Archive for June 16th, 2010

June 16, 2010

Herrera Gains More Establishment Endorsements

by lewwaters

For all of the cries of not being the “establishment candidate,” Jaime Herrera, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, seems to keep rolling up the premature establishment party machine endorsements and boasting of the endorsement by our RINO Secretary of State, Sam Reed, at a recent forum.

With the primaries not held until August 17, the so far three county Republican Party endorsing her and doing their members and voters in their counties a huge disservice, as I previously wrote about when Cowlitz and Pacific Counties decided to make decisions for their voters and issue endorsements long before the primaries are held.

A breakdown of the counties can be seen at Jaime Herrera Watch

From Herrera’s website,

Wahkiakum County GOP Votes to Endorse Jaime Herrera
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Jaime Herrera announced today that she received the endorsement of the Wahkiakum County Republican party in her campaign to replace retiring Brian Baird for Congress in Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Last night, grassroots individuals from the Wahkiakum County GOP voted to support Herrera’s candidacy during their central committee meeting. Wahkiakum became the third county Republican organization to endorse Herrera, adding to a list that includes the Pacific and Cowlitz County parties. She remains the only Republican candidate to have earned endorsements from county grassroots GOP organizations.

“This citizens’ movement to bring fresh leadership to Congress and restore jobs to Southwest Washington continues to grow,” said Herrera. ‘The only way to win this election is by having grassroots individuals throughout this region get on board. I’m honored by this endorsement’.”

I hate to burst Jaime’s bubble, but organized parties are not exactly “grassroots individuals,” they are organized parties. Same Reed is hardly a conservative. I would describe as a bit left of center, hardly what one would classify as “grassroots” either.

There remain two other candidates, David Castillo and David Hedrick. To date, Castillo is the only one is consistently articulating clearly on his stand on issues or background.

Jaime remains vague on issues and didn’t even make a statement on immigration until AFTER goaded into it and then, it too was vague. Does Anyone Know Jaime Herrera’s Stand On Illegal Immigration?

She has yet to fulfill the promise she made to me on February 9, 2010, when she called me at home, to provide her reasoning for co-sponsorship and voting for HB 1329, a bill that would have forced childcare centers into public unions, after those child care centers had declined the offer to join voluntarily. A Phone Chat With Jaime Herrera.

Instead, weeks later, her campaign manager sent out a memo accusing those of us who dare ask about her questionable judgment of spreading falsehoods about her. Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control.
Left unexplained is just Who Is Jaime Herrera? What is it that brings her followers, after barely over two years in the legislature, never serving a day in the Military, never holding any private job, sketchy voting record and eagerness to leave the job just over two years ago she claimed there was nothing else she would rather have, that merits such Ron Paulian backing?

And now, she comes forth with the thought that a third establishment party endorsement is “grassroots?”

I guess she was correct when she chimed in that she is “not your typical Republican conservative.”

Imagine the rude awakening she and the establishment parties promoting her will receive should they succeed in getting her the nomination and she folds like a house cards against Democrat Denny Heck.

At the convention this past weekend, you said you and your husband were saving to buy a house. Is it safe to assume that house you are saving for is not located here in Washington State?

Sorry hon, but you’ll get no favors from him like you did others to get where you are today.

June 16, 2010

Clark County Commission, Are You Listening?

by lewwaters

After all of the complaints and efforts being made to vote out Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, imagine my shock this morning to go to the Columbian’s website and read Mielke urges higher vehicle fees to fund road projects, seeing that out two Republicans favor adding additional license fees onto our cars and the lone Democrat, Stuart, opposed.

Has our two Republicans not heard the outcry over Olympia’s loading us down with additional fees and taxes?

Commissioner Mielke says, “that increasing licensing fees would take the burden off developers from having to pay as much in traffic-impact fees.”

Commissioner Boldt, the other Republican says he “supports increasing licensing fees on the condition property taxes were lowered,” both desiring to pass road improvements on to drivers and away from property owners.

I guess the thought that property owners are also drivers escapes them?

Stuart, the lone Democrat says, “the county needs to work with existing funds, ranking projects on a need-based scale that favors safety and attracting business development.”

Stuart has taken many disappointing stands on the County Commission, but how did it come down to he is the one now talking sense while the two Republicans are sounding like Olympia Democrat protégés?

Since I will soon be losing a portion of my property under Eminent Domain and even though the county will be paying me a fair price, is it really that necessary to tear up a perfectly good sidewalk so they can rebuild the sidewalk closer to my home to add a bike lane in a road widening project?

I have the same argument here that I have with many of the other “temporary” tax increases Olympia gave us. That being, if they lower property tax, what guarantee do we have they will remain lowered and not raised later, giving us an increased license fee and increased property tax?

Has Mielke and Boldt forgotten we are still seeing double digit unemployment in Clark County? Have they forgotten businesses are hurting and homes are not selling?

We are seeing Light Rail shoved down our throats, an expensive new bridge with tolls proposed that will not alleviate congestion, higher taxes on much of what we consume and a continuing faltering economy.

That last thing I would expect to see from Republicans is talk of increasing any fees, while the Democrat says we must live within our means.

Maybe it’s time we replaced the whole commission with responsible people.

See also, at Clark County Politics blog: Role reversal? Where have the Republicans gone on the county commission?