Rumblings at the Grassroots-By Steve Avakian

Whenever old political war horses gather these days, the subject is Senate Bill 5 and the vote this November to repeal the act.  Why so much attention by veteran observers? Because it’s all so reminiscent of 1958, when a constitutional amendment on the ballot sought to make Ohio a “closed shop” state.  The battle was so fierce that some politicians actually walked the plank, and the anti-union attack shaped Ohio politics for a generation.  It failed by the largest margin in state history up to that time.  Talk about lucky, how about Steve Young, Ohio’s crusty liberal Senator? In 1958 he won because of Right to Work, and in 1964 he won because of Barry Goldwater being on the ballot! Only time will tell whether 2011 reprises the battle of 1958.  But I couldn’t help but note that six Republican State Senators turned and voted against S.B. 5.  What do they know that their fellow Republicans didn’t?


About Joel Gagne

Joel is the owner of Allerton Hill Consulting, a leader in communications & marketing for schools and public entities. Allerton Hill Consulting has a reputation on helping public entities secure positive outcomes from an ever weary public. It is also becoming a leader in social media's impact on public education.

Joel offers a range of experience in politics and has been involved in political campaigns at every level and even abroad for more than 25 years. This includes work on multiple presidential campaigns, the Irish Parliament, mayoral campaigns, and campaigns for the US Senate and governorship. It also includes serving in public office as an elected official.

Joel graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, while he was there he worked as co-op in Capitol Hill and the White House. He also attended Harvard University for graduate studies. He also completed program work from Harvard in conflict resolution and from the University of Chicago in creative writing. Joel has worked throughout the country as part of his political work. Currently he is also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan and has conducted a round table at the University of Dayton.
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