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Regarding that video from yesterday

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.

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4 thoughts on “Regarding that video from yesterday

  1. Lesson learned – Next time save any controversial YouTube video to the hard drive. It only had 23 views when I watched it.
    And while the KSA 25-2430 electioneering law requires signage and supporters to be 250 feet away from the polling place, I think it is a ridiculous law and not one the Founding Fathers would’ve spent two seconds on (but I’ll have to go check the Constitution to verify that.) They made me take down my Moran bumper sticker that was in my window. That really annoys me.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | August 3, 2010, 11:00 am
  2. Suprised you had problems with your bumper stick. Just found this in the KS Statutes.
    “Electioneering shall not include bumper stickers affixed to a motor vehicle that is used to
    transport voters to a polling place or to an advance voting site for
    the purpose of voting.”

    I am suprised with all the education Wasinger has that he or his campaign operatives do not have a better grasp of Kansas election laws. Pretty basic stuff. Almost feels like an arrogance that he and his people are above the law and should be allowed to break the rules.

    Posted by mcphersonbulldog | August 3, 2010, 11:08 am
  3. The bumper sticker was in my office window.
    I knew I was not abiding by the statute, but I was going to make them ask me to take it down. A little civil disobedience is called for on occasion, in my opinion.

    Posted by backroadsnewsroom | August 3, 2010, 11:15 am
  4. This is two days running that we have been in total agreement. Minors, or not, engaging in criminal behavior only adds the newsworthinessof the video and hence the ability, indeed, the obligation, to run it.

    The real quesion here is why the police have not isued citations for the misconduct. John Toplikar found himself in court when he purloined his opponent’s signs, and the same should happen here. i am also hopeful that the guilty parties in the false attack on Huelskamp are brought to justice, but I suspect not. Ater all, how important are fair elections?

    Posted by altevogt | August 3, 2010, 1:45 pm

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