No End in Sight to Statehouse Standoff

By Mary Collins

No End in Sight to Statehouse Standoff

February 25, 2011 Updated Feb 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (Indiana's NewsCenter)--- With both political parties seemingly entrenched, the political stalemate among Indiana lawmakers is poised to last through the weekend -- and maybe longer.

House Democrats are vowing to stay camped out in Illinois until the "radical attack" on working Hoosiers is over. Republicans call the demands to kill nearly a dozen bills, including bills on unions and education reform, unreasonable and vowed not to talk compromise unless the Democrats come home.

But the question on everyone's mind is what exactly will get them back? Typically, the exit strategy for a deadlock is compromise -- but it's not clear what Republicans would be willing to give up, or what Democrats would be willing to swallow.

Given the Republicans' solid majority, it's reasonable to assume they will prevail on much of their agenda. But it also seems reasonable that it won't be their entire agenda -- and that's where things could get interesting.

The Republicans already have relented on one piece of legislation Democrats called unacceptably anti-union and anti-worker: the so-called "right to work" bill.

"In many cases, that would have been enough," Gov. Mitch Daniels said. "I'm not sure why it isn't right now."

Democrats, however, produced their list of 11 bills they want dead, including education reform bills that are a priority for Daniels -- issues that at least appear to have the least opportunity for compromise on either side.

And yet one side will prevail on education reform, presumably at the cost of something else.

Others suggest that the only thing that might unlock the stalemate is public pressure.




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