1. The Ohio Libertarian Party will file its lawsuit, alleging that it is a qualified party, between June 2 and June 6.
2. The Ohio Secretary of State has decided to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to restore Ohio’s law, making it illegal for anyone to pay initiative circulators on a per-signature basis. The brief will be filed in June.
3. The U.S. District Court in Columbus is about to set a hearing date in Brian Moore v Jennifer Brunner, the challenge to Ohio’s law making it illegal for out-of-staters to circulate an independent candidate petition.
4. The 6th circuit will hear Nader v Blackwell on July 22. This is a lawsuit filed against former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell as an individual, not in his capacity as Secretary of State. The lawsuit charges that Blackwell personally injured Ralph Nader in 2004, when he ruled that anyone could circulate an initiative petition (even though the law forbade it), yet at virtually the same time, he removed Nader from the ballot because he believed that some of Nader’s petitioners were not bona fide Ohio residents.