Archive for ‘Clark County Issues’

September 16, 2014

Do You Want a ‘Functional’ County Commission?

by lewwaters

That may sound like an odd question to ask, given the angst over the Clark County Board of Commissioners since the majority switched in 2012 to a more conservative one and that Democrats have a major effort underway now to completely revamp county government in hopes of regaining their power, but it is an question that all should be considering.

As we know, Commissioner Steve Stuart decided to leave the County Commission since he no longer pulled the strings at County and Ed Barnes was named to complete his term, which ends this year.

Democrats were livid that Barnes was named, even though they nominated him, as their real effort was to propose two people they did not want in order to entice the two remaining Commissioners to name former Commissioner, Craig Pridemore to complete the term and to be able campaign as an incumbent this year.

September 12, 2014

Military Surplus, Police and Ill-Informed Writers

by lewwaters

“But to militarize them, give them military weapons, it creates a culture. You know, guns and tanks and gases that are illegal in war time are being used.” Ron Paul

Police MilitarizedPossibly one of the more idiotic and inaccurate comments ever made by the three time failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul uttered those words in an MSNBC interview with Andrea Mitchell, August 18, 2014 in regards to the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of the teenager, Michael Brown.

In true Ron Paul fashion, blame is placed on the Police for having surplus military equipment for the riots, just as he blamed American policy for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and even claiming a fence built along our Southern Border would not be to keep illegal aliens out, but would be to lock American Citizens in.

September 11, 2014

When Did Law Enforcement Get “Customers?”

by lewwaters

Sheriff BadgeWe have two candidates to choose from to replace outgoing County Sheriff, Garry Lucas. Shane Gardner and Chuck Atkins are those two candidates, Atkins clearly holding more actual experience in our Sheriff’s Department.

Although late in the primary, I did endorse and put my support behind Atkins, seeing that he was who held, in my estimation, the best all around experience to occupy that office and serve the citizens of Clark County.

I have no problems with Shane Gardner and think he is an excellent Deputy, but he continues showing he is just not ready to be the County Sheriff.

August 29, 2014

Motive Matters

by lewwaters

“Proposed changes in county charter could be awful.” Clark County Democrat Party, May 2011

“exploring the idea of a home rule charter would be a wild goose chase, seeking to solve problems that are nonexistent.” Columbian newspaper editorial, June 3, 2013

As seen above, Democrats especially and even the Lazy C have both adamantly opposed any change to how county government functions over the years. Both led campaigns that saw efforts rejected by voters in 1982, 1997, and 2002.

Another effort received little support in 2011, leading the Lazy C to proclaim in a Cheers & Jeers column,

Cheers: To county commissioners for putting an end to the home rule charter process this year. Inspecting methods of government is always a good idea, but there was no demonstrated need to elect a slate of freeholders to, in essence, draft a county charter that would replace the current system.”

August 27, 2014

Think Before You Vote

by lewwaters

Although mentioning only the presidency, Politicians at all levels and from both major parties make monkey’s out of us when we don’t do our homework and elect better ones than we have had.

This song was released by singer, songwriter Tom T. Hall, a Democrat in June 1972, an election year where incumbent Republican Richard Nixon defeated Democrat challenger George McGovern in a landslide election, carrying 49 of the 50 states.

Within two years, Nixon became the only U.S. President ever forced to resign in disgrace.

August 24, 2014

Who in the Hell is Sean Emerson to Try to Dictate What is Posted on This Blog?

by lewwaters

Tinker Never SleepsLiberty: the state or condition of people who are able to act and speak freely; the power to do or choose what you want to; a political right.

As you all know, this blog and its author have been under anonymous assault for a few months now from operatives of the Clark County R3publican Party. The party posting the endless series of assault labeled himself “I. Tinker,” and said of the choice of anonymity,

“When we first started LWW, there was discussion of whether we should be up front with who we are or whether we should stay anonymous. It was a difficult decision, but we went the way we did because Lew’s prime weapon in his arsenal is to identify his critics, and then silence or marginalize them with heated ad hominem attacks. Basically he uses his position as The Clark County Conservative to just bury his detractors in mud. So we made a tactical decision to not give him the target on which to use his favorite – and it turns out his only – weapon.”

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.

August 4, 2014

Mike Briggs, Ready To Sell You Out

by lewwaters

For all of you voters still marking your ballots and something to retain should by some miracle, Briggs make it through the top two primary, an excerpt of an interview Briggs had with KPSU’s “the Raging Moderate, not afraid to tact to the left” on June 26, 2014. Full interview can be heard on Briggs’ campaign page.


Photo by Clark County Politics blog

Such dependence on Portland has contributed to our economic problems in Clark County as they seek more ways to suck our revenues out and entice our citizens to spend their money over there instead of in our own community. Portland needs to become a friendly neighbor to us, not the out of state special interest interested only in what they can take from us.

July 30, 2014

Clark County’s Best Friend

by lewwaters

Jeanne E Stewart

July 27, 2014

Mike Briggs & A Bogus Abraham Lincoln Quote

by lewwaters

Apparently getting more desperate, marginal Democrat candidate for the 18th Legislative District, Mike Briggs, is trying to score points as a “friend of labor,” thinking dwindling union support might help his fleeting cause of being elected. In so doing, he posted the following on his facebook page recently;

Briggs Fasle Lincoln Quote

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.

June 24, 2014

Jeanne E Stewart Campaign Kickoff UPDATED

by lewwaters

Jeanne Stewart held her campaign kickoff this evening, June 24, 2014 at Club Green Meadows and gave a short and to the point speech

This blog wholly endorses Jeanne Stewart and hopes that you will too.

June 20, 2014

Carolyn Crain For 49th Representative

by lewwaters

We need to elect Carolyn Crain to the 49th Legislative District. She has been involved deeply for years  and has spoken up on behalf of citizens, Veterans, the elderly and more numerous times, far more than any opponent has.

If anybody can defeat Jim ‘da Taxman’ Moeller, it is Carolyn Crain

June 19, 2014

Why Private?

by lewwaters

Lew's Blog a

As you all know, I made my blog private again and have not been allowing many people in to view it. That is really not important anyway as I haven’t put much on the blog in the last couple weeks. But, at the risk of being accused of “assuming the fetal position,” “sour grapes,” or “getting bent out of shape” I’ll let you know why.

As most know, even though long accused of being a “Republican lackey” and “Madoreite,” I did expose an effort by the local GOP to selectively stack PCO slots and for that effort, became subjected to a massive smear campaign that I have to believe came from within the local GOP.

June 10, 2014

The CCGOP Executive Board

by lewwaters

It is unknown just why, but the Clark County Republican Party chooses to not list who their executive officers sitting in control on the Executive Board are, completely unlike before and unlike the Clark County Democrats, but we do know who a couple are, in large part to their outspoken acts. We know Kenny Smith is Chair, Brenda Poletti is Vice-Chair and Christian Berrigan is what they have labeled Operations Director, whatever that is.

But I am also hearing from numerous sources of the recent appointment to the board of Katja Delavar, supposedly in a non-voting capacity to some seat.

With this nomination it would seem a dream from years ago is fulfilled of Katja successfully taking over the local party for Ron Paul as back in 2008, Katja, wife of ex-Washougal city council member and candidate again for the 3rd Congressional District Michael Delavar, was heard promoting strong pro Ron Paul stances in an April 10, 2008 interview with the 911 Truther group “American Underground Network,”

You can listen to the audio of that interview at Katja Delavar AUN 04-10-2008

June 6, 2014

Integrate or Take-Over?

by lewwaters

Katja Delavar April 10, 2008

Audio Michael Delavar on Lars Larson June 5, 2014, full interview

Lars Larson can be heard on FM News 101 KXL Monday – Friday 3p -4p Podcasts of past shows may be heard at The Lars Larson Podcast

June 5, 2014

Laying It Out On The Table

by leaortiz

“Put it this way, folks. Lew puts stuff out on the table for all to see WITHOUT the financial backing or elbow rubbing of certain individuals not only in our county, but from across the country. His only intention is to inform the people as he sees it on a blog”

I don’t know who this person is but I love him/her.  The key here is that there is no financial backing, therefore there is not an indebtedness towards any candidate.

When we took my computer in to be serviced recently, (PC Wizard) we made slight mention of Lew being a political blogger.  After we went to pick up and pay for the cleaned up computer, our computer geek had looked Lew up and was astonished.  He says… WOW, you really are a blogger, and not just any blogger.  He expected a fluff site, nope, not here.

June 4, 2014

Withdrawing the Acceptance of an Apology

by lewwaters

Anybody that has paid any attention realizes by now that I have soured quite a bit on the Clark County Republican Party under the Ron Paul Brown Shirt Republican Liberty Caucus due to the smears directed at me personally over my exposing Christian Berrigan’s sneaky, underhanded effort to stack PCO slots.

Those smears were done from the shadows by people unknown, but connected to the CCGOP and refuse to come out in the open, leaving me with no one connected to the party that I can trust.

Towards the top of that list of those I can no longer trust is County Commissioner David Madore, in large part for hearing of his funding of these cowardly people and that he was caught undermining the efforts of this blog, explained at Prosper and Thrive?

But, that wasn’t the first time Madore took something from me to put out as his.

June 2, 2014

Hypocrisy of the Highest Order

by lewwaters

Referring back to the smear effort against me of late over exposing the secretive effort of Christian Berrigan to selectively “create a situation where THEY OFFER to withdraw,” the utter hypocrisy of the effort and the subsequent smear is evident in an interview of Berrigan when he ran for WSRP Chair last year.

You can view the full interview at Victory Girls, a blog that I have the utmost respect for.

VG: What will you do to combat the corruption and back room dealings so prevalent in the WSRP and RLCWA?

CB: First and foremost, be intolerant of it when it occurs. Culturally, educate our party leaders as to how that kind of activity demoralizes, deflates and discourages our grassroots. Show them examples of how some of our best people get alienated when they are treated unfairly. Demonstrate how fair play makes defeat more palatable, and makes it easier for people to cooperate after a loss. Systemically, codify reforms into our state bylaws where appropriate, and encourage counties to take similar action appropriate to them. Personally, I will not tolerate the temptation to use power or position to manipulate an outcome. Our intra-party battles must be waged on a level playing field or we will continue to alienate members and thereby destroy ourselves.

June 1, 2014

Prosper and Thrive?

by lewwaters

Never Push

As you all know, I have been subjected to a massive smear campaign of late because of exposing some underhanded tactics by the Clark County Republican Party. It backfired on them as a surprising number of people, young and old, Democrat and Republican even an Independent or two sent me messages of support, agreeing that what I exposed needed to be exposed.

It is widely believed that this current group of what I can only describe as “hotheads” was funded in their takeover of the CCGOP by current County Commissioner, David Madore, also owner of US Digital. Whether he has any direct involvement in this smear campaign, I really do not know, but he told me he does not and added he has no idea who they are.

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