Posts tagged ‘17th Legislative District’

December 15, 2014

Lynda Wilson: A Winning Strategy

by lewwaters

A look back at the campaign by the campaign of Lynda Wilson, 17th Legislative District Representative (R) on her defeat of the incumbent Democrat, Monica Stonier.

October 29, 2014

Monica Stonier Sort Of Addresses Common Core

by lewwaters

From a March 26, 2014 Tele Town Hall held by Democrat 17th District Representative Monica Stonier (Washington State), addressing a question on Common Core. Well, sort of.

Is this the “Common Sense” she boasts of?

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.

January 14, 2014

Lynda Wilson to Step Down as Clark GOP Chair

by lewwaters
Lynda Wilson

Lynda Wilson

Clark County Republican Party Chair Lynda Wilson will resign as Chair of the party effective January 31, according to a press release from the party issued earlier this morning. Wilson plans to focus her attention and energy on her upcoming campaign for the 17th Legislative District seat currently held by Democrat Monica Stonier.

In a letter addressed to the Executive Board, Wilson praised the party for their efforts and gains over the past year, citing their fund raising and technical future of the party.

Vice-Chair Steven Nelson, in accordance with the newly adopted party by-laws will be contacting PCO’s to schedule a special meeting where a new party chair will be selected.

December 19, 2013

Stonier Draws Challenger for 17th District

by lewwaters
Lynda Wilson Social

Lynda Wilson

In a Press Release issued today, December 19, 2013, Clark County Republican Party Chair, Lynda Wilson announced her intent to challenge first term state representative, Monica Stonier for the seat she won last election in the 17th Legislative District.

Wilson, a native of Washington State says, “I am running for State Representative in order to help restore Liberty, Opportunity, and Trust to the citizens of Washington State. The Fundamental purpose of government is to protect individual liberty, a point all too forgotten in Olympia, where many act as though the hardworking taxpayer exists for their benefit rather than the government serving the people.”

Monica Stonier Hat

Monica Stonier

Stonier, a Democrat elected to her first term in 2012 by a very slim margin, less than half a percent, has kept a low profile in her time in office. She failed to gain the endorsement of the local media in her effort in 2010 due to close ties to the teachers union.

February 1, 2013

Update: Stonier Misses First Four Votes in the House

by lewwaters

Monica Stonier HatUnder performing just as expected, word is out that Monica Stonier, newly elected Democrat in the 17th Legislative District who narrowly defeated Republican Julie Olson for the seat left open when Tim Probst narrowly lost his bid to oust Senator Don Benton blew off the first four votes in the House, those vote being listed as “probably the most important votes this month.”

One was for an amendment to house rules to make the 2/3 majority vote for tax increases that 64% of voters approved part of rules. Stonier wasn’t there. The amendment failed along party lines.

Shortly after the vote, Tim Eyeman, who has sponsored the initiatives and got the petitions to the people for us to vote on the initiative, issued a press release that says,

January 4, 2013

Senator Benton to Propose Constitutional Amendment For 2/3 Majority Vote on Taxes

by lewwaters

State Senator Don Benton, 17th Legislative District has issued a Press Release announcing he will submit a constitutional amendment based on the Initiative 1185 law approved in November’s general election, voters 5th time saying we want a 2/3 majority requirement to raise our taxes.

Majority Coalition Heading

For Release For Interviews Contact:
Jan. 4, 2013 Sen. Don Benton (360) 786-7632

Let people decide whether to make 2/3 tax-vote rule permanent, says Benton

Clark County’s senior legislator will propose constitutional amendment based on Initiative 1185

December 5, 2012

Benton is In, Probst is Out (UPDATED)

by lewwaters

I haven’t received the email from the Elections Department yet, but the Columbian is now saying the recount shows 17th Legislative District Senator Don Benton retains his seat by 74 votes. Tim Probst and the Democrats have lost, in spite of running one of the most expensive and sleazy campaigns I can recall in their effort to unseat Don.

Benton wins Senate race by 74 votes

Maybe premature in declaring victory for Probst?

Maybe premature in declaring victory for Probst?

October 31, 2012

Don Benton, Waste Deep In Ridiculous Attacks

by lewwaters

Yes Don, we’re with you. We know of the negative hype Tim Probst is well known for and reject it.

October 22, 2012

Monica Stonier vs Julie Olson on Charter Schools

by lewwaters

At least Julie Olson takes a definite stand.

October 10, 2012

History of Tim Probst’s & Democrats Negative Attack Ads

by lewwaters

Democrat Tim Probst, hoping to unseat Republican Senator Don Benton in Washington State’s 17th Legislative District always puffs out his chest, boasting of how he adheres to the ‘Clean Campaign Pledge,’ but he only recently denounced any of the negative attacks ads sent out on his behalf and only after being goaded into it. The Clean Campaign Pledge he boasts of signing calls for signatories to denounce such negative campaigning.

This blog recently revealed that Democrats have set $85,000 towards negative attacks on behalf of Tim Probst and likely Monica Stonier too, another Democrat hoping to finally get a seat in the legislature. Stonier previously showed she is more than willing to attack than discuss issues, but she still lost, voters seeing through her smoke screen.

With such a large amount of money being dedicated this late in the campaign, you can expect to see more of what follows flooding mail boxes soon on behalf of both or either Probst or Stonier.

In his first bid for office, opponent Joseph James was attacked not over any issue, but his profession, owning a dog grooming business, labeling James a “Show Dog.”

October 7, 2012

The Columbian – Consistent in their Inconsistency

by lewwaters

In spite of what fringe leftist try to claim, it is well known in Clark County that the newspaper of record, the Columbian has earned the reputation of also being known as the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party. Nowhere is this seen any better than in their Political Endorsements.

Every election, while a few token Republicans earn their endorsement, by and large the bulk go to Democrats, any Democrat in some cases even though the paper admits the Republican is the better candidate. Their reasoning given with some endorsements is not only inconsistent, but borders on outright hypocrisy.

Case in point is their 2012 endorsement in the general election for County Commissioner. Two districts are up for election and in both the primary and general election, they chose an all Democrat field. When their chosen Democrat did not win in our top-two primary, they still chose the Democrat, even though one claims to be a Republican still.

October 4, 2012

Of Created Controversy and Hate Fests

by lewwaters

Longtime Democrat party activist, operative and pollster Pat Caddell recently stated, “The Press is the ‘enemy of the American people’” in a speech given at an Accuracy in Media event. Of course, he is addressing the media’s reluctance, or more accurately, their refusal to publish much about the ongoing scandals regarding the Obama Administration.

But his point goes much further if we look towards the heavy bias often seen in our own local paper, the Columbian, or as many see it, the “unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party” and their coverage of local and state politics.

The bias is evidenced in their creation of controversies where none really exists as well as what can only be described as pure hate of certain elected officials, Republicans of course.

Created Controversy

Once again we see the Columbian taking something and blowing into a full blown scandal even though there actually is nothing really wrong. We saw this same creating a controversy previously as an elderly Democrat couple receiving a campaign letter seeking donations and disguised as a poll became offended and the paper created a huge scandal, Podunk Reporter Creates Issue, Boasts of Resolution.

October 1, 2012

Lies, Deceit and Desperation in the 17th

by lewwaters

Democrats have long been known for their ‘win at any cost’ strategies and tactics. Our National and Gubernatorial elections have been seen rampant with dirty tricks, apparent fraud, deceitful claims and more.

It is also well known that Washington State Democrats have long wanted to take over the seat of State Senator Don Benton in the 17th Legislative District and flip the house seats back to their party. To that end now we see even more underhanded campaign tactics to include attacking Republican Julie Olson running for the open seat and being challenged for the seat by Democrat Monica Stonier, who has shown how desperate she is for public office in the past 2 years.

To that end, a Republican PCO residing in the 17th recently received was alleged to her to be an “Opinion Poll” from the 702 area code in Clark County, Nevada. The “poll” began with a few questions on the presidential race, and then quickly turned into a slam session against both Senator Benton and Julie Olson, as you can hear below.

September 27, 2012

How Desperate Is Tim Probst to Lie About His Opponent?

by lewwaters

Tim Probst, Democrat challenger hoping to unseat 4 time Republican Senator from Washington State’s 17th Legislative District is showing signs of realizing his chances of doing so are becoming increasingly dismal. Such realization seems to drive Probst to further violate the very “Clean Campaign Pledge” he boasted of signing and previously used to hammer Senator Benton over the head with.

This blog previously showed that Probst is known for such campaign tactics at Where Did Tim Probst’s Pledge of a “Clean Campaign” go?

What has to be desperation on Probst’s part, he seems to know have doubled down on such dirty campaign tactics.

Probst, violating his previous pledge against mudslinging, after declining to meet Senator Benton for an open debate on issues, unless the venue is in his favor, has opened up a “Fact Checking Don Benton” page on his website.

As we have seen previously, when Democrats decide to “fact Check” their opponents, “facts” are likely to be the last thing you will find. Tim Probst so called “Fact Check” page is no different.

September 19, 2012

Probst Won’t Debate Benton

by lewwaters

Tim Probst and Sen. Don Benton

Tim Probst, hoping to unseat 4-time Senator Don Benton has been making a lot of noise, slamming Senator Benton and raising malicious claims, the same tired old malicious claims raised election after election against Senator Benton. Democrats seem to hope that now, boyish faced Probst can make the allegations stick and impress voters in the 17th Legislative District he is the better candidate to represent them.

Issues seem to allude Probst in his usual negative campaigning, not even taking a public stance on the largest issues affecting Southwest Washington, the CRC & Portland, Oregon’s financially plagues light rail being forced into Clark County.

Stepping back and looking reveals what every voter needs to see, that Tim Probst is not who they need for State Senator in the 17th.

Tim shows this now as after all of his negative campaigning, in violation of the very ‘Clean Campaign Pledge’ he made a fuss over his signing, he will not even meet Senator Benton for a live debate, moderated by former 18th Legislative District State Senator, Joe Zarelli to be hosted on Couv.com.

August 29, 2012

Rehashing Old Charges Against Sen. Benton Reveals Tim Probst’s Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

Tim Probst and Sen. Don Benton

There is little doubt that the State Senate race in the 17th Legislative District is one of them, if not the hottest race in the state this election. It is no secret that Democrats have long sought to see Senator Don Benton, elected to the Senate 4 times now, ousted and a Democrat take his place.

Tim Probst, Representative for position 1 in the 17th was enticed to leave his fairly safe House seat and take on Benton, a hard charging and very effective Senator, even though he has been in the minority party his entire time in the Senate.

Evidence of the urgency for the Democrats to defeat Senator Benton comes from several areas, but one of the best would be the words from a Democrat candidate for the State Senate running against Senator Ann Rivers, Ralph Schmidt, who openly says he realizes he has no chance of winning.

Schmidt told the Columbian,

“I actually don’t have a lot of money. The party is supporting me some, but mostly the 17th (District) is like a vortex sucking up all the time and money, because that’s where the competitive races are.”

August 23, 2012

Probst Draws PDC Complaint

by lewwaters

Tim Probst, stepping away from his 17th Legislative District Representative seat in an effort to unseat 4 time State Senator Don Benton has been showing his true nature this campaign, not taking a position on the single most important issue facing Clark County, distancing himself from mud slung on his behalf while not denouncing or disagreeing with it and making untrue claims about Senator Benton.

It now appears that boyish faced Democrat Tim Probst gets to add a Public Disclosure Commission to the list of un-qualifiers.

Most PDC complaints amount to little, but this one, filed due to his campaign acceptance of illegal contributions and condoning untruthful campaign claims may grow some teeth.

For some time now, Probst has tried to smear Senator Benton over his not yet signing the League of Women Voters Clean Campaign Pledge. Yet, as previously shown here, Probst does not adhere to the pledge he signed himself.

July 30, 2012

Why Won’t Tim Probst Take A Stand On The Largest Issue Facing SW Washington?

by lewwaters

Tim Probst and Sen. Don Benton

It has been the desire of the Democrats in Washington State to oust very effective 4-term State Senator, Don Benton, a Republican serving in the 17th Legislative District. In fact, he has been their target for several years and with the willing assistance of the Columbian, the local ‘newspaper’ that is actually more like the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party, Democrats feel the time is ripe to accomplish their goal.

They have pinned their hopes on 17th Legislative District Representative, Tim Probst, who by all appearances has been very carefully groomed by party leaders to something he is not to appeal to the conservative voters in the 17th District.

Probst, who will be leaving his 2nd term in the legislature, has been very coy ever since first winning the seat in 2008. He makes the claim, “Tim has fought spending, debt, and taxes for years.”

By all outward appearance, his voting record reflects his claim. But, I must ask if he really does stand against his party’s policies as he claims, why do they so strongly support him in his campaign and not treat him as they did Senators Tim Sheldon, Jim Kastama and Rodney Tom when they sided with Republicans earlier this year in what was called “The “9th Order” maneuver on the budget?

July 28, 2012

Would Monica Stonier Really Bring “Common Sense?”

by lewwaters

By all outward appearance, 17th Legislative District candidate for Representative, Monica Stonier is a lovely young lady and a good school teacher. But, she isn’t campaigning to be a teacher in Olympia, but a Representative of the people.

She has up an ad on facebook promising to “bring common sense solutions to government in Olympia.”

But, what “common sense” has she displayed so far?

Also by all appearances, she is a young lady hungry and eager to become a state representative. We know this as she was a candidate for the same seat in 2010, losing to Republican Paul Harris and not even gaining the endorsement of the very pro-Democrat newspaper, the Columbian, also known locally as the “unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party” in that years’ primary election.

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