Tomorrow, Ohioans will vote on Issue 2, a referendum to repeal an anti-union law that threatens to destroy public-sector unions in the state. Last spring, the governor and majority-Republican legislature passed Senate Bill 5, restricting public unions' ability to strike, collectively bargain with employers, and collect dues. In response, state Democrats and unions put the law on the ballot. Going into tomorrow's vote, it looks like labor will pull it off. A new survey from Public Policy Polling shows 59 percent of voters plan to reject SB 5 on Tuesday, while only 36 percent of voters will vote to approve it. It would be an immediate victory for workers' wages and job stability. As a crucial swing state, the win for labor also bodes well for Democrats in the 2012 elections.
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Yesterday, 12,000 people from around the country formed a circle around the White House in protest of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline which would cause significant environmental damage.
What the Candidates Say
Newt Gingrich: "As your nominee, I will challenge Barack Obama to seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates of 3 hours each, with a time keeper and no moderator. I will concede that he can use a teleprompter. And I predict to you, and many of you will find this surprising, I predict to you in the end he will accept for two reasons. First, a matter of ego. How can a Harvard law review editor, the greatest orator in the modern Democratic party admit to being afraid to be on the same platform with a West Georgia College professor. The second, because I am a historian and I actually study history, and unlike President Obama I actually study American History. I know how Lincoln set up Douglas ... "
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