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Union law draws contenders into Ohio primaries

Published: Mon, February 20, 2012 @ 9:12 a.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — On the heels of the 2011 fight over the limits of public employee unions, teachers and other public workers are flocking to Democratic primary races across Ohio.

The party wants to regain seats in the Republican-dominated Legislature that passed the measure.

The issue also is playing a role in one GOP primary. Beavercreek Republican Eric Spicer is seeking to beat state Rep. Jerrod Martin and Greene County Commissioner Rick Perales on March 6 by touting his opposition to the defeated union law.

Newly drawn legislative districts and abortion are factors in other primaries.

Fourteen Democratic faceoffs and 18 Republican matchups for Ohio House seats are under way.

Three Republican primaries and none for Democrats are taking place for Ohio Senate seats.

Republicans have a big fundraising lead.


1redeye1(5612 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Why of course, these unions want to keep their soft and cushiony jobs and pensions the way they are. If the D party wins, you the taxpayer better watch out , the unions will put this state even deeper in debt. Right now they know they can't do much with the GOP in control

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2notgvn(6 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Uh, redeye, we DID manage to put SB5 down the toilet where it belongs. And if you think public sector jobs are so great, why didnt you get one? And if you give us that old line about making way more than any union woker, why are you complaining anyway?

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3Phil_EngAmer(32 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

It will be interesting to see how citizens in state react to any type of future union legislation. Let’s not forget that the rejection of SB5 came with the caveat that many citizens in the state also rejected tax levies (http://bit.ly/vXAwy4).

Now that we see the workers are struggling even more than previously due to the lack of legislation curbing union efforts (http://bit.ly/xxYyOt), you have to wonder if there might be some form of backlash. SB5 may have been too restricting, but clearly the state is in need of some kind of union reform.

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