A few days ago, I posted about a member (Bill Seitz) of the Ohio state Senate being booted so that he could be replaced by someone who would vote to remove public employees’ right to collectively bargain.
That’s how the Ohio GOP wins their battles. They cheat.
Ross W. McGregor (OH-72) is being replaced by William P. Coley, II (OH-55). [...]
“This is now the third committee that the GOP has had to rig in order to get SB5 to pass,” Plunderbund notes. “If that’s what can happen to a sitting state senator,” Seitz told ThinkProgress of his abrupt dismissal, “what’s going to happen to you if you’re a nervous firefighter, teacher, or policeman…if this bill passes?”
Make that two members of the committee. Gongwer is reporting that Rep. Richard Adams (R-Troy) has also been replaced on the committee with Rep. Louis Blessing (R-Cincinnati). This is beyond ridiculous. The Republicans have had to replace nearly a third of their membership on the committee on the first day of hearings just to keep the bill alive.
See how single party rule works now? Democracy takes a back seat to power grabs, the people don’t matter, and corporations reward their puppets.
This is why people are protesting. Not because of budgets, but because of things like this.