Back in February, the conventional wisdom of the traditional media was that Senate Bill 5 showed a political reality in Ohio in which organized labor was politically powerless to stop, especially in this budgetary political environment. (Of course, they said this even after public opinion polling showed Ohioans were already not conceptually supportive of Kasich’s plan to pursue collective bargaining “reform.”) Sure, they might be able to put it to a referendum, but that was viewed as a jump ball. Fast forward to the present week.
Months after John Kasich signed the bill, and as expectations grow that the We […]Full Story... →
Senator Shannon Jones (R) was the sole sponsor for Senate Bill 5 when it was introduced to Ohio on February 1, 2011. Introducing a bill as the sole sponsor is nothing unusual, as most bills start out that way. Through the process of winding their way in and out of committees and floor votes in both the House and Senate, bills typically pick up a litany of co-sponsors along the way, mostly from supportive caucus members and many who have had little or nothing to do with the creation of the legislation.
A recent example that illustrates this practice can […]Full Story... →