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June 27, 2013

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The Democrats shouldn’t have walked out on the job, and especially not for so long.

In a legislative body with no filibuster provisions, walking out is a form of protest, we recognize, and has been done by both Hoosier Republicans and Democrats over the years.

But this was a long walkout. One of the most basic job skills is showing up each day, but the Democratic lawmakers went AWOL for weeks. Try that with any other job, and you won’t be employed for long.

In fact, the House has nine fewer Democrats after the 2012 election. They now number 31.

We understand why the Republican majority saw fit to threaten to fine Democratic lawmakers. 

But when the Democrats returned, the Republicans should have forgiven the fines. The fines were meant to be the lever to move the Democrats back into the Statehouse, not to punish them for walking out. At least, that’s the approach that should have been taken. 

Someday the Republicans might find themselves in the minority and regret this heavy-handed precedent. Elephants have good memories, of course, but so do donkeys.

— The Times, Munster

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