From the daily archives: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

John Kasich is scheduled to appear at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s luncheon tomorrow but the location was recently moved in an attempt to avoid labor groups from protesting at the event.

According to Youngstown’s Business Journal Daily:

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s luncheon Thursday featuring Gov. John Kasich has been relocated to Youngstown-Warren Regional airport — apparently in reaction to widespread calls for labor protests at the event.

So Kasich and his Chamber pals move their event to an aircraft hangar in the middle of Mahoning County to hide from the protesting of hard-working Ohioans. And as they sit around […]

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This morning the Columbus Dispatch breathlessly reported “Hint of Progress Amid the Protests Over Senate Bill 5:”

A key Senate Republican said at least one public union has shown a willingness to go beyond the "kill the bill" chants heard repeatedly from the estimated 5,200 protesters who swarmed the Statehouse yesterday to fight an overhaul of Ohio’s collective-bargaining law.

"They are remaining pragmatic and so are we," Sen. Kevin Bacon, R-Minerva Park, said yesterday after a meeting with the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio. "We have some things that maybe we can come together on."

Jay McDonald, […]

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(Source: Marc Kovac- Capital Blog)

Niehaus accuses anti-SB 5 protesters of “defecating” in the building and defacing the walls in protest.  This has been pushed for the past 24 hours by no less than Jon Keeling, Deputy Communication Director for Governor Kasich and other conservative Twits on Twitter (TM).

Like Senate Majority Communication Director Jason Mauk who spread this picture around Twitter last night:

President Niehaus cited this defecation and act of vandalism to justify the Highway Patrol’s unprecedented actions yesterday in locking people out of the Statehouse.

Wait for it….

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The Senate Republicans decided to put a little lipstick on the pig that is SB 5.

This afternoon Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond) and Senate Insurance, Labor and Commerce Chair Kevin Bacon (R-Footloose) announced the GOP’s “revisions” to Senate Bill 5.

First, the good news.  The new SB 5 does not eliminate the right of State employees to collectively bargain.

This makes Senate Bill 5 take a radical departure from the bill in Wisconsin on a major issue.

However, the right to collectively bargain at both the State and local level will only be on wages only.  No […]

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Apparently, in Governor Kasich’s world, a police officer is an “idiot” for enforcing the law to protect emergency responders, but not when they lock out citizens from seeing their elected legislators.

Also, when Mitch Daniels finds out that John Kasich has been having daily phone dates with other GOP Governors, will the confrontation be filmed by “Cheaters”?

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We have multiple, first-hand accounts of people calling the Governor’s office yesterday and calling the Department of Public Safety, each one blaming the other or, better yet, blaming the fire marshal. Neither one would take responsibility for locking citizens out of the Statehouse. (today we verified that it was Tom Charles’ Department of Public Safety)

People calling the Governor’s office were told it was “a safety issue” and the Statehouse was “Full to capacity” and the “fire marshal closed it, because there were too many people inside”.

But Julie Carr-Smyth of the AP confirmed this […]

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While everyone is distracted by SB5 and the protests it has sparked, Ohio’s Republican legislators are trying to sneak through a number of other bills that would similarly have a negative impact on Ohio’s working and middle class.

On of those bills is House Bill 95 which seeks to eliminate public-notice requirements for Ohio utility rate increases.

Lauren Worley summarized the bill nicely over at the

House Bill 95 would repeal public-notice requirements for applications for rate increases and public hearings on those applications. Ohio utilities will be able to increase consumer rates without going through the current […]

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Update 2: Walker’s office releases a statement and it’s equally as stunning:

Spokesperson Cullen Werwie: “The Governor takes many calls everyday. Throughout this call the Governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. The phone call shows that the Governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having.”

Update: Mother Jones is reporting that Governor Walker’s office has indeed confirmed it was him on the recording. […]

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Look out for the bus, Senator Jones…

Can’t believe that Governor Kasich uttered those words “not my bill.”

Kasich did the same thing to State Representative John Adams.  He used to praise him for this income tax repeal legislation, until a Legislative Service Commission (LSC) analysis of Adams’ bill became a political liability in the campaign.

[UPDATE:]  A commenter reminded us of Kasich on Fox News just the day before:

Uses the term “we” at least eighteen times when talking about SB 5.  Says it’s part of his overall package of reforms to make Ohio a […]

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Even the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the decision to lock people out of the Statehouse was made by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, which is headed by Kasich appointee Thomas Charles.

Charles is not just the head of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, but he’s formerly with the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Fearing for the safety of the hundreds already gathered in the Statehouse, the patrol locked outside doors, leaving throngs of protesters on the east side along 3rd Street chanting and cheering so loudly that they could be heard across Downtown.

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Today was a historic day in Columbus.  Today was the first time in my lifetime in which average citizens were denied access to go inside the Statehouse while the legislature was in session.  It was done on the flimsiest of excuses (more on that later).

The House and Senate Democratic Caucuses held a joint impromptu press conference to protest taxpaying citizens being denied access to the building.

(Source: Marc Kovac at Capital Blog)

If there’s anyone who thinks that this was about a fire code issue needs to understand that the media was reporting […]

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