Kasich Feels The Heat In Ohio


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 after the bill is repealed in its entirety.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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Brian F.
Brian F.5 years ago

Good Bye Kasich. Hope we never see you again. Now if we can just get rid of a few more republican creeps and liars like Walker, and Christie.

Frances C.
Frances C.5 years ago

Bye Bye Kasich.

Brian F.
Brian F.5 years ago

I agree with Cheryl L. Corporations control this country and if we don't vote the republicans out of office, then we will all become slaves to big powerful corporations.

Hope S.
Hope Sellers5 years ago

Congratulations to the Ohio Voters. Good Job! And good luck to the voters in other states. That's the way to get our government by the people back.

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan5 years ago

It is High Times the american people took back control of our country. The so called leaders we have put in office the last 12 years an even further back has put us in the state of a third world. There is power in #s we voted them in, no have the guts to vote them out. We need a clean slate, get rid of all them.

Cheryl L.
Cheryl L.5 years ago

Bonnie S.: --- Let's call it what it is. American corporations put greed above PATRIOTISM and refuse to invest in their own country. They believe taxes are BENEATH them and that the burden should be on the Middle Class. They send jobs overseas because they can pay pennies and no benefits and have their slave labor for the cheap products they are producing. The less jobs we have in America the less money being invested here. You talk about "union power" yet are in denial about CORPORATE POWER AND CORPORATE WELFARE. Envision this country in the not-too-distant future being run totally by corporations, corporate-installed politicians, a police state to control the poor jobless and sick masses of people and the ruling, rich elite with their gated communities and mansions and bodyguards. Just imagine the filth and garbage, our lack of rights, people laying in the streets sick and homeless and jobless. You think it can't or isn't happening? Pull your head out of the sand or whatever dark place you are hiding it. This is reality and our country is being taken over. We are long past "WE, THE PEOPLE". That exists on Bush's "piece of paper" only and is no longer a reality or legality.

Cheryl L.
Cheryl L.5 years ago

Charlene R.: ---- Awesome and factual post. I have been saying the same thing every chance I get, but you really said it perfectly and to the point. The standard of living and condition of this entire country will deteriorate except for the very rich. We're well on our way to becoming a "Third World Country".

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

Governor John Kasich of Ohio, could be one of the poster boys for ARROGANT behavior. He thought he had the voters in his pocket and could do whatever pleased himself. What a glorious day, when realization took hold.

The organizers did the correct thing, in telling him they would not sit down and negotiate, until the bill was repealed. I applaud their courage.

For any of you anti-union people, remember one thing. If unions are eradicated, so go union wages, and so go YOUR wages. Here is where the domino effect kicks in, only, downwards. What do you think union busting is about? It's about lowering wages across the board, not just the union workers.
If you don't believe this, a class in union wages 101 is in order. History verifies this, very clearly. You don't need to be a genius to comprehend the logic.

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson5 years ago

I am So Proud of all the energy people are expending in Wisconsin and in Ohio to regain their government.YOU are an inspiration to us all!! The Republicans count on BIG Corporate MONEY (and as we heard last week Republicans--at least front-runner Romney-- think corporations ARE people ) BUT corporations don't have the energy of people--or the time that we have. They HAVE TO MAKE MONEY.All these Republican Governors cut deals to help corporations make money.To do it they want to break OUR unions and take OUR jobs. They are SHOCKED at the energy we have when we are defending our way of life.The whole country is inspired and STANDS WITH YOU!

Gayle J.
Gayle, J.5 years ago

When will people finally wake up to the fact that republiCONS lie. That's the only way they can get elected because nobody wants their unions busted or their wages and benefits slashed. Quit voting for republICONS - they hate you unless you're uber wealthy!