Hulten considers machines to ease early voting

Hulten considers machines to ease early voting

URBANA — Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten is considering purchasing 12 new election tabulators to make early voting easier for county residents.

The equipment would cost about $85,000, he said, and would be covered by a combination of federal grant funds, credits for surplus equipment that is being returned and money saved within the clerk's office.

"We will not need any additional county board approval to move forward with this if we decide to do so. We can accommodate this within our existing budget and existing grant funds," Hulten said.

The decision to purchase the tabulators will be his, he said, although he plans to work with the county board and offer voters the chance to test the equipment this fall.

County voters are taking advantage of early voting in increasing numbers. Last November about 25 percent of the county's 78,939 votes cast their ballot before Election Day.

Last year, however, early voters were limited in where they could cast their ballots. They had to vote either at the county clerk's office at the Brookens Center in Urbana, or at the early-voting site closest to their home. Each early-voting site served no more than 10 precincts.

With the proposed system, "we would continue with the same locations we used in 2012, but any registered voter in Champaign County could vote at any one of those locations," Hulten said. "So if someone lives in Fisher but works on the University of Illinois campus, they could go vote at the Illini Union."

He said he is confident the equipment, which has been certified by both federal and state election authorities, will work and can be ready for the March 2014 primary election.

"It is the same manufacturer as the system we currently use, so they've got a track record with us. One of the reasons we're consdering this one in particular is that it's consistent with our existing software and ballots, so we wouldn't have to run two systems in parallel," Hulten said.

Champaign County's voting system will continue to use optical-scan paper ballots.

Hulten plans to use the same early-voting sites next March that were used in the November 2012 election.

"I think the number of sites we have is just enough that people have convenient options. More than seven and you wonder if it's overkill," he said. "But we'll have four in (Champaign-Urbana) — Brookens, the Illini Union, Meadowbrook Church and the Spalding Recreation Center, a nice spread across Champaign-Urbana — and our other four across the rest of the county."

Those are the Grace Church in Mahomet, Rantoul Recreation Center, St. Joseph Village Annex and Tolono Public Library.

A demonstration unit of the tabulator being considered for use in Champaign County is "going on the road," for voters to use and test.

The schedule of events is:

— 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 16, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U.

— 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 17, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St., Tolono

— 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22, Champaign Public Library-Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St., C.

— 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 22, St. Joseph Village meeting, 207 E. Lincoln, St. Joseph

— 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23, Champaign Public Library-Main, 200 W. Green St., C.

— 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Rantoul Village meeting, 333 S. Tanner St., Rantoul

— 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Nov. 26, Mahomet Village meeting, 503 E. Main St., Mahomet.

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Political Observer wrote on September 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Speaking of Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, there's a very interesting scandal about to explode upon the local scene, and it involves  Sgt. Hulten and several of his very close friends and associates.  At its center are some apparently untruthful statements that the Sarge and his chief deputy, Jeremy Cirks, told News-Gazette editorialist Jim Dye last June for a column that Mr. Dye wrote on Hulten's (and perhaps Cirks') dirty-tricks business, "Results Plus Consulting."

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 2:09 am

Though the News-Gazette has so far declined to provide its print-edition (or, so-called "dead-tree-edition") readers with the slightest clue of this brewing scandal involving Sgt. Hulten and his friends, you (as an online-edition reader of the News-Gazette) can peruse the details of the scandal for yourself in the News-Gazette's reader comments section linked here:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-08-26/result-foia-fight-2-te...

Political Observer wrote on September 13, 2013 at 11:09 pm

For those of you disinclined to click on the link above to read in detail the series of discussion forum posts that describe the apparently untruthful statements that Sgt. Hulten and his deputy Jeremy CIrks told to Jim Dye in the June 22nd column, here's the basic gist:

Hulten (with help from Cirks in filling out the business paperwork during a combined, two-family vacation trip to Panama City, Florida) started Results Plus Consulting back in 2007, with Hulten's friend and mentor, Deborah Frank Feinen, acting as the registered agent.  This business was largely viewed as being Hulten's business, up until he was appointed Champaign County Clerk on January 5, 2011.  However, Hulten told Jim Dye that Cirks had been a 50% partner in the business (apparently all along), and became the 100% owner once Hulten sold out his own share upon being appointed County Clerk.

There are many problems with this account, however.  One is that the ResultsPlusConsulting.com domain is still listed in Sgt. Hulten's name, rather than in Jeremy Cirks' name.  And that's not all:  Hulten's name still is listed as the Registrant Name, Administrative Name and Technical Contact Name for Deborah Frank Feinen's campaign website (ElectDeb.com) and for a host of other other websites, including ChapinRose.org, JasonBarickman.org (and .com), RickWinkel.org, and many others, as well.  The "sale" of Results Plus Consulting to Jeremy Cirks thus appears more and more to have been a sham transaction, designed to fool people into thinking that Hulten no longer had anything to do with his own dirty-tricks firm.  There are many serious questions here that deserve a full investigation.

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 12:09 am

There are actually at least 2 News-Gazette companion articles (#1 and #2 below) and a memo from the County Clerk's website (#3) that should be read along with yesterday's (9-13-13) "Hulten considers machines to ease early voting" article, if you'd like to understand the deceit, trickery and subversion of funds perpetrated by our right-wing subversive County Clerk, Sgt. Gordy Hulten, with regard to the issue of early voting:

1.  "More than 18,000 voted early in Champaign County"   (Sat, 11/03/2012)

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2012-11-03/more-18000-voted-early...

2.  "8 early-voting sites will be set up in Champaign County"   (Fri, 06/08/2012)

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2012-06-08/8-early-voting-sites-w...

3.  " Update on Early Voting and Off-Site Locations"  (Wed, 06/06/2012)

http://www.champaigncountyclerk.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Memo...

 

 

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 1:09 am

Link #3 in the post above, to the County Clerk's website, gives a memo package that Sgt. Hulten put together for the Champaign County Board, providing the details for the system of early voting sites he set up for the 2012 elections.  Tables 1 and 2 from this memo package have some very interesting data in them.  For instance, consider the data in the table below:


.....1......2.....3....4....[# Sites for Early Voting]
...17....85..14....2....[# Precincts]


The first column tells us that there are 17 precincts in Champaign County that have only 1 site where voters can vote early, namely at the Brookens Administration Building.  The next column to the right tells us that there are 85 precincts in which voters can have their choice of either Brookens or a second location where they can vote early, for a total of 2 different early voting locations.  Continuing to the right, there are 14 lucky precincts in which voters have their choice of 3 locations where they can vote early, and finally there are 2 extremely fortunate precincts (Hensley and Champaign #34) in which voters have their choice of 4 different locations where they can vote early.

Now the memo package actually lists the early voting locations precinct by precinct, so it's possible to do some interesting statistical analyses on the particular setup of polling places that Sgt. Hulten arranged, if one happens to have the time, the inclination and the statistical tools to do so.  However, let me just point out a rather obvious result that one can see by inspection of the data:

All 17 of the precincts in which voters had only a single choice for their early voting polling place (namely, the Brookens building) just happened to be located in what Sgt. Hulten and his friends used to call the "Peoples' Republic of Urbana," back in the days when he was the proud publisher of his right-wing "IlliniPundit.com" website.  (These precincts would be the Precincts of Cunningham #11 through 23 and Urbana #1 through 4, and you can easily imagine a right-winger asking the rhetorical question, "Why should the Communists in the 'Peoples' Republic of Urbana' have more than a single location for early voting?"

An acquaintance of mine who called my attention to Link #3 above and the data set at that link pointed out that voters in those 17 Urbana precincts were actually better off in the 2010 election when Mark Shelden was the Champaign County Clerk, because they had their choice of voting early either at Brookens or at the Gregory Place early voting location that was available in that election. Put simply, if you look at the situation from the perspective of a UI student who lived in one of those 17 Urbana precincts (and there are quite a few), Sgt. Hulten took State of Illinois money that was made available by legislation originally designed to make it easier for students to vote and then used it to get rid of their Gregory Place early-voting location (and instead put in a lot of early voting locations in places that are often described as "Republican strongholds").

 

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 3:09 am

Now, consider the following quote from Tom Kacich's  9-13-13 column above, "Hulten considers machines to ease early voting:"

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"Last year, however, early voters were limited in where they could cast their ballots. They had to vote either at the county clerk's office at the Brookens Center in Urbana, or at the early-voting site closest to their home. Each early-voting site served no more than 10 precincts."

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Both of the last 2 sentences are clearly erroneous.  How did Sgt. Hulten manage to give Mr. Kacich the impression that, "Each early-voting site served no more than 10 precincts?" when actually 4 sites served 20 precincts and 1 served 19?  Indeed, Hulten wrote in his Memo Package to the County Board in Link #3 above:


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For the November 6, 2012 General Election, Early Voting will be available as is our normal practice, at the Champaign County Clerk’s Office at Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 East Washington, in Urbana. This location will be available to all registered voters in all 118 precincts in Champaign County.


The second location will be located on the University of Illinois Campus, in the Illini Union Room 317, 1401 West Green Street, Urbana. This location was selected with input from the Illini Union management and University of Illinois Student Government leaders. This location will be available as an Early Voting location to approximately 22,632 registered voters in the 20 precincts in closest proximity to the UI Campus. In addition, if SB 3722 is enacted, this location complies with the state’s mandate of an Early Voting location on our public University’s campus that is contained in that legislation. We are indebted to Sen. Mike Frerichs and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson for their collaboration with us on SB 3722. The amendments they supported to SB 3722 will allow us to operate all seven of our new Early Voting locations rather than requiring us to use all our available equipment at the UI Campus location.


The third location will be located in North Champaign, at Spalding Recreation Center, 910 North Harris, Champaign. Spalding Recreation Center is our normal Election Day polling place for City of Champaign 6 and 10, and will be available as an Early Voting location to approximately 23,307 voters in 20 precincts in close proximity.


The fourth location will be located in Southwest Champaign, at Meadowbrook Community Church Room 133, 1902 South Duncan, Champaign. Meadowbrook Community Church is our normal Election Day polling place for City of Champaign 33, and will be available as an Early Voting location to approximately 25,532 voters in 20 precincts in close proximity.


The fifth location will be in Mahomet, at Grace Church, 800 West Oak, Mahomet. Grace Church is our normal Election Day polling place for Mahomet 2, and will be available as an Early Voting location to approximately 21,561 voters in 19 precincts in west and northwest Champaign County.


The sixth location will be in Rantoul, at Rantoul Recreation Center, 100 East Flessner, Rantoul. This Early Voting location will be available to approximately 15,354 voters in 20 precincts in northern Champaign County.


The seventh location will be in St. Joseph, at the St. Joseph Village Annex, 201 Second Street, St. Joseph. This Early Voting location will be available to approximately 8,370 voters in 10 precincts in eastern Champaign County.


The eighth location will be in Tolono, at the Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main Street, Tolono. This Early Voting location will be available to approximately 8,697 voters in 10 precincts in southern Champaign County.


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Likewise, Kacich's claim that in 2012 early voters, "had to vote either at the county clerk's office at the Brookens Center in Urbana, or at the early-voting site closest to their home" is contradicted by the data in the table I presented above, where I pointed out that early voters in the 2 extremely fortunate precincts of Hensley and Champaign #34 had their choice of 4 different locations where they could cast their ballots, while the unfortunate early voters in 17 of the precincts of what Sgt. Hulten's Illini Pundit blog used to call the "Peoples' Republic of Urbana" had only the "choice" of Brookens as an early voting location.

 

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 1:09 am

Link #2 above,  "8 early-voting sites will be set up in Champaign County"  from 6-8-12, shows how Sgt. Hulten pulled off his subversive bait-and-switch maneuver.   Note how the article almost sounds like PR written by Hulten himself.  It describes how "bi-partisan" he supposedly  was, as compared to that old Mark Shelden, and how he really wanted to work with Mike Frerichs and Naomi Jakobsson to make the Illini Union available as an early voting location for students.


There are 2 sections of the article, though, that you really need to pay attention to, to see what's going on. The first is the sentence:

"Voters registered in any of 20 campus-area precincts will be able to vote early at the Union."

What's key here, though, is that those 20 campus-area precincts are only the precincts that are *immediately* adjacent to the UI campus...The list of those 20 campus-area precincts doesn't include the 17 Urbana precincts that were discussed above, where quite a few students live, because those precincts don't actually touch the boundaries of the UI campus.  The students who live in those 17 precincts are just plain out-of-luck...They were better off under the bad, old Mark Shelden.

The other section of the article to pay attention to is the section that reads:


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Hulten thanked Frerichs and state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, for working with him and for amending an election bill this spring to give the county the flexibility to offer early voting at eight sites instead of just the campus location.

"I can't thank them enough. It's an excellent example of Republicans and Democrats working together to get something done that makes a lot of sense, that allows us to serve the voters of Champaign County more efficiently," he said.


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The Hulten Amendment was what allowed the Sarge to take money that was originally intended to make it easier for students to vote, and instead spend it on making voting easier in Republican strongholds elsewhere in Champaign County.  That's what he thinks is "an excellent example of Republicans and Democrats working together to get something done that makes a lot of sense."  He [and his beloved Republican Party] "just can't thank enough" Mike Frerichs, Naomi Jakobsson and all the Illinois legislators who helped pass the law with the Hulten Amendment included in it.  That's a bit of gloating, perhaps, by someone who's proven time and time again that he's just too much of a right-wing subversive to be left on his own for even a second or two.  He quite obviously just can't be left alone at all, without constant, vigilant adult supervision, or else he's sure to find a way to subvert things away from what was originally intended.
 

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 2:09 am

And speaking of the constant adult supervision that Sgt. Hulten requires, the obstacle course that he put in the way of Grace Period Voting during the Fall, 2012 election period is an excellent example of his bad-boy, subversive behavior:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2012-11-01/frerichs-jakobsson-pro...

 

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

[Note: Here's a small, slightly  humorous addendum..]  Here's how the article about the new vote tabulators (that Sgt. Hulten wants to buy for county elections) ends:


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A demonstration unit of the tabulator being considered for use in Champaign County is "going on the road," for voters to use and test.

The schedule of events is:

— 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 16, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., U.

— 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 17, Tolono Public Library, 111 E. Main St., Tolono

— 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22, Champaign Public Library-Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St., C.

— 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 22, St. Joseph Village meeting, 207 E. Lincoln, St. Joseph

— 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23, Champaign Public Library-Main, 200 W. Green St., C.

— 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Rantoul Village meeting, 333 S. Tanner St., Rantoul

— 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.. Nov. 26, Mahomet Village meeting, 503 E. Main St., Mahomet.


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Interesting, isn't it, that if you live in the Republican stronghold areas of Mahomet, Rantoul or St. Joseph, you can stop by and view the Sarge's tabulators during what is, for most people, after-work, evening hours...BUT if you live in what Sgt. Hulten used to call "The People's Republic of Urbana," or in those other "Communist-Sympathizing" areas near the Main Champaign Public Library or Champaign's Douglass Branch, then you can only see the tabulators in your local Iron Curtain Library during normal, at-work hours?! (Also note that those Rocket-Sign-Stealing Trotskyites in Tolono don't get the nice, after-work evening hours either...)   ;-)

bluegrass wrote on September 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Yawn.  I'm sorry, did you say something?

Political Observer wrote on September 14, 2013 at 9:09 pm

No, not to you.  You can go back to sleep.  I didn't mean to wake either you or Mr. Dreamy.

But I'm presuming there are still people out there who are awake and who care whether the person who counts their votes, kicks their candidates off the ballot and administers every aspect of the election process isn't a right-wing subversive with a long history of dirty tricks.

bluegrass wrote on September 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

Oh Snap!!  Now, back to reality.  

The problem with all of your hackneyed prose , is that Gordy Hulten does a terrific job of running the Champaign County Clerk's office in an extremely professional, non-partisan manner.  The voters have agreed on this, and will again.  

Political Observer wrote on September 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

You mean you didn't find all the information about how deceptive and dishonest Gordy Hulten is even...say...Halfway Interesting???

Political Observer wrote on September 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Your exclamation, "Oh Snap!!" brings to mind the 10-13-2012 Tom Kacich article, "Equipment to make voting in Champaign County a Snap," the one that's linked in the "More Like This" box near the top right-hand corner of our discussion page here, at this URL:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2012-10-13/equipment-make-voting-...

If you read this article, it sounds just like some "Delicious Pie in the Sky!" PR material right out of the Brookens-Gordyville Space Station, or, for that matter, directly from Planet Busselloonia...but then if you page down to Orbiter's reader comment immediately following the article and think about its implications, you'll quickly crash to Earth.

You and Hulten are wasting your time, Bluegrass.  You should both be writing advertising copy for the bankers that crashed the stock market and want to inflate a new economic bubble and take it to the Next Level.

Political Observer wrote on September 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Maybe you could serve as Gordy Hulten's Press Secretary, Bluegrass, when he finally announces his run for US Congress!  He's already had the "HultenForCongress.com" campaign website registered for over 16 months:

Domain Name: HULTENFORCONGRESS.COM
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2012-04-27 22:07:16
Creation Date: 2012-04-27 22:07:16

Registrant Name: Gordy Hulten
Admin Name: Gordy Hulten
Tech Name: Gordy Hulten

as you can readily see, by doing a "WHOIS" lookup on "HultenForCongress.com."

Mr Dreamy wrote on September 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

OK, Political Observer, you hate Gordy Hulten. We get it.

Why don't you step out of your rant and step up with your real name and your motivation? Better yet, why not run against him? Then you can spread your conspiracy dirt and let the voters decide. 

Political Observer wrote on September 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

"Why don't you step out of your rant and step up with your real name and your motivation?'...says, "Mr. Dreamy."


You definitely have a considerable talent for hidden humor there, Sir!...And let me also add that I've always especially admired the way that YOU'RE not afraid to use YOUR own real birth name, "MR. DREAMY!"


Heh-heh-heh!...


Heck, Gordy Hulten has always been my role model, dude!  I've got to stay anonymous for years and make everybody think I'm Mark Shelden, until I get rich enough to get appointed to the Champaign City Council by my good friend Deb Frank Feinen for a real short stint, so that I can then, in turn, get appointed as County Clerk and earn the big bucks making it harder for Democrats to vote!  That's where the real money is these days, man!

Wish me luck!  If Gordy could do it, and his mini-me next-level version is getting to be halfway there (heh-heh-heh...now THAT'S interesting), then I just know I can get there, too...er, three!

Danno wrote on September 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Quite a wealth of wordmanship above, Po'Ob'. Maybe you're on target, maybe not. In any way, are you personally connected/dis-connected with any of the afore mentioned subjects in this (your) article? Can you bring any of this 'evidence' to a criminal/civil trial? What is all this 'seaweed' of yours? Gosh, I can post far less cr_p than you and get my a_s smeared likety-split. Just seems there's a major grievance there; not concerning the general (taxpayer) readership. Good Luck!

Political Observer wrote on September 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

We'll book 'em, Danno!

But there's still a lot more fun yet to come, and I don't know about you, but I'm just starting to get warmed up!

One thing I'm a bit surprised about is that people haven't been writing for years now  how Nixonian Mr. Hulten often appears to be.

Back in the bad old days of Mark Shelden, for example, the only decoration that appeared on the County Clerk's webpage was a waving American flag... to inspire false feelings of patriotism toward that "great, beloved American," Mr Shelden, I guess!

But "Gordy the Great" then came along, and all of a sudden he'd plastered his Nixon-like, "Big Gordo's Watching You!" photograph on every single page of the Clerk's website, as though he were just 110% sure that Nixon's Great Silent Majority was passionately in love with him, and wanted nothing more than to see his goofy, grinning picture on every page as they clicked their way through the site, trying to find where he'd hidden the information they needed!  (What kind of person does something like that?!!)

Any way, right now we're just at the "third-rate burglary" stage of the County Clerk Investigation, so there's a lot of fun and games yet to go before things get even halfway interesting...

Danno wrote on September 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

You're trying to rob Captain Spaulding's House of 1000 corpses. Why do you hate Clowns!?

Mr Dreamy wrote on September 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

PO, if you have any "evidence" you should bring it forward. Or, stay a little off-kilter with your odd promises of things to come. 

So far you have nothing except domain name ownership.  People often buy 10 year registrations, sometimes for the present which changes rendering the registration useless, or sometimes for a future event that never comes to pass.

All you have is someone with a domain who, for whatever reason, hasn't gone to ICANN though a registration company such as Network Solutions to change what may be an unused domain.

If you have scandal, lets see it, but all you've shown so far is domain registry complaints. 

Political Observer wrote on September 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

As I read and re-read that last post you made, it almost seemed to me like you were sleepwalking when you wrote it,   Mr. Dreamy.  Are you sure it was really what you wanted to write?  If you're awake now, would you like to re-read what you wrote in your 9-16-13 post above, and see if it still seems to make any sense at all to you?

Political Observer wrote on September 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Perhaps a big part of the problem may be this: In the second post I made in this discussion thread, dated 9-14-13, I suggested that readers click on the link below to get some background for what I was talking about here:


http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-08-26/result-foia-fight-2-te...


My guess is that you just steamrolled your way through that suggestion, ignoring it altogether (and probably ignoring my next post, as well), and then decided to attack me for not giving any evidence, after you'd ignored the evidence that I'd spent considerable time presenting, in the discussion thread at the link above.

Political Observer wrote on September 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

You wrote in your post, "So far you have nothing except domain name ownership.  People often buy 10 year registrations, sometimes for the present which changes rendering the registration useless, or sometimes for a future event that never comes to pass."


Wow!  Talk about introducing a Straw Man!  Have you thought about entering that one in the Burning Man Festival?!  Once that baby's lit, you should have a really good chance of winning the "Viewer's Choice Award" when that Straw Man goes up in flames!


Is it really that hard to understand what's going on here?  These aren't all unused or obsolete websites corresponding to future events that never came to pass.


For example "ElectDeb.com" has been Deborah Frank Feinen's campaign website for years (since 9-12-2003), it's still her campaign website at the present time, and it's easy to look up its domain information with a "whois" inquiry, as I showed earlier:

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 http://who.godaddy.com/whois.aspx?domain=electdeb.com&prog_id=GoDaddy

Domain Name: ELECTDEB.COM
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2012-08-02 10:02:56
Creation Date: 2003-09-12 16:50:04
Registrar Expiration Date: 2014-09-12 16:50:04
Registrant Name: Gordy Hulten
Admin Name: Gordy Hulten
Tech Name: Gordy Hulten
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Isn't this an interesting result?  Even though Sgt. Hulten claims that he doesn't do consulting any more and that he sold his share in Results Plus Consulting when he became County Clerk (which was early in 2011), yet here he is months later, at the end of August, 2013, still listed as the registrant, the admin. and the tech. person for Deborah Frank Feinen's campaign site!  Wouldn't you expect to see the name "Jeremy Cirks" listed in those entries, if Hulten had indeed sold his share to Cirks early in 2011?  Why is Hulten still involved with this website, when he's supposedly no longer doing political work?!

Political Observer wrote on September 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

Likewise, if you continue reading in the discussion thread for the article "Result of FOIA fight: 2 texts," you'll find that Gordy Hulten is still listed as the registrant, the admin. and the tech. person for Chapin Rose's and Jason Barickman's active campaign sites, even though he's claimed that he's no longer doing partisan work and that it would be wrong for the Election Authority to engage in partisan activity!


And, further, he's still listed as the registrant, the admin. and the tech. person for the active websites of the Champaign County Republicans and the Champaign County Young Republicans, as well! (I suppose one of Eric Bussell's many friends will soon sign on and claim that those 2 organizations are both non-partisan, as well!)


And, finally, even though he supposedly sold his "Results Plus Consulting" dirty-tricks business  (in an arms-length transaction?) to his long-time close friend, business associate and "right-hand man" Jeremy Cirks, he somehow managed to hang onto the prized ResultsPlusConsulting.com web domain!! (Perhaps he thought that everyone in this town - especially the ultra-lazy media who have always seemed to be trying to do everything they can to protect him and cover things up for him - would just never bother to ever do a "Whois" lookup on all the domains he's hosted over the years!)

bluegrass wrote on September 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

yawn - stretch - smacking lips......  Oh, you're still there?  Weird.  

Since you're into investigating cover ups, here is a juicy bit for you to chew on.  Apparently, there is a gas station in town where they also sell, wait for it.......doughnuts.  We need to get to the bottom of this HUGE revelation.  Unless people like you follow the money, the lazy media will just sweep all this new information right under the rug!!  (that's 2 exclamation marks so you'll know it's super duper important)  Can you imagine, gas AND doughnuts?!!   (that's a question mark, followed by 2 exclamations marks so you'll know it's a super duper important rhetorical question)  Plus, I can't know for certain, but I'd be a dollar to a doughnut (see what I did there?) that Eric Bussell has something do to with it, or at least he knows about it, or if he did know about it he'd probably defend it, or he's probably purchased gas and a doughnut before at some point.  Please, for the greater good of the citizens of Champaign County, please investigate this and give us all at least 4 successive posts of information.  

 

Mr Dreamy wrote on September 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

PO, it still looks like a non-starter, at most a tempest in a teapot.

Domain registry issues? Wow.

He hasn't stolen, dealt drugs, beat people, harassed women, or missed a day of work without a lawful reason. If he changes the domain registry names, would that be enough? Or would you deny a citizen from conducting political work in his off hours? Both parties agree he does a good, transparent job. Just what IS your beef? Tell the truth, please.

BTW, I have a big axe to grind with Hulten, I'm no fan, but what you present is childish prattle. 

alabaster jones 71 wrote on September 20, 2013 at 1:09 am
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His/her problem is that he/she is a partisan hack who hates anyone who isn't a member of his/her party.  To make it even more pathetic, he/she concentrates on local partisan politics.  Please try to have some sympathy for him/her, it really is quite pitiful.

Political Observer wrote on October 02, 2013 at 11:10 pm

"Alabaster Jones" writes:

"His/her problem is that he/she is a partisan hack who hates anyone who isn't a member of his/her party.  To make it even more pathetic, he/she concentrates on local partisan politics."
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Reply:  Wow!...Am I detecting a lot of hatred that seems to be seething and oozing right out of your very post?... Especially for a post that's complaining about someone else like me  [allegedly] hating other people?! 


I believe you may be missing a very important distinction, here, Mr. Jones.  You see, there actually are some people, amazingly enough, who care about things like, "Good Government!" 

Even though they may be few in a number, they sometimes like to point out facts about bad actions that government officials are taking when they

1.   Suppress the votes of others through caging letters, or when they

2.   Construct obstacle courses to obstruct Grace Period Voting,  or when they apparently

3.   Lie about a Dirty Tricks Company that was supposedly sold (More evidence yet to come!), or especially  when they

4.   Mount a frivolous effort to try to throw a fellow Republican off a primary ballot!


It's unfortunate that some people might mistake a person's strong dislike of bad government practices (like my dislike for the practices above) for hatred of the actual government officials themselves who have performed the bad acts.  I think that that's a very important distinction to make, and  I'm very sorry if, in fact, things I've written may have made it hard for you to make that distinction.  (And, by the way, I'm also sorry if you happen to  really like bad government practices like these, and I've offended you with my dislike of them...And, of course, I'm also very very sorry if you really, really like Gordy Hulten and his friends, regardless of how bad the practices are that they choose to implement...Actually, I think that would also make me feel a bit sad, as well.)


I might add, just as a note of irony here, Mr. Jones, that the paragraph that you've written above might actually be a rather good description of Mr. Hulten himself...as long as you added a little bit more to it, to take into account how Hulten also sometimes hates members of his own party, and tries to get them thrown off the ballot, like he and Deb Frank Feinen tried to do to Stephanie Holderfield last winter.

(Or have you perhaps just not noticed that Hulten and Feinen are constantly raising new questions in the legal arena, like, for example, what the ethics are of using a completely frivolous ballot challenge as a way of harassing a political enemy in order to waste her time and resources, and to force her to run up a lot of unplanned legal expenses, as revenge for her running in a primary against the plantiff's mother?)

 I think you may well have noticed that if you'd decided to run for office yourself, and if something like that had happened to you, don't you think?  But, would that be the only case in which you'd be concerned about the issue, the case in which it happened to you, or can you see that it might be a good government practice to try to make it so that things like that don't happen again?)


Now, before you go into your constant speech  (for about the 100th time) about doing away with partisan politics because everything having to do with political parties is just so bad and so nasty...Have you ever thought about moving out to California, so that the next time there's a recall of the governor there, you could get into the race yourself,  perhaps even just for the publicity value alone? 

And, hey, wouldn't it be exciting if a syndicated Fox cartoon character could actually end up becoming a real-life Governor of California?

Have a very nice day!