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News from Harney County Oregon couldn’t be better. Judge Steven Grasty was forced to be held accountable today with a 30% yes vote to oust him out of office. Reports from people on the ground are saying, it may not have been enough to get rid of him – but it sure does send a clear message that not everyone in Harney County wanted to keep him.
A message from the minority; We’re Just getting Started
There was a 30% YES vote, and that should send a message that he is not God. That’s 30% of the County that do not agree with him. Grasty should humble himself and realize that he may have the majority now but history proves the strength of the minority can cause enough resistance to tip the scales.
We go back to work starting again tomorrow. There needs to be a continuous forward motion if that 30% hopes to grow and make positive changes.
Grasty came under fire by local residents after his widely criticized handling of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Occupation, that many believe led to the death of Arizona rancher, LaVoy Finicum. But even before the Occupation, residents knew of corruption in their local government but were too fearful to speak out. Many accuse Steven Grasty of purposefully working with the Federal Government to keep businesses from coming to Harney County so they can keep a tight grip on the population and control of the lands. As it stands over 60% of all residents who live in Harney County work for the government. Unless and until politicians like Steven Grasty are replaced with politicians who will start allowing other businesses to move into the County, [that are not government owned] — the people expect to see little change.
It’s all good if you are part of that 70% who make your living working for the Government, but for the rest of us it’s a living nightmare, says one resident I spoke with late last night – after the votes were counted.
If they get pissed off at you for any reason, they can run you out of town or make you miserable if you stay. That’s how they do it here. That’s how Grasty has it rigged to work in favor of him and the people who work for the Government. If the people who voted to keep Grasty in office thought for one second they could get away with it, they would set up a gallows and start lynching every single one of us who oppose them; That’s how far they would go, and that is no joke. It took a lot of courage for that 30% to call him out.
It is being estimated that 42% of the people in Harney County didn’t vote at all. The 42% who are still sitting on the fence, or still too fearful to vote, are who the grassroots movement says they hope to win over.
YOU CAN HELP
If you are interested in helping the people of Harney County to continue their fight against corruption please consider sponsoring the Malheur Redress, a new local newspaper dedicated to change and progress by delivering real news to the local community. If the new upstart media outlet fails, the paper’s founder feels it will slow down the progress for a more fair and balanced government in Harney County.
I pray everyday that there will be change and progress. The focus now is on the paper. It is imperative that the Malheur Redress is successful. If it fails, the access to real news in Harney County will be hindered greatly. ~Founder of The Malheur Redress https://squareup.com/store/malheur-redress
* It seems Harney County Officials can’t do anything without creating a scandal; It is being reported the County Clerk posted election results on a private Facebook page before letting the public know.