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.

Greater Akron Chamber

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
Politics


National Libertarians gather in Columbus
They claim big growth in membership and visionary ideas
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 
Most of the statewide Libertarians were knocked off the ballot in Ohio. But Kevin Knedler collected enough signatures for his run for Secretary of State.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Ohio is still hoping to host at least one of the two major party nominating conventions in 2016. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports one party is already in Ohio, hoping to get a jump-start on both of them.

LISTEN: National Libertarians gather in Columbus

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:59)


LISTEN: National Libertarians gather in Columbus, longer

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:22)


“It is the first national political convention in Columbus.”

Kevin Knedler is the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Ohio, and the party’s candidate for Secretary of State. He says more than 600 people registered for the Libertarian Party’s 2014 convention in Columbus, where they’ll hang out, network and attend sessions on setting up websites, following federal regulations, using social media and organizing on college campuses.

Charlie Earl is welcoming the delegates, but not as the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s candidate for governor, since he was disqualified for the ballot in March. But Earl says not being a candidate isn’t important here.


“The whole issue is: Is the state of Ohio, through its elected representatives, gonna give people choices and voices, whether it’s Charlie Earl or anybody else. The Constitution Party is not on because of their gamesmanship.”

Earl is still hoping a court ruling will put him back in the governor’s race. When asked whether the Libertarian Party of Ohio’s struggles to get onto the ballot mirror problems around the country, Knedler acknowledged he was frustrated in hearing about how easy it is for parties to get on the ballot in states such as Mississippi and Florida.

“I heard these things and I asked myself, if these states seem to be able to manage multiple parties on the ballot, what is it with Ohio that we can’t seem to manage more than two?”

A caucus of one

Among the attendees are candidates from across the country and the state. That includes Greg Norris, who’s running for state representative in the Findlay area, in the very Republican district now represented by Robert Sprague. He it’s a long shot that he’ll get elected. 
And if he did, what would he be able to do?

“I’m a caucus of one. I could be in a broom closet,” he acknowledged. He says says he’d “probably be a thorn in everybody’s side. Honestly, I’ll caucus on both sides.” 

National platforms, small government, big freedoms

The delegates in Columbus will also decide on the party’s national platform and will elect their national committee members. Among those up for re-election is Libertarian Party chair Geoffrey Neale. He says those who view Libertarians as outsiders and losers don’t know that they’ve been ahead of the major parties on gay rights, marijuana legalization and other issues. 


“We seem like outcasts and strange-thinking people because we’re visionary. We’re like the abolitionists in the 1800s saying we’ve got to end slavery. We’re like the suffragettes in 1870 saying women should be able to vote. We’re the visionaries of where we believe that the world is going.”

The Libertarian Party claims it’s the only nationally organized party to see double-digit membership increases in the last two years, with 11 percent more registered Libertarians now than in 2012. Only 30 states and the District of Columbia allow voters to register with a party affiliation, and the total number of registered Libertarians in the U.S. numbers more than 368,000.

 

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

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Churches come together to welcome and include Gay Games athletes
Nicely done!!! A little known fact about the El Salvadoran and Columbian scholarships.. A big thank you to the Faith Community for their support of Gay Games 9....

What do Ohio farmers need to do to control Lake Erie problems?
This was a great article, thank you, Karen Schaefer. There was an error- Roger Wise is the past president of the Ohio Farmer's Union; not the Ohio Farm Bureau ...

Registration for the 2014 Gay Games ends Monday at midnight
Judy Benson and Sally Tatnall are loved and appreciated by all in our community and throughout the US for their untiring work for OLOC and for educating the com...

Like any family, the Gay Games has its generation gaps
Great article ... important perspective.

Gay Games rodeo: Changing stereotypes
Robin, Thank you for a fine piece of recorded history. This is history in the making; a gay, Asian man, one of the last bronc riders in IGRA, and Rodeo at Gay G...

Ohio lawmakers hold hearing on prison food problems
So you fine them..this has been going onand the law makers are aware of this issue.I have been told by many about the maggots and rotten food not fit for a dog ...

Interview with early Beatle Pete Best
"the Leshdu (?) Quartet.." Actually that's the Les Stewart Quartet. George Harrison was in that band at the same time as the Quarry Men.

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