Columbia Journalism Review has the deets on how it happened, and what Gannett did to fix it.
I really hope this works out for both Wendi and the CA, but I'm afraid it won't for either.
About a week after the Brooks flap, there were some folks who expressed to me they were worried she was being silenced. I don't work for the CA so I have no knowledge one way or the other.
But I held out hope that her most recent column dealing County MWBE contracts (current policy and the impact) was a way to deal with the issue that started the mess without getting into the distraction that Brooks herself created.
Now, just days after that column, it appears on first glance that the former is true.
I do hope, as others have suggested in other forums, that this turns into a new way to report and talk about crime in the media. There's no question the current model (bleeds it leads) not only doesn't address the societal ills that exist, but also enables a guilty until proven innocent attitude that is contrary to our legal system, and in some way glamorizes the crimes themselves.
I don't have much faith that this will be the case in the new era of "You can have it your way" journalism...but one can hope.
All good. It happens.
Also, read the rest of my comment...you seemed to have stopped at the first sentence....
Have I ever said anything about a "vast right wing conspiracy" regarding the "wrong ballots" issue?
No, I have not.
In FACT, at my press conference, and in everything I've written since...I have downplayed any partisan influence on the happenings of 2012.
So, I'm not sure what you're referencing...but just to make things clear...I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT THIS WAS A PARTISAN ISSUE...IT IS A COMPETENCE ISSUE.
The only partisan element is that the majority of the Election Commissioners are Republicans and have largely been apologists for the current administration of the Election Commission.
That's as far as it goes...
At first glance, the revelation that the SCEC is being investigated by the Feds would bring up the election problems that the past two August election cycles have experienced. But that doesn't mean that's what they're investigating.
Sure, Shelby Co. has the dubious distinction of having TWO elections overturned by judges from the same 2012 ballot for election irregularities...something that NEVER happens...so that may be a reason for the scrutiny...but there may also be other reasons.
Federal money is involved in the procurement of election equipment and the use of a preferred "no bid" vendor could have raised red flags (though no one in the County apparatus seems to have a problem with it).
Also, there's a little line in Bunker's resolution that could point to why this is happening:
"WHEREAS, complaints have been filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and with the County's Human Resources Department against the SCEC;"
If "complains" - plural - have been filed with the Feds, its not unlikely the Feds would seek to investigate the Commission.
In the mean time, someone should investigate what happened to the complaints that were filed with the County's HR department to shine some light on the situation...
How were they resolved? Were they settled? (HINT)
Just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the great conversation on this topic. I'm always happy to answer questions, and will be monitoring this thread for another couple of days.
After that, you can reach me at the blog, which is linked above.
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