Posts tagged ‘Craig Pridemore’

January 7, 2012

Shame on You, Senator Pridemore

by lewwaters

Washington State Democratic Senator (49th legislative district) Craig Pridemore (wearing the tie) fumbling with his jacket throughout the pledge of allegiance during the opening of the January 7, 2012 Town Hall, with 49th legislative district Democrat representatives, Sharon Wylie and Jim Moeller who showed proper respect to the flag.

CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.”

December 15, 2011

In Spite of Recent Tax Increases, Sen. Pridemore Claims We Have The “Lowest Taxes in 50 Years!”

by lewwaters

I know how politicians love to spin numbers and throw out smoke screens as they stick it to us in our back sides, but either Senator Craig Pridemore (D. 49th) is completely out of touch. Or, he either isn’t very good at spin or he has the worst timing ever. Below is a screen shot of his enewsletter received just today.

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Nothing would please me more than to believe this claim, but does he not know that the Port of Vancouver just raised property tax by 1%? The city of Vancouver just raised property tax by 1%? C-Tran just hoodwinked us into a sales tax increase? The City just raised ad valorum tax by 1%? Utility taxes were just raised as well as rates are increasing. Governor Gregoire wants a sales tax increase and C-Tran is already scheming to hit us with yet another sales tax increase next year.

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April 5, 2011

Why Isn’t the Columbian Asking the Questions?

by lewwaters

I remain amazed at the glaring disparity displayed by the Columbian in coverage of the resignation of Democrat 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks, compared to the coverage given Richard Curtis’ resignation in 2007 and a few other conservatives they seemingly did not take a shine to.

What amazes me the most is Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio chiming in on a comment I left addressing the disparity on a post at their blog portion of the online site by Marissa Harshman, who I consider one of the better staff writers in regards to fair coverage and objectivity.

Besides Lou not being known to comment often in that area of the site, some of what he said in the comments has me questioning once again, the claim of an “unbiased newspaper.”

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March 5, 2011

Bigotry Reigns in the Washington State Legislature

by lewwaters

For all of the cries of “equal rights for all” and “end discrimination” coming out of the Democrat controlled legislature in Washington State, I am surprised, shocked even to realize we actually have a legislature filled with bigots when it comes to civil marriage.

Jim Moeller, Jim Jacks, Tim Probst, Ed Murray, Craig Pridemore, nearly every single Democrat in Olympia falls in that category as they sign on to bills to legitimize same-sex marriage, yet continue to deny civil marriage, or even domestic partnership to other consensual relationships.

Two bills proposed and introduced by Rep. Moeller and Sen. Murray, HB 1963 and SB 5793 are both summarized as, “Ends discrimination in marriage based on gender and sexual orientation in Washington.”

The problem is, they do not “end discrimination” in marriage in Washington as both bills contain language still restricting marriage rights in consensual relationships that do not fit into the narrow definitions of traditional marriage or the new definition proposed by Moeller and Murray.

The Time Has Come To End ALL Discrimination in Marriage

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February 27, 2011

Is the Silence of Same Sex Marriage Proponents a Sign of their Approval of Bigotry?

by lewwaters

First we saw SB 5688, “Expanding the rights and responsibilities of state registered domestic partners” passed and the subsequent brouhaha over R-71 to place it on the ballot for voter approval, finally being passed with supporters claims of it was not an incremental step towards same-sex marriage, even though the author, state senator Ed Murray said it was.

Then, during a lame-duck session as Democrats were losing their stranglehold on the House, a repeal of the Military Policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was passed, ending prohibitions on gays serving in the Military openly.

And now, we have Barack Obama deciding that the Justice Department will no longer defend challenges against the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between one man and one woman, during challenges in federal court. Editorials around the state wasted no time praising the decision since 2 bills are currently introduced in Olympia that will throw the doors open toward same-sex marriage.

Even Senator Patty Murray has come out praising Obama for such a bold step and adding her withdrawal of support of the law she once voted for in 1996. Murray now says, “I support and I applaud the President’s decision because it is time to end this 14-year policy,” and “No American and no American family is treated as a second class citizen . . .” alluding to same-sex unions, but carefully avoiding the use of the word “marriage.”

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June 4, 2010

Just In Case You Thought the Tax Happy Democrats Were Done

by lewwaters

Now that the slew of new taxes are beginning to take effect and many who don’t drink alcohol or soda, smoke tobacco, eat candy, buy bottled water, plan to open a small business or use any of the other multitude of things recently imposed with tax hikes breath a sigh of relief that they aren’t affected, get ready. You just might be next.

In order to pass off their “balancing act” in this year’s earlier special session, some $480-million in higher Medicaid payments from the federal government was included. It is now looking like the state might not receive that “Medicaid match money” after all since the house voted recently to eliminate the increased Medicaid match rate from a spending bill.

To make that a bit clearer, Gregoire and Washington State Democrats, along with sticking it to taxpayers, “were spending money they didn’t have in the hope that the money would be there,” says Seattle based talk radio host Dori Monson.

Dori rightfully notes, “The fact is – until our state dramatically reduces spending, this fiscal nightmare will not end,” just as many of us have.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review, addressing Gregoire’s acknowledgement of the possibility of not receiving the funds from the federal government quotes her as saying, “I think what the big hangup is, we’re in an election year and there’s all this talk about deficit spending, which is resonating.”

Yes, governor Gregoire, deficit spending is “resonating.” It has been all the time while you and the Democrats in Olympia sought every new tax you could, after gutting I-960’s tax requirements.

Rising taxes and deficit spending is “resonating” with taxpayers who have been facing double digit unemployment while small businesses also face increased taxes and fees.

We are tired and fed up with the out of control spending, lies about “cutting the budget” and “Cutting spending” when in reality the only thing you cut is the amount of a projected increase in spending.

As we saw in the last special session, Republican alternatives to raising so many taxes went ignored while Democrats sought only new taxes and increases in existing taxes.

Obviously it did not help as we still face a deficit and now, should Gregoire call a second special session, what do you think we will face, given the Democrats push to give us an income tax?

In justifying their inclusion of monies not yet passed by the federal government, Gregoire said, “it isn’t a partisan thing, because Republican governors and legislatures around the country also budgeted the money; some even allocated it to be spent for programs.”

Personally, I care little what any other governor did or why they did it. I don’t live in California and don’t even visit there. I live in Washington State and what happened here is what matters to me.

While a second special session is not a certainty just yet, the underlying reason why one might become necessary has been revealed and is clear that our last special session, which gave us a whole new slew of taxes that will be paid by lower income people, amounted to little more than a paper work shuffle.

Our state is rapidly headed for bankruptcy as long as Democrats continue in their bumbling of managing the state and our taxes.

We cannot manage our homes or business in such a reckless manner and remain viable.

Obviously, neither can the State of Washington.

I have no doubt that should a second session be called by governor Gregoire, budget cuts will be slight while even more items will become taxed.

This reinforces what I have been maintaining for a long time. Democrats MUST be turned out and stripped of any power in running the state and governor Gregoire should be recalled.

We cannot afford her misfeasance any longer.

June 1, 2010

Pridemore Drops Out

by lewwaters

Many were surprised to hear this afternoon that Washington State Democrat Senator, Craig Pridemore ended his bid to replace retiring Brian Baird, the current Democrat in his 6th term as Washington 3rd Congressional District.

That he threw his support behind opponent Denny Heck comes as no surprise.

First word of Pridemore ending his bid came from Progressive Horsesass Blog, followed shortly by an article appearing at the Columbian’s website.

Pridemore, much like Republican Jaime Herrera, entered the race shortly after Baird announced his retirement. Heck did not enter until the race until January, quickly outpacing Pridemore in fund raising, even without injecting hundreds of thousands of his own money into his campaign.

Pridemore, in his second term as State Senator has been a controversial figure, speaking out against taxing lower income people, yet casting the deciding vote for a bill that did just that in 2005. He is also known for gerrymandering a small district to vote for acceptance of Light Rail being extended from Portland to Vancouver, against the wishes of the majority of Clark County citizens who voted it down by a 2 to 1 margin a few years ago.

Pridemore, like many Democrats has steadily voted to increases taxes on Washington citizens, falsely believing raising taxes during a deep recession will somehow alleviate the pain and suffering of taxpayers, seeing the wealthy class as an endless supply of monies to fund their pet programs.

Speaking of the extra long special legislative session this year, which gave us a whole new slate of taxes placed on the backs of lower income earners, Pridemore told the Columbian the session, “placed our campaign at a clear disadvantage.”

Pridemore’s withdrawal comes just weeks after blasting opponent, Denny Heck over the ill-advised and controversial “Employee Free Choice Act.”

Just days ago, Pridemore was blasting Heck over his not having a clearly defined Issues Page up on his website. This, after embarrassing himself by stating to Seattle based Publicola that he’s ahead of Heck, even though he would not produce any such poll to back up his claim.

Asked by the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin about the poll, Pridemore could only say, It was all off the record.

Now, in endorsing Heck he states, “Denny is a bright, hard working and authentic Southwest Washington leader and we need his broad experience working for us in Congress.”

Don’t you just love politicians?

I have long presumed Denny Heck will win the nomination for the Democrat side seeing Pridemore never stood a chance. This means we will need a strong Republican candidate to go toe to toe with him after the primaries in August.

The two top runners for the GOP remain David Castillo of Olympia and Camas’s Jaime Herrera, who severely lacks a clear and coherent understanding of many of the issues we face in the 3rd Congressional District and as a nation.

My money remains on David Castillo, if Republicans wish any hope of winning this election.

Craig Pridemore will be returning to the State Senate representing the 49th Legislative District. Hopefully, voters in the 49th will wake-up and send this tax & spend Democrat packing when he is next up for reelection.

UPDATE: Showing the epitome of an attitude of “anointed” to the nomination, if not seat, Jaime Herrera’s campaign manager, Casey Bowman, issued a statement to Seattle based Publicola on Pridemore’s withdrawal.

He said, “We welcome the campaign against Denny Heck. He’s been part of the establishment since before Jaime was born.”

Casey, before you begin campaigning against Heck, perhaps Jaime should actually win the nomination? She still has 3 GOP opponents to get past, any one of which gives clearer positions on issues than she does.

Then again, why make such a remark about Heck being “part of the establishment” when Jaime is also “part of the establishment?”

Bowman also said, “at least Craig Pridemore was clear on where he stood. Heck’s been less clear, voters are going to have tougher choice there in supporting someone who’s been a little more vague.”

Uh, does he not realize his words describe Jaime Herrera to a “T?”

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.

May 24, 2010

David Castillo Answers, Is The Tea Party Moving the GOP Too Rar Right?

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Republican candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District hoping to retake the seat held for 6 terms by outgoing Democrat, Brian Baird, was interviewed recently by John McCaslin on America’s Morning News, Talk Radio Network.

Amongst the questions David was asked was to comment on a claim made by Maryland Democrat, Chris Van Hollen that the GOP is being moved to far right by Tea Party candidates.

David also commented on Obamacare and the Wall Street reform.

You can hear the interview HERE

To learn more about this candidate, please visit David Castillo for Congress

May 24, 2010

Chris Boyd, the Dark Horse in Wa. 03

by lewwaters

I first met Chris Boyd at the March 2010 Clark County GOP convention at Prairie High School, shortly after he decided to enter the race to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird, joining David Castillo, David Hedrick and Jaime Herrera in hopes of changing the seat long held by Baird to the Republican side of the aisle.

From that first meeting, I liked Chris. Clean cut and very personable, down to earth were traits that I noticed as we talked and discovered similarities he and I had in serving in the U.S. Army, although decades apart.

Having sat down with him for coffee Thursday, I discovered we shared even more than I previously thought, both of us being Veterans of unpopular wars, assigned to the same stateside post and realizing just how precious and fragile our freedoms and liberties are during our tours, he in Afghanistan and me in Viet Nam decades earlier.

That realization of how easily we could lose those freedoms is what prompted Chris, married and father of 3, to continue the fight to protect our freedoms and liberties off of the battlefield of Afghanistan by taking his stand now by running for office.

Chris is the dark horse in this race, not having the name recognition of 18th Legislative District Representative Jaime Herrera or David Hedrick, known for his confrontation of Brian Baird at last years Town Hall in Clark County. Nor does he have the extensive experience of David Castillo, a former official of the Department of Homeland Security and Veterans Administration.

What he does have is a love of America and a desire to see the freedoms and opportunities many take for granted today remain intact for his 3 children when they reach adulthood and he has a grasp on ideas as how to protect them. He has a drive to place Washington D.C. back in touch with the citizens of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Shortly after entering the race, he experienced family matters that drew his attention, inhibiting his campaigning. But, as I said when 18th L.D. candidate Shannon Barnett dropped his bid weeks ago over family issues, any one that places family first always deserves and gains my respect.

Chris is now getting his campaign back on track, as has been seen at various candidates forums held throughout the 3rd Congressional District where he articulates his views and takes spontaneous questions with ease, leaving none to wonder just where he stands.

Chris grew up in Portland, Oregon and witnessing the horrific effects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks knew he could not sit idly by and do nothing. He enlisted in the United States Army, earning Airborne Jump Wings and served as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, achieving non-commissioned officer rank in short time, as well as receiving multiple Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Letters of Commendation and other awards including Expert Field Medical Badge, Emergency Medical Tech-Tactical, and attending the US Army Weapons Unit Armor School.

Like many other Veterans, Chris experienced moments that made him feel proud while other moments left him feeling the sorrow and loss of seeing buddies cut down while trying to help those less fortunate. It was due to such moments that Chris developed his sense of serving others that he hopes to inject into this campaign.

Chris learned “strong and effective leadership” skills by serving under Brigadier General Sheila Baxter, Commander of the Western Regional Medical Command, Commanding General of Madigan Army Medical Center, and Chief of the Medical Service Corps.

He views himself as a “career citizen” rather than a “career politician.” Seeing the condition the country has slid in, Chris says,

“Our political system has been derailed and we need to get it back on track. It’s time for us — you and me — to stand up and do something about it. ‘We the People’ are the ones who created the American government, and ‘We the People’ are the ones who need to fix it.”

As a Disabled Veteran, Chris sees the need of improvement within the Veteran’s Administration to help our deserving Veteran’s receive the care they need and to ease the transition from the Military to civilian life, including hiring preferences for Veteran’s. Should he win the election, he would seek a seat on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.

Likewise, on healthcare reform he makes a point I have seen none of the rest raise, “Requiring the Food Stamp Program to purchase a percentage of healthy products to encourage the reduction of obesity and future medical costs,” focusing on well care equally with healthcare.

Being considered a dark horse candidate, Chris doesn’t receive the media attention, endorsements or donations some of the others currently do. This places him at a disadvantage as he could be easily overlooked. But one thing is certain, other candidates are taking notice of his views and he is making a difference in the race by injecting his views and keeping others on their toes, knowing the current anti-incumbent attitude sweeping the nation could very quickly propel him from the dark horse to a candidate to be reckoned with.

Still, Chris’s demeanor, infectious smile and determination easily make him the one candidate the others all seem to like the most. His dedication of serving others and desire to work for “the person in mechanics shop as much as the person in the bank tower” merits your attention.

Should he not make it through the August primaries, Chris plans to focus on family first then on continuing his education at Clark College where is currently studying business. There is also mention of a possible run for state office in 2012 should he not win the primary, seeing some of our state elected officials as out of touch with voters and taxpayers and not giving Washington State citizens the representation we deserve.

But, I wouldn’t count Chris out just yet, seeing how party favored candidates did not fare so well in primaries in other states recently. And, like I said earlier, his campaign is just getting going and he is making a positive impact on the race.

The August 17 primary is still a long way off and in politics, anything can and will happen. If you have been unable to really connect with another candidate, give Chris Boyd for Congress a look. He just might be who you do connect with.

May 17, 2010

David Castillo: Receiving the Attention He Deserves

by lewwaters

I first began hearing about Republican, David Castillo in May 2009 and was privileged to finally meet him face to face at the June 13, 2009 GOP Central Committee Meeting. From the start I was impressed with his stand on issues and his reasons for running for office. To me, David was a rebirth of the conservative movement that swept into power in 1994, before they abandoned their base and shifted left, presumably to hold power as did the Democrats for nearly 40 years.

My initial impressions are recorded at Castillo For Congress, 3rd District, Washington State

Castillo has been campaigning the old fashioned way for nearly a year now, traveling the width and breadth of the 3rd Congressional District, building his support base and gathering donations from private citizens. He has maintained a consistent message of conservatism and answered pertinent questions based upon his long-held values, not what sounds expedient before a certain group.

He entered the race prepared for a tough campaign against a powerfully entrenched Democratic opponent, Brian Baird, who was in his sixth term as 3rd CD Representative, unlike another who jumped in only after Baird announced retirement and assuming “chosen one” status as GOP machine insiders gathered behind with the same old flawed policy that continues to lose elections for the GOP.

Some noise was made in national media over Jaime Herrera’s sudden entrance into the race, less than 2 hours after Baird’s announcement as an article appeared in congressional media outlet, The Hill, telling us, “Herrera fills out GOP lineup card in retiree districts” as if none were running already and had been building support within our District.

Since Herrera’s sudden entrance in December, we have been treated to media claims of her conservative bona fides, Democrats false comparison to Sarah Palin and even local liberal reporter, Kathy Durbin, suddenly finding a Republican she could fawn over.

Castillo was pushed aside by GOP insiders who falsely seem to think that who they promote is who the voters will go for as 2 county parties prematurely endorsed “the chosen one” over all others.

Castillo kept his head down and continued campaigning as he had, not flying back to Washington D.C. to court special interest money.

At least 2 local bloggers saw through the façade and through many documented public sources, revealed inconsistencies in her legislative record. Besides Clark County Conservative doing so, Clark County Politics, along with the mirror site, Jaime Herrera Watch have steadily maintained a consistent effort to get the truth out about these candidates hoping to win the nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives.

Bucking party insiders of these counties has brought cries of “hate speech,” “rabid Herrera haters” and “liars,” from some party leaders in at least 2 counties, who never documented a single claim.

Their efforts seem to be failing as conservatives are noticing who articulates a strong, consistent and conservative message and it isn’t Jaime Herrera, who is most often vague and general outside of prepared remarks.

Earlier in May, Swing State Project informed us,

“You keep hearing from Beltway media that state Rep. Jaime Herrera is the person to beat in the GOP primary for this open seat, but other than ex-Sen. Slade Gorton and her ex-boss, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, I’m hard-pressed to think of any endorsements of consequence for her. David Castillo has lined up most of the local support within the 3rd, and now he got endorsements from a variety of local leaders in the evangelical community, including Joe Fuiten (probably the most prominent Christian right leader in Washington) and ex-Rep. Randy Tate (who briefly led the national Christian Coalition after getting bounced out of office).”

In late April, Seattle P.I.’s Joel Connelly, covering the first candidate’s forum held in Longview, told us about Castillo,

“He is considered an underdog to State Rep. Jaime Herrera on the Republican side of the fence. But he was by far the most articulate and engaging of GOP candidates on stage Thursday night.”

Also from the Seattle P.I. in May, we are told that although

“The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) immediately began touting State Rep. Jaime Herrera, and virtually ignored Castillo, Castillo bagged Tea Party activists and now he has captured Christian conservatives” and “Castillo has proven a fighter. He stood out among four Republican hopefuls at a recent debate in Longview…”

Today, May 17, 2010, Roll Call, covering congressional races tells us,

“After Baird’s announcement, national Republicans appeared to be most excited about state Rep. Jaime Herrera, although now it appears there will be a competitive race for the GOP nomination. Former Bush administration official David Castillo got into the race before Baird said he was leaving, and he appears to have a great deal of support from conservative activists in the area.”

My friend and fellow blogger at Jaime Herrera Watch states, “The problem is the scrutiny and Herrera’s inability to withstand it.”

How true. As I witnessed myself last Thursday evening, Herrera has trouble in taking a strong consistent stand on matter of national importance without cue cards in front of her. Some questions she didn’t even answer directly, but skirted around trying to sound as if she were addressing them.

Conservatives are tired of the same old, same old. They don’t want imitation conservatives who walk across the aisle and are unable to draw the other side to our side. It needs to be a two way crossing all of the time, not only one way.

Our country is in deep trouble and we can no longer afford anointed party groomed insiders with a record of sponsoring and voting for bills that cost taxpayers more in taxes while touting they are working for us.

David Castillo is the candidate we have been searching for over the years. Although he doesn’t have a legislative voting record or wads of special interest money funding him, he does have conservative support and a consistent stand on issues that matter to us.

The party can continue to front Herrera, but they are missing that people are beginning to pay more attention to candidates themselves and less to party recommendations.

One Clark County GOP official, upset over a truthful call about Herrera’s record, stated,

“we would all have supported David had he been successful rather than Jaime in the primary election. But that offer is no longer on the table.”

This same official has been continually ignoring the whisper campaign against David and it appears, ignoring what voters prefer as well.

David Castillo is the true conservative running for this seat. He gives us the best chance we have had in a very long time to turn our government back to actually representing the people, not special interests.

His experience, ability and consistent conservative stand on the relevant issues is what has won elections in the past for conservatives.

He is getting the notice he deserves and we conservatives in the 3rd Congressional District deserve to finally have a strong conservative candidate running to represent us.

I invite you to give David Castillo a serious look. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

May 12, 2010

Pridemore’s Embarrassing Attempt to Cover an Embarrassing Attempt

by lewwaters

Well, our 49th Legislative District Senator and long shot to replace retiring Brian Baird in the 3rd Congressional District has done it again. Not content at just putting his foot in his mouth, he shoots himself in the foot while it’s in there.

Pridemore, no stranger to embarrassing himself and sticking it to the poor while claiming he is for them, decided to stop in at the office of Seattle based Progressive publication and boast a little about being ahead in the polls of presumed Democratic nominee for the 3rd C.D. race. What he did not expect is that the publication would run a full story instead of simply mentioning his claim in passing or that the claim would remain up around Seattle instead of appearing down here so fast.

Underdog Democrat Pridemore Says Polling Has Him Ahead of Party Rival Heck

Thanks to my friend at Clark County Politics, we heard of this boastful claim and were reminded of other actions the 49th’s “Progressive” state senator has taken that has yet to help us in these repressed economic times.

Publicola, the Progressive publication Pridemore boasted to stated,

We have done one poll,” Pridemore says, “and we’re encouraged by the results. We are definitely ahead in name recognition, in votes, in favorability.”

Asked if we could see the poll, Pridemore was sheepish, saying he was going to get in trouble with his campaign for talking about it. He did say that it was a robopoll.

As embarrassing as it is to be caught making such a bogus claim, Pridemore compounded that when he discussed it with the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin as she wrote Pridemore: It was all off the record on the papers Political Beat blog.

Kathie wrote,

“Pridemore, clearly peeved, told The Columbian the disclosure of the poll in his interview with Feit was supposed to be off the record.”

Note to Craig: Nothing said to a reporter is ever “off the record,” even to a sympathetic reporter.

Kathie quotes Pridemore as now claiming,

“The poll is not very scientific. In my opinion, it’s not newsworthy. It’s purely thumbnail.”

Sorry Craig, but it is “newsworthy” in that after embarrassing yourself, you make such a lame claim as this to cover it, embarrassing yourself even more.

Pridemore is running far behind Denny Heck and well behind the presumed top Republican candidates, David Castillo and Jaime Herrera in funds raised.

Such a stunt as this, even in a Political Circus, will not help Pridemore’s fund raising and might even hurt him as even Progressives will have a hard time getting past such an embarrassing attempt as this.

Pridemore shouldn’t feel too bad with this inept lameness, though. We also have one running that is almost as big a joke as he is.

March 27, 2010

Castillo Speech at Support Rob McKenna Rally

by lewwaters

David Castillo’s speech given March 27, 2010 at the Support Rob McKenna Rally at the State Capitol, Olympia, Washington.

March 20, 2010

Herrera Joins Castillo In Calling For Heck To Take A Clear Stand

by lewwaters

Jaime Herrera, hoping to secure the GOP nomination to replace retiring Democrat, Brian Baird, has joined with GOP nominee competitor, David Castillo in calling for the presumed Democratic nominee in the 3rd Congressional District Race, Denny Heck to take a clear stand on the healthcare bill now poised to pass, which a clear majority of American citizens oppose.

Castillo issued a News Release February 27, 2010 calling on opponents to make their position clear on the pending healthcare legislation.

Castillo, making his stand clear to voters, at the time stated, “Clearly, I will not be supporting Nancy Pelosi for speaker or her health care plan, but the people of southwest Washington deserve to know where the Democrats in this race stand on the issue,” as he called on the declared Democratic candidates, State Senator Craig Pridemore, Maria Rodriguez-Salazar, Denny Heck and Cheryl Crist to make their stand known.

Denny Heck has yet to state a clear stand. Castillo’s campaign page includes a counter waiting on Heck to stand up and let voters know his position.

Herrera issued her call on her facebook page and also placed the call for Heck to take a stand on her campaign page as well, adding her voice to Castillo’s in calling for Democratic challengers to make their stand known.

State Senator Pridemore made his stand clear in a March 6 Columbian article saying, “Let me be clear: I believe that Democrats in Congress should pass the bill, include a public option, and if necessary, use the reconciliation process to get it done,” clearly willing to thwart the will of voters.

In the same article, Democrat Denny Heck gave only a vague reply as he stated,

“I specifically favor those measures that will provide more people with affordable health care,” he said. “I will freely admit I have not read the 2,000-page bill.”

He said the public is tired of the debate over how Congress is going about trying to pass or block health care reform.

“I don’t think people give a hootenanny about the nature of the process as long as it’s transparent and solves the problem,” he said. “I think Democrats and Republicans both embarrass themselves by not stepping up to this problem. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t believe that Congress is dysfunctional.”

Both Castillo and Herrera have consistently made it known they oppose the healthcare bill as it currently is.

I congratulate Jaime Herrera in lending her voice to David Castillo’s call for Denny Heck to come out and take a clear stand on where he stands.

Welcome aboard, Jaime. It’s good to see you join with David Castillo in this call.

March 15, 2010

David Castillo Wa. 03, Endorsed By FreedomWorks PAC

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Republican candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird, received an important endorsement today, March 15, 2010. FreedomWorks PAC, the political arm of FreedomWorks, chaired by Dick Armey, has given their endorsement to Castillo.

FreedomWorks, Founded in 1984 is a National Organization of nearly 900,000 people standing for ‘lower taxes and less government.’ Members work for fundamental tax reform to promote their mission of defending “individual freedom and economic opportunity.”

In endorsing David Castillo, Chairman Dick Armey said,

“We are proud to endorse David Castillo as a Champion of Freedom. His commitment to fundamental free market principles tells me he will be one of the leaders in the next Congress on core limited government issues.”

Castillo is now one of only four House challengers to be endorsed by the FreedomWorks PAC and listed on their ‘Top Targets’ list. Endorsed candidates are referred to as a “Champions Of Freedom”.

Receiving such a crucial endorsement, Castillo said,

“I am truly honored and humbled to have their support. Having seen this organization from the inside, I know and share their strong commitment to promote freedom through lower taxes and less government. When it comes to fiscal responsibility and conservative economic principles – FreedomWorks and Dick Armey are the real deal.”

The complete Press Release may be read HERE

David Castillo was the first to challenge Brian Baird in this race, months before he announced retirement. He has worked tirelessly traveling the district to meet people and earn their support and donations. In true grassroots fashion, he has worked a campaign from the ground up and remains the top Republican find raiser to date.

David Castillo is the right candidate at the right time and we in Wa. 03 deserve a strong Representative like David. We should not settle for less.

You may find out more about David yourself by visiting his campaign site, David Castillo for Congress.

March 14, 2010

State Spending Still Increasing?

by lewwaters

Time to drain the swamp in Olympia.

How many reasons do you need to vote Republican this November?

March 13, 2010

Olympia Democrats in Cartoon

by lewwaters

With all the tax increases being pushed through by our Dictacrats in Olympia, with no regard to what it is doing to the taxpayers, how appropriate to dedicate to them the 1967 song and cartoon by the Beatles, Taxman.

Let’s hope most of you are on unemployment after November.

March 12, 2010

Maryland’s Hard Learned Lesson To Washington State

by lewwaters

Much like Oregon and Washington have done, Maryland decided to “stick it to the wealthy” to make up budget shortfalls and increase funds received. As warned, the exact opposite happened. From a Wall Street Journal article;

“We reported in May that after passing a millionaire surtax nearly one-third of Maryland’s millionaires had gone missing, thus contributing to a decline in state revenues. The politicians in Annapolis had said they’d collect $106 million by raising its income tax rate on millionaire households to 6.25% from 4.75%. In cities like Baltimore and Bethesda, which apply add-on income taxes, the top tax rate with the surcharge now reaches as high as 9.3%—fifth highest in the nation. Liberals said this was based on incomplete data and that rich Marylanders hadn’t fled the state.”

“Well, the state comptroller’s office now has the final tax return data for 2008, the first year that the higher tax rates applied. The number of millionaire tax returns fell sharply to 5,529 from 7,898 in 2007, a 30% tumble. The taxes paid by rich filers fell by 22%, and instead of their payments increasing by $106 million, they fell by some $257 million.”

And, Maryland’s unemployment during this time?

Democrats will never learn.

March 7, 2010

Why I Question Jaime Herrera’s Judgment

by lewwaters

Ever since Jaime’s sudden and rapid jump into the Washington 3rd Congressional District race, less than 2 hours after Brian Baird announced his retirement this term, several less than complementary emails and comments have come my way because I dare to speak out against the one that appears to be the “party’s chosen one,” even though our primaries are still months away.

I’m not crying about the comments, mind you. I’m a big boy now and can take whatever is thrown my way, even if it is off base or over the top accusations. I mention them to show that perhaps those questioning my choice of candidate ought to be questioning theirs instead.

One of my main reasons I question her judgment has been and remains her co-sponsorship and voting twice for unionizing childcare centers in Washington State, HB 1329, that I have posted on previously HERE and HERE.

She has since told at least one constituent that her pro-union vote for childcare centers was due to her being contacted by providers from within her district who felt they were insufficiently paid by the state for children in their care. A claim I find very odd since the Family Policy Institute of Washington posted on their web page February 8, 2010,

“In 2007, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) approached child care centers (not home day care centers) in Washington about joining the union. After learning that the union would not disclose how much membership was going to cost or specify the benefits that the centers would receive, they declined.”

Yet, Jaime told her constituent that the providers she says contacted her “felt the need to unionize.”

I have yet to understand why any childcare provider that “felt the need to unionize” would need state legislation to do so. FPIW tells us the Unions

“went to their friends in the legislature who take lots and lots of their money for campaigns and asked the legislature to force daycare centers to reap the blessings of union membership—whether they like it or not.”

Jaime made no mention of any providers contacting her and who “felt the need to unionize” during the phone call she placed to me February 9.

An even more apt example of why I question her judgment has surfaced in an article found on the Washington State Wire website on how the SEIU is winning a $6.5 Million award from our state during these difficult economic times for an SEIU-Backed “rigorous state-supervised training and certification program for people who care for the sick and elderly.” Initially voted in under I-1029, Governor Gregoire suspended the measure due to tight fiscal restraints and that the Seattle Times even recommended rejecting.

It was voted in largely in part to the SEIU investing nearly one million dollars in backing the measure.

In reading through the Washington State Wire article linked above, it strikes me that this could very easily be an article from the future over problems that will inevitably beset childcare centers that end up being pushed into Unions, like it or not. From the article, I read in part,

“Over the last decade [SEIU] has made a big push to organize home-care workers, starting with Initiative 775 in 2001, which allowed collective bargaining for those under state contract. Recently the state recognized the union as the official representative for all the independent care providers working for the Department of Social and Health Services. That caused some consternation. It meant people who draw state paychecks to care for relatives in their own homes had to start paying union dues.”

“The rules cover everyone who provides care in a home setting, from non-union employees of regulated private agencies to those who tack up their cards at the local Safeway bulletin boards and offer their services.”

I urge you to read the entire Washington State Wire article and just imagine it is actually from the future and about the same problems seen now in home care giving, yet in childcare centers that today are facing joining unions under state legislation and that Jaime not only voted for but co-sponsored.

And ask yourself, if childcare centers really “felt the need to unionize,” couldn’t they do so without legislation mandating they do so? Especially since they were first contacted by the SEIU?

Another constituent accusing me of being a “Herrera hater” stated to me, “Frankly this SEIU business is blown completely out of all reasonable proportion.”

I don’t believe it is blown out of proportion at all and it does cause me to question the judgment of a person seeking to be a United States Representative representing Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Instead of supporting a candidate out of friendship or because of geography, I prefer to support and hope to see elected a candidate that has trained their judgment in such votes to actually be for the best for residents in the district, not for the betterment of a Union.

Maybe in time, Jaime will better train her judgment.

February 18, 2010

Washington State Democrats Continue To Give Voters The Finger

by lewwaters

Just as with other states, Washington State is beset with budget woes due to over spending and unfriendly attitudes to business. Here in Washington State we see a proposed budget deficit of nearly $3 Billion and fears of climbing higher.

Oregon recently passed their measures 66 & 67, drastically raising taxes on businesses and those they consider wealthy, which also create and supply the bulk of jobs for working sector voters in the state.

Washington State was handed a gift an a golden opportunity to draw businesses to our state and put people back to work in the private sector, which undoubtedly would bring many tax dollars back into the state treasury.

Unbelievably, our Democrat led State Legislature chose instead to ignore the free gift handed us, focusing their attention on how to further raise taxes and alienate voters.

The alienation comes from the Democrats suspension of citizen Initiative 960, voted in back in 2007 that requires a two-thirds approval from state legislators to raise taxes and public disclosure of such tax increases prior to their being passed along with who voted for such increases.

State Senator Don Benton (R 18th) sent out a release the evening of February 16 saying he, “witnessed an all-out assault on the initiative and referendum process Monday night” and called the action by the majority in the last few days “appalling.”

In the Democrat majority’s removal of “transparency” in I-960, Benton says, “What we are witnessing are actions to destroy democracy and our constitution. When you stomp on the will of the people by acting in the dark of the night to restrict their rights just because you don’t agree with their decisions, what else can it be called but an all-out assault on the people’s right to determine how they are governed,” adding, “The majority is way out of line. They were elected to represent the people, not rule over them. It’s outrageous!”

Just today, I have received email from Representative Ed Orcutt (R 18th) wherein he said; “I don’t believe the Legislature has set forth clear and concise priorities in dealing with our $2.8 billion budget hole. My fear is that without leadership, without establishing and defining our priorities, state leaders are setting us on a perpetual course of state budget deficits. We already know that a large deficit looms before us for the 2011-13 biennium. Because legislators are making it easier to raise taxes – and setting the precedent to do so – tax increases will become the norm for future budget holes rather than the rarity.”

Examples of pending increases to what taxpayers are faced with are,
· A doubling of the “death tax”
· A 1 percent increase in the state sales tax, making Washington’s the highest in the nation
· A tax on candy and bottled water
· A state income tax
· A Hazardous Substances Tax (HST) increase which amounts to a 6-cent per gallon gas tax increase

Indicating the examples are just the ones that have garnered attention, Rep. Orcutt continued, “The full list of tax and fee increase proposals is astounding: A total of 77 bills proposing tax and fee increases have been introduced thus far, for a total of over $3 billion in new state and local taxes or fees for Fiscal Year 2011. These same proposals would amount to over $11 billion in the next biennium! (2011-13)”

This at a time we in Washington State are seeing a statewide unemployment rate hovering around 10% with 14.3% here in Clark County. That is taxes you and I will be paying through increased prices from businesses. That is, from those who will wish to remain in our state with less jobs being offered.

Our current governor Gregoire’s words on taxes all over the place. She campaigns on no tax increases, but what does she do? Gregoire: Raise taxes on bottled water, soda pop, cigarettes & more.

Those are what you and I most likely use, not the so called wealthy. Those aren’t business taxes, they are to be added to what products you and I might be using.

As always can be expected when Democrats are raping taxpayers, we are told the necessity is to “avoid large cuts to education and social services.”

No one ever asks them why do we keep pouring money into those programs and it is never enough. No one asks them why is it those are the only areas they can ever discuss cutting when faced with deficits.

No, instead we hear of Democrats such as State Senator Craig Pridemore actually bragging about sticking it to us, then saying he “stands for the little guy.”

He says he’s “never sold out,” but in a 2005 tax increase Pridemore voted for, he said, “I think the Senate has balanced the budget on the backs of the poor and powerless.” Yet, HE VOTED FOR IT!

Democrats’ favorite canard is that they will only “tax the wealthy,” drawing on class envy that starry-eyed Liberal followers of theirs love to front. That is how the jobs killing Measures 66 & 67 were passed in Oregon and how they promote tax increases to the public.

But, when faced with increasing their own taxes, as the 2003 Puget Sound Latte Tax, slated to add a “dime a cup to pay for child care and preschool programs,” they handily voted it down.

Those who labeled it “the wrong solution, but the right problem to tackle” have no problem though, voting or supporting raising your taxes if you smoke, drive a car to work or enjoy a beer. Just leave their designer coffees alone, even though “it’s for the children and schools.”

You, the taxpayer, did not cause this deficit problem in our state, politicians did. Spending has been rampant for years now in spite of warnings from Republicans like Senators Don Benton & Joe Zarelli and Representatives like Ed Orcutt. Democrats continually ignored those warnings and as the old saying goes, ‘spent like drunken sailors.’ The difference being, sailors stop spending when out of money.

We have a chance to save the country and our state come November. It’s time to turn the tide an ignore Democrats’ “New Direction” and their “Hope & Change” they ran on. Both have been shown to be abject failures harming the very citizens they claim to support so much.

It’s time to turn the Democrats out to pasture.

It’s time to replace them with renewed Republican candidate who will practice fiscal responsibility, even if we have to keep fires lit under each and every one of them.

Democrats’ have shown they are not willing to listen to us. Their hollow words and promises repeatedly their concern is special interests in unions and government workers.

Republicans failed and in 2006, were spanked pretty hard. Democrats swept in and worsened the country and economy and now, expect us to pony up what we don’t have.

It’s time to spank the Democrats over their heavy-handed partisan tactics and raping you and I of our hard earned taxes.

Stop falling for the glib words and centrist promises made by Democrat candidates. They have shown they have no intention of carrying them out.

This November, show the Democrats what you think of their ignoring our voices. We need to return their extended fingers right at them.

VOTE THEM OUT!