The mayor of Quartzsite, Ariz., the town seething in vitriol since police forcibly removed a woman from speaking at a public meeting despite the mayor's objections lost in a recall election last night, but claims the "corrupt" town council fixed the results to force him out.
Mayor Ed Foster of Quartzsite, Ariz., says his town is filled with massive corruption among government officials.
"They found a whole bunch of early ballots they could stuff the box with," said Mayor Ed Foster, telling WND the election was "absolutely" stolen.
Foster says at the polling place, he was winning by a 2-to-1 margin over former Town Councilman and Quartzsite Fire Department Capt. Jose Lizarraga.
But there had been 328 early ballots cast, and 208 of those went to Lizarraga, giving the win to Lizarraga by a final tally of 289 votes to 230.
"There's no doubt about it [being a fixed election]," said Foster. "The early voting was so obscenely different. ... Whether people voted early or late should not have affected the weight of the vote."
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But the outcome is not deterring Foster from continuing his fight against alleged corruption in his rural town. In fact, he plans on running again for mayor, as primaries are slated for March, and a general election in May.
"They stole it from me. I'm gonna take it back," he said.
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On Saturday, hundreds of Americans – some from as far away as Alaska and Connecticut – descended on Quartzsite for what was called a Liberty Fest to take a stand against government corruption. Some videos have been posted on YouTube with highlights of the event.
Mayor Foster, who's been at war with his own council and Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, whom he has called corrupt and "a Nazi," believes potentially millions of dollars of taxpayer money is being illegally funneled through secret checks to unnamed council members.
Gilbert has never responded to numerous requests by WND for comment, but he was quoted in the Desert Freedom Press as being concerned that citizens who opposed the town council were domestic terrorists!
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By MIKE BAKER
LONGVIEW, Wash. -- Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview, overpowered security guards, damaged rail cars and dumped grain at the center of a labor dispute that has spread to Seattle and Tacoma ports, officials said Thursday.
(Alan note: reports allege the attackers also wielded steel crowbars not just baseball bats)!
Six guards were detained for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.
No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, he said.
A court hearing was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Tacoma, in which a judge is expected to consider alleged violations by the union of a previous restraining order.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that's staffing a workforce of other union laborers.
In Seattle and Tacoma, a wildcat strike shut down both ports after hundreds of Longshore workers failed to show up for work on Thursday.
"It appears the members have taken action on their own," Merrilees said.
He had not seen any statements by the local workers about why they didn't show up for work in Seattle and Tacoma, but a connection with the activities in Longview was likely.
One possible factor in the wildcat strike was a photograph circulating on the Internet of ILWU President Bob McElrath in police custody in Longview, Merrilees said.
"I think in the minds of many members that may have been a motivating factor," he said.
Port of Seattle spokeswoman Charla Skaggs said work was not happening at the port's shipping terminals on Thursday. The terminals are leased to operators who deal directly with Longshore workers, she added.
The protesters in Longview have portrayed themselves as being on the front line in the struggle for jobs and benefits among American workers in an economic downturn. But while union strife has flared up around the country - most notably in Wisconsin - the aggressive tactics seen in Longview have been a rarity in recent labor disputes.
Thursday's violence at Longview was first reported by Kelso radio station KLOG.
Police from several agencies in southwest Washington, the Washington State Patrol and Burlington Northern Santa Fe ( BNI - news - people ) responded to the violence to secure the scene that followed a demonstration Wednesday.
"We're not surprised," Duscha said. "A lot of the protesters were telling us this in only the start."
One sergeant was threatened with baseball bats and retreated, Duscha said. "One officer with hundreds of Longshoremen? He used the better part of discretion."
The train was the first grain shipment to arrive at Longview. It arrived Wednesday night after police arrested 19 demonstrators who tried to block the tracks. They were led by ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, who said they would return.
The blockade appeared to defy a federal restraining order issued last week against the union after it was accused of assaults and death threats.
EGT chief executive Larry Clarke said it was unfortunate that law enforcement needed to make arrests.