"Traditional Marriage," Matt Manweller Style

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Yakima Herald link is brokeded.
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Maybe he should run for office himself. He could promise sexual access to teenage girls for creepy old men everywhere. I can think of a few regular Slog commenters who would vote for that.
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I would love to know how you worded that request for comment, Goldy.
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@1 Looks like Yakima Herald just redid their website and broke all their old links. Fixed it.

@2 Read the piece. He is running for office.
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His business card:
Matt Manweller
Underage woman nailer!
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@2 Reading comprehension must not be your forte.
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Goldy -- I was wondering when any MEDIA of any sort would pick up on this story. There is a LOT more to be uncovered here, although I think you have tapped into most of the obvious sources of information here. Sad that Manweller will easily win election next Tuesday, since the district is so heavily Republican (at least outside the city of Ellensburg proper) and his opponent is a Democrat. Hopefully, he will be a one-termer, and get knocked out by a credible GOP party challenger in 2014.

Interesting that Manweller married his first wife in Boise, Idaho -- which is hundreds of miles away from the small town in SW Utah where she was from. Manweller was a PhD graduate student in Eugene, Oregon at the time. Legally, she was 18 and he was 30, so they could have done it anywhere. All the other surrounding states have about a three day waiting period, whereas Idaho will marry you immediately after getting the license.

I guess you didn't find any evidence that Manweller is a Mormon, otherwise we would be hearing about that too. I think Hurricane, UT -- like most of the state outside Salt Lake City and the resort areas -- is pretty heavily LDS. Somehow I seriously doubt that Reeve's parents and relatives were thrilled at all about the romance and marriage, nor would Manweller exactly continued to be welcome in this pretty close-knit community ...
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So between Koster and Manweller, when does child molestation and incest - heterosexual of course - get added to the GOP national platform?
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I drive through Ellensburg every week and every single time I see his campaign sign I can't help but think that Savage might want to solicit his flying monkey's to name a sex act after "Manweller". I'm sorry... so many images come to mind... uhhg!
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@7 Well, Richard, you know I admire your op-research skills. If you manage to dig up any further info, let me know.
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It's rather unclear what part of Manweller's behavior is outside "tradition" in his part of the world, although I would assume that playing semantical games isn't in his interest.
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I've never met him personally, but one of my coworkers is his neighbour, and she says he's a real lowlife, with nothing pleasant to say to anyone. Although she does say his wife is extremely nice.
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If anyone is in the Ellensburg area this afternoon, we'll be delivering a copy of CWU's report to Rob McKenna when he stops by GOP HQ (on Main Street between 4th and 5th) at 5:00.

Also, see whathappensinthecourthouse.blogspot.com for more on the Manweller affair.

Now the focus needs to be on showing state Republican leadership that he needs to drop out of the election, or be a continuing embarrassment to his party.
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If anyone is in the Ellensburg area this afternoon, we'll be delivering a copy of CWU's report to Rob McKenna when he stops by GOP HQ (on Main Street between 4th and 5th) at 5:00.

Also, see whathappensinthecourthouse.blogspot.com for more on the Manweller affair.

Now the focus needs to be on showing state Republican leadership that he needs to drop out of the election, or be a continuing embarrassment to his party.
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I didn't see Oralynn Reeve in that yearbook. Nothing in text search -- other than the team manager thing, with her not in the team picture. And not listed under the sophomore class at all -- several other Reeve's, but no Oralynn, in the sophomore photos. Pictures are optional of course, but I would say it would be unusual for a student to opt-out of being in the yearbook in a closely knit small town Utah community ...
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@15 To be clear, a photo caption on page 135:

Varsity Soccer Team: Front Row, Left to Right:Stan Dutton, Dalyon Ruesch, Bryce Jones, Aaron Olsen, Anthony Horrocks, Nate Shaw, Glen Ballard. Back Row, Left to Right: Coach Matt Manweller, Brigham Roberts, Richard Kiser, Trevor Jensen, Cory Ballard, Matt Scott, Pat McCarthy, Luke Wilson, Ben Burdette, Craig LeFevre. Not Pictured: Jake Weaver, Tim Buckner and Oralynn Reeve (manager).


She's more prominent in the subsequent two yearbooks, and clearly graduated in 2000.

Also, for the record, it's an unusual name, but just to be sure I compared Reeve's graduation picture to a more recent photo online in which her bio states her name as Oralynn Reeve-Manweller. Same person.
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So, the Stranger considers 18 year old women to be "girls" now.

Noted.
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Oralynn didn't happen to have a sister named Analynn by any chance, did she?
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@17 I consider 15-year-old girls to be girls. But, you know, if you think it appropriate for a high school teacher to start a relationship with a student, whatever her age, please make your point.
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@7: Hurricane isn't just heavily LDS, it's heavily fundamentalist, breakaway, polygamist LDS territory. The surrounding countryside is filled with polygamist compounds.

The Virgin River flows right through town. The jokes are legion.
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Gnossos @ 20

I think you have Hurricane, UT confused with Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ, which are about 40 miles away. The latter towns are the stronghold of the polygamist FLDS church, which has about 6,000 members, mostly in those two towns. From everything I see, Hurricane is typical of small-town Utah. Not very much in the way of open polygamists there.
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Richard, you're right that Hildale and Colorado City are strongholds for FLDS, but that stretch of 59 that runs between them was lousy with smaller breakaway groups. It's been many years since I spent much time in Hurricane and its population has shifted fairly dramatically due to the proximity to Zion and the tourist trade, but back in the late 80s and early 90s the non-Mormon folks I knew in Hurricane told lots of stories about their wacky neighbors. Again, not in town so much, but on the outskirts.
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People who tend to think they are the smartest people in the room are often the ones who write their own rules. Basically they don't think their shit stinks. If the allegations made against him at CWU are true he has not only violated the rights of young women to not have to deal with some creepy professor requesting sexual favors in exchange for an education but he would have violated the tax payers right to not have to provide him with a venue to be an absolute creep. If he does go to Olympia...advice to any young woman who has contact with him...have a recording device on at ALL times.
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@19
"Or, in the case of Manweller's first marriage, between one man and one girl"

She was 18 when they married, you denigrate him for MARRYING, not DATEING, a girl.
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Holy crap - he met her when she was a sophomore and married her immediately after she graduated. Wife # 1 finally divorced him. Gee, wonder why? There is a pattern to his behavior. Regardless, you are missing the whole point.