Hoping to drive down long-term budget deficits, Ohio Republicans led by Gov. John Kasich passed a bill last spring that sharply curtails the bargaining rights of public employee unions and forces union members to pay more into their pensions. But the legislation, known as Senate Bill 5, is broadly unpopular in the perennial swing state and faces certain doom in referendum on Election Day, Nov. 8. – CNN

The CNN report above gives you what’s been going on, minus Rick Perry doubling down on birtherism today and stepping on his own economic plan roll out. Hey, but what do you expect from a second tier candidate?

I was out on book related tasks today, but when I got back, what a day it had been.

This is too classic. From Erick Erickson:

Hey Rick Perry, if you weren’t trying to have fun with birtherism, this would probably be a much bigger media story today. Peter Hamby over at CNN referred to it as “an incredible moment in politics.”

Mitt Romney refused to endorse John Kasich’s reforms in Ohio. This is a huge freaking deal.

Over at NRO, Katrina Trinko gets a statement from Romney’s people:

Asked for comment, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul e-mails, “Gov. Romney believes that the citizens of states should be able to make decisions about important matters of policy that affect their states on their own.”

So Mitt Romney leaves Gov. John Kasich on his own, even though he used to support what Kasich is doing.

Politico’s Jonathan Martin unveils Mitt’s larger problem.

The former Massachusetts governor may have been hesitant to weigh in because of the other major ballot measure Ohio voters will vote on next month: an initiative to bar local, state and the federal government from compelling individuals or employers to purchase health care coverage.

That, of course, hits close to home for Romney.

Perry finally got in the game:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry took sides Tuesday in the ongoing battle over organized labor in Ohio, coming down forcefully on the side of Republicans who want to drastically limit the collective bargaining ability of public sector unions.

The Republican presidential contender made a point of weighing in on the issue after his rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, visited Ohio and left questions about his position on an upcoming ballot measure that would overturn the anti-union legislation.

As Perry brings on big guns to help him resurrect his campaign, the first thing they’re going to have to do is keep him on message. Good luck with that.