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Monday, October 18, 2010

Somehow I think the only thing Joe Miller DOESN'T find unconstitutional is the right to have a gun and pretend to be a cop
Posted by Jill | 6:03 AM
This one comes to us from Skippy: We know that Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller thinks that Social Security is unconstitutional. We know he thinks unemployment insurance is unconstitutional, unless it's someone in his own family collecting it. We know that he thinks farm subsidies are unconstitutional unless it's his own pseudo-farm collecting them. Apparently he also has this idea that freedom of the press means that if you're a Senate candidate, your goons get to essentially perform a citizens arrest of a journalist for doing his job:
Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger was handcuffed by security guards at a Joe Miller town hall event Sunday afternoon. Hopfinger says he approached Miller to ask questions, but was arrested for half an hour until police arrived.

According to Hopfinger, Miller’s security team pushed him and he pushed back because he felt his personal space was being invaded. He says guards detained him and accused him of trespassing, although the town hall was a public event held at Central Middle School, a public building.

“At some point I was suddenly surrounded by more guys, more security guards I guess,” Hopfinger said. “They were kind of putting their chest into me, and at one point I put my chest in too -- it got to be too much.”

Hopfinger says the incident escalated so fast he barely remembers what happened, and that next thing he knew he was in handcuffs.

The Alaska Dispatch is one of several news organizations suing for access to Miller's employment records at the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Miller worked at the FNSB as a part-time attorney from 2002 to 2009.

The Anchorage Daily News filed papers in Fairbanks Superior Court Friday to join a lawsuit filed by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner last week. The Alaska Dispatch has filed a separate suit asking for Miller's employment records.

The news organizations are interested in documents that contain the details of Miller’s departure or allegations of misuse of borough property.

Miller called the request a violation of his privacy. But the Alaska Dispatch’s attorney says that the requests relate to Miller's performance as a government employee, not his private life.

“I mean, I asked him some hard questions; we need to get some answers,” Hopfinger said. “He's being sued by two newspapers and an online newspaper now over his employment at the North Star Borough. He hasn’t denied the accusations, so I started out -- that's where this all came from.”

Joe Miller is a crook and a thug -- and Alaska voters have a right, indeed, an OBLIGATION, to know this before deciding to vote for him next month. If they decide once they have all the facts that they still want him to represent them in Washington, that's their right. But they ought to come to that decision through a position of knowledge, not just the spin the Miller campaign wants them to believe.

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