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Will Democrats show up in November?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published August 20, 2011

The reason there’s a Senate Bill 5 is that Democrats stayed home last November, thus giving the Republicans a sweep of the statewide election in Ohio. With the governor’s office and the General Assembly firmly in GOP hands, the move to restrict public employees’ collective bargaining rights was inevitable.

The passage of Senate Bill 5, which Gov. John Kasich signed into law without hesitation, awoke the Democrats, especially members of the unions, from their political slumber. They have rallied to stop the law from taking effect by putting it up for a statewide vote in this November general election.

But the question that remains unanswered is this: Will the Democrats show up for the election, or will they sit on their hands as they did last year, resulting in Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland being a one-termer. While there is a great deal of optimism that SB 5 will be rejected by Ohioans, given the more than 1 million voters who signed the referendum petitions, Kasich, the Republicans in the Legislature and out-of-state interests that have targeted public employees nationally are pulling out all the stops to keep SB 5 intact.

The attempt this week by the governor and leaders of the House and Senate to work out a compromise failed when heads of the unions refused to attend a meeting. They want the new collective bargaining law repealed before they sit down with the Republicans.

A repeal of the law will be a major victory for the Democrats. If the GOP gives in to the unions’ demand, it will mean that Kasich et al truly believe the polls that show Ohioans opposed to SB 5 by a large margin.

The political chess game is getting interesting.


1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years ago

I will be there, and my vote will be no .

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2Westsider(251 comments)posted 4 years ago

I will be there too - but my vote will be "Yes" and I believe there are a lot of thinking, intelligent, silent voters who will too

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3valleyred(1102 comments)posted 4 years ago

I will be voting Yes on Issue 2. Like in WI, the silent majority will speak in OH yet again.

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4AtownAugie(792 comments)posted 4 years ago

I hope the dems turn out thick as locusts! That way, they can scream "Unfair! Rigged!" when they lose their precious special interest referendum. Then the blow-up rats will be dragged out of their union hall storage sheds and put up in front of job-generating businesses who "do not see the light" of having a union-shop. And they'll bring some paid-picketers in from Cleveland. See you in November -- when you'll find out your relatives signed the petition so they could have a quiet supper, but will vote their wallets.

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5db(280 comments)posted 4 years ago

Thank God for Kasich & SB5; let the union hogs eat their inflatable rat. I'll be voting YES for SB5.
ps. How can anyone defend paid retirement in middle age and requiring that the taxpayers support you??

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6andersonathan(682 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

A big YES vote here, time to haul in a little power from unions. BTW a BIG THANKS TO YSU for opening some people eyes.

Nothing Blue Let it rain Red

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