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.

Metro RTA

Wayside Furniture

Knight Foundation


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


FitzGerald fires back at threats from auditor Yost
Cuyahoga Democrat FitzGerald calls for the State Auditor to recuse himself from audits after Yost threatens to make county officals pay for mailings
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald says he isn't intimidated by State Auditor Dave Yost's threat to make him and other elected county officials pay for ballot mailings. Behind him (L-R) are county Law Director Majeed Makhlouf, and county council members Sunny Simon and Dale Miller. They are in front of Cleveland's federal bankruptcy court, where FitzGerald says he will be if Yost is successful in making him pay for mailings.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald says he’s not backing down to Republican State Auditor Dave Yost’s threat to stick elected county officials with the bill if the county mails absentee ballot applications.

As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, it’s the latest round in the fight over what Democratic gubernatorial candidate FitzGerald says is the county’s right, and state Republicans call a violation of Ohio election laws.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:31)


(Click image for larger view.)

Earlier this week, Cuyahoga’s eight Democratic council members voted yes to FitzGerald’s plan for using county money to mail ballot applications if the state doesn’t fund it. The vote goes against Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted’s recent directive giving the state the sole right to mail the ballots, which it is doing for all 88 counties in this fall’s election. But, the state is not obligated to fund mailings for every big election. So, FitzGerald wants counties to have that right if the state doesn’t step in.

On Wednesday, State Auditor Yost threatened to make county officials pay for county mailings…which FitzGerald estimates at possibly $300,000. He says Yost is politically partisan for saying next year’s audit of Cuyahoga County could include an order to pay back money spent on ballot mailings. FitzGerald believes this violates federal rules regulating government auditors.

“Not only are they trying to intimidate us by hitting us in the pocketbook, he’s also failed in his duty as a sworn elected official of the state of Ohio to provide impartial auditing services. He should be embarrassed and recuse himself from any investigation or audit that may occur.”                           

Yost's office says he will review FitzGerald’s call to recuse himself. Earlier this week, some Republican state lawmakers threatened to reduce Cuyahoga County’s state funding if it mailed ballot applications. But that was dropped after FitzGerald threatened a federal investigation. Republicans say prohibiting counties from mailing the ballots makes voting opportunities the same statewide because some counties could not afford to do it.                                                                                                                           

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

Environmental study nears completion in East Liverpool
Twenty years ago my twin sister and I protested the building and operation of the WTI facility citing several studies that indicated the risk of cancer due to ...

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes ...

Goodyear recruits thousands of vets
What a wonderful interview! Excellent reporting skills by a talented young reporter! I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Schley!

Ohio Democratic Party begins the rebuilding process
I agree 100% with Sen. Brown. I think it is absolutely critical for the Democratic Party in Ohio to engage in the long, tedious, hard task of re-building from t...

Copyright © 2014 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