Daily Archives: February 27, 2006

POLITICAL PARTY PROTECTION ACT

“Bradbury’s broken pledge of neutrality”

So says the headline in the Bend Bulletin. The revelation of Bradbury’s behind the scenes maneuvering should suprise no one. But apparently the folks at the Bend Bulletin are shocked by his moves during the legislative session to protect his democratic party. What they don’t know apparently is that Bradbury is the most partisan secretary of state in recent Oregon history and the MOST partisan in the United States.*

As we explained to you on the show (Victoria Taft Show 6-9 pm AM 860 KPAM 6-9pm, stream at KPAM.COM) Friday, because of a new law sponsored by Republican Derrick Kitts and Democrat Mary Nolan with the full blessing (and probably at the behest of) the Secretary of State, ol’ fly in the ointment candidate Ben Westlund will have trouble getting some of the signatures he’ll need to make the Oregon’s ballot for the November governor’s election in which he wishes to run as an Independent.


Here’s the problem:

Now if a voter takes part in a partisan primary and signs a petition for an independent candidate, the signature doesn’t count.

This bill, which by the way Westlund voted against, was created so that the republicans who tried to help Ralph Nader get on the ballot as an Independent to siphon votes from the democrats, couldn’t do it again. Bills similar to this have been upheld before the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS). (Citations etc later when I get to KPAM).The secretary of state’s (SOS) office worked overtime to disqualify as many signatures as possible on the Nader nominating petitions making up rules as they went along. It was outrageous. So outrageous in fact that the Nader people (Greg Kafoury, Dan Meek et al) took their case to the US Supreme Court where they lost. SCOTUS said the SOS could make up rules and didn’t have to write them down (?!) The SOS of course has made it his mission to make it onerous for anyone to put an initiative petition (or nominating petition) on the ballot preferring to have the legislature do his bidding (much more easy to control). So onerous in fact, that if you look at the situation you’ll see that the SOS actually vets initiative petitions and their signatures more painstakingly than our ballots. As you’ve learned on the show the SOS’s office doesn’t check details of voters–most outrageously whether or not they’re citizens. They separate the ballot from the signature envelope a week in advance of the election and many counties (four were queried before the rest destroyed their voting information by law) count the votes of the people who never provided proper identification. There were more than 20,000 votes unchecked in the last election. I’m sure there were more but then as noted above the evidence was destroyed because that’s what the rules say.
*John Fund Wall Street Journal on the Victoria Taft Show am 860 KPAM 6-9pm Stream at kpam.com

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

War is Hell: The Other Side

In all of the stories over the weekend about the violence in Iraq, insurgent bombings, and the loss of two more American troops, did you ever read this? See below:

Also Monday, the Defense Ministry reported Iraqi security forces had killed 35 insurgents and arrested 487 in nationwide raids since Wednesday, when bombers blew up a major Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.

“All of them are Iraqis and affiliated to different terrorist groups and especially al-Qaida in Iraq,” Maj. Gen. Jassim Mohamed told The Associated Press. “But we don’t have confirmed reports that they were behind Samara bombings.”

Also today: Iraq TV says top Zarqawi aide captured

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Interior Ministry forces captured a top aide to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi during a raid in western Iraq, state television reported Monday.

Also today: did you see the story of how Germany fed the US Saddam’s war plan for Iraq one month before the invasion? And how, at the end of the story, the NYTimes calls the people who kidnapped the Christian Science Monitor stringer “militants” and not terrorists? What does that make Zarqawi, bin Laden, Zawahiri–militants?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

ODOT, DMV, Lorna Youngs: Are You Listening?

Mommy, What’s it like to live in a state where state officials actually listen to their constituents and where bureaucrats are listened to by their bosses when they see wrongs being committed? We wouldn’t know in Oregon, but Wisconsin is and so is Maryland.
(Read here about how the Minutemen are pushing the agenda in Maryland.)

I’ve told you about this case. In Tennessee they actually had “tour groups” come from all over the United States filled with illegal aliens with phony papers (rental agreements, envelopes with a stamped, return address, and rental agreements direct from Kinkos. Sound familiar? Ah, yes, I thought so. It is, of course, exactly what the Robleto brothers were doing in Oregon except in Oregon you don’t get convicted for it. Find out about the cases here, and here and here. And, of course, Youngs and company want to issue these driver’s certificates (see story below). Why? To make it easier for illegal aliens to drive in Oregon. I see why they would want to make sure criminal drivers had passed a test, but, as you can see, if they’re willing to phony up papers etc, come into the country illegally, then why would we want them here?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee stopped issuing driving certificates to illegal immigrants Friday after investigators learned out-of-state applicants were using fake papers and bribes to get cards.
One major problem was the variety of documents, such as utility bills or housing leases, that people could use to prove they lived in Tennessee. The department was flooded with certificate requests, and employees were overwhelmed trying to verify the paperwork, he said.
The wallet-size certificates were labeled “not valid for identification” in bold red letters, but federal prosecutors say banks accepted them as legal identification and they could be passed off as official ID at other places.
A dozen people pleaded guilty in recent months after two federal investigations found shuttles from as far away as New Jersey had brought South and Central American immigrants with fake residency papers to get certificates at state licensing centers in Knoxville.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

POLITICAL PARTY PROTECTION ACT

“Bradbury’s broken pledge of neutrality”

So says the headline in the Bend Bulletin. The revelation of Bradbury’s behind the scenes maneuvering should suprise no one. But apparently the folks at the Bend Bulletin are shocked by his moves during the legislative session to protect his democratic party. What they don’t know apparently is that Bradbury is the most partisan secretary of state in recent Oregon history and the MOST partisan in the United States.*

As we explained to you on the show (Victoria Taft Show 6-9 pm AM 860 KPAM 6-9pm, stream at KPAM.COM) Friday, because of a new law sponsored by Republican Derrick Kitts and Democrat Mary Nolan with the full blessing (and probably at the behest of) the Secretary of State, ol’ fly in the ointment candidate Ben Westlund will have trouble getting some of the signatures he’ll need to make the Oregon’s ballot for the November governor’s election in which he wishes to run as an Independent.


Here’s the problem:

Now if a voter takes part in a partisan primary and signs a petition for an independent candidate, the signature doesn’t count.

This bill, which by the way Westlund voted against, was created so that the republicans who tried to help Ralph Nader get on the ballot as an Independent to siphon votes from the democrats, couldn’t do it again. Bills similar to this have been upheld before the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS). (Citations etc later when I get to KPAM).The secretary of state’s (SOS) office worked overtime to disqualify as many signatures as possible on the Nader nominating petitions making up rules as they went along. It was outrageous. So outrageous in fact that the Nader people (Greg Kafoury, Dan Meek et al) took their case to the US Supreme Court where they lost. SCOTUS said the SOS could make up rules and didn’t have to write them down (?!) The SOS of course has made it his mission to make it onerous for anyone to put an initiative petition (or nominating petition) on the ballot preferring to have the legislature do his bidding (much more easy to control). So onerous in fact, that if you look at the situation you’ll see that the SOS actually vets initiative petitions and their signatures more painstakingly than our ballots. As you’ve learned on the show the SOS’s office doesn’t check details of voters–most outrageously whether or not they’re citizens. They separate the ballot from the signature envelope a week in advance of the election and many counties (four were queried before the rest destroyed their voting information by law) count the votes of the people who never provided proper identification. There were more than 20,000 votes unchecked in the last election. I’m sure there were more but then as noted above the evidence was destroyed because that’s what the rules say.
*John Fund Wall Street Journal on the Victoria Taft Show am 860 KPAM 6-9pm Stream at kpam.com

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

War is Hell: The Other Side

In all of the stories over the weekend about the violence in Iraq, insurgent bombings, and the loss of two more American troops, did you ever read this? See below:

Also Monday, the Defense Ministry reported Iraqi security forces had killed 35 insurgents and arrested 487 in nationwide raids since Wednesday, when bombers blew up a major Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.

“All of them are Iraqis and affiliated to different terrorist groups and especially al-Qaida in Iraq,” Maj. Gen. Jassim Mohamed told The Associated Press. “But we don’t have confirmed reports that they were behind Samara bombings.”

Also today: Iraq TV says top Zarqawi aide captured

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Interior Ministry forces captured a top aide to al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi during a raid in western Iraq, state television reported Monday.

Also today: did you see the story of how Germany fed the US Saddam’s war plan for Iraq one month before the invasion? And how, at the end of the story, the NYTimes calls the people who kidnapped the Christian Science Monitor stringer “militants” and not terrorists? What does that make Zarqawi, bin Laden, Zawahiri–militants?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

ODOT, DMV, Lorna Youngs: Are You Listening?

Mommy, What’s it like to live in a state where state officials actually listen to their constituents and where bureaucrats are listened to by their bosses when they see wrongs being committed? We wouldn’t know in Oregon, but Wisconsin is and so is Maryland.
(Read here about how the Minutemen are pushing the agenda in Maryland.)

I’ve told you about this case. In Tennessee they actually had “tour groups” come from all over the United States filled with illegal aliens with phony papers (rental agreements, envelopes with a stamped, return address, and rental agreements direct from Kinkos. Sound familiar? Ah, yes, I thought so. It is, of course, exactly what the Robleto brothers were doing in Oregon except in Oregon you don’t get convicted for it. Find out about the cases here, and here and here. And, of course, Youngs and company want to issue these driver’s certificates (see story below). Why? To make it easier for illegal aliens to drive in Oregon. I see why they would want to make sure criminal drivers had passed a test, but, as you can see, if they’re willing to phony up papers etc, come into the country illegally, then why would we want them here?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee stopped issuing driving certificates to illegal immigrants Friday after investigators learned out-of-state applicants were using fake papers and bribes to get cards.
One major problem was the variety of documents, such as utility bills or housing leases, that people could use to prove they lived in Tennessee. The department was flooded with certificate requests, and employees were overwhelmed trying to verify the paperwork, he said.
The wallet-size certificates were labeled “not valid for identification” in bold red letters, but federal prosecutors say banks accepted them as legal identification and they could be passed off as official ID at other places.
A dozen people pleaded guilty in recent months after two federal investigations found shuttles from as far away as New Jersey had brought South and Central American immigrants with fake residency papers to get certificates at state licensing centers in Knoxville.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com