We’re Really Scared Now

The now famous Youtube sensation and arguably more talented Fat Guy Chris Durant has reportedly finally ditched his T-S job in order to pursue an entertainment magazine venture. You can get a taste of the action at the Savage Henry Magazine website. Mirror Headquarters has been quietly moved to an underground bunker at an undisclosed location as a result of a bounty placed on our heads by Durant. With his impressive investigative skills we’re really going to have to be careful now.

Unfortunately not affiliated at all with the hot and talented Jen Savage

We’re down with Downey

Isn’t Hislop the dude who decided he and his band of merry paper-pushers desperately needed automatic weaponry and cute little SWAT outfits, even though they have no jurisdiction anywhere in the world in which to deploy them?

Very OG, Mike. Also, very dumb.

KHUM and the North Coast Journal present a round-table discussion with the candidates for Humboldt County sheriff, Mike Downey and Mike Hislop on April 29th, between 6 and 7 p.m.

Moderated by the North Coast Journal’s Ryan Burns, the event seeks a meaningful interchange between the candidates themselves. “It’ll be an old fashioned shoot-out, KHUM style,” said Burns.

The debate will be the first of a series of programs produced by KHUM and the North Coast Journal, which will include forums with candidates for District Attorney and Humboldt County Supervisor.

Questions from the audience can be submitted during the debate by e-mail to studio@khum.com, by Twitter at Twitter.com/khumradio, through KHUM’s Facebook page, and by phone: 786-5486. Listeners can tune into KHUM at 104.3 or 104.7 FM, or stream the debate through the Internet atkhum.com. All KHUM/North Coast Journal candidate debates will be archived and podcast.

Check khum.com for details.

Cleary pulls ahead in Fourth District race

If lawn signs are any indication, Pat Cleary is more popular in Eureka than Bonnie Neely, who has dutifully misrepresented most of the city since Cleary’s awkward teenage years. Never mind that the district Cleary wants to hand over to his Blue Lake Casino business partners is actually some 20 miles away.

Along I Street, Cleary lawn signs outnumber signs supporting Neely, who is running for a seventh term in the district.

Bonnie Neely: The six-term pachyderm

“[The voters] understand that in order to defend our shared beliefs in this election, I need help from friendships I’ve developed throughout the state,” to partially offset all the friendships she’s burned in Humboldt County.

We could fuck up his campaign for half of what she’s making

In this week’s North Coast Journal, Team Gags’ high-priced fake campaign manager learns what reporters do for a living.

Originally thought to be a priceless work of art, this photo turned out instead to be, like its subject, a total and complete fraud.

Arts Gallegos

Inside District Attorney Paul Gallegos’ campaign headquarters — 321 3rd St. in Old Town Eureka — Arts Alive! patrons were exhibiting their native behavior: milling about, socializing, vaguely gazing at paintings while gnoshing delicate mouthfuls of crackers and oily salami. At the counter of the former coffee house, a woman absentmindedly ran her fingers through a basket of campaign buttons while chatting with the volunteers on the other side. In the course of their banter she offered an endorsement as tepid as the San Pellegrino orbiting the room in clear plastic cups: “Regardless of personal feelings,” the woman said blithely, “I don’t think we have another candidate who’s a better option.”

Impassioned, full-throated endorsements have fallen off a bit since 2004, when Humboldt County’s DA fought off a recall challenge bankrolled by villainous Texan Charles Hurwitz’s Pacific Lumber Company. Such an enthusiasm decline is to be expected, argued Gallegos’ campaign manager Natalynne DeLapp. “It’s the nature of the job,” she said after side-stepping some new arrivals. “If you’re in the court system, you’re not going to be happy.” And with roughly 12,000 cases prosecuted each year, that makes for plenty of unhappy voters. Still, as the campaign swings into full gear (phone-banking sessions are now happening four days per week) DeLapp is cautiously optimistic — though with four candidates in the field, she admitted that a runoff is very likely. “It’s gonna be between Allison Jackson and Gallegos,” she predicted confidently.

DeLapp casts challenger Paul Hagen in the role of potential spoiler. The former environmental prosecutor could split the progressive vote, she said before launching into a litany of reasons why he shouldn’t. “I don’t know who told him to run,” she said bitterly. Regardless, Gallegos has more than seven years of experience. “Paul’s grown into this job,” DeLapp said. “We’ve trained him on our dime, [and] he needs to be able to continue.”

Gallegos himself stayed busy pressing palms and greeting supporters as they filed through the room, which was adorned with paintings of ocean waves. DeLapp pulled him from a jovial huddle to speak to a reporter. Yes, he said, a November runoff is likely inevitable. “Numerically you’d have to expect that.” And he agreed that whether his experience serves as an asset or a liability will depend largely on each voter’s experience with the court system. Personal grudges are unavoidable, though. “That’s part of the job,” Gallegos said, “which is why I focus on doing [the job] rather than keeping it.”

— Ryan Burns

But we thought that Sopoci Belknap loudmouth was the moral center of the campaign finance reform movement

PRESS CONFERENCE – Thursday, April 8, 2010
11:45am  –  Humboldt County Courthouse, 825 Fifth Street, Eureka

When last polled on this subject, over 75% of Humboldt County residents expressed concern that campaign donations have an undue influence on elections. This public outrage was used as justification in 2006 to pass Measure T that instead of reforming local campaign finance laws, unfairly disadvantaged local businesses over labor unions and nonprofits, resulting in a 2008 summary judgment finding the ordinance unconstitutional by the federal court.
One of the proponents of Measure T’s “local control” was 4th District Supervisor Bonnie Neeley who is holding a re-election fundraiser in Sacramento on April 7, asking for $2,000 “sponsorships” and proclaiming that there are no contribution limits for county office in Humboldt County.
Chris Crawford chaired the NO ON MEASURE T campaign in 2006 and will speak to the problem of campaign donation abuses by suggesting an overall cap on individual donations regardless of the source. According to Crawford, “the feeling of frustration and disenfranchisement by voters is real and highly justified when abuses such as this are as flagrant as this instance. Is Bonnie within the letter of the law by raking in tens of thousands of dollars from Sacramento lobbyists, tribes, out-of-town developers and local special interests? Regrettably, she is  …  but we need to reign in these shameless practices by imposing caps to restore at least the appearance of propriety.”
Efforts to develop ordinance language for campaign donation caps have failed for lack of volunteers to assist in framing the issues and gaining consensus on some of the details, such as:
AMOUNTS – what should the caps be and should they differ for different seats? For instance, $750 for local races and perhaps $2,000 for county races?
CANDIDATES VERSUS INITIATIVES – some have indicated they would not support donation caps for initiatives, but would for candidates.
STACKING – should husbands/wives, employers/employees, unions/members be able to stack donations (write separate checks)?
IN KIND / AUCTIONS – what about those who donate food for an event or an auction item?
ESCALATOR CLAUSE – there should be an automatic rate adjustment tied to the Consumer Price Index or some other escalator.
So let’s start the dialogue now  …  let’s begin by asking all candidates for local office to impose limits on donations. The next step is to gain consensus on the details for a county ordinance to stop future campaign finance abuses.
Local democracy and the integrity of local elections is at stake.
Chris Crawford
3144 Broadway #4-400
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 443-1944

This shit just got real

Brother, can you spare a coupla thou?

We have no idea what that means, but for years we’ve wanted to say it.

So evidently voter support to re-elect Bonnie Neely is so strong, the old girl’s decided to hold a high-priced fundraiser–in Sacramento.

A couple of points about this.

1) So much for that whole Measure T ethic about raising money locally, unless “local” in Neely’s usage can be said to include Sacramento politicians and Southern California developers with matters pending before the Coastal Commission

2) We particularly like that the event is at least nominally headed up by Senator Pat Wiggins. Finally we’ve found someone who sincerely believes our Fourth District incumbent is a caring and effective leader.

Clearly these days the Bon Bon will take her support where she finds it. Because she sure the hell isn’t finding it in her district.

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