The Ohio Legislature has already passed a gay marriage ban, AND a referendum put a gay marriage ban in the Constitution in the Bush-Kerry year of 2004. I guess Ohio Republicans would tell you this redundancy was needed because the State Supreme Court limited the impact on parenting and custody relationships. So that necessitated this language. In an anti-union bill. I guess Ohio Republicans are really anti-union!
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 2, 2011 1:45 pm|
The Wisconsin State Democratic Party just sent out an email to supporters announcing that they have officially filed recall papers against all eight Republican Senators eligible for recall immediately. Depending on their success in gathering enough signatures – and the threshold is not too high, they need between 14,000 and 20,000 signatures in the various districts – the State Senate will be up for grabs in Wisconsin as early as this year.
|By: David Dayen Friday February 25, 2011 12:33 pm|
Assembly Republicans, after calling for and casting a quick vote on the budget repair bill at 1:00 in the morning, then immediately ran out of the Rotunda, escaping the protesters as they were waking up to the news.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 23, 2011 11:45 am|
Commentators are starting to figure out that the battle over Wisconsin public employee rights, couched by Gov. Scott Walker as an argument over the budget, has nothing to do with the budget. And we’ve discussed that in this space. You have the 200 legislative policy items stuffed into the bill; the cuts to Medicaid and centralizing control of the program in the hands of a Heritage Foundation writer who called for states to drop it; the measure allowing for no-bid contract sales of state-owned heating/cooling/power plants; and on and on
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 22, 2011 6:55 am|
In a new poll out this morning, paid for by the AFL but put together by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, Governor Walker’s poll numbers are fading. He has a net-negative favorability of -10 (39/49), and 51% disapprove of his job performance. And the numbers on public employees are quite a bit better.
|By: Jon Walker Monday February 21, 2011 7:15 pm|
With states across the country facing serious budget deficits, it is important to remember our country’s tough marijuana laws aren’t just unnecessarily cruel to people who break them, but they are also devastating to our states’ budgets.
In Oklahoma, we have a mom who got sentenced to ten years in prison for a $31 pot sale.
|By: David Dayen Monday February 21, 2011 2:20 pm|
Wisconsin remains the main battleground for the broader assault on worker’s rights. But elsewhere in the Big Ten states and across the country, these battles have moved forward. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich is pushing pretty much the exact same bill as Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Known as SB 5, the bill would strip collective bargaining rights from Ohio public employees. SB 5 is a piece of legislation, so Kasich isn’t trying to implement this under the cover of a budget bill. However, he has said that if he doesn’t get what he wants out of SB 5, he will put those items into the next budget bill. Alternatively, this could go to the ballot. So SB 5 won’t be the last showdown. The Governor, aping Scott Walker, claims this is a fiscal issue, but nobody can explain how much money SB 5 would sav
|By: David Dayen Friday February 18, 2011 5:20 pm|
Wisconsin is kind of a launching pad for conservatives who want to break public employee unions. Other efforts are happening in concert. Tennessee just passed a bill out of a Senate committee stripping collective bargaining for teachers. If you weren’t aware that the tea party push to elect Republicans was more about union-busting than liberty or freedom, you weren’t paying attention.
|By: David Dayen Friday February 18, 2011 7:05 am|
It turns out that the average public pension for a Wisconsin public employee is around $24,500 a year, according to tax expert David Cay Johnston. In addition, the state pension plan gives 15% of its money every year to Wall Street money managers, which Johnston described as “a really huge high percentage.” But the pension battle, which has been totally distorted, is almost secondary to the attempted stripping of worker rights.
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 17, 2011 1:22 pm|
Multiple outlets have confirmed that Senate Democrats in Wisconsin boarded a bus and left the state, denying the Republican majority the quorum needed to pass their budget repair bill, which strips away collective bargaining rights for public employees. Sen. Jon Erpenbach told WisPolitics that the Democrats were left with no choice.