A couple of weeks ago we posted about some mailings that were coming into Ohio from Alliance for America’s Future, a “Virginia-based group that supports Republican candidates and conservative causes” [Politifact]. If they weren’t so disturbing, it would be easy to laugh at the absurdity of these out-of-state viewpoints.  In a mailing we obtained today, the group targets teachers and touts the implementation of the Senate Bill 5-mandated performance-pay system as the reason for voters to favor the Issue.  Their lead sentence exclaims that Issue 2 “FINALLY Allows Great Teachers to be Rewarded…”

Aside from the obvious fact that I don’t send my sons to school with ties, it’s a quaint little mailing.  And yes, finally performance pay can be implemented, seniority will be de-emphasized, the old salary-schedule model will be phased out.

Of course, as those in Ohio already know, those items they are claiming in their argument in favor of Issue 2 are already in place as a result of House Bill 153, Ohio’s budget bill, that included these measures as safeguards against SB5’s repeal.  HB153 was signed into law by Governor Kasich on June 30 of this year.

The items on this mailing?  Wholly irrelevant and misleading (shocking, I know).  Regardless of the outcome of the Issue 2 vote on November 8, the items this group is trying to tout are ALREADY IN OHIO LAW!

The creators of this postcard exclaim FINALLY about these reforms, clearly demonstrating their ignorance about the real battle against Issue 2 that is taking place in Ohio.  The Pro-Issue 2 front groups are once again trying to exercise deceptive advertising practices in an effort to sway voters.  They don’t care that these items are non-factors in the vote against Issue 2 because they are merely hired henchman brought in to pass this measure.  Don’t be fooled and don’t allow others to be fooled by this Republican front group’s swindle.  As has been said before, if Issue 2 only dealt with the items the Issue 2 supporters are putting in their ads, we would have had a 4 page bill that wouldn’t likely be on a referendum.  Instead, Senate Bill 5 is 304 pages long and full of changes that eliminate collective bargaining ads for public employees, create unsafe working conditions for both employees and the public at large, and unfairly blame middle class public employees for the economic downturn.

Finally, if the argument in favor of this issue was so strong in Ohio, why would the Pro-SB5 side need help from a company in Virginia?

Vote NO on Issue 2!

  • Anonymous

    They lie, break stuff, “win elections”, lie some more, wreck and rob us. We deserve better but get worse.

    Nice cleavage shot for the boys.

    NO ON 2!

    Election day is Nov 8, please vote.

  • Obviously the kid in the tie goes to Catholic school, Greg.   You better get used to it.  If the Republicans have their way, Religious schools are all we’ll have left by the time they’re done.

  • Anonymous

    I got a mailer today with President Obama on the outside, and a bunch of clean looking white people on the inside…all their mailers feature lily white white folks.

    Besides that bit of silliness, it was a complete lie, making it seem like a Yes vote would be some sort of slap in the face to Washington politicians, when in fact it gives absolute power over employees to politicians… disgusting.

  • I haven’t received any pro Issue 2 mailings here in NW Columbus…Curious who they are targeting…of course I’m a Dem…Jim, Columbus

  • …and where the hell are our mailings?  when they going out?

  • where r the no on issue 2 billboards, mailings etc?



  • Anonymous

    I have recived 3 pro-Issue 2 (Virginia-sent) mailers and only 1 No mailer.
    An office mate has received 4 Vote No flyers and 0 Vote yes.
    both in Columbus.

  • Annekarima

    Why does she have her hand on that kid?  Sexual harassment.   In a school, no less.  So what we got ourselves into!

  • Anonymous

    Somebody in my household was once a registered republican, that’s how we got it. Now, nobody in my large family is a registered republican.

  • My 98% african american(populatulation) students parents will really relate well to this. Who are they trying to target for their audience? I think they have it all wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Does showing cleavage make you a great teacher?

  • Anonymous

    Does showing cleavage make you a great teacher?

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    that will help when the merit raises come along — lol 

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Yes theres several different versions of their crap —

    AND let me once again bring this out — you guys @ plunderbund broke this story with facts long before the papers picked it up !!   

  • Anonymous

    You know, we were both being silly with our comments, but think about the people in the business world who rely on “merit pay”.  When was the last time people were actually paid because they worked hard for the company?  The teachers who will get the “merit pay” will be the brown nosers, the ones who don’t make waves, who go along with the status quo or whatever the principal requires to make him- or herself look good.  They will be the ones who flash the cleavage or the ones who throw themselves at the principal – whatever it takes to get that bigger paycheck.  That’s how the real world works.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    yup….. the lil flippy haired things with the short skirts and tight shirts– just about all females have seen it happen where they work.
    Merit raises rarely have anything to do with fairness or “job well done” Most people I have talked to about them say the average merit pay increase is like 1.3%. I talked to a gal from my bank her last merit raise was 1.2% the highest she had ever gotton. sad!!

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