Supermajority: Why It Is A Dirty Word To Indiana Democrats

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 7, 2012 Updated Nov 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM EST

INDIANA, (www.incnow.tv) --- Democratic lawmakers struggle to be relevant.

Tuesday's elections produced huge majorities for Republicans in both the Indiana Senate and House of Representatives.

Democrats will be outnumbered in the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly in a big way.

Republicans now own a 37 to 13 advantage in the senate, and 69 to 31 in the house.

It means Republicans can call a quorum and conduct business, even if no Democrats bother to show up.

We talked to current Fort Wayne City Council Member and former legislator Mitch Harper, who said the situation might even get under the skin of some Republican lawmakers.

" Some of them I think may get frustrated, because there'll be a long line of folks in front of them to move up to committee chairs," Harper said.

" It means Democrats will have no way to object constructively, but the other side of that is the Republicans are totally in charge, they are therefore totally responsible. So, the voters wanted this, this is what we'll see, and they have a chance to do a great deal of good or otherwise," said Democratic State Representative Win Moses, who lost Tuesday in his bid for re-election to the legislature.

Moses says he thinks the voters may have actually done him a favor, because he would have had no clout in the legislature.

Moses expects he will throw himself into a not for profit venture or some other endeavor in Fort Wayne where he is more likely to get results.




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