Fresh off their massive loss on Gov. John Kasich's anti-collective bargaining law, Ohio conservatives are already promoting their next assault on workers' rights, a push to make Ohio a right-to-work state. The so-called 'Workplace Freedom Amendment' is designed to undercut unions in the state in a way that Kasich wasn't able to do through his now-rejected Senate Bill 5. Read More Here
Public Policy Polling's latest look at the Ohio Senate race has things looking pretty good for one-term Democratic incumbent, and progressive champ, Sherrod Brown. Brown's share of the vote is pushing the 50 percent mark, and his approval has improved incrementally to 42/33 (from 40/35 last month). Their October poll showed a surge by Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel, but that seems to have worn off in part because of some movement by independents back to Brown, who now break for Brown 38-34. That leaves Mandel—the only Republican left in the race, thanks to Kevin Coughlin's dropout—falling behind again by double digits. Read More Here
David and Charles Koch, the secretive oil billionaires whose support in the White House race could prove crucial for Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, are planning a vast database of Republican alliances. Read More Here
Now that our gov. has been thoroughly rebuked by the voters, Fox "News" is doing a little revisionist tap dancing. Because after all, the upright patriotic agenda of the Republican Party can never be seen as a loser, right? Read More Here
Federal judge Jed Rakoff, a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s office here in New York, is fast becoming a sort of legal hero of our time. He showed that again yesterday when he shat all over the SEC’s latest dirty settlement with serial fraud offender Citigroup, refusing to let the captured regulatory agency sweep yet another case of high-level criminal malfeasance under the rug.
It's great when we can disagree in a civilized way, but it's getting pretty hard to avoid the conclusion that the phrase "right-wing logic," as delivered by the GOP and mimicked by Mitt Romney, has become the mother of all oxymorons. They tell us corporations are people. But people? Not so much. That Right used that argument that in yesterday's elections, but it's starting to look like voters in swing states and the heart of Red America have had enough. Read More Here
Or, in other news: “Tea Party guarantees Ohio goes for Obama, Brown and Democrats in 2012.”
Fresh off the defeat of Issue 2, the ohio Tea Party movement and the anti-labor business group, Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio, are announcing today that they are pushing to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to turn Ohio into a “Right-to-Work” State. Read More Here
[This is just one more reason, that we need Democrats in Office.--MIO]
Since you are not originally from Ohio, let me explain a little bit about our people. Ohioans are good, solid people who still grow gardens, can our produce, and swap recipes. We are the type of people who may forgive an injustice done to ourselves but we will rise up and protect our neighbors when they are threatened.
We believe you when you talk about your faith in God but you might want to look at your recent actions just to be sure they are reflective of that faith. For example, while you were a vice president of Lehman Brothers, you lobbied to steer state pensions to Lehman's but repeatedly pleaded amnesia when asked about it. Is that reflective of your faith, John? Remember, lying by omission is still lying.
Later, after you became governor, you blamed the teachers, firefighters, nurses and police officers for the budget deficits facing our state. That was a ruse to allow you to direct more money to your corporate cronies and, when your union busting strategy was exposed, the good people of Ohio rose up and supported our public servants. We did the footwork necessary to defeat Issue 2 (SB 5) and yesterday you saw the result of that.
While we are not anti-business, we do have a certain sense of fairness that will not be denied. We don't think all the fruits of our labor should flow to a select few. Please take that into consideration in the future and, be aware, we will be vigilant.
P.S. By the way, John, I just wanted to show you again what happens when the good people of Ohio have had enough of an extremist agenda. Read em' and weep.
All the Democratic nervous nellies and doomsters are sleeping easier tonight. The gov. is likely gnashing his teeth and sitting at his kitchen table making a scapegoat list. Shannon Jones is probably the nervous one now, as she was elected to be the legislative waterbearer for SB 5 so she's a convenient person to run over. Read More Here
More than seven months after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed it into law, Ohioans have repealed SB 5, the anti-union legislation that would curb collective bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers and gut the political power of public-sector unions. With nearly 2.4 million votes cast, Issue 2, the up-or-down ballot referendum deciding SB 5's fate, was headed for a whopping defeat, 61 percent to 39 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Issue 2 opponents around 9:15 p.m. Read More Here
[Update:] Final numbers from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office shows that 46% of registered voters cast a ballot last night. In comparison, 49% cast a vote in 2010 election. Last night was the highest turnout for an off-year election in at least 20 years in Ohio. Turnout was higher than expected, but so much for the idea that the polls oversampled Democrats. Read More Here
Yesterday, Ohio showed once again that we do not like extreme agendas. The controversial SB5, on the ballot as issue 2, was voted down. We like our Teachers, Firefighters, Nurses, and Police Officers. We fight back when our neighbors are assaulted. We know that it was not the Public Servants of Ohio, who brought the economy down. Our basic sense of fairness does not allow us to punish them, for the mistakes of Wall Street. Unlike our Governor, we do not think that Police Officers are idiots, when we make driving mistakes.
As I have said before, Ohio is a wonderful place to live, with beautiful scenery, wonderful grapes and apples and good "salt of the earth" people. We don't like injustice, and we fight for what is right. Great job Ohio!
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The state's new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment.
In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers. Read More Here
Sometimes, in our lives, we are given an opportunity to make a real difference and put the world on a better course. On November 8th, the people of Ohio will be presented with that opportunity. Months of effort by those who want to destroy Ohio, and indeed our very Republic, can be overcome by simply voting NO on Issue #2 and NO on Issue #3. All the lies Kasich and his minions have told and all the millions they have spent to sabotage the good people of Ohio will not prevail against your decency and your honor.
Elections have consequences as the actions of Governor Kasich have shown us and taking money from firefighters, policemen, and teachers so he can give it to his wealthy friends is not what most people in Ohio expected from Kasich when they elected him. This is not about political affiliation. It is about fairness and respect and on Tuesday the good citizens of Ohio can fire a new volley for freedom which will be heard around the world.
Stand proud and strong for the children and the elderly. Stand up for those brave men and women who protect all citizens and who give no thought to political beliefs when risking their lives for the people they serve. Stand up for teachers who work tirelessy for today's kids who need so much and, remember, not all battles to protect our way of life are fought on foreign soil.
Walk into the voting booth on Tuesday, November 8th, and let it begin here in beautiful Ohio.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A poll monitor working for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, assaulted a voter at a polling place in Cleveland at midday Tuesday, sending the voter to a hospital. Read More Here
David Brooks, the [gratuitous insult deleted], wrote this this morning entitled "Mitt Romney, the Serious One." In it, he explained how Romney’s recent decision to unveil a plan for reforming the entitlement system "demonstrates his awareness of the issues that need to define the 2012 presidential election." Read More Here
The secretive oil billionaires the Koch brothers are close to launching a nationwide database connecting millions of Americans who share their anti-government and libertarian views, a move that will further enhance the tycoons' political influence and that could prove significant in next year's presidential election.
The database will give concrete form to the vast network of alliances that David and Charles Koch have cultivated over the past 20 years on the right of US politics. The brothers, whose personal wealth has been put at $25bn each, were a major force behind the creation of the tea party movement and enjoy close ties to leading conservative politicians, financiers, business people, media figures and US supreme court judges Read More Here
Normally, I don't ask people to not read this blog. Today I'll make an exception. If you haven't voted against issue 2, and issue 3, I ask that you go and do so now. What ever I have to post can wait, but the assault on our Firefighters, Teachers, and Police Officers, is happening now.
I never thought that I would live in a state, where our hard working friends and neighbors are looked at as the enemy. Governor Kasich showed his colors when he called the police officer who pulled him over, an idiot. He has stated that he simply doesn't like Unions. What he doesn't understand is that unions are simply workers banding together. Ohio has always been a wonderful place to live, with beautiful scenery and good people. Please don't let those people down.
Go, right now, and vote No on issue 2, and No on issue 3.
On Tuesday, Ohio voters will decide whether to repeal legislation passed by Republicans in March that would severely restrict collective bargaining rights for hundreds of thousands of public employees in the state.
Unlike in Wisconsin, where unions lost a similar battle earlier this year, the fight over Senate Bill 5 in Ohio is unfolding very differently. First, progressive groups forced a referendum on the law with a massive signature drive. Read More Here
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office recently released a much-discussed studyshowing that over the past three decades the income of the highest-paid Americans has soared while the income of others has grown much more modestly. Here’s a rundown of some statistics illustrating the growing income gap.
But first, some context. These numbers reflect income, not wealth. So a retiree who owns two houses and three cars may be far better off than someone with a higher annual income, two kids in college and a mortgage. It's worth noting that income includes investment income and capital gains.