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El Paso County Clerk Wayne Williams wants voter registration fraud evidence pulled from net

COLORADO SPRINGS-- A young voter registration activist, by admission soliciting only Mitt Romney supporters, was caught on video saying she worked for the El Paso County Clerk, mistakenly as it turns out. Local Dems have run with the story while Clerk & Recorder Wayne Williams and the Colorado Springs Gazette, both notorious GOP bullies, insist the viral video be taken down because it misrepresents the truth, missing the point about WHO was misrepresenting the truth. Whether the young woman spoke in error, she and perhaps others are representing themselves as county representatives, and the clerk's damage control is revealing. After clarifying that his office does not employ partisan foot soldiers (although examples abound of Democrats being purged from his staff), Williams scolds only the video taker for "spreading disinformation". He does not warn citizens to question volunteers who pretend official status, nor does he offer evidence of reprimands or special retraining. Of course all sides are protecting the identity of the 20-year-old Victoria Bautista. Why? At 20 she's not getting any smarter, or educated obviously. I hardly think it serves our society to coddle anyone screwing with civic participation. Many of our current officials are evidence of what happens when

Are Colorado Springs Citizens Being Gagged On Fracking Issue?

Our colleague Lotus has initiated some fruitful correspondence on the subject of the still-impending fracking of the Pikes Peak region. In light of the City's abrupt cancellation of the May 17 public hearing, we'll present excerpts of his emails and telephone notes here. 33699

Wise up Colorado Springs only YOU can stop fracking

Heads up Colorado Springs environmentalists! If you're thinking that among your colleagues, someone's got your back on hydraulic fracturing, your count is off by one. NOT ONE SINGLE local organization or leader has taken the position that oil and gas fracking must be stopped, or even can be stopped! Did you miss that memo? I'm guessing they haven't issued a distress signal among their membership, because, um, fracking's "inevitable" right?! Green-minded residents, and Manitou tourists we've come across while holding NO FRACKING signs are incredulous at the thought that local officials would permit fracking, I've even been assured that local eco-celebs are on the case. NOPE. If you've got the phone tree, give them a call. If someone's going to stop fracking, it's going to be you.

Now, here’s a surprise…

Our local District Attorney has declared the case closed that the Real Estate industry who own City Hall and the Mayor and the County Commissioners might be using the legislative and enforcement powers of City Hall and their appointed servants in the Police and Courts to rig deals that profit... The Real Estate Cartel. Couldn't possibly be that Rich People would use their wealth to buy political power and use that power to route Public Money into their already swollen bank accounts. No, they're above that sort of behavior. Or so we're told, this time by their bought-and-paid (through stolen public money, perhaps?) District Attorney. Because wealth and the attendant Greed would never invite them into corrupt practices. No not never!

Petition Sallie Clark not to groom Lisa Czeladtko city council campaign

Conflict of interest, anyone? County Commissioner is one of those "low paid" jobs in local government which pays off hugely in graft money, if one is so disposed to take advantage of that opportunity, by voting tax breaks, zoning laws (enforced at Public Expense) and other Pork-barrel subsidies for the actual paying business of the Commissioner. Quasi-legalized Grand Theft would be a better word for it. 22485

El Paso County to thump on poor too

El Paso County commissioner Sally Clark is pushing to enact county regulations to prevent Colorado Springs homeless from shifting their camps outside municipal lines in response to the new anti-camping ordinance. Recent business complaints prompted the city to evict the tent communities. No public poverty has yet been reported to be despoiling county lands, but apparently Pikes Peak region administrators share a uniform standard for pettiness. 15557

UNDO THE COUP begins at home

COLORADO SPRINGS- Rita wants to remind local Democrats about which way to push Barack Obama, come January 20 after the inauguration, and before then, at the local Democratic Party precinct meetings. Whether we have expectations of Obama or not, if he doesn't know what we want, how's he supposed to deliver? 5974

Election day fire alarm at Centennial Hall

COLORADO SPRINGS- The Gazette has video footage of city firefighters arriving at the El Paso County election offices at Centennial Hall on the evening of election day, Nov. 4th, just as Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink exits the building. RNC delegate Balink's possibly illegal ban of news crews from all county polling places, did not prevent cameras outside from documenting the 8:20pm fire alarm which delayed the tabulation of election results. Here's the official CSFD DUTY REPORT for UNIT E1C. 5516

El Paso County resists blue trend how?

Two articles caught my eye in this morning's Gazette, and I'd like to thank the editors for putting them side by side. The first lauded El Paso County's strong Republican push-back to the Obama landslide, the other illuminated Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink's dubiously legal measures at the EPC polling stations. Do the Gazette editors think, as I, that one of these stories could have a bearing on the other? 5426

El Paso County votes country bumpkin

Parts of the country which favored McCain/Palin, by how much. El Paso County in no position to make fun of hicks in Kentucky or Tennessee. Mississippi, Oklahoma 66%; Wyoming 65%; Idaho, Utah 63% Alaska 62%; Alabama 60% Arkansas, Louisiana 59% EL PASO COUNTY 58% Kentucky, Tennessee 57% Nebraska, Kansas 57% Texas, West Virginia 56% Arizona, South Carolina 54% North Dakota, South Dakota 53%; Georgia 52%; Montana 50% 5403

Local Dem candidate faces 3 obstacles

COLORADO SPRINGS- How's this for polling place trouble, and it happened to our own Dennis Apuan. The peace community's own Apuan, Filipino-American and Democratic candidate for state House District 17, (1) hadn't receive his absentee ballot in the mail, so (2) was given a provisional ballot on election day. When he discovered HIS NAME WASN'T ON THE BALLOT, election workers eventually noticed (3) they were using ballots for District 19.

El Paso County Board fine with long lines

EL PASO COUNTY, COLO.- I visited the Board of County Commissioners today to seek their intervention with problems developing with the upcoming election. They'd already voiced their support for Clerk and Recorder Bob Balink's voter intimidation of Colorado College students. In light of national criticism of vote suppression tactics such as the fewer early-voter stations, longer wait times, and the possibility of running out of paper ballots, I wanted to give the commissioners a chance to reassure voters of El Paso County. Long lines? They're all for them. In their own words: 5373

How my vote was stolen

How I lost my vote to EARLY VOTING. Alright, to be less dramatic: How my vote is now in somebody else's pocket. 5283

RIGGED!

COLORADO SPRINGS- I attended the Every Vote Matters town hall symposium and I can cut through the unselfconscious evasiveness for you. The El Paso County election is RIGGED. The Republicans in charge are already folding their arms smugly behind locked glass doors. Many of the major bureaucrats showed up today to be seen smiling about it. 5263

Latest vote suppression from El Paso County Bob Balink should land him in jail

COLORADO SPRINGS- The Colorado Independent has reported a new salvo in El Paso County's Clerk & Recorder Bob Balink's usual anti-election measures. Balink is IN CHARGE of all local polling outlets, he's partisan as GOP SHIT, he's faced accusations before, and this latest move seems to betray what he thinks he can get away with. Though Balink's election-year tradition of intimidating Colorado College students was this time rebuked, his comeback should land him in jail. 5174

Come march in favor of elections for all

ON MONDAY OCTOBER 20th, at 12:30pm, Colorado College students will hold a PUBLIC MARCH to mark the first day of EARLY VOTING in the 2008 presidential election. Students will assemble at Worner Center, and march straight downtown to the El Paso County Registrar. This action will call attention to the need to go early to the polls, in case voters encounter challenges to their registrations. I'm more encouraged simply that students are taking to the streets because I believe, like Emma Goldman, "If voting could change anything, it would be illegal." Would Goldman be so revered a social reformer if people didn't recognize, deep down, the wisdom of her words? 5137

Freeway Blogger logs Colorado Springs

There's DON'T BOMB IRAN set against the Lilliputian Springs cityscape. State and El Paso County authorities were not pleased with its visibility. Now the sign's been documented on Freeway Blogger. Here are some EASY instructions if you want to try this at home. 3832

Activists not arrested for trying to get into the State Democratic Convention

TO CORRECT POLICE BLOTTER DISINFO (A friend asked me casually "how far did you get?" I was disappointed to admit that Peter and I were not arrested trying to get into the convention.)   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The police team coordinating security at the Colorado Democratic State Convention used confusion and unreasonable exertion of authority to curtail public participation. Officers broke protest signs over their knees and used arrest, detention and relocation to keep dissenting voices from the public eye until the opportunity to demonstrate had passed. 3358

Corral Bluffs safe from tire track erosion

COLORADO SPRINGS- El Paso County Board of Commissioners decided today not to pursue a proposed Corral Bluffs OHV park. Their reluctant vote followed a recommendation from El Paso Parks Department that the site would be inappropriate for motorcycle trails. Open Space proponents exchanged smiles at the unexpected turn, but bore the brunt of scolding as the board tripped over each other to pander to their yokel constituency. 3279

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