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GOP Blocks Ohio Labor Vote

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TomCat S (128)
Monday November 7, 2011, 12:36 am
Governor John Kasich has fully followed the Republican meme of attacking labor at the state level. But Ohioans fought back and put the Republicansí draconian anti-union measure on the ballot as Issue 2, scheduled for a vote Tuesday. Saturday, Sunday and today were the to be the last three days of early voting. Union members and other working people traditionally use early voting to avoid conflicts between voting and their work schedule. To block the labor vote Republicans have seized on an obscure provision of a just-passed bill to cancel the last three days of early voting, probably illegally. John Nichols brought this to light.

P A (117)
Monday November 7, 2011, 12:51 am
Totally agree TomCat - he should be prosecuted for trying to disenfranchise large areas of the population - don't the democrats have any good lawyers amongst them??

Ellen m (215)
Monday November 7, 2011, 1:05 am
These tactics would be pathetic if they didn't work so damned well..and the thought of anyone sitting back laughing at how "they pulled another one off" is driving me crazy!
Problem is, go ahead and throw him in jail..damage has already been done.

Ben O (156)
Monday November 7, 2011, 3:22 am
Forgive my stupidity, but I had to check "What Does 'GOP' Stand For?"
...The elephant - symbol of the Republican Party since 1874 - remembers that GOP stands for "Grand Old Party," but increasingly, the elephant is standing alone... (CBS)
So, now I know! And, may I add:
-Never underestimate the power of ignorant idiots in large groups!

Past Member (0)
Monday November 7, 2011, 3:30 am
Noted. Thank you.

Edwin M (346)
Monday November 7, 2011, 4:36 am
We had dinner with relatives yesterday over in Ohio and eveyone at that table without exception are voting NO on issue 2. Politicians like Kasich and Walker have to be taught that you cannot steam roll over peoples rights and not be held accountable. On Friday the paperwork was filed for the possible recall of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. It's time for politicians to be reminded that this is the "Peoples" government and they work for us not the other way around. As a side note, as we were sitting in the living room the phone rang and it was a recorded message from the singer Pat Boone who lives in California, offering his opinion as to why voters should vote yes on issue 2. If nothing else you have to admit that republicans stick together.

Carol H (229)
Monday November 7, 2011, 5:37 am
noted, thank you

Past Member (0)
Monday November 7, 2011, 6:38 am
Edwin im really hoping walker does get recalled. im not sure how we can help with that if we are out of state though :|

Dotti L (85)
Monday November 7, 2011, 6:51 am

Marco C (31)
Monday November 7, 2011, 8:55 am
Prison, jail, jail, prison, a sprinkling of tarring and feathering, jail, prison, prison and if all else fails, pitch forks.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 7, 2011, 9:54 am
Democratic Leaders take note: DO SOMETHING!

Caitlin G (29)
Monday November 7, 2011, 10:18 am
*shakes head*

Anne Settanni (152)
Monday November 7, 2011, 10:24 am
GOP-GREEDY OBNOXIOUS PREDATORS. I hope this malicious act backfires on the bastards!

Past Member (0)
Monday November 7, 2011, 10:26 am
Yep, Marco! But at this point I want to START with the pitchforks!

Marco C (31)
Monday November 7, 2011, 11:07 am
Edwin, thanks for the news.

A recall or two would do well to remind our politicians that they serve at our pleasure and not the other way around. There is accountability, and the complacency of the American voter is a thing of the past.

Mary T (178)
Monday November 7, 2011, 11:29 am
What a bunch of crooks, I think we all should all break out with the pitchforks on all the GOP, the greedy S.O.B'S. Time to get them all out of office.

Roseann d (178)
Monday November 7, 2011, 12:39 pm
Sounds like it's time to whip out the Tar & Feathers and march these aholes through the streets to their prison cells. THEY are public servants, serving at the will of the people. I think it's time for the BIG REMINDER.

Mary Alexander (23)
Monday November 7, 2011, 1:52 pm
This type of thiings can't be legal right? It is time to stand up and say no more!!!! Get them all out of office if they do not work for the people they will be removed!!!

laura r (6)
Monday November 7, 2011, 1:54 pm
state by state, middle class Americans are being pushed into serfdom. This is going to be a very deccisive time for each of us to decide what we will or WILL NOT TOLERATE. Republicans are the most evil,corrupt vampires on this planet.

David Johnson (13)
Monday November 7, 2011, 1:57 pm
Thanks for the info. It would seem that the Repugs are getting deperate. It's time that we have our Network paraphrase..We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!!!
i don't live in Ohio..or Wisconsin....but stand in totoal solidarity with the working/union folks!

Yvonne W (229)
Monday November 7, 2011, 2:03 pm
ALL the Labor Unions should arrange a half-day (or full day) walk-out to VOTE!

Vicky Locke (3)
Monday November 7, 2011, 2:40 pm
I've already voted absentee. My state (Ohio) used to be reasonable; even if I didn't agree with the state government, their arguments were reasoned and had some merit. Now it's just outright lies and vitriol, like at the national level.

Barbara Chally (10)
Monday November 7, 2011, 2:40 pm
Anyone wanting to block labor in the future must have been born yesterday!

Christopher Fowler (82)
Monday November 7, 2011, 3:20 pm
Just more proof that the GOP is both obstructionist and Treasonous.

Have them all prosecuted and imprisoned to the maximum penalty of the law. And since we are still engaged in hostilities with a foreign power, the penalty is death.

Try them and have them executed in accordance with the law.

Ray M (0)
Monday November 7, 2011, 3:48 pm
The repugs and their corporate pimps will stop at nothing to destroy the American worker, their rights, and freedoms. Ohio, WI, Maine and other states engaging in this illegal, blantant supression of voter's rights should be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by the Justice Dept.asap. Oh, I forgot about the Supremes. The repugs and corporate pimps have them in their pockets as well. What a country! God save America, deliver us from republiCONS.

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday November 7, 2011, 4:18 pm
There is no limit as to how low the Republicans will stoop.

Vicky P (476)
Monday November 7, 2011, 4:18 pm
A lot of Americans seem ti be very afraid of Socialism, and it's a bit pathetic.

Gary L (138)
Monday November 7, 2011, 5:13 pm
John Kasich is a disgusting piece of shit I hope ohio throws him out as well

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Monday November 7, 2011, 5:13 pm
I have to go along with Ray, Nelson, and Victoria. Nothing more I could add that say it all any better then the above.

David C (129)
Monday November 7, 2011, 5:20 pm
when will the majority learn once and for all that repuglicons are lying, cheating, change the rules, anti-US, and anti-common-person....

Michael C (217)
Monday November 7, 2011, 5:41 pm
These Republicans, are just pure scum, and facists...How can any hard working person vote for these reptiles?

Susanne R (235)
Monday November 7, 2011, 6:44 pm
If there's any justice in this world, this "last minute" change in rules will come back to bite Kasich and Husted in their collective asses by inspiring people to come out in force to vote in favor of preserving the collective bargaining rights of public sector employees. And I hope this attempt to suppress votes is investigated, along with any other attempts that are sure to be made tomorrow!

Good luck, Ohioans! I hope you manage to save your collective bargaining rights and get rid of Kasich and Husted ASAP --since they work for only 1% of your citizens and against the rest!

TomCat S (128)
Monday November 7, 2011, 8:38 pm
Thanks to all for an overwhelming response. Kudos to Edwin.


Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 1:35 am
And how many of those employers are likely to allow workers time from work to vote? I know in Canada, each worker must be allowed 4 consecutive hours to vote, so if polls close at 8 pm and a person works 9-5 pm, they must be allowed to leave work at 4 pm to give them sufficient time to vote. We also have advanced voting but I have never heard of closing off the advanced polls unannounced --- those polls are announced well in advance.

It seems more and more, states are playing around with the voting process --- ID requirements, voter registration, congressional district re-alignments. Why would any party feel the need to do this? The only reason I can see is that they know they can't win fairly, so they'll do whatever they deem necessary to win, at any cost. It's not about what's right for the country, it's about what is right for the Republican party and the Kochians. The Republican/Teabaggers are all pulling a Daniel Webster, selling their souls to the Kochs. Welcome to the United States of Kochistan.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 4:25 am
Thanks Lynn for the info about Canadian elections. I never knew that. What a great idea. Iíve always thought Election Day should be a State holiday and every able bodied adult citizen should be required to vote. But then that would screw things up royally for those bent on destroying the concept and principals of democracy in favor of their preferred Plutocratic Fascist dictatorial utopia. a.k.a. the Imperialist job creators.

Robert B (60)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 6:10 am
I would think that to fiddle with election rules this close to an election would be highly ILLEGAL. If it is illegal to bring or wear political slogans within a certain distance of a voting place then it should be illegal to change the rules at the last minute. Where are the lawyers when you need them?

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 6:28 am
Pitch forks sound good to me - there used to be at least a pretense at legitimacy - now they are just blatantly crooked, giving the one-finger salute to anyone not in their camp.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 10:22 am
So maybe we ought to get off our collective @sses and start a petition on the WH web site "We the People" and anywhere else we can create one for making election days a NATIONAL FREAKING HOLIDAY, with absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS, so everyone can get out and VOTE!

So I elect myself to use for my choice of petition sites! Who will grab the White House? Here at Care2? Any takers for any other site out there? Let's get this party started, maybe we can get 'er done in time for the 2012 Presidential Election... Of course this totally depends on getting people out there and DOING something, and fighting the right wing insanity....

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 11:04 am
Here's the link to the petition I created:

Let me know if it works!

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 7:50 pm
Britin J. #15 to sign, we need help here folks. Get up, Stand up for making election worth the money spent to get you to keep sitting on your ass and do nothing. One more time Again.

Direct link

TomCat S (128)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 9:39 pm
Thanks all

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 6:18 pm
Thanks Hawkeye! I even posted it on my Facebook account, but I have a very small group of friends there, keeping it to people I ACTUALLY know... So yeah, we need some help here with this ONE petition, maybe someone could create another for the same reason on one of the other sites I mentioned? :)
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