras. See how these slime work? Both parties make me sick. Dems want half the voters on welfare so they can maintain their steady 30% voting base, while the Retardicans are just as guilty of playing the class warfare game. I wonder what it will take for people to get mad enough to rise up against these snakes.?

    February 22, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JesusChristSuperFraud

    @Nichole: look up NAFTA. Sweeping bipartisan support and was signed into law by Bill "I feel your pain" Clinton. Don't believe the partisan rhetoric. They both sold us out. The sad joke is they have fooled people into believing there is a difference between the two parties. It's a charade.

    February 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
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