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Martin’s friends own magazine

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A sympathetic cover story about Nevada County Supervisor Elizabeth Martin’s re-election campaign was published Oct. 3 in the Sacramento News and Review, a free weekly tabloid with a circulation of 93,000.

One thing the story, “Izzy Under Assault,” didn’t mention: The News and Review is owned by married couple Deborah Redmond and Jeff von Kaenel, who are Martin’s friends.

Asked Friday if she was Martin’s friend, Redmond said “Yes.”

“I actually don’t have anything to do with deciding what goes into the paper,” said Redmond, who is the News and Review’s operations manager.

During a Friday phone interview, Martin seemed irritated at questions about her personal relationship to the News and Review’s owners.

But Martin confirmed she is friends with Judith Redmond, a Yolo County organic farmer and director of the Community Alliance With Family Farmers, a nonprofit organization in Davis.

“Her sister owns the News and Review,” Martin said shortly before hanging up.

News and Review editor Tom Walsh confirmed that the paper’s owners suggested the idea for the story to him. But Walsh said he gets story ideas from many sources, but only bites if a story is good.

“It’s obvious to anyone who reads it that it’s an interesting story,” Walsh said. “I was under no influence to do this story or … report it a certain way.”

Issues covered in the story – “Izzy Under Assault” – include anonymous, political “hit piece” mailers targeting Martin.

The article says, “Martin has found herself in a nasty street fight for her political survival.”

The story’s author, Jeff Kearns, said he wasn’t aware of any relationship between the paper’s owners and Martin.

“Nobody changed (the article), tinkered with it, did anything,” Kearns said.

Donna J. Kingwell, campaign manager for Martin’s opponent Robin Sutherland, said she doesn’t like the News and Review anyway.

“Let me put it this way: If they had asked Robin to do a big story like that, we would have refused,” Kingwell said.

The News and Review is an “alternative newspaper designed for folks that are interested in pornography and methamphetamine and other subjects that just aren’t part of (Sutherland’s) life,” Kingwell said, citing a June News and Review article, “The meth makers,” that detailed the manufacture of “crank” in an illicit, backwoods kitchen laboratory.

Rene Antonson, write-in candidate for supervisor in the district, said, “Their paper has the right to print. If it’s accurate, I guess they have the right to print it.”

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