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Linda Atkins’s Lead Expands

It’s not the final final report, but it is the latest report.

Linda Atkins:          4661      51.19%

Joe Bonino:            4333      47.58%

This is probably the uncertified final, but we should know if there are any changes by the end of the week.

Addendum:  Stu Titus is ahead in the Ferndale mayoral race by 6 votes.

  1. Anonymous
    November 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Joe’s a 47 per-center, just like his buddy Mitt. Way to go, Linda A!

  2. Eric Kirk
    November 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Great line 12:20!

    I’m looking forward to the spending reports for the campaigns, because I was watching a lot of cable news during the campaign and I just saw hit ad after hit ad, and started to actually get a little worried about the outcome.

    But she had a large crowd of excellent volunteers, making the calls, and walking the precincts. That’s how progressives win!

  3. November 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    You betcha! Excellent news.

  4. Eric Kirk
    November 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    You weren’t kidding! Romney’s total may end up 47 percent!

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/26/1164808/-Mitt-Romney-47-percent-watch-47

  5. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    My heartiest congratulations! This proves you don’t have to run a dirty ‘hit’ campaign to win. Hear that, Joe?

  6. Cutten Resident
    November 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    “But she had a large crowd of excellent volunteers, making the calls, and walking the precincts. That’s how progressives win!”

    If only that were true! NOBODY has this anymore!

    That’s why the biggest spenders win, they know this, and Linda was another extremely rare exception. Meg Whitman didn’t spend ten of millions to be governor because she’s an idiot…it’s the money that gets idiots elected!

    If progressives ever had volunteers, their city council wouldn’t look like a field trip from a mental institution for the last 50 years.

    How else does a little-known office functionary file in the last hour of the deadline, amass a fortune, slather media with attack ads, and damn-near beat an incumbent who served her city well??

    If the media routinely covered Eureka’s political corruption, maybe there would be more volunteers.

  7. notafan
    November 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Linda won, oh boy. she still is worthless and 1 out of 5. She still votes with the rest 95+ of the time. Political corruption. Look at Salzman and the dem fools. Good Luck.

  8. November 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

    You need to get out more, Cutten Resident. I guess all those folks who worked on Linda’s campaign, staffed the phone banks etc were just imaginary.? Get involved next time.

  9. Eric Kirk
    November 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Yeah, it is kind of an odd comment for someone who obviously never made it down to campaign HQ.

  10. Anonymous
    November 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    They heard you were there Kirk and stayed home to puke.

  11. Eric Kirk
    November 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Aw, did somebody get an owie?

  12. Cutten Resident
    November 28, 2012 at 12:17 am

    “You need to get out more, Cutten Resident. I guess all those folks who worked on Linda’s campaign, staffed the phone banks etc were just imaginary.? Get involved next time.”

    Why, on earth, would Erick and Julie bother to call a bluff on something everybody already knows??

    Even the republicans know volunteerism and voting have tanked for a generation…that’s how they waltzed into the HCDCC to take it over!

    No insult was intended to Linda’s volunteers, they are NOTHING short of heroic, I canvassed for her too…just as I’ve done in nearly every campaign for years. Same tired faces aging by the moment! For all their well-attended “socials” and self-aggrandizing, the local “Dem-machine” and their elected “democrat” officials, couldn’t muster 5-6 canvassers for Seidner who towered above Rex Bohn in leadership, attitude, and personal achievements.

    Reprehensible!!!

    Has anyone at the HCDCC filed FPPC complaints against the Bohn campaign? Why risk drawing any attention to the HCDCC?

    Maybe if you folks stop weaving fantasies, the media might cover the story and motivate new faces into action.

  13. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Cutty, Joe lost. And the business establishment spent $300 Grand to elect Rex. Piss off.

  14. Humboldt Resident
    November 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Boy this sure sounds like George “Cutten Resident” Clarke once again (‘cept George don’t live in Cutten).

    Reprehensible!!! – that’s the George Clark style along with “Unbelievable!!!””

    Why would you file a FPPC complaints against the Rex Bohn campaign? What did Bohn do that broke the law?

    Local “Dem-machine” – WTF!? What machine? Linda Atkins barely won against a no-name, later-filing candidate who had very limited support. Ask the Republican Central Committee what they did for Joe Bonino – natta.

    Cheryl Seidner had name recognition, money behind her and the local Dem Machine. How did that turn out? Bonnie Neely, Patrick Cleary and Larry Glass all had unlimited money, huge name recognition (two being incumbents) and the Dem Machine behind them. How did those turn out?

    And how did “the Republicans waltz into the HCDCC to take it over.” Name one Republican that took over the HCDCC?

    And speaking of drawing “attention to the HCDCC” did you see the $225,000 the HCDCC just laundered from the unions for two Democratic candidates in the southern part of the state? Reprehensible!!!

    The problem with this blog (and it’s gotten much better since Josh Drayton moved to SoCal) is that if you tell the same lies over and over again, those who are ignorant soon begin to believe they are true. Ask Jospeh Goebbels.

  15. Plain Jane
    November 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

    That’s what the frightwing media echo chamber does, HR. Fox and their echos are nothing but fascist propaganda for the ignorant and people like you spew those big lies everywhere, including on this blog.

  16. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    unlimited money? you are full of shit.

  17. Humboldt Resident
    November 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Just saying Neely outspent Bass.
    Cleary spent the same amount as Sundberg.
    Glass listened to the HCDCC (the Faux News of Humboldt County along with this blog) and believed all of Eureka loved him.

    So if we hear the usual BS of “developer backed candidates” (and just who are these developers with all this rampant growth around Humboldt County?) with their big money buying elections, we can try the truth for a change.

  18. Eric Kirk
    November 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

    HR – Obviously you weren’t paying attention to this last June’s election.

  19. A-nony-hamster
    November 28, 2012 at 10:01 am

    So educate us Eric. What did we obviously miss in last June’s elections?

  20. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Anyone else notice that Lovelace spokesperson Megan Hansen has very abruptly left the Times Standard?

  21. Eric Kirk
    November 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Anomyhamster – 30 thousand dollars dumped into each conservative’s campaign early on, and the huge differences in spending between the candidates before it was over? You missed that?

  22. Cutten Resident
    November 28, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    This is the quality of “debate” when no local media has the guts to report who the local deep pockets are who dominate campaign contributions and what they’ve gotten in return! For a clue, you have to go back to John Osborn’s “Interested Parties” report in the NCJ in 2010. There’s been nothing like it published before, and nothing since!

    Meanwhile, no print media bothered to inform readers on the (missing) occupations of 60 top donors to the Bohn campaign…a violation of FPPC regulations, many have well-known ties to the development community…isn’t that why these occupations are missing? (“Retired”? Ha Ha Ha!).

    And who was behind the deluge of phony front groups endorsing Bohn? Bohn’s not interested in finding out…he’s the only candidate in county history to benefit from this level of corruption…not unusual in republican politics these days.

    Unfortunately, “Humboldt Resident” and I share similar understandings of local politics, but draw differing conclusions.

    Repeating the names of the few liberal democratic candidates who won council seats in Eureka, despite being outspent, is a mere distraction from the RULE that money almost always wins. Republicans never needed a local political “machine”…just a small handful of the usual players and the ability to always outspend opponents, often 2 to 1, again, with few exceptions.

    It is the democrats who require a “machine” to be in this game. But, the offices they currently hold, and their well-attended political “socials” never-once translated into a serious education-registration canvass in Eureka, where, like the rest of the nation, the true majority don’t vote.

    They could have rallied more than 6 people to canvass for Seidner, but why bother if you don’t have most of the eligible democratic voters willing to vote? This is why so many core democratic values, (that could rally more voters), are discarded by the DINO’s who waltzed into the HCDCC and who will have nothing to do with raising the minimum wage in Eureka….they can’t afford to lose the right-wing voters who still vote….causing even more dems to abstain!

    Got it?

  23. November 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Immigrant Hilton Hotel Workers Reach Major Settlement Over Workplace Violations

    from Minimum Wage

    Congratulations to the UC Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center!

    LONG BEACH, Calif. Eighteen hotel employees reached a $130,000 settlement with HEI Hotels and Resorts over denial of meal and rest breaks required by California law. The settlement arose from claims filed with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement by employees of the Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center, owned and managed by HEI.

    In hearings before the Labor Commissioner, workers described facing direct pressure from supervisors to work through meals and to skip rest breaks to keep up with increasingly heavy workloads. Some employees suffered injuries due to the unremitting nature of their work. Employees in the hotel’s kitchen, restaurant, room service, banquet services and housekeeping departments stepped forward to participate in the legal action. Most of the workers are “back of the house” monolingual Spanish speakers.

    Under California law, employers must establish practices that do not discourage workers from exercising their right to full 30-minute meal periods and 10-minute rest breaks.

    The workers, current and former Long Beach Hilton employees, were supported in their efforts by UNITE HERE Local 11 and represented by the UC Irvine School of Law-Immigrant Rights Clinic and Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center.

  24. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Eric Kirk :
    Anomyhamster – 30 thousand dollars dumped into each conservative’s campaign early on, and the huge differences in spending between the candidates before it was over? You missed that?

    Sounds a little bit like sour grapes. It’s not like you wouldn’t do the same if you could and in fact did exactly that back when Bill Pierson was willing to dump loads of cash on losing campaigns. Too, you might take a peek at the truckloads that the Blue Lake Casino has unloaded on many of the same losing efforts. What’s really happened all over Humboldt is a gross misread of the voters and what they actually want…..moderation and jobs and not in that order. Voters realize that environmentalism and so called “progressive” over regulation, particularly in it’s extreme forms suck huge resources out of our economy. Folks like being green(ish) but not if they can’t feed their families. The trend over the last few decades locally and state wide has created a local backlash. When the local far left which controls the party effort and candidate selection realizes this and starts to compromise and moderate they may begin to win, but not before.

  25. Tyler Durden
    November 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Got it?

    Nah, I didn’t quite get that, Lou.

    What I didn’t get is that raising money early makes you evil. Guess everyone reading this blog must hate President Obama, since one of the reasons most prognosticators are stating he won is because he raised early money and used it effectively against Romney. Maybe Clif Clendenen should of thought of that.

    By your own words that money wins elections maybe you should pass this on to Meg Whitman and Joe Bonino.

    Paging Joseph Goebbels, Joseph Goebbels to Humboldt Herald.

    The missing occupations of 60 top donors to the Bohn campaign was resolved by Bohn’s campaign Treasurer the week after. Move on.

    I did notice you failed to comment of the $225,000 that the HCDCC recently laundered for various unions to just two California State Senate candidates in October of this year.

    There was no phony front groups endorsing Bohn. Name these phony front groups or keep repeating your lies over and over again. The ignorant on this blog will probably believe you.

    If you think raising the minimum wage in Eureka above the State level makes you a Democrat – WAKE UP! You must be part of the same HCDCC who voted a resolution in support of the Occupiers in front of the County Courthouse – or as 99% of the rest of the county called them the homeless, druggies, and the mentally ill.

    And for the record, you can count the liberal Democrat candidates who won council seats in Eureka on your left hand and still have fingers left over. Three ain’t that big of a number.

    Got it?

  26. Cutten Resident
    November 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Anonymous is correct, if the local dems want to garner more political wins, it’s not enough to discard core democratic values like the Eureka Fair Wage Initiative, or discard strong democratic leaders like Cheryl Seidner. If they want to win where half the eligible voters participate, they need to start “compromising and moderating” to appeal to the big contributors who always outspend and win over Bill Pierson’s candidates..with painfully few exceptions.

    If there’s one thing that Eureka Worker and Highboldtage posts prove, it is that the deluge of regional, national and international labor news merits it’s own labor-section in the local “community” press. Same with the environment, same with the rapidly changing local economy, same with the corruption of money in local politics…and on and on…

    IE, a significant reason half the electorate participates.

  27. Anonymous
    November 28, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Please, nobody tell poor Tyler about Ryan Burn’s expose on the NCJ blog detailing the phony front groups endorsing Bohn…all generated from the same attorney’s office in Torrance. “Coalition For Literacy”? Ha. Did that cute little girl on the cover know what she was being used for?

    Better warn the staff at the NCJ that Tyler will be showing up looking for Joseph Goebbels and other assorted Nazis.

  28. November 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Man! I don’t know what’s happened to this blog, but the intelligence level has fallen through the floor with these new commentators. They sound like petulant children, which is what most neo-republicans and tea-party people sound like. Ridiculous spouting of ruling-class talking points. “Jobs, jobs!” I guess we’re all too stupid to realize that the reason there are no jobs is because the aristocracy of America moved to China to take advantage of slave labor. We get these “Jews-for-Hitler,” people trying to blame workers who demand a decent share of the profits, for the loss of American manufacturing. “Just ignore that man behind the curtain….” don’t these people realize that their scare tactics, propaganda and threats are no longer working? Welcome to the information age. People are actually figuring it out. The wealthy of this country have been selling us out for years. I would have always thought that money was winning, no matter what; but this last election has shown me that the majority of people know damn well what this bunch of self-serving, anti-American, billionaires really want, and that is everything for themselves, and wage slavery and poverty for the rest of us.
    These ‘house-slaves’ make fools out of themselves every time they attack their own class on behalf of the wealthy elites. .

  29. Plain Jane
    November 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

    The trolls wouldn’t be here if we weren’t making them uncomfortable, Moviedad. Take comfort from that.

  30. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Plain Jane :
    The trolls wouldn’t be here if we weren’t making them uncomfortable, Moviedad. Take comfort from that.

    Another perspective might be that some of the supposed “trolls” are trying to encourage civil conversation, collaboration, and compromise in an effort to make a better community for everyone. Not that you’d be open minded enough to consider that as a possibility.

  31. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    “Paging Joseph Goebbels, Joseph Goebbels to Humboldt Herald.”

    This is another perspective to encourage civil compromise?

    Thanks Movidad, well written!

  32. Just Watchin
    November 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Moviedad must have been looking in a mirror when he wrote his rant. Talk about a petulant child! WAAAAAAAA

  33. Plain Jane
    November 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    People who are trying to encourage civil discourse aren’t trolls, #30, regardless of where they are on the political grid. Trolls are people who post on opposing view blogs to flame and insult. Not being able to change someone’s mind doesn’t necessarily mean they are closed minded. It may mean that you are feeble minded and your views idiotic. I don’t make up my mind about most things until I have studied and researched, discussed and read other views so I rarely change my mind once I have it made up; but it does happen occasionally when someone presents a good argument that I hadn’t previously considered.

  34. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Feeble minded people with idiotic views may have the best intentions but you can’t blame people for thinking they are trolls since they spew the same sort of garbage.

  35. Durrr
    November 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    “phony front groups endorsing Bohn…all generated from the same attorney’s office in Torrance. “Coalition For Literacy”

    What the hell are you spouting off about #27? Where did you get this info (which happens to be false)? But hey, don’t let stop you from spreading false malicious information.

  36. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Dear Durrr…So, I hold your hand, show you the address for Ryan Burn’s NCJ blog article documenting that Bohn ran in the most corrupt campaign in county history, then what do you say?

    “There are no direct ties to Bohn”?

    Correct, but wouldn’t Bohn want to find out who slathered mailboxes with a series of phony front-group fliers in the waning weeks of the election…he must have already known.

  37. Anonymous
    November 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Plain Jane :
    People who are trying to encourage civil discourse aren’t trolls, #30, regardless of where they are on the political grid. Trolls are people who post on opposing view blogs to flame and insult. Not being able to change someone’s mind doesn’t necessarily mean they are closed minded. It may mean that you are feeble minded and your views idiotic. I don’t make up my mind about most things until I have studied and researched, discussed and read other views so I rarely change my mind once I have it made up; but it does happen occasionally when someone presents a good argument that I hadn’t previously considered.

    Holy shit. I rest my case. Fortunately there are others not so blinded and oblivious. You’ll never see it but you are the problem not the solution.

  38. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 1:45 am

    But of course you are right, #37. Anyone who researches an issue before forming an opinion which you can’t change with your feebleminded insults is the problem. If only everyone was informed by Fox and radio blowhards like yourself, there would be no problem.

  39. Just Watchin
    November 30, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Anon…..you might as well talk to the wall if you put out facts. Example: libtards love to rail against Bush and the Iraqi war, but when you remind them that democrap senators Reid,Clinton,Feinstein,Schumer,and Biden, among many others, they act like it never happened and clam up.

  40. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 9:02 am

    JW, this article clearly (for the functionally literate) explains what went wrong with the “intelligence” on Iraq and why no one takes your view seriously about who saw what:

    http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/10/27/031027fa_fact

    Here is a reprint of a Knight-Ridder article about Tenet’s testimony which confirmed and expanded on Hersh’s essay.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0309-14.htm

    There are also articles available about Doug Feith’s Congressional testimony in which he admits all of the above, but I’m busy this morning.

    No need to thank me just please stop with the idiotic points about who knew what about Iraq before the vote to war. Bush & Co. knew they were stovepiping intelligence (circumventing analysis) to justify the war, congress didn’t. Congress doesn’t have its own intelligence service. I know it’s not entirely your fault that you are so misinformed, but it is your fault that you keep using the same news sources which continue to misinform you.

  41. November 30, 2012 at 9:09 am

    PJ,

    As long as they remain in their bubble and use their own facts, they won’t ever know what hit ’em. They knew Romney’s victory would be decisive in PRECISELY the same way that they know anthropogenic climate change is a fraud and Obama is a Muslim.

    One of the neat things about a scientific approach to the world as opposed to an ideological, religious, or profit-based one is you actually get predictive power and the ability to build bridges that don’t fall down.

  42. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 9:27 am

    You’re right Mitch. An ugly side of me delights when they get sucker punched by reality but our country would be better off and less divided without the extremist propaganda that leads a large percentage of us to believe blatant lies. Freedom of the press allows them to do so and I wouldn’t change that, but we have to work hard to expose the lies and the facts. You can lead a right winger to a library but you can’t make it read nonfiction.

  43. Eric Kirk
    November 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Tyler Durden :

    Got it?

    Nah, I didn’t quite get that, Lou.

    What I didn’t get is that raising money early makes you evil. Guess everyone reading this blog must hate President Obama, since one of the reasons most prognosticators are stating he won is because he raised early money and used it effectively against Romney. Maybe Clif Clendenen should of thought of that.

    By your own words that money wins elections maybe you should pass this on to Meg Whitman and Joe Bonino.

    Paging Joseph Goebbels, Joseph Goebbels to Humboldt Herald.

    The missing occupations of 60 top donors to the Bohn campaign was resolved by Bohn’s campaign Treasurer the week after. Move on.

    I did notice you failed to comment of the $225,000 that the HCDCC recently laundered for various unions to just two California State Senate candidates in October of this year.

    There was no phony front groups endorsing Bohn. Name these phony front groups or keep repeating your lies over and over again. The ignorant on this blog will probably believe you.

    If you think raising the minimum wage in Eureka above the State level makes you a Democrat – WAKE UP! You must be part of the same HCDCC who voted a resolution in support of the Occupiers in front of the County Courthouse – or as 99% of the rest of the county called them the homeless, druggies, and the mentally ill.

    And for the record, you can count the liberal Democrat candidates who won council seats in Eureka on your left hand and still have fingers left over. Three ain’t that big of a number.

    Got it?

    I didn’t say that raising money makes you evil. I said that developers poured money into the campaigns and influenced them, in response to the implication that there is campaign finance parity in this county. There isn’t. Progressive candidates are up against a lot of money, and I look forward to the campaign finance reports for the Atkins/Bonino race.

    The upside of spending so much money, which mostly goes to hit ads, is that it wins elections most of the time. The downside is that you lose a few political points for resorting to it, because it drowns out legitimate policy discussion. My point is to make sure that it is considered in future races. If there is a lot of money poured into a race, voters ought to ask why.

    Fortunately, on both the local and national level, the money didn’t buy many races this last election. Had the progressive candidates in the Supervisor races survived the June primary, perhaps the results would have been different in November.

    It is going to be interesting to watch Ryan’s and Virginia’s votes over the next two years as they clearly live in “battleground districts.” Sometimes moderates step up to the plate and buck the tide even when it’s shifted, and Ryan’s demographics became slightly more difficult for him after the redistricting.

  44. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Notice there is nothing but crickets on the subject of Iraqi war “intelligence” despite the repeated false claims on the issue?

  45. Just Watchin
    November 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Congress saw Intel at the time, which was believed to be reliable, that WMDs were present, not to mention the fact that Sadam was killing his people. My son did two tours of duty there, and heard the stories first hand. Are you saying that Bush was so sharp that he duped Clinton,Reid,Schumer and many others into voting to go to war?
    If all the Intel had been ignored, and a biological attack occurred,(say contaminating the water supply of a large U.S. city and killing thousands), how do you think the people would have reacted? I’d have been the first in line to impeach and prosecute Bush. Sometimes the stakes are too high to take the chance.

  46. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Congress believed it to be reliable but Bush and Co knew it wasn’t. Congress didn’t know they were stovepiping rumors and calling it intelligence. Congress didn’t know that “Curveball” was known by the global intelligence community as an unreliable drunk. Congress didn’t know that Rumsfeld ordered Tenet to “Sweep it all up. Things related and not.” Congress didn’t know that the Niger yellowcake document was a clumsy forgery, exposed as soon as it was released by the WH Iraqi Office; but not until they had spread the lie globally and subsequently claimed other intelligence sources had the same intel without the disclosure that they hadn’t seen the bogus document and their only intel about it came from the Bush administration.

    I read some time ago that the yellowcake forgery was likely perpetrated by the Bush White House using the same operatives who made the treasonous Iran arms for hostages deal for Reagan/Bush.

  47. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I’ll try to remember/find the reporting on that when I have more time.

  48. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I’m thinking it was Robert Parry’s work.

  49. Just Watchin
    November 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Good job PJ…..Looks like you memorized some left wing wacko editorial. Very good, considering it’s Friday and you’re probably hittin the good stuff by now.

  50. Anonymous
    November 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    “Congress didn’t know….Congress didn’t know…Congress didn’t know…”

    Well, they knew history…and every other GD lie that enriched corporations in 25 undeclared wars of choice since WWII.

    They knew Bush II was lying…but too few were willing to risk their political career fighting the CIA and the “patriots” unleashed by the liars.

  51. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Robert Parry broke the Iran/Contra scandal as an investigative journalist for AP and Newsweek and one of the few still in existence. His work is thoroughly researched and sourced.

  52. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Since Congress doesn’t have their own intelligence service, they either have to accept what our supposedly neutral intelligence services tell them or explain to the people why they don’t which is, of course, made more difficult by the use of security restrictions. A large majority of Americans believed the lies and supported the war and anyone who didn’t hated America. President Obama, although he wasn’t in Congress at the time, publicly opposed the war from the time of the resolution authorizing the war.

  53. Anonymous
    November 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    So did a handful in the house and Congress.

  54. Plain Jane
    November 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Furthermore, they continued to make claims that we know they knew were untrue, such as Bush citing the yellowcake document when they knew it was a forgery and had been told by the CIA that it should be removed from the speech. Their attack on Joe Wilson by exposing his CIA covert operative wife after his editorial on what he didn’t find in his official investigation of whether Iraq had tried to buy yellowcake from Niger is further evidence of their corruption and deceit.

  55. Anonymous
    November 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Congress knew too…that’s why they didn’t impeach.

  56. Battleground District
    December 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Eric, if you think Virginia Bass lives in a “battleground district” I’d suggest you go back and look at the numbers.

    Virginia took on Bonnie in Myrtletown, where Bonnie lives and was the 24-year incumbent, and won with 63% of the vote. That number will be higher in 2014.

    I hear Virginia is already planning her reelection. Considering she has already held fundraisers for her 2014 reelection, has huge popularity in office and as Patty Berg reminded all of us why we voted for her in the first place (“she’s nice” versus that mean, nasty person she handily defeated) I’d hate to be the next “Cheryl Seidner” candidate going up against her.

    Don’t worry, I have faith in the HCDCC that they will put a body to run against Virginia and the election outcome will be very similar to Rex Bohn vs. Cheryl Seidner.

    Who knows, maybe Linda Atkins will be emboldened after her recent victory against a no-name, last minute, after-thought candidate (Bonino) who had zero support.

    Then again, there is always Peter LaVallee. He did so well against Virginia in the past (two loses including as the incumbent Mayor).

    Hold the presses – Larry Glass! Remember he is loved by the voters (not) and the Regressives on this blog. I hear Garr Nielsen ain’t doing much these days. Maybe he can come back to California and do some more campaigning for Glass.

    Chris Kerrigan? Nah… I hear he wants to study abroad. Like he hasn’t had enough broads in Humboldt yet.

    Pam Service? Child, please.

    Like Frank Jager said, “Virginia Bass is the best looking candidate for office” (he meant resume, not just her looks Times Standard).

    Elections have consequences.

    When you consistently lose elections, you lose your political power (just ask Connie Stewart how the General Plan update is going).

    As of January 7, 2013 Mark Lovelace joins Linda Atkins with the new nickname “one-four”.

    The sad truth is our local Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) is about as irrelevant is the national GOP Republican party. Just look at what they both have in common. They can’t find any quality moderate candidates to groom. They both support extreme political positions, against the wants of the mainstream voters (the HCDCC actually issued a proclamation in support of the Occupiers). Worse of all, they both think they are relevant. And yet, what have the voters told them?

  57. The Sad Truth
    December 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Right-wingers are always getting their “Sad Truths” confused.

    Virginia Bass’ “resume”?? A waitress in her parent’s restaurant? Nothing wrong with that..just look at the other winners…an auctioneer, a fisherman, a Realtor, an office aid, insurance salesmen, a cop, another cop, and another, etc, etc, etc.

    These are average people that the “mainstream voters” have no idea are backed by the same tiny elite from the development community. This is the only thing that the average people that oppose them lack, the ability to slather TV for an unknown office functionary (Bonino) who filed one hour before the deadline and nearly beat an incumbent who has served her city well!

    If we had local community-interest media that did their job, many more of the actual majority of eligible voters would begin to participate and prefer candidates with superior qualifications, personal attachments, actual leadership credentials, and life long public service…Oh…like Cheryl Seidner!

  58. Anonymous
    December 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

    uh, #57, the sad truth is Rex Bohn is not a professional auctioneer. Before the establishment bought him a seat on the board of supes, he was a “soils locator” for a fertilizer company, just one more cog in Humboldt’s weed machine.

  59. More Sad Truth
    December 4, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I always laugh at how our local radicals conveniently forget all the money they raise for their losing campaigns and the resumes of their past candidates.

    Bonnie Neely (former secretary and now retired) and Patrick Cleary (former Wall Street banker and now runs Humboldt Area Foundation – a non-profit) raised almost $500,000 for their losing 2010 campaigns, yet you keep harping about the development community. I say again, a half-million dollars!

    Larry Glass (former used record store owner – now there’s a growth business), Ron Kuhnel (retired government, owns two city blocks in the middle of town), Clif Clendenen (runs family apple cider business), Cheryl Seidner (retired government), Peter LaValle (retired non-profit), Linda Atkins (retired Cal Trans – government), Pam Service (retired), Charlene Cutler-Ploss (married well).

    How many of these far-left candidates have jobs, especially in the private sector?

    Who pays for all these government jobs and government pensions?

  60. Plain Jane
    December 4, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Rob Arkley – inherited wealth.
    Cherie Arkley – married wealth.
    Frank Jager – retired cop.
    Melinda Ciarabellini – retired cop.
    Lance Madsen – retired cop.
    Virginia Bass – waitress in family’s restaurant – inherited wealth.
    Rex Bohn – bartender, pot industry supply sales.
    Ryan Sundberg – member tribal council, insurance sales.
    Mike Newman – insurance sales.

    That you had to ask who pays for these government jobs and pensions doesn’t make you look very bright.

  61. Eric Kirk
    December 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Eric, if you think Virginia Bass lives in a “battleground district” I’d suggest you go back and look at the numbers.

    Linda is about to be sworn in again, an hour from now, with just about the same electorate, perhaps even a little more conservative as Virginia doesn’t benefit from the South of Harris Eureka vote. Virginia is very popular in Eureka because she’s a moderate. She doesn’t represent the First or Second Districts. She will have to be a bit more careful about her votes.

    Who knows, maybe Linda Atkins will be emboldened after her recent victory against a no-name, last minute, after-thought candidate (Bonino) who had zero support.

    I don’t know what you mean by zero support, but when the financial reports come out, I suspect he will have been shown to have outspent Linda by a considerable margin.

  62. Eric Kirk
    December 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    This was the difference in finances as of October 20, according to TS.

    Joe Bonino: $31,155

    Linda Atkins: $19,502

    I thought Linda would win easily, but then I saw hit ad after hit ad and started to get a little worried. Linda kept positive, and pulled it out anyway!

  63. Just Curious...
    December 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Where were all the concerns when Bonnie was going Def-Con 4 with negative (false) ads against Virginia?

  64. ohnoyadont
    December 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I know the winners get to write the history books, but that, Just Cur, is ridiculous.

  65. Even More Ridiculous
    December 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Linda Atkins swearing in comments on the City of Eureka website:

    “I just want to thank everyone who has helped me through this process and this was a hideous campaign and I’m really glad it’s over. And I’m glad the campaign who was positive and kept to the facts and kept to the issues won the day and thank you all so much.”

    Hideous? Linda never did a campaign with Richard Salzman on the other side (remember Kerrigan-Bohn 2004).

    I notice Linda never once stated anything that Joe Bonino’s campaign said that was false about her and her votes.

  66. Eric Kirk
    December 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

    No. She didn’t respond at all. Just kept the focus on the issues, and the value of her candidacy. It’s a strategy that lost for Clif Clendenen, and Michael Dukakis, and many others. But she kept positive and won. Maybe it was a lot closer than it ought to have been, but a win like that is priceless.

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