Posts tagged ‘Election 2010’

November 1, 2010

The Initiatives

by lewwaters

For those few still undecided or wondering about the multitude of initiatives and ballot measures on the Washington Ballot this year, below are my personal recommendations. Time is short and as well as taking my views in mind, research quickly and vote your conscience.

I-1053 I voted YES to return our 2/3 majority vote for tax raises.

I-1082 I voted YES to allow business to purchase private insurance for workers comp, privatizing it.

I-1098, the income tax is a NO, right off the bat.

I-1100 I voted YES to privatize liquor sales and get the state out of it, other than reasonable taxation and enforcement of course.

I-1105 I voted NO on as it keeps the state too involved still. If both bills pass it would be a first as they compete with each other and I think could really muddy the effort to remove the state monopoly on liquor.

I-1107 was a YES on repealing recently added taxes on bottled water and certain candies. They don’t need more money, just less spending and prioritize what and how it is spent better.

R 52 I voted NO.

SJR 8225 I voted NO as I see it as giving them another way to borrow more from the feds. It’s still our tax dollars being used and does not reduce spending.

HJR 4220 I voted NO on as I see it as a knee jerk reaction to a tragic event last year. Reading over how Maurice Clemmons ended up being released before he murdered the 4 Police Officers, even if the new measure was in place he most likely would still have been released. We need to actually address shortcomings, not just hastily throw in more legislation.

September 22, 2010

Republicans: A Pledge To America

by lewwaters

“With this document, we pledge to dedicate ourselves to the task of reconnecting our highest aspirations to the permanent truths of our founding by keeping faith with the values our nation was founded on, the principles we stand for, and the priorities of our people”

Part of what the Republicans are pledging to America to do;


– Stop job-killing tax hikes

– Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income

– Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit

– Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law.

Cutting Spending:

– Repeal and Replace health care

– Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)

– Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward

– Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Reforming Congress:

– Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority

– Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote


– Provide resources to troops

– Fund missile defense

– Enforce sanctions in Iran

CBS News. Full text of the pledge is at the bottom of the article.

July 16, 2010

Liberal Democrats Worried About Losing the Senate Now

by lewwaters

From the Liberal Magazine the New Republic, Attention, Democrats! The Senate Is Now in Play, we read,

“As if things weren’t bad enough for Democrats, something I didn’t believe possible six months ago has happened: The Senate is now in play. You don’t believe it, dear reader? Let’s look at the numbers.”

CA Fiorina (R) 47, Boxer (D) 45

CO Buck (R) 48, Bennet (D) 39

FL Rubio (R) 36, Crist (I) 34, Meek (D) 15

IL Giannoulias (D) 40, Kirk (R) 39

KY Paul (R) 43, Conway (D) 43

MO Blunt (R) 48, Carnahan (D) 43

NV Angle (R) 48, Reid (D) 41

OH Portman (R) 43, Fisher (D) 39

PA Toomey (R) 45, Sestak (D) 39

WA Murray (D) 47, Rossi (R) 47

WI Feingold (D) 45, Johnson (R) 43

The numbers are taken from Real Clear Politics and said to be from Rasmussen.

A look at today’s numbers from Rasmussen shows “Dino Rossi and Clint Didier both earning 48% to Patty Murray’s 45%.”

Rasmussen points out, “Incumbents that fall short of 50% at this stage of a campaign are considered potentially vulnerable, but worrisome for Murray is that this is her poorest showing of the year.”

Whether or not this holds, only time will tell. But, Murray seems to definitely in trouble at this time. Maybe she has too much mud on tennis shoes of hers.

July 13, 2010

Republican Prospects In Clark County Looking Better All The Time

by lewwaters

With just a few weeks left until the August 17th Primary, Republican candidates throughout Clark County are showing they mean business and stand the best chance in many years of winning many of the elections.

Calls from many Democrat voters that the GOP has died just 2 years ago seem to have been quite premature. From candidates seeking a seat in our state legislature to a seat on the Vancouver City Council, Republicans have amassed an impressive list of candidates, prepared to campaign hard and begin the long road to recovery from this economic morass we find ourselves in.

With little more than a couple exceptions, Republican candidates are reporting advances in their campaigns the likes of which we haven’t seen in many years.

Brent Boger stayed above the barbs between candidates George Kolin and Tony Golik, also vying for County Prosecutor.

Boger’s campaign continues to build momentum and he says that he has been enjoying meting people “who never knew the importance of the prosecutor’s office, but now realize how this important position greatly impacts their life.”

Amongst the several dozen endorsements Boger has received are Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Democratic opponent, Curt Wyrick.

Ann Rivers continues her commanding lead in the race to take over the seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera in the 18th Legislative District as her campaign reports she is nearing $50,000 in donations, far ahead of her nearest opponent.

Ann received some very favorable coverage in a recent Vancouver Business Journal article along with several Letters to the Editor touting her qualifications and experience.

Brandon Vick, a political novice, continues to run a clean campaign, building his chances and learning the ropes. It is doubtful he can catch Ann, but Brandon has been doing far better than Washougal council member Jon Russell, recently revealed to have been making what appears to be some very false claims on his qualifications.

I haven’t received any updates from Anthony Bittner in while, but I know he is out there building on his chances and learning the ropes while he seeks to energize the young people his age who traditionally have refrained from voting. He too will have a hard time catching Ann, but I think he will learn a lot in this race and if he sticks with it, be a factor in future races.

In the 17th Legislative District, both seats are in play this time and we have a candidate vying for each one. Brian Peck continues to build a head of steam in what looks like will be the tougher race for the position 1 seat currently held by first term Democrat, Tim Probst. Probst has a history of dirty politics as was seen in his run against Joseph James in the 2008 campaign, but Peck is not an easy man to rattle. A business owner, Peck has the knowledge and experience needed to help turn our state back to fiscal sanity and bring jobs back.

For position 2, the open seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Deb Wallace, Paul Harris is vying for the nomination against 2 Democrats. Harris, a businessman sees the bad habits in over spending and continually raising taxes that has repressed the economy for far too long now. Harris says, “Citizens in Southwest Washington deserve accountability and prudence in these difficult economic times from our elected officials.”

With Paul Harris, those are words we can believe in.

Both seats are up for challenge in the 49th Legislative District, each currently held by Democrats, Jim Jacks and Jim Moeller, both of whom signed off on every spending and tax increase we currently see driving our local economy further into bankruptcy.

Craig Riley, a local business owner with extensive experience in the Health Care Insurance Industry and managing his own business is running against Moeller, now dubbed ‘Candyman’ due to his efforts that slapped a new and confusing tax on candy, but only some candy.

Bill Cismar is bringing his extensive experience in the High Tech Industry and the US Air Force to run against another Democrat first termer, Jim Jacks, who seems to still be “listening and learning” as he votes lock-step with the party, giving little regard to the middle class workers out of work of barely keeping a job.

Both of these seats in the 49th have been held for a very long time by various Democrats and also promise to be tough races, but with the poor performance of both legislators currently holding them, we have the best chance we’ve had in several years to take both of them.

Peter Van Nortwick entered the race for County Assessor before Linda Franklin announced she was going to retire due to medical problems. Pete has been campaigning hard, building his campaign against late filers and just announced he has gained the endorsement of the Washington State Farm Bureau.

Clark County Commissioner, Steve Stuart, currently the lone Democrat on the commission, received a challenge from Republican businessman Alan Svehaug late on the final day of filing, ending Stuart’s chances for an easy reelection with no challenger. Alan is still building his campaign and we will be hearing much more out of him in the weeks ahead as we move towards the November elections.

John Jenkins shows promise in replacing Bart Hansen on the Vancouver City Council, who was appointed earlier this year to sit in the seat vacated by Tim Leavitt, who moved over to the Mayors chair.

Jenkins was the subject of a recent post on CCC, A Conservative for Vancouver City Council.

Scott Weber is running an unusual campaign for County Clerk as his desire, once elected, is to eliminate the office as an elected office and promises to push for Home Rule Charter to facilitate that.

My apologies if I missed a candidate. But, we have several campaigns running throughout Clark County at the local level that hold the promise of restoring some sanity to state government.

There are also Judge Positions with candidates who have a more conservative record that we should take into account. Although non-partisan, Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson and Richard B. Sanders are running to retain their seats on the bench.

The Washington Court of Appeals, Division II, District Three sees Joseph Daggy hoping to secure a seat in the primary, August 17.

Republicans stand a very good chance of winning many of the elections shown above. We have the best list of candidates we have seen in many years, all bringing varied experience with them and knowledge on how to actually make tough decisions.

We are faced with some decisions of our own. We can continue as we are, sliding further and further in an economic, job killing morass by returning those to office who have played roles in bringing us to this point.

Or, we can look seriously at those challengers who have ideas and incumbents that have been opposing the current legislative actions that have brought us to the brink of bankruptcy.

Let’s choose wisely this time and vote in real “Hope and Change,” not “more of the same.”

February 7, 2010

Senator Benton Announces Run Aganst Murray

by lewwaters

Speculation has ended. Washington State Senator Don Bention officially threw his hat in the ring to unseat Democrat Patty Murray. He announced at the Clark GOP Lincoln Dinner, Friday February 6, 2010.

Received from the Clark County GOP;


VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 6, 2010 – State Senator Don Benton, R, announced today that he will run for United States Senate in an effort to unseat Patty Murray.

Benton, who has represented Clark County in Olympia since 1994, has pledged to run a “clean and lean” campaign. Benton is well known throughout the state to be a dedicated and prolific fundraiser.

“For the last three weeks, I’ve been drawing on my statewide network of contacts established when I was State Republican Party chairman to start a terrific grassroots campaign,” Benton said.

In addition, Benton has retained the consulting team behind Scott Brown’s unexpected victory in Massachusetts.

Benton promised that he would not be beholden to special interest groups.

“The people of Washington deserve a US Senator who will put their interests first,” said Benton. “My opponent is owned by special interests, not the will of the people she represents. That’s not the way I operate.”

Benton also pointed to his voting record, indicating that he has still never voted for a tax increase. “I’ve kept the promises I’ve made to my constituents,” he said. “I know that at the end of the day, I answer to them. My opponent is too entrenched to remember who it is she represents.”

“My opponent is in serious trouble,” Benton said. “She has done everything the president has asked without question or concern. She’s voted with the administration 100 percent of the time. Look at what we have to show for it. The people have had enough.”

Benton is one of many candidates across the country to take on an entrenched Democrat, and he quotes Scott Brown, in saying, “In Washington, the politicians mistakenly believe that spending more money and growing the size of government is the answer. They are wrong. I believe that it is the private sector – small businesses and entrepreneurs – that will get our economy moving again. Government can and will help, but it also needs to know when to step out of the way.”

Benton began his political career in 1994 with his election to the State House of Representatives. He’s a successful small business owner, and lives in Vancouver with his wife, Mary, and their four children. He’s also an assistant Scoutmaster, and a proud, lifelong member of the NRA.
CONTACT: Jami Herring, 360.989.5025

Senator Benton’s Statement at Republican Gathering on February 6, 2010

I am here to tell you that it has been an absolute honor to serve you and I plan to continue my commitment of service to you and, in fact, I intend to expand that commitment of service to every citizen in the great state of Washington.

It is with deep love and appreciation for everything that our country stands for, and for the people of our state, that I stand before you tonight to officially announce my candidacy for United States Senate.

It is clear to any thinking person that we are headed in the wrong direction. Not just at home, but overseas as well. Our nation is at a crossroads and I believe you deserve a U.S. Senator who will always remember that our greatness as a nation rests with its people, not its government.

This will not be an easy task. We are building our organization with the help of Scott Brown’s campaign consultants. They know what you and I know, we can beat Patty Murray. This will not be an easy task and I will need the help of everyone in this room and many, many more.

Please log onto and sign up today to support my campaign. Please email everyone you know and ask them to also.

I hope you will join with me and together we will win in November and go to work to take our country back.

Thank you,
Senator Don Benton

**The Clark County Republican Party has made no official endorsement in this contested race. This information is provided as a community service.