We slept in, well until 8 a.m., after enjoying a night at Chef’s Table in Grass Valley with friends, and a nightcap at the Golden Era lounge. This morning, we went over to my in-law’s house for breakfast to celebrate a child’s fourth birthday. It was a beautiful day.
When I got around to checking my email, things changed. Todd Juvinall — no less — had sent me a news tip! It read: “Uh oh.” It included a link to a jail media report with three names that I didn’t recognize. (I think Todd needs a lesson in “cut and paste” if he was referring to Heidi Hall, because her name did not appear in Todd’s link.)
Then on Todd’s blog I noticed a thread that clarified things. It included:
The following public information is from the online Nevada County NCSO jail media report. Nevada County Supervisor Heidi Hall was arrested 6/4/17 in Grass Valley by GVPD. Hall was taken to the NCSO jail and booked for 23152(A)/23152(B) DUI:ALCOHOL/DRUGS.”
“• Anonymous —
I wonder if … Terry Lamphier was at the Dem event at Condon Park last night with Heidi Hall? Two shinning stars of the Nevada County Democrat group. You can’t make this stuff up! LOL!”
Sierra Dragons Breath SCOOPED the Union and the FUE on the Supervisor Heidi Hall arrest!”
“•Barry Pruett —
Appears that this is not newsworthy to the former Union editor. Podunk Pelline. Middle of the road or liberal hack? Lol”
“• Barry Pruett —
It was the Russians fault.”
And the comments are continuing to this minute.
“Misery loves company doesn’t it?” I thought to myself (that is, Todd Juvinall, Barry Pruett, and Todd’s coterie of anonymous posters — readily identified by their writing style — all spending their day grinding axes on Todd’s blog while most of us were outdoors enjoying time with our spouses, our family and friends).
I also was reminded that news sure travels fast in the “good old boy” political network. Early this morning, The Union was “tipped off” to Heidi Hall’s arrest too — just like Todd. Go figure! The news was posted on The Union’s website early Sunday morning — a highly unusual news gathering hour for this sleepy newspaper. Most people are in church! (The local politicos are good at “using” the newspaper to advance their own agendas).
Heidi handled this was grace, considering how quickly she was being thrown under the bus (AKA “when they go low, we go high”).
“I do not condone drinking and driving and take the issue seriously,” Hall said in a statement. “I used bad judgment last night when I thought it was safe for me to drive. I apologize to all the people I have disappointed. This won’t happen again.”
It’s a pattern
There’s a pattern here when it comes to our local politics: Outspoken progressives are routinely targeted with personal attacks, innuendo and outright lies by the rightwing activists. It’s largely a one-way street, because the nastiest ones are on the right. And “due process” is not respected, either, even by some of the lawyers who moonlight as activists. Remember this? “Is legal process and election process taking a back seat to our small-town partisan politics.” (see photo)
After all was said and done, Lamphier’s “no contest” plea was dismissed. Details here.
In the beginning, however, news of Terry Lamphier’s alleged computer activities was “leaked” to The Union even before charges had been filed! There was a front page story and an editorial. Details here.
And on Facebook, Reinette Senum’s comments about the Dallas police were exacerbated by a “plant” to the NC Scooper and an orchestrated campaign on Facebook even after Senum’s offending words were removed from Facebook and she apologized. Details here.
As I’ve written before, “The political are so nasty because the stakes are so small.” It’s hypocritical too. I recall instances when The Union publisher was lobbied to keep DUI arrests out of the newspaper. Hmmm.
The reason for all this is simple: Our community is “purple” politically and becoming more “blue.” The last election made that perfectly clear. But the activists are fighting back. (And they play dirty).
What I wrote in January sums it up:
“For decades, groups such as the stodgy Republican Central Committee and Republican Women’s Federated have defined the political force in our town. The group has been well organized. It also has given rise to right-wing bullies in the local blogosphere.
“But that’s changing, as we’ve written before. In our town, progressive women are organizing — on a more ‘neutral’ platform of pragmatism, respect and tolerance.
The signs include Emerge CA, which has focused on our area to elect Democratic women; Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, carrying the most votes in our county; and Heidi Hall winning election to the county Board of Supervisors.”
“While there were several issues that played into the election of Donald Trump, the vicious misogyny and disrespect that took place during the campaign, and after, has been eye-opening for women in our country and for the men who love us,” writes Hilary Hodge in The Union.”
We can expect more of this nastiness in our local elections, but it won’t change the political trend.