WHATEVS MITCH IS BUSY BEING DRAFTED  5:09 pm February 22, 2011

Indiana Democrats Successfully Stop Anti-Union Bill By Also Leaving Their State

by Jack Stuef

Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures. [...]

Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation.

Did they go to Wisconsin? Whatever, THE SYSTEM WORKS! (The system is a broken democracy.) [Indianapolis Star]

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ttommyunger February 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I think we may be on to something here: if all our Politicians would just GTFU, maybe we can save ourselves.

andrewdrinker February 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Unfortunately this won't work in Ohio because there's no quorum rule in the State Senate.

karen February 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

We're just going to keep doing our part by protesting. Not that Kasich or any of the others give a rat's poisoned asshole about working people, but we can't just sit around. He's gonna be in town here on Thursday (in Warren), so we're gonna park-it outside his little Chamber circle-jerk and tell him to shove his hatred of workers up his Wall Street ass.

andrewdrinker February 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I love you!

twaingirl February 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Go go go! You are awesome! Set up a pizza wish list like Wisconsin protesters!

Callyson February 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thank you for doing God's work

ifthethunderdontgetya February 22, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I took some pics and a short video at the protest in Columbus today.

MiniMencken February 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

Karen, if I had not been married for 31 years to a really patient, enduring woman-type person, I would totally get on one knee and ask to be your Lefto Love Dog for Eternity.

Negropolis February 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

I've seen Kasich interviewed on the cable news channels a few times, recently, and he is easily one of the most obnoxious governors in the country at the moment. While Walker is stubborn as a mule, Kasich seems to believe that he knows every. damned. thing. in the world. Arrogant, loud…I see why this guy was in media. He was talking with CNN's Jessica Yelin a night or two ago, and the way he interrupted her and condescendingly said her name after she asked him a question just reeked of him not respecting women. He was talking to her as if she was some little girl. It was really digusting and made me feel sorry for her, which is quite a task, because I'm not a fan of hers' at all.

You know, being candid cuts both ways. In Kasich's case, his candidness is just plain obnoxious and bullying.

Oblios_Cap February 23, 2011 at 8:46 am

He sounds a lot like Rick Scott.

horsedreamer_1 February 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

That Deadhead son of a bitch must have taken the wrong colour acid.

karen February 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

Great pictures, ifthethunderdontgetya! Mom's boyfriend was down there yesterday with AFSCME. We just found out that the meeting Kasich was having here at a local restaurant has been moved to a hangar at the Youngstown Air Force Base, so no one can be nearby to protest. The man is made of pure dogshit.

Negropolis: That's exactly why people voted for him. He's an obnoxious jerk, like most people in Ohio. Kasich was elected by the teabagger crowd, which unfortunately includes my sister. We're all kind of puzzled in my household because her husband is in a railroad union, and, just recently, was offered a full time position with the union. Then here she is watching Glenn Beck and telling my mom how evil teachers somewhere get paid lots of money. Luckily mom is a smart cookie, she worked her ass off her whole life and even though her workplace is hardcore anti-union she supports the right to organize. Unlike my sister, whose only job in the last 10 years has been to pop out babies and call her Indian doctors terrorists. I love my sister, but jeez.

SorosBot February 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm

These guys are also in Illinois; time for a cross-state party at Rahm's house.

MissTaken February 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Ooh! Does this mean the glowing orb that follows Rahm around at parties will return? Pretty please!

SorosBot February 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I just looked up the election, and today is actually election day in Chicago; so based on the polls Rahm probably actually will be holding a party tonight. Invite the Wisconsin and Indiana Dems over!

Callyson February 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

And since he just won (according to CNN), he can buy the champagne with the bribes that his cronies ponied up…er, I mean donations that his campaign contributors gave in the name of good government…

Extemporanus February 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

YAY! The cutters are breaking away!

MildMidwesterner February 23, 2011 at 7:12 am

Nice Hoosier reference.

mumbly_joe February 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm


GuyClinch February 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm

There'd be some money in it if tourism boards across the country started offering group packages for fleeing legislators.

yyyaz February 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I have a 42-pack I'm willing to send anywhere.

MissTaken February 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

But it's called a "right-to-work bill" so it has to be good for workers, right?

JustPixelz February 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

They just like putting "right" in their law names. Though some are more "right" than others. "Right to Life", "Right to Work", "Right to Vote".

DaRooster February 22, 2011 at 5:28 pm

My guess-

It now sucks to be a Non-Crazy,Googly Eyed, Smelly, Fat, White, Common People-Hating Half-Wit…


nounverb911 February 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Sounds like a rousing game of musical states.

PublicLuxury February 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Run Forrest.

Non snark

Good for them. Muddy the water long enough to let the people get organized and put on the pressure. The people's filibuster, kinda.

EdFlintstone February 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Fired up. Ready to go.

GOPCrusher February 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I think we can say that any aspirations Mitch Daniels may have had for the Republiklan nomination for President are now dead and buried.

PresBeeblebrox February 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Good. That leaves Haley "Citizens Council" Barbour, Godfather Q. McPizza, Mr. Frothy Mixture, Mittens, and Lou Sarah as remaining GOP candidates for 2012. Bring it on.

Wait, wut? I forgot Ron Paul. My bad.

Numbat_Dundee February 23, 2011 at 6:19 am

There's always Mr Burns. He could run as an old fashioned moderate Republican. He probably thinks teabags are vulgar (an urchin should be employed to stir Darjeeling leaves in a proper teapot). And he's always been in favour of civility in politics – one gets one's servants to thrash uppity blacks and union agitators, but one always smiles gracefully if forced into an unfortunate one-on-one with them (whilst discreetly pressing the button marked: "Release the hounds)".

zhubajie February 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

Forgot Fuckabee, a more dangerous Palin.

elviouslyqueer February 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Apoplectic hissy-fit from Charles Lane in 3…2…1…

Billmatic February 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I'd like to remind everyone on this site that says very mean things about Texas that the Dems here started the "lets hide in a Motel 6 in another state because these guys are being dicks," tactic because Tom DeLay and etc wanted to completely gerrymander the whole state to their own advantage.

Should happen again come summertime, though I think Joe Strauss is a little less idiotically partisan than Craddick.

Redhead February 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Domino's better get ready for the influx of protesters camping out and ordering pizza that will follow in 3…2…1…

Oblios_Cap February 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

Not Dominos. Don't give any money to that Fundy Xtian asshat that owns the company.

MilwaukeeKent February 22, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Apparently in Florida Gov. Rick Perry decided similar legislation just wasn't worth the uproar and asked that the state legislature drop it as well. So that leaves Ohio and the pioneer, Scott "I'll go first" Walker in Wisconsin walking the plank alone. Scott may turn around and find no one else behind him. Are the Koch borthers theatening him and his family if he doesn't go through with their union busting scheme?

The best laid eggs of billionaires and dull but ambitious Eagle Scouts oft go awry…

Oblios_Cap February 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

JEB! Bush already pretty much destroyed the State workers Union and cut our wages by elimainating COLAs; all Rick is doing is actuially going one step further and eliminating benefits and actually cutting the wages while disallowing COLAs.

horsedreamer_1 February 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

Davy & Chuckles are prolly doing Scott Walker the same way they did their brothers, Fred (their opposite) & Billy (the littlest Koch, who's been more than happy to play around in the America's Cup).

Zvi_Bleindmeis February 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Here in Florida, we call the governor Rick Scott, just to screw with his mind.

Governor Scott is hard at work looking for a way to spin Medicare fraud as a cost-cutting strategy.

Florida: #50 in education spending. #1 in alligator attacks.

ShaveTheWhales February 23, 2011 at 12:22 am

Steve Martin Mull.

Rick Scott Walker.


Zvi_Bleindmeis February 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

I'm going to tune in to John Glenn Beck to find out.

the_problem_child February 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm

It's musical legislators. They mill around, while someone takes a seat, then everyone rushes back to try to claim one. Hilarity ensues when an IN rep ends up on a WI rep's lap.

gullywompr February 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Courting disaster we ran in the night
Wings of an angel torn in flight
Check it – verify it
It's all here in writing, down in writing!

At the hands of the press
And in the eyes of the government
I fell from grace
I too became a dissident

AddHomonym February 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm

This will lead to teabaggers demanding to be able to purchase legislators ACROSS STATE LINES!!!!1!

Zvi_Bleindmeis February 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

And also lead to criminalizing the act of transporting a quorum across state lines for moral purposes.

SorosBot February 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Or requiring law enforcement in other states to detain and return all fugitive legislators.

horsedreamer_1 February 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

Goes without saying, but — THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR JOHN MC CAIN.

politics_nerd February 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

proud of these dems that are standing up for a goddamned change!

Callyson February 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Glad to see this is becoming a trend.
And just in case those legislators want a break from the Midwestern winter as well as from the Republican wingnuts: http://www.visitcalifornia.com/

Numbat_Dundee February 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

Nahhh – come here to Australia. We have summer, and something that would come in handy in Wisconsin. Our strongest unions are the building unions (I kid you not). They have high wages, they are led by unreconstructed Communists of various delightful shades and they have muscles on their muscles.

zhubajie February 23, 2011 at 9:08 am

Yes, if you're going to flee, go to a foreign country. It'll be a quantum leap harder to find you, bring you back, etc.

fuflans February 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

all dem pols from the midwest are now in IL shaking hands with rahm.

MinAgain February 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Apparently, "running for office" doesn't mean what I thought it meant.

Negropolis February 23, 2011 at 12:18 am

Us Michiganders are wondering what the fuck is going on around us? If this shit keeps going down, we're fleeing across the border to Canada and hop a train to sexy Toronto.

Jason_inthe_Peg February 23, 2011 at 12:44 am

Don't bother. That would be the definition of fleeing the frying pan for the fire. Mayor Rob Ford is a wingnut born and bred.

Negropolis February 23, 2011 at 3:16 am

Gawd, I forgot about Ford. He's Canada's most famous teabagger; how he got elected to lead Canada's largest city is beyond me; this guy wouldn't be elected in any major American city, well, maybe somewhere like San Diego where they still actually elect conservative Republicans to higher office.

Well, Windsor is good enough for me. That should be Windsor's motto: Well, we're better than Detroit.

GhostBuggy February 23, 2011 at 2:04 am

Did you see Rick Snyder's comments yesterday about wanting to work with unions through collective bargaining? He really does not want this shit on his doorstep his second month in office.

problemwithcaring February 23, 2011 at 12:56 am

This pleases me, but I am a little confused. Why do these all Dems suddenly have spines only now that Rethugs are coming after public employees unions? Ohh…

Janinthepan February 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

The same reason why Republicans are trying to bust up unions. Unions are the Dem's biggest supporters, and give them lots of money. This is all about 2012.

Hatrabbit February 23, 2011 at 3:10 am

'Whack A Mole' Democracy.

If it pisses off the mouth breathers, I'm for it!

horsedreamer_1 February 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

Tony Montana is ashamed of you, Mitch Daniels.

GOPCrusher February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

To be fair, when they did vote, they voted "NO". Didn't matter what it was, but they did vote.

democratessuck February 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

When it doesn't go their way run. Cowards…

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