From the daily archives: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

If you or someone you know needs transportation help to get to Saturday’s SB 5 referendum rally in Columbus, think about getting on the bus to show Governor Kasich what solidarity looks like.

GET ON THE BUS this Saturday (or otherwise join us) this Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. for the “We Are Ohio” SB 5 repeal referendum kickoff at the Statehouse.

This very well could be the biggest SB 5 protest yet.  In addition, they will be signing people up to be petition circulators to get SB 5 on the ballot.  Because we’ll need to get nearly […]

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Bill Seitz is a conservative State Senator.  He’s a member of ALEC.  He’s the reason Ohio’s constitution bans the legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriage, even in cases where houses of worship in Ohio do.  And Bill Seitz suddenly finds himself too moderate for the Senate Republican Caucus.

Here’s something else you probably don’t know about Bill Seitz.  While in Columbus, he shares a place with Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond), who’s district neighbors Seitz’s.  Seitz, you recall, was removed from the Senate Commerce, Insurance & Labor Committee to ensure enough votes to pass SB 5 out of […]

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The Dayton Daily News reports that Speaker Batchelder’s spokesman’s response to State Representatives Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Mike Foley (D-Cleveland)’s legislative proposal to allow for the recall of the Governor and state legislators was:

Dittoe also said that Batchelder believes the proposal might be in violation of the Ohio Constitution.

In violation of the Ohio Constitution?  How?  Batchelder’s office didn’t elaborate.  I’m assuming  he might be talking about how the bill handles the succession issue (holds an election to replace the individual subject to recall) would potentially violate the rules on succession as spelled out […]

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It turns out the free luncheon for pro-SB5 legislators we discussed yesterday is actually part of a much larger, anti-union event sponsored by anti-union lobbyists for the construction industry.

According to the flyer from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) below, Senate President Tom Niehaus and Auditor Dave Yost will actually be speaking at the event – which will cost sponsors up to $2500 to attend. Governor John Kasich has also been invited.

And well-known, anti-union activist David Denholm is also scheduled to speak. According to American Rights At Work :

[Denholm] is known for […]

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So, let’s just recap what we just saw in the last post about how Governor Kasich now suddenly wants to incorporate cloned provisions of SB 5 into the budget bill in order to frustrate a referendum.

Here’s the short version of what just happened:

Kasich in February: If legislature doesn’t give me want and pass SB 5 quickly, I’m going to push to incorporate the changes in SB 5 into the State budget.

GOP legislature:  Here, we’ve passed the bill just like you wanted.

Kasich yesterday:  Yeah, thanks.  On second thought, let’s incorporate SB 5 in […]

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HB 153, Kasich’s biennium budget bill, already contains in it a number of provisions regarding teacher pay that seems similar, if not identical, provisions to the “merit pay” provisions in SB 5 for teachers.  Presently, HB 153 would:

Supersede any provision in any collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of the budget; Start during the 2011-2012 school year; Mandates that districts and ESC create separate salary schedules for: Teachers with a resident educator or alternative resident educator license; Teachers with a professional educator’s license; Senior professional educator’s license; Lead […]

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