Right-Wing Money Pours into Ohio Supporting Anti-Union Ballot Measure

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 12:15 pm

There are elections for statewide officers next week in Mississippi and Kentucky, though aside from the Mississippi personhood amendment that is even giving conservatives second thoughts, they offer little drama. The Louisiana gubernatorial election already completed when Bobby Jindal broke 50% in the primary. There’s also a primary for OR-01, the seat vacated by Democrat [...]

Second Poll Shows Anti-Union SB 5 Going Down in Ohio

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 8:10 am

First Read, one of the DC establishment media bellweathers, pronounces that the most meaningful election of 2011 will be the fight over SB 5 in Ohio: The best — and most meaningful — statewide race of 2011 wasn’t in West Virginia (where Democrats narrowly won the gubernatorial contest). Or in Louisiana (where Gov. Bobby Jindal [...]

Labor Poised to Defeat Kasich, Anti-Union SB 5 in Ohio

By: Wednesday October 19, 2011 10:15 am

There has been some slippage in recent polls on Issue 2, the citizens veto of SB 5, the anti-union bill in Ohio. The No side would veto the bill, and they’ve been strongly ahead, albeit with less of a margin, in recent months. However, the campaign has really ramped up over the past couple weeks. [...]

SB 5 Repeal Still Ahead with Five Weeks to Go in Ohio

By: Tuesday September 27, 2011 10:15 am

It was inevitable that the absence of headlines about union busting and crowds rallying in front of the Ohio State House would lead to a dissipation of energy and anger against SB 5, the anti-union bill up for a citizen veto in November. The problem for Gov. John Kasich and those who want SB 5 [...]

Kasich Comes Crawling Back to Labor, Asking for a Deal on SB 5

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 1:43 pm

This is pretty funny. The story goes like this: Ohio Republicans took a page from Wisconsin’s book and rammed through SB 5, a bill that strips most collective bargaining rights and the right to strike from public employees. They used some real strong-arm tactics toward members of their own party to do it; they pulled [...]

Ohio Anti-Individual Mandate Bill Readied for November Ballot

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 8:50 am

We could have a real battle of ideas this November in Ohio. Last month, the coalition We Are Ohio introduced far more than enough signatures necessary to qualify the citizen veto of SB 5, an anti-union bill that takes away the right to strike and restricts collective bargaining for most public employees. This will go [...]

California Democrats Agree to Majority Vote Budget

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 7:40 am

After months of futile persuasion, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the legislature agreed to a majority budget deal that doesn’t increase taxes, which would have required a 2/3 vote. Much of the deal is predicated on the projection of $4 billion in increased revenue from a prior forecast. If the revenue does not [...]

Republican Calvinball in Wisconsin, Ohio

By: Monday June 27, 2011 12:56 pm

I’ve written quite a bit about the disregarding of norms by the modern Republican Party. They play a kind of Calvinball, where they make up new rules as they go along if the old ones don’t fit their ends. I have a couple examples of this today. First, let’s go to, unsurprisingly, Wisconsin, where state [...]

Ohio Turns in 3X Signatures Needed to Repeal SB5

By: Friday June 17, 2011 10:29 am

Very good news today: the coalition We Are Ohio has turned in 714,137 signatures, three times what is necessary, to put on the ballot in November a repeal of SB5, the anti-union law that restricts collective bargaining, mediation and the right to strike. SB5 passed in Ohio earlier this spring, but the citizen veto process [...]

Ohio Activists Gather 200,000-Plus Signatures in a Month to Repeal Anti-Union Law

By: Friday May 20, 2011 9:54 am

The passage of SB5 in Ohio triggered a 90-day period where opponents could gather signatures to force a referendum, a “citizen veto” of the law, in November. The law does not take effect until the results of that referendum. Labor and progressive activists immediately went to work to try and overturn the law, which would [...]

California: Brown Calls Off Budget Talks; Possible Initiative on Taxes in November

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 11:16 am

Among all the states facing crippling budget crises this year, there’s no bigger one than California. And the situation has changed over the past 48 hours. Governor Jerry Brown, who returned to Sacramento saying he would be “an apostle for common sense” able to get lawmakers to work together to meet the challenge, finally admitted [...]

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