March continued SB 5’s march through the legislature and [SPOILER ALERT:] repeal at the ballot box.
We began the story with confirmation that the Senate would change the legislative committee membership in order to bring SB 5 to the Senate floor. The parliamentary maneuvers required to prevent SB 5 from a certain defeat was enough to earn the unexpected condemnation from a major Tea Party leader who actually organized pro-SB 5 rallies (that were total busts) at the Statehouse. We discussed how Kasich’s insistence on ending binding arbitration as a means to resolve breakdowns in labor […]Full Story... →
Our top stories in February proved to be the beginning of what was easily the top political story in Ohio in 2011: Senate Bill 5 and the effort to repeal with the defeat of Issue 2.
In fact, every one of the top ten posts written that month had some connection to the Senate’s consideration of Senate Bill 5. Senate Bill 5 was so big that our traffic nearly doubled from January, which itself was a record traffic month. By February, we had over three times the traffic we had in either October or November 2010.
Many of our top […]Full Story... →
Last week I had a friend ask me if I was ready for whatever changes would be thrown at us in 2012. Such a question prompted me to think about the tumultuous year we have had in 2011. Was I ready for everything that happened last year? Were we ready for the all-out assault on public sector workers that was launched by Kasich and the Ohio GOP? A year ago, I would have had no idea how to answer that question as the notion of such an attack on workers was completely foreign to me. But now?
A line from a book […]Full Story... →
Even in what should have been a crowning moment in his political career, Governor John Kasich looked absolutely miserable. And why not, he had what had to be one of the roughest transitions in memory for an Ohio Governor. Kasich was plagued by questions about transparency during his transition. By using a private corporation as his transition office, Kasich argued that those who applied for positions in his Administration was not subject to public records requests. He eventually relented.
Then, breaking with tradition, Kasich attempted to bar the media to his actual official midnight swearing-in, which had […]Full Story... →