Archive for June 28th, 2010

June 28, 2010

How Petty Will Herrera Become?

by lewwaters

Since it is more than obvious that Jaime Herrera, vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat against fellow Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck, cannot match either in the arena of ideas, I guess the pettiness and nit picking was bound to come out.

From a supporter and chair of one of the county parties that endorsed her, and who has a track record of not winning elections in her own county, we read a twitter of,

“@nansen: wow, a candidate for congress sends out 4th of July email of events and spells Independence WRONG. #wa03 #wcot #tcot”

First off, what candidate actually writes their own releases? Staff does that.

Misspellings are actually quite common, as we often see in the media.

But, how petty can Herrera’s camp get that after her inability to state a position on an important matter to a Latino Youth Group she recently appeared before, who wouldn’t state a position on immigration until after goaded into it by bloggers, they target something as pitiful as a staffers mistake in spelling?

More and more Herrera shows she is far from ready to represent Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

We do not need such pettiness.

Nansen Malin ought to be ashamed of herself for resorting to such pettiness.

June 28, 2010

Castillo Proposes, Stop Naming Our Buildings Act

by lewwaters

In light of the passing of long time West Virginia Democrat Senator, Robert Byrd, who is well known for having many structures, buildings, roads, and other projects named after him, Jim Geraghty of National Review Online tells us a witty tail of Fred Thompson traveling with Trent Lott and noticing so many buildings and such named after the former Mississippi Republican Senator and how it appeared that he missed one, when they drove past a school with a different name.

He also tells of David Castillo, candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District saying, “If elected, I will introduce legislation that will forbid any building, road, museum, etc. built with federal dollars from being named for a living member of Congress or family member. I am thinking about calling it the ‘Stop Naming Our Buildings,’ or, the SNOB Act.”

Gotta love a candidate with a sense of humor.

June 28, 2010

Castillo, Herrera and Heck

by lewwaters

By now those names ought to be easily recognized as the top 3 choices we will have to choose from to replace retiring 6 term congressman Brian Baird, from Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Of course, two of the three will advance after August onto the general election in November. No other candidate comes close to any of the 3, so they are not going to be considered in this post.

Two are Republicans, David Castillo and Jaime Herrera and one a Democrat, Denny Heck. While it is conceivable that the 2 Republicans could both make it in our top two primary, it is also very doubtful that will happen, leaving us undoubtedly with Denny Heck representing the Democrats and either David Castillo or Jaime Herrera representing the GOP.

Herrera enjoys large party machine establishment support, which hasn’t been fairing very well so far in other states primaries. Castillo, on the other hand, has been in the race the longest of any candidate, having entered many months before Baird decided not to run for reelection.

Herrera only entered after Baird announced retirement and then, less than two hours after the announcement became public.

At a recent Latino Youth forum in Clark County, all 3 appeared before the young Hispanic youths to answer questions and court their vote. All 3 were asked by the youth’s if they would support and vote for the DREAM Act (The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), “a piece of proposed federal legislation that would provide certain illegal alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.”

Although a bipartisan bill, it is highly controversial due to heavy opposition within the country to any form of amnesty proposed to Illegal Aliens, but is also a matter of importance to Hispanic students, such as the Latino Youth forum Castillo, Heck and Herrera attended.

Denny Heck said, “I’m going to vote for that,” while Castillo said he opposes it. Unbelievable is Herrera, who many supporters label the “young, female, Latina” in the race, due to her somewhat Hispanic ancestry, stated that “she had not read it yet.”

It is incomprehensible to me that a candidate who thinks she is ready to be elected to represent citizens of the state would go to a Latino Youth forum and not have read something of such grave importance to that group, regardless of her stand.

Such phrases are often little more than “politi-speak” meaning they have no idea about it, or they are not willing to reveal their stance on it. Given Herrera’s history of vagueness on other issues of importance to voters to date, I tend to think it is something she has little or no clue about.

Joel Connelly, of the Seattle PI once said of Herrera after witnessing the candidates at a forum, “the young legislator came across as super-serious, self-possessed and somewhat scripted.”

Of Castillo, he stated, “he was by far the most articulate and engaging of GOP candidates on stage.”

On Denny Heck he said, “Heck sounded themes unusual for a Democrat,” telling me that Heck, like most Liberals, campaign moving towards the right to be elected and all too often, as we have seen, move back left if they succeed in winning.

Republicans have a real good chance of recapturing the 3rd Congressional District seat this year by selecting a candidate that is knowledgeable on the issues of importance to all of us. Vague non-committal stances do not win elections.

Castillo has consistently taken strong and clear stances as has Denny Heck, although I see Heck’s slightly right of center comments more as pandering than his true stand.

Jaime Herrera continues to answer direct questions with vague platitudes, trying to either hide her inexperience, lack of knowledge or her actual stand.

When she won the appointment in 2007 to replace Richard Curtis in the 18th Legislative District, she commented, “Every step I have taken since high school has been preparing me for this.”

Is that what we want, someone who is looking to be a career politician and seeking the fast tack to the top?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that David Castillo remains the conservatives best bet in recapturing this important seat representing Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Agree or disagree with him, at least you know what his actual views on the issues are.

June 28, 2010

It’s Time to Stop the Gregoire Merry Go Round

by lewwaters

As expected, the massive tax and fee increases Democrats in Olympia treated us to this past session only kicked the burgeoning budget deficit down the road as word is out now that our $2.6 Billion deficit has grown into at least a $3 Billion deficit.

Washington State Wire tells us Now it’s Official – Next Year’s Shortfall is $3 Billion, Governor Pledges Effort to Reinvent Government, But Says She Won’t Cross Labor.

After 2 years of supposed “cuts” and last years huge increases in taxes and taxing things never before taxed, we are worse off than before, as many conservatives said would happen.

Governor Gregoire now seems receptive to some of the alternatives Republicans tried in vain to propose, as can be seen at Gov. Gregoire announces plan to transform Washington’s budget.

Gregoire says, “I am now looking ahead to the state’s next budget cycle and another sizable shortfall we must address in the 2011–13 budget. We are going to challenge every program in state government with a series of tough questions to ensure we are getting the best value for the most essential functions of state government.”

One of her first moves in this, “the appointment of a panel of leaders from outside government to provide input on state spending,” that consists of 32 people so far who have confirmed their participation. Not mentioned is whether or not the 32, including 2 Republican legislators, will be paid for their time and effort.

Gregoire also says that “she hopes to make changes with state-employee unions at her side.” Maybe she hasn’t heard yet of the Washington Federation of State Employees filing a lawsuit aimed at stoping the 10-day furloughs she previously announced to save some money.

We can bite the bullet and tighten our belts during these dire economic times, but often over paid Union member can’t? And, their pay comes from our taxes, while we are unemployed?

Is that how she expects the unions to “be at her side?”

Would it be too much to expect her to take the bull by the horns and make concerted efforts to put an end to the double dipping of retired state college workers being rehired at near full salary while we continue to pay them a pension?

Governor Gregoire has shown herself to be incompetent in leading our state. Her Democratic cohorts have shown themselves to be clueless and equally as incompetent as their answer is always to raise or initiate new taxes.

Fortunately, since Gregoire and her cohorts have shown their ineptness in governing our state, we have the chance to do it for them this year.

We can begin actually fixing what is broken by voting out every single Democrat sitting in office and up for reelection. We have some fine candidates running with ideas and business experience, who know what must be done and how to do it.

Replace Jim Moeller with Craig Riley. Jim Jacks with Bill Cismar. Ann Rivers should receive the seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera, who will most likely be in the unemployment line herself in a few months, after helping Democrats gut out rainy day fund along with her support for SEIU budget killing bills.

Tim Probst, while giving the appearance of not voting for tax increases, should be replaced by Brian Peck. Probst votes for bills that would bring tax and spending increases in through the back door and only votes against the Democrats increases when it can be seen there is a comfortable majority voting to pass them.

If we ever wish to get off of the Gregoire Merry Go Round of increasing deficits and taxes being raised and initiated, we must first wean ourselves from the complacency of believing the Democrats in Olympia have our best interests at heart.

Democrats have had a complete stranglehold on Washington State for far too long now.

If we really wish to change direction and pull back from this economic suicide, we must give a new group of young Republicans, untainted by years of sitting in Olympia, a chance to bring new and fresh ideas to the table.