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So far three accounts, which vary possibly according to perspective.  Basically, Mark Lovelace is seeking Bonnie Neely’s position on the Coastal Commission.  Jill Duffy apparently threw a fit and accused other Supervisors of playing “games” by not soliciting the newcomers to the Board as to whether they are interested in the position, and chided Clif Clendenen for failing to send them paperwork.  According to one account Mark responded by saying that it’s not up to the Board to solicit interest, but rather for those interested to step up.  According to one blogger, Jill then backed down saying that she wasn’t accusing anybody of anything.  The bloggers then differ as to the outcome.  According to one blogger it was decided to nominate Mark but also allow for others to be considered.  According to another the matter was “tabled.”

And then members of the audience tore into Mark.

Here are the accounts I’ve found so far:


Humboldt Mirror

Samoa Softball

Man.  Aren’t those northerners rowdy?


In other local political news:  Gallegos for Attorney General?

It might not have been a story, but when Justice Kennedy speaks, the world hears.  It’s about the perennial overcrowding of our prisons which has been the subject of lawsuits for years.  The State is appealing an order which would force the release or transfer of about 40,000 prisoners.

From the L.A. Times:

California’s bid to block a court order that would require the state to release or transfer more than 40,000 inmates from its prisons ran into sharp and skeptical questioning at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A majority of the justices said the state had failed to remedy the severe overcrowding problem, despite decades of lawsuits and promises from the governor’s office.

“How much longer do we have to wait — another 20 years?” asked Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was reacting to the state lawyer’s contention that it was “premature” for a three-judge panel to order the state to reduce its prison population by one-fourth in two years.

“At some point, the court [in California] has to say, ‘You have been given enough time…. It’s now time for a remedy,’ ” said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who grew up in Sacramento. That “seems to me perfectly reasonable,” he said.


A note of local interest.  A member of the team of attorneys in Washington right now representing the inmates in the suit is Rebbecca Evenson, daughter of Judy and Michael Evenson, who attended Skyfish and other local schools as a child.

For Immediate Release or posting:

HUMBOLDT WATERSHED COUNCIL, a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization announces its 2010 Annual Meeting December 11th 2010 at the Monday Club 610 Main Street, Fortuna from 5 – 9 pm. Following a Hosted Bar and Pot-Luck dinner (5:00-6:30 pm) and the featured presentation (6:30-7:30 pm), the HWC will have its annual business meeting and election of the Board of Directors for 2011 (about 7:30 pm), followed by music, dancing and bar from (8:00-9:00 pm). The present Board is standing for re-election with 1 open seat. Interested persons should contact Bill Thorington at HWC, PO Box 666, Fortuna, CA 95540.

The feature presentation will be the film “Toward a Working TMDL: A Watershed Plan for the Van Duzen River” which was completed for the Van Duzen Watershed Project with the able help of Ron Nelson, local videographer. The 35 minute film documents various aspects of the recently completed project, which was guided and directed by Dr. Paul Trichilo. Funded by a grant from the CA Water Quality Control Board, the project involved a two-year water quality study at 10 monitoring sights, and GIS Analyses of the Lower Van Duzen River Basin, culminating in a Watershed Management Plan and Final Report.

The public, members of the Humboldt Watershed Council and all interested persons are welcome to attend. Admission is a Pot-Luck dish; donations will be accepted at the door and memberships to the HWC will be offered.

For more information, Contact: Bill Thorington, President HWC, PO Box 666 Fortuna CA 95540 or email or 707-496-4703

You’ve got right wing conspiracy theories, left wing conspiracy theories, leaders of other countries wigging out, and lots of fascinating revelations as the media pours through the documents.  TPM has a ticker up and some of the headlines are astounding.

I started to discuss it this morning, when TPM listed its top five revelations, but that may be out of date.  And we already have a conspiracy theory advocate in that thread making the same accusation being made by the President of Iran – that it was a deliberate dump of phony information.

Palin is slamming Obama over the leak and suggests that the government should treat Wikileaks like a terror threat.  Germany is pissed.  The Saudi King called for tracking chips to be placed in released Gitmo prisoners.  China called North Korea a “spoiled child” and wants to discuss reunification.   The Italian Prime Minister holds wild (but “dignified”) parties.   Everybody and his grandmother wants to bomb Iran.  Ghadaffi likes blonds.

And they’re still not through all the documents.

Meanwhile, Wikileaks’ Julian Assange is promising to release documents on “an American bank” which he compares to the Enron emails.

Calitics addresses the question.

As this Kos post notes, the changing state demographics towards non-white and young voters doesn’t bode well for Republican futures.  The state GOP is heavily influenced by cultural conservatives in the valley and Orange County, and that used to be enough to combine with Republican moderates to guarantee Republican wins statewide. But since the massive military industry shutdowns of the 1990s and the rise of the high tech industries at about the same time, it has been difficult for the Republicans to field a candidate which can survive a hard-right primary and have serious chances in the general election.

Earlier this decade they managed to slip Schwarzenegger by that process through the Davis recall, after having failed badly with a hapless right wing candidate in the prior election.  This year the Democrats swept the statewide races, with the closest race being so probably because the Democratic candidate’s name is Kamala.  The Republicans squandered their two opportunities for House turnovers, and quite frankly I don’t believe a Senate turnover was ever a very serious possibility.  In the state legislature, the Republicans actually lost an Assembly seat.  This in the “year of the tea party,” in which Republicans were angry and hungry, and Democrats demoralized and apathetic.

It’s not going to get easier for them.  The Hispanic vote leans Democrat heavily, and they represent 22 percent of the electorate and growing.  Meg Whitman took the white vote and the over-65 vote, but as more baby-boomers slip into the latter category the more conservative causes will lose their stranglehold there.

The other problem they have is that the moderate Republican is becoming an endangered species.  About the only real “conservative” takeover I can find statewide was in Humboldt County, and the new Supervisor representing the Eureka area, Virginia Bass, has left the GOP.  By her account, the social issues were a heavy factor.

The top-two primary could offer Republicans opportunities to put up moderate candidates since they don’t have to survive the primaries, but it’s just as likely that races could fall between a liberal and a moderate Democrat, with the Republican Party being shut out of statewide races altogether.

The newest Wikileaks release has begun. I actually have very mixed feelings about this.  While the public really should have been informed that Saudi donors continue to fund terror even as both Republicans and Democrats genuflect to Saudi leadership (and Saudi tourists remain off the suspect categories even though they accounted for nearly all of the 911 attackers), I do think that the release of information which puts dissidents in danger and tends to discourage candid conversation with other world leaders in the future is detrimental, whether legal.  On the other hand, I do think Americans have the right to know that the Chinese government is trying to sabotage American computer systems even as we maintain most favored nation status so the WalMart set doesn’t have to pay living wages to the people who make their crap.

As a legal matter, Wikileaks is safe.  It is not unlawful to receive materials which had been confidential.  Whoever leaked the materials to them did break the law.

The NY Times, which published the Pentagon Papers so many years ago, defends its decision to publish this leak.  I do find their arguments persuasive.


Fox News has posted an Onion reference to a fictitious Obama email, but neglected to mention that it is satire.  A prank?  Manipulation?  Oversight?  Stupidity?


In the wake of some odd homophobic statements by Family Research Council leadership, the Southern Poverty Law Center has added FRC to its list of “hate groups.”  FRC President Tony Perkins isn’t happy about it.


Despite the largest Republican win in House races ever, RNC head Michael Steele is in trouble again.


Okay, I’m a firm believer in the “family-is-off-limits” rule, but Bristol Palin has earned her own attention with this ad.  It’s painful to watch due to bad scripting and worse acting, but the main point is that I’m not even sure what the ad is trying to say.  Is it promoting abstinence, or safe sex?  You tell me.


More later.


Addendum: The Guardian has much more on the Wikileaks dump.


Second addendum: TPM lists its five most astonishing revelations from the Wikileaks documents.  I think number 5, the reliance of US foreign policy on blog gossip, is bound to be a source for humorists over the week.

But the number 1 item is probably the most alarming, and that’s that nearly every country in the Middle East has expressed support for a military attack on Iran.  That is bound to lead to some yelling and screaming, or worse, in those countries, and probably those leaders will be hesitant to discuss anything with the U.S. in the near future.  That’s not good.  The downside for this release for peace activists, is that revelations 1, 3, and 4 actually provide political cover for such a bombing, and I suspect that conspiracy theorists will argue that the leak was a deliberate move on the part of hawkish elements in the military with the more embarrassing portions thrown in to give the leak credibility.

In any case, somebody has played a very dangerous game.

All about the financial collapse.  I haven’t seen it.  It’s been released on a limited basis, and I’m told it’s available online somewhere.  Ordinarily I don’t put much stock in one-sided documentaries, but this is the guy who did No End in Sight, which I found to be the most intelligent anti-war documentary since Hearts and Minds.  But whether the underlying thesis is accurate, it looks like it’ll be worth watching just for the squirming on the part of some of the interviewees.

There’s more information here.  Hopefully it’ll come around here at some point.

The Humboldt Mirror claims to have an inside source.  They are reporting no changes in the election night results, although I don’t think the Hospital Board results are on their radar.

Still nothing at the County website.

Addendum: Thanks to Mark who posted the link to the TS report, which appears to contain all of the results except the Sohum Healthcare District Board race.

Second addendum:  Someone posted the final Hospital race results in the thread.  No changes, but it did get closer.

Meanwhile, this is from the Gallegos campaign, hopefully sent from a private residence this time.   Honestly, there wasn’t much suspense for me.  Being the geek I am I’ve been watching these races closely for years, and I was fairly certain Gallegos had it in the bag.

Greetings Eric,

After nearly four weeks of suspense, the final election results have been tallied in the race for District Attorney.

Ultimately, our candidate Paul Gallegos won with 25,238 votes (52%) compared to his opponent, who received 23,069 votes (48%). This is welcome news during the holiday weekend for all those who contributed.

Thank you for your encouragement, support, and effort in what has been a long election season. Paul and the campaign couldn’t have accomplished this victory without you.

Happy Holidays!


Natalynne DeLapp

The list.

Some of them may surprise you.  I don’t even recognize about a quarter of them.

Bear in mind, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re right wingers.

They’re missing a few, although maybe they’re just conservatives not registered Republican.  I’m assuming they mean celebs famous for something other than political involvement.

Dennis Miller
The blond from SNL circa late 1980s
The actress who played Everybody Loves Raymond’s wife
The brunette in Designing Girls
The guy who played Captain Stubing in Loveboat
The guy who played Gopher in Loveboat
The guy who played Cliff Kleibin (sp?) on Cheers (two renowned conservatives on Norman Lear’s last series – irony)
Ted Nugent
David Lynch (I think)
The Jewish guy in all the liberal movies who converted on 911
Steve Largent
Rober Staubach

And how could they leave out Arnold?  Maybe they left out people who’ve been elected to office, which would account for the omissions of Gopher and Largent.

By the way Bruce Willis has been campaigning for Republicans much longer than 2000.  He and Schwarzenegger toured  for Bush in 1992.

There are only a few surprises for me on the list.  James Earl Jones because he associates with radical directors like John Sayles and has associated his name with a number of liberal causes, including People for the American Way.  I guess Meat Loaf is the only other real surprise.

Ramone once said that Punk is inherently right wing, and to tell you the truth, I don’t necessarily disagree with him.

From the Times Standard:

Despite earlier predictions, the Humboldt County Elections Office said updated results of the Nov. 2 election won’t be available until tomorrow morning. The office reported late Friday afternoon that the ballot counting is continuing. While staff will be in the office Saturday, it was not clear if the results will be posted online.

I think they meant “when” the results will be posted online, but they have to know that thousands of people are on pins and needles about a few of the races.  The close races

1.  The D.A. race, though I think the spread is too large to expect Allison Jackson to catch up.  And if statistical patterns of past Humboldt County races between progressives and conservatives hold up (with Gallegos as “progressive” and Jackson as “conservative,” Gallegos’ lead will actually widen.

2.  The Hospital Board race down here.  Estimates of 800 to 1000 votes to be counted, and only 44 votes between the third and (two) fourth place finishers.  The progressive/conservative stat dynamics don’t really apply to this race (except that I think Stromstad and Wellborn did benefit from a “conservative” bloc, and to a slightly lesser extent Barb Truitt whose votes actually increased percentage wise at the precincts), but Judy Gonzales actually did outperform Gary Wellborn in precinct votes, though not by much.  She seems more likely to catch up to Wellborn than Stromstad who did much better with the early absentees than the precinct voters.  But looking at the percentages, 44 votes is significant.  It’ll probably be close.

3.  Dave Meserve is about 300 votes behind second place Alex Stillman in a race for the second City Council slot.  Now, Stillman more than doubled Meserve’s votes in the early absentee count, while Meserve outperformed Stillman in the precinct votes counted on election night by about two percent of the vote.  The late absentees and provincials, accounting for those votes to be counted, tend to fall closer to the precinct patterns.  There’s about a 300 vote difference.  There certainly aren’t 15,000 Arcata votes out there, so the uncounted votes would have to vary dramatically from the pattern of the counted votes.  Seems unlikely, but the provincial votes there are probably student-heavy, so it’s bound to get closer.

4.  Up in the 5th District, Ryan Sundberg, the “conservative,” holds a lead of less than 100 votes over “progressive” Pat Cleary.  It’s close enough that even the slightest statistical anomaly can make the difference.  But there’s really no discernible difference between the early absentees and the precinct votes, and I think the Native American vote probably messed up the usual progressive/conservative statistical dynamics.  Definite edge to Sundberg.

5.  Eureka City Council, Ward 3 – Kuhnel vs. Newman vs. Manns.  Conventional wisdom suggests that Xandra Manns run split the progressive vote and thus delivered the win for conservative Newman.  The other City Council races were blowouts in favor of the conservatives, so there are two ways to read this race.  One is that Ron Kuhnel is personally more popular with Eureka voters than either Larry Glass or Pet LeVallee, and was therefor able to make the race closer.  Another possibility is that there is a progressive element in Eureka which was dissatisfied with the progressive slate for one reason or another and so found in Manns a “protest vote” available in lieu of voting for someone more conservative than they.  In any case, the vote difference is 171, which allows for a statistical anomaly win, but a solid edge to Newman.  Kuhnel did outperform Newman in the precinct vote, and will probably do so in the votes to be counted.  But the difference in precinct votes between them was less than 1 percent and Manns actually soaked up most of the precinct vote progressive advantage.  There’s no reason to believe she won’t do the same with the late absentees/provincials.  But there’s always a chance that Kuhnel’s GOTV brought in 172 votes in the later hour to make the difference.  I say that this is the best possibility for a result reversal from election night totals, excluding the hospital race.  I give Kuhnel maybe a 40 percent chance.

You can view all the election night results here.  Scroll down to near the bottom.


November 2010