The City's Pulse Newsletter
Trial & Tea Party!
Dear Newsletter Readers,

I thought you'd like to know that the Election Challenge trial here in CdA is finally underway.  It started this morning at 9am and continued until 4pm, with only minimal breaks and an hour for lunch.  What an interesting process!

My husband says I'm fascinated with process, and he's probably right after knowing me for 34 years, but today's court case started out with a bang!  Starr Kelso, attorney for the Election Challenge, passionately demanded that Judge Hosack dismiss himself from the case, based on comments the judge made last week in a related hearing.  The judge refused to step away.  Then another motion was brought forward by Scott Reed, attorney for Mike Kennedy.  Mr. Reed wanted to block the possible testimony of several alleged illegal voters from Canada, to which the judge said, "Nonsense!"  And so it went from there.

The afternoon session was more workman-like, setting the Election Challenge's groundwork with witnesses CdA City Clerk Susan Weathers and County Clerk Dan English.  Attorney Kelso is not done with Dan English yet, and the whole thing gets going again tomorrow, 9:00 am in Courtroom 9 in the newer of the two court buildings.  Come and listen if you want but it takes time and a lot of patience.

My plan, just so you know, is to take copious notes but to wait until the trial is over before I tell you my real opinion.  And believe me, I've got one!  I will not, however, be making my thoughts public until the case has been decided, one way or another.  This case is scheduled to go four days but I can't imagine it being done by Thursday with 2 witnesses down and 51 more to go... Stay tuned.

Now please let me tell you about the Tea Party last evening.  It was great!  The speakers were excellent and the energy in the room was highly charged.  The first speaker was young Miranda Miller, a senior in high school.  She spoke of the need for strong families, Christian values and getting back to the fundamentals of our country's principles.

Matt Shea (photo upper right) is a Washington State Representative from the Spokane Valley.  He was a terrific speaker.  Matt told us we need to take action NOW, in order to turn the state and national government around.  He has a plan that includes firm legislation and methods being used successfully by other states.  Matt's web site includes lots of pertinent information, so please check it out at:  His site highlights a quote from Pres. John Adams, which says, "There are two ways to enslave the nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt." So true.

The keynote speaker last night was Pastor Stephen Broden, a congressional candidate from the 30th District of Texas.  (photo in center with Alveda King)   Mr. Broden was phenomenal.  He had everyone on their feet, applauding.  He was not just a rah-rah-rah speaker, getting the crowd worked up, he was instructional.  He was also highly challenging and a bit frightening with the reality of his message.  (

Mr. Broden said that from Woodrow Wilson to FDR and LBJ, we have allowed the slow growth of "soft tyranny" in our country; we've been asleep at the wheel during the invasion of government into our constitutional rights.  He cautioned that soft tyranny always turns to hard tyranny, and that now WE, the people, are awake finally awake and engaged, but we need to take action.  We cannot just go to rallies and out to vote, then go back to our comfy couches and TV sets, he said.  We must get involved and work hard at the process of getting good people elected!

(Offer to help on a candidate's campaign; offer to make phone calls; send money; tell your family and friends, join groups and go to meetings. We need to work at this, people!)

He said the November 2010 elections are just the beginning, and that we have two long years of work ahead afterward.  We need a specific plan of attack and that the Christian consensus CAN overcome the anti-god socialist movement we are now seeing in the ruling class.  But it will take work.  It  will take every single person to dedicate their time, money and energy.

Pastor Broden, a conservative black minister and military veteran, said "It's time for us to stand up and put 'political correctness' in the garbage can!"  He said the liberal elite are using the social embarrassment of "PC" to keep people from speaking out.  "Push back", Mr. Broden says. "Get educated on the issues; read and know what is going on.  He called on everyone to "go to the ramparts and take with them, as their weapon, the Constitution of the United States".  That is our strength.

As Samuel Adams wrote back in the 1700s, "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."


Mary Souza is a 22 year resident of CdA, local small business owner and former P&Z Commissioner.   Her opinions are her own.  For a free archive of past columns visit  Comments can be sent to  Please visit the local issues web site for more discussion.

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