That was the big news from Indianapolis today, according the Indianapolis Star, as Republican Senate primary candidate Jim Wallace was stuck from the race for failing to have enough valid signatures on his petition.
Oh, you wanted to know about the Obama ballot challenge? Well, that barely got an “also mentioned” in the Star article:
The commission also voted 4-0 against challenges to both Sen. Richard G. Lugar and President Barack Obama. Lugar was being challenged based on whether he remains an inhabitant of this state, one of the requirements to be a U.S. senator, since he has not lived here since 1977.
Obama was being challenged by a couple of voters, led by California attorney Orly Taitz who thinks Obama is not a citizen of the United States and stole his Social Security number.
Again, Obama was not represented at the hearing by Mike Jablonski, not seen at the empty table in this photo of the hearing:
Clearly the quote of the day from one of the panel members:
Dan Dumezich: This is not the Spanish Inquisition.
MS. RIORDAN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I’ve reviewed these materials, and actually they’re not 300 pages of sworn testimony. There are several unnumbered pages of proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, which is a so-called legal document that you drafted, no grounds for admission, 100 percent hearsay. And then we have several pages of typed transcript, which I’ve read some of, and it’s actually pretty ridiculous, but again, 100 percent hearsay, inadmissible, and there are a number of other many illegible documents, totally unclear where they came from, whether they were printed off the internet or just some random other source. Nothing that is appropriately before the commission. There’s been no personal authentication or certification or any reason put forth why this body should be taking the public’s time to even review these documents for a minute. And so with that, I would ask that unless there’s any more discussion, I’d like to call the question on the motion to deny the admission of this evidence so that we can move forward to looking at this on the merits.