For the second day in a row, the Indiana House Democrats have stayed "in caucus" on what was supposed to be the second day of the legislative session. Really, it's just a fancy term to say they didn't show up to do business. They didn't head out of state and stay in a motel (yet), but they decided to not show up for work all the same.
|Minority Leader Bauer|
The statement seems to indicate that the Democrats are, at least currently, considering returning to the Chamber soon. Failure to do so could not only begin building a $1,000 per day fine (something the Dems are not scared of, since the tab would likely be picked up by unions, like last years for the most part was,) but also potentially lead to the legislators arrest. Fear of arrest is exactly why they left the state last year, and why they may again in 2012.
- The Democrats, as they have announced, will continue to deny a quorum in the House.
- Sometime between a week and two weeks into this, Bosma and Bauer will reach an agreement "in the interest of getting business done" that will allow for some of the public hearings on the matter.
- Bauer and the Democrats will call for a large number of these to take place in heavily unionized towns like Kokomo. Bosma and the GOP will call for a small number in towns that are hardly unionized at all. There will end up being about 10 of these forums and they will be in a mix of union and non-union towns.
- The turnout at these hearings is going to be 90%+ against right to work in the union towns, and 75%+ against right to work in the non-union towns.
- The Democrats are going to shout from the rooftops that this is a clear indication that public sentiment is strongly against passing right to work. The Republicans are going to point out the fact that the reason the anti right to work turnout was so strong was because unions, both from Indiana and other states, flooded the cities where the forums were taking place and skewed the numbers. They're going to make a note of the fact that many of the participants were paid by the unions to make the trip and be there.
- The GOP will point to a handful of public polls that will have been done that show the public as a whole supports right to work.
- They will return to the Statehouse and vote the right to work legislation into law.
- (unless the Dems walk out again realizing that the legislation is still going to pass...a definite possibility.)
I'm interested in how you think this will play out. Please leave your thoughts on how this will in the comments section below.