Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats –

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and Indiana ratcheted up the pressure on their absent Democratic colleagues Thursday, aiming to force an end to standoffs over bills that would limit public workers’ bargaining rights.

In Wisconsin, Republican senators passed a unanimous resolution finding their 14 Democratic colleagues in contempt. They ordered the Democrats to return to the Senate in Madison by 4 p.m.—and threatened them with arrest if they resisted. Indiana House Republicans moved to start fining missing Democrats $250 a day, beginning Monday