Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Larry Smith interjected when the chairman opened the meeting by talking about how himself and some commissioners were very distraught about the way Mr. Tim Graham was treated at the last workshop. He said that Graham had paid people to come and give a presentation about TIF's, and the board only gave him 5 minutes before cutting him off. Then one of the board members brought out to Mr. Smith that Graham's people were not on the agenda for the meeting, neither did they ask to be put on the agenda. He just showed up thinking his people could have the floor, for who knows how long. Larry left the meeting early.
Word is that while Lumpy is expecting censure at the Powell and Karns Republican Clubs for his vote for a Democrat in Mark Brown for General Sessions Judge. That the troops out in Halls are sharpening their pitchforks for Larry "Stick" Smith. Because we all know that the R. doesn't stand for Republican. So, what does the R. stand for?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Both Long and other appointee candidate Glenna Overton made the rounds to the various monthly meetings of the Republican clubs during the General election. Long will be the only female on the one of the five General Sessions Judges. Judge Brenda Waggoner served until early 2006. So this appointment brings diversity.
Long served nearly 14 years in private practice with my friend Jeff Hagood's firm, Hagood, tarpy and Cox. She has experience in the Public Defender's office and most recently served in the District Attorney Generals office. She has the most diverse experience.
Congratulations to Knoxville Vice Mayor Mark Brown for a good showing.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The other 5 documents were the Separation notices for the employees that Arnett dismissed on Tuesday September 2, 2008. His first day on the job. As I looked at the first of five, I noticed that Arnett had left the Social Security numbers visible. The Clerk's office is supposed to redact or remove this information for the privacy of the employee(s). I requested that the forms of George Stooksbury and Rodney Lane be photocopied. I paid $2 for the copies that I received.
Immediately upon leaving the Clerk's office. I telephoned Joe Jarret the Chief Deputy of the Knox County Law Director's office and left him a voicemail alerting him to this incident. I then telephoned several of the individuals to inform them that the Clerk had NOT protected their identity as required by Federal law. Mr. Jarret returned my call during lunch and as I enjoyed lunch with an associate (who overheard my end of the conversation) I explained what had occurred and that I was contacting the affected former employees. In an email or two with Mr. Jarret about unrelated business. I revisited this breach of identity protection and reiterated my obligation to contact the former employees.
Now in addition to violating these employees right to protect themselves from breaches of personal information.
What I discovered on the Separation Notice troubles me and everyone that I have mentioned it to. The reason given for the dismissal of the 5 employees states "Dismissed as a result of election of new County Clerk. Permanent." This is hand written on the form and every indication is that it is in Foster Arnett's handwriting.
It is a violation of Federal law to change the employment of or to dismiss employees because of an election. Does Clerk Arnett not recall that his mentor and former boss, Mayor Victor Ashe was found Guilty of violating the Federal Civil Rights of some Knoxville firefighters following an election?
Here is a scan of the George Stooksbury Separation notice. Brian's Blog has accomplished on this scan what Clerk Arnett was unable to do. We redacted, actually we cut the personal information to protect Mr. Stooksbury.
On the employment status change forms for Carol Ellis and Sharon Ellis it states "Reorganization made by new county clerk." This appears to be in Foster Arnett's hand writing as well. It indicates that this change was made as a result of the election and would also to a layman's perspective to violate Federal law as well. Their salaries were cut by a third.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
The email is entitled Thanks and was sent at 4:47 p.m. on September 18, 2008.
Thanks for hanging up on me. If you are man enough to answer it, my question to you is. What did you think of the allegations and innuendo that Chad Tindell said about me in March 2005?
Here was Chad's attempt less than two years ago to apologize. This was sent on 10/21/2006 at 4:08 a.m.
I'm sure you have (or will) see today's KNS. Thanks to Tyler Harber and Sandra Clark, the private emails from and to me, Tammy Miller, Susie Alcorn, Gary Drinnen, Frank Cagle, Georgiana Vines, Sandra Clark, Bob Davis and others are posted on the KNS website. I tried to point out that the contents of the various emails were not relevant, but how they were obtained was relevant. That doesn't sell papers.
I am fairly certain Tyler provided you with copies of these various emails back at the time. I simply want to apologize for some of my more pointed comments about you. I had worked my tail off, built up the party and it seemed like it had been torn down in one day. I was mad. I didn't think you had been honest with me. I think it's pretty clear that dealing with Harber wasn't a wise move. I've told you all this before.
However, none of this excuses some comments I made. I can make a public apology, but I'm not sure it does any good. I later told you I would help you however I could. It's been a year and a half. I have publicly complimented your leadership. Just know that I do regret some of my comments back at the time. Republicans have had a good 2006...so far. I just hope November elections go well.
R., If you are man enough, respond to my question.
In my opinion, you would have NEVER made a comment if I were still standing in the back of the Main Assembly Room during the public forum portion of the hearing.
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For the record, R. Larry has NOT responded to my email. However, you read it here first. I want to fully disclose what I have done.
In R. Larry's world, he has secrets that he doesn't talk publically about.
Friday, September 19, 2008
I have NEVER endorsed a Democrat while I was Chairman or since I served as Chairman. Chief Hypocrite R. Larry Smith voted for a Democrat twice.
UPDATE: Sources indicate that there appears to be a few members of the Halls Republican Club that will ask for the club to vote on R. Larry Smith's credentials as a Republican. Based on his casting a vote for a Democrat instead of two solid, good Republicans.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
O.k. so here goes, R. Larry liked Brian's Blog when I was being attacked by Sandra Clark and the Shopper News. He would always brag that he and I were in the same boat and "that I should pour it on, her." Now, Hornback has given as much as he has taken and there appears to have been a nice quiet stalemate between Sandra and him. But R. Larry loved it when he thought that he could have input into the feud. He didn't and he won't.
When Hornback was party chairman in 2005 and the countywide officeholders and he determined that the overhead at the previous headquarters (on Concord Street) was too great and we needed a handicapped accessible location. R. Larry called and begged him to rent space in his 640 North building and he would work with them to get where we needed to be on overhead. They did and it was a good move for the party.
It is interesting to note that the opportunity that R. Larry took to attack the Hornback letter is the moment that he called Billy Stokes, a former Knox County Republican Party Chairman back to the podium. Stokes who as a former Knox County Republican Party Chairman endorsed a countywide Democrat for Chancellor in 1998. Stokes endorsed Darryl Fansler over Republican Wayne Houser, Jr. It was an extremely tight race. The final results were not known until 6:00 a.m. Brian Hornback knows because he was the countywide Chairman for Houser in 1998. R. Larry has not been critical then or now of Stokes endorsement of a Democrat. But that is why they call R. Larry two step R. Larry.
Hornback has not endorsed a Democrat while he served as Chairman or since he served as Chairman. Growing up, Hornback heard "you are known by the enemies that you keep" With R. Larry being an enemy that's not a bad thing. Because sometimes you have to stand up for what is right and party shouldn't be a blind that you close your view on.
In R. Larry's world if someone professes to be a Republican then you shouldn't report that they are delinquent on their property taxes in another county. Just look away.
In R. Larry's world if someone professes to be a Republican then you shouldn't report that they have done something wrong. You just look away.
The world of Brian's Blog is different than in R. Larry's world. We call what is right when it's right and we call what is wrong when it's wrong. We call the balls, balls and the strikes, strikes. It is the role that we have created here in our citizen journalist world at Brian's Blog. We have hundreds of readers reading and engaged in the process because of Brian's Blog. Now, we all know that in R. Larry's world you only call a fair game when it is your team on the field. That is not right and it is not ethical. R. Larry can live with himself in his world his way. At Brian's Blog, we don't and we won't.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Today copies were hand delivered to all 8 applicants as well as a hand delivered copy to the News Sentinel office addressed to Publisher Bruce Hartmann. It is the personal non endorsement of Chad Tindell for General Sessions Judge by the founder of Brian's Blog, Brian Hornback. For the record, Steve Mule guessed correctly.
September 18, 2008
Dear Knox County Commissioners,
I am writing to you today concerning the judicial vacancy that exists in the Knox County General Sessions Court. On August 7, 2008 Judge Bob McGee was elected to serve the citizens of Knox County on one of the three Knox County Criminal Court benches creating this vacancy. The individual that you select to replace Judge McGee will have very large shoes to fill.
According to the Commission office there are eight candidates for this position. They are Patricia Hall Long, Glenna Overton, Mary Evars-Goan, John Owings, Randy Reagan, Mark Brown, Del Holly and Chad Tindell. While I believe that seven of them bring unique perspectives to the position and there is one candidate that based on my own personal dealings with him I consider to be an unworthy candidate for appointment.
In my opinion, Chad Tindell lacks the judicial temperament and maturity to serve as a judge in Knox County.
Less than two years ago on October 21, 2006 it was reported in the Knoxville News Sentinel that Chad had sent emails in March 2005 to nearly every member of Knoxville’s media that began with "you didn’t hear this from me". In those emails he stated innuendo about several individuals including myself that was without basis or fact. He was attempting to be an anonymous source. Is this the type of judicial temperament that we in Knox County want serving on the Knox County General Sessions bench?
In addition, in 1998, Chad ran for Knox County Commission in Knox County’s Fourth Commission District. In that Republican primary Chad was rejected by the Republican voters of District Four. This is an indication that the voters of the Fourth District did not feel that he was the best qualified candidate at the time to serve on our county legislative body.
In addition, from 2003-2005 Chad served as Knox County Republican Party Chairman and from all indications he did a good job.
In early 2006, less than a year after Chad had stepped down as Party Chairman the Knox County Commission appointed a "caretaker" for a vacant Knox County General Sessions Judge position. This vacancy was due to the untimely retirement of Judge Brenda Waggoner. At that time, Chad did not receive one nomination from any Knox County Commissioner. He said at the time that he wanted the voters to decide.
In May of 2006 just a year and two months after having completed his term as the Knox County Republican Party Chairman Chad was a Republican Primary candidate for Knox County General Sessions Judge. The final results show that three in four Knox County Republicans REJECTED the candidacy of one Chad Tindell. This after Chad had thousands of dollars in radio commercial endorsements from Republican State Senator Ben Atchley. So, Knox County voters decided and they decided loud and clear that Chad Tindell was not deserving of a position as a General Sessions Judge.
For you to nominate and select Chad Tindell would be a great disservice to the citizens of Knox County. I believe that as you interview these candidates, you will see what the voters of Knox County have seen and that the best role for Chad Tindell to serve our community is that of citizen and private attorney.
Thank you for your time. If I can be of additional assistance to you, please feel free to contact me at the email address provided in this letter.
CC. Chad Tindell
Patricia Hall Long
Bruce Hartmann, KNS
Could it be that when Pilot/Weigel's saw that the News Sentinel was increasing its rack price 50% from 50 cents to 75 cents on Monday that Pilot/Weigel's assumed they could increase the price of gasoline per gallon like the News Sentinel and no one would notice?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Today, Brian's Blog received the candidate resumes from the Knox County Commission office and lo and behold there are 8, yes count them 8 resumes. It seems that a resume dated September 11, 2008 one day prior to the Sentinel's story was overlooked, disregarded or just plain ole ignored. The applicant that our dear daily paper left out is Attorney Mary Evars-Goan.
So, you can not rely on the team of Jack McElroy/Bruce Hartmann to report it factually. It all comes down to the team at Brian's Blog.
In alphabetical order the eight candidates are Mark Brown, Mary Evars-Goan, Del Holley, Patricia Hall Long, Glenna Overton, John Owings, Randy Reagan and Chad B. Tindell.
Brian's Blog is considering a non endorsement of one candidate. Send in your predictions and you may win a mighty fine prize.
A phone call this afternoon to Frances Fogerson, Senior Director of Human Resources and Policy Compliance for Knox County indicated to us that the standard operating procedure for hiring positions left vacant for any reason are 1) The job is posted. 2) The job is posted for 1-2 weeks. The posting always indicates the deadline for the application period. 3) A screening process is conducted. The screening process is to verify the minimum standards for the position. This typically is the education level achieved and work experience. After this has been completed the applications are given to the hiring supervisor. The HR department has completed it's process and it is up to the hiring supervisor to interview, screen and vetting of the applicants. The hiring supervisor then offers and a person accepts the position. The HR department then receives a new hire form indicating who the new hire is.
Why would Arnett knowingly violate the HR policy of Knox County? When did he allow all Knox County citizens to apply for these vacant positions? What vetting process did he use for these new employees? What happened to throwing the doors wide open to the Clerk's office? It appears that Arnett opened the door to kick a few out. He then opened the door to asked his cronies to come and work for Knox County and he immediately slammed the door shut.
Arnett, not a man of his word, not a man of the people.
Also, the Maryville Daily Times had an interesting article over the weekend. Here is the link to that story. It quotes an account executive Sharon Cawood. Which we believe to be the former Knox County Juvenile Court Clerk employee and the former Black Wednesday County Commission appointee to replace her husband.
Her quotes were. In Knoxville, account executive Sharon Cawood said "one of our local gasoline chains called a local TV station Thursday, sometime during the day and said, 'We're running out of gas. We're going up 80 cents a gallon ... It caused a major scare."
"By the time it hit 6 o'clock news and 11 o'clock news, it was like snow was falling, and milk and bread were flying off the shelves."
It also quotes Larry Daugherty, a talk radio host of WQBB. We assume that this is Lloyd Daugherty , a talk radio host of WQBB.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
How effective will it do? I don't know. It will take a lot of reports due to the relationship of the owners in a certain chain that have raised large sums of money for the current occupant in the Executive branch of the federal government and the relationship of one owner in being the Finance Chairman for our Junior United States Senator from Tennessee. Not to mention the local connection to a certain high placed local elected official here in Knoxville.
However, we traveled on and had an excellent dinner outside on the patio of Angelo's at the Point with a view of Douglas Lake and a wedding that was going on. As we traveled back to Knoxville. We stopped at Love's and purchased gas for their vehicle. The scan of the receipt is below.
When our friend went in to purchase some Mountain Dew he ran into a gentleman that identified himself as the District Manager of Loves. He asked how and why are your gas prices still at $4.09 while gas prices are rising to $5 and $6 a gallon? The man said we refuse to price gouge like they are in Knoxville. Now, Loves is at Exit 412. As we traveled back into Knoxville we noticed that the Pilot Travel Center at exit 398 only 14 miles west was $4.99 a gallon. A 90 cent increase in gasoline prices and all we did was cross the county line. Last night, diesel fuel at Loves was $3.97.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Later in the morning I was at the customer service area of Beaty Chevrolet for about 35 minutes and picked up the Sentinel and found her column and I read it. I came home and got back on my computer and searched for all columnist. I clicked on Ms. Vines name and there was the story. Because of numerous comments being posted to this column this afternoon the column has kicked Sam Venable off the front page.
Now, you ask what is so intriguing about this column? Well, first of all Commissioner Briggs sat right next to Ms. Vines during the meeting. But check this out from the column. Another potential county mayoral candidate was there to hear Hutchison. County Commissioner Richard Briggs, a cardiovascular surgeon, emerged successfully in winning a crowded Republican primary in February and the general election last month. No one has mentioned Briggs as a potential county mayoral candidate. But that could explain his actions over the last 16 days.
In the column it continues to confirm Briggs intentions, in his own words. Asked on Friday if he's interested in the position of county mayor, Briggs replied, "I think if the conditions were right I'd consider it. It would entail my giving up my practice. It is something I could get passionate about. If there would be a consensus about what would move the county forward on business expansion, education, economic development, there needs to be a team leader without an ax to grind for anyone." So Briggs believes that he is a team leader without an ax to grind for anyone? Yeah right! In the past 16 days he has become the county commission tattle teller all for the purpose of media grand standing.
Friday, September 12, 2008
In the third quarter the mercy rule kicked in for the Bulldogs. The mercy rule is when one team has a 35 point lead over another team. When the mercy rule takes over the clock does not stop, speeding up the conclusion of the game.
When the clock finally ended it was the Admirals 41 Bulldogs 10. At least no one can make the claim that the high school rezoning helped with athletic team building.
BTW, there are some great kids on the Bearden team. For example, Brandon Sapp is a GREAT young man. Also Brad Taylor and the coaching staff at Bearden are good guys. Their heart, energy and passion is in the right place.
My condolences and apologies to Cathy and Doug, I shouldn't be so boastful of a high school football score.
This week we have been examining the public personnel records of the Knox County Clerk's office, following the changing of the guard to new Clerk Foster Arnett. As you will recall. Arnett fired 8 experienced employees and hired 5 cronies.
In the hiring of the 5 employees he disclosed that 4 of them would receive a $450 a month travel allowance. In reviewing the public personnel records, Brian's Blog has discovered that 9 additional Clerk employees also receive a $450 a month travel allowance. Arnett did NOT disclose that a total of 13 employees in the Clerk's office will receive this $450 a month travel allowance. That brings the total of travel allowances to $5,850 a month or $70,200 a year.
That is a significant amount of gasoline for an office that simply collects fees for licenses and business taxes.
The four new employees that are receiving the travel allowance are
The nine current employees that are receiving the travel allowance are
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So, now our little local paper will be the same rack price as USA Today. What gives? Our sources indicate that it is necessary for them to raise the daily paper price due to decreased sales and subscriptions and because it is necessary to pay for the Jack McElroy Sunshine lawsuit that was filed in Chancery Court last year.
Bill Phillips nominated Cindy Buttry
Anderson - Carson
Kincannon - Carson
Buttry - Buttry
Murphy - Carson
Carson - Carson
Deakins - Carson
Stooksbury - Carson
Phillips - Buttry
Bratton - Buttry
On a vote of six to three the board elected Karen Carson Vice-Chair. This was obviously a move to avoid the appearance of a Sunshine Law violation. The fact remains that a five member voting block always vote together. It doesn't matter if it is a contract for milk, election of a Chair.
Cindy Buttry nominated Robert Bratton.
No surprise the five vote majority held electing Kincannon as Chair on a 5-4 vote.
The camera is on the board members are making it to their seats.
The action of electing a Chair should be the last official act of soon to be former School Board Chair Karen Carson.
The meeting started at 5:02 p.m. with 9 board members present. A moment of silence is being held. Board Member Rex Stooksbury is leading the pledge.
So, Obama kisses Joe Biden's wife on the lips and now he calls Todd Palin's wife a pig. Obama doesn't have to worry about Joe Biden, but Todd Palin. That could be a whole different story. Does Michelle wear lipstick? What does he think of Michelle? Enquiring minds want to know.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
It appears that the State of Tennessee has informed our source that this press release announcing his employment with the Knox County Mayor's office was premature. He will NOT be joining the Mayor's staff now or in the very near future.
Then today one of his employees is arrested with a federal indictment for "distributing and possessing with intent to distribute crack." The employee was arrested in the fourth and gill neighborhood. The neighborhood that attempted to recruit he and his wife to locate their family home there. Personal note to Dr. and Mrs. McIntyre, that was a good decision not to purchase a home in that neighborhood.
Dr. McIntyre must be feeling like this school board surely lied to him about Knox County Schools.
Monday, September 08, 2008
It appears that when the election of Chair and Vice-Chair is held on Wednesday evening, it is expected that Indya Kincannon will be elected Chair and Dan Murphy as Vice Chair. It appears that the majority group of five have previously committed to casting votes for the team of Kincannon/Murphy on 9/10/08.
It has been rumored that there have been meetings of two or more during August to discuss this election. We all realize that any two board members meeting together and discussing an item on a future agenda is a violation. Clearly a board member seeking election as Chair and meeting with a fellow board member either through phone conversation or face to face meeting is a violation.
during an exchange with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week," when he was trying to criticize the quiet smear campaign suggesting he is a Muslim....
...The exchange came after Mr. Obama said that Republicans are attempting to scare voters by suggesting he is not Christian, which McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said was "cynical."
Asked about it on ABC, Mr. Obama said, "These guys love to throw a rock and hide their hand."
"The McCain campaign has never suggested you have Muslim connections," said Mr. Stephanopoulos, who repeatedly interrupted Mr. Obama during the interview.
"I don't think that when you look at what is being promulgated on Fox News, let's say, and Republican commentators who are closely allied to these folks," Mr Obama responded, and Mr. Stephanopoulos interrupted: "But John McCain said that's wrong."
Mr. Obama noted that when Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin "was forced" to talk about her pregnant 17-year-old daughter, he issued a forceful statement to reporters that the line of inquiry was "off limits." But he said the McCain campaign tried to tie him to "liberal blogs that support Obama" and are "attacking Governor Palin."
"Let's not play games," he said. "What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you're absolutely right that that has not come."
Saturday, September 06, 2008
The Sentinel is attempting to blow it out proportion. They have this photograph in today's paper. So if their photographer was that close, then he/she heard the content of the meeting. Thus the meeting was held in the open.
As a matter of fact, Commissioner Scott Moore was appointed to chair the Committee on Committees meeting by Commission Chairman Tank Strickland. Moore said where everyone could hear it, everyone being commissioners, the citizens and county employees in attendance and the television audience. So you want us to go over here in the back of the room. And Strickland said Yes. Briggs did not object at the time.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Because as it was referenced in a comment on the News Sentinel website today that during the swearing in ceremony on August 29, 2008. Arnett was the only Republican to be sworn in by a Democrat judge.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Today, he violated the Knox County hiring freeze by hiring 4 or 5 new employees to replace the 8 that he severed their employment. Arnett's actions have taken Knox County back to the old days of political patronage. Fire the ones that didn't raise money or work in your campaign and hire ones that contributed, raised money or volunteered in your campaign.
During the campaign Arnett promised to "Do The Right thing." Instead he has resorted to his days at KPD when he lied about Andre Stinson, a young African American man that died at the hands of KPD. Arnett said that Stinson had drugs in his system. A toxicology report revealed that Stinson was drug free and Arnett received a reprimand in his personnel file. So, it is more of the same from Arnett.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The Republican nominating convention was held at 7:00 p.m. in the Gibbs High School auditorium. There were between 125-150 delegates in attendance tonight. Armstrong was nominated by former Commissioner John Mills. Former County Commission candidate Galen Porter was nominated by former State Representative Jim Boyer. Both candidates were given 3 minutes to speak prior to the vote. It appeared that Porter received between 10-12 voice votes. While Armstrong received all the other votes.
After the vote, both candidates shook hands and as Armstrong took the stage. Porter left the auditorium and the building. Bud Armstrong will be an excellent Commissioner and deserves each and every vote from the eighth district on November 4, 2008.
The Democrats will meet this Thursday September 4, 2008 to select their candidate, if a Democrat exists in the Eighth District.
The Slopper News Publisher Sandra Clark was present at tonight's convention. But no one named Russell Huckaba was nominated. Was this a story manufactured by the Slopper News Publisher? Was this an attempt by Clark to promote someone as a Republican but in actuality they will run as a Democrat or Independent? How long with E.W. Scripps Publisher Bruce Hartmann tolerate erroneous published reports by Clark?
Is it because this is about metro government and the media supports metro government? After all the News-Sentinel has printed the petitions as an in-kind contribution to Knox Accountability and has editorialized in support of amendments. So, it will be up to the people of Knox County to ensure that not fraud exists. It will require the people (through a public records request) to obtain a copy of the petitions and verify the signatures and double check the election commission's verification.
Original Post: Sunday August 31, 2008 @ 9:43 p.m. A source of Brian's Blog has supplied us with a report from an applicant that attended the Knox County Election Commission training for potential signature verification temporary employees. It appears from our individual that attended the training that Greg McKay does not want signatures presented to him for verification. Here is the report.
In the "training" time, we were shown on the power point overhead, a picture of a very clearly written signature."Greg McKay." Mr McKay (conducting the session) said it was his voter registration card from the files when he was 18 years old. (We will be comparing those cards to the signatures on the petitions.) Underneath that signature, there was a scribbled line or two. If anything, it "might" have been initials, but they did not resemble a "G" or "M"! (It looked like a toddler's random scribble. If they were letters, they were basically on top of each other.) Greg McKay said that what we were seeing was a legitimate signature. Several people questioned this comment, in the sense of disbelief. His comment was basically, " I'm telling you. this is a legitimate signature."!
An attendee commented/questioned to Mr. McKay that weren't we to "preview" and mark these questionable items and then someone in authority make the final decision? Mr. McKay's comment was something to the effect that we had 80,000 signatures to verify, and they didn't want a lot of those being sent to them. (he said they would go to him and his staff) and we had to get this done because they have an election to be getting ready. He reminded us that it was a legitimate signature. He expects us to use good judgment. (in other words, I understood him to mean not send him a bunch!) He said it had to get done in order to get the amendments on the ballot to be mailed overseas on 9/21 I believe.