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Apparently, Building a Better Ohio will accept an endorsement from anyone, so long as their job allows them to wear an uniform.  Today, the Building a Better Ohio campaign apparently found it newsworthy to note that it has gotten the endorsement of Hamilton County Sheriff Si Leis (R).  Except Leis didn’t wear his uniform for the event.  Si Leis used to be a county prosecutor back in the 1970s.   You might recall him being played by James Carville in The People v. Larry Flynt.  Leis prosecuted Flynt on obscenity charges over Hustler magazine only to have some hippie appellate court […]

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The second ad from We Are Ohio that largely focuses on our Senate staffer raises story:

The ad very carefully uses the phrase “exploits” a loophole.  But what the ad omits is that the loophole they refer to is one that was not created by SB 5, and thus, will still exist if Issue 2 fails.  For your convenience, here’s a copy of the relevant portion of SB 5 referenced in the bill (revising R.C. 124.14(B):

But as shown from this provision of SB 5, this loophole existed before SB 5 was […]

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It’s hard to fault Shannon Jones for the many flaws in her bill, yet I can’t help but think that if she would have had some collaboration, then she could have gotten all of the contradictory parts corrected [heavy sarcasm intended].  Much has been made, both early on and recently, about the elimination of experience as a criteria for determining compensation and layoffs in SB5.  A quick scan of the bill will expose numerous instances where experience has been stricken from the language and replaced with some form of “based solely on performance.”  This […]

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Governor Kasich’s fearmongering continues on Issue 2.  For the third time in two days, another news report of Kasich making outrageous predictions about what Ohio will look like after Issue 2 is defeated.

Two days ago, we wrote about how the Dispatch reported that Kasich said if Issue 2 is defeated on November 8th, then it means the private sector labor unions will get emboldened and somehow Ohio will have card check (even though we’ll still have a legislature controlled by the Republicans and Kasich as Governor.)  Then the Dispatch reported how Kasich threatened the same meeting of […]

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It is better to remain silent and suffer that people might think you a fool than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Senate President Niehaus should really just stop talking because he keeps digging a deeper and deeper hole on the retroactive raises and how it reflects why Issue 2 is just bad policy.  Niehaus’ latest spin in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer is that these raises actually are entirely consistent with the values embodied in Issue 2.  So that I can’t be accused of misrepresenting him, here’s what the Plain Dealer reported Niehaus said:


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This morning, the Dispatch updated the story we wrote about yesterday when Kasich talked about how failure of Issue 2 would embolden the private unions and somehow card check in Ohio would become law.

That wasn’t the half of it (literally):

Kasich also warned yesterday that if Senate Bill 5 were repealed “don’t be surprised if you see an increase in the (commercial-activities) tax to bail out a pension system.”

“Some of these pension systems are in bad shape,” Kasich said. “It’s not the end of the world, but I’ll tell you it’s a setback. And […]

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You know how sometimes magazines will do photo shoots of celebrities without makeup just so people know what they are like unfiltered.

Today, we saw what happens when Governor Kasich is lacking most of his key staffers because they’re too busy to working for the Build a Better Ohio campaign, and it ain’t pretty folks:

Speaking to about 250 people at an event hosted by the Harvard Business School Club of Northeast Ohio and the Association for Corporate Growth, Kasich said, "if this bill doesn’t pass, don’t be surprised if you see card check."

The Dispatch had […]

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Short version: The only thing true in this ad is that Mike Bell is the Mayor of Toledo, used to be a firefighter, and was laid off in 1980.  That’s about it. That leaves 29 seconds of outright misleading and untruthful statements about Issue 2.

Bell doesn’t mention that his “layoff” was rather temporary.  So temporary, he doesn’t even mention it in his official bio.  And as Joseph has already pointed out, Bell’s short-term layoff occurred four years before the law that SB 5 is attempted to rollback existed.

[Flashback:] Also, Mayor Bell didn’t always […]

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Out of sheer morbid curiosity, I wanted to see what Governor Kasich had to say about Labor Day today, so I went to the Governor’s website to see if he had issued a resolution.

This is what I got instead:

Poor server couldn’t handle the file name. Kasich—- Labor Day Resolution…. Does… Not…. Compute…. ERROR! ERROR!

Funny thing is, I’ve got the feeling the people of Ohio come November will reach the same conclusion on Issue 2, that SB 5 is damaged and could not repaired.  Vote No on Issue 2!

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Labor Day weekend is the traditional start of the campaign session, especially the paid television spots.  Today, We Are Ohio announced that they would use the Labor Day weekend to remind people the reason for the season.

According to various media reports, it’s an impressive initial statewide ad buy.  The Dispatch reported yesterday that We Are Ohio is spending $60,000 to air this ad through Sept. 12 (with a blackout on Sept. 11), on WBNS in Columbus alone.

We’re only sixty-seven days away from the election.  Right now, all public polling data shows a […]

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Normally, we don’t republish press releases verbatim here.  Then again, normally it’s not every day the Fraternal Order of Police issues a press release in response to something we originally wrote

August 30, 2011
Jay McDonald, President


COLUMBUS — The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio (FOP) today expressed disappointment that some supporters of Issue 2 and Senate Bill 5 are claiming that the complete layoff of the Mt. Sterling, Ohio police department was a positive development for citizens there […]

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