Posts tagged ‘Jim Jacks’

August 8, 2011

Why is Sharon Wylie Hiding Her Position on Issues Concerning the 49th?

by lewwaters

As surprised as many of us where when lobbyist n former Oregon State legislator Sharon Wylie was chosen over Temple Lentz to replace Jim Jacks, who abruptly walked out on constituents mid-session earlier this year, I am equally surprised to see that although she is campaigning to retain the seat she has been appointed to in the 49th legislative district, that she is not upfront with voters on her position on issues that concern us all.

Looking over her campaign webpage, conspicuously missing amongst the tabs is one titled “ISSUES.”

June 27, 2011

Former Wa. State Rep. Jim Jacks (D. 49th) on BULLYING!

by lewwaters

Nice to see the young man out and about and apparently feeling better than he was in late March when he abruptly quit the office he had just been reelected to without explanation initially.

April 25, 2011

Lou Has His Paper Trail Now, What Will He Do With It?

by lewwaters

Ever since the sudden unannounced quitting of his office by former Rep. Jim Jacks and the immediate clampdown on any information, the extreme lack of transparency if you will, I have smelled a cover-up.

I’m not the only one, either. Blogs, Washington State Wire, an NPR radio correspondent, all have sought the story of the ‘why’ of this abrupt quitting on constituents.

The Columbian’s editor, Lou Brancaccio made it a point to claim there was no paper trail to follow as they did back in 2007 with former Republican Reps. Richard Curtis and Jim Dunn.

In a rare instance of direct engagement with a commenter on their website, Lou and I went back and forth on the disparity I see in coverage of the Jacks incident and earlier ones.

April 24, 2011

The Whitewash of Jim Jacks is on

by lewwaters

See update after post for additional revelations in this odd case.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln

The Columbian threw us a bone Saturday with a teaser piece on Democrat Jim Jacks, former representative for the 49th legislative district admitting to being an alcoholic and that being the reason he suddenly quit his office March 25 and nearly all history of him was scrubbed from Olympia even before the media was notified.

Being available only in the print edition, the article, if you wish to call it that, plays residents of Clark County, especially us in the 49th district as fools.

Lou Brancaccio, editor of the Columbian tells us that Jacks had a “moment of clarity” all of a sudden in March, resigned his seat, climbed into the passenger seat of his wife’s car and had her drive him straight to rehab.

End of story. Well, if you’re a Democrat in Washington State it is.

April 23, 2011

Jim Jacks Cracks the Door a Little

by lewwaters


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

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

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

April 17, 2011

Two Public Records Request on Jim Jacks Mysterious Quitting Rebuffed

by lewwaters

As is well known, Democrat representative for Washington State 49th legislative district abruptly quit march 25, 2011, giving no reason and saying only it was for “personal family reasons he did not want discussed publicly.” Pressing for more information on the Columbian website elicited rebuffs from Columbian editor, Lou Brancaccio, here and here.

Lou said in his Saturday column last week that they are seeking answers too, many commenters disbelieving that.

Eric Smith with Washington State Wire has up an article now, Mum’s the Word on the Jim Jacks Mystery  Records Requests Rebuffed – Strict Public Records Rules Don’t Apply to Legislature.

Eric lets us know that there have been two requests submitted for records that may clear up the mysterious and speculative sudden quitting in the middle of a legislative session. One by Washington State Wire and the other by Austin Jenkins of National Public Radio who publicly posted his request in a blog site post, A Lack Of Transparency Surrounding Jim Jacks Sudden Resignation.

April 14, 2011

Sharon Wylie, Do You Support A Vote on CRC?

by lewwaters

During the April 13, 2011 interviews to replace Democrat Jim Jacks, who abruptly quit as Washington State 49th Legislative District representative under what remains very mysterious reasons, Sharon Wylie who won the appointment was asked by Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke, “Do you support a vote of the people before the work continues that CRC is doing in replacing the I-5 Bridge?” Does she actually answer?

During the initial process that selected 3 finalists for the appointment, she described herself as a “huge fan of light rail.”

Ms. Wylie has been sworn in since she won the appointment and will hold the seat at least until this November when she will have to run for reelection in a special election. Still, those of us living in the 49th district are entitled to see just who it is that was appointed to represent us and what they stand for.

You may view the entire interview and appointment process with the County Commission at CVTV

April 9, 2011

Lou Brancaccio Forgets the Columbians Own History

by lewwaters

I am always flattered to receive the notice of the Columbians esteemed editor Lou Brancaccio and feel fortunate to not be on the receiving end of a vitriolic tirade like was unleashed months ago against fellow blogger, Kelly Hinton. But Lou’s effort to marginalize my view on the abrupt resignation of Democrat 49th Legislative District representative Jim Jacks under mysterious circumstances in his column today falls flat and hurts him more than me.

One’s history will never be forgotten when it comes to the public

From the outset, especially the columns title, Lou seems to forget that it is the Columbians own history in the coverage of past incidents that I used to base my claim of a “double standard.” Lou claims in his column, “Conservative blogger Lew Waters was determined to show some sort of double standard by The Columbian when it comes to politicians doing stupid stuff,” and “So Waters drags up a name from the past: former Republican state Rep. Richard Curtis.”

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.”

April 4, 2011

Cover Ups Are No laughing Matter, Senator Pridemore

by lewwaters

It has now been 10 days since the abrupt abandonment of the 49th legislative district seat held by Democrat Jim Jacks, leaving constituents in the district that supported him, campaigned for him, donated campaign funds to him and voted for him with no representation in Olympia this session.

Pridemore, quoted in a KOMO article on the abrupt resignation of Jacks under some fishy circumstances said, “his resignation had been discussed for a couple of days,” indicating to me that the reasons behind such an abrupt resignation are known to all in Democrat party leadership.

Democratic Majority Leader Pat Sullivan said, “He said he needed to take care of some things at home. There’s not much more to say about it,” and REFUSING to divulge anything more, according to KOMO News.

April 3, 2011

The Cone of Silence Descends Over Clark County

by lewwaters

It’s been just over a week since the abrupt and mysterious resignation of 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks, citing “personal reason he did not wish discussed publicly.” We in the 49th, now sitting without adequate representation in Olympia, continue to hear nothing but silence in why the man elected just in November so suddenly abandoned his constituents and quit.

From the first mention of his Friday March 25 resignation there appears to be a “cone of silence” lowered throughout the media allegedly covering the story. Warnings were posted in comments on the Columbian of against any speculation of why the resignation came about so abruptly even though Sen. Craig Pridemore told KOMO News they had been discussing the resignation with Jacks for a couple of days.

Unlike former Governor Sarah Palin, who publicly announced her resignation in July 2009 and coming out giving solid reasons for doing so, or hounding former 19th legislative district representative Richard Curtis who had 14 articles written on him by the Columbian in a 5 day period, all that is heard from the Columbian on Jacks quitting his constituents is “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”

March 28, 2011

The Columbian: “We Try Not To Be Anybody’s Friend Or Anybody’s Enemy”

by lewwaters

The above words were written Saturday in Columbian editor Lou Brancaccio’s Column, Keep us close. Very close. I have no doubt in my mind they actually believe that. But, apparently it helps to belong to the Democratic Party as they also seem to be just a tad bit “friendlier” to them.

No better proof is seen in their coverage of the abrupt and mysterious resignation of 49th legislative district representative Jim Jacks, a Democrat who resigned suddenly Friday, March 25 giving no reason and saying only he “did not want to publicly discuss the details.” Rumors on Jack’s conduct have been heard for some time and both Clark County Politics blog and my blog reported on word we both received from people up in Olympia about reasons.

Contrasting the lack of interest from the Columbian into Jack’s resigning under cloudy circumstances with how they dug into the misconduct of Republican Richard Curtis in 2007, who wasn’t entitled to a ‘cloak of secrecy’ as they published 14 articles on his inappropriate conduct between Oct. 29, 2007 to Nov. 3, 2007 elicited the to be expected, “The Richard Curtis case was a completely different set of circumstances. (And there were not 14 articles in five days, at least not all from The Columbian.)” from Stephanie Rice, Columbian writer who wrote the article on Jacks.

After listing the 14 articles and the dates they were published, receiving a “sorry Lew, I didn’t know you were counting columns and editorials” (strain the gnat much) from Stephanie, I decided to do some more comparison of the two situations.

March 27, 2011

Democrats Move Swiftly to Fill Seat Abruptly Abandoned by Jim Jacks

by lewwaters

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

From the Clark County Democrats web page;

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

March 26, 2011

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

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2010

Is Change In The Air For The Legislature?

by lewwaters

All of Tuesday’s votes should be in by now and counted. Certification won’t be long and the vote will become official. No changes will be coming in the count and candidates who won a top two will go on to the November general election.

Voters didn’t fall for dirty tactics in all of the races and it appears there may be a decent chance that the state legislature may do an “about face” this year. Even if the majority doesn’t change, the numbers ought to become more even, hopefully putting a stop to the out of control spending approved by Democrats and some less than reliable Republicans.

One such official is making a definite exit from our legislature and good riddance.

While I haven’t followed all of the legislative races around the state, the vote count shows some very favorable races indicating that some changes might be seen come November.

The 15th Legislative District seems prepared to retain Senator Jim Honeyford, who ran unopposed. Bruce Chandler who received an impressive 67% of the votes over his opponent and David Taylor who also received nearly 67% of the votes will still face a run-off in the general election, but it is expected they will remain sane voices in the legislature.

The 17th Legislative District looks like it is well ready to seek change as Brian Peck and Paul Harris both came out ahead in their races. Peck, a first time candidate earned 53% of the votes over his incumbent opponent, one term incumbent Tim Probst. Harris, competing for an open seat easily defeated both Martin Hash and Monica Stonier with 56% of the votes.

Harris and Stonier move on to the general as do Peck and Probst.

In the 18th Legislative District, incumbent Ed Orcutt ran unopposed. Ann Rivers, who rightfully should have received the position 1 seat in 2007, joined Dennis Kampe in winning a slot in the top two primary. Rivers faced multiple opponents, including one of questionable character, Washougal council member Jon Russell, who held out until the last to concede to her.

Rivers and Kampe move on to the general and if those who voted for the others on the right side get behind Rivers, she should easily defeat Kampe and retain that vacant seat for the right.

In the heavily Democrat 49th Legislative District, the two Democrat incumbents, Jim Jacks and Jim Moeller, received the majority of votes, but first time candidate Bill Cismar and businessman Craig Riley are in close striking distance as both incumbents received less vote percentage than each did in the 2008 primaries.

In 2008, Moeller took his top two slot with 64% of the vote compared to receiving 53% in 2010. Jacks received close to 59% in 2008 compared with 55% in 2010 against an unknown candidate with a shoestring campaign budget.

With the proper support and donations, both Riley and Cismar might unseat both of the incumbents and turn the 49th Legislative District over to some fiscal sanity.

Many local races remain a toss up going into the general, but it looks like there just may be some new faces heading off to Olympia after November.

Let’s just hope they place the taxpayers first and party second when they arrive.

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.

June 4, 2010

Just In Case You Thought the Tax Happy Democrats Were Done

by lewwaters

Now that the slew of new taxes are beginning to take effect and many who don’t drink alcohol or soda, smoke tobacco, eat candy, buy bottled water, plan to open a small business or use any of the other multitude of things recently imposed with tax hikes breath a sigh of relief that they aren’t affected, get ready. You just might be next.

In order to pass off their “balancing act” in this year’s earlier special session, some $480-million in higher Medicaid payments from the federal government was included. It is now looking like the state might not receive that “Medicaid match money” after all since the house voted recently to eliminate the increased Medicaid match rate from a spending bill.

To make that a bit clearer, Gregoire and Washington State Democrats, along with sticking it to taxpayers, “were spending money they didn’t have in the hope that the money would be there,” says Seattle based talk radio host Dori Monson.

Dori rightfully notes, “The fact is – until our state dramatically reduces spending, this fiscal nightmare will not end,” just as many of us have.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review, addressing Gregoire’s acknowledgement of the possibility of not receiving the funds from the federal government quotes her as saying, “I think what the big hangup is, we’re in an election year and there’s all this talk about deficit spending, which is resonating.”

Yes, governor Gregoire, deficit spending is “resonating.” It has been all the time while you and the Democrats in Olympia sought every new tax you could, after gutting I-960’s tax requirements.

Rising taxes and deficit spending is “resonating” with taxpayers who have been facing double digit unemployment while small businesses also face increased taxes and fees.

We are tired and fed up with the out of control spending, lies about “cutting the budget” and “Cutting spending” when in reality the only thing you cut is the amount of a projected increase in spending.

As we saw in the last special session, Republican alternatives to raising so many taxes went ignored while Democrats sought only new taxes and increases in existing taxes.

Obviously it did not help as we still face a deficit and now, should Gregoire call a second special session, what do you think we will face, given the Democrats push to give us an income tax?

In justifying their inclusion of monies not yet passed by the federal government, Gregoire said, “it isn’t a partisan thing, because Republican governors and legislatures around the country also budgeted the money; some even allocated it to be spent for programs.”

Personally, I care little what any other governor did or why they did it. I don’t live in California and don’t even visit there. I live in Washington State and what happened here is what matters to me.

While a second special session is not a certainty just yet, the underlying reason why one might become necessary has been revealed and is clear that our last special session, which gave us a whole new slew of taxes that will be paid by lower income people, amounted to little more than a paper work shuffle.

Our state is rapidly headed for bankruptcy as long as Democrats continue in their bumbling of managing the state and our taxes.

We cannot manage our homes or business in such a reckless manner and remain viable.

Obviously, neither can the State of Washington.

I have no doubt that should a second session be called by governor Gregoire, budget cuts will be slight while even more items will become taxed.

This reinforces what I have been maintaining for a long time. Democrats MUST be turned out and stripped of any power in running the state and governor Gregoire should be recalled.

We cannot afford her misfeasance any longer.

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