Red-State Governors Offer Partial Expansion of Medicaid

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 12:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports today on the biggest non-Washington policy fight of the next few years, the bid to get states to accept the expansion of Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare gave states an opt-out for the Medicaid expansion, designed to provide 1/2 of the total coverage expansion in the law. So [...]

ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Sham Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter CSG

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 1:51 pm

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its “ALEC Exposed” project, is the archetype of von Bismarck’s truism. So too are the fracking [...]

Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State Convicted for Voter Fraud

By: Saturday February 4, 2012 8:23 am

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White can no longer serve in that position after he was found guilty of felony voter fraud charges. The verdict was delivered at 2:20am this morning. White, the state’s chief election officer, was found guilty of six out of seven felony counts. The jury found him not guilty on a [...]

Indiana Legislature Secures Final Passage of Right-to-Work Legislation

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:43 am

Before moving on to Arizona, let’s note that Indiana will soon become the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state, after the state Senate passed a revised bill to that effect. The bill now can go to Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to make Indiana the Rust Belt’s first right-to-work state, passing legislation that [...]

Dem Boycott Ends, Right-to-Work Passes Indiana House

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 3:06 pm

I was very skeptical that the Indiana House Democrats could hold up on a boycott to deny quorum to Republicans, and indeed, they couldn’t. They returned to work late today and allowed the right-to-work legislation to pass. Indiana’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives cleared the way Wednesday to become the first right-to-work state in a traditionally [...]

Indiana Democrats Gamely Holding Out on Right to Work

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 8:15 am

Indiana Democrats in the State House walked out again to deny a quorum, as Republicans attempted to pass their right-to-work bill and clear the last hurdle before moving the bill to Mitch Daniels for his signature. The House tried and failed to come in at both 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., as not enough representatives [...]

Indiana Right to Work Bill Could Wrap Up Today

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 8:15 am

Yesterday, the State Senate in Indiana passed right-to-work legislation. Republicans have such an advantage in the state Senate that quorum rules are irrelevant, so Democrats were unable to mount a defense. The final vote was actually 28-22, with nine Republicans voting against the measure, in a self-protective move designed to blunt criticism of them for [...]

Indiana House Democrats Will Return to Vote On Right-to-Work Amendment Calling for Public Vote

By: Friday January 20, 2012 12:16 pm

The ongoing boycott by House Democrats in Indiana over anti-union right-to-work legislation was theoretically made easier by this ruling from a state judge, blocking the seizing of legislator paychecks to cover the $1,000-a-day fines Republicans have recently imposed. This won’t stop the fines, but it tangles the issue of the fines up in court for [...]

Indiana Republicans Approve Fines for Boycotting Democratic Legislators

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 9:40 am

Democratic House lawmakers in Indiana walked out again to protest a right-to-work bill, after there were signs of a deal on a vote this week. Republicans in the House approved $1,000-a-day fines for the lawmakers. Understand that in Indiana, legislators only make about $23,000 a year. The Republicans approved the fines in a voice vote [...]

Deal Allows Vote in Indiana on Right-to-Work

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 12:15 pm

There’s a deal in place to at least slow down but not stop the right-to-work bill making its way through the Indiana legislature. The deal will ensure a vote on right-to-work next week, and as passage is expected, it’s hard to describe this as a victory for labor or their allies. The House will vote [...]

Indiana Democrats Walk Out Again to Protest Right-to-Work Legislation

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 2:21 pm

After the 6-minute committee hearing in the Indiana legislature on a right-to-work bill, House Democrats have had enough, again. They have walked out of the state House for the second time in a week, denying Republicans a quorum on the legislation. This suggests that they still don’t have the votes to defeat right-to-work on the [...]

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