Scoop: Logue’s “Small Business of the Year” is a newspaper owner that contributed to his campaign!

Here’s a press release I missed in The Union, a right-leaning newspaper in its own right. More and more I see the Territorial Dispatch — a right-wing free newspaper — around town, in Flour Garden and the like.

Read the comments below to see the potential conflict of interest in our Assemblyman Dan Logue’s decision for “Small Business of the Year” — the newspaper’s owner was a big contributor to his campaign. How does that make all the other hard-working small businesses in Dan’s district feel? What gall!

“SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda) today recognized John Mistler, editor and publisher of the Territorial Dispatch, as the Small Business of the Year for the 3rd Assembly District.

“John Mistler and his team are wonderful people, they do a great service to our region and I am proud to honor them as the Small Business of the Year,” Logue said. “With one of the largest distributions of any North State publication, the Territorial Dispatch is a very important part of our rural news community, providing news and information services to many remote cities and towns.”

John and his wife Kitty O’Neal have owned and operated the Territorial Dispatch headquartered in Marysville for over nine years. Since taking over they have worked to grow from a once a month paper to a weekly publication.

“With the changing role of newspapers in this computer age, the Territorial Dispatch provides local, uplifting, community oriented articles while realizing our First Amendment responsibility to be a watchdog on our government,” stated John Mistler. “We pride ourselves in telling “The Rest of the Story” and supplying political news and commentary you will not find in the mainstream media.”

The Small Business of the Year awards are sponsored and hosted by the California Small Business Association. In 2000 the California State Assembly resolved that the final Wednesday in May each year would be declared “California Small Business Day.”

Assemblyman Logue represents the 3rd Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Butte, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra and Yuba.

Read the comments to find out what Dan didn’t tell you:

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

19 thoughts on “Scoop: Logue’s “Small Business of the Year” is a newspaper owner that contributed to his campaign!”

  1. Wow.
    In all the three past issues I scanned, Logue’s mustachioed visage was well placed near the Heritage Foundation articles & TPP propaganda. A shame, because there is a place still for such a local homey news rag.
    But what a collection of dinosaurs!


    And am I reading it right that Mistler gave $7k to Logue in 2007!?!
    not bad for such a ‘publisher’.

    Thanks Jeff, I’ll add the advertisers to my CABPRO-inspired boycott list.

    1. J Cutter, you’re off by a bit according to this web site.
      Mistler and his wife Kitty O’Neill gave Logue over $14k in early 2008, not $7k. But that’s nothing. Logue gave himself $130k to buy bumper stickers, radio adds, and pay for consultants.

      All in all it looks like the last 10 years or so must have been pretty good for Dan’s bank account, with or without the Great Recession! That’s a lot of loose change to throw into the campaign kitty.

      Hey, I got an idea. Maybe if we passed the had, we could come up with $15k, and buy Jeff the “Small Business of the Year” award for 2012!

      1. $15K? Heavens no, just a bottle of Woodford Reserve. This is why we named our red-colored labrador retriever “Whiskey.” I explained this to the Padre at the “Blessing of the Animals” ceremony at our church, but he seemed perplexed. Details of the longstanding ceremony is here:

        As always, I enjoy the dialogue. The most stimulating conversations I’ve found in our county are usually from all of you. Thanks for that.

  2. Yes, you’re reading it right. He was a campaign donor to Dan.

    Here’s another reference to John Mistler, joining Dan at a CABPRO gathering in Grass Valley, honoring him as a small-business advocate:

    “He is a true free market capitalist and good guy,” our former county supervisor and CABPRO founder Todd Juvinall wrote of Mistler.

    And watch out! They’ll throw the thing on your doorstep until you complain.

    The Dispatch has been ramping up in our county. They’re going after Jeff Ackerman’s readers! LOL. Leaves a lot of room for Sierra Foothill Report to capture the rest. LOL2.

    Stay tuned.

  3. Great idea Cutter…consider those boycott list advertisers on “speed forward”….you’re way ahead of me though…Kate

  4. I think the Territorial Dispatch is interesting. More power to the arena of ideas and our freedom to choose.

    1. Bonnie,
      What do you think about Dan naming them the “Business of the Year” after its owner contributed to his campaign? Is that a conflict of interest? How does that make all the other hard-working businesses in Dan’s district feel?

  5. News flash: This rag has asked Russ Steele to republish a CABPRO column:

    He’s perplexed that “we’re” in a tizzy. No, we’re just expressing our First Amendment right to call it a rag. I’m curious though: There’s obviously a concerted effort to pump up the circulation of this right-wing propaganda newspaper. Our Assemblyman Dan Logue is praising it at taxpayer expense (without disclosing that the owner was a big campaign donor). Sounds like it’s time to dig deeper on this newspaper and its conflicts of interest. This would be a great story for the Sacramento Bee!

  6. Business of the year…how do they get away with lying about the influence of Agenda 21 on public policy…it is pure crackpot 1950’s bullshit. (Censor me if you must Jeff)

  7. Sound like a misuse of State Funds to make the award up all pretty (yea, there is somebody at the Capitol for that PR function for Legislators and the Governor unless it has been outsourced to a publisher?) There is a tip line for that. Heck, wonder how SEIU1000 and CSEA feels about this? Questions, questions, questions.

  8. There’s no doubt that the press release was issued from Dan’s government website! Jeff Ackerman: Dig deeper. Maybe R.L. Crabb can draw a cartoon. (Meanwhile, to cover my bets, I have notified the Bee.) LOL! This story has legs!

  9. I will just love to see how this unravels. It’s about time some of these n’er to wells get exposed.

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