The Columbus Dispatch editorial board is well know for it’s anti-union positions, so when I saw a recent editorial headline calling proposed ‘right-to-work’ legislation a “solution to a non-problem” I have to admit I was intrigued.
Sadly, the editors failed to provide any commentary on the legislation and instead focused on what they view as the potential negative fallout from a fight over right-to-work: that it might reflect poorly on their BFF John Kasich.
In short, the editorial goes something like this: Kasich is super awesome and if the GOP doesn’t ditch right-to-work it might help those pesky Democrats [...]Full Story... →
Soon after taking office, Secretary of State John Husted started talking about the importance of “uniformity” in Ohio’s election process. By this, Husted of course meant the elimination of early voting on the days most preferred by Democratic voters – especially African American voters in large counties – during an important presidential election year.
In case there was any reason why Husted and his fellow Republicans were trying to keep Ohioans from voting on the last three days before the elections Republican Doug Preisse made it clear when he admitted the goal of limiting early [...]Full Story... →
Two weeks ago we broke the story of Republican lawmakers trying to disenfranchise Ohio’s college students. This week we got some rare honesty from House Speaker Batchelder when he admitted that he was, in fact, trying to keep college kids paying out-of-state tuition from voting in Ohio and he was doing it because he didn’t think they should be allowed to vote on tax levies that they might not be responsible for paying.
David Pepper, candidate for Ohio Attorney General, called Batchelder’s justification “blatantly unconstitutional” and warned that his “comments would quickly become Exhibit A in a successful Constitutional challenge of this [...]Full Story... →
Senator Nina Turner and State Rep. Kathleen Clyde are planning to introduce legislation to determine why Ohio continues to be non-compliant with federal “Motor Voter” laws and how the problem can be fixed.
As we reported on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Husted, for the second time in two election cycles, failed to deliver voter registration data to local elections officials within the time allowed by state and federal laws. Ohio requires the data to be sent within five days.
Instead, Husted sent months of data all at once, and days before the primary election on May 7th. [...]Full Story... →
Two weeks ago we broke the story of Republican lawmakers trying to disenfranchise Ohio’s college students.
The language, included in the GOP budget bill, would require universities in Ohio to lower tuition rates for any student who lives on campus if that student received a proof-of-residency letter from the school.
These letters, routinely sent out by Ohio’s colleges and universities, are used by students around the state for voting purposes; without the letters the students may not be able to vote.
If the bill passes with the existing language, universities estimate they could lose hundreds of million of dollars each [...]Full Story... →
John Kasich came into office promising to create jobs. For the first two years, he attempted to fulfill this promise with big handouts to big companies who were making big promises.
One of his first and biggest deals was with Diebold. In early 2011, Kasich promised the company $100 Million in state and other incentives and all they had to do was promise to build a new headquarters in Ohio and not to layoff more than 20% of their workforce.
Kasich was so proud of the deal he mentioned it proudly in his first State of the State speech, [...]Full Story... →
This morning we reported that State Rep Ron Maag was looking for cosponsors for his public sector right to work bill.
It now looks like State Rep Kristina Roegner is going to introduce a private sector version of the bill.
According to a letter seeking cosponsors, Roegner claims the bill will “prohibit any requirements that employees of private employers join or pay dues to any employee organization.”
The bill will also seem to establish that the policy of “this state is that each employee must be fully free to decide whether to associate, organize, designate a representative, or [...]Full Story... →
Republican State Rep Ron Maag is looking for cosponsors for an anti-union, Right to Work bill he plans to introduce in the Ohio House.
Maag’s “Workplace Freedom” bill will deal only with public sector unions and will “remove any requirement under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Law that public employees join or pay dues to any employee organization and prohibits public employers from requiring public employees to join or pay dues to any employee organization.”
In early 2011, Maag voted for Senate Bill 5, which would have decimated collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public sector workers. The bill sparked a huge pro-labor [...]Full Story... →
Acording to State Rep Kathleen Clyde, John Husted has again failed follow state and federal laws regarding voter registration updates, causing extra costs, confusion and possible lost votes for next week’s primary election.
State law requires the Secretary of State to send voter registration data to local election officials within five days of acceptance. But Husted had been sitting on months of data without transferring it to the local BOEs.
SOS Husted make the same mistake during last year’s Presidential election.
“How could the Secretary of State make this colossal mistake twice?” asked Rep. Clyde. “Absentee ballots will be rejected because [...]Full Story... →
Mike DeWine’s time as Ohio Attorney General has been plagued by bad legal decisions. His recent plan to start raiding and shutting down Internet cafes that offer sweepstakes games could turn out to be the next one on the list.
Two weeks ago, DeWine briefed law enforcement officials from around the state on how to prosecute Internet cafes, prior to raiding six of the businesses in Cuyahoga County that afternoon.
At the briefing DeWine “announced a new Internet gaming unit in the attorney general’s office to help them investigate”, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. ”The special unit [...]Full Story... →
There’s been a lot of discussion about what Ohio’s House Republicans changed in John Kasich’s budget: removing Medicaid expansion, dumping the sales tax proposal and lowering the income tax cut, while inserting a bunch of right-wing, anti-woman provisions like defunding Planned Parenthood.
But it’s worth pointing out that our self-proclaimed fiscal conservative Governor and GOP legislators both produced versions of a budget that increases state spending by billions over previous budgets.
While the new GOP version of the budget is somewhat smaller than the budget Kasich originally proposed, it still increases General Revenue Fund (GRF) spending by $7.5 Billion over Kasich’s [...]Full Story... →