Labor Wins Back Working-Class Whites on Issue 2 in Ohio

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 10:18 am

Last night, Ohioans soundly turned back an assault on worker’s rights, defeating Issue 2 with 61% of the vote, and repealing the anti-labor SB 5. And they did it with a broad coalition, which points to a total reversal of the voting bloc that brought Governor John Kasich to power in 2010. It could have [...]

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 [...]

Labor Poised for Major Victory Tomorrow in Ohio – Issue 2 Going Down

By: Monday November 7, 2011 6:15 am

The people-powered, labor-progressive movement that picked up two legislative seats in the Wisconsin recalls is on the verge of an even bigger victory tomorrow in Ohio. Issue 2, which activists got onto the ballot to provide a citizen veto of the anti-union law SB 5 passed by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio legislature, is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Romney Refuses to Endorse on Ohio Ballot Measures While Standing in Republican Campaign HQ for Them

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 12:23 pm

Mitt Romney spent some time in Ohio today, and he even showed up at an Ohio Republican Party phone bank in suburban Cincinnati, where callers were working the phones on Issue 2, the doomed ballot measure that would allow the anti-union bill SB 5 to become law. People in Ohio happen to like collective bargaining [...]

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 [...]

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