Posts tagged ‘49th Legislative District’

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

May 28, 2014

Commissioner Jerry Oliver on Carolyn Crain

by lewwaters

Excerpts from Port of Vancouver Commissioner, Jerry Oliver speaking on behalf of Carolyn Crain, Republican candidate for Washington State 49th Legislative District Representative, position 2

April 10, 2014

Carolyn Crain

by lewwaters

Carolyn Crain, campaigning for the Washington State 49th Legislative District currently held by Democrat Jim Moeller, speaking before an audience on April 9, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington.

April 9, 2014

JT Wilcox Speaking at Carolyn Crain’s Event

by lewwaters

Washington State Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R. 2nd) speaking in Vancouver, Washington, April 9, 2014 on behalf of candidate Carolyn Crain (R), running against incumbent Democrat Jim Moeller in the 49th Legislative District.

October 28, 2012

Union Rage or Experience? Our Choice

by lewwaters

Washington’s 49th Legislative District is fairly well known as a stronghold for liberal Democrats on par with the Puget Sound. Democrats in the 49th continue to be elected time and again, in spite of it also having some of the highest taxes, highest unemployment rate and lags behind the rest of the state.

With the announcement from State Senator Craig Pridemore that he was not going to seek reelection, Democrats have enlisted and promote Annette Cleveland to run for that open seat. But, who is Annette Cleveland? What does she have to offer us? What political experience does she bring to the campaign?

In answer to the last two questions, very little other than her claims of assisting the Vancouver Chamber, C-TRAN and supporting far left Democrat Patty Murray at WSU.

With a résumé that thin, we have very little to go on other than what we hear her say in her campaign speeches, such as her description of what formed her “Foundational Beliefs” from her 2012 Clark County Democrat convention speech

September 4, 2012

Lou Brancaccio’s “War on Women”

by lewwaters

There is a reason pencils all come with erasers. We all make mistakes and get something wrong from time to time and responsible people will correct errors they make. None of us are above making errors and getting something wrong or even relaying something we thought we heard that actually was not what the other person said.

Newspapers especially have a commitment to the public to ‘get it right’ and often we see retractions or corrections published when they don’t. Let’s face it, reporters are only human and make mistakes and when such an error is pointed out, it is incumbent upon them to make such corrections.

Apparently not at the Columbian, though.

We all know the Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter for the CRC & Democrat Party and their bias towards the left. But the email copied to me between Republican candidate for the 49th Legislative District, Carolyn Crain and Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio just boggles my mind.

August 9, 2012

Arrest Made Over Email Threats Against GOP Candidate (Updated)

by lewwaters

Earlier, I had written a post that I took down, leading some to wonder why I revised it and possibly thinking I was changing information. I said then that the reasons would be revealed shortly. I hope this short post will explain to those who were wondering. The original contained reference to this incident that was premature in releasing on my part as I had mistakenly assumed the man was already arrested.

I received word by phone early this morning that a person, 50 year-old Gary Owen, who had been sending threatening emails to Republican 49th Legislative District candidate Eileen Qutub had been arrested on suspicion of two counts of malicious harassment, a Class C felony.

Owen, obviously not a supporter, indicates extreme anger over receiving a campaign mailer in the mail and instead of just throwing it out, as a sane person would do, sent the following email,

June 27, 2012

Meet Eileen Qutub, Candidate for State Senator 49th Legislative District

by lewwaters

Portions of the speech given by Eileen Qutub, running for Washington State Senator, 49th Legislative District. For more information on this great Republican candidate, please visit EileenQutub.com

June 7, 2012

Carolyn Crain: Your Voice, Your Advocate

by lewwaters

If you have ever been to a Vancouver City Council Meeting or Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting, you undoubtedly have seen Carolyn Crain speaking out against waste and policies many of us not only see, but know will be detrimental to our community. She’s shown herself to be a gutsy woman ready to stand for the struggling people of our community.

Tired of seeing how the voices of citizens in our community have not only been continually ignored, but seeing the citizens sued by unions and those previously elected to represent us, to overturn the clear mandate from citizens to the legislature that we want a 2/3 majority requirement for tax increase on us, Carolyn is stepping up to run for the legislature as 49th Legislative District Representative district 2 against Democrat Jim Moeller who has held the seat for a decade now.

Moeller, it must be remembered, is one of the legislators who quickly signed onto the union backed effort to have I-1053 declared unconstitutional, an effort to thwart the will of some 64% of voters across the state, 71% of Clark County citizens who voted to require the 2/3 supermajority for tax increases.

While current legislators claim to support our constitutional right to citizen initiatives, Carolyn Crain actually does. She says, “I think the people need to express their voice in order for those who are elected to serve them to really know what the people want. If limitations should be placed on any part of the process then it should be at the legislative level. If the people vote for something with an initiative then I think it should be honored.”

April 18, 2012

With Probst’s Announcement, the Campaigns Get More Interesting

by lewwaters

Now that we see 17th Legislative District Representative Tim Probst feeling he is ready to tackle and entrenched incumbent for a State Senate seat, his seat in the House will be an open seat that the Democrats surely will want to retain with another person. Should Tim lose the Senate race, which is likely, he will not be allowed to just return to his House seat.

The 17th now has a Republican Senator, Don Benton who has won the seat 4 times now and Paul Harris, also a Republican holding down position 2, running for a second term.

Republicans have Mike Appel and Julie Olson, both of whom announced their intent to run against Probst prior to his coming out on his bid against Benton.

Knowing that the Democrats will not want to lose the seat held now by Probst, it would be expected that they recruit a strong candidate to run in his place. All indications at this time is that is not what they have planned and are trying to recruit Monica Stonier, who lost to Republican Paul Harris in the 2010 elections by nearly 7 percentage points and who we last heard of, was trying to relocate her residence to qualify to try to be appointed to replace Democrat Jim Jacks, who abruptly abandoned constituents due to scandal in 2011 in the 49th Legislative District.

The Columbian endorsed her campaign in the 2010 General Election, but did not in the primary election that year citing they “were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union.” She still lost.

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.

April 8, 2011

Clark Dems Decide to Drag Their Feet On Replacing Quitter Jim Jacks

by lewwaters

Mike Heywood, chairman of the 49th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee assigned the task of replacing Jim Jacks, who abruptly quit his office, abandoning constituents March 25, has put the brakes on filling the empty seat, leaving the 49th Legislative District under represented during session.

Democrats Rep. Jim Moeller and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart have urged the “slow-down” according to the Columbian article.

Heywood, who initially favored a quicker replacement of the quitter Jacks now says, “they don’t need the vote in Olympia. As that has become more of a shared opinion, the pressure for speed is off,” indicating how comfortable the Democrats are with their majority an ability to shove through any legislation they desire, constituents be damned.

Moeller, indicating most of the work this session has already been done said, “I think our strategy is to put forward our best candidates.”

Would that be like putting forth Jim Jacks since 2008 just so he could abandon constituents 2 weeks ago, saying he did not want the reasons discussed publicly?

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.”

March 25, 2011

Rep. Jim Jacks Abruptly Resigns! Inappropriate Conduct Alleged!

by lewwaters

Confirmed by a source in Olympia, 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks, Democrat, has tendered his resignation.

See also Clark County Politics for more information

I am also told there will be a special election held in November.

Jacks claiming “personal reasons, he does not want publicly stated

The Columbian

Initial speculation was the reason might be health related. His name has been pulled from the roll-call, his web page has been taken down and he has vacated the House.

The Olympian is reporting, “House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, put out this statement, which confirmed rumors heard after Jacks failed to show up for committee hearings yesterday:
Rep. Jacks has been a good legislator for the people of his district and a productive member of our caucus. However, we understand his decision to put his family first, and we are accepting that decision.”

Read more: The Olympian

UPDATE: I’m now hearing it alleged that Jacks has been “dealing inappropriately with members of legislative staff of the opposite gender.” Will post more as I hear it.

Comment left at the Olympian

Reply left to the above comment from the Olympian

Seattle Station KOMO News says,

“He said he needed to take care of some things at home,” said Democratic Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, who refused to divulge any more details. “There’s not much more to say about it.”

The resignation raises more questions than answers. His departure came to light as a leadership statement accepting his resignation. There was no official announcement of his quitting.

A call to Jacks’ cellphone by The Associated Press was not immediately returned. His official legislative website has been shut down and his legislative aide did not arrive at the office Friday.

KOMO also updated, “Sen. Craig Pridemore, a Democrat who serves in the same district, said his resignation had been discussed for a couple of days.”

Left on the Oregonian article, Saturday

Oregonian

July 25, 2010

Cismar To Run “Green” Campaign

by lewwaters

It has long been asserted that conservatives are wasteful, fat cats, wealthy with little or no regard for the environment and who would ruin the land to make a buck.

You can put that notion to rest as once again, a conservative steps up and shows his liberal opponent how it should be done.

Bill Cismar, candidate for the 40th Legislative District Position 1, running against liberal Democrat Jim Jacks, famous for admitting he had no ideas on how the “fix the tax system” in Washington State, has announced on his facebook page,

“I am so conservative, I don’t want to spend donor money on what many people consider to be eyesores cluttering up our beautiful City. SIGNS!

Please go to my signage selection, bottom left of this page, select your favorite sign, then print it out and hang it in your windows. If you set your printer to print in Landscape you’ll get a v…very nice 8×11 sign!

Home made signs in folk’s cars and living room windows rule!”

We all complain about campaign signs littering the county, being vandalized, eyesores and candidates end up leaving them after the election because, quite frankly, they have no idea where supporters place them all.

Signs cost a lot of money to have made and as Bill sees, that precious money donated from supporters during these depressing economic times, is hard to come by. Unlike Democrat candidates, conservatives cannot rely on powerful unions, lobbyists and special interests to keep the coffers full. We have to depend on supporters, the very people who are now suffering due to Democrat policies from the stat and federal level.

Bill goes on to say,

“I will use the donors money for mailers, phone calls, fliers, perhaps radio ads, and so forth. And yes, I’ll even put up a few signs at strategic locations. The money won’t be wasted and the law doesn’t let me use it for any other purpose besides what it is given for.”

“There will be plenty of signs. I’m just not going to go to the stage of littering the city with them. Yes there is a need to make one’s name familiar. But two things are facts that dramatically affect the signage strategy.”

1- The sign has to capture the attention of the audience. Look around at the sign clutter we have. You can’t possibly read all the signs at most of our major cross streets.
2 – The sign must not offend. Ask anyone you know what their emotional response is when they see all these campaign signs.”

Bill Cismar is giving a prime example of how he will represent us in Olympia. Responsibly!

Even though opponents will inevitably come to say that he is not thinking of the environment in this, which is somewhat correct, conservatives just do it. They don’t make a fuss about just how much they do, they just do it! It’s our responsible nature and Bill Cismar is showing that now.

With precious funds to work with, Bill is also showing how he will be responsible with precious and decreasing tax revenues. As I said, conservatives just do it!

Driving around the county, it is difficult to pass through an intersection and not see Jim Jacks signs littering everywhere the eye can see. His campaign obviously is less worried about precious funds and creating eyesores everywhere than with ensuring he buys his way back to the legislature.

Then again, he is a Democrat and has unions and special interests to rely on, those same ones that continue to push to take more of our hard-earned money away from us in increased taxes.

Bill Cismar is a regular guy with a great resume’. He is not an experienced politician, nor a career politician. He is one of us who has seen enough and knows the value of a hard earned dollar.

Bill’s announcement on signage may seem like a small gesture, but it speaks tons about the man and how responsible he will be as our next legislator representing the 49th Legislative District, pos. 1.

It is high time we conservatives stand up and show that in spite of the false claims all these years, we are the responsible ones.

We have two excellent conservative candidates prepared to show the “conservatives just do it” attitude in Olympia.

Bill Cismar, position 1 against Jim Jacks.

And Craig Riley, position 2 against Jim ‘Da Taxman’ Moeller.

Let’s elect them both and pull ourselves out of this economic morass we find ourselves in today.

June 8, 2010

Bill Cismar Files to Run Against Jim Jacks

by lewwaters

Vancouver resident, Bill Cismar, a Republican and a veteran filed to run against Democrat Jim Jacks for the 49th Legislative District seat position 1 today. In a Press Release issued today, Cismar says,

CISMAR ENTERS LEGISLATIVE RACE

Bill Cismar, a Vancouver resident since 1987, has announced his candidacy for the 49th Legislative District, Position 1, currently held by Democrat Jim Jacks.

Cismar, a Republican and a veteran, spent three decades working in the high tech industry as a Field Service Engineer, Engineering Technician, and Business owner before returning to school to pursue a career as a Data Network Administrator. Cismar says he is running as an advocate for small and medium businesses and to be a voice in Olympia for the people of the 49th Legislative District.

“Jim Jacks says on his own website that his “Significant Career Experience:” is the he was “Governor Gregoire’s local representative:”. I think it is time for the 49th district to have someone be Vancouver’s representative in Olympia. That is exactly what I will be,” Cismar said.

Cismar said “I would far rather be happily employed and working with a local business helping to generate real income for the greater Vancouver community. But as I look at my country, my state and my local community I see a worsening economic storm. I have never been one to stand by the side and let others tackle difficult issues on my behalf. I’m the guy who stops to render aid at traffic accidents in the pouring rain. I volunteered and served in uniform when the military was out of public favor. And I simply do not trust the current establishment to be sensitive to the real concerns of the people of Vancouver unless we make them so.

Today politicians are vilified and properly so. There primarily are two types of people who are interested in public office. There are those who see the public as needing to be regulated or those who see government as the thing that should be regulated. I am of the latter type.

The principle idea of our nation is that the people should elect those from their own midst who are familiar with their needs, their concerns, and their values to represent them. I am as average a Vancouver Citizen as you’ll likely ever meet, and as such, no one is more familiar to the average citizen’s needs and concerns.”

Jim Jacks ran and won the seat vacated by Democrat Bill Fromhold in the 2008 election and is known for his support of all the new tax increases we are facing as well as answering in a debate against his opponent in 2008, addressing the growing budget deficit, “I don’t know how to solve it, I’m not a tax expert, I’m not a revenue expert.”

Video HERE

I think he and his fellow Democrats have proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that they don’t.

Bill Cismar hasn’t been campaigning to date, but in the days and weeks ahead you can expect to see him out and about.

Bill is the type of Representative we have needed for some time. Not a political insider, but a working man with business and Military experience.

Let’s take our state back and we can do it this year by electing Craig Riley and Bill Cismar for the 49th Legislative District seats.

March 22, 2010

Craig Riley Convention Speech, March 20, 2010

by lewwaters

Craig Riley, Vancouver businessman and Republican for the 49th Legislative District against Democrat Jim ‘Taxman’ Moeller at the Clark GOP Convention held at Prairie High School.

Had enough of the high taxes?

Had Enough of Jim ‘Taxman” Moeller’s snide comments if you disagree with him?

Had enough of not being adequately represented in the 49th, especially during these tough economic times?

Craig Riley is ready to lead us in Taking Back Control of our State Government.

Elect Craig Riley

March 19, 2010

Craig Riley Announces Candidacy In 49th Against Moeller

by lewwaters

Received today;

Craig Riley Announces Candidacy for Legislature, Position 2, in the 49th District

Riley, a successful businessman with expertise in job creation and healthcare issues, promises to restore responsible representative government to the citizens of the 49th District

Business leader Craig Riley declared his candidacy today for State Representative, position #2, in the 49th District. Craig is an expert in the two areas of greatest concern in this election, jobs and healthcare. For more than 20 years, Craig has provided Health Care Benefit advice to businesses, physician clinics and families. Craig gives weekly seminars on healthcare issues, helps senior citizens make informed decisions and works with local businesses to maximize health care benefits and minimize costs. Craig supports independence and choice in healthcare. He knows the push for a government run health care system will bankrupt our nation, will decrease the quality and availability of health care, and will enable Washington politicians (not your doctor) to decide who will receive care and who will not.

As a successful businessman, Craig also understands the unique challenges that can create or kill jobs in our community. We need Craig Riley’s expertise and responsible representation in Olympia to stop the “tax and spend” agenda of elected representatives who have turned a deaf ear to the concerns of the people they are supposed to represent and have grossly mismanaged taxpayer money. High individual and corporate taxes kill jobs. As Craig has said, “It is time to take back control and deliver a strong message to those who recklessly spend hard-earned taxpayer dollars. The failure to control spending has left many of us outraged with the current leadership in Olympia. I will work for you to halt the burden of needless regulations and oppressive tax increases on businesses and families that are already financially burdened.”

Craig is married, a devoted family man, and father to four grown children. His children all graduated from our public school system and he values their education. Craig believes in giving back to his community and one way he has done so is through coaching soccer. From the time his own children were small and started playing and even after they had finished, he continued coaching. He often would take youngsters at 7 and coach them until they could join their high school teams. Craig believes that strong families and good jobs are the background of a successful nation and will work hard to support both.
Online: www.electcraigriley.com

Or Mail to:Elect Craig Riley, 1701 Broadway #241, Vancouver, WA 98663
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Craig Riley, info@electcraigriley.com,360-258-0236

As I previoulsy stated in 49th L.D., We Deserve Better Than Jim ‘Taxman’ Moeller, Criag Riley is a man we need to Take back Control Of Olympia and help restore Washington State.

Criag ran for office once before, coming real close to unseating powerful Joe King, then speaker of the house in Olympia.

Come meet Craig at his Campaign Kick Off Celebration April 6th Tuesday, at the BRICKHOUSE Bar & Grill. On Main and Mill Plain, downtown Vancouver. Join him for a little music, a little laughter and a kick off celebration. 5:30-7:00.

November 8, 2008

Washington Post Admits Left Winged Media Bias

by lewwaters

cowardly-lionDeborah Howell, of the Washington Post, penned a stunning admission in today’s paper titled, An Obama Tilt in Campaign Coverage.

In her article she outlines the lopsided coverage in favor of Liberal Democrat, Barack Hussein Obama over Moderate Republican, John Sydney McCain. We bloggers on the right have known this all along, but when mentioned, we were just poo pooed by the left and members of the media as hate mongers, out of touch or what have you.

In showing the lack of true Journalistic coverage, Howell states, “The Post was deficient in stories that reported more than the two candidates trading jabs,” admitting that issues of both candidates were lacking.

The assistant managing editor for politics, Bill Hamilton, is quoted as saying,

I don’t at all discount the importance of issues, but we had a larger purpose, to convey and explain a campaign that our own David Broder described as the most exciting he has ever covered, a narrative that unfolded until the very end. I think our staff rose to the occasion.”

Isn’t it the “issues” that we voters must know in order to make informed decisions on who to vote for to best lead the nation? And, what is the “larger purpose” he mentions? Prove we are not racists by electing a totally inexperienced person to the highest office in the world just because he is a minority?

With all the calls from European nations during the campaign that America ‘must’ do so, when does Europe prove their end to racism by installing a Black leader in any one of their countries? After all, the slavery that once existed in America was brought from those same European nations that have never in their history had a Black leader.

The most stunning admission by Ms. Howell, though, is,

But Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama’s acknowledged drug use as a teenager.”

Neither did the rest of the lamestream media, Ms. Howell.

As I wrote in Lamestream Media Royally Screws America, “We learned more about Sarah Palin’s choice of eyeliner over the first weekend she was selected than we still know about B HO.”

Neither Ms. Howell nor any one else from the media has issued anything remotely resembling an apology for their gross negligence in performing their duty as Journalists to adequately inform the public. Such gross negligence on the job would get most of us fired from our jobs, yet they will just continue masquerading Op Eds as Journalism and selecting what the public reads and is entitled to know.

I am left pondering now if our own financially troubled Columbian will rub our noses into the mud also and admit they were in the tank for local Democrat candidates and ignored obvious deficiencies in their abilities?

Missing in their “coverage” was many gaffes and admissions of local candidates from the Democrat side and ignoring strengths of some Republican candidates.

Nowhere was this more prevalent than in the race to replace retiring Bill Fromhold between Jim Jacks and Debbie Peterson. After Jacks openly admitted to not having a clue of what to do in regards to our states financial troubles and Debbie outlined ideas to solve it, attempts by this writer to inform Clark County voters in the 49th Legislative District were continually blocked by editing portions of comments and letters that stated that.

While the media did not totally get their way in a Democrat clean sweep, they helped elect enough to have a major impact upon our future, which just may bankrupt us all with increased fees, higher taxes and more restrictions on our constitutional liberties.

It is little wonder that so many media sources are experiencing declining profits and having to lay people off. Ever so gradually, readers are turning away from the propaganda laced media and relying on alternative news sources or just ignoring news altogether.

That presents even more dangers for American voters.

Never before has the comment credited to Mark Twain, “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed,” been so true.

October 21, 2008

Langston Shuns PAC and Special Interest Money

by lewwaters

By now most have undoubtedly seen the television ad hawking David Carrier’s vow and refusal to accept Special Interest and PAC money and even the Columbian’s report of his campaign initially accepting an illegal contribution from another legislative district, which was subsequently returned.

The excuse listed of the Special Interest and PAC monies he did receive come across a bit lame, in my opinion.

Discussing the acceptance of Special Interest and PAC after viewing the last Presidential Debate at Republican Party Headquarters last week, Office Manager, Cindy Langston, wife of State Senate candidate Tom Langston, came up the small group and told us that Tom accepts no Special Interest or PAC money, at all.

We all have heard Political Candidates make claims that cause us to be skeptical and initially, I took Cindy’s claim with a little skepticism too. After all, it is just too easy to find out to who contributes to the candidates by a simple visit to the Public Disclosure Commission’s website, which is updated frequently.

It was a very pleasant surprise to discover that Tom and his wife are truthful. He has indeed not accepted PAC or Special Interest money and his acceptance of the money from the 49th Legislative District is legal as he is running for office within the 49th Legislative District.

Langston PDC Report

Langston PDC Report

Tom’s opponent, incumbent Democrat Craig Pridemore, lists several PACs he has accepted donations from, including the same Seattle law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation that David Carrier states is “from an individual employed by the firm who wished to remain anonymous.”

Pridemore PDC Report

Pridemore PDC Report

Unlike Carrier, I have never heard Pridemore make a vow to not accept such donations and again, accepting from Special Interest and PACs is not illegal. They can leave a candidate beholding to such groups, as we all know, but they are completely legal to accept.

Langston, desiring a more business friendly environment for Washington State, opposes any effort to impose an income tax on us. Strangely enough, Pridemore’s issue’s page is blank, leaving the voters will little information on just where he stands on current issues affecting the state.

Langston’s page prominently displays his stand on the issues and his pledge to the voters in dealing with them.

Pridemore, not willing to make his stand known to the public on his campaign website, leave us wondering if once again he would cave in to others on an income tax since we are again facing a severe budget shortage and as he said in 2005 after voting against his stated principles in raising taxes on Tobacco and Alcohol said, “The Senate has balanced the budget on the backs of the poor and powerless,” even though it was he who cast the deciding vote in passing the legislation.

To Pridemore’s credit, he did later sponsor a tax rebate bill, but even that could face elimination with the current severe budget shortfall we face since Democrats took control of the State Government.

Langston opposes the Light Rail project across the Columbia River that the CRC desires to impose upon us, in spite of voters rejecting it. Pridemore chaired that same commission previously. Does he also advocate strapping commuters to Portland with tolls should they choose to exercise their freedom to drive their car? Does he prefer to force commuters to use public transportation; joining Portland and Vancouver’s Mayors desire to “force people out of their cars?”

Tom Langston has shown himself to be a man of conviction who stands by his word, something we saw Pridemore vote against in 2005. Could that have something to do with his rapid rise in powerful committees in the Senate?

With the serious budget shortfall we face, we need a businessman to represent us, someone who has had to work to make a payroll and keep costs down to turn a profit and stay in business. Saying we need to “trim the fat” in our budget and actually doing it are often very different. Tom Langston knows how to do it.

Craig Pridemore has shown us he is willing to compromise his own principles on our backs.

Join me in voting for Tom Langston, Senator for the 49th Legislative District. Let’s return Washington State to sound fiscal footing and get back on track to improving Washington’s economy and drawing businesses and jobs back to Washington State.

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