Buckeyes 7 – Badgers 0

2011 March 3
by bc3b

While Wisconsin is still driving down the field in the battle to reduce the power of public sector employees, Ohio has run the ball into the endzone and is celebrating on the sidelines.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) owes his Wisconsin gubernatorial colleague Scott Walker (R) some serious gratitude. While nearly all the media attention and labor activism has been centered in Madison over Walker’s controversial budget bill, Kasich is on the verge of passing an equally significant bill restraining collective bargaining rights in the Buckeye State.

The bill passed the state Senate by the narrowest possible margin – and now is virtually assured of being signed into law by the governor next week. It’s awfully similar to the legislation Walker has struggled to pass, in a more politically-consequential state for the 2012 presidential battle. The bill would make Ohio the first state to strip collective bargaining rights from public employees.

Ohio is a labor stronghold and union political clout has been central to Democratic successes there – without the same level of union money and organization, Democrats would have a much tougher time carrying it in the upcoming presidential election. It’s also home to what should be a hotly-contested Senate race, with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) seeking a second term.

The fact that Kasich beat Walker to the punch has a lot to do with the inordinate attention the Wisconsin governor is receiving – at least compared to the legislative battle in Columbus. But if this is the first victory of many Republican battles against big labor to come, Kasich will soon be outshining Walker in GOP circles for a long time to come.

Hat tip: National Journal

32 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 March 3 9:56 am

    state senate also had to break a couple bones in their own part to get it done it wasn’t pure love on the gop side.

  2. 2011 March 3 10:29 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Eph, that is ominous. Usually 1st quarter is reasonably stable. Most layoffs occur during 4Q of the previous year with Corps consolidating their realignment during the 1Q. My big question is, anybody done a graph of the Gallop numbers and the BLS numbers quarter to quarter?

  3. 2011 March 3 10:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

    For the Jew and Gentile in all of us —

    The Picnic

    A Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town’s annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.

    “This baked ham is really delicious,” the priest teased the rabbi. “You really ought to try it. I know it’s against your religion, but I can’t understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don’t know what you’re missing. You just haven’t lived until you’ve tried Mrs. Hall’s prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me, Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try it?”

    The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin, and said, “At your wedding.”

  4. 2011 March 3 10:46 am


  5. 2011 March 3 11:00 am
    JustMary permalink


  6. 2011 March 3 11:01 am

    Less funny 🙁


    MIAMI (Reuters) – A federal judge in Florida on Thursday refused to order the Obama administration to stop implementing its far-reaching healthcare law, a small victory for President Barack Obama in his high-stakes effort to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system.

    But U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ordered the administration to seek an expedited appellate review within the next week of his January 31 ruling that favored arguments by 26 states that the law’s requirement that Americans buy health insurance starting in 2014 or pay a penalty was unconstitutional.

  7. 2011 March 3 11:07 am

    “Opposition activists called for a no-fly zone, echoing a demand by Libya’s deputy U.N. envoy, who now opposes Gaddafi. “Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes,” shouted soldier-turned-rebel Nasr Ali, referring to a no-fly zone imposed on Iraq in 1991 by then U.S. President George Bush. ”


  8. 2011 March 3 11:07 am


    You’re picking up too many bad habits form the lefties over at the HHR


    7 days bro

  9. 2011 March 3 11:11 am


    Given the record deficit this year, Sessions said he was surprised to see Obama’s 2012 budget call for an 11 percent spending increase and a 9.5 percent increase for the Education and Energy departments, respectively.

    But, he said, “I was flabbergasted to see Transportation wants 62 percent increase in spending.”

    Sessions noted, ahead of LaHood’s testimony on the request, that the Obama budget calls for an unspecified new tax to raise $435 billion to pay for the new six-year, $556-billion infrastructure build-out.

  10. 2011 March 3 11:12 am

    9 – What habit was exhibited in #7 that relates to HHR.

  11. 2011 March 3 11:14 am

    11. Eeyore-ing maybe???????

  12. 2011 March 3 11:16 am

    You must think #7 was meant like the sky fell, I really meant on a more serious note… I’m still not happy he’s not enjoined the mess.

  13. 2011 March 3 11:17 am

    beotch please 😉

  14. 2011 March 3 11:20 am


    Some free advice to you my brother. Never post links from Yahoo news. Sort of like KOS lite.

  15. 2011 March 3 11:22 am

    I’ll post what I like when I like till I’m banned. Thanks for the advice though.

  16. 2011 March 3 11:25 am

    16 Does that include Lexi pics too????

  17. 2011 March 3 11:26 am

    Hell yes it includes tame Lexi pics! So hard to find tame ones for here though.

  18. 2011 March 3 11:28 am

    parting gift as lunch calls.

  19. 2011 March 3 11:45 am
    justrand permalink

    the “7 days” thing from Vinson is EXCELLENT news! It stops the 4-corner defense the Obamanistas were engaged in, and gives ’em a VERY short “shot-clock”.

    I love it! 🙂

  20. 2011 March 3 11:51 am

    20 Just,

    Too bad Yahoo news ignored that little tidbit. altough, honestly, I never open Yahoo news links so they might have. I’ll never know.

  21. 2011 March 3 11:56 am

    Second look at Newt????????



  22. 2011 March 3 12:10 pm

  23. 2011 March 3 12:16 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    7, 20 –

    Yeah that is how I read that too. DoJ has 7 days to go to appellate for relief or shut the hell up and follow orders from head quarters. Best guess is DoJ was shopping for a countervailing opinion, Vinson got wind of it and yanked their chain with this. Vinson is obviously no soul to be played with.

  24. 2011 March 3 1:04 pm

    not only shopping but planning to delay to the last day possible… they will stall left and right, that ‘request for clarification’ was an absolute joke.

  25. 2011 March 3 1:07 pm

    Not to be a pooper of parties, but does anyone here think this ruling will survive the appellate court, or higher???

  26. 2011 March 3 1:27 pm

    pickle puffing pooper of parties

  27. 2011 March 3 1:27 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    I am surprised Newt is making Callista a centerpiece in his campaign because she symbolizes the baggage Newt carries. He found Callista behind Door #3 and was banging her on the desk of some government office building while still married to Wife #2 (who hates Newt’s guts). Most of the other potential GOP candidates (Palin, Romney, T-Paw, the Huckster, Bachmann, Santorum, etc.) are still with Mate #1.

    I am still trying to figure out how Newt can be Catholic as the Church recognizes marraiges by other faith’s clergy (Protestant ministers, rabbis, Budhist monks, etc.). Perhaps wife #1 is dead and a judge or mayor performed marriage #2.

  28. 2011 March 3 1:32 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I am nervous about Huckleberry running. He would grab too much of the evangelical vote and lead a dem to victory.

  29. 2011 March 3 1:40 pm

    26 – yes I think it’s possible, but I’m assuming 5 of them would like to maintain some level of credibility for court, I may assume to much.

    29 – Hucks is in a good spot why ruin it. He likes an audience, he has one, he likes to entertain and sort of preach etc.. has a good forum for it already. Plus he’s being paid pretty well to do those things. Just doesn’t seem likely to me.

  30. 2011 March 3 1:41 pm

    28 – The sheen of the candidate pack your’re saying? 😉

  31. 2011 March 3 1:53 pm


    Newt is the worst GOP candidate out there. Declared or not.

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