Ohio SB5 Repealed: Does It Matter?

Gov. John Kasich is still gagging because the people of Ohio took his SB 5 anti-public-employee-union bill and stuffed it back down his throat. Does this represent a trend for organized labor, or is it specific to Ohio? Does it have implications for 2012, either the presidential or congressional races? Reasonable opinions welcome.

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  • mpbulletin  On Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Hopefully it reaches deep into Wisconsin, down into Scott Walker’s soul and beyond throughout the rest of the country.

    • Steve  On Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Indeed, mpbulletin. From what I saw of events in Madison a couple of months back, you have a good start on the cleansing process. Just be glad you don’t live in Texas!

      (BTW, I noticed in your blog bio that you have a background in public health. I don’t, but I did work for the UT School of Public Health for quite a few years as an IT professional on a variety of different public-health projects.)

      (And again BTW, based on your first few posts, I’m blogrolling you.)

  • Bryan  On Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    It may be an indication that voters are tired of extremists. There are a lot of voters who self-identify as conservatives and vote for Repubs in the belief that the GOP is conservative. Then they see radical action and they don’t like it.

    A clearer expression of this was in Mississippi, where it looks like the ‘Personhood’ amendment was defeated 60 to 40%. Mississippi is a very conservative state, but they don’t like radical actions.

    I think the Repubs took off their ‘make-up’ and revealed their true nature to people who were shocked by what they saw.

    • Steve  On Wednesday November 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Quite likely, Bryan. I have one Republican who is a friend since childhood… i.e., a person I’d hardly give up on, despite his politics… and I remember a conversation right after Bush was elected, in which I said that Bush and his crew were not conservatives but radical rightists, and my old friend did not disagree with me. After a term and a half of Bush as prez, I pointed out to the same friend that the deficit increased more on Bush’s watch than on all previous presidents’ terms combined; he shuddered, shook his head in dismay and acknowledged the truth of what I said. Intelligent conservatives… not entirely an oxymoron… know the failings of the GOP.

      And I know the failings of the Dems…

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