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BREAKING - Dave Stevens a candidate for Spokane County Prosecutor who was eliminated in the primary is not supporting Tucker as has been reported by the S-R. In fact Stevens cast his vote for Frank Malone. See the information below.
Regular readers here know my opinion of Steve Tucker. As you mark your ballot in this important election you should take the time to scan through these S-R article discussion threads on Tucker. If you have concerns regarding police misconduct and questionable police shootings/deaths in Spokane then DON”T VOTE for Steve Tucker.
You have the power to change the status quo in Spokane.
Here are some of my posts in these S-R threads as to why I’m NOT VOTING for Tucker. I challenged both Dave Stevens and Chris Bugbee why they are supporting Tucker:
I for one will not vote for Tucker. [Note: Slight editing to correct a couple of typos}
I know both Dave and Chris are supporting Tucker. Gee guys Tucker is toxic for the local LE community. How many more of these police shootings do we need. While some may be marginally justified the investigations both criminally/administratively have sucked. The County Prosecutor could take the lead in demanding transparency and competent investigations but Tucker’s been MIA. Gee he’s even announced he can’t make a decision before the election on the Creach case and won’t give a decent explanation why.
Why you continue to support him is beyond me. This transcends party affiliation. Is it the water that makes you all brain dead? Sorry I’m venting but Tucker in my opinion covered up a good manslaughter case. Either because he’s incompetent, inept, there was money changing hands, he did what was expected of the ongoing criminal enterprise in this company town and or he simply did not want to rock the boat of the power elite.
Dave Stevens replied with this email:
On Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 4:06 PM, David Stevens <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am not supporting Tucker. Don’t know where the paper got that.
Dave posted this on his FaceBook page:
David Stevens Just filled out my ballot and voted for Frank. Voting for a “D” never felt so good.
Larry Shook commented (larryshook.com ) re this development:
Thanks, Ron. I look forward to the clarification, too. Based on Mr. Stevens’s statement, it would seem that the S-R needs to issue a correction and to report accurately on Mr. Stevens’s position. Best, Larry
I’m anxiously waiting on the S-R’s clarification/correction of Stevens’ support BEFORE THE ELECTION. The ballots have been dropped. The S-R’s readers need to be informed.
[Note: I’m cut/pasting the actual comments. Some of the embedded links won’t work because the S-R truncates the full URLs. If it’s a tiny URL it will probably work. If the link has been truncated click on the S-R’s server time/date stamp to go to the original post or just click on the article titles and scroll down to the comments. The embedded links will work from the original. So far the S-R has not scrubbed my comments. If they do I will post the originals with links that will work]
My RICO report I cite in these comments is online here:
The accompany Table of Evidence can be found here:
Here are the two recent S-R articles on Tucker that you should read:
[By Tom Clouse]
[By Tom Clouse]
My selected comments
S-R runs story in S-R’s political blog Spin Control:
Ok the headline is a little bit of slam against Dave’s vote but read my comments in this thread. This race transcends normal party politics.
Perhaps Larry Shook’s challenge to S-R City Editor Addy Hatch was taken to heart:
You have been provided evidence that your newspaper made a reporting error concerning an endorsement of Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker. As you know, this is a serious matter, because Mr. Tucker has been accused of covering up a crime involving your employers. (Please see “America’s Most Dangerous Cop” at www.larryshook.com and “Deathtrap” at www.girlfromhotsprings.com.)
The professional thing for you to do is take action in order to determine whether a correction is in order. I’m afraid I don’t understand your indifference to this concern. Your lack of due diligence in this matter could be construed as adding weight to the concern of both retired Det. Ron Wright and former Sheriff Tony Bamonte that The Spokesman-Review serves as an instrument of Cowles family criminal activities. Let me note that if you, or any of your colleagues, document that any of my reporting is in error I will take prompt action to correct the mistake and thank you for bringing it to my attention.
S-R runs story of Stevens voting for Malone for Co Prosecutor [Print version]
S-R runs the story of Stevens voting for Malone on Page A6 in the “In Brief” column. OK I thought this story was worthy of better positioning perhaps the local page above the fold because of the importance of this election to the voters of Spokane. Those who voted for Stevens, Bugbee and or possibly Reierson split the vote allowing Tucker to survive the primary. These voters were essentially voting NO on Tucker.
It will be those voters who voted for Stevens and Bugbee who will decide this race. If a substantial number cast their votes for Malone, Malone will win. Hence the significance/importance of Stevens casting his vote for Malone becoming known to potential voters. Bugbee’s still riding the fence. Stevens did what was right for the people of Spokane.
Oh well as I’m told this is typical MO of the S-R from a person who has studied the S-R for many years:
Bomb disposal. It’s the S-R equivalent of sending out the EOD (explosive ordnance demolition) guys.
I’ll take what I can get.I thought this was a fascinating study in the power of the new/alternative media to scoop a story, publish it online before the subsequent print version appeared, nudge the MSM to objectively report on a factual error in a previously published article and once it hit the MSM’s blogs and print edition to post in it’s comment threads the real context of the story.
Bottom line the new/alternative media has the power to force a better news product of the MSM that has become lazy and paternalistic in what goes for the news of the day. This is a key aspect of why the MSM’s business paradigm is going in the tank.
Dave Stevens, a Republican who lost his bid this summer for Spokane County prosecutor to incumbent Republican Steve Tucker and Democrat Frank Malone, said Wednesday that he cast his vote for Malone in the Nov. 2 election.
The vote is a reversal from where Stevens stood after the primary, when he said he supported Tucker because he didn’t think Malone had the necessary experience for the job. Stevens, who worked under Tucker until Tucker fired him after he announced his candidacy, said he changed his mind after talking to Malone on the phone.
He said Malone assured him that he wouldn’t shake up the staff of deputy prosecuting attorneys.
Stevens is the vice chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party. Stevens said he did not consider his openness about how he voted as an endorsement.
“I get to vote for anyone I want, just like anybody else,” he said.
Thanks S-R for finally reporting this story albeit the placement could have been better considering the importance of this race to the citizens of Spokane.
For those interested in reading more re the discussion thread at S-R’s Spin Control where this article first appeared yesterday.
Here’s an excerpt from my comment:
Thanks Mr. Brunt and Mr. Camden for correcting the record in this important and tight political race.
This race transcends normal partisan politics. Dave is very courageous in his vote for Malone. Dave’s vote is very telling. No Republican should fault or take issue with Dave over his vote. This isn’t about sour grapes on Dave’s part either. There are real reasons that are nonpartisan why Tucker should not be returned to office. Read my blog post below.
I have a very dyed in the wool conservative LE colleague too that confessed he did not vote for Tucker. Even the County Republican Party hasn’t endorse Tucker! Why do you suppose?
Also Tucker’s radio/printed ads claiming support of Sheriff Knezovich are false. All should read the previous S-R articles on Knezovich’s statement of “support” for the candidates in this race. Here’s my post on an email that Sheriff Knezovich sent to me clarifying his support:
“I have not endorsed anyone for any office” [Emphasis added].