Ohio’s gubernatorial elections typically turn out just under 50% of registered voters. With approximately 8 million registered voters in the state, this means that we can expect around 4 million voters to hit the polls this year.
In 2010, when John Kasich beat out Ted Strickland, turnout was 49.22%, of which Kasich received 49.04% of the votes, just enough to win. Kasich’s vote total in 2010 was only 1,889,186.
In Kasich’s first year, 2011, Senate Bill 5 was introduced in the General Assembly and Kasich said it “wasn’t his bill”, but he quickly turned around to own it and it quickly became the most important bill in his four-year term. The editorial boards for the newspapers for Ohio’s three largest cities (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus) came out in support of the union-busting legislation back then just as they have come out in blind support of John Kasich this year.
At the time, many pundits claimed the bill wasn’t partisan in nature and any outcome of the vote had nothing to do with party affiliation. Regardless, Senate Bill 5 was inextricably linked to Kasich and he touted the “need” for it right up until it was defeated in grand fashion. As Issue 2, while just over 47% of registered voters made it to the polls, an overwhelming 2,202,404 people voted against Kasich’s anti-union legislation.
And if SB5/Issue 2 was non-partisan in 2011, then this year’s top-of-the-ticket Governor’s race should be non-partisan as well — a vote against John Kasich. In the three years since that bill, nothing has changed about the man who tried to force that bill on all Ohioans. While Kasich has increased overall state spending to higher-than-ever levels, his budgets have proceeded to cut funding to local governments as a form of punishment to those who rebelled against him.
Kasich’s cuts to local governments are non-partisan. They hurt us all.
Recent claims by the Kasich campaign boast of an increase to education funding across the state, but the truth is that public school funding — despite the higher-than-ever state spending — is not back to pre-Kasich levels. In addition, any increase in state education spending is not going back to local public school districts, but is instead being diverted to subsidize Kasich’s school privatization efforts — increasing school vouchers by 400% and funneling more money to for-private charter school operators.
Kasich’s cuts to public schools are non-partisan. They hurt us all.
Now back to the union-busting Senate Bill 5 and the overwhelming non-partisan defeat of the defining legislation of his first term.
This year, with an estimated 4 million Ohioans expected to head to the polls, we once again need those non-partisan voters from 2011 to show up. With only 2 million votes needed to unseat Kasich this year, the galvanized and non-partisan opponents of Kasich’s Senate Bill 5 have the power in numbers. If the 2,202,404 who voted against Kasich in 2011 show up in 2014 to once again engage in a non-partisan vote against Kasich’s harmful brand of “I’m the Boss” government, Ohioans can win once again.
Because in the end, Kasich is the perfect non-partisan candidate.
He hurts us all.
#Remember THIS November