From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Listen, this isn’t going to come as a surprise, but I’m no Josh Mandel fan. I know, I know, shocking. If I had to come up with three words to describe him they would be arrogant, opportunist, and liar. Granted, I’m a jaded leftist political blogger sitting in my parents’ basement surrounded by posters of Karl Marx, Che Guevara and Stalin, so I’m sure my view is just a little skewed. But I will give Josh Mandel this – he is polite. So polite in fact that when asked to explain allegations about his […]

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Republicans have tried to paint Senate Bill 5 as a reasonable response to the Public Employee Collective Bargaining bill signed by Governor Celeste in 1983. The bill expanded collective bargaining rights to “six hundred thousand public employees including teachers, firefighters, police officers, state and local service workers [that] could not only form and join a union, but also enjoy legal rights in negotiating workplace contracts with the public employer.”

According to Kasich insider Chan Cochran SB5 is “an ‘equal and opposite’ reaction to the excesses of 1983”. Cochran blames, among other things, the current $8 billion dollar deficit […]

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Bill Cohen followed up on our story about GOP Senate staff raises with State Senate GOP spokesperson John McClelland who confirmed the raises and provided what seemed like a reasonable response:

“Why in the middle of a serious budget crunch is the Senate giving pay hikes? Republican McClelland says it’s to keep hard working staffers with what he calls ‘institutional knowledge’ on the job. He said some have been offered jobs elsewhere and senate leaders don’t want to lose them.”

I couldn’t agree more. ALL Hard working, experienced public employees deserve to be paid fairly for their service, […]

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The Columbus Dispatch beat us to the punch (darn you, Joe Vardon).  The Republican Governors Association is running ads under the committee name “Make Ohio Great” that will promote Kasich’s agenda.

Mike Schrimpf, a spokesman for the RGA, said in an email to The Dispatch last night that Make Ohio Great is “connected to the RGA and was formed to support all of Gov. Kasich’s agenda.”

“In fact, when you watch the first ad … you’ll see that SB 5 isn’t even mentioned,” Schrimpf said.

Media buys for both Building a Better Ohio and Make Ohio Great were made […]

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