If this is what losing looks like, then I’m okay losing in 2012. Not only did Wisconsin Democrats prevail in the state’s recall elections, but voters in Ohio are pushing back hard against Gov. John Kasich’s (R) copycat union-busting tactics.
Ohio’s Senate Bill 5, which weakens collective bargaining rights for public unions, passed and immediately became the target of a public referendum to repeal the bill. In Ohio, to trigger a repeal referendum organizers are required to collect signatures equal to six percent of the total votes in the last gubernatorial election, with other requirements that they be sufficiently spread out with at least three percent of the gubernatorial vote across at least half the counties in the state.
For the referendum to repeal of Senate Bill 5 organizers needed 231,150 signatures. Organizers collected far more that that, immediately establishing a broad base of support for the actual campaign.
Feeling the pressure from the results in Wisconsin, Gov. Kasich offered to strike a deal on the law, which has not yet gone into effect, if organizers would end the campaign to repeal it.
Organizers responded by telling Gov. Kasich that they would sit down for budget talks with the Gov. after the bill is repealed in its entirety. It’s a bold step, and one taken because the public does not support SB 5 — and Kasich knows it.
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