BILL SIZEMORE ASKS COURT TO ENJOIN PRINTING OF VOTERS PAMPHLET
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by NWV News director, Jim Kouri
September 17, 2008
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Conservative activist and tax reformer Bill Sizemore filed a legal motion in Marion County, Oregon, Circuit Court asking the court to order Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to include two of Sizemore's arguments in the State Voters' Pamphlet.
Sizemore also told NewsWithViews.com that he filed a separate motion asking the court to enjoin Bradbury from printing the Voters Pamphlet until a final decision has been made in his case.
The battle between Sizemore and Bradbury began this past weekend when Secretary Bradbury rejected two Voters Pamphlet arguments Sizemore had filed under the headline, “Was Bill Sizemore Railroaded?”
Bradbury claims the two identical arguments do not support any measure because the arguments do not say anything about the measures, although both arguments were filed with the proper forms stating that they are arguments in support of Measures 60 and 64. Both arguments would be printed in the Voters Pamphlet on pages bearing a bold heading making it clear that they are arguments in support of the two measures.
Sizemore’s legal motion asserts that Bill Bradbury has no statutory authority to reject his arguments and cites an Oregon Supreme Court case which makes it clear that the relevance of a Voters Pamphlet argument is to be determined by the voters, not the Secretary of State.
“The public employee unions filed more than a dozen bogus arguments claiming that I was involved in racketeering, while I filed a mere two arguments countering their claims. My arguments explain to voters that I was not even a party to the case in question and that the judge who presided over the case concealed a blatant conflict of interest and should have recused himself,” Sizemore said during an interview with NewsWithViews.com.
“Bradbury allowed his union friends to assassinate my character more than a dozen times in the Voters Pamphlet, but is refusing to allow me to defend myself,” he added.
"My take on this controversy is simple: politicians attempting to silence opposition with the help of special interests -- in this case, a labor union, long the bastion of liberal-left Democrats," said political strategist Mike Baker.
"It's pretty apparent that Sizemore's action is uncovering relationships between union leaders and political leaders -- relationships they'd prefer to be kept secret," Baker added.
In his rejected Voters Pamphlet arguments, Sizemore explains how the union lawyers were allowed to remove all Republicans from the Multnomah County jury pool, leaving a jury of 14 Democrats and one Green Party member, and that the Multnomah County judge who presided over the case, Judge Jerome LaBarre, concealed for three years the fact that his son was a member of the same union that was suing in his dad’s court and only confessed when his son became a teachers union president.
Sizemore’s Voters Pamphlet arguments also explain that the same unions that are now saying that Sizemore was “convicted” of racketeering told the jury during the trial that the case was not about Bill Sizemore and that Sizemore was not being sued and was not even a party to the case. “The unions are even associating my name with forgery, even though no one ever so much as suggested during the trial that I forged signatures or knowingly allowed anyone else to do so,” Sizemore said.
“The unions are carrying on as if I was some kind of convicted felon and yet never in my life have I been so much as charged with a crime,” Sizemore said. Sizemore says Bradbury is trying to stall and run out the clock, because the Voters Pamphlet is scheduled to go to the printers on Thursday, so he had no choice but to resort to the courts.
During NewsWithViews' interview with Sizemore, he revealed that for more than a decade, labor unions and liberal newspapers have smeared him nonstop.
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Both at the beginning and end of the Oregon Taxpayers United trial, teachers union lawyers told the jury that the case was not about Bill Sizemore; that Sizemore was not a defendant, not being sued and, in fact, not even a party to the case.
"Oregon’s liberal establishment has gone to the extreme, even railroading him in court, trying to get Bill Sizemore out of politics," said Mike Baker.
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