In the end, they just didn't have the votes.
For two legislative sessions, Indiana Democrats fought the divisive labor measure known as right-to-work. They offered amendments to change the bill and tried to put the issue before voters in a referendum. In their most high-profile gambit, House Democrats staged boycotts to deny Republicans members to conduct business.
But that all ended Wednesday when the minority party bowed to the mathematical reality of the GOP majority. Democrats showed up, and the Indiana House voted to make Indiana the 23rd state to ban contracts that require workers to pay mandatory union fees.
It is the latest successful legislative push targeting union power following a Republican sweep of statehouses in 2010, though measures in Wisconsin and Ohio have sparked firestorms and a backlash.