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The report begins: "Taking a page from the Democratic playbook in Wisconsin, Indiana Democrats fled to Illinois today to thwart Republican efforts to pass anti-union legislation."

Labor protests have spread to Indiana, as Democratic lawmakers there flee the state, 02/22/11. (photo: Matt Detrich/AP/The Indianapolis Star)
Labor protests have spread to Indiana, as Democratic lawmakers there flee the state, 02/22/11. (photo: Matt Detrich/AP/The Indianapolis Star)

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+6 # lin96 2011-02-23 00:36
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.

Governor Scott cannot expect something he's unwilling to give. The "I won't give an inch" attitude of Governor Scott will never be successful. If he wins this battle he will most likely lose the war.
+6 # Bill Holcomb 2011-02-23 05:44
Maybe Illinois needs to open a special desk in the Tourism Office for legislators fleeing from other states. Maybe offer them political asylum?
+10 # Todd Williams 2011-02-23 07:15
What right does a governor have to send state troopers anywhere, let alone across state lines, to take a state legislator into custody? Nazi Germany? Stalin's Russia? Stand up and fight for worker's rights! This has got to stop NOW!
+3 # A. Zide 2011-02-23 16:48
The 'most powerful special interests in the US today' are most definitely not the unions, but the crass profit-only special interests of the large, mostly unregulated corporations (e.g., oil, gas, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals etc.) that would, like Mussolini, completely eliminate any opposition to their unbridled greed and essentially BECOME the government!
+1 # Betty 2011-02-23 23:40
Signs should read "No Right-to-Work-for-Less-Without-Benefits"

"Right to Work" is doublespeak, and is a term for sensible people to avoid. When talking about breaking unions, they should call it "No Workers' Rights" We will say "Protect Workers"

Cut the loopholes for corporations and the top 2%--no, eliminate them AND raise their taxes to make up for all the money they STOLE from the rest of the people!!
+1 # DPM 2011-02-23 23:41
Stand by the protesters in all of the states trying to deny workers rights. If those politicians really want to close their budget deficits, they might try taxing their wealthiest citizens and largest corporations. These large companies complain that their 35% tax rate is stifling business. How much do they ACTUALLY pay? Make those figures public! Then make them pay!
0 # peanut 2011-02-24 01:05
just read that 11 people who had gone to have blood pressure checked sy screening clinic in Clay County Florida had to be rushed to emergency rooms because their blood pressure was so high. Not being able to afford health care kills people, in case the Republicans don't know it.

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