Posts tagged ‘Clark County Board of Commissioners’

June 10, 2013

Make the Freeholders Partisan

by lewwaters

repub-demNow that a Home Rule Charter is popular with the left, after years of their opposing the same rule, there is an effort to make the Freeholders “non-partisan,” not declaring any Political Party.

Bad idea in my opinion.

County Commissioner Tom Mielke said it best before when he said the positions should be Partisan with, “it gives voters an idea regarding governing philosophy.”

I know it is becoming commonplace to claim “non-partisan” with our Top Two Primary system, but let’s face it, anybody elected brings with them a “Partisan” viewpoint. From City Council members to Freeholders, whoever holds the seat will govern from a “Partisan” viewpoint.

We also know that Democrats now favor Home Rule due solely to the election of Commissioner David Madore and the reelection of Commissioner Tom Mielke, giving the County Commission a true Conservative Republican majority.

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May 2, 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin Prompts Commissioner Stuart to Throw Another Tantrum

by lewwaters

Mushroom CloudLiberal heads in Clark County are exploding like never before as we see County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore direct County Administrator Bill Barron to begin the hiring process to hire State Senator Don Benton (R. 17) as the County’s director of environmental services.

The Columbian immediately went into meltdown finding a demonic looking photo of Benton to use in their rant last evening.

See County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental job and the follow-up rant from acerbic Political Page Editor John Laird understudy, Stephanie Rice, Benton doesn’t appear to meet minimum requirements for county job.

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October 26, 2012

Stephanie Rice, Allow Me To Introduce You To Google

by lewwaters

Just about everybody is at least somewhat familiar with the internet today and the availability of ‘search engines,’ Google being amongst the most popular. Regardless of what is used, the internet provides us with a resource of information unlike ever before in our history.

That is why I am very surprised to see the Columbian, primarily Stephanie Rice being so unfamiliar with the prospects of searching for information before just blindly posting a candidates claim of “false” claims from his opponent.

We see the post on the Columbians All politics is local of Tanner calls out Mielke for false statements where yet again, Rice is quick to assail County Commissioner Tom Mielke and latch onto challenger Joe Tanner’s claims of statements made in a political ad by Mielke are “false.”

Had Rice bothered to check Google she would have seen they are not false at all and at worst, may have a wrong word.

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August 11, 2012

Does Herrera Beutler Endorse Marc Boldt or Not?

by lewwaters

It was just this past May when Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler raised a few eyebrows around her district over a comment she made and reported in the May 4, 2012 Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the CRC and Democrat Party, that she intended to endorse both incumbent County Commissioners up for reelection, Republican Tom Mielke and alleged Republican Marc Boldt.

Considering that Commissioner Boldt has been sanctioned in November 2011 by the Clark County Republican Party for abandoning the party platform, turning his back on constituents who elected him and began siding with Democrat Steve Stuart, even to the point of saying “nothing would get done if he didn’t compromise with Stuart,” Herrera Beutler began catching flak, just as she predicted she would.

One such example was an open letter written to her by Carolyn Schultz-Rathbun with a copy posted on her blog, Cry Beloved Country.

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August 6, 2012

Commissioner Boldt, Honesty Really Is The Best Policy

by lewwaters

Incumbent Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, who ran as a conservative and sold out his conservative base during his two terms on the commission, is eager to keep his seat and be reelected. No real surprise, the position not only pays pretty well for a former truck driver, it carries power and a degree of prestige, as public office does.

But that does not justify the lengths Marc Boldt is taking to retain his seat.

Politicians of all walks are noted for trying to present their best view for us and are expected to embellish somewhat. But Marc Boldt has elevated the art of dishonest deception presented to voters to a new level for the office he seeks to retain, with the willing assistance of the unofficial daily newsletter for the CRC & Democrat Party, the Columbian.

While they Columbian’s Stephanie Rice strains gnats to paint Boldt’s strongest opponent, successful businessman David Madore as less than sincere, she makes no effort whatsoever to vet Marc Boldt’s claims he makes or vet those who speak on his behalf.

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May 7, 2012

Will the Sanctioning of Marc Boldt Next be Called “Racist?”

by lewwaters

Maybe a little farfetched, I grant you, but the way the “Hyena’s of Inkville” have been carrying on and how Commissioner Boldt continues to go around the county crying that he was sanctioned, playing the victim when he clearly deserved to be sanctioned, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Clearly Commissioner Boldt has grown very comfortable sitting in his well paid cushioned seat of authority on the Clark County Board of Commissioners supporting Liberal Democrat agendas while claiming to be a Republican and expecting conservative Republicans to support and vote for him.

It’s difficult for me to imagine why he would even worry about the sanctions, given his words recently quoted in a Reflector editorial, Boldt confident voters will ignore GOP demands.

Since the sanction amount to little more than withdrawing party support of him and not allowing access to party mailing lists, Boldt told the Reflector, “he has never used party mailing lists and that the most the party has donated to his campaign in the past is $100.”

I guess use of the party headquarters and being endorsed and promoted by the party to encourage party members to elect him aren’t worth very much to Commissioner Boldt. Personally, I would consider 89,033 votes worth quite a lot, even if all of them did not see the Clark County GOP Endorsement of Boldt.

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May 6, 2012

David Madore Named Semi-Finalist for Entrepreneur Award

by lewwaters

This blog no longer supports David Madore and calls upon him to resign immediately!

Buried in the Business section of the Sunday, May 6, 2012 edition of the Columbian, appeared the following little blurb,

“David Madore, CEO of Vancouver-based U.S. Digital, is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Award in the Pacific Northwest. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.”

Being named semi-finalist for a prestigious award is an honor few receive, even in the business world. But David Madore also saw his business, U.S. Digital recently named one of “Vancouver’s Fastest Growing Businesses: 10 years +,” quite a feat considering how poorly so many other businesses have performed in this ongoing repressed economy.

More than just a business owner, David Madore is also a community minded person, opening up empty office space in his business to over 30 non-profits, free of charge.

A healthy 60 years old, he is far from the stingy picture painted of many successful CEO’s. He keeps available trail mix, almonds, peanuts, fruit, orange juice, frozen straw-berries, peanut butter, salad ingredients like lettuce, tons of veggies, and expensive “Dave’s” bread, coffee and tea for his employees and the non-profits he has opened space to, all at no charge.

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April 30, 2012

The Columbian’s “Absence of Malice”

by lewwaters

I always find it disheartening to see mispresentations on the Columbian’s website or in their print edition. Whether deliberate or accidental, misrepresentations serve no one and leave people with false impressions of news or something that happened.

As readers know, Clark County Politics blog and I both raised the question about a claim of “numerous combat medals” received by current Clark County Board of Commissioners candidate, Joe Tanner, seeing that he served aboard a ship cruising in the South China Sea off of the coast of Vietnam during the war in support of the war.

Such a claim is vague and leads people to believe such medals to be earned during actual combat by a soldier or sailor if a member of the Navy as was Tanner.

Most that never served in the Military do not see a distinction nor do they see a need to question Military service, unless of course your name is George W. Bush or you’re a Republican.

Seeing that Mr. Tanner was an Electronics Technician most likely serving at sea, the question arose about how “numerous combat medals” could be received. Given that, on April 25, 2012 I sent an email to the Tanner campaign requesting clarification.

On April 29, 2012, a little after 9 pm I received from Tanner;

Lew, sorry for the delay. I have a new grand daughter (my first) and that took priority. By noon tomorrow I will send to you my DD-214 and a statement about my military service. I am taking you at your word that you will publish my DD-214 and statement verbatim on your website. All the Democrats and Republicans I know believe you to be a straight shooter, so I am going to assume that – until and unless you give me a reason to think otherwise. At the same time I will post the DD-214 on my website and also send it to the Columbian and Reflector.

I think we will both be a big part of the political landscape in Clark County for many years, so hopefully we will have a mutually respectful and productive working relationship. By the way, I personally gave my DD-214 to David Madore 2 months ago, given our mutual experience in the Navy. I assumed you already had a copy, but in any event tomorrow you will have it (absent only my social security number).

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April 30, 2012

Joe Tanners’ Military Medals Claim Clarified

by lewwaters

Joe Tanner, announced candidate for the Clark County Commissioner seat now occupied by Tom Mielke has caught the eye of primarily bloggers who have questioned claims made on his ABOUT JOE TANNER page. Primarily the claim, “As an active duty Vietnam veteran, Joe Tanner received numerous combat medals.

Mr. Tanner served in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician from 1966 to 1970 and was aboard the USS Providence, a Cleveland-class light cruiser that was converted to a guided missile cruiser. More on the ship will follow below.

As a Vietnam Veteran who served “boots on the ground” in the Central Highlands for 18 months, reading a sailors claim of “numerous combat medals” caught my eye as most sailors served aboard ships cruising in the South China Sea, far away from much of the in country battles in support roles. It also caught the eye of Clark County Politics, also a US Army Veteran with both of us seeking answers and clarification from the Tanner Campaign.

Mr. Tanner has answered with a copy of his Discharge, DD-214 and a statement on his Military Service below.

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December 14, 2010

Note to Clark County Commissioners: We Are Not Your Personal ATM Machine

by lewwaters

Just one week after deciding to raise property taxes 1% for the county general fund, Clark County Commissioners’ will see their salaries go up from $98,224 to $100,224.

Additionally, each will receive $600 a month car allowance, an increase from $500 a month for Commissioners Boldt and Mielke and $400 a month for Stuart, who was just reelected.

Clark County’s jobless rate remains at 13.1% while county employees have seen a wage freeze and continue to contribute nothing towards their health insurance, which cost taxpayers $26 Million for premiums in 2010.

Commissioner Stuart defended the increase saying they did “give up the mileage reimbursement and are saving money by not replacing a policy analyst who resigned this fall.” “We are doing more work,” Stuart said.

Read more HERE and HERE.

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