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Flawed logic and free passes

November 2, 2016

Using columnist Todd Dorman’s and County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden’s logic, all of my former opponents are hereby enabled to break election law because they ran against me in an election.

So that means Dan Abolins, Dennis A. Hill, Patricia L. Ehler, Sally L. Schaab, Ronald J. Maxa, Jr., Lyle K. Hanson, anyone who received one or more of the 1071 votes cast in the Auditor’s race in the 2008 general election, Garth W. Fagerbakke, Brian Lee Gradoville, James M. Houser, and Joe Stutler are hereby enabled to break election law because they ran against me in an election.

Further, Supervisors Brent Oleson and Ben Rogers are enabled to break election law because they are my political rivals.

One of the foundations of our State is contained in Article One Section Six of the Iowa Constitution: All laws of a general nature shall have a uniform operation; the general assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens. This section of the Constitution is the underlying reason we allow same sex marriage in Iowa.

I do not see anywhere in the Iowa Constitution that former or present political opponents and rivals get a free pass on breaking election law. And that’s what Dorman and Vander Sanden are doing for Stutler, giving him and the other Stutlers of Linn County a free pass.

As of 11/1/2016, over 8,000 residents had voted in-person in the Auditor’s Office or at one of our satellite voting places. Only one left the voting place to vote his ballot outside the voting booth, i.e., Stutler.  And he’s getting away with it because of the flawed logic of the County Attorney and the affirmation of a columnist.

Thanks for treating me like a crime victim fellas! I guess I must have invited Stutler’s behavior. – Joel D. Miller –Linn County Auditor

P.S.  Today (11/3), a caller challenged me on a word I used in my closing paragraph.  I agreed with her and changed the wording.  My apologies to anyone I offended.  – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

The Gazette published a story on this post at 5pm on 11/3/2016; KCRG broadcast a story on this post at 11:30pm on 11/3/2016; and The Gazette published an opinion on this post at 10am on 11/4/2016.

Public sector attorney wages – a comparison

February 18, 2016

After reading a Gazette story about the Linn County Compensation Board’s recommendations, a local attorney said to me, “I bet the local public defender is not making that much money” in referring to the proposed wages for the Linn County Attorney.  Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the State Public Defender’s Office in Johnson County and wondered how much the State’s public defenders (attorneys) are paid.  So I gathered some facts relative to Linn County – see table below.

Do these wage disparities make any sense? Chief Judge Grady and District Judge Miller preside over trials in which County Attorney Van Sanden is the prosecuting attorney and Sissel is the defense attorney; yet, a $14K to $32K pay gap exists between our County Attorney, and the judges and public defender.  Is the County Attorney paid too much?  Or are the judges and public defenders paid too little?  If you have an opinion, contact the Linn County Board of Supervisors regarding the Linn County Attorneys and/or contact your legislator regarding the State employees.  Seems to me that these wages are out of whack! –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Sources: Office of Linn County Auditor for County of Linn employees – click on hyperlinks for other sources.
Mark Cady Chief Justice of Iowa Supreme Court $178,538
Jerry Vander Sanden Linn County Attorney – elected $163,980
Patrick Grady Chief Judge of 6th Judicial District $149,226
Paul Miller District Court Judge – 6th District $143,897
N Maybanks & G Jarvis Assistant Linn County Attorneys $139,383
Brian Sissel Public Defender Supervisor – Linn County $131,592
Tom Miller Attorney General of Iowa – elected $123,669
T Johnson Public Defender 3 – Linn County $111,821
B Belcher Assistant Linn County Attorney $105,814
N Tucker Public Defender 2 – Linn County $93,517
D Davis Public Defender 2 – Linn County $67,041
A Dollash Public Defender 2 – Linn County $64,578
FY16 starting wage Prosecutor 1 – Linn County $63,742
K Frank Public Defender 1 – Linn County $38,730
D Grinde Public Defender 1 – Linn County $27,696
Key: County of Linn employees 1/1/2015 – 12/31/2015 wages; State of Iowa employees 7/1/2014 – 6/30/2015 wages

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