Protect Marriage Washington using paid signature gatherers

By: Sunday July 19, 2009 2:07 am

How low can they go?  The Protect Marriage Washington “grassroots” must be pretty shallow, because they’ve been caught paying for signatures.  Below is an email I received from a highly credible PFLAG source in Washington.  I have edited it for privacy. UPDATE  E-mail author Kathy Reim, regional coordinator and state coordinator for PFLAG, emailed to [...]

Taking pictures is harassment…unless a Garyite wields the camera

By: Wednesday July 15, 2009 10:00 am

Monday, Gary Randall was all a-flutter because two of his Referendum 71 signature gatherers had their pictures taken as they sat at a petition table. Monday, July 13, 2009 Agressive Opposition at Wal-Mart …Then this older woman came by, very aggressively against us, speaking in an angry tone, using language I do not use. Eric [...]

Gary Randall Falling Behind on Referendum 71 Signatures

By: Friday July 10, 2009 1:29 pm

Two weeks to the signature gathering deadline for the anti-family Referendum 71, and Gary Randall finally released a progress report. Conservatively, we have a little over 75,000 signatures to date. With an ultimate goal of 150,000 signatures, it might seem that Gary’s glass is half full.  However, the petition has been in circulation for a [...]

The Gary and Larry Chronicles: Numerical Update Edition

By: Monday June 8, 2009 10:00 am

After months of deadline failures, Gary says they’ve finally managed to print their Ref 71 petitions.  So now it’s time to revisit just how industrious Team Homophobia will have to be to collect the signatures of 120,577 fundraising targets voters in time to make the July 25, 2009 deadline.  The prospect for success is even [...]

WhoSigned.org Needs to Bow Out Gracefully

By: Saturday June 6, 2009 11:00 am

Before WhoSigned.org came on the scene, the public conversation around Referendum 71 was one of positive consideration of our families.  WhoSigned.org has disastrously changed the focus to a negative one about fringe tactics. Since the debut of WhoSigned.org last week, I have identified over 45 news stories, editorials, letters to the editor and blog diaries [...]

How to Detect Petition Fraud

By: Tuesday June 2, 2009 11:00 pm

Petition fraud is a serious and ongoing problem in many states, and anti-equality forces have been known to use unethical or illegal methods of filling up their petitions.  Methods range from the simple copying of names and addresses from phone books or other petitions, to bait & switch, where the signature gatherer misrepresents the intent [...]

Larry Stickney, Always a Beat Behind

By: Tuesday June 2, 2009 12:42 pm

UPDATE:  More than a beat behind.  They’re now reporting that “we will now go to print Wednesday afternoon, June 3.”  This means they’ll have only 50 days to collect 120,577 valid signatures.  Btw, over 25,000 people have pledged to Decline to Sign! You’re up against a hard July 25th deadline.  You knew months ago you [...]

The Numbing Numericals of Referendum 71

By: Tuesday May 12, 2009 3:21 pm

Those trying to block an expansion of rights for same-sex domestic partners face long odds in their effort.     — Everett Herald Since the pushers of the hateful, anti-family Referendum 71 have problems counting to 100, I thought it only sporting to lay out some numbers for them.  Best case scenario, Oregonian Gary Randall [...]

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