Only in California


Jovanka Beckles, a Democratic Socialist running in an East Bay Assembly race in District 15, has expressed sympathy for people in her district who believe they have been victims of hostile mind-controlling space weapons and suffered head pains as a result.She even went so far as to win passage of a Richmond city council resolution expressing sympathy for such “targeted individuals”.

On her website, Becklessays she also “consulted with police who agreed to treat these individuals with more respect.”

According to a Bay Area TV station, since the resolution passed, the Richmond Police Department has been fielding calls from people throughout the world who feel targeted by anything from surveillance to mind control to insidious nanotechnology.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt said his office has been receiving requests for help as well, including a message from a woman living in her car in Carson City, Nevada, who says she has been electronically stalked but has received no help from law enforcement.







Hijacking Oregon Justice– Part II (It’s worse than you think)


I wrote previously  that former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has been hired by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s Oregon Department of Justice as a Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG).

Novick’s entire salary is being paid by an out-of-state private source, New York University’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, which is backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Center is covering Novick’s legal fellowship with the aim of strengthening state attorney general offices in their crusade against the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

Creation of the Impact Center was spurred by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned his post in May 2018 amid assault claims by 4 women. t was an unexpected fall from grace for a rising star in Democratic politics who had portrayed himself as a relentless opponent of President Trump.

The guiding force behind Bloomberg Philanthropies is Michael Bloomberg, the founder of the global data and media company, Bloomberg LP, and a former Mayor of New York City. Bloomberg Philanthropies made a grant almost $6 million to the Center in August 2017. Earlier this month, Bloomberg announced that he re-registered as a Democrat, saying the party must “provide the checks and balances our nation needs so badly.” He is known to be toying with the idea of running for president in 2020 as a Democrat.

According to The Hill, an online political news site, Bloomberg has reserved more than $30 million in TV advertising for Democratic candidates in swing districts in the final two weeks before the midterm elections. Bloomberg has pledged to spend $80 million to help Democrats take back the House.

Bloomberg Philanthropies providing external funding to Rosenbloom to push a policy agenda is bad enough. But it’s worse, much worse.

I dug further and found that Rosenblum’s is one of TEN State attorney general offices where 14 NYU Law Fellows are working as a Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG).

And although 22 State Attorney’s General are Democrats and 27 are Republicans (one is independent), every single one of the Attorney’s General taking in an NYU Law Fellow is a Democrat:

Illinois: Lisa Murray Madigan

Maryland: Brian E. Frosh

Massachusetts: Maura T. Healey

New Mexico: Hector Hugo Balderas Jr.

New York: Barbara Dale Underwood

Oregon: Ellen F. Rosenblum,

Pennsylvania: Josh Shapiro

Washington: Robert Watson Ferguson

Washington, D.C: Karl Racine

Virginia: Mark Herring

The Impact Center claims to be non-partisan, but that’s hardly the case.

“Each of the attorney general offices chosen to participate in the initial phase of the fellowship program has demonstrated a commitment to advancing progressive policies on clean energy, the environment and climate change,” David J. Hayes, executive director of the Impact Center, said on Oct.17, 2017. Hayes was deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Department of the Interior for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Should billionaire activists be able to bankroll “special assistant attorneys general” as an almost invisible legal army in state law enforcement offices to pursue ideological agendas?

I don’t think so. Do you?

Hijacking Oregon Justice


Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Former Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick was hired by  Gov. Kate Brown’s Oregon Department of Justice in June 2018 as a Special Assistant Attorney General (SAAG).

Sounds simple and straightforward. It’s not.

It’s just plan wrong and Brown and her Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.

Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute is pointing out that Novick’s entire salary is being paid by an out-of-state private source, New York University’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, which is backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Center is covering Novick’s legal fellowship with the aim of strengthening state attorney general offices in their crusade against the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

The unprecedented practice of providing external funding to state attorneys general to push a policy agenda ought to raise ethical concerns, the Cascade Policy Institute asserts, and justifiably so. As attorney Andrew Grossman put it: “What you’re talking about is law enforcement for hire….Really, what’s being done is circumventing our normal mode of government.”

In August 2018, Competitive Enterprise Institute published a report by Christopher Horner which details the roots and function of the SAAG program. Law Enforcement for Rent: How Special Interests Fund Climate Policy through State Attorneys General describes the genesis of the SAAG program as an informal coalition between states, spearheaded by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

According to Justus Armstrong, a Research Associate at Cascade Policy Institute, a letter included in the report’s appendix from Schneiderman and Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum shows she was invited to a March 2016 meeting of this coalition. The letter describes the program as “an important part of the national effort to ensure the adoption of stronger federal climate and energy policies.” Correspondence between members of the coalition (also compiled by Horner) expresses a desire to collaborate on targeting companies in the energy industry with regulatory and enforcement tools.

This same environmental policy agenda drives NYU’s Center, as expressed in its communication with state attorneys general. Emails state that the “opportunity to potentially hire an NYU Fellow is open to all state attorneys general who demonstrate a need and commitment to defending environmental values and advancing progressive clean energy, climate change, and environmental legal positions.” NYU’s website directs interested attorneys general to demonstrate a need for outside funding to pursue these legal positions.

If this sounds questionable, imagine a similar practice being used to serve other political agendas. If a nonprofit backed by Charles and David Koch offered to fund a position in a state to provide legal assistance on regulatory matters, would it be considered a conflict of interest? If the National Rifle Association were bankrolling state employees to serve as a “resource” on gun law enforcement, would it raise red flags? This isn’t simply about protecting the environment versus not. It’s a question of impropriety and corruption. NYU states in its agreements that fellows owe their loyalty solely to the state attorney general once they’re assigned there, but SAAGs like Novick are still being paid by an outside source while working on behalf of the state.

According to the Associated Press, Oregon deputy legislative counsel Marisa James said in a Sept. 11, 2018 legal analysis that the fellowship program violates state law because special assistant attorney general Steve Novick is paid by an entity other than the state and reports to the center and the attorney general.

“We conclude that some aspects of Mr. Novick’s appointment conflict with the Attorney General’s authority to appoint assistants under ORS 180.140,” Ms. Jacobs said in a letter obtained by The Washington Free Beacon.

Oregon Deputy Attorney General Frederick Boss disagreed, arguing in a Sept. 24, 2018 letter that the arrangement is “consistent with many longstanding SAAG appointments in areas like tobacco enforcement, bond issuance, and complex health care transactions.”

It appears that Rosenblum was anxious about the ethical gray areas of this arrangement from the start. Emails from within the DOJ show that Rosenblum instructed the DOJ not to use the word “volunteer” to describe Novick’s position in his hiring paperwork. The obfuscating language of the hiring process is notable: In reality, Novick isn’t working as a “volunteer” or a “research fellow,” but as an environmental lawyer, as he has been for years. Rosenblum also showed apprehension about the potential media attention the unprecedented arrangement could draw, as one email states:

“We need to be sure we are prepared to explain his position to the media, who, no doubt, will be interested. (Because he is being paid by an outside entity—which is quite unusual I think)….”

As Armstrong notes, Novick’s position is quite unusual indeed, and Oregonians deserve an explanation. Regardless of one’s views on Novick, Rosenblum, or Bloomberg’s environmental policy agenda, embedding privately funded legal counsel in our justice department is a conflict of interest. The Attorney General’s office should be loyal to Oregon citizens, not out-of-state donors, and should uphold the law rather than push a legislative agenda.