Hey Kasich: “Apologize to the men and women of this great state!”

Ohio! You did it!

Ohio voters defeated Governor Kasich’s union-busting bill SB5 resoundingly-61% said ‘no’ to it and 39% said ‘yes’. I’m with Ohio Senator Nina Turner who said last night on the Ed Show that Kasich should provide an apology.

“He should stand up and apologize to the working men and women of this state for putting them through this foolishness… He owes Ohioans an apology for not working on the #1 issue: JOBS. Apologize to the men and women of this great state!”
The video picks up right where Senator Turner makes her demand:

Kasich and Walker are two right wing peas in a pod who work so closely that they call each other every day. Kasich dropped SB5 on Ohio Wednesday February 9th – 2 days before Walker announced his own bomb bill,Wisconsin Act 10.
Kasich’s failure last night is also Walker’s failure. Ohio’s win is also Wisconsin’s win.

Now that Ohio has snatched away the crown jewel in Kasich’s agenda, they must live with him for 3 more years. (Horrifying thought, actually) They don’t have the power to recall him.  But Wisconsin does have the right to recall and recall we will.

We start that particular battle with Walker on November 15th.

More at Issue 2 rejected, overturning SB 5
Voters deliver a blow to Kasich, GOP program

Ohio Citizens Locked Out of Their Own Statehouse Today

This is not what Democracy looks like.

When thousands arrived at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus today, they found themselves locked out of their own government building. They came to protest SB 5 – a bill much like Scott Walker’s inappropriately named “Budget Repair Bill”. Ohio’s governor unveiled his union-busting bill 2 days before Walker unveiled his.

I wrote a bit about the Ohio bill HERE. I predicted our gov. would copycat Kasich.  Now Kasich must fear that his people will copycat Wisconsin’s and take over their Capitol building.

From Plunderbund.com: “A Capital Square Review and Advisory Board spokesperson is telling reporters that the decision to keep people out of the Statehouse came from the Department of Public Safety. In other words, the Kasich administration. If you’d like to reach out to the Governor, call his office at (614) 466-3555 and if they don’t answer, try the constituent hotline and make sure they record your complaint (614) 644-4357. And if you feel like it, touch base with Director Charles at the Department of Public Safety (614) 466-3383.

We’re hearing legal actions are also being taken. Don McTigue is rumored to be filing on behalf of concerned citizens, petitioning AG DeWine to open the Statehouse. If he does not comply a lawsuit will be filed asking for immediate relief.”

See photos and video at Progressive Ohio

Ohio bill gives clues as to what Scott Walker has in store for Wisconsin unions

Walker thinks that unions harbor weapons of financial destruction or WFDs

[Here’s a LINK to the Wisconsin union-busting bill Scott Walker unveiled.]

Friday February 11th Governor Scott Walker will drop a bomb on public sector employees in this formerly blue state:

“Gov. Scott Walker told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Thursday that he will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion budget hole…

Going after collective bargaining rights in such a dramatic fashion will almost certainly set off a firestorm in the state Capitol, not just among the workers but even Republicans who will be reluctant to go as far as Walker wants.” from Bloomberg.com

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Keith Olbermann says Scott Walker cut off his nose to spite his face: Wisconsin high-speed rail rejection

Wisconsinites already know too, too much about this story. It’s not a fun video to watch. Seeing Keith Olbermann laughing about our Tea Party Governor-Elect Scott Walker confirms that I live in a laughingstock red state.

He shows footage of Ohio Governor-Elect Kasich boldy fabricating, saying the train in Ohio would run at 39 mph. Olbermann mentions that Ohio’s outgoing Governor Ted Strickland begged Kasich to reconsider. He marvels that Walker said his decision to reject the train was a “win” done because the “right kind of jobs” would not be created, because they would be created under a “subsidy”.

Olbermann talks with Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post A roughly paraphrased conversation follows:

Olbermann:We really have a couple of governors who have cut off their noses to spite their faces?

Robinson: [Laughter] It’s amazing, but we keep on saying elections have consequences… There is an active discussion – a lot of voices are saying fiscal restraint is one thing, but hey we have this here, we have a Spanish company- Talgo –  set up here to build these train cars in Wisconsin, then Walker kills the train, so they say if there’s no rail here, we’re not staying here. How can that be good for the state?

Olbermann: The Koch Brothers-funded Cato institute weighed in to say that:

“The federal government is like a crack dealer, and he’s giving states a free hit of crack to get them hooked and then of course, in the long run, the cost of the crack gets worse. In the long run, you are going to wind up losing out.”

– Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow, CATO Institute

Olbermann: Would the Eisenhower Interstate system have been developed if we had this mindset?

Robinson: Anybody who has ever travelled abroad knows that the American infrastructure is way behind everybody in rail. Go to China, France… The idea that we could ever do something as grand and as productive as the interstate highway system now with these Tea Party governors seems so grand. Like a fairy tale.