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February 28th, 2011
08:25 AM ET

State Rep. Pelath (D) stays in Indiana as colleagues flee the state

As Indiana Republicans push state budget cuts, Democrats are pushing back.

All but two Democratic state legislators have fled Indiana to avoid a vote on a Republican budget, which includes an end to collective bargaining and a school voucher program. One of the two Democrats staying in the state to ensure that Democratic interests are met is State Representative Scott Pelath. Rep. Pelath talks to CNN's Ali Velshi this morning about the standoff in Indiana.


Filed under: Economy • Politics • U.S.
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. mike sey

    For all the talk about union power, what is happening in Wisconsin shows where the power really lies. While he sits in his office and refuses to negotiate anything, Scott Walker cuts off paycheques to his dissenting Senators in the hopes that economic hardship will force them to cave. Now, if Mr. Walker didn't get his paycheque and have access to the state treasury for his expenses, how long would he hold out before fulfilling his responsibilities and come to the negotiating table?

    If his state troopers couldn't be paid, how long would they travel the state to harass the dissidents' families and how long would they provide the extra security details Mr. Walker thinks is necessary to guard him and his office from those motherly-liooking thugs on the protest lines?

    March 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  2. Judy Scarbeck

    Thank you, CNN, for interviewing an Indiana House Democrat who was able to share the plight of Indiana's public school teachers with the nation. With all that's going on in Wisconsin, we feel a bit overshadowed here in Indiana. I assure you, our fight is just as difficult.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  3. David Tiffany

    The GOP is the largest organized crime organization in the US. Lying to the voting public to get elected, and then adopting an agenda that their constituents would have opposed, if they had known about it, is Fraud. How are Dems using procedural tactics to stop GOP robbery different than GOP fillibusters for 2 years in US Senate to prevent Obama administration from succeeding?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:17 am |