Archive for August 23rd, 2009

August 23, 2009

Clark GOP to Dems, No You Don’t

by lewwaters

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Sunday, August 23, 2009. Clark County residents were treated to an unusual softball game today as the Clark County Democrats squared off against the Clark County Republicans in a charity softball game to benefit Share, a local charity.

About 100 spectators gathered at Memory Field to watch as politicians, candidates and party activists from both parties took to the field to battle in the game.

A sunny day, it was a good game for all to watch as young and aging players batted the ball, ran and dropped it too.

The Republicans took an early lead with a score of 16 to 9 mid-way.

The Democrats, showing some spunk fought back hard and tied the score going in to the ninth inning.

But, the Republicans pulled it off with a final run to best the Democrats with a score of 17 to 16.

There was no call for recounts.

It was hoped attendance would be better, but having what was there is nothing to complain about.

David Castillo, candidate against Brian Baird for the 3rd Congressional District and his campaign manager, William Lohr came down from Olympia to play in the game. It’s too bad that congressman Baird didn’t announce attendance as it was felt by many that his attending would have drawn even more spectators who would then donate to Share.

Perhaps Mr. Baird felt that a softball game benefiting charity is more dangerous than town halls.

Jon Russell, also challenging Baird was unable to attend as well.

Clark GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, initially approached Democrat Chair Dena Horton with the idea of a charity game to benefit a mutually chosen charity. He was somewhat surprised to hear that the Democrat Party was thinking of approaching the Republicans with a similar idea.

The Democrats had Senator Craig Pridemore, Representative Jim Jacks, County Commissioner Steve Stuart, City Council member Jeanne Harris, former candidate Pam Brokaw and party chair, Dena Horton, amongst others on their team.

Along with Castillo, for the Republicans, Senator Joe Zarelli, Representative Ed Orcutt, former candidate Tom Langston, County Assessor candidate Peter Van Nortwick, candidate for state Representative 17th District Brian Peck and Party Chair Ryan Hart added to the GOP line-up, along with PCO’s and party activists.

KPTV 12 out of Portland had one of their cameramen in attendance that conducted interviews with candidates and spectators.

There really was no loser in this game as Share was handed over $2800, raised by both parties.

In all it was enjoyable afternoon and an escape from the hardball politics usually played for some softball.

But in the end, the GOP changed the Democrats ‘Yes We Can” to a “No, You Don’t,” at least for the game.

Thanks to all who played and all who attended for a well disciplined game with no partisanship.

Good game, Democrats.

August 23, 2009

Why Baird Was Told “Stay Away From My Kids”

by lewwaters

By now I am sure the majority of the nation has viewed the video of a Marine named David telling off Washington State Congressman Brian Baird and his angry comment, “ Stay away from my kids.

It was my honor to have been present and in the audience of some 2800 citizens to witness David’s confrontation of our congressman.

David was rightfully angered by the recent action of congressman Baird’s, as is seen in his confronting Congressman Baird.

David alluded to an earlier comment on parenting that did not set well with neither him nor a lot of the audience.

Below is what congressman Baird had to say earlier in the town hall to another Veteran named Jeff, who also expressed his displeasure not only with congressman Baird, but with both of our Major Political Parties.

It was Jeff who brought out the provision to fund and set-up “home visitation programs” to educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills. Take note of Baird’s poor attempt at justifying government supplied information on parenting.

CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.

Please note, I have edited out portions of Jeff’s question and congressman Baird’s reply unrelated to the question on “home visitation programs.”

For decades now, we have been deluged with book after book on parenting. Do we really need more government intrusion into our families that they will instruct us now on how to properly raise our children?

The entire 2 1/2 hour video of the town hall may be downloaded or seen at CVTV. Just click on Available On-Demand – Town Hall: Congressman Brian Baird (8-18-09)

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