Posts tagged ‘Clark County Commission’

November 25, 2012

Unable to Defeat Madore, the Columbian Seems Now to Hope on his Failing

by lewwaters

The one thing we know we can expect in the pages of the Columbian, better known as the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party & CRC is slanted coverage supporting their favorite taxpayer rip-off, the Columbian River Crossing. Along with that will be the negative coverage of any who speak out against it.

Such has been the case with Vancouver Businessman David Madore ever since he stepped into the public eye criticizing the massive boondoggle that has so far sucked up some $160 Million, hired a forensic accountant to decipher a massive document dump of CRC’s finances, supported political candidates and running for office himself as County Commissioner, successfully unseating current Commissioner Marc Boldt, who was once himself in the crosshairs of the Columbian, until he turned his back on constituents and came out supporting the CRC and other Democrat Party issues.

October 22, 2012

Columbian Admits Commissioner Marc Boldt Really Is A Democrat

by lewwaters

After months of demeaning the GOP and insisting County Commissioner Marc Boldt is the real Republican that all Republicans should be like, they have finally admitted what we all knew all along, Marc Boldt is a Democrat pretending to be a Republican to win votes.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/oct/20/Candidates-Camas-forum-Monday/

Marc Boldt was swept into office by large Republican majorities and was enticed to sell out those voters who supported him, siding with Liberal Democrat Steve Stuart and Columbia River Crossing proponents.

October 21, 2012

Pat Jollota Demeans Decorated Veteran, Not Worthy of ‘First Citizen’

by lewwaters

we have been shocked by the animosity between candidates and parties, and have clucked at the vitriolic name-calling. Wish we could go back to the good old days of gentlemanly behavior.” – Pat Jollota October 14, 2012

A June 29, 2012 Press Release from the Community Foundation announced that former Vancouver City Council member Pat Jollota had been selected as the communities latest “First Citizen,” an honor that elated the entire community and brought her much acclaim for the efforts the community has believed she stood for.

Sadly, it is now revealed by her own hand that she is not deserving of such a distinction and should be stripped of it.

As the quote at the very top of this post indicates, for some time now we all have complained about the level of discourse in the political environment. Yes, it’s always been nasty but once was the time that we came together after the election was over and sought middle ground to better serve all points of view.

Those days disappeared some time ago as the vitriol continues unabated as more and more, we see the attitude of ‘my way or the highway’ take precedence, especially from Democrats always playing ‘victim’ and demanding only their view be heard, heeded or adopted.

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.

July 16, 2012

Representing Constituent Views Earns Commissioner Mielke the Columbian’s Scorn

by lewwaters

Predictable, the Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party in Clark County has now endorsed a straight Democrat ticket in the Primary Election coming in August. Oh, they’ll claim they endorsed a “Republican” with Marc Boldt, who left his conservative base in the dust long ago to embrace the Liberal Democrat values, but the release of their endorsement for Democrats Joe Tanner and Ron Barca completes the picture of desiring a one party rule on the Clark County Commission.

Ever since Tom Mielke, a Vietnam Veteran Decorated for Combat Valor when he served with the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam, won a narrow victory over Democrat Pam Brokaw in 2008, the lackeys at the Columbian have written everything negative about the man they could find. Unlike Marc Boldt, Mielke votes the conservative view as the conservatives who elected him would expect.

Trying to look out for the well-being of taxpayers, keeping taxes reasonable, questioning the boondoggle CRC and ramming Portland’s light rail down Clark County Citizen’s throats against our will and opposing construction of $24 Million baseball stadium to house a losing minor league team earns Mielke the label of the “No guy” from the Columbian.

In the past 4 years, you will be hard pressed to find a kind word about the man in the pages of the Columbian.

July 15, 2012

From “Three Nuts and a Boldt” to “Darling of the Columbian.” Just Sell Out the Voters

by lewwaters

With the primary election just a few weeks away from us, the local newspaper of record, also known as the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party, the Columbian is making their usual endorsements for the top two primary. Who they endorse if more than two candidates in a race is as predictable as the sun rising every morning.

Conservative Republicans really don’t stand much of a chance when it comes to their endorsements, although RINO’s (Republican in Name Only) stand a little better chance. The more they have abandoned their conservative base to embrace a liberal position, the better their chance.

Such is the case in the Columbian’s recent endorsement for Clark County Board of Commissioners, District 2.

Four candidates are running for this position, incumbent Marc Boldt, allegedly a Republican, Roman Battan, a young Democrat that has never held office before, former one-term Vancouver City Council member Pat Campbell who claims no party preference and very successful businessman and owner of US Digital, David Madore, a conservative Republican.

Boldt, once considered a strong conservative who the Columbian labeled “an embarrassment to Clark County” in the 1997 Tom Koenninger editorial, “THREE NUTS AND A BOLDT”? THE REAL ISSUE IS COMPETENCE seems of late to have gained the favor of the paper.

March 17, 2012

Mark Boldt Gets a Challenger

by lewwaters

I have now heard from two different people that successful Vancouver businessman, owner and CEO of US Digital, David Madore will challenge Marc Boldt for his County Commission seat in this years election.

While no formal written announcement has been made, Mr. Madore is said to have made a public announcement at the Clark County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner.

It’s long past time we had a real conservative occupy Marc Boldt’s seat.

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The Columbian has run a story too, along with the usual liberal defense of “Republican” Marc Boldt

November 29, 2011

Clark County Commissioners Comments as Admissions Tax Goes Down In Flames

by lewwaters

November 22, 2011

Dashed Dreams of our Fathers

by lewwaters

Submitted by Professor Robert Dean

Bill B: Gentlemen, as County Manager, I have convened this workshop of the Clark County Commissioners to discuss the opportunity to heat and power county buildings in Downtown Vancouver using alternative energy sources – specifically, a bio-mass plant. Commissioner Steve S., I believe this was your idea.

Steve S: Thank you Bill! Yes, as you all know I am not a one-trick pony. Like the President, I have friends on both sides of the environmental protection movement. I was approached by some well-dressed fellows in black suits – I’m not sure which side they were on – who made us a business proposition we couldn’t refuse.

Marc B: I’m agin it!

Steve S: But Marc, why?

Marc B: I’m agin it! My dear old Dad was a farmer. He told me, Son – always be agin it. I have to remain true to his admonition. It’s what I stand for. It’s who I am.

Steve S: But you haven’t heard what their offer is.

Marc B: I’m agin it!

November 11, 2011

A Harried Day in the Life of a Clark County Commissioner

by lewwaters

Submitted by Professor Robert Dean

Ring, Ring!

Boldt: Hello! Commissioner Marc Boldt here. What can I do you for? (Aside: I always like to have a little fun with people).

Caller: Marc, Jeff Hamm.

Boldt: Jeff Hamm?

September 1, 2011

Commissioner Stuart on the Admissions Tax

by lewwaters

We can block Chuck’s Produce from building a store beneficial to the community, we can impose tolls for a new bridge before it is built, we can slap a tax on all purchases to fund Light Rail, we can beg the federal government for funding to reopen Fire Station 6, but don’t you dare think an admissions tax can be used for anything other than building a Baseball Stadium in a cramped space, whether citizens want it or not.

May 10, 2011

C-Tran Board Caves to Leavitt & Crew

by lewwaters

From the Columbian

Stalled by the threat of a bloc veto by members of the Vancouver City Council, the C-Tran board agreed Tuesday to put off deciding the boundaries for a 2012 sales tax vote on light rail and bus rapid transit.

Before the board Tuesday was a proposal put forward by board member and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart that called for a 0.1 percent sales tax vote go before voters in all of C-Tran’s service area in either August or November 2012.

But on Monday night, the Vancouver City Council, led by Mayor Tim Leavitt, said it wanted more time to hear details on a districtwide vote versus a narrower subdistrict before making a call. The council threatened to vote down Stuart’s proposal as it stood.

Less than 2 weeks ago, newly announced CRC Director Nancy Boyd said,

“We are shifting into delivery mode. We’re transitioning from planning … into how are we going to deliver the project. It’s really an exciting time, and we’re refocusing the staff on getting all the plans put to reality.”

CRC is going into delivery mode while Leavitt stalls a citizen vote?

I’m voting NO on anything related to C-Tran. No vote, let it go broke.

June 20, 2010

Choices

by lewwaters

Once again, elections have rolled in on us. Oh, it’s not the all important presidential election, but mid-term elections that for the local community, are just as important. With the burgeoning deficits and ever deepening debt of the city, county and state, this might be one of the most important local elections we will see.

That’s why it is so important that we voters and taxpayers have some good choices in who to elect and that’s what we have this time around, some very good choices in who to select to represent and govern us. Our choices will give us the opportunity to effectively neuter the out of control over spending and taxation we saw this year. Or, continue on ever deeper into the morass of economic decline, increasing unemployment and welfare state.

At the top of the list are Senator Patty Murray, elected 18 years ago and who has voted nearly lock-step with the socialist agenda brought in by the strangely different Democratic Party that used to actually care about hard working middle class blue collar America.

We have 3 choices to finally replace her and bring some sanity back to our Senate, former gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi, former football player, super bowl winner and farmer, Clint Didier and a highly successful businessman, Paul Akers. This is the race I just can’t make my mind up on who to support, just knowing that Patty Murray has to go and any on of the 3 could do a better job in representing Washington State and bringing a touch of sanity back to the US Senate.

We also have a highly contested race to replace retiring Brian Baird, another Democrat, in our 3rd Congressional District. Of a multitude of candidates, three stand out as having any chance at all, Democrat Denny Heck and Republicans state legislator Jaime Herrera and Navy Veteran David Castillo, who also has held sub-cabinet level positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.

My choice here is easy as only David Castillo has the well rounded experience we need to join in with others in turning America around. Heck and Herrera just don’t have it, Herrera too often choosing to join in with Democrats in a path that has brought us to where we are and Heck, a Democrat who would follow along that detrimental path.

At the state level we have several offices contested, one of which is the 18th legislative district seat that Jaime Herrera will be leaving, win or lose in her bid for the 3rd Congressional District Race. Hopefuls for that seat are Democrat Dennis Kampe, Independents Richard Carson and Jon T. Haugen along with Republicans Ann Rivers, Jon Russell, Brandon Vick and 18 year-old Anthony Bittner, just beginning a political career.

Since I don’t live in the 18th I really have no top choice, but by nearly all accounts, Ann Rivers stands out ahead of the rest as most likely to win.

We also see the seat in the 17th legislative district, won last election by Democrat Tim Probst challenged by Republican businessman, Brian Peck. Probst is one of those tricky Democrats who campaigned on promise of not voting for tax or spending increases and if you quickly look over his voting record, appears to have kept that promise. I say appears to because if you look closer, you will see that he doesn’t seem to support any alternative ideas put forth and voting no is easy when you know the spending measure will easily pass with the majority being so lopsided.

Then again, some bills he voted for would bring back door spending or tax increases, such as HB 1329, a bill that would have forced childcare centers to belong to a public union if they accepted state funds for low income families.

Peck, on the other hand, as operated a successful business that has won excellence awards 5 years in a row and knows the value of our hard earned tax dollars and how hard it is for us to earn them and support our families. Hands down, Peck would be my choice if I lived in the 17th.

The other seat in the 17th is open, being vacated by retiring Democrat, Deb Wallace. We see Republican Paul Harris, a businessman and former Evergreen school board member filing to run against Democrat Monica Stonier, a middle school teacher.

Both seats in the 49th legislative district currently held by Democrats Jim Moeller and Jim Jacks are being challenged this time. Moeller’s seat is challenged by another very successful businessman with a lot of experience in healthcare, Craig Riley. Jacks, who has proven the words he spoke in his 2008 campaign, “I don’t know how to fix it, I’m no tax expert” as very truthful, is facing Republican Bill Cismar, a Veteran with 3 decades experience in the high-tech field.

With how the Democrats have driven the state economy to the brink of ruin, both Jacks and Moeller voting to do so and since I’m in the 49th district, my choice here is easy to support both Cismar and Riley.

Moving down to more local races, we see County Commissioner Steve Stuart being challenged by Alan Svehaug, a Republican of varied experience, including contracting and teacher of chess and speed learning. Given the performance by Stuart, raising the ire of many in Clark County and having sat down and discussed with Svehaug his ideas on improving and restoring Clark County, Stuart just may see a tough challenge this time around.

A hint to fellow Clark County Commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke. Just because you’re Republican doesn’t mean your seat is safe in the next election. Both have not been acting all that “Republican” all too often.

Several in the community were upset over the appointment of Bart Hansen to replace Tim Leavitt, who was elected mayor, on the Vancouver City Council, with little or no citizen input heeded. I have watched Bart sitting on the council and his thin-skin and lack of knowledge of the civil rights opposition of the Democratic Party of old concerns me.

Challenging Hansen is John Jenkins and Jack King O’Neal III. O’Neal is a relative unknown, but Jenkins, 56, a retired information technology professional has ran for the seat before and shares many concerns with citizens on the cities purchase of the Columbian Building downtown for a new city hall as well as the council ignoring citizens on forcing light rail from Portland, Oregon upon us against our wishes.

For county assessor, three Republicans and one Democrat are vying to replace Democrat Linda Franklin, retiring due to medical reasons. David Horowitz, a retired certified public accountant, Daniel Weaver another retired CPA and certified appraiser Peter Van Nortwick. Janet Seekins, a Democrat currently with the County Appraisers office, threw her hat in the ring as well.

Given the problems seen in the County Appraisers Office in the last couple years, I think it is time for some new blood and I will be supporting Peter Van Nortwick.

Art Curtis, County Prosecutor is retiring this year so that seat is also up for grabs. Filing to run for the seat is Democrat Tony Golik, Independent George A. Kolin and Republican Brent Boger, of the City Attorney’s Office. As can be expected, Golik, a Democrat, enjoys Prosecutors Union support as he is currently in the Prosecutors Office, which would continue the current problems in the office should he be elected. Kolin is a private attorney from Washougal. I like Boger because he has some new ideas to make the Prosecutors Office more efficient and end some expensive frivolous prosecutions that shouldn’t even be brought to trial.

As you can see there are several races contested this time, only a few being uncontested. We have choices this time around and it is incumbent upon each of us to learn who these candidates are and work hard to elect who we think is the best suited.

We need to get away from just checking next to the familiar name and actually take part in our democratic process by knowing who we vote for and what they stand for.

Our forefathers left us this marvelous system of self governance and as shown above, we have choices this election.

Let’s do as they showed us and become familiar with the best candidates and actively exercise our choices. And, once elected, we must begin holding each and every one of them accountable.

June 16, 2010

Clark County Commission, Are You Listening?

by lewwaters

After all of the complaints and efforts being made to vote out Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, imagine my shock this morning to go to the Columbian’s website and read Mielke urges higher vehicle fees to fund road projects, seeing that out two Republicans favor adding additional license fees onto our cars and the lone Democrat, Stuart, opposed.

Has our two Republicans not heard the outcry over Olympia’s loading us down with additional fees and taxes?

Commissioner Mielke says, “that increasing licensing fees would take the burden off developers from having to pay as much in traffic-impact fees.”

Commissioner Boldt, the other Republican says he “supports increasing licensing fees on the condition property taxes were lowered,” both desiring to pass road improvements on to drivers and away from property owners.

I guess the thought that property owners are also drivers escapes them?

Stuart, the lone Democrat says, “the county needs to work with existing funds, ranking projects on a need-based scale that favors safety and attracting business development.”

Stuart has taken many disappointing stands on the County Commission, but how did it come down to he is the one now talking sense while the two Republicans are sounding like Olympia Democrat protégés?

Since I will soon be losing a portion of my property under Eminent Domain and even though the county will be paying me a fair price, is it really that necessary to tear up a perfectly good sidewalk so they can rebuild the sidewalk closer to my home to add a bike lane in a road widening project?

I have the same argument here that I have with many of the other “temporary” tax increases Olympia gave us. That being, if they lower property tax, what guarantee do we have they will remain lowered and not raised later, giving us an increased license fee and increased property tax?

Has Mielke and Boldt forgotten we are still seeing double digit unemployment in Clark County? Have they forgotten businesses are hurting and homes are not selling?

We are seeing Light Rail shoved down our throats, an expensive new bridge with tolls proposed that will not alleviate congestion, higher taxes on much of what we consume and a continuing faltering economy.

That last thing I would expect to see from Republicans is talk of increasing any fees, while the Democrat says we must live within our means.

Maybe it’s time we replaced the whole commission with responsible people.

See also, at Clark County Politics blog: Role reversal? Where have the Republicans gone on the county commission?

May 30, 2009

Advocates For ILLEGAL Aliens Upset With Commissioner Mielke

by lewwaters

Finally, a Clark County Commissioner steps up and addresses a hard issue that has been hovering over us all, taxpayer paid service for ILLEGAL immigrants.

At a May 27, 2009 Joint Board of Health – Public Health Advisory Council Meeting, newly elected Commissioner Tom Mielke called into question the cost of providing non-emergency services to those in the country ILLEGALLY. Mielke said,

If we don’t have those Social Security numbers, I would like to know who those individuals are who we are serving that are here illegally, and why we serve them and help them in their health.”

The point about using Social Security Numbers is a bit squeaky, but he made an honest effort to begin a dialogue on just what the costs are in providing non-emergency services to those here ILLEGALLY.

Both of the other two commissioners, Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart disagree with Mielke and say they would not support such a move. Stuart prefers to not even discuss is unless,

he saw evidence that illegal immigrants create a ‘huge problem’ for the county budget.”

Perhaps Commissioner Stuart is unaware that Clark County may be facing an $18 Million budget deficit before the end of this budget cycle.

Stuart being a Democrat, I imagine he sees no problem in budget deficits, as he would just raise taxes somewhere.

Marc Boldt attempted to take a middle of the road position by saying,

I think we should be concerned about it, but it’s an issue that I think should be handled at our borders. It’s not an issue that I think even can be resolved here. …If the federal boys and girls don’t have enough guts to decide the question, please don’t ask us local folks to do it.”

But commissioner, it is our local taxes paying for this non-emergency healthcare. It is Clark County facing the possibility of an $18,000,000 budget deficit that would have to be made up by Clark County Citizens, who are already facing hardships from State and Federal increases.

This is not a fence straddling matter.

Not unsurprisingly, little time passed before advocates for ILLEGAL immigrants began calling Tom Mielke a “racist” because he opposes services to those in our country ILLEGALLY. Although Tom mentioned no specific race or nationality, advocates for Latino ILLEGAL immigrants began their mournful wail of ‘racism, racism’ wherever it would be heard.

Vancouver resident in the League of United Latin American Citizens, Maria Rodriguez-Salazar immediately contacted media to complain that Commissioner Mielke’s words were

implicitly racist and threaten to provoke violence against Latinos.”

I guess any time we aren’t ready to bend down and kiss ILLEGAL immigrants butts we are threatening violence now, it seems.

Somehow, though, I bet she sees no racism or bigotry in words spoken by current nominee for the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayer when she said,

I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

Of course, the fact that Sotomayor is the daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants would have no bearing on any decision denying racism in that comment, right?

Eulalia Soto-Esquivel, a Vancouver attorney who boasts of coming to America ILLEGALLY, but gained “legal status” under the 1987 Amnesty Program, that was supposed to end our ILLEGAL immigration problem, said,

We are part of this community. During school, I received financial aid because I needed it. Now I am a business owner. I am giving back.”

As an attorney in immigration and family law, I am left to ponder just who and what is she “giving back.”

What both ILLEGAL advocates miss, or intentionally ignore, is that we Americans welcome immigrants into our country, provided the follow the law and come LEGALLY. Many of us descended from immigrants who came through Ellis Island at one time. But they came in LEGALLY and not all were accepted, either.

What I see here is just one more example of playing the ‘race card’ to further your agenda, something the leftists in our country are notorious for. We must begin standing up to these fabricated charges of “racism” every time we disagree with a minority or question their position on matters of grave concern.

We are not racists to expect our laws be upheld!

Encouraging people from any country to sneak across our borders invites disease, higher unemployment and allows those sneaking in to become a secondary slave class, being taken advantage of by unscrupulous business owners who do not want to pay minimum wage to LEGAL workers.

If they come in LEGALLY, they are welcomed and provided the protection of law by being out in the open.

I really have to question an attorney, an ‘officer of the court,’ who would advocate laws on the books be ignored and disobeyed.

Mielke is right, we must take steps to curtail the expense of ILLEGAL immigrants on our community. Marni Storey, the county’s public health services manager may say, “the county’s ‘fairly insignificant’ population of illegal immigrants is too small to account for the programs unprofitability,” but it’s obvious she doesn’t shop at Ross, Winco or Fred Meyers if she believes the ILLEGAL population is “fairly insignificant.”

In closing allow me to say to those advocates for ILLEGAL immigration, when you come in to blast me as a ‘racist’ too, just be aware that I am married to a lovely Hispanic lady who has two beautiful Hispanic daughters that I love as my own and I am sponsoring a LEGAL immigrant for citizenship.

So take your charge of ‘racism’ and put it where the sun don’t shine! It won’t wash here.

January 11, 2009

Say It Ain’t So, Tom

by lewwaters

mielke-1This past Monday, January 5, 2009, the Columbian ran an article featuring a photo of newly elected County Commissioner Tom Mielke boasting a rightfully earned big grin, as he took the oath of office.

As all will recall, Tom was in a very close race against Democrat Pam Brokaw, narrowly squeaking out the win due to the efforts of Clark County Republicans who supported him and were able to rehabilitate ballots that otherwise would not have been counted.

Many put in lots of hours to help Tom gain the 209 vote win.

However, the January 5 article in the Columbian, Mielke discusses his goals, contains a very disturbing quote that must be clarified. The quote:

The Republican said he intends to bring a clear rightward turn in local politics by shifting the costs of growth toward taxpayers…” and “Mielke said he hopes to convince the other two commissioners — incumbents Marc Boldt, a Republican, and Steve Stuart, a Democrat — to eliminate those fees completely, shifting the cost onto all property owners.”

Tom Mielke ran on a platform of lowering taxes and even says in the article, “he would oppose any immediate tax or fee increases.”

Initially the article claimed Mielke would urge the County Commission to drop developer fees to $0.00 and raise property taxes.

Discussing this quote with others after the Central Committee meeting at Clark GOP Headquarters last Tuesday, we all agreed this merits clarification from Tom as raising taxes on taxpayers is not a “rightward turn.”

I left a comment on the article and along with others, asked for a clarification on the quote. A week later, nothing that I have seen has come out.

Michael Anderson, author of the article did state in the comments that what he quoted is what he was told by Tom. While I feel the Columbian to be leftward biased and not the most reliable source often, I have never known them to outright fabricate a quote of an elected official.

I disagree with Tom’s opposition to the proposed Cowlitz Casino but agree that developer fees can be lowered to more reasonable levels. Passing that cost onto homeowners though is not the answer.

Tom says, “We’re in quite a crisis right now. I think Clark County can weather this downturn.”

I think Tom owes Clark County an explanation on how we can weather it and pass on developer costs to taxpayers and homeowners at the same time he says he will lower taxes.

We can be your best supporters out here. Or, we can be your biggest opposers. The initial after the name isn’t as important as actions in office.

I still wait for a clarification.

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