News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Meaden & Moore

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Ohio Libertarians make their federal case over the May primary
The GOP chair denies he and his party had anything to do with keeping the Libertarians off the ballot
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
Charlie Earl says the GOP had an interest and a hand in getting him off the ballot
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The chairman of Ohio’s Republican Party denies he or his party is behind the challenges to Libertarian Charlie Earl’s candidacy for governor. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports Libertarian candidates say those statements, which were made as part of a federal court hearing this morning could be important in the future.

LISTEN:Libertarians in court

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:48)


Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges was emphatic in denying he and his party had anything to do with the decision to disqualify Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl from the primary ballot last week.  The court proceedings were not allowed to be recorded for re-broadcast but Jeremy Pelzer, a reporter with the Northeast Ohio Media Group, was observing Borges as he made his statements.

“He denied all questions about involvement, about Ohio Republicans, in the challenges.  He denied that the party sought out any challengers to Earl’s petitions.  He denied any party money was paid to help the legal fees for the challengers.  He basically said anyone who is looking for the conspiracy behind this, it’s just not there.”

Borges also said he misspoke when he initially told reporters late last month that the Ohio GOP did have a role in the challenges. Charlie Earl says Borges didn’t say anything unexpected in this hearing.

“I have not seen that much excrement in one location for such a short time in a long time, since I left my dad’s farm.  And we knew he’d be evasive, and we knew he knows nothing. But we’ve got it on the record so that if something pops up that impeaches his testimony, we aren’t going after the party, we are going after him personally, too.”

The Libertarians’ case also argues Secretary of State Jon Husted’s ruling that Earl cannot be on the ballot violates the First Amendment rights of petition circulators. And they note there’s a conflicts with previous state rulings that allow petition collectors to submit signatures without identifying their employers.  The court is expected to rule on the matter later this week.

 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio's attorney general rejectsthe latest proposal to legalize marijuana
i think the ag launguage is money hes talking about drug companies must pay him more than responsible ohio can

PBS documentary chronicles the fall of Saigon through new footage and stories
Hi, Does anyone know the number - in the pbs special "Last Days of Vietnam" documentary, of how many Vietnamese were evacuated? Please e-mail me the answer. T...

Protest planned at tomorrow's FirstEnergy meeting
The problems of the poor and downtrodden have nothing to do with First Energy. They are the result of Republican legislators who consistently reduce taxes on th...

Ohio bill would help smaller communities with LGBT discrimination laws
Do we not try and have rights for all individuals equally? On the HUD list of "preferred" candidates who get "special consideration" it states that: For purp...

Ohio likely will continue with two types of police academies
Wake up people your wanting a Harvard law school education for a job that may pay a little over the poverty level. I don't know anyone who could support a wife ...

Police Week's ties from NE Ohio to D.C.
The men and women in blue who risk their lives everyday to serve and protect us....and this is as much recognition and appreciation that NPR/WKSU feels to offer...

First in a Series: How charter schools got a foothold in Ohio
If the interest where in education and there would be oversight of taxpayer dollars, charter schools would be okay. However, Charter School in Ohio are purely f...

Near West Theater raises the curtain at its new home with 'Shrek the Musical'
When I heard you were doing an article about the Near West Theater, I was very excited, because I had seen the lobby artwork in process on the floor of the arti...

Northeast Ohio pastors want to talk reform with Akron-based FirstEnergy
It's great that this First Energy bailout request is getting media coverage. First Energy is asking to be allowed to NOT find the best costing energy to sell us...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University