From the daily archives: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Based on our latest information, it appears that today’s Omnibus Amendment (and whatever behind-the-scenes horsetrading has gone on) the Republican-controlled State Senate will pass SB by roughly an 18-15 vote.  That’s in a chamber where the Republicans control by 23-10.  Flip two more Republican votes, and the bill would have been defeated.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has already reported Seitz as a definite “No” vote.  It claims that LaRose and Manning are still undecided, but we’ve been told otherwise.

We’ve been told that Gilmor has flipped from a likely no to a yes, and Stewart is […]

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Yesterday Modern posted something that you may have missed but I thought was worth repeating:

The Democrats have requested that the persons behind the D.A.S. study I dissected earlier today be asked to testify to the committee. For “some odd reason” the GOP is happy to recite the “analysis” but are unwilling to permit any public questioning about it. Nor is the Senate majority apparently willing to allow for any testimony on what could essentially be a totally new bill after amendments are passed.

Let me clarify:

The Republicans in the Senate are refusing to allow anyone […]

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When it comes right down to it, there isn’t much you need to do as Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor. There aren’t any real official duties that keep you busy all day – and you get a staff of multiple people to get you to do the few things the Governor does ask you to do.

So when you do have to go give a speech supporting some important part of the Governor’s policy, it seems like you’d have plenty of time to brush up on the details beforehand. And a number of people around to give you a hand.

I have […]

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Dear Marc Kovac @ Ohio Capital Blog, we have bested you in shaky video.  All your Pero belongs to us.

Here’s the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus video from today’s protest as well (note, lack of amateurish shaky video):

We also have an official reaction from the Senate Democrats from today’s Omnibus amendment:

“The amended bill still strips public employees of any means to effectively bargain and would put them in jail if they strike,” said Senator Cafaro.  “Senate Bill 5 turns collective bargaining into a one-sided conversation where management always gets the last word.”

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You may remember in our interview last week with Congressman Ryan, I asked when we’d see another “fiery Tim Ryan floor speech”.  Well.  My man has answered the call:

Love me some Tim Ryan!

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I was literally getting a live blog set up in the Statehouse Atrium for today’s Senate Insurance, Commerce, and Labor Committee when Chairman Bacon announced that given nobody has seen the Omnibus Amendment, the committee would adjourn until tomorrow morning. 

We haven’t had time to process this massive amendment.  Nobody has.  It’s 100 pages of amendments to a 500 page bill.  And everyone just got it.  There was no sponsor testimony to explain these amendments.  There is no Legislative Service Commission analysis yet.

And they’re going to vote on this bill tomorrow morning.  First, the Senate cancels […]

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Lots of Retweets on this photo so here’s the higher res full size version (click for full size):

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First, we’ve put several more photos on our Twitter account.  We’ll also eventually today put them all into an album on our Facebook.  Here’s a picture we took from a local business showing they, too, oppose SB 5.

Throughout the Statehouse, there was a ridiculous amount of uniformed Highway Patrol and signs throughout the Statehouse declaring the occupancy limits of every room in the Statehouse.

(Don’t tell the State Fire Marshall, but I stood while taking this picture.)

In the bottom stairwell between the Rotunda and Senate Atrium, there were ten uniformed Highway […]

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These were taken around 9 a.m. as the crowd was just forming.

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Modern has been all over the story about Marc Kvamme’s failure to meet the constitutional qualifications to serve in his current cabinet post (i.e. resident of Ohio) as Director of Development and the lack of a response from Attorney General Mike DeWine on the issue.

Here’s a quick update:

I just finished talking to someone who confirmed that the Controlling Board has started to remove Kvamme’s name from spending requests going through the board because they aren’t sure he is legally qualified to serve in his position and to sign the documents. Gongwer appears to verify this information.


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Channel 4 in Columbus:

A fetus has been scheduled as a legislative witness in Ohio on a unique bill that proposes outlawing abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected.

An aide to committee Chairman Lynn Wachtmann said a pregnant woman will be brought before the committee and an ultrasound image of her uterus will be projected onto a screen. The heartbeat of the fetus will be visible in color.

Well, at least the Republicans aren’t taking a serious issue like abortion and turning it into a sideshow carnival act of political grandstanding.  Incidentially,


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