Posts tagged ‘Clark County Republican’

August 27, 2016

Clark County Republican Party Commits Political Suicide

by lewwaters

Dems, Shooting own footUnbelievable, but not surprising to see word leaking out at the Clark County Republican Party voting to oppose Republican candidates in the General Election. Candidates that are being challenged or opposed by Democrats!

These same Republicans voting to oppose Republicans in what I can only see as a continuance of their “purity purge” are the same ones whining constantly about “RINO’s electing Democrats.”

Yet here they come voting to oppose the only Republicans facing off against a Democrat in races.

This was bound to happen as I eluded too years ago when these fringe elements, being described by some as the “Alt-Right” took control of the party to promote their brand of politics.

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April 5, 2016

And the Order of the Golden Shovel Goes To;

by lewwaters

Golden ShovelWill Rogers famously quipped, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,” meaning of course, if you find yourself increasingly on shaky ground, especially in politics, reassess your position and approach differently.

Locally, we see County Councilor David Madore, who has announced his intent to run for reelection this year, the brunt of many negative editorials and an increasing din of public opposition.

Madore was elected by a wide margin in 2012 in hopes of seeing a much needed shift to the right in county governance. But it seems winning by such a margin went to his head and he forgot that governing is a team effort, not an authoritative one.

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August 23, 2010

More GOP “Conservative” Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

As I have said recently, my eyes have been opened to the sleaze and dirty tricks in the Clark County GOP. Nowhere can this be seen any better than in the obvious hypocrisy of these newly minted “conservatives” who have sought to redefine the word to fit them over those who have been conservative for a lifetime.

If readers will recall, Republican candidate David Castillo issued a “Robo-call” back in February that set off a great many Republicans locally. Ann Donnelly, past chair of the Clark GOP, even went so far as to contact the Castillo campaign to inform them that even if they did win the primary election, offers of support from the Clark GOP were “now off the table.”

That Ann is not in a position to speak for the Clark GOP is not mentioned.

Needless to say, Castillo’s Robo-call was used as leverage against him sparking as much outrage as humanly possible. It was just totally unacceptable to so many “Republicans” that he dared use a typical campaign tactic.

Hence, I find myself once again chuckling at the all too obvious hypocrisy displayed by so many Clark County “Republicans” as we can see than in the run-up to our August 17 primary, Tea Party favorite and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has also engaged in her own Robo-call in support of Tea Party favored candidate Clint Didier and taking a swipe against “Republican” Dino Rossi.

What do we hear from all of those oh so good “Christian Conservative” Republicans so incensed at David Castillo’s Robo-call?


Damned Hypocrites

February 12, 2010

Ann Rivers One Working For All

by lewwaters

Jaime Herrera is vacating the State House seat she was parachuted into the 18th District to be appointed to so she can run now to replace retiring Brian Baird.  As a result, voters within the 18th Legislative District are being presented an opportunity to elect someone who actually lives with them and desires to work to better the community, not just to build a quick résumé to climb the political ladder.

Ann Rivers, considered the best and most likely to be appointed to that seat in 2007 before the surprise selection of Herrera, is now asking for your support and vote to fill that open seat.

Ann, a Public Relations Specialist says, “I’m still very passionate about changing the direction that we’re headed in. Specifically in the 18th, we need to address our high unemployment rate. I’m seeing the pain out there. My main focus is going to be putting people back to work.”

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ann face to face and discussing issues with her. A long time resident of the 18th and mother of two teenage sons, Ann lays out just the sort of common sense approach and sound values that has been sorely lacking in our government for a very long time.

One area of concern I had with Ann was her desire to create much-needed jobs while maintaining a staunch opposition to the proposed Clark County Mega-Casino. My perception of a contradiction was placed to rest as she explained, “What we need are REAL family wage jobs. Indian casinos pay at the federal minimum wage, sometimes referred to as ‘food stamp wages’ lower than State Minimum Wage.”

She continued explaining that Casinos often are forced to incorporate Union Construction Workers, needed to win Union support in communities, but do not employee Union Workers to run the casino after it’s built. She told me, “…a better type of job is based in the production of goods since service jobs are more vulnerable to the economy than production jobs where a worker can gain a skill and advance beyond their existing job.”

Of growing concern to citizens in Southwest Washington is ILLEGAL Immigration. Ann advocates the use of e-verify to ensure that scarce jobs go to those legally entitled to be hired first. She is especially concerned with the prospect that “our most vulnerable citizens have to go without so that illegals can ‘go with’.”

With Washington State once again facing massive budget deficits, Ann feels that privatization of some taxpayer supported agencies, such as our Liquor Control Board, would save the state Millions of dollars while allowing them to continue reaping the taxes.

Another area to cut spending would be to insure that all State Agencies implement the law signed in 2002 by former governor, Gary Locke on Competitive Contracting, instead of hiring new State Employees.

Ann sees there is so much waste in our State Budget that she calls it “frightening,” as most of us also see. With her in the Legislature, we would have another voice to advocate finally clearing it out.

Having personally seen what a wasteland much of the areas like ANWR in Alaska are, she knows we could tap our resources there and elsewhere, while we continue to augment traditional energy sources with solar, wind and biomass saying, “Imagine how much stronger our economy and our dollar would be if we were less reliant or could eliminate dependence on foreign energy?”

She would also prefer to “engage in a broad-based effort to identify new sources and technologies for energy… energy that makes both ecological AND economic sense.”

Of particular concern to Southwest Washington is the Columbia River Crossing, more commonly referred to as the “I-5 Bridge.” She sees this bridge as “an INTERNATIONAL bridge moving goods and services between nations [that] the people of Clark County should not carry the burden of replacing on their own.”

Opposed to forcing “Light Rail” upon Clark County Citizens, she sees that “a third and fourth bridge built to the east of I-205 and to the west/north of the I-5 bridge would relieve pressure on the I-5 corridor while increasing freight mobility and decreasing congestion.”

And of course, we know there has been little, if any, meaningful discussion of such a proposal, which Ann would undoubtedly spearhead once in office.

Seeing that state spending has risen by over 33% over the last few years, leaving Washington State citizens with little to show for it, Ann believes in “Zero-based budgeting,” where “every state agency must come in and justify their requests, top to bottom, start to finish” to end the “Unsustainable spending.”

Most sensible people are coming to realize that throwing money at our problems does not solve any issue nor does increasing taxes every chance elected officials have. Opposed to imposing an income tax on voters, Ann would bring back I-601 and enforce I-960 that requires a 2/3rds vote to increase taxes and was recently suspended by the Majority Party in Olympia.

She feels elected officials must “remain cognizant of the outside world and the pain the people we’re supposed to represent are actually feeling and living, remembering that each and every dollar we spend was first earned by somebody else.”

Realizing that one “can never adequately repay those who put their lives on hold” to defend America, she would “fight to exempt Veterans from paying for books, fees and tuition at any state institution of higher learning” helping Veterans with job training and education in truly meaningful ways. As she says, “Welcome Home must stop being an empty phrase,” and the cost is an expense she “believes the people of our district and this state will actually support.”

A hunter herself, Ann knows what firearms can do and disagrees with disarming law-abiding citizens as a means to combat crime. She believes in enforcing current laws to curb the misuse of guns, not adding more laws to be ignored.

Mindful of the murders of two young girls in Clark County by released Level III repeat Sex Offenders she advocates, “the strongest possible measures be taken to keep our public safe,” adding, “If our existing measures aren’t strong enough, then we have to make them stronger.”

Ann says, “I will be doing everything I can to increase sentences, decrease probations, increase supervision and conditions and eliminate the problems that led to these tragic and unnecessary deaths.”

Mindful of the harassment and intimidation supporters of California’s Proposition 8 continue to be faced with and similar efforts by Gay Activists with Washington State, even though they won the R-71 vote on Domestic Partnerships, Ann finds herself in agreement with Justice Clarence Thomas’s partial dissent issued recently on the High Courts overturning of some of the campaign finance law on not releasing the names, addresses and signatures of citizen petitions.

Ann has lived in both counties that comprise the 18th Legislative District that gives her insight into the unique challenges of the District. She has worked as Legislative Staff and has the education, small business ownership experience and the ability to learn and analyze information in a rapid manner that will result in immediate impacts.

She possesses “a burning desire to end the folly of an out of control budget” in Olympia.

She is a wife, a mother and a homeowner paying out a lot of in taxes like the rest of us and like us; tires of watching it vaporize before our eyes.

As Ann says, “It is time for the people of the 18th district to not only be heard, but for their concerns to be presented and for those concerns to actually make a difference where it matters most: Olympia.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ann Rivers. “One of Us, Working for All of Us.”

July 14, 2009

Clark County GOP to Host Mayoral Candidates Forum

by lewwaters

Ryan Hart, Chair of the Clark County Republican Party invites the public to a Mayoral Candidates Forum, July 28, 2009 to be held at the Clark Public Utilities office, 1220 Fort Vancouver Way, at 7 PM.

The forum will feature the three Vancouver Mayors candidates, incumbent Mayor Royce Pollard, Council Member Tim Leavitt and candidate Charlie Stemper.

The Vancouver Mayors position is a non-partisan position. Ryan Hart says, “There is a great amount of interest in the Vancouver mayoral race this year.”

Given the condition of the economy, proposed I-5 Bridge replacement, Light Rail and a proposed city budget deficit, Hart is correct as the next Mayor will have a formidable task as he maneuvers through the options available.

All three candidates have their supporters in the Republican Party, but the party is not planning on endorsing any.

Party members will submit a series of questions to the 3 candidates and each will be given time to reply.

The forum is open to the General Public and all are invited.

Now is your chance to have all 3 candidates seated together and see where they stand on issues of importance to Vancouver and to you.

Mark your calendars and please make every effort to attend.

Again, it will be held at the Clark Public Utilities office, 1220 Fort Vancouver Way at 7 PM.

October 21, 2008

Langston Shuns PAC and Special Interest Money

by lewwaters

By now most have undoubtedly seen the television ad hawking David Carrier’s vow and refusal to accept Special Interest and PAC money and even the Columbian’s report of his campaign initially accepting an illegal contribution from another legislative district, which was subsequently returned.

The excuse listed of the Special Interest and PAC monies he did receive come across a bit lame, in my opinion.

Discussing the acceptance of Special Interest and PAC after viewing the last Presidential Debate at Republican Party Headquarters last week, Office Manager, Cindy Langston, wife of State Senate candidate Tom Langston, came up the small group and told us that Tom accepts no Special Interest or PAC money, at all.

We all have heard Political Candidates make claims that cause us to be skeptical and initially, I took Cindy’s claim with a little skepticism too. After all, it is just too easy to find out to who contributes to the candidates by a simple visit to the Public Disclosure Commission’s website, which is updated frequently.

It was a very pleasant surprise to discover that Tom and his wife are truthful. He has indeed not accepted PAC or Special Interest money and his acceptance of the money from the 49th Legislative District is legal as he is running for office within the 49th Legislative District.

Langston PDC Report

Langston PDC Report

Tom’s opponent, incumbent Democrat Craig Pridemore, lists several PACs he has accepted donations from, including the same Seattle law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation that David Carrier states is “from an individual employed by the firm who wished to remain anonymous.”

Pridemore PDC Report

Pridemore PDC Report

Unlike Carrier, I have never heard Pridemore make a vow to not accept such donations and again, accepting from Special Interest and PACs is not illegal. They can leave a candidate beholding to such groups, as we all know, but they are completely legal to accept.

Langston, desiring a more business friendly environment for Washington State, opposes any effort to impose an income tax on us. Strangely enough, Pridemore’s issue’s page is blank, leaving the voters will little information on just where he stands on current issues affecting the state.

Langston’s page prominently displays his stand on the issues and his pledge to the voters in dealing with them.

Pridemore, not willing to make his stand known to the public on his campaign website, leave us wondering if once again he would cave in to others on an income tax since we are again facing a severe budget shortage and as he said in 2005 after voting against his stated principles in raising taxes on Tobacco and Alcohol said, “The Senate has balanced the budget on the backs of the poor and powerless,” even though it was he who cast the deciding vote in passing the legislation.

To Pridemore’s credit, he did later sponsor a tax rebate bill, but even that could face elimination with the current severe budget shortfall we face since Democrats took control of the State Government.

Langston opposes the Light Rail project across the Columbia River that the CRC desires to impose upon us, in spite of voters rejecting it. Pridemore chaired that same commission previously. Does he also advocate strapping commuters to Portland with tolls should they choose to exercise their freedom to drive their car? Does he prefer to force commuters to use public transportation; joining Portland and Vancouver’s Mayors desire to “force people out of their cars?”

Tom Langston has shown himself to be a man of conviction who stands by his word, something we saw Pridemore vote against in 2005. Could that have something to do with his rapid rise in powerful committees in the Senate?

With the serious budget shortfall we face, we need a businessman to represent us, someone who has had to work to make a payroll and keep costs down to turn a profit and stay in business. Saying we need to “trim the fat” in our budget and actually doing it are often very different. Tom Langston knows how to do it.

Craig Pridemore has shown us he is willing to compromise his own principles on our backs.

Join me in voting for Tom Langston, Senator for the 49th Legislative District. Let’s return Washington State to sound fiscal footing and get back on track to improving Washington’s economy and drawing businesses and jobs back to Washington State.