Archive for September 13th, 2010

September 13, 2010

GOP Candidate Melt Down

by lewwaters

Fortunately, Phil Davison, candidate for Treasurer of Stark County, Ohio isn’t running for any office locally. I have to admit, this is the most bizarre speech I can recall by any candidate of any party.

For some reason, he also lost the nomination he was seeking.

Hmmm, imagine that. 😉

September 13, 2010

Debbie Peterson, Citizens Promoting Accountability/Clarity.

by lewwaters

Debbie Peterson, a former candidate for the 49th Legislative District, has started a Political Action Committee designed to help supporters learn how to best help their chosen candidate.

She has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, September 14 at Clark GOP Headquarters, located at the SW Corner of the intersection of 78th St and Hazel Dell Ave. The meeting will run between 7 PM and 8 PM.

Debbie says,

“I am holding this proactive – shovel ready workshop to get our guys elected. DUE TO PAC RULES, CANDIDATES OR THEIR CAMPAIGN MANAGERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND.”

It takes more than just a campaign sign in your yard to promote a good candidate. Debbie is extending the effort to draw supporters together and brainstorm how best to elect conservative candidates and ensure we save this country and begin wresting it from grasp of the liberal elites that have plunged more into debt than we have ever seen in our history.

Debbie also says,

“Friends, This can’t be church, where 10% of the folks do 90% of the work. We will lose our elections! We need 100% of the folks doing 10% of the work. YEAH for us! All of our guys have just won! Please attend – it will be the best hour you spend, this week!”

Short notice, but please plan on attending and let’s get some good representation for the people of Washington State.

September 13, 2010

Boger Lays Out Plans for County Prosecutor Office

by lewwaters

Brent Boger, running to replace the retiring Art Curtis as County Prosecutor, disagrees with his opponent, Tony Golik that the “Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is on the right track.” To that affect, Boger has laid his plan to improve and streamline the Prosecutor’s Office, also currently facing deep budget cuts.

Boger has released a two part series on his facebook page, HERE and HERE saying,

“The County Prosecuting Attorney job is a powerful one with authority over charging decisions and plea bargains for criminal defendants along authority over the County’s civil legal affairs. The Office has been under the same leadership for nearly thirty years and is in need of a fresh look. I am an “outsider” to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office but have studied its operations and budget. I will make changes to make criminal prosecutions more efficient and cost-effective. These changes will make us safer.”

“Tomorrow, I will discuss the significant drop in Clark County felony case filings with no similar drop in the crime rate or referrals for prosecution from law enforcement agencies.”

And,

“Unlike my opponent, I do not believe the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is on the right track. I will prosecute more cases and the right kind of cases. I will work harder for financial restitution for victims and I will seek legislative changes to fix holes in our criminal laws.”

“Everyone Deserves to be Safe from Crime—I Will be Tougher on Crime.”

“The Prosecuting Attorney’s number one priority must be public safety. Felony case filings have declined nearly 30% in the past five years, with roughly the same violent crime rate and referrals for prosecution from law enforcement agencies. Filings should not fall like that unless referrals and crimes fall by a similar number. As your Prosecuting Attorney, I will find the resources within the current budget to prosecute more crimes, especially violent crimes. I will also find the resources within the current budget to prosecute crimes that have been neglected like elder abuse, fraud, identity theft and misdemeanor crimes.”

“One of the problems often faced by law enforcement is the constantly-changing law related to searches and seizures, confessions, and discovery in criminal cases. I will provide more training to local law enforcement to make sure that cases are not lost due to law enforcement officers not knowing the latest state of the law.”

“Part of public safety also includes restitution for victims. The Prosecutor’s office does not provide adequate collection support to collect restitution owed to victims. I will assign a civil deputy prosecutor to collecting amounts owed from criminals to their victims. This position could be at least partially funded in the collection cost recovery process.”

“Another way to make the public safer is to concentrate resources on the most serious crimes.”

“First-time less serious non-violent crime should have diversion made available to them where prosecution is deferred if they do not offend again. This allows more public resources, including prosecution, incarceration, and court resources, to be devoted to the most serious criminal matters. State law also provides for sentencing alternatives for some crimes which may be appropriate under some circumstances.”

“Current Washington law needs to be changed to provide more protection for the public. For example, Washington law currently allows the release of homeless sex offenders like the one who recently murdered a teenage girl in Hazel Dell. I will work on legislative initiatives to prevent the release of homeless sex offenders and to close other gaps in our criminal justice system.”

A quick review of Golik’s facebook and campaign website revealed no such plans for improvement or addressing any problems, even the budget shortfall the Prosecutor’s office faces.

I have no doubt Golik is an effective attorney, but am troubled with claims of “prosecuting thousands of cases. While politicians often embellish a bit, “thousands” seems a bit of a stretch, although I will grant he has prosecuted several.

He lists 19 cases on his campaign website that he was successful in, but I do not find what his actual conviction rate is. I’ll give him benefit of doubt and assume it’s a decent rate.

In a recent email exchange, a member of the Prosecutor’s Office defended Tony Golik with, “Tony is a Major Crimes Prosecutor…he isn’t part of the admin team at all.” I find this significant as the County Prosecutor, in addition to being an attorney, is also an administrator and must now lead an office with a drastically reduced budget.

There is much more to it that simply prosecuting cases. As said in the Columbian,

“The prosecuting attorney, in charge of prosecuting crimes and handling the county’s civil litigation, supervises 40 deputy prosecutors, including 33 criminal prosecutors and seven civil prosecutors.”

As you can see, there is much more to being a County Prosecutor than just prosecuting criminal cases. I have no qualms with any of the cases I am aware of that Golik prosecuted, but where is his administrator experience? Where is his civil law experience?

There is more to the job than just be slapped on the back by endorsers.

In this day and age of changes needed across the land, I am confident that Brent Boger, who sees some needed changes in our County Prosecutors Office, can lead and implement those necessary changes.