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Tea party leader, 2 others, trapped in courthouse (Jackson MS)
Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 3:21 AM EDT | Emily Wagster Pettus

Posted on 06/05/2014 2:01:45 AM PDT by Olog-hai

A tea party officer and two others representing the challenger in a Senate primary became trapped in a courthouse in the middle of the night, hours after officials had gone home from counting votes, authorities said.

Janis Lane, Scott Brewster and Rob Chambers were locked inside the Hinds County Courthouse more than an hour after entering shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday through an unlocked door, said Othor Cain, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, which is investigating.

Noel Fritsch, spokesman for candidate Chris McDaniel, said the three went to check on why some precincts hadn’t been counted. Once inside, the door locked behind them and they had to call for help to get out. Other elections officials had locked up equipment and ballots and gone home around 11:30 p.m.

Lane is president of the Central Mississippi Tea Party and is a longtime supporter of McDaniel, who is trying to unseat six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran. …

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: chrismcdaniel; hindscounty; teaparty; thadcochran

1 posted on 06/05/2014 2:01:45 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I love my libertarian fiends, but a lot of them just aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.


2 posted on 06/05/2014 2:16:30 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Olog-hai

This is really “fishy.”

How did they know the door was unlocked?

Why did the officials leave certain boxes uncounted and unprotected?

If the door was unlocked then how did it lock when they went back to get out?

Something just ain’t right here.


3 posted on 06/05/2014 3:09:59 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Olog-hai; Lil Flower; Din Maker; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; ...

Mississippi ping

Nice tidbit here:

Election commissioner might be Thad’s sister in law

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cochran-keeps-calm-amid-miss-senate-race-scandal

I was heartbroken and very thankful that Rose was not aware of what was going on,” Connie Cochran, who is married to the senator’s brother, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Thursday.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/connie-cochran/4A/7BA/233


4 posted on 06/05/2014 4:23:05 AM PDT by WKB
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To: DH

http://www.wjtv.com/story/25698512/tea-party-leader-janis-lane-and-two-others-found-locked-inside-courthouse-basement-after-election

County Clerk Barbara Dunn wants to reassure everyone that no one got into her office where the ballot vault is housed. “I have an alarm system that is set every night. they could not have been locked up in my office with the security I do have.”, she explained.


5 posted on 06/05/2014 4:28:18 AM PDT by WKB
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To: DH

“Why did the officials leave certain boxes uncounted and unprotected?”

Where did you find this info?


6 posted on 06/05/2014 4:31:21 AM PDT by WKB
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To: Olog-hai

(Smacks head against forehead) WTH??? Tea Party people went into a building at 2 am, to check on ballots???? What a bunch of imbeciles! Yesterday evening, with the GOPe slowly backing away from Cochran and saying they weren’t going to fund a nasty campaign in the time before the run-off June 24, and the fact that Cochran hadn’t even spoken to his reporters made me think he was likely to bow out and just let McDaniel have the slot. Now these guys jeopardize that to go into a building in the middle of the night and, whether their motives were pure as the driven snow, they sound like they were up to no good. I am just disgusted. I hope I am reading this article incorrectly.


7 posted on 06/05/2014 4:50:14 AM PDT by Rutabega (If you don't want me in your personal affairs, don't stick your hand out for my help.)
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To: Rutabega

Better wait for more info. The fact that Cochran’s relative is in a position of counting and verifying votes isn’t very ethical, either, in my opinion. Makes one wonder what she is trying to do and why the votes had not been counted yet. Trying to manipulate the final count? THAT is very fishy! No wonder McDaniel people might be trying to get in and see what she was up to. Who is reporting on this, anyway?


8 posted on 06/05/2014 5:06:57 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: Rutabega

Something smells to high heaven with this story.I aint buying it.


9 posted on 06/05/2014 5:08:02 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Shery

That absolutely sounds fishy, I am not denying that.

However, if this turns into a story, the only relevant details will be tea partiers breaking in to where ballots are stored. McDaniel has enough pull with people like Beck that he could get all the talk radio people to make a stink about the Cochran relative and ballot counting, but taking matters into their own hands (and what were they going to do, that they could then tell the public about???) is foolish. I can imagine this story can possibly blow up and the MSM will be thrilled to have something to report on besides Bergdahl.


10 posted on 06/05/2014 5:22:50 AM PDT by Rutabega (If you don't want me in your personal affairs, don't stick your hand out for my help.)
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To: WKB

Duh!

1.The door to the building was unlocked and it was very apparent that no one other than those who walked though those open doors were in the building.

2. Certain ballot boxes had not been counted.....you have to wonder what precinct (conservative or liberal) they were from. I guess everyone has their idea of what that answer is.

3. You have to parse the words the lady said about the alarm system. She never did say it was on that night....only that she had an alarm system and it was turned on every night...not that it was on that particular night.

4. I particularly find the part strange that they called the “big honcho” Republican to tell him they were locked in (being tea party voters) and he made some excuse that he did not have a key and then turned them in.

I think there a whole lot more to this story than what is being published.


11 posted on 06/05/2014 6:19:48 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Rutabega

Read up on the Hattiesburg mayoral race to see what happens to ungarded, unlockec ballot boxes in courthouses in MS in the middle of the night.

Why couldn’t they count these particular 4 boxes that night?

It should be illegal to have uncounted ballot boxes out of the purview of any representatives of the candidates. Especially in light of what they did in Hattiesburg. BTW, the fraudster in that case won and is now mayor.


12 posted on 06/05/2014 6:21:09 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: DH

duu duh

http://www.wjtv.com/story/25698512/tea-party-leader-janis-lane-and-two-others-found-locked-inside-courthouse-basement-after-election

County Clerk Barbara Dunn wants to reassure everyone that no one got into her office where the ballot vault is housed. “I have an alarm system that is set every night. they could not have been locked up in my office with the security I do have.”, she explained.


13 posted on 06/05/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT by WKB
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To: DH

“I have an alarm system that is set every night.

parse that for me


14 posted on 06/05/2014 6:30:49 AM PDT by WKB
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To: DH

The door was propped open because it was self locking when closed, it closed or was closed behind them.


15 posted on 06/05/2014 6:48:46 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: duffee

Locked in? Isn’t that a fire code violation?


16 posted on 06/05/2014 6:58:02 AM PDT by Ford4000
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To: Olog-hai

OH SH**! Here we go again. Some more Tea Party idiots doing stupid, freakin’ crap.


17 posted on 06/05/2014 7:12:50 AM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Olog-hai

OH SH**! Here we go again. Some more Tea Party idiots doing stupid, freakin’ crap.


18 posted on 06/05/2014 7:12:53 AM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Black Agnes

Were these people who were official ballot counters? If so, why were they caught in an empty building at 2 am? Come on, this sounds bad. We’d be insane over it if it was the ballots in the race between the eventual R nominee and the D, and people from the D camp were caught in a building at 2 am.


19 posted on 06/05/2014 8:09:25 AM PDT by Rutabega (If you don't want me in your personal affairs, don't stick your hand out for my help.)
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To: Rutabega

They drove up from hattiesburg, supposedly, when they heard that there were ‘issues’ with the ballot counting. For some reason 4 boxes of ballots in Hinds county (where the election commissioner is Thad’s sister in law) needed to be counted the next day.

The BIGGEST question is this: Why was a side door to the courthouse left OPEN and ostensibly unguarded with uncounted ballots anywhere inside the building?


20 posted on 06/05/2014 8:17:26 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: duffee

Why on earth leave the door open? Especially on a night when there are uncounted ballots in the building?

Is this particular door left open every night?


21 posted on 06/05/2014 8:18:31 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Rutabega
The McDaniel Staff is trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. This is the second bonehead act by his staff and supporters. I know he wasn't involved with the picture taking of Senator Cochran's wife but his staff mishandled it royally. Childers is seizing upon this already and beginning his attack upon McDaniel with the Democrat rhetoric and it WILL resonate with much of the state the way he is presenting it. McDaniel better sit down and have one hell of a staff meeting and get this train running right or he will derail in spectacular fashion from the run off to the Senate election.
22 posted on 06/05/2014 9:21:01 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Rutabega

(Smacks head against forehead)
Ouch. That sounds like something only Mr. Mxyzptlk could pull off.
23 posted on 06/05/2014 12:06:24 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Haha, that was a mistake! I was sipping my first coffee of the day when I wrote that! :)


24 posted on 06/05/2014 2:29:46 PM PDT by Rutabega (If you don't want me in your personal affairs, don't stick your hand out for my help.)
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To: duffee

or they screwed up somebody else’s vote fixing scam.

besides all buildings have to have a exit always door to deal with escaping fires.


25 posted on 06/05/2014 2:35:41 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Olog-hai

Or, Paul Begala.


26 posted on 06/05/2014 2:44:39 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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