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View Diary: Indiana House Speaker launches power play to advance ban on marriage equality and civil unions (48 comments)

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  •  Believe it or not, it's not that unusual (2+ / 0-)
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    Dragon5616, OrdinaryIowan

    I've worked as a grassroots organizer and lobbyist in multiple states and one thing I've learned over the years is that nothing happens without leadership's approval (barring situations where the caucus is in revolt). If they want something to pass badly enough, they will shop committees until they find one that will give it the green-light. On the flip side, if they really want to stop a bill, especially one with grassroots momentum behind it, they'll send it to a hostile committee. I can't tell you how many times I've had to explain to clients that a bill didn't just happen to end up in the "wrong" committee--it was sent there by leadership. Often this is after they were led to believe they had leadership's support, which is a common trick to play on do-gooders who are trying to make the process work for ordinary citizens.

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