It looks like the Tea Partying opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will get the opportunity to take their beef to the Ohio ballot next November. This morning the state Supreme Court shot down a legal challenge to the ballot challenge . . . er . . . yeah, that's right . . . the challenge to the challenge. Hang close with us on this one.
The Plain Dealer has a good summery. The anti-Obamacare set wants to put a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot that would “to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their health care and health care coverage” — otherwise known as Issue 3. Last month, proponents dropped 426,998 signatures off at the Ohio secretary of state in order to get the matter officially on the ticket.
Not so fast, said ProgressOhio, a liberal think-tank. In order to challenge the ballot challenge, the group filed a lawsuit contesting the validity of the signatures.
But oh no, not in our house, said the Ohio Supreme Court. This morning the high robes unanimously threw out ProgressOhio's case, stating they failed to produce enough evidence to effectively challenge the ballot challenge.