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With Election Days Away, Kasich Touts Issue 2 in Northeast Ohio

Gov. John Kasich visited Independence to tout the benefits of Issue 2 while opponents chanted and protested outside. Ohio voters will decide on Issue 2 on Nov. 8.

Gov. John Kasich came to the Cleveland area Thursday to rally a crowd of supporters days away from a crucial vote on .

Kasich is on a tour around the state to rally support for Issue 2, the ballot name for Senate Bill 5, the law that would restrict collective bargaining for public sector unions. Ohio voters will decide the fate of Issue 2 on Nov. 8.

Speaking at a Building a Better Ohio event in Independence, Kasich linked the reforms in Issue 2 with the his larger goal of making Ohio more business friendly by removing unnecessary regulations and keeping taxes low.

Kasich argued that Issue 2 will help local governments "get their act together" because it gives local officials "the tools they need" to control costs.

"You need to tell your friends and your neighbors and get out and support this thing," Kasich said. "Because we would now give the communities the tools they need to control their costs. And when they control their costs, then we'll have more jobs."

Kasich said he believes the state of Ohio has been getting its "act together." Now it's time for local governments to join in, and Issue 2 will help them do that.

"So we can work together and create these jobs," he said.

Kasich told the media that he didn't know what the outcome would be, calling it a "tough, uphill battle." He struck a more hopeful tone to close his remarks.

"We are winning, there's no question about it," Kasich said. "And win or lose on Tuesday, we're going to keep going."

The crowd inside loved it. The crowd outside? Not so much. Opponents of Issue 2 surrounded the building while the governor spoke, pressing against yellow police tape while waving signs and chanting slogans into megaphones. 

One of them got inside.

"Layoff more people!" a woman screamed from the crowd, interrupting Kasich while he spoke about the state budget. "That's what you decided!"

She kept yelling until some men lead her outside. Kasich tried to calm the crowd by telling them that "everyone has the right to speak" and that the woman was "frustrated."

The interruption provided the governor a moment to reflect on the divisiveness of the Issue 2 fight, which reminds him of the 1970s.

"Crowds outside, crowds inside," Kasich joked. "Ohio is happening. It's no longer asleep in Ohio. People are waking up, we're coming alive!"

Kasich left the stage to a chorus of cheers. His car pulled from the parking lot to a volley of boos.

Jim Moore November 04, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Repeal of SB5 will mean higher taxes and more public workers laid off. Higher taxes to pay for retirement and health care for union parasites. Vote yes on issues 2 and 3.
Victor Mooney November 04, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Courage may be defined as: doing what`s right, regardless of the consequences. History will show that Kasich and the legislature, gave up popularity, re-election, and even personal safety for their state. Whether they win or loose this battle, my respect and admiration for their actions, cannot be deminished.
Ken Killinger November 04, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Don't be fooled Mr Kasich is doing nothing more that breaking unions. Public employees first - Fordn Chevy you are next!!!!
Laura Brown November 04, 2011 at 02:20 PM
To learn more about Issue 2, visit BetterOhio.org. There are a number of facts that need to be understood before election day this Tuesday.
Andrew Dee November 04, 2011 at 02:27 PM
To learn even more about Issue 2, visit WeAreOhio.com. The facts there will disprove many "facts" from the BetterOhio site.
Peter Grossetti November 04, 2011 at 03:12 PM
The ferver with which this debate is being conducted leads me to only one conclusion ... someone (i;m not sure who) is about to get rich. Thus, I suggest you "follow the money." “Follow the money,” was the memorable quote from the 1976 film "All the President’s Men." Deep Throat advised Bob Woodward that the key to understanding the Watergate mystery was a money trail. I have to beileve the same holds true with regard to Issue 2, as NO ONE fights harder that when $$$ lining their popckets is involved.
James Thomas November 04, 2011 at 03:17 PM
That defines Unions to a "T". They are desperately trying to maintain their captive cash flow.
Peter Grossetti November 04, 2011 at 03:28 PM
@James Thomas - great ... so you've answered 1/2 of the question. Can you fill me in on the other 1/2 of the question: who gets rich should the VOTE YES ON 2 forces win?
Victor Mooney November 04, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Mr Thomas: You should be good in mazes---you have followed the "Money Trail" and you have found the shortest of many paths--all leading to the Union Coffers. Vote Yes for Ohio----Vote Yes on Issue2[SB5]
Victor Mooney November 04, 2011 at 03:38 PM
Bob Woodward would sell his mother for a good day at a book signing---he betrayed everybody who ever befriended him, and Watergate wasn`t about money, it was about power, and the abuse of same.
Ted Dick November 04, 2011 at 03:43 PM
I disagree with the governor's statement that passing Issue 2 will build a better Ohio. Ohio needs jobs. Both the governor and the unions want more jobs in Ohio. The state should set an example of how one can work with unions to achieve a common goal. It appears to me that government bureaucracy contributes to the major negative job-creation environment
Peter Grossetti November 04, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Victor - the only REAL power IS $$$$
Dave November 04, 2011 at 05:29 PM
What's wrong with breaking unions that perpetuate an antiquated system of organized labor originally set up to deal with problems that haven't existed in well over half a century?
Dave November 04, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Come on Jim. If you can't come on here an talk about fear mongering untruths then you should find another venue. This site is only for the uber crazies who believe everything they're told to believe.
Donald R. Thompson November 04, 2011 at 08:19 PM
In recent decades, no interest group has seen its influence wane more than the labor movement. From a high point of a 35 percent unionized work force in 1945, by 2010 only 11.9 percent of working Americans belonged to unions. In the private sector, it is only 6.9 percent. It should come as no surprise that middle-class earnings have declined as union membership has decreased. Few Americans fully grasp the contributions to our quality of life that have been made by organized labor. Were it not for protracted struggles, the workplace would likely be as dangerous and deadly as it once was. As a result of intense union pressure, for instance, the rate of workplace deaths declined 90 percent from 1933 to 1997. Over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle warned of this "rule by the few." He observed that oligarchies were inherently unstable and did not work well for anyone, not even the oligarchs themselves. That brings us back to political theory. The late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis may not have been familiar with the particulars of pluralist theory back in 1941, but he got the idea right when he wrote, "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Please vote no on Issue 2. The stakes are high. -- Arnold Oliver Oliver is an emeritus professor of political science at Heidelberg University in Tiffin.
Donald R. Thompson November 04, 2011 at 08:20 PM
The entire letter here: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/11/issue_2_labor_unions_democracy.html
Todd Fisher November 04, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Public and Private sector employees wages and benefits are comparable: http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2011/nov/04/building-better-ohio/building-better-ohio-says-public-workers-make-43-p/
Sandy November 05, 2011 at 07:03 PM
don't go by what other people say about it - read the bill and then decide at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_SB_5_EN_N.pdf (300 pages) and if you don't understand it - don't vote for it.
Myron Holley November 07, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Follow the money. The Unions have spent 4 times on no vote than the public, Where is it coming from. ?? Follow the democratic line in past 4 years. Lies, Lies. Lies. Who supports this. Unions. As Jimmy Hoffa so aptly put. Destroy the S.O.B.s. Meaning the average American. Enough is enough. Our President, Congress, Senate, Has call us Terrorists. Ex Service members the same. T party members have been called every name the democratic party can call some one. The democratic party also supports the no vote on number 2. SO WHO DO YOUR THINK IS TELLING THE TRUTH HERE. VOTE YES ON 2. Myron Holley
James Thomas November 07, 2011 at 12:47 PM
PG, Simple, the collective body of taxpayers. They all get to keep more of their own money to use as they see fit. Individually small amounts leading to a collective of saved wealth.
Victor Mooney November 07, 2011 at 01:59 PM
God Bless you , Myron---You have taken a large issue, described it perfectly, and sincerely. No Barbara Striesand here---just facts!-----VOTE YES ON ISSU2 [SB5]
Todd Fisher November 07, 2011 at 04:51 PM
I wish we could follow the money over at Building a Better Ohio. But, they won't release donors amounts or addresses. What are THEY hiding. I smell the Koch Brothers
Donald R. Thompson November 07, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Read this about the connection of the US military to domestic terrorism http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/presley.htm
Victor Mooney November 07, 2011 at 10:30 PM
Mr Fisher: My old grandpappy used to say---"Others can smell you three days before you can smell yourself" ---That`s you and all that Barbara Striesand you are spreading---take a bath!!!
Paul November 24, 2011 at 09:10 PM
The Koch Brothers don't care about the people of Strongsville.

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