The Big Ohio Vote

I told you about this couple weeks ago. I’ve been keeping this on the outer edges. Big election tomorrow on Issue 2 and Issue 3 in Ohio. We got a health care ballot initiative, I think it’s Issue 3. That’s a biggie, by the way. Issue 3, the people of Ohio are gonna vote tomorrow on exempting themselves from the mandate to buy health insurance, and if they don’t exempt themselves, that ain’t gonna help at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, these judges, they follow the elections and they follow public opinion polls. They’d never admit it, but they do. And if the swing state people of Ohio say, “Hey, bring the mandate on. We’ll be glad to be forced to buy insurance by the Feds,” then the Supreme Court could say, “Hey, you know what, the path of least resistance here is just to say Obamacare is cool as is.”

But if the people of Ohio say, “To hell with that mandate, we don’t want any part of it. We don’t want to be forced to buy health insurance, vote it down,” that’s preferable, but there’s another issue, Issue 2. And listen to how the LA Times reports this. “An aggressive Republican drive to weaken the labor rights of government workers appears to have crested, at least in Ohio, where voters are expected to throw out a far-reaching anti-union law this week. The referendum over collective bargaining for public employees, potentially the most important contest in off-year elections around the nation, is being closely watched for clues about shifting voter trends in a state expected to play its usual outsized role in next year’s presidential contest.



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