The law fare crowd has filed a SLAPP lawsuit against undercover reporter James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas fame, to bleed him dry so he can’t continue to expose Democratic shenanigans.
Bob Creamer, the convicted felon, fixer and confidante to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and friend of President Obama, has filed a lawsuit against O’Keefe for “breach of fiduciary duty” and using a false social security number, allegations O’Keefe denies.
“Robert Creamer believes that by suing us, he can intimidate us. I will not be silenced – only over my dead body!
“We are on the right side of the law and will not stop exposing the truth. Right now, the Attorney General of Wisconsin is still investigating possible criminal charges against Scott Foval. This lawsuit further justifies the need to drain the swamp. Our army of guerrilla journalists, which grows daily, will continue to expose the malfeasance and corruption committed by these organizations.
“In fact, we will be deploying a new batch of freshly trained journalists next week to shine additional light on the cockroaches of the corrupt DC establishment.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not be silenced. We will find out who is funding this lawsuit. We will never stop exposing the truth. We will not back down.”
The $1 million complaint stems from O’Keefe’s devastating expose of voter fraud and “bird dogging” at Trump rallies to get his backers to be baited into yelling or worse at Democratic operatives.
O’Keefe denies all of Creamer’s complaints, but it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend the lawsuit.
Still, O’Keefe said he looks forward to deposing Creamer, the felon who’s married to Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
See his interview with One America News Network host Liz Wheeler:
Ms. Stein received 1% of the vote in all three states but, as ABC News put it, wanted a recount to check the integrity of the vote:
“Stein, who received about 1 percent of the vote in all three states, says her intent is to verify the accuracy of the vote. She has suggested, with no evidence, that votes cast were susceptible to computer hacking.”
Mind you, the candidate who stood absolutely no chance of winning and then received 1% of the vote wanted a recount to … verify the accuracy of 1% of the vote?
Obviously not. Stein is a stalking horse for Hillary Clinton.
The two presidential candidates demanded recounts, alleging that somehow, if you squint your eyes and turn around three times, that the Russian government had penetrated the voting machines in the three states’ separate voting systems and had swung the vote for Donald Trump.
Though the candidates had evidence with all the weight of a box of hair, the media and the Democrats, but I repeat myself*, seized upon the mere request for recounts as prima facie evidence that obviously something was amiss–especially since Hillary Clinton lost a race the media predicted her win.
The speculation about the Russians potentially hacking voting systems began last summer when Senate minority leader Harry Reid set the media bait for the story by asking the FBI to investigate if such a hypothetical situation was possible.
The Senate minority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, asked the F.B.I. on Monday to investigate evidence suggesting that Russia may try to manipulate voting results in November.
In a letter to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey Jr., Mr. Reid wrote that the threat of Russian interference “is more extensive than is widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results.” Recent classified briefings from senior intelligence officials, Mr. Reid said in an interview, have left him fearful that President Vladimir V. Putin’s “goal is tampering with this election.”
Now in fairness, note that at the time, hackers had been conducting a slo-mo bloodletting of the Democratic Party. First, with the email leaks of the Democratic National Committee, which led to the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The emails showed Ms. Wasserman-Schultz used the apparatus of the DNC to sabotage Bernie Sanders’s campaign in favor of Mrs. Clinton. After Wasserman-Schultz was drummed out, she confirmed her ardor for Hillary and joined the Clinton camp.
The leaks of Hillary Clinton intimate and campaign chair John Podesta also revealed embarrassing inside information.
USA Today reports the “juiciest” emails were ones in which Clinton insiders mocked white people, Catholics, “needy Latinos”, and disparaged Christians in general. They revealed that the #2 at the DNC and CNN contributor* was leaking debate questions to Mrs. Clinton. Worse, they showed seeming collusion with the Justice Department over the probe into Mrs. Clinton’s private server and leak of classified information.
Many people believed that Russian hackers were behind the leaks.
Things were looking pretty bad for the Democrats. They were squirming. This was the only time that Democrats conceded publicly that, gosh, hacking emails is a bad, bad thing (see Democrats’ response to Republicans holding hearings about Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email server).
Fast forward to the ‘champagne anyone?’ November 8th Hillary Clinton loss, and as quickly as you can say ‘voter ID is voter suppression,’ Jill Stein bagged a few mil to order recounts, you know, for voter integrity’s sake.
But this Hail Mary effort is a three-fer.
For the Democrats it could net Mrs. Clinton more popular or even more electoral votes. For another, the rhythmic media story line about electoral votes vis a vis popular vote may help marginalize Donald Trump and his mandate to get things done, if only for the Mother Jones or The Nation crowd.
But the third pay off is that Republicans have been handed by leftists and the media, the moral authority to ask for more election integrity, including voter ID.
Jill Stein has already established that it doesn’t matter if the candidate didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, the question about the ‘integrity’ of the process is all the pretext one needs.
So bring it on. And let’s start with California.
Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California – so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!
President-elect Trump took incoming fire when he made the above statements about voter fraud. The media portrayed him as kooky, out-of-touch, having “no evidence,” and engaging in a flight of fancy or whatever pejorative they could ascribe to him.
But the thing is, Trump was right when he said,
“Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California-so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias-big problem!”
“True the Vote absolutely supports President-elect Trump’s recent comment about the impact of illegal voting, as reflected in the national popular vote. We are still collecting data and will be for several months, but our intent is to publish a comprehensive study on the significant impact of illegal voting in all of its many forms and begin a national discussion on how voters, states, and the Trump Administration can best address this growing problem.”
True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.
As I pointed out in my story for Independent Journal Review on prosecuted voter fraud cases, they are but an infinitesimal number of the actual, suspected cases of voter fraud.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation conducted a limited study–limited by government officials–demonstrating that more than 1000 illegal voters cast ballots in only eight counties. All tolled, the illegal voters voted 300 times.
As voter fraud expert and journalist John Fund pointed out about the limited Virginia study:
He was able to get voter-registration records from eight of Virginia’s 133 cities and counties, and found 1046 illegal aliens who were illegally registered to vote. In the decade between 2005 and 2015, a number of those aliens had voted some 300 times.
Imagine if the organization had been able to match actual voters with voting records in all 95 Virginia counties.
As John Fund also pointed out in National Review, early on the Obama administration has instructed its lawyers to look the other way on voter fraud cases, even though Pew Research showed millions of voters registered to vote in two states or whose information is outdated on the existing voter rolls:
Even though that’s a rich vein of potential mischief for fraudsters, the Obama administration hasn’t filed a single lawsuit in eight years demanding that counties clean up their voter rolls, as they are required to do by the federal “motor voter” law. I’ve spoken to three Justice Department lawyers who attended a meeting on Nov. 30, 2009, in which they claim then-deputy assistant attorney general Julie Fernandez said the DOJ would not be enforcing that provision of the motor voter law because it ran counter to the law’s overall goal of “increasing turnout.” (Ms. Fernandez did not respond to repeated requests for comment.) [emphasis added]
As I also pointed out in my piece, the head of California Election Integrity Project, Linda Paine, told me that voter fraud is a natural by product of California’s laissez faire policy of letting everybody vote. It is the actual carrying out of the Obama desire to “increase turnout” by doing nothing to stop fraud:
“What we’ve documented in California is a systemic failure in the voting process. By not enforcing existing rules on verifying voters, registrars erode the integrity of the process.
There’s an overall manipulation of the voter process, including lax statewide standards, that allow people to be impersonated at the polls. And because poll workers don’t check signatures or ID, there [is] almost no way to catch it — unless they choose to.”
Those who would be willing to manipulate the voting process can do it.
It’s got so many open doors to fraud that it’s like Swiss cheese.”
Indeed, she says they don’t even bother calling it “voter fraud” anymore. It’s really “voter impersonation” and it happens all the time in California. How often? We have no idea because:
“You cannot actually catch a person who is doing an impersonation at the polls.”
But, you can tell where and how they’re doing it.
As Paine told me for another piece in Independent Journal Review on how this is done, outside of every polling place is something called the street index. As I wrote:
The list is a trove of information. The names, addresses, and party affiliations of every registered voter in that precinct is displayed. People who have already voted have their names crossed out.
Paine says the mischief starts at 4-5 p.m. in the afternoon. Anyone can avail himself of the Street Index, find out who hasn’t voted, write down that individual’s name and address, and go to the poll and pretend to be that person. Because no identification is required in some places, there’s no way to catch an impersonator.
And where is it happening? Not necessarily at the same polling place where the frauds get the info. They pick up a telephone and call or screenshot with their smart phone the information from the street index and phone it to their buddies somewhere else, such as Los Angeles because, as Paine told me:
“LA County says they count 90% of provisional ballots.
And LA COUNTY had 4.8 million registered voters in 2012 and 5.078 million this year.
If I were going to impersonate a voter, I’d go to LA County and do it.”
Even more telling?
“California has 40% of all provisional ballots voted nation wide.
Registrars have been told not to worry about it because it takes too long to verify [legitimate voters].”
Paine’s group has submitted its evidence to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. After a year’s review, it was forwarded to Washington, D.C. where Paine says nothing has been done.
Provisional ballots cover only federal races, so in a presidential election year, they’re very important.
So, as long as we’re going for recounts, let’s ask for one in California.
But let’s not stop there. Let’s match votes with voters and find out how many people had their identities stolen–fraudulently hijacked by what is clearly an organized crime outfit to steal the vote by impersonating voters.
After all, as presidential candidate Jill Stein and her new friend Hillary Clinton have established, it’s all about election integrity and verifying the vote.
Not much to say about this except that the Multnomah County Commissioners’ heads are wedged so far in their deep, recessed ‘brains’ they don’t understand there’s a huge contingent out there who are not disconsolate at all that Trump is president.
The letter reads:
A Statement from the Board of County Commissioners
Yesterday, our Multnomah County Crisis Line received calls from people distraught about the election and afraid of losing benefits, resources and their jobs. Others are anxious because they were born in another country and came here to escape war, political persecution or economic distress. Still others fear that there will be a resurgence of institutional racism and exclusion.
As the Board of Commissioners, we want to acknowledge those concerns and say that we are committed to the pursuit of a more equitable, inclusive and fair community. Multnomah County welcomes and serves residents and visitors without regard to race, origin, religious, income, gender, sexual orientation or immigration status.
And it was signed by Deborah Kafoury, Jules Bailey, Loretta Smith, Judy Shiprack, and Diane McKeel.
Color us stunned that a Klingon translation was not provided to the voting public.
We hear the blythe comments on the chat shows now that since Donald Trump pulled off an electoral miracle and won the presidency against the DNC, Clintons and the media–but I repeat myself–he should, for comity’s sake, call off the DOJ and FBI from continuing their investigations of Mrs. Clinton.
Mrs. Clinton broke several laws in her email server set up. Furthermore, she monetized her State Department office by giving family foundation “donors” special meetings and allegedly other spiffs. So much for canons of ethics and propriety.
So odious were these effronteries that even Democrats said ‘aw, hell naw’ when it came to pulling the lever for former Obama Administration state department chief.
But here’s the thing, with the call by the Democrats and now some on the Republican side to go easy on Mrs. Clinton to make sure people understand it’s not a political vendetta, they’re just underscoring the fact that it IS all political.
As we learned from FBI Director Comey when he whipsawed the country with his “Chinatown” investigation–she’s guilty, she’s not guilty, she’s guilty, she’s not guilty–people were rightly concerned about the taint of politics involved here.
And now for all those deplorables disgusted by what was obviously a two tiered legal system writ large in the dealings with Mrs. Clinton, they’re now supposed to purr to themselves that it’s alright because ‘we won’?
No, it doesn’t work that way. It’s not your call. It’s the law’s call.
No lectures about prosecutorial discretion. When something so egregious as a woman selling her office for personal gain–the country’s security and place in the world be damned–it’s not “political” when she’s investigated for malfeasances and utter disregard for her oath.
You want Trump to start draining the swamp? Then drain it and let people know you’re serious about it and won’t tolerate this behavior. That’s why the people hired you.
When you don’t, you’re merely another swamp thing.
As we’ve seen for the entire 2016 campaign, there’s been plenty of evidence that Democrats have been buying rent-a-mobs to cause violence at Trump rallies and it’s believed that their “campaign” hires continue their antics on the streets with protests and riot.
Now, a person has written a response to the protesters that puts in perspective how the left’s political opponents see things:
The ad on Craigslist is headlined:
“TO ALL ANTI-TRUMP CRYBABIES (WE HAVE SPOKEN)
The ad reads:
TIME TO GET OUT OF MOMMIES [sic] BASEMENT, GET OVER YOUR GENERATION
SNOWFLAKE FRAGILE “I CAN’T BARE [sic] TO HEAR ANYTHING I DON’T AGREE WITH” DISTORTED REALITY, GET A JOB, AND START CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY, INSTEAD OF WANTING TO LEACH OFF OF IT.
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THE SUPREME COURT
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WE HAVE IT ALL NOW. THE CORRUPTION THAT HAS [sic] [BEEN] PUT IN PLACE TO PROTECT THE CORRUPT AND ATTACK THEIR RIVALS WILL BE REMOVED AND CORRECTED.
THIS IS THE GREATEST HOPE FOR HOPE AND PROSPERITY SINCE WORLD WAR TWO FOR THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA–ALL THE PEOPLE, WHITE, BLACK, HISPANIC, EVERYBODY, ALL PEOPLE–SO GET OVER IT. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND HELP CONTRIBUTE TO THE GREATER GOOD FOR ALL.
DO WHAT YOUR PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID TO DO AND YOUR CANDIDATE CLINTON SAID TO DO:
HAVE AN OPEN MIND, GIVE HIM TIME, SUPPORT YOUR PRESIDENT, AND BE A LOYAL CITIZEN OF YOUR COUNTRY.
Instead of promoting your hate that does [not] help heal, but only creates lines that divide us.”
Artists Hit the HQ on North 24th Street in Phoenix After GOP Chair Shuts Doors to Precinct Committee Persons Who Call for a Closed GOP Primary. Effort is seen to help McCain.
John McCain’s battle with the GOP right flank is heating up over the issue of closing the Arizona primary to anyone but registered GOP voters. An executive meeting in Phoenix today has been closed to even GOP Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs).
McCain says he wants a ‘big tent’ in the primaries, but the conservatives in the party believe the long time senator is too liberal and want a choice in the primary election.
The Arizona Republic reports the group of McCain detractors believe the Senator wants the open primary to dilute the impact of conservatives:
The bad blood between McCain and many members of the Republican Party’s right wing is legendary. In January 2014, the state GOP formally censured him as too liberal on issues such as immigration reform. Many of McCain’s critics support the push to close the primary, with the suggestion being that the closer-to-center McCain benefits from the independents voting in the Republican primary.
How much a closed GOP primary would hurt McCain is unclear. In 2008, McCain, the eventual GOP White House nominee, was able to effortlessly win Arizona’s Republican-only presidential preference election, or primary.
A group called ‘End the Reign of John McCain’ is behind the effort to close the primary.
Odd, party leaders would close a meeting to discuss the open primary.
Big changes are on the way and it means your privacy will be further eroded and ever dependent on the whim of a government worker.
By Janice Dysinger
*This post has been edited to clarify parts which speculate about the fall out of this bill and to include additional supporting documents and links.
Oregon Voter Registration process is about to change in a big way. No longer will you be required to register. This will be done automatically by the Secretary of State from your DMV records. There are some caveats. Some are asking: Who will be registered to vote? What will happen to my privacy? What if I don’t want to be registered? What’s the cost?
Automatic Voter Registration HB2177 passed House on Feb 20th! It still must pass the Senate and be signed by the new Governor, who is the former Secretary of State until last week. You won’t be able to opt-out at DMV, instead your data will be sent to the Elections Division. They will notify you that you must opt out in the following 3 weeks or you WILL be added to the voter registration rolls. Your private DMV record information including your signature will become part of the public voter registration record. That is a problem for some people, who do not want to be registered, or have their information on a public database.
In 2014, Rep. Sal Esquivel R-Medford asked new Oregon Director of Elections Jim Williams about the current process of verifying voter ID from the DMV database. William’s letter in response to Esquivel outlines current practices, but what is troubling to election integrity activists is that though the DMV does send data to Elections Division, the agency only gets the basics: name, address and other demographic data. Under the current system, there is no confirmation of citizenship required. Noncitizens can slip through the cracks and be registered to vote.
Oregon’s DMV database still includes names that predate 2008 rules-change, which required proof of citizenship before getting a driver’s license. In the early 2000s 80,000 noncitizens registered to vote and got driver’s licenses (in Washington County). They will not cycle out of the DMV system until 2017.
Under President Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), noncitizens, including those living in the state of Oregon, can get a driver’s license .
Anyone with a driver’s license can currently register to vote online if they are willing to lie and say they are a US citizen. It’s a felony to do so, but the system will accept the person. They will get a ballot. It will count.
[Recently, Secretaries of State testified before Congress that the President’s ‘executive amnesty’ will make the identification virtually indistinguishable from that of citizens. Non citizens, they argued, under these new rules could vote.
The Washington Times reports Jon Husted, the Ohio Secretary of State, and Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State testified illegal aliens will flood the zone, making it impossible to check everyone’s citizenship,
Anyone registering to vote attests that he or she is a citizen, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said mass registration drives often aren’t able to give due attention to that part, and so illegal immigrants will still get through.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach said even some motor vehicle bureau workers automatically ask customers if they want to register to vote, which some noncitizens in the past have cited as their reason for breaking the law to register.
“It’s a guarantee it will happen,” Mr. Kobach said.]
A recent article from Breitbart News Network shows how noncitizens are using false IDs to get driver’s licenses in California. California officials were trying to help noncitizens get drivers licenses; instead they were exposing ID theft. It is such a problem that elected officials decided not to criminalize noncitizens for committing ID theft if they only did it to get a driver’s license.
Back in Oregon, HB2177’s big change in law leaves it to bureaucratic rule making — without legislative confirmation — to decide how to implement this sea change in law:
“The Secretary of State shall by rule establish a schedule by which the Department of Transportation shall provide to the secretary electronic records containing the legal name, age, residence and citizenship information for, and the electronic signature of, each person who meets qualifications identified by the secretary by rule.”
Under this bill proposed at the request of the Secretary of State, it is entirely up to the Secretary of State to make the qualifying rules. The rules are not stated in the bill. This shift of power from the Legislative branch to the Executive branch is quite astounding. Secretaries change over time, from elections or as we see currently in Oregon, due to other reasons. While Secretary Brown’s staff testified in committee that only proven citizens would be auto registered, there are no assurances from future Secretaries of their same commitment. Instead though this bill, it is the Secretary’s prerogative to decide by administrative ‘rule’. The administrative rule process is easy to change and is not subject to the legislative approval.
Rep. Carl Wilson R-Grants Pass in the House Rules Committee argued that small counties are already strapped for money to provide basic services and safety for citizens, and opposed HB2177 on the grounds that mandating these changes would be a big problem financially for his county.
Ways and Means Committee members have committed to covering the financial costs of implementation, but Wilson isn’t convinced: “I’ve heard this promise before,” he said. Estimated price tag for initial statewide implementation: $1.5 million.
Republican legislators asked why $1.5 million is being spent to implement an opt-out system in a state that already boasts one of the highest voting participation rates in the country. They referenced two security breaches in 2014 at the Secretary of State’s office, and voiced concerns about jeopardizing the privacy of citizens.
When the bill was routed through the Joint Ways and Means Committee and onto the Joint Subcommittee on General Government, the discussion got heated. The bill had not traveled the usual route through the Senate Rules to discuss the policy change. Senator Doug Whitsett R-Klamath Falls told Co-Chair of General Government: Senator Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward, D-Portland that she would have to call security to remove him when she attempted to limit his questions about HB2177 to strictly fiscal issues.
Janice Dysinger is an Oregonian, patriot and a student of Oregon’s election law. This article first appeared on the Americans for Prosperity, Clackamas website. It has been reprinted by permission.
Unofficially, Oregon’s Governor was brought down by a his ego, environmental hubris, one party rule and an open fly.
The Governor’s fiancé, Cylvia Hayes, whom Kitzhaber insisted the media (and everyone else) address as ‘Oregon’s First Lady’ (beginning well before he ‘put a ring on it’), is a woman by whom Kitzhaber is clearly wholly beguiled.
Hayes cajoled her boyfriend into using his office to advance her and her friends’ careers and arrogate grants and state (read: taxpayer) largesse to her.
Kitzhaber was eager to do it. He enlisted the help of his staff to make it happen. It turns out you might be able to do that if you’re just-some-guy with a hot, younger girlfriend, but not if you’re the Governor using other peoples’ money.
It wouldn’t be the first time Cylvia Hayes pulled the opportunistic grifter girlfriend act.
The woman with a degree from Washington state’s hippy-dippy Evergreen State College:
Once married an illegal alien for $5,000.00. She never bothered to tell her Governor boyfriend about the first of her three matrimonial unions.
Hayes talked an older boyfriend into buying property to plant an illegal pot farm. He claimed she took the lead on the plan.
As a 35 year old woman, she convinced an 81 year old man to loan her $40,000 as a down payment for a house and talked him into a trip to Paris.
She got another coot 20 years her senior to cover the loan from other old guy, pay her daily expenses and advance her career. His name is John Kitzhaber.
In fact, her biography is so tawdry and ignominious, the U.K. Daily Mail labeled her, ‘Oregon’s Shady First Lady.’
MailOnline has discovered she divorced her second husband, married an Ethiopian for a green card and went away with a lover all in matter of months.
Unfortunately for Kitzhaber, his kind of ‘help’ brought the scrutiny of law enforcement. And it could also put him –and her, due to her failure to report some of her ill gotten fees to the IRS — in matching orange jumpsuits.
Of course, most of this information was available before the November election. But this is Oregon.Despite Kitzhaber’s colossal biffing of the ‘OrBamaCare’ plan roll out, Cover Oregon, and a huge failed light rail program, both of which left Oregon’s taxpayers a half BILLION dollars in the hole, Oregon went bluer in the last GOP tidal wave election.
Oregon, being a one-party state with a slavishly Democrat devoted media and less than robust GOP, hired back the jeans-wearing old guy.
Can you blame Kitzhaber for thinking he was bullet proof?
But, as the game show prize announcer man always says, ‘There’s more!’
The truth is, Kitzhaber let his grifter girlfriend get her way because they hold the same radical environmental views. He believed he would get cover from his fawning media, ironically whom he blamed for his fall from grace. He knew his fellow Democrats in the legislature would do his bidding and look the other way and indeed they did.
After it became known Kitzhaber asked his staff to destroy emails which, we now know, show his willingness to satiate his fiancé’s seemingly insatiable desire for more taxpayer money and power.
After the Feds and AG’s office said despite the Governor’s efforts to slow-roll document discovery under open records law, they’d investigate anyway.
After the election with the Democrat leitmotif firmly established, the daily (dying) newspaper of record called for Kitzhaber’s resignation.
The Secretary of State would take over.
Kate Brown, an even more radical environmentalist than Kitzhaber and his girlfriend, has now taken control of Oregon’s governor’s office. She has the added bonus of a being, as the LGBT community helpfully added mere moments after after Kitzhaber announced his intent to resign, the first ‘bi-sexual Governor’ ever, ever.
Now Democrats can continue the same — or worse — programs and plans without John Kitzhaber to kick around anymore.
I go back to check the Oregonian’s coverage of the Kitzhaber story before the election.
The Oregonian newspaper this week called for John Kitzhaber to resign. Once the state’s newspaper of record came to the realization there was gambling at Rick’s, official Oregon began scrambling in a chorus of ‘me-toos’. It would be amusing if it didn’t reveal how morally bankrupt these one party rulers are.
It points out something else. When the Oregonian said jump, the Democrat ruling class hopped-to. That’s a lot of power. What would have happened if the Oregonian had done more due diligence before the election?
The editorial board claimed it called for the resignation because of revelations about his and his “first lady’s” conflicts of interest, appearance of impropriety, apparent illegality and sheer unseemliness, among other things.
So, here’s the question: What changed between now and before the last November’s election?
More details of everything we already knew. Everything mentioned above was true before the election. Indeed, the Kitzhaber Administration, in all of its transparency, engaged in a cover up before the election. But the Zero did not condemn this obvious slow roll of information in order to get past the November election.
What was the response of the Zero? It endorsed him for Governor.
Even as Willamette Week was eating the Oregonian’s lunch in coverage of this story, by looking back at these October (please see my comments below on this) stories you get a clear- eyed view of how Oregon’s newspaper of record gave Kitzhaber a pass at the most crucial time of the election cycle. The part of the cycle when the disengaged voters become engaged.
I’ve included the photos and headlines used with the stories. Photos and headlines convey the mood of a piece even when people don’t have time to read the full story.
October 5: One full month before the election, the Oregonian’s editorial board endorses Kitzhaber for reelection.
Headline: Re-elect John Kitzhaber: Editorial Endorsement.
October 9: Cylvia Hayes lied about selling her citizenship in a previous marriage of convenience for $5,000. It’s her third marriage. The Zero used Willamette Week as its source.
Headline: Gov. Kitzhaber’s fiancee Cylvia Hayes confirms third marriage to Ethiopian immigrant, WW reports
Oct 11: The paper does a puff piece on how Kitzhaber is wounded but is a survivor! He’ll win the election. This carries the underlying theme of ‘nothing to worry about. He’s going to win and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Headline: Cylvia Hayes scandal: John Kitzhaber wounded but probably will win
Oct 13: Kitzhaber calls for ethics commission probe on Hayes. The paper only blithely mentions the commission will take until after the election to do its job. It’s clear Kitzhaber is bamboozling the media while playing for time–as in waiting till after the election.
Headline: John Kitzhaber asks for formal state review of Cylvia Hayes contracts, first lady role.
October 16: The paper editorializes how wonderful it is the governor no longer allows his girl friend to do paid work, noting the ‘cascade of increasingly embarrassing’ stories about this relationship. The message: He’s got this covered. Nothing to worry about.
Headline: At last, Kitzhaber tells voters that Cylvia Hayes won’t accept paid work if he is re-elected: Editorial
October 29: Kitzhaber says he won’t release Hayes records until lawyers cull through them. Oct 29
Headline: John Kitzhaber aide says Cylvia Heayes records require ‘rigorous legal review’ before they’re released.
October 29: John Kitzhaber refuses to turn over documents relating to shady dealings between him and Hayes. The cover up is out in the open, but the Oregonian, having already endorsed him, refuses to condemn a man they’ve already previously said will ‘likely win’ the election notwithstanding his and his girlfriend’s financial skullduggery.
Headline: John Kitzhaber slow to release office records on Cylvia Hayes as election nears.
The Oregonian was missing in action.
As a result of the newspaper of record’s dereliction of duty, this state has as its chief executive a man who controls his life with his zipper while his far left activist girlfriend has full reign at Mahonia Hall and the Governor’s office. I must note here the Governor scrubbed her ‘First Lady‘ page from public view as I reported this week.
Nike’s Phil Knight said in 2010, with its recent moves, Oregon could be in an economic death spiral, and, if voters approved two anti business measures on the ballot at the time, would be committing economic assisted suicide. Knight easily could have been talking about any of the multitude of moves made by Oregon leaders over the past 30 – 40 years which put a kibosh on economic growth.
Now some smart people I know have put together an entertaining video showing how Oregon’s leaders have ‘sold out’ some of their most vulnerable citizens. Enjoy it. And tell the New York Times, won’t you?