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 committee hear days of testimony and input if you’re just simply going to change the jury to get the result you want?  Isn’t this incredibly disrespectful to the people who testified and to the process?

What’s the rush, folks?

 
  • guest

    R’s cheat; there are no rules;look over there while we fix this…..

  • Anonymous

    It just makes it clear (as if it weren’t CRYSTAL already), that the decision is made, and everything else is just pageantry, keeping up appearance. This is what dictators do. It’s tyranny disguised as discourse.

  • Allih

    Is Gilmor changing her committee vot??

  • tshaw1

    Gee, now that we live in a banana republic could we at least get the tropical weather….

  • Make it Kasich’s Nightmare

    Any workers here, especially firefighters, teachers, or police officers wanting to help build a rank and file organization that would look at more creative ways to fight back against this. We have to put up more of a fight than wandering around the Statehouse. The OEA didn’t even send a message out that there was the rally on Saturday. organized by moveon.org. What the heck! I was talking with a police officer the other day who was livid. Like me, he felt that relying on calling politicians and begging them not to crap all over our living and working conditions is not only demeaning it isn’t working. The gloves should come off and the grovelling should end. Otherwise, we really are back to the 1930’s.

  • Make it Kasich’s Nightmare

    Any workers here, especially firefighters, teachers, or police officers wanting to help build a rank and file organization that would look at more creative ways to fight back against this. We have to put up more of a fight than wandering around the Statehouse. The OEA didn’t even send a message out that there was the rally on Saturday. organized by moveon.org. What the heck! I was talking with a police officer the other day who was livid. Like me, he felt that relying on calling politicians and begging them not to crap all over our living and working conditions is not only demeaning it isn’t working. The gloves should come off and the grovelling should end. Otherwise, we really are back to the 1930’s.

  • Gpeerless

    seems to me government leaders are trying to take over everything – all avenues of our means for CHOICE in this world. I see a revolution coming,don’t you?

  • Tonto64a@windstream.net

    why do we even get to vote for leaders when others have sway over them to tell them that they are not allowed to vote on this issue .

  • Sylvia

    Why do the fat cats at the top get all the money? Our middle class is disappearing.
    Niehaus should take some tips from the kindergarteners I teach. If they don’t get what the want, they pout for a few minutes and move on. They don’t change the rules.

  • M. Castanien

    Too bad this state doesn’t have a recall procedure

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