The Cincinnati Enquirer is now and has always been, as long as anyone can remember, been a conservative editorial board.  They endorsed Ken Blackwell in 2006, even though they acknowledged his candidacy was a lost cause.  They endorsed John Kasich in 2010.

Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s editorial board blasted the Senate in how it conducted itself on SB 5:

It is shameful that Ohio Republicans pushed the SB5 collective bargaining bill through the Senate on Wednesday using the sort of tactics that congressional Democrats were justly criticized for using during the health-care reform debate.

What’s doubly shameful is that this process is tainting an overhaul of public employment practices that is eminently worthwhile and necessary – in fact, long overdue – but should be done in a more reasoned, collaborative manner. The process should produce at least a credible level of buy-in.

It is shameful that Ohio Republicans pushed the SB5 collective bargaining bill through the Senate on Wednesday using the sort of tactics that congressional Democrats were justly criticized for using during the health-care reform debate.

What’s doubly shameful is that this process is tainting an overhaul of public employment practices that is eminently worthwhile and necessary – in fact, long overdue – but should be done in a more reasoned, collaborative manner. The process should produce at least a credible level of buy-in.

The Enquirer calls on the House to be more deliberative and “improve the quality of the debate.”  Fat chance.  The House is on recess the rest of this week, and Speaker Batchelder has indicated he wants the House to pass the bill before March 15th—when Governor Kasich must submit his State budget.  That means the House will likely spend less than a full workweek on the bill.  They’re going to move even quicker than than Senate did.

Still it’s noteworthy that even traditionally conservative media outlets aren’t turning a blind eye to the extraordinary lengths Governor Kasich’s allies in the legislature is going to ram his extremist agenda into law.

At the end of last year, I was told by Republicans and Democrats alike that Tom Niehaus was going to be a good Senate President.  A guy not much different from prior Senate Presidents.  Sure, they were loyal to getting their party’s legislative agenda through, but mostly fair.

In the past weeks, we’ve seen President Niehaus falsely accuse SB 5 opponents in the media in going on a defecation and vandalism rampage through the Statehouse and then use procedures that were generally intended to make sure committees had sufficient membership and to reward/punish members AFTER critical votes, not beforehand.

Niehaus has done more in the past month to soil the reputation of the Ohio Senate as an institution at a State and national level than his made up defecator allegedly did.  He hasn’t gotten nearly the appropriate level of public criticism for what he’s done.

Tagged with:
 
  • Anonymous

    The Enquirer is a rag. I canceled it when they endorsed McCain and Palin, and they keep calling us to resubscribe. I take great pleasure in telling the poor sap on the phone why this house will never spend another dime on that paper. They always seem confused. “But, but but …” Then I hang up on them.

    It’s the little victories that count.

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:


Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it!