It should be noted that unlike the Senate, the bill passed the House committee on a strict party-line vote.  One of the Republican members of the committee is House freshman Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), who narrowly beat incumbent (and then freshman) Mike Moran by roughly three percentage points last fall—one of many House Democratic incumbents who had previously easily won election in the seat just the term prior..  Roegner is a Tea Party Republican who ran on a far-right agenda in a low turnout election.

Given that the district swung back and forth between parties over the last three cycles, it’s hard to imagine that there is much the GOP will do to take this district off the battleground map in 2012.  I should note that Moran’s campaign website is still up, but is “under construction.”

In the neighboring district, freshman State Representative Todd McKinney won by a slightly larger, but still less than ten point margin, defeating Democratic incumbent Stephen Dyer.  Dyer had won the seat in 2008 handily by an eighteen-point margin.  Dyer had taken the seat in 2006 when Mary Taylor left it to become State Auditor.  McKinney is also on the House Commerce & Labor Committee that voted to send SB 5 to the floor today.  Earlier this month, Dyer had filed a Designation of Treasurer with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, which is either an indication that he needed to change treasurer or that he, too, might be gearing up for a comeback.

These two Summit County districts were already likely to be  major battleground races for Democrats to win back the nine seats they need to regain the majority.  Today’s committee vote on SB 5 is likely to be a centerpiece of the campaign, particularly if the repeal referendum goes succeeds (or does very well in those districts.)

In other news, reaction to the changes made to SB 5 is still trickling in:

Dale Butland from Innovation Ohio (click here to read their new report on how SB 5 gives Kasich and State Auditor David Yost unprecedented and ill-limited power to set aside existing collective bargaining agreements—an issue that has been virtually ignored by the Ohio mainstream media.)

"Apologists for SB 5 say that the House has removed or watered down some of the earlier version’s most objectionable provisions.  But no matter how many warts you take off a frog, it’s still a frog — and it’s still ugly.

"The amended version of SB 5 remains a deeply flawed piece of legislation that polls show the people of Ohio don’t want. It doesn’t create a single job. It does nothing to close the state’s $8 billion budget deficit. And it strips public workers of a fundamental right, while also destroying one of the underpinnings of our legal system—the sanctity of contracts. 

"Yet Gov. Kasich and his legislative allies ignore public opinion and arrogantly insist on shoving this bill down Ohio’s throat anyway. Why? Because SB 5 is not and never has been about jobs or deficits — it’s always been about the "Three Ps" of power, politics and pay-back. 

"SB 5 is a blatant attempt by one political party to de-fund the opposition and punish its political opponents. 

"But partisan politics isn’t what Gov. Kasich or the legislature was elected to do last November.  The people of Ohio want more jobs, not more politics as usual."

Senate Minority Leader Capri Cafaro:

“They have made a bad bill even worse.  The changes to Senate Bill 5 are just more window dressing to anti-worker legislation that will have a devastating effect on families and communities across the state.  The amended bill creates more bureaucracy and imposes new mandates by establishing another state commission and forcing local school districts to follow state imposed guidelines for teacher salaries and layoffs.”

Senator Schiavoni, the ranking member on the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee:

“Some of the words may have changed but Senate Bill 5 remains a direct attack on worker’s rights.  This legislation would turn collective bargaining into collective begging by tilting the negotiating table entirely in favor of employers.  Workers could talk about certain issues but they would not have any leverage.  Why are we doing this when polls show that a majority of Ohioans support collective bargaining rights for public employees? We should be working on balancing the budget and creating jobs for all Ohioans.”

State Rep. Dan Ramos, House Commerce & Labor Committee member:

“Our committee members carried 65,414 signatures into the hearing room today from Ohioans who oppose this bill, and they were disregarded,” said Rep. Ramos.  “Thousands have come to our doorstep to protest these measures, and they have been ignored – they’ve even had the nerve to lock them out of the Statehouse!  Tomorrow, I expect that they will pass this legislation with contemptuous ease, leaving hundreds of thousands of Ohio’s families with less job security, lower wages, and in many cases, no job at all.”

It’s expected that SB 5 will be voted on by the House and Senate during tomorrow’s session.

  • Could we also try to get rid of Renacci from Medina County?

  • DD

    I will be donating to the dems campaigns in summit county as soon as I can. Good-bye tea baggers, hello dems.

  • DD

    I will be donating to the dems campaigns in summit county as soon as I can. Good-bye tea baggers, hello dems.

  • DD

    I will be donating to the dems campaigns in summit county as soon as I can. Good-bye tea baggers, hello dems.

  • Augustus

    Dyer is actually running for judge in Summit County.

  • I’m very curious to see how Mike Dovilla votes. He is certainly in a dangerous seat…

  • Anonymous

    That’s unfortunate. We need to pick up that seat more than we need a Democrat on the bench.

  • progressive dem

    My home is in that district when not at college. Sickens me to think that McKenney voted yes. Last year when I went to a New Franklin Council meeting he came off as a nice, kinda moderate sensible guy. He spent 10 minutes talking to me, a college student and Liberal Democrat, during a break. I would have thought of voting for him if Dyer wasn’t so great. Glad I stuck with the blue team all the way now!! (except for Paul Pfeiffer who was unopposed- but seriously he’s pretty good) We need a good Dem to run!

  • progressive dem

    To run against McKenney that is.

  • Columbusite

    Bacon = Toast

  • Anastasjoy

    Once again — no recall in Ohio.

  • Guest

    Doesn’t the legislation have to go through a conference committee to come up with a bill that is the same or did the House vote on the same bill as the Senate? Since they are doing this behind closed doors, inquiring minds want to know?

  • Anonymous

    Once the House passes the bill, the Senate will hold a procedural vote to approve the bill with the changes the House made. If that passes, then the bill as passed by the House goes to Kasich for his signature. If the vote to approve the changes as made by the House fails, then and only then, would the bill have to go to conference. The House GOP supposedly was in deep consultation with the Senate to ensure these changes would be accepted by the Senate.

  • CDR Jan

    Be interesting to see which side Gillmor and LaRose are on the procedural vote.

    LaRose is my senator. Too bad he’s not up for re-election next year. I might just run against him.

  • SO just when do these state reps come up for re-election if they don’t care about 65,ooo petitions I guess they don’t care about getting re-elected.

  • Augustus

    Well I don’t feel there is any lack of good Democrat’s in that district the way it looks now. I’m confident in our ability up here to draft someone.

    It’s also unfortunate that Mike Moran will not run again as he has taken a job in Colorado.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Do you all know –I didnt get one,, no! not one response from my own representatives–theres 3 of them.
    Got from responses from others– pretty sorry when your district people wont answer you. But 2 cant run anymore — so I guess they figure they dont have to answer us —
    I sure hope no one forgets this fiasco comes re-election for these folks. They are telling people we will forget –they will get elected again Ohio has always been for the “R”s
    today Cunningham on wlw said theres already a guy to go against Shannon Jones asked a firefighter (Myoinihan) if he would vote for his candidate ( he said yes of course).
    What a sad day for Ohio’s working people — all of them union or not — I have learned things since this started — the most unsetting is ” this isnt the democracy I thought it was” and I am so sick and tired of hearing ” we are just standing up for the tax payers” excuse me but I pay taxes also ……..
    referendum will bring donators out the woodwork to give money to support them — people that dont even live in this state….ex. the Koch Bros…….
    the twerps keep talking about arbitration — well I believe that management and labor split the cost of this — I wish some one would arbitrate Jones and Batchelder right out of their jobs!

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