A message to Ohio GOP: Just because you’ve gerrymandered everything in your favor doesn’t mean you have a mandate for extremism.  It looks like you’re at it again, though.

If elections have consequences you’d never know it by looking at the Ohio Republicans in control at The Statehouse.  Their party is just coming off a resounding loss in a presidential election where their party was unable to overcome negative messaging relative to women and women’s issues.  In Ohio, polls showed their candidate for President was viewed unfavorably by a majority of women in the state.  President Obama carried women voters by some 11%.  Even their own Steve LaTourette (OH-14) was quoted as saying “We sent (women) running back to the Democratic Party because they think we’re nutty”.   Yet they push forward with their anti-woman agenda.

It’s almost as if the GOP here in Ohio just think they can win a battle of attrition by continuing to take up extreme bills over and over again.

The latest move by the out of touch Republican legislature is to revive efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.  House Bill 298 essentially seeks to “prioritize” funding for family planning in such a way as to put Planned Parenthood at the bottom of the list and effective de-fund it.  See Innovation Ohio for more information on this extreme bill.

House Republicans are making an attempt to revive this bill by holding a hearing next week.  The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14 in the House Health and Aging Committee, located in Room 116 of the Ohio Statehouse.

As IO notes, this will make the fourth time this bill has come up for a hearing and Republicans aren’t very interested in giving Planned Parenthood supporters any opportunity to have their voices heard.

The message Ohio’s Republicans are sending is that they really don’t give a damn what the people of Ohio think.  They and their outside groups railed incessantly about “the most liberal Senator” and spent some $40 million trying to defeat him.  Sherrod Brown won going away against their extreme boy-Treasurer Josh Mandel.

Yet here they go again with their heartbeat bills and their human/animal hybrid cloning bills.

What’s next?  A hearing on a bill to ban gay adoption? (you know, because the election really showed LESS tolerance for gay rights)

It’s almost as if the Ohio Republican Party is learning nothing in defeat.  Have they already forgotten the things they should have remembered from this most recent election?

Find your legislators and let them hear from you: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/

Better yet, let them hear from you at the hearing!

When: Wednesday, November 14 at 9 a.m.

Where:  House Health and Aging Committee, located in Room 116 of the Ohio Statehouse

It’s clear they’re not going to stop so neither should we.