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November 10, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
THE OUTCOME was surprising only in the respect that it may have been somewhat larger than expected. Ohio's Issue 2 was an election ballot defeat just waiting to play out. And it was a defeat that played out in major proportions. In the process, it deals Gov. John Kasich a damaging blow to his credibility and ability to lead. It may be premature to call Kasich a lame duck, but with three years remaining in his gubernatorial tenure, the high-profile Republican has much work to do in order to repair his administration. Kasich attacked unions in Senate Bill 5. In the Buckeye State that is not a wise move. Kasich found out in resounding fashion, Tuesday, that unions are power brokers in Ohio. To their credit, opponents of Senate Bill 5 mobilized quickly and passionately, garnering enough signatures to get Issue 2 on the November ballot. They never backed off their united front, earning more than 61 percent of the vote. We find it hard to fathom Kasich's reasoning in trying to limit the bargaining power of 350,000 teachers, police officers, firefighters and all other public employees. The aforementioned workers are the backbone of the state's labor force. The scars which Kasich created with the unions will not go away in three years. That being the case, if I were Ted Strickland I would begin mobilizing efforts to regain the governor's mansion.
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