10:06 PM, Nov 8, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Associated Press reports:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The state's new collective bargaining law was defeated Tuesday after an expensive union-backed campaign that pitted firefighters, police officers and teachers against the Republican establishment.
In a political blow to GOP Gov. John Kasich, voters handily rejected the law, which would have limited the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers. With more than a quarter of the votes counted late Tuesday, 63 percent of votes were to reject the law.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said victory for unions was achieved among Democrats and Republicans in urban and rural counties.
"Ohio sent a message to every politician out there: Go in and make war on your employees rather than make jobs with your employees, and you do so at your own peril," he said.
In a statement posted online, Republican governor John Kasich said that while he "would have preferred a different outcome tonight," he respects the decision of the voters of Ohio. Here's more from Kasich:
Despite tonight’s outcome, it doesn’t change the fact that Ohio's ability to create a jobs-friendly climate is impacted by local governments' ability to reduce their costs. Just as Ohio had to get its fiscal house in order—and make tough choices to do it—local governments must as well. Ohio must find innovative ways to help local governments provide good services and good value. According to the US Census, local government taxes increased 42 percent between 1999 and 2009, almost twice the rate of inflation. That’s an astonishing increase when, during the same period, Ohio lost more jobs than any other state except California and Michigan, population growth was flat, school test scores didn’t improve and personal income suffered. We can do better and we will.
For more on the issue, read John McCormack's take here.
9:00 AM, Nov 7, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Ohio voters go to the polls tomorrow to vote on approving a recently passed public sector labor law, and a new survey from Public Policy Polling finds that 59 percent of those voters are against the law. Senate bill 5, passed by the Ohio legislature and signed by Republican governor John Kasich, requires public employees contribute to their health insurance and pension plans as well as limiting collective bargaining for those employees.
Six reasons why collective bargaining reform will likely fail in the Buckeye state.1:21 PM, Nov 6, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Although the polls show Ohio's collective bargaining reform headed for repeal in a referendum Tuesday, Governor John Kasich has no regrets he signed the legislation last March. “Everybody’s got to face this sooner or later,” Kasich told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone interview. "This is part of an overall plan to get reform from top to bottom. It’s extremely difficult. No one has tried this level of reform, that I’m aware of in the country, including Wisconsin."
"People will learn from this," Kasich says. "And we’ll see what happens on Tuesday."
But he says he did not want to comment on state's health insurance mandate initiative.1:15 PM, Oct 26, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Speaking in Virginia this morning, Mitt Romney tried to clarify what he called “confusion” over his comments yesterday in Ohio.
3:00 PM, Apr 11, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Proposals to enact so-called "parent trigger" laws, where parents can choose to convert their failing school into a charter school, are gaining traction, and the teachers' unions and some liberal groups are unsurprisingly up in arms.
Good news from Florida.11:27 AM, Feb 16, 2011 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Florida governor Rick Scott has rejected federal funds for high-speed rail connecting Orlando and Tampa, a decision that could send up to $2.4 billion in stimulus money back to the federal government. In a statement, Scott says that the red ink in President Obama’s budget – and the higher taxes the White House is proposing – would hurt the business environment in Florida.
California, Texas, New York, and Ohio are all up for grabs.3:28 PM, Mar 9, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Some of the most exciting races of the 2010 election cycle are taking place in the states. California, Texas, New York, and Ohio all feature important statewide races that will have repercussions in 2012 and beyond. A Republican victory in any one of these states is certain to launch a new GOP celebrity. And since the Democrats suffer from a weak bench, they're looking to the big states to highlight some new faces of their own. John Heilemann has a roundup of the campaigns here. Democrats lead in two, Republicans in one, and the other is a tossup.
Let's look at each.
The GOP lacks a standard-bearer for 2012—but the list of contenders will be growing in the fall.Mar 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 25 • By FRED BARNES
Texas governor Rick Perry’s impressive primary victory over Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is a signal. After the midterm election this November, the field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 (or later) is going to get bigger and possibly better.
Reports of the former governor's political demise may have been greatly exaggerated.6:01 PM, Feb 2, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Readers made some great points in response to my post yesterday on the race for the 2012 GOP nomination. One correspondent pointed out that I neglected to mention John Kasich, the former Republican congressman and Fox News personality who is running for governor of Ohio. A Kasich victory would launch him once more into the Republican stratosphere--but it would be hard to begin a presidential campaign after less than a year in office!
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