Public opinion will play a heavy role as Indiana House Democrats and Republicans weigh the political ramifications of their ongoing Statehouse stalemate.
House Democrats fled to Illinois Tuesday to derail Republican-backed legislation they oppose. Republicans have refused to negotiate items off their agenda. Democrats have no immediate plans to return and say they won't be in House chambers Monday afternoon when Republicans will try again to convene.
Public opinion is mixed on the Democrats' boycott, and two small rallies at the Statehouse Friday supported each side.
Professor Sean Savage at Saint Mary's College in South Bend says public opinion will become more critical of Democrats the longer the boycott drags on. But he said Republicans need to make sure they don't come off as too unwilling to compromise.