Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Northeast Ohio Democrats surveyed by Patch were unanimous in believing last year's Senate Bill 5 fight will help Barack Obama reclaim the White House.
Northeast Ohio Democrats believe last year's fight over a Republican-led effort to clamp down on union rights will help Barack Obama reclaim the White House. Patch's Democratic influencers agreed in a survey that the Senate Bill 5 fight, which culminated in a decisive victory for union interests in Ohio last year, will galvanize party members and help Obama's re-election fight in this crucial swing state. Not one Democrat surveyed thought 2011's union fight would hurt Obama or the party in this year's election. The Senate Bill 5 effort was led by Gov. John Kasich, a Republican rising star who took a major hit after having his signature initiative defeated in November 2011. Democrats surveyed said Kasich's over-reaching helped organize …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The congressman draws a conclusion from the public's rejection of both Senate Bill 5 and the Affordable Care Act
At face value, both Senate Bill 5 (which restricted unions' collective bargaining abilities) and the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obama care) have little in common. They would also seem to have diametrically opposed political supporters and detractors. However, the voters of Ohio rejected both by a sizable margin. Consequently, Congressman Steven LaTourette drew a conclusion from the Ohio electorate's actions while talking with members of the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning at Molinari's as part of the Chamber's Coffee & Conversation series. "I think the public is tired of having things jammed down their throats," he said. Other videos from LaTourette's talk:
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 …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Public workers celebrate Issue 2 victory at Cleveland rally.
Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue 2 on Tuesday, delivering a haymaker to Republican-led efforts to restrict bargaining rights for government workers and damaging the fortunes of Gov. John Kasich. The lead was so great that We Are Ohio claimed victory just after 9 p.m. Tuesday with only a fraction of the state's precincts reporting. Kasich conceded the race shortly afterward. About 61 percent of voters, or nearly 2.2 million, rejected the law known as Senate Bill 5, according to unofficial results. About 39 percent, or about 1.4 million, voted for the law. Results show Issue 2 lost in 82 of Ohio's 88 counties. At a victory party in Cleveland, public workers cheered loudly and chanted "We won!" as union leaders, including American …
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Mentor Patch will have profiles for every candidate in every local race that will be on the ballot this November
Election Day is tomorrow, and Mentor Patch has all the information you need to stay informed about the candidates and the issues. The electors of Mentor will have several decisions to make. Five City Council seats (all the wards and an at-large) and two School Board seats are up for grabs. As part of Mentor Patch's 2011 election coverage, we will be posting profiles for every candidate from every local race. These profiles will include biographical information, a statement from the candidate and a video in which they talk about the biggest issues facing the city or schools, respectively, and how they would address them. Click on their names to see their profiles. Remember, more profiles will be added as more people file with the Board of …
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 …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Gov. John Kasich is expected to attend the Nov. 3 rally being organized by the Southeast Republican Club.
Gov. John Kasich is expected to attend a Nov. 3 rally in Independence to support Issue 2, the governor's plan to reform collective bargaining for public workers. The rally, organized by Pro-Issue 2 group Building a Better Ohio, is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Independence Civic Center. Issue 2 is by far the biggest issue facing Ohio voters on Nov. 8. Debate over the collective-bargaining law also known as Senate Bill 5 has engulfed Kasich's first year in office and received national attention. In the run-up to the vote, Kasich has been attending rallies to talk about Issue 2. Supporters of the bill argue that it will help governments better control costs, therefore saving jobs and keeping taxes down. But opponents believe Senate Bill 5 is…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Check out our coverage on the topic and then tell us where you stand in our poll.
Where do you stand? Do you think Issue 2 is necessary to keep costs in check? Or do you think it would take away important rights from workers? There has been plenty of conversation on Patch about Issue 2, from the comments to a few blogs: one with reasons for it and one with some thoughts from a former public employee. And Patch has followed the issue closely, from the start of the campaign to the most recent polls. For a look at all of the Issue 2 coverage, check out our topics page. Here’s a quick overview of the big points in Senate bill 5, the bill that will either be repealed or go into effect after Nov. 8. So, we want to know – if the election was today, how would you vote on Issue 2? Cast your ballot in our unscientific poll. And …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Polls from Quinnipiac University and Public Policy Polling suggest that an already strong opposition to Issue 2 is growing as the election approaches
Two recent opinion polls suggest that Ohio voters are poised to reject Issue 2, Gov. John Kasich's plan to reduce the collective bargaining power of the state's public sector unions. The majority of voters polled earlier this month by Public Policy Polling and Quinnipiac University say they want to repeal Senate Bill 5. Public Policy Polling found that 56 percent of voters surveyed want to reject it while 36 percent support Issue 2. Quinnipiac's poll results were even better for Issue 2 opponents, with 57 percent against the measure and 32 percent for it. In both polls, more Repubicans said they support Issue 2 than any other groups. But that support is lukewarm compared to the opposition of Democrats, who are staunch against it. More than…