Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Opponents of Senate Bill 5 outmatched supporters in money, motivation and message.
In retrospect, Issue 2 never stood a chance. Opponents outmatched supporters in money, motivation and message. It's no surprise they had more votes, too. On Tuesday, about 60 percent of Ohio voters rejected Issue 2, Gov. John Kasich's plan to severely restrict bargaining rights for Ohio's unionized government workers. And the resounding defeat wasn't delieved with scant turnout during a boring off-year election. Turnout was 46 percent, the highest for an off-year race since 1991. The union-backed opponents were too strong, and cared too much. They viewed the fight to end Senate Bill 5 as a back-against-the-wall fight, and they campaigned that way. Opponents trotted out teachers and firemen and said the law would ruin important government …
Friday, November 4, 2011
Gov. John Kasich visited Independence to tout the benefits of Issue 2 while opponents chanted and protested outside. Ohio voters will decide on Issue 2 on Nov. 8.
Gov. John Kasich came to the Cleveland area Thursday to rally a crowd of supporters days away from a crucial vote on Issue 2. Kasich is on a tour around the state to rally support for Issue 2, the ballot name for Senate Bill 5, the law that would restrict collective bargaining for public sector unions. Ohio voters will decide the fate of Issue 2 on Nov. 8. Speaking at a Building a Better Ohio event in Independence, Kasich linked the reforms in Issue 2 with the his larger goal of making Ohio more business friendly by removing unnecessary regulations and keeping taxes low. Kasich argued that Issue 2 will help local governments "get their act together" because it gives local officials "the tools they need" to control costs. "You need to tell …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
With less than three weeks until the Nov. 8 election, the campaigns for and against Issue 2 are seeking to persuade voters to join their cause.
Supporters and opponents of Issue 2 are waging full-scale war to win your vote. In union-strong Cleveland, police officers, fire fighters and teachers march through the suburbs, knocking on doors and telling voters that Issue 2 will undermine their way of life, union member or not. In Southern Ohio, voters file into town halls to hear conservatives say Issue 2 is necessary if Ohio’s local governments are to keep taxes down. And in living rooms across the state, campaign ads bombard channel-surfing Ohioans with images of proud teachers, stressed families trying to make ends meet and one angry great grandmother. Issue 2 is the ballot referendum that will decide the fate of Senate Bill 5, Gov. John Kasich's controversial proposal to restrict …
Monday, April 4, 2011
International Association of Firefighters Local 1845 President David Zalba talks about how the recently passed Senate Bill 5 will affect firefighters
The controversial Senate Bill 5 was recently passed into law, limiting the collective bargaining rights for 360,000 public employees in Ohio. All week on "You Said It," Mentor Patch will be asking people how Senate Bill 5 could impact them. Today, International Association of Firefighters Local 1845 President David Zalba discusses how the bill could affect firefighters and paramedics. If you want to talk about Senate Bill 5 – whether you are for or against it – email Mentor Patch at email@example.com.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Local unions planned to host a poker tournament to benefit for the United Way of Lake County, but Mentor Police are concerned that the tournament would not be legal
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jason Lea
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The poker tournament that local unions planned as a benefit for United Way of Lake County is canceled because Mentor Police have concerns that it is not legal. The tournament was scheduled for Saturday at the Bricklayer Local 16 headquarters in Mentor. The United Way said the tournament is postponed but did not give a new date for it. Mentor Police Capt. Kevin Knight said the tournament did not meet the legal standards for a charitable gambling event in Ohio. First, charitable gambling events must be held by a charity for that charity, Knight said. The proposed tournament was organized by local unions, which are not a charity, and not the local chapter of the United Way. Also, charitable gambling can only occur as part of a larger festival…