Ed FitzGerald reclines, relaxed, methodically taking notes as though he were culling together arrows for his political quiver.
He glances up periodically to scan the reactions of the 125 Athens County Democratic Party members gathered at the local American Legion hall listening to area favorite Debbie Phillips introduce the man who will challenge Ohio Gov. John Kasich this November.
Athens County Democrats haven’t gathered a crowd so large for a party dinner since another local favorite, Ted Strickland, was running for governor in 2006. The doors to Post 21 have been flung open to allow in the cool Saturday night [...]Full Story... →
After he was elected, Governor Kasich said that the state’s teachers unions should take out a full page ad to apologize to him. He also told unions and other interest groups to “get on the bus” or he would run them over.
It didn’t take long. In the state budget, Kasich and the GOP-controlled legislature drained nearly $2 billion from public education, resulting in new levies and drastic cuts at schools across the state. The budget also accelerated the transfer of public money to private and for-profit charter schools and implanted the same controversial scheme to tie teacher pay to [...]Full Story... →
Beware the law of unintended consequences. Bill Bush in today’s Dispatch notices a little problem with the current attempt by Republicans to depress Democratic voters by requiring a state issued driver license or ID card in order to vote:
…records from the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles show about 8.83 million voting-age residents have an Ohio driver’s license or photo ID – about 28,000 more than there are voting-age residents in the state, according to the 2010 census.
Sounds like 28,000 potential cases of voter fraud right? There could be an epidemic of people voting more than once because there [...]Full Story... →
So far we’ve explored Tea Party hypocrisy on Special Interests and the Government’s role in the “Free Market”. We turn our attention now to healthcare. Part 3 of this week’s Tea Party Discovery series reveals how Billionaire Koch funded American’s for Prosperity (known Tea Party astroturfer) sponsored a Town Hall meeting in which the GOP through SB5 injects more government control over healthcare. The Tea Party protests of this intrusion upon the people’s civil liberties never materialized…Full Story... →
Yesterday we explored the basics of the stated Tea Party values and I made the first of many “discoveries” that point to the movement being more about opposing Democrats and less about any true ideals. We continue our look at the ways in which the Tea Party’s hypocrisy begins to show with Part 2 of this series by looking at the stated beliefs versus actions relative to Government and the “Free Market”. We also consider whether the size of the “movement” is shrinking due to disillusionment and ponder whether the Tea Party itself is dead.Full Story... →
The Tea Party purports to be a grassroots movement of citizens concerned about The Constitution, limited government, the influence of special interests on our government, and burdensome government regulations. In practice, however, they are nothing more than a mouthpiece for corporate backed FreedomWorks and the Republican Party.
Over the course of this week, this series will provide background and expose the hypocrisy that is the “Tea Party”. The series is from guest poster Greg Mild, a Columbus educator.Full Story... →
2 days ago Joseph posted about the FOP formally pulling their endorsement of State Senator Kevin Bacon. Today another shoe dropped. Jack Reall, President of IAFF Local 67 sent Senator Bacon his own letter. I had the pleasure to meet Jack during my trip to Local 67 to interview General President Harold Schaitberger. He was decked out in a kilt with utility pockets prepared to march on the statehouse.
Kevin Bacon, Senator
3rd District, Ohio Senate
On March 9, 2011, the members of the Columbus Fire Fighters Union voted unanimously to rescind [...]Full Story... →
We were fortunate enough to spend some time with the International Association of Firefighters yesterday as they prepared to march on the statehouse. You didn’t have to look very hard to figure out where they were. By the time we arrived firefighters had already filled up a main hall and were overflowing outside on a relatively warm March day in Columbus.
Before getting together to interview General President Harold Schaitberger (bio), we were able to catch the majority of his rousing speech to the membership gathered at Local 67 in what can only be described as a [...]Full Story... →
According to a house source, Republicans have on the first day of hearings replaced a member of the Commerce and Labor Committee in order to ensure passage of SB5. The makeup of the committee is 9-6 Republican. There are two freshman on the committee and what they are apparently doing is letting one freshman vote no to avoid electoral fallout, but they can’t let two people vote no or SB5 will not make it out.Full Story... →
Watch as John Kasich mentions “collective bargaining reform” and gets ripped by protesters. He’s clearly rattled at first, but pivots to basically say “you can protest, but we’re still running over you with the bus”. To this the entire Republican majority and leadership gives a rousing standing ovation:
It’s extraordinary to note that what they are applauding is the decimation of the rights of firefighters, police, and teachers to be able to collectively negotiate the terms of their employment and conditions of their workplace. It should serve as a reminder that these are the same types of people who [...]Full Story... →
I don’t think anyone is doing a better job at using the medium of video to highlight progressive causes than New Left Media. They’ve been at it for a while and their footage and production just keeps getting better.
We were supposed to get together with Chase Whiteside at the first rally to talk about SB5 but jammed cell networks and the craziness of the day didn’t permit it. Chase came away with some fantastic footage though and it should be seen by everyone concerned with this battle for worker’s rights. Great job guys!
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