We just got off the phone with attorneys from the Kansas Press Association, who informed us that the Wasinger threat to sue us over video showing Wasinger campaign workers, including the candidate’s eldest son, admitting to stealing Tracey Mann signs is without merit, and we are perfectly within our rights to post said video.
The Wasinger claim was based on the fact that because the workers in the video were minors, we need their parent’s permission to publish. That is wrong, and we do not need that permission. The video in question has been removed from YouTube, however. We’ve sent a message to the original poster informing him of the advice of our attorneys. If he chooses to repost it, we will do so as well. We will also continue to vigorously fight baseless threats of litigation and attempts at intimidation by campaigns that want to prevent us doing our jobs as members of the press, and informing the public.
Also worth noting here in McPherson, our county clerk had to ask a Wasinger campaign volunteer to leave the area surrounding the polling place because they were violating the boundary where campaigning is prohibited.