Posts tagged ‘Clark County GOP’

April 24, 2016

Purity, Exclusion and Eternal Victims

by lewwaters

Elephant 3This blog has long warned of the infiltration and planned takeover of the Republican Party by fringe right leaning Libertarian types normally associated with past campaigns of three time failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

I have been scoffed at, ridiculed, verbally assaulted and targeted by these same people in comments on this blog and other forums for pointing out the obvious intent of their deciding that they must take over the party for some reason.

Two years ago I exposed an effort by one of their number to “stack PCO positions” with those favorable to their point of view that led to me completely severing any supportive relationship that might have existed between me and the local GOP.

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January 10, 2016

Sen. Ann Rivers Town Hall Jan 9, 2016

by lewwaters

An excerpt of the town hall held for Washington State 18th Legislative District featuring Sen. Ann Rivers over her vote for the Transportation Bill in 2015.

Clark County Conservative author takes no position as I reside in the 49th Legislative District.

For more information on opposition to her vote, see Clark County Politics

June 10, 2014

The CCGOP Executive Board

by lewwaters

It is unknown just why, but the Clark County Republican Party chooses to not list who their executive officers sitting in control on the Executive Board are, completely unlike before and unlike the Clark County Democrats, but we do know who a couple are, in large part to their outspoken acts. We know Kenny Smith is Chair, Brenda Poletti is Vice-Chair and Christian Berrigan is what they have labeled Operations Director, whatever that is.

But I am also hearing from numerous sources of the recent appointment to the board of Katja Delavar, supposedly in a non-voting capacity to some seat.

With this nomination it would seem a dream from years ago is fulfilled of Katja successfully taking over the local party for Ron Paul as back in 2008, Katja, wife of ex-Washougal city council member and candidate again for the 3rd Congressional District Michael Delavar, was heard promoting strong pro Ron Paul stances in an April 10, 2008 interview with the 911 Truther group “American Underground Network,”

You can listen to the audio of that interview at Katja Delavar AUN 04-10-2008

May 27, 2014

CCGOP Doubles Down on Stupid

by lewwaters

I came to my attention earlier that the extremist faction of the Clark County Republican Party, very upset at having light shined on their back room dealings to stack PCO slots, have set up a blog site with the express reason of countering this one.

Received in comments on facebook today,

“Indy Thinker commented on xxxxx xxxxxx’s post.
Indy wrote: “Lew Waters Watch isn’t about candidates, Lew. It’s about calling bullshit on your bullshit. Keep feeding us bullshit, and you only make it grow. You want it to go away? Stop promoting bullshit. You have become the most divisive element of the Clark County GOP with your indiscriminate attacks that never seem to address issues.”

Translation: “Don’t shine light on our nefarious actions. Do not filet us open like a carp.”

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May 21, 2014

CCGOP Digs Themselves in Deeper

by lewwaters

Ship 1 As expected, my post Clark GOP Playing Dirty Again? was not well received by some extremist factions within the Clark County Republican Party, who seemingly spent much of Monday, May 19 scurrying around doing damage control and attempting to make themselves appear altruistic.

In the process, they have made some claims that are not being confirmed by the ones they are attributed to when I contacted them.

These extremists would have you believe that the initial email sent out to a selective group of PCO candidates was their effort to ferret out what they describe as a conspiracy against them by some WSRP operative in Bothell that “has been caught filing at least 20 online PCO applications on behalf of Clark County residents, some of whom had no intention of filing and gave no permission to use their names.”

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May 18, 2014

Clark GOP Playing Dirty Again?

by lewwaters

This blog made no secret of the dirty, underhanded tactics used by the Republican Party back in 2010 that saw a good conservative Republican undermined in favor of Jaime Herrera. It appears that even though the so called “establishment” that was responsible then is no longer chairing the Clark County Republican Party, the dirty politics against Republicans continues.

Precinct Committee Officers are the backbone of any political party that reach out to neighbors, vote for the party platform and if need be, select replacements if an elected partisan officials cannot complete their term in office.

While we have been pointing out how the Democrat Party has been requiring a lock-step position and it is Republicans that truly are the “Big Tent” party, welcoming diverse views, how disappointing to see the below email forwarded to me that allegedly is seeking to set up a lock-step, one view attitude within PCO’s in Clark County.

Recipient’s information has been removed, but not the senders and party officials connected.

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May 8, 2014

Stewart to Run For Clark County Commissioner

by lewwaters
Jeanne E. Stewart

Jeanne E. Stewart

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I report former Vancouver City Council Member, Jeanne E. Stewart has announced her intent to make a bid for the seat abandoned by Steve Stuart on the Clark County Board of Commissioners. She will be filing as a Republican.

Ms. Stewart, who was elected three times to the Vancouver City Council as a non-partisan candidate and who was the most centrist of all City Council members during her twelve years has contacted Clark County Republican Party Chair Kenny Smith informing him, “My past runs for political office have always been for nonpartisan positions. This County Commissioners race is a partisan race and candidates must select a party designation. This is a new step for me, as I have not been strongly aligned with any particular party, in the past. After careful soul searching, I have come to the conclusion that my most important principles and philosophies are more closely aligned with those of the Republican Party.”

Stewart has always shunned partisan labels, opting instead to be a true representative of the people, carefully weighing matters that come before her to ascertain potential benefits and the public’s views, at times ruffling feathers of other council members catering to special interests.

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February 10, 2014

Big Changes For Clark County R3publican Party

by lewwaters

Ron Paul supporters Kenny Smith and Brenda Poletti have won Chair and Vice-chair of the party. Too bad, the party was showing signs of improvement.

This blog is not a part of the new R3PUBLICAN Party and will not support the party, they have their own official mouthpiece.

I will support individuals I feel are worthy of being elected, regardless of party affiliation., conservatism being the determining factor. And I do not mean the Ron Paulian version of what they claim is conservatism.

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UPDATE: No doubt indicative of what to expect, it has taken two weeks to finally place a notice on the R3publican Party website of the leadership change.

December 13, 2012

Lynda Wilson Wins Clark GOP Chair

by lewwaters

Lynda Wilson 3Saw notice on her facebook page just now. Lynda Wilson will take over for Stephanie McClintock as Chair of the Clark County Republican Party.

Vice-Chair will be Steven Nelson.

More to follow later.

Congratulations to the winners.

May 14, 2012

Delegate Vote Challenge in the 18th District Rebutted

by lewwaters

It comes as no surprise that the legal challenge launched, seeking the voiding of the delegates chosen in the 2012 Clark County GOP convention for the 18th Legislative District, amid allegations of irregularities and fraud was not well received by same, most notably the Ron Paul supporters who came out in the majority on delegates and face the danger of not being seated in the State GOP Convention to be held in Tacoma.

As I showed in the previous post, Delegate Vote Challenged, 18th District Could Lose All GOP Delegates, supporters of candidate Mitt Romney were not pleased with the convention outcome and have cried foul to the WSRP, launching the effort to void the delegates selected in the 18th Legislative District.

In a continuance of the exceptional organizational skills seen in Paul’s supporters, that was used to discover the weaknesses in the system and legally exploit them to their advantage, Washington state co-chair for the Ron Paul campaign and Clark County Delegation Chair, Katja Delavar has fired back, along with her husband, former Washougal City Council Member Michael Delavar both drafting their own rebuttals to the challenge and to be sent to the WSRP, here and here.

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May 14, 2012

Delegate Vote Challenged, 18th District Could Lose All GOP Delegates

by lewwaters

The fiasco known as the 2012 Clark County GOP Convention may be over, but the results of it are far from done. Irregularities and questionable delegate votes has prompted at least 2 Mitt Romney supporters, who were credentialed delegates from the earlier caucuses to challenge to delegate selection in the 18th Legislative District where Romney, who won the caucus straw poll, ended up with very few delegates, while Ron Paul who didn’t fare well in the caucus came out with the majority of delegates to the state convention.

Much finger pointing and blaming of each other followed the close of the convention that ended up with Clark County Republicans only being able to send 75 delegates and no alternates to the state convention in Tacoma, instead of the allotted 94 delegates and 94 alternates.

There is not much sense in rehashing the blame game here as from where I sit it appears everybody had a share in the blame.

Ron Paul supporters initially received much of the blame, seeing the previously announced “caucus strategy” unfold all across the state and given that he ended up with the bulk of selected delegates after doing poorly in the caucus straw poll.

Clark County GOP Chair Brandon Vick ended up accepting blame for the fiasco.

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March 29, 2012

Democrats May as Well Hang a Neon Sign Over Commissioner Boldt’s Head

by lewwaters

Any doubts about the left leaning bias of the Columbian are forever shattered with their orchestrated outrage and coverage given to the in house sanction placed on Clark County, Washington County Commissioner, Marc Boldt. One would have to be so far left they are blinded to reality to not see it.

Since their “breaking news” of the sanctions, put in place in November 2011 nearly 4 months after the fact, we have now seen 4 articles covering the sanction within as many days, 2 yesterday alone. Three achieved front page coverage in the published editions of the paper, Friday March 23, Wednesday March 28 and Thursday March 29.

In comparison, when Democrat Jim Jacks abruptly walked out on constituents in the 49th legislative district one year ago, the Columbian addressed that 5 times, but over a 30 day period without the in depth coverage we see given Boldt. The claim of having no “paper trail” was the given excuse for such slim coverage. We have yet to see any coverage of the well founded rumors associated with inappropriate behavior towards staffer, particularly of the opposite sex in regards to his abrupt resignation.

In less than a week, we know more about what the Columbian claims is the reason for these sanctions placed on Boldt than we know about why Jim Jacks left constituents high & dry in spite of having one year to discover anything.

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March 25, 2012

Sanctioning Commissioner Boldt Was the Right Thing for the Clark County GOP To Do

by lewwaters

It was just days ago that the Columbian pretended as if they just now discovered that the Clark County GOP had sanctioned one of their own for his frequent strays from conservatism and selling out our conservative interests to side with liberal Democrats, going against his campaign promises of supporting conservative values. In a nutshell, he frequently voted against the best interests of the citizens in order to further the liberal Democrat agenda.

I have been one of the few willing to stand up for the Clark County GOP, even as party leaders now cower and seem prepared to throw open the doors and re-embrace Marc Boldt, to be decided this Tuesday I am told. Republicans, spineless as they now are, have no need to appease liberal Democrats or suck up to the Columbian, who cannot find a good word to say about them, except for those RINO’s that are more liberal than conservative, such as the current 3rd Congressional District Representative.

In my expressions of defense of the GOP I have made several references to a scathing post against Marc Boldt and why he deserved to be sanctioned that I wrote back in November 2011, but never posted, due to his one time vote against the baseball stadium admissions tax. Below is that post in its entirety with a prediction I made then bolded.

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January 4, 2011

GOP Chair That Led Herrera Beutler’s Election Handsomely Rewarded

by lewwaters

It’s no secret that I opposed the election of Jaime Herrera, now to be known by her husband’s name, Jaime Herrera Beutler, as the GOP nominee to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird as Washington’s 3rd Congressional District Representative. It’s no secret that I resigned my PCO position right after being elected in August and distanced myself from the Clark County GOP due to what I saw as corruption and cronyism in creating an unlevel playing field that heavily favored her.

Herrera Beutler, who brings no substance to the office, won the GOP nomination and ultimately the seat against Democrat Denny Heck, who I also saw as not the best we could offer from our area. I have been accused of “sour grapes” since I no longer support the GOP over the Democrats, both being corrupt and infested with dirty tricks and cronyism in my estimation.

Although my blog is conservative in nature, my support of Republican David Castillo earned me the status of “the enemy” to many Clark County Republican Board Members. A heated exchange with past Clark GOP chair Anna Miller over me and my wife’s reasons for distancing ourselves from the party drew a comment from party chair Ryan Hart that I never saw or experienced anything I know I saw and experienced during the primary campaign.

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May 25, 2010

Herrera Says, “That Was A Good Thing”

by lewwaters

Tell us, Jaime, what was so good about Democrats seizing total control of government? What have they improved? Union bail outs? Forced health insurance? Tripling the national debt? Just what was so good about the GOP, the party you wish to represent, being ousted in 2007 and 2009 and granting the Democrats a strangle hold on America?

Or, is this yet another example of your view of, “My husband and I rent. We both drive used cars. We’re not your typical Republican conservative.”

Or, yet another expression of how you feel “There are a lot of things that I think Republicans drop the ball on?”

Herrera Plays Insider, Outsider Cards

So please, Jaime, let us in on just what was such a “good thing,” we’d like to know.

April 7, 2010

Whisper Campaign Against David Castillo Continues

by lewwaters

Weeks ago, several in Clark County were upset over a robo-call by the Castillo Campaign that went out against Jaime Herrera the day she left during a legislative session to attend a special interest fund raiser held on her behalf in Washington D.C.

His campaign was accused of ugliness beyond belief for speaking truthfully and some switched endorsement or co-endorsement to Herrera over it. Others contacted the campaign to say that due to the call, even if David won the nomination, he would receive no support from the Clark County Republican Party itself now.

In discussions and emails with several people, I came under attack as well due to my own opposition to Herrera and not condemning the robo-call.

At the time I mentioned the whisper campaign ongoing against Castillo, I was deluged with emails accusing me of making it up, not knowing what I was talking about, being a RINO, being a Herrera hater and what have you, accompanied with comments of no one else had ever heard any of it.

Or so many of them said.

Last evening, while attending the Craig Riley kickoff campaign, I didn’t have to over hear anything, it was brought straight to my face by a long time Republican I respect when I was confronted for my “Republican against Republican” posts documenting my stand on Jaime.

I allowed this person to go on while commenting on the issues I have with Jaime Herrera and have posted. Admitting the SEIU “thing” was mistake for Jaime to have made was followed with words along the line of, “you should hear all the stuff I hear about David Castillo.”

I asked, “such as” and the person began with rumors of the sort of, “I’ve heard he’s even gay.” (He isn’t)

After a moment, I asked this person if they realized what they had just done and received the reply of, “no, what?”

I reminded them of the time of the robo-call, the anger of the few in the Republican Party here and the denials of the whisper campaign I had over heard and then added, “you just confirmed and proved such a campaign exists” by spreading those rumors yourself.

I then reminded this person that if I make a claim in a post, I document it. I do not deal in rumors or innuendo, which they admitted I do not. My posts might not be always well liked, but they are not based upon unproven or wild rumors.

I understand Jaime is a party insider favorite and considered a local girl. I see that as a very poor attribute to qualify anyone for selection as representative. I have raised questions on her judgment she has yet to answer. A snow-job memo by a young campaign manager is not an answer nor is it an explanation on questionable votes.

My comments sections are almost always open to all, with rare exception and comments are rarely deleted. Anyone is welcome to challenge me on my views and I try to debate, based upon documented facts, not rumors.

If you are really all that concerned about the Republican on Republican, shouldn’t you begin by stopping the whisper campaign yourself or if you are approached with it, tell THAT person about the 11th commandment?

If not, then consider yourselves no better than all of the sister Better Than Yous’ sitting in the rear pews of the Church every Sunday and who can’t wait to spread the latest gossip about anybody they can, without a care of how it might hurt that person or those they love.

Proverbs 18:7 A fool’s mouth is his ruin, And his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body.

I’m not naïve enough to think every one will support David Castillo, that isn’t realistic. But if all you have against him is wild rumors, innuendo and gossip, perhaps it isn’t me who needs to rethink who they support.

In continuing this gossip and whisper campaign against Castillo, not only is it you that is speaking ill of a good Republican, you are slandering a man of faith as well.

If this is what the Republican Party has devolved to, then perhaps I need to reassess my involvement in it, just as I had to leave Churches years ago over all the slander, gossip and hurtful rumors coming out of those rear pews.

Who am I? I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cruel and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I’m nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and ruin marriages. I destroy careers and cause heartache and sleepless nights. I wreck churches and separate Christians. I spawn suspicion and generate grief, make innocent people cry on their pillows. Even my name hisses. I am gossip.”

April 6, 2010

Craig Riley Kicks Off Campaign to Unseat Jim “Da Taxman” Moeller

by lewwaters

Quite a few people came to the Brickhouse Bar & Grill on Main and Mill Plain this evening to meet Vancouver businessman, Craig Riley and wish him well in his campaign to unseat current 49th Legislative District Representative, Jim Moeller, also known as “Da Taxman,” due to his love of taxing the residents he is supposed to be representing.

Craig Riley has been in our community for over 20 years, having moved here in 1988 with his lovely wife, Sally and their 4 children, establishing Riley Financial, a benefit advisory business specializing in providing health and retirement plans to individuals and small businesses. Additionally, Craig gives weekly seminars on healthcare issues; helps senior citizens make informed decisions and works with local businesses to maximize health care benefits and minimize costs.

Perhaps knowing that, or people in the 49th really are getting fed up with Moeller’s incessant desire and calls for newer taxes and increased spending, accounts for the high turnout at the Brickhouse this evening.

With people coming and going it was difficult to get an accurate count, but the north side room was filled to capacity with more standing outside the doorway as Craig and guests spoke.

Representative Ed Orcutt, of the 18th Legislative District stopped in and although he made no call for donations, since he is still in an ongoing legislative session, spoke highly of Craig and informed us of what is going on in Olympia.

It boils down to the current struggle between Democrats in the House and Democrats in the Senate arguing over where and how much more to raise our taxes, having gutted the citizen inspired initiative I-960 that limited their ability to freely raise our taxes.

Craig’s Pastor spoke of his involvement with the youth groups.

Craig gave an inspiring talk of why he is running and how what Olympia is currently doing is hurting us even more in the economic turmoil we face and some of the highest unemployment numbers in the communities history.

We can no longer afford to just sit back and let elected officials like Jim Moeller dictate to us and rob us blind for pet spending projects. We simply cannot afford it any longer.

Craig Riley, as a successful businessman, has the expertise to provide “responsible representation in Olympia to stop the ‘tax and spend’ agenda of elected representatives, like Jim Moeller who have turned a deaf ear to the concerns of the people they are supposed to represent.”

Several others rose to speak of Craig and his abilities, but none were so well received as his young nephew, Brandon.

In addition to Representative Orcutt, County Commissioner Marc Boldt came. Others of note who came to support Craig were candidates, Peter van Nortwick, Brandon Vick and Washougal City Council member, Jon Russell. My apologies if I missed any others.

We need to get serious if we wish to continue, or should I say return to the lifestyles we have enjoyed in the 49th Legislative District for sometime now. The excessive spending and taxation coming out of Olympia, on top of that we see hitting us from Washington D.C. affects all of us, Democrat, Republican or Independent. None of us are immune. Jim Moeller’s misfeasance with our tax dollars is a betrayal of the trust voters have placed in him.

He, along with the rest of the Democrats currently in control, has not given any indication they understand or care about our plight. They only care about where they can squeeze us next, be it a tax on bottled water, tobacco tax increases or beer, as they are now discussing.

For all of their “tax the wealthy” rhetoric, can you not see the taxes they are adding on the products used mostly by the middle class and poorer people? Can you not see Jim Moeller is helping to take more of your money when you need it to care for your own families?

As Craig stated, he needs all of us helping. Donations will be needed to end this tax and spend spree. Understanding that donations will be difficult, Craig also will need volunteers who can devote a little time to putting up yard signs in legal areas, speaking to neighbors, calling friends and helping him get the word out about the out of control spending he will work to curb.

With your help, Craig Riley will be able to begin helping us take back control of our own lives and our state government.

Please visit and get to know Craig.

It is time to oust “Da Taxman.”

January 31, 2010

Clark County GOP Central Committee Meeting January 2010

by lewwaters

2010 is off to a good beginning if the Clark County Republican Party’s Central Committee Meeting held Saturday, January 30, 2010 is any indicator. The enthusiasm of the large gathering of attending PCO’s and observers filled the room at Green Meadows as Party Chairman Ryan Hart called the meeting to order at 9:35 A.M.

Chairman Hart took role call and determined a quorum was present to proceed with Party Business.

Reports from State Committee Representatives were given indicating the party is drawing candidates to challenge vulnerable Democrats and acknowledging that we need to recruit quality candidates from within the 49th Legislative District for offices.

Any interested in running for any office should contact the Clark County Republican Party or your PCO and we will be more than happy to discuss your candidacy.

Also discussed was the coming GOP Caucuses on Saturday, February 13 and the Clark County GOP Convention to be held Saturday, March 20 at Prairie High School. All Republicans in the County are invited and urged to attend at least the caucuses where delegates will be chosen for the County Convention and State Convention held this year in Vancouver on June 10 – 12 and featuring noted conservative columnist, radio and TV personality, Michelle Malkin as keynote speaker and former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.

To find the location of your precinct caucus, please visit the Clark County GOP website, PRECINCT CAUCUS MEETING LOCATIONS.

As the meeting progressed, Campaign for Liberty’s Katja Delavar, also a PCO, made a Point of Order inquiry asking if the fine levied last year on the Washington State GOP was going to cost the Clark County GOP funds, indicating the possibility of the State Party going bankrupt.

State Committeeman, Brent Boger, Vancouver City Attorney and candidate for Clark County Prosecutor answered that the decision to fine the State Party is under appeal and that the judgment does not include the Clark County GOP, therefore it will have no effect on the State Convention or the County GOP.

The highlight of Saturdays PCO meeting had to be the outstanding number of current candidates present to introduce them selves and speak of their vision for the offices each is seeking.

David Castillo, running for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Brian Baird, the first candidate to file to run last year was present and made an inspiring speech of his qualifications and visions for the office.

Next up was current 18th Legislative District State Representative, Jaime Herrera speaking of how the GOP began losing when “they became part of the establishment” of Washington D.C. Ms. Herrera, who spent 11 years in Washington D.C. prior to returning to her native Clark County late in 2007 to receive the appointment to replace Richard Curtis, hopes to be elected and return to Washington D.C.

Jon Russell, also running for the seat being vacated by Baird gave the next speech. Jon claims to be running on a platform of self-imposed term limit and refusal to accept either a pension or government supplied healthcare. A small but loud contingent of supporters in the back of the room seemed to indicate approval, at least from them.

David Hedrick, who made National News in August 2009 when he confronted Congressman Baird at the Clark County Town Hall arrived late, but did appear and also spoke before the crowd. For many it was the first time they were able to hear him. He spoke of how the video of the confrontation has been viewed all over the world that although he initially considered a 3rd party run to replace Baird, he realized it was not the way to go, if we are to turn the country away from socialism.

Prior to David’s arrival, Peter Van Nortwick, candidate for Clark County Assessor spoke on the problems he sees and mistakes made in our homes being assessed for property taxes and how he would do property assessments to ensure each homeowner paid just their fair share.

Campaign for Liberty’s Katja Delavar was called to the lectern for a scheduled discussion on a proposed resolution to support Ron Paul’s bill, HR 1207/S 604 on auditing the Federal Reserve. A lively discussion and questions ensued, some of which Ms. Delavar was unable to answer.

Although I personally have been in support of auditing the Fed, questions of whether or not the bill would increase the size of government in the GAO and a statement by another PCO of many not being adequately educated on the subject, I felt compelled to change my position to give time to become more educated on the matter.

The resolution passed by a large margin.

Ms. Delavar also introduced new business by making a motion to allow persons who desired to serve on the Convention Committee to “self-nominate.” The ensuing discussion showed this was not necessary as all who desire to serve on committees are given consideration.

The motion was tabled.

State Senator Don Benton was present and gave his usual talk that really fires up the room. He spoke of how this is a good year to be Republican and hopes of seeing Republicans candidates elected this year.

Sheriff Gary Lucas expressed his thanks to Party Members for their support over his time in office followed by County Auditor, Greg Kimsey running for reelection.

Brian Peck, candidate for the 17th Legislative District Representative spoke of recreating jobs, holding taxes down and stopping deficit spending.

Craig Williams, hoping to unseat Democrat Senator Patty Murray was unable to attend due to conflicting scheduling, but his wife and campaign manager Karen spoke on his behalf.

Next up were candidates for the 18th Legislative District Representative hoping to replace the seat currently held by Jaime Herrera, who will be stepping down in her run to replace Brian Baird.

Ann Rivers was out of town and unable to speak, but candidates Bob Dean, Shannon Barnett and Brian Vick all spoke of their vision for the state.

Brent Boger spoke to the group on his hopes of being the next County Prosecutor and how changes must be made, both in prosecuting criminals, especially sexual predators to keep them off of our streets and running the Prosecutors office will a cut in funding.

The meeting was adjourned and smaller groups assembled of each Legislative District PCO’s with their District Chairs.

In all it was one of the more inspiring meetings I have attended. The Clark County GOP PCO’s were well represented Saturday and the attendance of so many candidates shows that Clark County is a major player in upcoming elections.

2010 is shaping up to be a very good year to be a member of the Republican Party, giving the recently adopted Party motto, “BE THE PARTY” real meaning. The Clark County Republican Party is on the move and growing, thanks to the efforts of Chairman Ryan Hart and all who serve on the Executive Committee and of course, our Precinct Committee Officers.

I hope to see many of you at the caucuses on February 13.

September 20, 2009

Bill Turlay For Vancouver City Council

by lewwaters

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Vancouver resident Bill Turlay is running for Vancouver City Council position 1 against former council member, Jack Burkman.

Bill will bring with him values learned along the way in his many years service to America as a Naval Aviator and some 30 years in business. His common sense voice and ideas will be a welcome addition to the city council to counter Vancouver’s downward spiral into economic morass.

Bill is well known for testimonies given before Vancouver’s city council and various legislative committees both in Oregon and Washington, giving him a well-rounded view of changes we must make in order to return Vancouver to sound financial footing.

A July 31 Columbian editorial took delight in denigrating Mr. Turlay and his conservative values accusing him of “pounding on the table” and “yelling at the TV screen.” Oddly, they called him “lackluster” then went on to speak of his “passion.”

They rightfully acknowledge that Bill is the only candidate to oppose extending light rail into Clark County from Portland, Oregon. Ignored was that at last vote, Clark County voters rejected light rail by a 2 to 1 margin, placing Bill in line with the majority of voters in Clark County.

Only Bill Turlay is pointing out that Light Rail is not feasible for Clark County at this time and that costs of building it and a replacement I-5 bridge as currently planned will unfairly saddle Clark County residents with the costs and fees through tolls. With Light Rail, not only would we pay for it, payment for the few riding it would go to Portland, not remain in Clark County.

The September 19, 2009 Columbian acknowledges the rightful concerns Bill has by quoting him in urging the Columbia River Crossing officials to compare costs of bridge designs being considered. Bill said, “We need to have some type of comparison of what we are paying for this beautiful new structure as opposed to a simple one that does the job.”

Bill obviously realizes that taxpayers do not have endlessly deep pockets to keep being tapped.

Bill is running against former council member, Jack Burkman who left 7 years ago over personal reasons no one could fault him for.

Still, that is 7 years off the council and while I applaud him for placing family above politics, you cannot just start back up where you left off 7 years ago in today’s charged and economic troubled climate.

In these tough economic times, we need voices that can be critical of proposed tax increases and unneeded tolls, not another who will just rubber stamp such proposals.

Turlay sees the importance of spending more time and money in supporting local small businesses rather than expending those efforts in wooing international businesses, our local small businesses being the backbone of our community.

In acknowledging his own “think outside the box” attitude, Bill says, “Vancouver voters need to elect council members who are averse to increasing city debt. We need to be working to attract new small businesses, retaining the small businesses we have, strive to reduce our citizen’s tax burden, and be actively engaged in responding to citizens’ concerns.”

Vancouver is currently nearly $250 Million in debt with no foreseeable way to repay that debt.

We need elected officials that are willing to put the brakes on out of control spending, borrowing and raising of taxes on an already over burdened taxpayer. We need representatives that will place us first over high profile international businesses who don’t really offer that many high paying jobs.

We need representatives with business experience who know how to balance a budget, make tough decisions and who have a sense of serving the country and its citizens.

Vancouver, who we need sitting on the city council is Bill Turlay.

September 20, 2009

Benton Endorses Castillo, Russell Outlines Campaign

by lewwaters

Saturday saw the quarterly Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting called to order at Club Green Meadows by Party Chair, Ryan Hart. Those in attendance were to be treated to a very good meeting and receipt of much information that was not only interesting but also relevant to Clark County.

State Senator for the 17th Legislative District Don Benton made an appearance telling of progress made for Republicans in the State Senate and announcing his endorsement of David Castillo for the Third Congressional District Representative, the seat currently held by Democrat Brian Baird.

Of interest was his noting that Baird had claimed he supported term limits of 12 years and as 2010 will be Baird’s 12th year, will he remain true to his word. Baird is said to have answered, when asked about that, “we’ll let the voters decide,” showing he is not thinking of remaining true to his word.

Chairman Hart announced that in addition to columnist Michelle Malkin speaking at the 2010 Washington State GOP convention to be held here in Clark County, former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also been signed up to speak.

Sean Salazar was present and gave a very motivated speech in regards his candidacy against US Senator Patty Murray, outlining his desire to return to conservative values that have built America and telling all the conservative message needs taken to those who like us least as they have been misinformed about conservatism and many discover their values are what we share.

He congratulated Clark County on the work and growth of the Republican Party but acknowledged the counties in the Puget Sound area have been lacking and it is they who have been holding back the conservative message in Washington.

Craig Williams, also hoping to unseat Murray, was present and outlined his visions and experience for the office and his candidacy in his own speech to all.

Brian Peck, candidate for 17th District Representative announced the launching of his campaign to be held September 25 2009 at an event to be held at the Cameo Café located at Club Green Meadows at 7 PM. Special guest will be Portland Oregon radio host Lars Larson. More information may be found at Elect Brian Peck.

Lisa Schmidt, a member of the Clark GOP Executive Board announced launching of our new party slogan, “Be The Party,” an effort to remind Clark County residents that they are the party, not just PCO’s and Board Members.

Also speaking was candidate Peter Van Nortwick, running for Clark County Assessor, a seat now held for quite some time by Linda Franklin. Van Nortwick, himself a Certified General Assessor outlined how Clark County Properties are often over assessed and how tools and technology available to give fair assessment are currently not in use.

Bill Turlay spoke of his candidacy for Vancouver City Council and how tolls proposed for a replacement bridge over the Columbia River will place an unfair financial load on Clark County residents who work in Portland while leaving Portland residents paying for very little of any proposed replacement bridge.

Bill Turlay is a man the Vancouver City Council needs. More on Bill coming in the future.

Brent Boger introduced a resolution expressing our displeasure at Brian Baird hypocritically voting to censure S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson for his own inappropriate outburst at Barack Obama after Baird’s own inappropriate comments towards constituents over the summer.

Baird stated often that he had apologized for his comments, considering the matter closed, yet condemned Wilson even after he personally apologized to Obama and the apology was accepted.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

Clark County’s own Jon Russell spoke late in the meeting announcing his campaign of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”

He spoke of his experience on the Washougal City Council and his clinics, soon opening a second clinic. He outlined the success of the clinics by relying on charitable organizations and churches instead of government. He stated his preference for term limits, vowing to only serve 6 years, should he be elected.

Uncalled for in his speech was a subtle but obvious slap towards David Castillo when he said words to the effect of any candidate can speak of work in the government that may have done and that he was the only candidate to make the effort to speak at the Tax protest held in Olympia September 12.

David was in Washington D.C. on that particular day.

I hope Jon’s campaign will rely more on his positives than trying to tear down other Republicans running for the same seat.

In all we had a very informative meeting as the Clark County GOP is growing in a positive direction under the chairmanship and visions of Ryan Hart.

My apologies to any I may have skipped over, but the meeting was very active and many gave information very relevant to all.

2010 is shaping up to be a very active year and a good year to be Republican. Information on upcoming events and ongoing programs to better Clark County may be found at Clark County GOP.

Remember, Clark County, “Be The Party.”