> Second District Republican contender Milt Hanks threw out charges at the last minute before balloting on Saturday, alleging that four candidates conspired to oust rival Chris Stewart with some damaging information.
Hanks, the Eureka mayor, said hopefuls David Clark, Cherilyn Eagar, Howard Wallack and Chuck Williams came to him recently to say they had negative information on Stewart and that they all needed to band together to get rid of him.
"Are we back to the hog trough of backroom deals and backstabbing politics?" Hanks said. "I'm sorry if that's what Dave learned in the House. If that's what Howard learned in business, I don't need it. If that's what Cherilyn learned, I don't need it. If that's what Chuck learned, I don't need it."