Report: Governors Engaging In Crony Capitalism Disguised As Economic Development

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 7:41 am

America’s economy is awful. Unemployment is high, young people can’t find decent work, and according to a Wells Fargo survey 37% of middle-income Americans expect to work until they die. It’s not a wonderful life – unless, you happen to have some friends in state government. In a new report, Good Jobs First details the [...]

Day 1, RNC: Random Thoughts

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:21 am

Some of these you may have picked up from my Twitter feed, which is where I’m likely to be camped for every day of this affair, but just in case you missed it: • I’m not totally certain, but I believe the theme for the night was “We Built It,” which is half a quote [...]

Expert Believes Wastewater Fracking Wells Causing Earthquakes in Ohio

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 9:35 am

Following up on yesterday’s story about the shutdown of several injection wells in Ohio used in fracking, out of concern for a recent preponderance of earthquakes in the northeast part of the state, one expert has narrowed down the cause of the earthquakes, and he points to a wastewater well. Research is continuing on the [...]

A Good Election Night for Rearguard Actions for Liberals

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 6:10 am

Election Day 2011 is over, and the victories for Democrats – and more accurately, for liberal values – across the country largely shared a characteristic – they were successful defensive actions to stave off extremely draconian conservative objectives. The most notable of these came in Ohio, where SB 5, the anti-union bill which stripped most [...]

Romney Does Damage Control, Offers 110% Support for Kasich’s Doomed Anti-Union Bill in Ohio

By: Wednesday October 26, 2011 10:57 am

Mitt Romney, recognizing that he stepped in it by refusing to endorse an anti-union ballot measure in Ohio while standing in the Republican Party HQ, where they were phone banking on that ballot measure, reversed course today, and desperately tried to associate himself with the initiative, which is doomed to go down to defeat in [...]

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 [...]

The Incredible New-Found Humility of Scott Walker and John Kasich

By: Monday August 22, 2011 12:16 pm

The New York Times notices that the Tea Party Republican governors who came in with a lot of swagger and a desire to destroy public employee unions have suddenly taken a more conciliatory tone after threats to their power. “My thought is, you start out with small things, you build trust, you move forward, you [...]

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 [...]

Anti-Union SB 5 Passes in Ohio, Referendum in November Up Next

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 6:10 am

It looked like SB 5, Ohio’s anti-union bill, would have some hurdles to clear in order to pass. However, in quick-strike fashion yesterday, it cleared them, and the bill will now go to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. The two houses of the Ohio Legislature approved a far-reaching bill on Wednesday that would hobble [...]

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