From the daily archives: Friday, March 11, 2011

2 days ago Joseph posted about the FOP formally pulling their endorsement of State Senator Kevin Bacon.  Today another shoe dropped.  Jack Reall, President of IAFF Local 67 sent Senator Bacon his own letter.  I had the pleasure to meet Jack during my trip to Local 67 to interview General President Harold Schaitberger.  He was decked out in a kilt with utility pockets prepared to march on the statehouse.

Full letter:

Kevin Bacon, Senator
3rd District, Ohio Senate
Senator Bacon,

On March 9, 2011, the members of the Columbus Fire Fighters Union voted unanimously to rescind […]

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So we’re hearing that Kasich’s team has started using the term “Shock and Awe” to describe the coming budget.

Here’s the definition:

“Shock and awe is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power, dominant battlefield awareness, dominant maneuvers, and spectacular displays of force to paralyze an adversary’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight“

According to the authors of the doctrine, one of the best examples comes from World War II and the “instant, nearly incomprehensible levels of massive destruction” of the Japanese civilian population achieved at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

So the question […]

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(HT: Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, Yost’s opponent in ‘10)

Pretty damning letter David Yost sent to get the Ohio F.O.P.’s endorsement last year:

That was, of course, BEFORE the election.

Here’s what State Auditor David Yost said at a Meigs County Republican event last week (Source: Pomeroy Daily Sentinel):

Yost singled out State Sen. Jimmy Stewart, R-Meigs, also at the dinner, supporting him on his recent vote to pass the controversial Senate Bill 5 through the Ohio Senate. SB 5 deals with collective bargaining rights of public employees. Stewart’s vote to […]

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Our companion site, Ohio Budget Watch, has the story about how the House yesterday passed the Transportation budget despite the fact that it contains a tax break for the oil industry that several major business groups oppose and was added by the House Finance Committee.  Take a look at what business groups opposed the tax break and why.

It also talks about how the House Democrats attempted to amend the budget to remove the tax break and earmark the proceeds of the oil industries’ tax to restore funding for mass transit.  It was defeated along party lines.

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