Pro-labor Republicans recruit for Ind. House races

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Associated Press

Posted on February 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Pro-labor Republicans are targeting several GOP lawmakers who backed divisive right-to-work legislation that made Indiana the 23rd state to ban unions from collecting mandatory representation fees.

The pro-labor Lunchpail Republicans have recruited eight candidates to run in May's Republican primary. A list of candidates obtained by The Associated Press Thursday shows some candidates are taking on powerful House members like Rep. Douglas Gutwein of Francesville, while others are challenging freshmen legislators elected in 2010's Republican sweep.

Gov. Mitch Daniels signed right-to-work into law last week over the objections of Democrats and union members. A handful of House Republicans running for re-election in union-heavy districts like northwest Indiana voted against the measure.

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