Posts tagged ‘Scandal’

May 19, 2014

Sen. Patty Murray Must Resign

by lewwaters

Patty Murray 1Patty Murray, Democrat Senator from Washington State has long touted herself as the “best friend” Veterans have. And she has successfully thrown some money towards veterans and enjoyed many a photo-op with Veterans and cutting ribbon ceremonies.

In light of the revelations of “waiting lists” for Veterans to receive much needed healthcare, some dying while waiting, she now demands “decisive actions” at a hearing by the Senate Veterans Affair Committee she has sat on since 1995 and chaired between 2011 and 2013

Sadly, the calls sound like little more than recorded rhetoric we heard from her in 2007 when it was discovered that one building at Walter Reed Hospital was in deplorable condition as she and other Democrats politicized it, demanding then President Bush’ head on a platter.

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February 20, 2013

Seattle & Portland in the Running for 2024 Summer Olympics

by lewwaters

OlympicAs if we don’t have enough trouble in the Northwest with high taxes, pie in the sky dreams of bloated projects taxpayers can ill afford, we now see that the cities of Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon were among 35 cities contacted by the U.S. Olympic Committee to gauge their interest in hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

With 35 cities contacted it is far from a done deal by either city, but we all know that both cities operate along narcissistic lines, constantly doing what they can to draw attention to themselves and hiding the seedier sides of the respective cities, no matter the cost to taxpayers.

The Seattle PI is asking whether or not readers would want the 2024 Olympics and as of this posting those in favor are in the lead, labeling it an awesome idea.

The no ways are second by several votes.

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November 13, 2012

The Petraeus Distraction, Don’t Fall For It

by lewwaters

It never ceases to amaze me how easily the American public is distracted, especially when it comes to government scandal and cover-ups. Just throw out some juicy sexual innuendo or accusation against some high level person and extremely important failings of an administration just start fading away.

We saw it well back during the Clinton Administration as investigators drew closer and closer to several scandals potentially involving the president, all attention was diverted to his sexual liaison with a much younger staffer, Monica Lewinsky. Clinton lied about it, Republicans jumped on it and passed Articles of Impeachment, the Senate refused to convene a trial and Clinton finished his term, becoming the darling of the Democrats and an honored former President in a very wealthy retirement.

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October 11, 2012

Massive Tax Avoidance For Wealthy Political Donors Alleged In Washington State

by lewwaters

With the State of Washington suffering some of the worst budgeting and revenue troubles since the Great Depression, it is unconscionable reading that some well-connected wealthy donors to political campaigns may have avoided paying Millions in dollars of taxes, while the legislature continues scheming o take more taxes and fees from the still struggling middle class.

But that is what is happening in our state alleges a 29-year employee of the Department of Revenue.

First broke by the Washington State Wire, Dennis Redmon, who has been employed in the DOR for 29 years, is alleging in a Whistleblower complaint to the State Auditor, “as much as $35 million in taxes have been excused for taxpayers with [political] pull…”

Claiming what has become “routine occurrence,” the complaint states a well connected political contributor known for “large political contributions to the Governor and Democrat among others” avoided paying over $2,000,000 in use tax & penalties on a jet aircraft dating back to 2007. Privacy issues prevent the contributor’s name from being made public, but it is further alleged that when the Tax Assessment was prepared in January 2011, the Compliance Management Team placed a ‘hold’ on the assessment citing “political considerations.”

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June 26, 2012

When the Going Gets Tough, Play the Race Card

by lewwaters

As Capitol Hill heats up in regards to the ATF gun-running scandal, Fast and Furious, a failed operation where thousands of guns were illegally sent into the hands of Mexico’s drug lords, costing over 300 Mexican lives and the death of one U.S. Border Patrol Officer, Attorney General Eric Holder has been much less that cooperative when it comes to admitting his and the Obama Administrations role in the scandal or in supplying subpoenaed documents to Congress.

Barack Obama compounded the situation recently by invoking “Executive Privilege,” and raising more than a few eyebrows across the nation.

“Lying to Congress is a crime. We have every right to see documents to say, ‘did you know, when did you know, what did you know,’ including even the president,” says Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Ca.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa adds, “There cannot be executive privilege over criminal cover-up or cover-up of crime.”

By all indication, Obama & Holder’s backs are up against the wall as more is discovered on this obvious cover-up, leading even foreign press to begin comparing it to the 1973 Watergate scandal that brought about the resignation in disgrace of then Republican President, Richard Nixon.

With the invoking of ‘Executive Privilege” looking like it is backfiring, what else would we expect this “post-racial” administration and Democrats to do but begin playing the race card to deflect attention away from what may be criminal activities by the Obama Administration.

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June 14, 2012

Political Hackery Rules The Day At the Columbian

by lewwaters

It seems every time I believe I see the Columbian, Clark County’s “newspaper of record” becoming objective and actually publishing political stories in a fair manner, they go out of their way to prove me wrong. When it comes to political views down at the Columbian, the bias in favor of liberal Democrats is so glaring it would blind.

Oh, Editor Lou Brancaccio has long maintained they are objective and not biased, but nobody really buys that any longer. Cries by some that they lean towards Republicans are laughable and might be planted as anybody can see the lean of the Columbian favors Democrats.

Article after article, day after day the Columbian makes scant mention of Democrats who might err or do wrong, but it is glossed over quickly.

Republicans, on the other hand, do not receive such glowing praise or scant mention as do Democrats.

Case in point, the latest non-news story to appear in the paper, Legislative candidate registered car, never changed plates, Debbie Peterson blames stubborn screws for delay in replacing Oregon tags.

Yes, she bought a car from Oregon, paid to register here in Washington and had trouble removing the screws attaching the plates, then horror upon horror, forgot about it!

Call the FBI, get Interpol involved, form a lynch mob, a Republican woman “forgot!”

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April 23, 2011

Jim Jacks Cracks the Door a Little

by lewwaters

UPDATE Nov 3, 2017: Finally the rumors have been confirmed, almost seven years later

Since the abrupt resignation of Democrat Jim Jacks as representative of Washington’s 49th legislative district on March 25, it has become almost as if he never existed. A total blackout on word about him suddenly quitting immediately went up.

His website was scrubbed and his name removed from the roster even before word of the sudden abandonment of constituents was made public. Speculation on the ‘why’ was heavily discouraged in the comments section of the local paper, the Columbian.

Two requests for public records that might shed some light on his rapid exit were rejected with the notice of, “Your request makes assumptions about both the existence of records and our ability to provide them. Without commenting on the existence of any such records, I should point out that this request encompasses records which are not public records as defined by state law.”

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March 27, 2011

Democrats Move Swiftly to Fill Seat Abruptly Abandoned by Jim Jacks

by lewwaters

While there appears to remain a news black-out on just what brought about the sudden and abrupt resignation of Democrat 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks Friday, I applaud the Democrats in Clark County for moving quickly to replace him and fill the seat.

From the Clark County Democrats web page;

ILWU Hall is located at: 1205 Ingalls St. Vancouver, WA 98660

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March 26, 2011

The Wagons Are Circling, But it Isn’t Media Bias

by lewwaters

UPDATE Nov 3, 2017: Finally the rumors have been confirmed, almost seven years later

Once again, Southwest Washington is seeing an unexpected resignation of an elected official under cloudy circumstances. Democrat 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks abruptly tendered his resignation Friday, March 25, 2011 citing, “personal reasons he did not want to publicly discuss about the details.”

Given the scandalous resignations in the past, such a statement automatically raises red flags and a few eyebrows, you would think. Not so with the Columbian and other newspapers it appears. The Columbian took it a little further than did the Seattle Times, the Olympian and other news agencies in the state such as KOMO News. The Columbian chose to portray Jacks as a “dedicated family man,” choosing a 3 year old file photo of him showing his small daughters his desk in Olympia from back in 2009, while others simply used file photos of him from his legislative web page that rapidly disappeared almost as soon as his resignation was announced.

All articles portrayed this as a surprise resignation, seemingly from out of the blue. But, KOMO News quoted 49th legislative district Senator Craig Pridemore, a fellow Democrat saying, “his resignation had been discussed for a couple of days,” while house majority leader Pat Sullivan said, “He said he needed to take care of some things at home, There’s not much more to say about it. We supported his decision.” KOMO added, “Sullivan refused to divulge any more details.”

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