May 2, 2012

Does Ysursa’s Opinion Really Matter?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 8:12 am

According to this morning’s article in the More-or-Less Press, the CdA Ministry of Disinformation has persuaded Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to help them defeat the effort by a large number of Coeur d’Alene citizens to recall Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem, Council President Mike Kennedy, Councilman Woody McEvers, and Councilman Deanna Goodlander.

The MinDis induced the Secretary of State Ben Ysursa to sign a very official-looking and -sounding letter in which he suggests that he and no other should be considered the supreme and final authority on the interpretation of the state’s election laws. (more…)

April 20, 2012

“Facts Rule” — Coeur d’Alene Press Editorial

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 9:20 am

On Sunday, April 15, 2012, the Coeur d’Alene Press published an unsigned editorial titled “All eyes on recall.”  The gist of the editorial was summarized  by these two sentences midway through it:  “Our purpose today is not to pick sides in this fight but to define some Opinion page rules as the recall effort proceeds. And No. 1 is, facts rule – yes, even when it comes to opinions.”

OpenCdA was pleasantly surprised to see what we believed at the time was an honest commitment by the Press editorial board, a commitment to not pick sides in the recall effort and to ensure that even in opinion writings such as letters to the editor, “facts rule.”

We at OpenCdA were wrong, and we sadly admit today that we, like others in the community,  bought into the deception game the Coeur d’Alene Press is playing with  its readers. (more…)

February 25, 2012

Coeur d’Alene’s Ministry of Disinformation

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 8:57 am

Explaining how the City of Coeur d’Alene could pay off the multimillion dollar wrongful termination judgment awarded to fired former police lieutenant Dan Dixon, Coeur d’Alene City Administrator Wendy Gabriel decreed in Friday’s Coeur d’Alene Press article (Cd’A to appeal court ruling) that because the City is self-insured, it would simply levy a bond on taxpayers.  The news/views/skewspaper article said, “The city could ask a judge to deem the expenditure ordinary or necessary, meaning the city could borrow the money without voter approval, which is usually required when municipalities take on debt.”

That line from the article is factually inaccurate.  Moreover, the article omits some very important information the voter-taxpayers need to know.  (more…)

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