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July 24, 2006

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Elizabeth Marin

I'm looking over my shoulder as I write this. We don't post on blogs. The line is it's to help us stay on message. I usually understand that to mean we can't make posts about personal opinions. I'm pretty tense about using a pseudonym, but we'll see how it goes.

John Capardoe

You are right on target with this post. I have had friends that think they have civil service protection to speak out on things that are just not fair but find thier position eliminated or reorganized in the next budget cycle. The recent whistleblower supreme court ruling did not help any. I know so many people in goverment that are just counting the days until they can retire and be free to speak their minds on the misues and spin of public officials of that close knit aristocracy which is the power structure in Portland.

carla

There's a difference between being "confidential" and being "anonymous".

When I write at Loaded Orygun I don't use my whole name and I don't reveal information about my life that would lead people to find me. However, I'm honest about who I am, what I believe and what my biases are.

I think where you might find trouble here is not revealing your biases. For example, some here have said they work in "the biz". What does that mean? Are you a lobbyist? Are you a staffer?

Not giving out your name is one thing. That's confidential. Just writing anonymous stuff doesn't have credibility.

Violet

Carla-
You are missing the point about this post- it's about how political staff on blueoregon posted anonymously because they thought they would lose their jobs for voicing their personal opinions on their own time.

Regardless of what sector of the biz people work in, they should be entitled to freedom of association outside of their job.

In the past, because of smoke-filled back rooms, laws were passed regarding undue influence to protect political staff from overt, or covert, threats to their financial security based on their political leanings. In Oregon, that statute is ORS 260.665, Section 2 (and Subsections e,f):


"undue influence" means force, violence, restraint or the threat of it, inflicting injury, damage, harm, loss of employment or other loss or the threat of it, or giving or promising to give money, employment or other thing of value...
No person, acting along or through any other person, shall directly or indirectly subject any person to undue influence with the intent to:
(e):Contribute or refrain from contributing to any candidate, political party or political committee;
(f): Render or refrain from rendering services to any candidate, political party or political committee;

Violation is a class C felony and the penalty is loss of ballot status.

Yet these laws don't really protect people afraid to speak their mind for fear of retaliation.

Doesn't feel very American somehow...

John Capardoe

Violet,

You are right on target, even if you do have a good case and can find a lawyer on contingency to take it you are looking at three years of turmoil in your life, the black mark of having sued your employer (the government), and unless you are independently wealthy financial distress. It is very un-American the way things work now. I am scared. I have seen what happens to people I work with in government who did speak thier minds, and had to leave the state to find another job.

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