Posts tagged ‘Clark County Washington’

August 18, 2019

Where is a Counter to the Lazy C?

by lewwaters

It is no secret that the overall majority of today’s media is solidly controlled and supportive of the left side of the political spectrum. Some, like our own daily “newspaper of record,” the Columbian make no effort to even hide it.

Tagged by this blog long ago as the “Lazy C” for their lack of objectivity and no interest in seeking out scandalous information on Democrat officials, they have long amounted to little more than a daily mouthpiece for the Democrat party, only promoting the positions of the Democrats daily in editorials, articles and syndicated columns, with rare lone exceptions.

John Laird, Lou Brancaccio, Greg Jayne, Stephanie Rice and so many others over the years blatantly put forth politically biased accounts lacking any objective intent and knowing they were essentially “the only game in town,” the much smaller Reflector primarily focusing on North County news and the larger Oregonian to the South also biased to the left.

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January 3, 2016

What We Really Need Is Good Paying Jobs

by lewwaters

Tenement 3Not too surprising to see the Lazy C editorializing in the Sunday edition, “Make Housing Affordable” with, “In order to thrive, our community must accommodate young families, newcomers.”

Wasn’t it years worth of pushing for more and more “affordable housing” that led to the mortgage bubble that burst and saw our economy tank?

How about instead of pushing for more government involvement in housing, government and envirowackos get out of the way and allow some good paying, family wage middle class jobs be created instead of pushing for taxpayer subsidized playgrounds for the wealthy like the concrete jungle planned for the waterfront?

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October 22, 2015

So, Now They Love Jeanne Stewart?

by lewwaters
Jeanne E. Stewart

Jeanne E. Stewart

It has long been maintained that the facebook page, Clark County Citizens for Good Governance (C3G2) is not only a hate site, set up from the failed effort to recall County Commissioners Madore & Mielke after they hired Sen. Don Benton to head the Department of Environmental Services, but a bunch of liberal hypocrites as well.

While that description certainly does not apply to every single member, some joined primarily to lurk and some are more moderate than others, it certainly applies to some of the more active members posting there daily.

Nowhere was this attitude seen better than during last year’s elections in not only advocating for a change to our county charter, but in their support of former County Commissioner, Craig Pridemore to fill the seat abandoned earlier in the year by Democrat Steve Stuart over former Vancouver City Council member, Jeanne E. Stewart after she identified herself as a Republican.

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August 4, 2015

I Voted, Did You?

by lewwaters

I VotedYes, I broke down and actually marked my slim ballot and returned it this afternoon, as I usually do. I almost didn’t though, just can’t get enthused much over this election.

Being outside city limits as I am, I was left with County Council Chair, County Council District 2 and Port of Vancouver Commissioner.

Sadly, there are far too few viable candidates offered to excite me, even though each seat has multiple people vying for the seat.

By most accounts turnout appears to be very low this time, again. Even the Lazy C and haters at C3G2 are whining about seeing another low voter turnout, both ignoring their culpability in such low turnouts with their extremely biased claims and abject hatred expressed of others they disagree with.

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September 22, 2014

POW/MIA Memorial

by lewwaters

I was pleased to read of the dedication this past Saturday of the POW/MIA Memorial at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Fourth Plain. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend.

I was able to not only attend the POW/MIA recognition ceremonies in 2011, but to tape the speaker as well, former WWII POW Dale Bowlin, who also spoke this past Saturday, video below.

Sorry about background noise, but he was speaking very close to the freeway that day.

August 9, 2014

28.38% Voter Turnout? Shame on You Clark County

by lewwaters

Crying BabyThe 2014 Primary Election is behind us now and I have to tell you, it is embarrassing; no it is pathetic that this election saw such a dismal turnout in Clark County, the fourth lowest in the entire state.

Four years ago, 38.99% was the Primary election turnout and even that is ridiculously low. But, 28% is pathetic in a county that remains mired in economic uncertainty and under the shadow of a larger out of state city ready to impose their will upon us at any given moment.

What with so many of you always complaining about Portland calling the shots in our community, the only way to push them back is by voting in capable representatives at all levels willing to stand up to Portland and to remind them we are supposed to be partners in this so-called “metropolitan” region, not just a smaller community they can force their will on, sucking revenues away from and return nothing.

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July 25, 2014

Chuck Atkins for Sheriff

by lewwaters

Sheriff BadgeAfter careful consideration, I have decided I should make known my choice in this primary election for Sheriff and not to take anything away from any of the other three candidates vying for the office, have determined Chuck Atkins should be elected in November.

This was not an easy decision as I feel all four meet the qualifications, but come November, only one will win the office, two first in the Primary Election facing us.

I was the first to post reviews of the candidates in a three part series based upon questions I presented to all four, here, here and here. The questions were compiled by me on issues I felt would be of importance. All candidates were forthright with their answers and on most issues, not that far apart.

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June 23, 2014

Makes Sense

by lewwaters

If Sharon Wylie, Jim Moeller and Annette Cleveland all agree that only “some of the things they do makes sense,” does that mean they realize some of the other things they do make no sense at all?

Don’t you agree it is time we elected people that will work to do things that “make sense” all of the time?

Clip is from the 49th Legislative District tele-town hall held on the evening of February 19, 2014

May 24, 2014

NWCAVE Sheriff Candidates Forum

by lewwaters

Sheriff’s Candidate forum for Clark County Washington Sheriff, May 22, 2014. This event was hosted by the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation and UniteWomen.org at the YWCA Clark County Community Room in Vancouver, Washington.

Candidates: Ed Owens, John Graser, Shane Gardner and Chuck Atkins. The event was moderated by KGW TV anchor Wayne Havrelly.

Candidate written interviews; PART ONE; PART TWO, PART THREE

May 15, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part Three

by lewwaters

See PART ONE and PART TWO

Video of first forum here

ARMING SCHOOL STAFF

School shootings continue to be a problem none of us to ever experience. Ideas vary on how to deal with it including the controversial idea of arming properly qualified, trained and licensed school teachers and staff.

Alluding to the matter being up to individual school districts, Shane Gardner brought out that “we have school teachers who are Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies. I believe a reserve deputy is a perfect example of a qualified, properly trained volunteer. We have called reserve deputies to augment patrol staffing at schools on days after reports of threats, etc. I believe our reserve program is an excellent example of building rapport with our community. The more that know and understand Law Enforcement the better and safer community we will be.”

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May 14, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part Two

by lewwaters

See PART ONE

Video of first forum here

DEALING WITH GANGS

Gangs have been a problem for a long time and while they might not be as big a problem in Clark County as elsewhere, they still pose a problem for law enforcement here that must be dealt with.

“Gangs should be an ongoing concern for law enforcement. If we do not work with the community to provide education and training to high risk kids, we will be dealing with them as young adults in our criminal justice system” says Shane Gardner. He intends to deal with gangs “in partnership with the Safe Streets Task Force, multi-agency task forces, and community mentor programs.”

Gardner also admits that law enforcement cannot deal with the issue alone saying, “We need to engage our community in addressing the underlying reasons that children seek out gangs, and/or gangs grow and recruit in our communities.”

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May 13, 2014

The Candidates for Clark County Sheriff, Part One

by lewwaters

Video of first forum here

Sheriff BadgeFour candidates have stepped up to the plate to replace retiring Clark County Sheriff, Garry Lucas, all with prior law enforcement experience in Clark County. Of course, only one will win the office in the November general election after two will prevail in the August primary election to face each other.

A Sheriff is a lot more important than many people realize. Far from just being responsible for overseeing the writing of traffic tickets, the Sheriff is responsible for managing the entire Department, maintaining the “oldest law enforcement agency in our state as well leading the Department Deputies in varied activities related to crime, enforcement of laws, corrections facilities, general safety of County Government and Citizens,” maintaining a rapport with the community and other elected officials, budgeting the Department, overseeing proper training of personnel and much more.

It is therefore incumbent upon us, the citizens and voters to elect the one candidate we feel is best suited for the position, based upon their values, experience and abilities.

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January 22, 2013

Democrat Jim Moeller Boasts About Republican Accomplishment in Clark County

by lewwaters

Moeller, Clark County Leads

The above was put up by Jim Moeller, D 49th Legislative District on his facebook page. Perhaps he forgot all of the times he has complained and whined about Clark County being under the yolk of a Republican majority, even though the state legislature is a Democrat majority.

Or does he believe he is so wonderful that his district alone accomplished this feat?

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October 27, 2012

Megalomaniac Jim Moeller Fires A Shot Across Lou Brancaccio’s Bow

by lewwaters

The arrogance of 49th Legislative District Representative, Jim Moeller is well known amongst both supporters and opponents. In fact, he is about the most arrogant person I have ever met and I have met a lot of people over my years. His deeds and actions are classic examples of a Megalomaniac, someone “characterized by delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence with an inflated sense of self-esteem and overestimation of their powers and beliefs.”

But his arrogant ‘shot across the bow’ aimed at the Columbian and editor Lou Brancaccio in Lou’s Saturday, October 27, 2012 Press Talk column, I love the 49th District!!! is so blatant it initially even took me by surprise.

Considering that the Columbian has endorsed Jim Moeller in every single one of his successful bids for state office, they frequently editorialize in opposition to his stance on many issues, mostly tax increases and wage and benefit increases for public union employees, while the private sector continues to struggle and tighten our belts.

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July 24, 2012

UPDATED: More Columbian Bias Against Commissioner Mielke

by lewwaters

If there is anything you can make bank on in Clark County, it is the Columbian, the newspaper of record also known locally as the “unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party” not missing a chance to slam Republicans like County Commissioner Tom Mielke while ignoring the missteps of RINO politicians like fellow County Commissioner, Marc Boldt.

We saw it clear as day when 4 months after being sanctioned by the Clark County GOP, they ran a series of negative articles against the CCGOP and defending marc Boldt over his numerous votes contrary to the conservative principles he campaign on to win the seat. Although they have admitted monitoring this blog and the Clark County Politics blog, who wrote of the sanctions when they happened, the Columbian seemed to ignore it until right after successful Vancouver businessman David Madore, another frequent target of their negative coverage, announced he would challenge Boldt for the seat.

Acting more like a spurned lover with a personal ax to grind than an objective reporter, the Columbian’s Stephanie Rice seems to take delight with any chance she can find to slam Commissioner Mielke, either in the pages of the Columbian or on their blog, All Politics is Local.

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July 15, 2012

From “Three Nuts and a Boldt” to “Darling of the Columbian.” Just Sell Out the Voters

by lewwaters

With the primary election just a few weeks away from us, the local newspaper of record, also known as the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party, the Columbian is making their usual endorsements for the top two primary. Who they endorse if more than two candidates in a race is as predictable as the sun rising every morning.

Conservative Republicans really don’t stand much of a chance when it comes to their endorsements, although RINO’s (Republican in Name Only) stand a little better chance. The more they have abandoned their conservative base to embrace a liberal position, the better their chance.

Such is the case in the Columbian’s recent endorsement for Clark County Board of Commissioners, District 2.

Four candidates are running for this position, incumbent Marc Boldt, allegedly a Republican, Roman Battan, a young Democrat that has never held office before, former one-term Vancouver City Council member Pat Campbell who claims no party preference and very successful businessman and owner of US Digital, David Madore, a conservative Republican.

Boldt, once considered a strong conservative who the Columbian labeled “an embarrassment to Clark County” in the 1997 Tom Koenninger editorial, “THREE NUTS AND A BOLDT”? THE REAL ISSUE IS COMPETENCE seems of late to have gained the favor of the paper.

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April 17, 2012

Pat Campbell Throws His Tattered Hat In The Ring For County Commission

by lewwaters

At first I thought I was reading a political spoof when I read the Columbian’s article, Former Vancouver councilor to run for county commission Pat Campbell to challenge Boldt, Madore, newcomer, but see that Pat, who didn’t even get passed the primaries in last years’ elections, lost his city council seat after one term.

I lost my smile when I read and saw he is serious, though.

Reading through the article, it is obvious that someone is terrified that conservative successful businessman, David Madore, a well educated opponent to the current CRC project is also running for the seat currently held by Marc Boldt, a strong supporter of the CRC as designed.

Boldt, who was elected as a Republican, has come under the scorn of Republicans throughout the county for his siding with Liberal Democrat commissioner, Steve Stuart so often, more often than he supports conservative Republican commissioner, Tom Mielke, covered by this blog here and here.

And now, Pat Campbell, also a strong supporter of the CRC, feels he should try to fill Boldt’s seat?

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October 7, 2011

Couv.com Releasing Clark County Candidate Interviews

by lewwaters

In the ongoing effort to keep Clark County Citizens informed on candidates and issues affecting us all, and not always finding mention in the Columbian, Couv.com, “Clark County’s Online News Network” has began rolling out interviews with candidates competing for city, town council or mayor in each of the eight cities in Clark County.

Vancouver businessman David Madore, seeing a need in Clark County for a balance in news reporting, founded Couv.com with a focus on various avenues of concern for Clark County. Such a focus is found in the interviews that are now being rolled out 2 at a time by region.

Mr. Madore outlines the procedures for the interviews here, indicating questions were not given to any candidate before hand and each was prohibited from sharing the questions with other candidates prior to their interview.

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January 6, 2011

Did Herrera Beutler Forget a Pay Off?

by lewwaters

Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington State’s newest Representative for the 3rd Congressional District has achieved her dream of officially becoming a full-time professional career politician in the history books. How she did it never mattered to her, just that she made it and like other establishment career politicians, has began paying off those who helped her step on others to get where she is.

The Republican freshman began by announcing the appointment of past Clark County Republican Party chair, Ryan Hart as her District Director. Hart, in violation of words he spoke to me personally, publicly endorsed her while still chair of the party and promoted her candidacy from the chair, largely ignoring any other Republican Challenger, helping to create an unlevel playing field for the nomination.

Self-professed “Tea Party Icon,” Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick, former opponent of Herrera Beutler, told too many people that he was not going to file in June 2010 so he could back another candidate to “stop Herrera from winning” the nomination. I received several first-hand accounts from some very prominent people, some elected officials, of such words spoken to them by Hedrick.

Naturally, this was all before he ran the vicious campaign he did against the candidate he continually labeled as dead last in the polls and not being anywhere near he and Herrera, who were tied for first place in said polls.

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November 21, 2010

Note to Incoming Republicans: Don’t Forget, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

by lewwaters

The smoke has settled and the newly elected Representatives are assembled in Washington D.C. receiving their orientation and selecting office space. Come January and the House of Representatives switches back to a significant majority of Republicans while the Senate will remain in Democrat hand, but with a much smaller majority.

The new junior legislators ran on a variety of promises to be elected, from repealing Obamacare to restoring jobs in America. With the nation still locked deep in massive unemployment and unemployment benefits running out, many already exhausting the meager checks long ago, jobs must be the number one priority if we are to begin actually making any significant recovery.

Some of these new Representatives campaigned on promises they would create the jobs and bring them back to the districts they will soon represent. Voters will surely be disappointed when they realize the jobs created by Congress will just prolong the Great Recession and those who made such promises may end up not only facing some very angry constituents, but in 2 years will see their seats taken away from them.

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