Just got this press release over e-mail:
As the ranking Democrat on the Insurance, Commerce & Labor Committee, State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Canfield) is urging Ohioans to take a closer look at the so-called Senate Bill 5 savings memo released by the Office of Collective Bargaining and the Department of Administrative Services.
“The memo fails to calculate the real-life impact that SB 5 will have on Ohio families,” said Senator Schiavoni. “The memo does not take into account the money that this bill takes away from our public employees. The less money they have to take home, the […]Full Story... →
Tonight Senator Gillmor (R-Tiffin) held a town hall meeting in one of the school districts in her district. A music educator from central Ohio, who asked to remain anonymous, live blogged the event on their Twitter account last night.
[NOTE: We are relying on information provided third-hand and have not had an opportunity to independently verify the alleged attendee’s reporting. That being said, we were aware of such a meeting in her district yesterday scheduled for tonight.]
I believe that his reporting is credible based on it references things we have been told off the record from multiple Senate […]Full Story... →
Here’s a statement on the Portage County Tea Party website:
TEA PARTY CONDEMNS REPLACEMENT OF SEITZ ON SENATE BILL 5 COMMITTEE
Kent, Ohio - The Portage County TEA Party announced today that it condemns the move by Ohio Senate Republicans to replace Republican Senator Seitz with Republican Senator Hite to get Senate Bill 5 out of committee. After his replacement they then passed the bill out of committee by a 7-5 vote. Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said “Speaking as the leader of the Portage County TEA Party, I want to say that […]Full Story... →
The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting SB 5 to be possibly the most anti-faculty labor law… ever.
Inserted into the last minute Omnibus Amendment was language specifically dealing with higher education that, like much of the last-minute page dump, was unexpected and only fully processed after passage. Full time faculty have had their current duties redefined as managerial, and are therefore ineligible for any collective bargaining unless they give up what are typically seen as basic faculty rights. Part time faculty and graduate student employees would now recognized as potential bargaining units (something they’ve been fighting for), […]Full Story... →
The Cincinnati Enquirer is now and has always been, as long as anyone can remember, been a conservative editorial board. They endorsed Ken Blackwell in 2006, even though they acknowledged his candidacy was a lost cause. They endorsed John Kasich in 2010.
Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s editorial board blasted the Senate in how it conducted itself on SB 5:
It is shameful that Ohio Republicans pushed the SB5 collective bargaining bill through the Senate on Wednesday using the sort of tactics that congressional Democrats were justly criticized for using during the health-care reform debate.
What’s doubly shameful is […]Full Story... →
Here’s Congressman Tim Ryan and the head of the Ohio F.O.P. on the “Ed Show” on today’s SB 5 vote:
Senator LaRose is getting an earful on his campaign’s Facebook page with a belated rally from his Tea Party supporters.
LaRose actually voted to recommit the bill back to the committee… but then voted for the bill.
And something unusual happened today that nobody noticed. Typically when a major piece of “popular” legislation passes, there’s a Motion to Amend the Title… which is a parliamentary procedure in which legislators can actually add their names as co-sponsors […]Full Story... →
Senator LaRose last week went to extraordinary lengths to try and convince us (and his constituents) that he could be relied on to vote NO on SB 5. I literally had people connected to him try three different ways to reach me and ask that we change our scorecard to show him as a No vote as opposed to going from “on the fence” to “Yes” as we had him.
Given that occurred just Thursday, it’s kind of hard to think that LaRose was LaLying to us and his constituents. How the hell could you make the comments […]Full Story... →
By a vote of 17-16, today the State Senate passed Senate Bill 5 after roughly three hours of contentious debate. The Republican Caucus makes up 23 of the 33 seats in the State Senate. Despite that, the bill passed by a one-vote margins after Republican Senators Manning, Seitz, Grendel, Patton, Hughes, and Oelslager.
LaRose, Stewart, Beagle, Gilmor, and Daniels voted in FAVOR.
Seriously, if you had asked me three weeks ago and said this bill would have passed by only one vote, I would have laughed. If you had told me House Majority Floor Leader Jimmy Stewart would vote FOR […]Full Story... →
Here’s the shot of today’s Tea Party protest in SUPPORT of SB 5:
If you look closer, you’ll notice there are more people in line to get vouchers to get admission to the Senate session than actually protesting with the Tea Party. I think it’s adorable how they decided to spread out to make them look bigger.
Just in case you’re wondering, here’s a similar picture taken of yesterday’s rally:
(HT: Stand Up Ohio)
Just sayin’.Full Story... →
From the Dayton Daily News:
Hearings could take from four to six weeks, Wachtmann said, before a committee vote to send the bill to the House floor.
It was three weeks today that the substantive SB 5 bill was unveiled and hearings began. And it’s already passed committee and is expected to pass the Senate during its session starting at 1:30.
That means that the Senate will spend less time on a 500-page bill that reverses nearly 30 years of Ohio’s collective bargaining law than the House committee will spend on a twenty-seven page […]Full Story... →
And let’s remember it’s the Teamsters who get to decide the answer to this question, not Stewart. The Teamsters.
If someone from Stewart’s office is reading this post, they should also know that we received this document multiple times from different individuals… unsolicited.
Just sayin’, Jimmy… good luck with your re-election campaign next year.Full Story... →
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