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Democrat voters make their way over the border from Mexico, heading toward Yakima County. That's why Democrat Auditor Corky Mattingly (Instep, er, inset) insists on having expensive voter documents in Spanish as well as English. Of course, these folks can't read in any language, but it's the thought that counts

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Home Rule for Yakima County: Dems and leftists love it.

SUNNYSIDE (10-1-11)--There's a move afoot by Seattle democrats to change Yakima County government in order to further their leftist agenda here in God's country. It's called Home Rule, and it's on the ballot for next month's election.

Home Rule sounds good until you dig into it.

There's a cool shorthand often used to check out political candidates and movements. If they're supported by those you know and trust, they're probably good. If they're urged by leftists, they're probably not good.

Home Rule as conceived for our county is pushed by the most radical leftist organizations in Washington state (see list here).

If you love what leftists have done to our county, state and nation, by all means crawl in bed with these "hope and change" folks. However, if you've lost your job, have watched your home equity drop by half, and are tired of statists entering every facet of your life, you should vote "no" on their version of Home Rule in Yakima County.

If these birds get their way, you'll no longer be able to vote for the prosecuting attorney, sheriff, treasurer, auditor, assessor, and other powerful county actors. All these will be "appointed" by a county king pin called an "Administrator". Big Bro.

At the same time, you'll have a lot more county commissioners living in or near your neighborhood. That sounds democratic, but in reality it creates precinct level bosses with varying access to the "Administrator".

County Commissioner Rand Elliot said momentum for the Home Rule proposal is indeed provided by local Democrats. Daily Sun News reporter John Fannin heard him say that many Yakima area Dems--who have been voted into and out of office--have proposed Home Rule here. Elliot reportedly said most of the financial support for Yakima County Home Rule is flowing out of leftist-infested Seattle.

All local tax-sucking outfits love the measure.Included are union goons and cushy-job cats from budget-crippling community action-type programs. There's a bazillion of these in Yakima county. They bloom like tack weeds in July.

It's unclear whether Satan is involved with the HR measure, but, heck, everyone knows he's a Puget Sound Commie.

YVN again goes after county information for publication

YAKIMA (6-20-10)--Yakima Valley News has received requests--from many considering a run for political office--for updated county information.

Thus YVN is again going after public records that detail county staff, their salaries, and their activities.

Readers can check out the old (1999) info here.

Here's a link to Bruce Smith's and staff's hard work to obtain partial staff and salary info for the Yakima Business Times. It's instructive to note how salaries may have grown since 1999. We'll identify everybody, soon.

 Yakima County hates to release email addresses, but...
If you need to email a yakima county employee, we believe at this time that this is the formula, e.g.:

kathy.fisher@co.yakima.wa.us

If you know the employee's name, you'll apparently need to follow this format. If there's a glitch in this formula, this paragraph will change. Happy stampless communicating.

Midland Corp. "buys" debts then sues for any amount it wants
National credit sharks sue 200 persons in Yakima County--YOU may be one of them
 
YAKIMA, WA (7-10-10) ---Certain thugs are making a lot of money off the backs of unsuspecting Yakima County residents these days.
 
It could be happening to YOU, while you are totally in the dark. These thugs can:
 
Sue you and get a money judgment against you without your knowledge.
Get the judgment rendered by a local attorney rather than an elected judge.
Make you legally responsible for a debt that grows like cancer as it accrues interest.
Leave you no legal recourse but to pay-once you find out what's been going on behind your back.
 
YVN has obtained Yakima County Superior Court records which reveal that at least 200 Yakima County residents--perhaps many more--have fallen prey to Midland Financial Corp., a national collection agency, under these circumstances.  

(Yakima, WA, 7-10-10)---Robed in black, Gayle Harthcock, 52, unelected Yakima County Superior Court commissioner, does her thing as a sheriff's deputy stands by. She pulls down $161,000 from taxpayers each year. One disgruntled debtor/defendant says her decisions may be legal, but are patently unjust. (Photo courtesy Yakima Herald Republic)

YAKIMA (5-14-14)---Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee has named Gayle Harthcock, 56, as a full-fledged superior court judge in Yakima County. Family members help her don the coveted black robe. What better reward could she nail down? If you decide in favor of corporate thugs, Democrats will give you anything you want. There's no end to the damage this chick can now inflict. Ah, life is good! (Photo courtesy Yakima Herald Republic)

Bishop White Marshall's top dog is Attorney Bill Bishop, who often works on behalf of Midland Corp. His outfit lurks at 720 Olive Way, Ste. 1301, Seattle, 98101. His email address, for those who would like to commend him for his altruistic activities, is bbishop@bwmlegal.com. This sweetie pie works hand in hand- in-hand with folks like Harthcock.

Midland prey "should require, in writing, the name and address of the original debt holder, the account number, the date of the last transaction, and the amount of the original debt. As consumers, they have a right to that information."--Mark Huffman
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Midland is cursed nationally by hundreds of thousands of persons who have fallen prey to its "drive-by" litigation.

Midlind thugs, who infest offices all over the country, have been busy as fire ants. They operate out of 16 McClelland Rd., Saint Cloud, Minn., an industrial park strewn with rusting, heavy construction equipment and overgrown with weeds (They can be reached at 320-229-8522).

This seedy outfit has figured out a great way to make big money off the backs of unknowing defendant/debtors. Midland approaches banks and financial firms who have:

Received tax write-offs for debts they've not collected.

Received government bailout dollars to cover those debts.

Overrun the statute of limitations on these debts.

Approved loans taken out as the result of identity theft.

Midland offers to "buy" the debts for pennies on the dollar.The debt, on paper, then becomes a debt owed to Midland, not the original creditor.

Midland attorneys then file suit against the debtor for whatever sum Midland decides, to include their alleged costs, filing fees, and maximum interest. This seedy outfit has figured out a great way to make big money off the backs of unknowing defendant/debtors. Midland approaches banks and financial firms who have:

Received tax write-offs for debts they've not collected.
Received government bailout dollars to cover those debts.
Overrun the statute of limitations on these debts.
Approved loans taken out as the result of identity theft.

Midland offers to "buy" the debts for pennies on the dollar.The debt, on paper, then becomes a debt owed to Midland, not the original creditor. Midland attorneys then file suit against the debtor for whatever sum Midland decides, to include their alleged costs, filing fees, and maximum interest.

Three principal agencies are involved in this lucrative legal venture, each of which draws its cut on the backs of unsuspecting debtor/defendants:

Midland itself, which rakes in millions filing debt lawsuits in all 50 states.

Attorneys with whom Midland contracts to file the suits. One of their Washington State favorites is Bishop White Marshall (BWM), Seattle.

County superior courts, which receive $200 for every lawsuit filed by Midland and its attorneys.In Yakima County Superior Court, more than 200 such suits have recently been filed,from which Yakima County has received $40,000.

Here's how it works:Bishop White Marshall attorneys file many suits in one day in Yakima County Superior Court on behalf of Midland. Then they receive a stack of rubber-stamp judgments the next day and scamper back to Seattle. Midland gives them a cut of whatever a debtor/defendant pays.

Once a judgment is reached, there is no recourse for the unsuspecting debtor/defendant but to pay through the nose.  One can request a vacation of judgment when he finds out what's been going on, but Yakima Superior Court simply will not respond to letters or phone calls.

Yakima County Superior Court is made up of judges Susan Hahn, Michael McCarthy, James Gavin, Blaine Gibson, David  Elofson, Michael  Schwab, James Lust, and Ruth Reukauf.  These folks are elected.  If the electorate perceives them as unfair or unjust, they vote them out of office. But...courts get overloaded.

So the judges hire "commissioners" to handle the more routine cases--among them, debt judgments.  "Commissioners" are simply unelected local attorneys. In Yakima County, they include Robert W. Inouye, Lani-Kai Swanhart, and Gayle M. Harthcock.  These unelected hirelings draw down $161,000 each, and can have a hellish impact on citizens.

If you get stung by one of these folks, it hurts as much as a judgment by a real judge.  Problem is, you can't help vote them out of office.  They serve at the pleasure of the judges who hired them.

One person complained to YVN about his treatment at the hands of Commissioner Gayle Harthcock.  That's about all he can do--complain.  He said Harthcock blindsided him with a judgment against him for $7,500.  Harthcock rendered the judgment in favor of Midland, whose attorneys were Bishop White Marshall, out of Seattle.

The Yakima County resident said Bishop White Marshall's process server apparently left his summons with his elderly neighbor, whose wife was dying. The neighbor was distracted.

"I never saw the summons. I wrote a letter to Harthcock.  I requested  a vacation of judgment, so we could have a fair court fight. She didn't even respond after several tries to contact her," said the resident. "She's arrogant. She has no apparent interest in justice."

"Now we're stuck with a $7,500 debt that's accruing interest every day. We've paid all our bills; we always do. Hell, we're retired. We don't have money to shell out to a bunch of thieves. And that includes Harthcock, in my opinion," he said.

The resident told YVN he and his wife have had no debts for at least seven years, other than their mortgage.  They have no credit cards and drive old cars. 

"I don't know what debt they're talking about. I wrote (attorneys Bishop White Marshall) to ask 'em.  Bill Bishop, their honcho, refused to tell us anything about the original debt," he said.  "We're stuck and he knows it. So does Harthcock."

Mark Huffman, who writes for Consumer Affairs, says Midland prey "should require, in writing, the name and address of the original debt holder, the account number, the date of the last transaction, and the amount of the original debt. As consumers, they have a right to that information."

That's all well and good.  But consumers need to do that before a judgment is rendered against them.  Afterward, it's too late.  And the point is, the debtor/defendant may not even know about the debt, the summons, or the judgment beforehand.  He may not find out until years later.

The Yakima County resident didn't find out about his "debt" until he tried to refinance his home.  It was NOT in his credit record.  He complained to the Washington Attorney General's Consumer Division about his problem, but tax-paid AG staff told him they serve "only the state of Washington, not individuals".  Nor can they give "legal advice".

Said the Yakima County resident,"I guess I'm screwed six ways from Sunday.  I just hope these people aren't allowed to ride roughshod over other folks in (Yakima) county. I would suggest that people call (Yakima) superior court often, to see if there's any action pending against them." The court clerk's toll free number is (800) 572-6754 or call directly at (509) 574-1430.

Harthcock's lawyer business is at 6 S. 2nd St., Suite. 205,Yakima 98901, Phone 453-5250. This businesswoman pulls down $13,385 a month, including fringe benefits, from county taxpayers. Yakima County is a poor county.  Many county taxpayers don't make her monthly salary in a year. Harthcock's husband, Kerry, is a Yakima physician whose business is at 3145 11th Ave. Yakima, 98902, Phone 575-0114. 

To tax-paid Harthcock, a $7,500 hit would be no more than an annoyance.  To most Yakima County residents, however, that's a lot of money, and its loss represents a real hardship.