Governor John Kasich has gone above and beyond the call of duty in putting Ohio in the national spotlight in his first year in office. Unfortunately, it's been mostly for things like this:
Politico's "Top 10 political blunders of 2011" devotes nine slots to national political snafus and the slapstick comedy that is the Republican presidential primary race. But it reserves a single choice spot for what it apparently considers 2011's worst state-level blunder: SB 5.
John Kasich wasn’t the only Republican governor to push this year for a law reforming public-employee unions. He was the only governor to push for a restrictive new labor law in a heavily industrial, unionized state, where acts of the Legislature can be annulled by popular referendum.
That’s what happened to the Ohio governor’s law this fall, when Democrats and organized labor easily repealed the law known as Senate Bill 5. Like many governors, Kasich has a bruised approval rating thanks to his clashes with big labor. Unlike other governors, he doesn’t have a tangible accomplishment to show for it.
There's one person who's most likely hoping 2012 will be kinder to him than 2011. — Anastasia Pantsios