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Friday, May 18, 2007

KC Superior Court Approves Pat Davis Recall Petition

posted by on May 18 at 15:44 PM

Despite arguments in KC Superior Court today from Pat Davis and her lawyer Suzanne Thomas from Preston Gates that Port Commissioner Bob Edwards (not Davis) negotiated Mic Dinsmore’s hefty retirement package and despite her line that Dinsmore never got the money anyway, KC Superior Court Judge Charles Mertel ruled that good government activist Chris Clifford’s recall petition could go forward. (He’ll need about 150,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.)

The judge even changed some of Clifford’s language, making it more damning. The judge, for example, added the word “knowingly” into the accusation that Davis entered into a pay out contract with Dinsmore.

Thomas reportedly told Clifford she’d be seeing him in front of the Supremes.

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Actually, it's not Preston Gates anymore. After the merger with an East Coast firm, it's now known as K & L Gates, which is short for Kirkland & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis.

Posted by Law Dork | May 18, 2007 3:46 PM

Davis’s line of defense is to point at her one remaining ally on the Commission and say “he did it!” like a 4 year old caught with a cookie in her hand, and the cookie jar on the counter wide open.

She’s making George Bush like a strategic genius, because he hasn’t yet ordered American troops in Iraq to open fire on the British.

Posted by Sid Vicious | May 18, 2007 4:13 PM

Excellent reporting, Feit! Apparently no other local media outlet has reported this news. A ruling which
allows a petition to recall a local elected political official is an exceptionally serious and newsworthy event. Congratulations on breaking
this story.


Posted by Jensen Interceptor | May 18, 2007 8:07 PM

Actually the PI does have a story as well. Both stories have some very interesting points. The standard for a recall is extremely high and this is indeed a very rare event. It is sort of like seeing a comet or the Northern Lights while in Seattle, it simply doesn't happen very often.

Posted by Stuart Jenner | May 18, 2007 8:51 PM

150000 is a fuckload of signatures

Posted by wf | May 18, 2007 10:20 PM

The Times and P-I love the advertising inserts of the Port.

Posted by Luigi Giovanni | May 19, 2007 1:07 AM

The inserts are the quid pro quo for the endorsement of Pat Davis by The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times doesn't forget. Pat Davis doesn't forget either.

Posted by Luigi Giovanni | May 19, 2007 1:23 AM

Next on the agenda: the long overdue tar & feathering of Mic Dinsmore.

Posted by Explorer | May 19, 2007 10:31 AM

just vote her out next time around ....the signature drive is not going to make it ... a lot of sigs and no giant wave of public feeling....or $$$$

new board, new xo....all new....go away pat

new word, above, it

Posted by Essex | May 20, 2007 11:59 AM

@3 - actually, it was a lot of the talk at the 43rd Dems Spring Party on Saturday night ...

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