From the daily archives: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Senator LaRose last week went to extraordinary lengths to try and convince us (and his constituents) that he could be relied on to vote NO on SB 5.  I literally had people connected to him try three different ways to reach me and ask that we change our scorecard to show him as a No vote as opposed to going from “on the fence” to “Yes” as we had him.

Given that occurred just Thursday, it’s kind of hard to think that LaRose was LaLying to us and his constituents.  How the hell could you make the comments […]

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By a vote of 17-16, today the State Senate passed Senate Bill 5 after roughly three hours of contentious debate.  The Republican Caucus makes up 23 of the 33 seats in the State Senate.  Despite that, the bill passed by a one-vote margins after Republican Senators Manning, Seitz, Grendel, Patton, Hughes, and Oelslager.

LaRose, Stewart, Beagle, Gilmor, and Daniels voted in FAVOR.

Seriously, if you had asked me three weeks ago and said this bill would have passed by only one vote, I would have laughed.  If you had told me House Majority Floor Leader Jimmy Stewart would vote FOR […]

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Senate Democrats just lost a vote to send the bill back to the Committee 17-16.  This kind of parliamentary motion is typically viewed as a way to “table” or “kill” a bill.

Earlier procedural votes haven’t been closer than 18-15 today.  We’re approaching the third hour of debate.

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Over at the Ohio Channel

Session was scheduled to start at 1:30, so it should start soon.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer picked up this little nugget:

Another Republican, Sen. Scott Oelslager of North Canton, was removed from the Senate Rules Committee to avoid a split vote and get the bill to the 33-member Senate floor this afternoon. Seitz and Oelslager have voiced opposition to the bill.

There is absolutely no question that under the Senate Rules, Niehaus was within his power to remove these legislators from the committees.  However, he gets that power under Rules his own majority drafts and enacts.

The question is though: is this fair and democratic?  What’s the point of having a […]

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(HT: Jacoblarger)

Here’s the shot of today’s Tea Party protest in SUPPORT of SB 5:

If you look closer, you’ll notice there are more people in line to get vouchers to get admission to the Senate session than actually protesting with the Tea Party.  I think it’s adorable how they decided to spread out to make them look bigger.

Just in case you’re wondering, here’s a similar picture taken of yesterday’s rally:

(HT: Stand Up Ohio)

Just sayin’.

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From the Dayton Daily News:

Hearings could take from four to six weeks, Wachtmann said, before a committee vote to send the bill to the House floor.

It was three weeks today that the substantive SB 5 bill was unveiled and hearings began.  And it’s already passed committee and is expected to pass the Senate during its session starting at 1:30.

That means that the Senate will spend less time on a 500-page bill that reverses nearly 30 years of Ohio’s collective bargaining law than the House committee will spend on a twenty-seven page […]

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From the Dayton Daily News:

Two young mothers were given ultrasounds in a packed room at the Statehouse as part of a House committee meeting Wednesday. The heartbeat of a fetus at 15 weeks gestation was easily detected. The heartbeat in a fetus of nine weeks gestation was difficult to detect.

Is that like taking the Fifth?  In what was staged as political stagecraft to pander to the Pro-Life crowd, Chairman Lynn Wachtmann unknowingly revealed the other fatal flaw of his “heartbeat” abortion ban besides the fact that even Ohio Right to Life recognizes it as being certainly […]

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Multiple media outlets reporting that SB 5 opponent Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) was taking off the Senate Insurance, Labor & Commerce Committee and replaced with Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), who is expected to vote for SB 5… obviously.

Senate Rule 19 suggest the President of the Senate can change the makeup of a Committee, at will, but only by first issuing a Message (parliamentary term of art) that changes the membership.  Yesterday, Niehaus issued no such message.  He may issue one during the floor session, but that’s after the fact.  There’s probably a parliamentary scramble to figure out if […]

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And let’s remember it’s the Teamsters who get to decide the answer to this question, not Stewart.   The Teamsters.

If someone from Stewart’s office is reading this post, they should also know that we received this document multiple times from different individuals… unsolicited.

Just sayin’, Jimmy…  good luck with your re-election campaign next year.

Stewart Teamsters Pledge

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We’ve received a number of tips from Senate insiders and direct Senate sources indicating how the Senate GOP leadership was able to flip Senator Karen Gilmor (R-Tiffin)from a possible “No” vote on SB 5 into a “Yes.”

Senator Gilmor has served in Senate the from 1993 until 1997 and then again since 2009.  She is up for re-election next year.  Despite her years of experience in the State Senate, Gilmor had the distinction of being the only member of the Senate Republican caucus who was neither a Chair or Vice-Chair of a Senate committee.  She also served on the State […]

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