When it was introduced, the Ohio political media was quick to declare that given the sizeable Republican majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate, SB 5 was an inevitable conclusion.  There was nothing anyone could do to stop it.  Don’t even bother, folks.  It’s a done deal.

Tonight, the Cleveland Plain Dealer was the first to write what we here at Plunderbund has been saying for some time:

Despite the GOP majority in the Senate, it is unclear whether the bill has enough votes to get out of the 12-member committee where it is being debated, let alone withstand a full floor vote.

(emphasis added.)

Nobody read blogs.

Reggie Fields’ story tonight is a must-read.  For the first time, we have public official unions telling the GOP one simple message about what SB 5 means for the Republican Party next November.


"I think what is going to end up happening is you are going to make a lot of conservative-leaning safety forces liberal-leaning. It is going to make a lot of Democrats out of Republicans," said Cleveland police union president Stephen Loomis, who said 70 percent of the officers in his membership are conservatives.

"They are setting the framework for the Democrats to take back the House next year," Loomis said.

Mark Sanders, president of the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, said Grendell is right to be concerned. While the OAPFF for last fall’s elections endorsed a Democratic slate of candidates for statewide races, Sanders said most Ohio firefighters support Republicans.

"Never in their wildest dreams did they think a governor who talked about examining collective bargaining would end up with something gutting their livelihood," Sanders said. "I haven’t seen this response ever, really, after almost 30 years in fire service. . . Our Republican members especially are just beside themselves."

Sanders said firefighters are particularly frustrated with Kasich, who took office last month, and noted that police and fire make up one of the largest voting blocs in labor.

Folks the Cleveland Police union did not endorse Ted Strickland.  They endorsed more Republicans than Democrats.  These are the only unions that Republicans typically bother to seek their endorsement because their members tend to be more Republican than the other unions.

Just a few days ago, we discussed how this bill could be the death certificate of the “Reagan Democrats.”  And we’re seeing it play out just like this.  So what’s the official Republican response:

image DeWine said support from public safety is important, but Republicans can count more votes among taxpayers fed up with the drain on state and local governments presented by unions.

"They already get the joke that in many instances the Cadillac health care programs, the gold-plated retirements, those are things that are outside the norm of the private sector," he said.

Yep, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine is totally right.  The Republicans should totally listen to him.  There is absolutely no evidence that this is a partisan overreach by the Republicans that could have lasting political implication in this State for at least a decade.

It is absolutely clear that the people of Ohio are 100% supportive of radical collective bargaining reform.


Yep, this is such a great idea to the people of Ohio that’s precisely why Chairman Bacon has been openly talking about carving out the public safety unions entirely from SB 5.

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  • Lindalou50

    I’m still finding it hard to believe that Kasich was elected. He, thru Lehmann Bros. had already lost $480 million dollars of Ohio seniors money.

  • Anonymous

    Kevin DeWine is the Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, and a cousin of Attorney General Mike DeWine.

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  • Adrienne

    Who did they think they were voting for? They were voting for evil rich people because that is who the R’s really work for.

  • Anonymous

    Teachers and others have negotiated to zero salary increases in order to keep these so-called “Cadillac” health care policies. And we know they won’t last much longer, because health care costs have continued to skyrocket.

    Meanwhile, GE CEO says business really needs tax relief. But GE paid zero in federal taxes last year. Less than zero is a negative tax. It will be taken out of the hides of our teachers. This is what happens when corporations own our government.

    Republicans…because billions are never enough for billionaires. They want zero taxes and teachers’ and retirees’ pensions, too.

  • leeseh

    What do they mean–“They’ll remember”? As if it wasn’t clear enough during the campaign that this is what was going to happen. It’s too late if collective bargaining goes. It will take years to get it back. It took too long to get it in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Great minds think alike. I just used that same quote yesterday in talking to someone in the Statehouse about my Reagan Democrat post.

  • Anonymous

    Great minds think alike. I just used that same quote yesterday in talking to someone in the Statehouse about my Reagan Democrat post.

  • concerned

    The quote at the beginning of the article is exactly what is wrong with politics. Everything seems to be retribution. I am a Republican and I feel that the Federal Health care legislation was rammed down America’s throat without listening to the people. I fear the same thing is happening here. I am not a personal fan of unions, but I feel like this bill is “paybacks” for Republicans at the federal level getting steam rolled in the last session. It is not right and it is not a productive way to run any government. I believe most Americans are moderate and I truly think a third party is needed to help narrow the wide divide between right and left.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    seems thats a popular quote this week — Bill Cunningham used that quote to Sen Seitz using Shannon Jones as the reference for the awakening
    and I sure hope its the truth

  • pragmatic_one

    Concerned, I can’t really with you on the HCR issue. That bill was debated for over a year. Often it was debated to the point of violence at Town Hall meetings. The end game there – the final week or so – there were some shenanigans going on there. But to say the bill was rammed down our throats is simply not true.

    I think most Americans would be moderate if they were informed. Too many are not informed, their politics are based on a media that has been tilting towards the right for about 20 years to the point now where the “liberal” media consists of some shows on PBS and 3 hours a night on MSNBC. The rest is all corporate or very right leaning.

    There has never been a better time for a 3rd party to emerge. But I see no movement in that area, unless you view the Tea Party as that 3rd party. Yipee about that. How wonderful a thing they have been for America.

  • hairypaw

    I’ve been saying this for years..a strong moderate party

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