Full speeches of all ten speakers at the October 8, 2013 Unite Against Tyranny rally held in protest of the C-Tran Board of Directors sell out of Clark County citizens to TriMet
All of the whining, crying and gnashing of teeth won’t help now, only divine intervention will breathe any life into the CRC and Inslee’s massive $10 Billion Transportation package to heaped on the backs of struggling middle class voters across the state with a 10.5¢ gas tax increase and other fee increases to fund it.
The Senate Coalition majority held fast and remained unified today as efforts get some to change their minds failed.
An AP report, Wash. Senate leaders decline $10B transpo plan indicated the final nail in the coffin late this afternoon.
But, that does not make us “teachers,” those who have chosen to enter the profession to impart knowledge in any one of our schools where we must send our children to learn reading, writing, arithmetic, history and other relevant subjects in hopes when they grow up, they will have the knowledge to become functional adults ready to contribute to society, raise families of their own and pass along their own teaching with who they interact with.
Teaching sounds like a very lofty and important profession, which it is. But, does that make being a teacher any more special or privileged than other professions we enter into? Does that make them exempt from the day to day struggles and budgeting we must perform in order to care for our families, especially in this difficult economic times we have seen over the past years?
The middle class in Washington State was struck a cruel blow yesterday when the State Supreme Court ruled against citizens and sided with Democrats and Education Union Groups in finding unconstitutional citizen initiatives requiring the state legislature to reach a 2/3 supermajority vote in order to raise our taxes.
Most telling is just who the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed shortly after voters for the 4th time approved the requirement of a 2/3 supermajority in I-1053 in 2010.
In addition to the League of Education Voters and the Washington Education Association we also see Representative Laurie Jinkins (D. 27th); Representative Jamie Pedersen (D. 43rd); Representative Deb Eddy (D. 48th); Representative Sam Hunt (D. 22nd); Representative Jim Moeller (D. 49th); Representative Timm Ormsby (D. 3rd); Representative Eric Pettigrew (D. 37th); Representative Chris Reykdal (D. 22nd); Representative Cindy Ryu (D. 32nd); Representative Mike Sells (D. 38th) and State Senator David Frockt (46th) listed as plaintiffs against middle class citizens of Washington State.
Jim Moeller was quoted in the pages of the Columbian saying, “The constitutional legality of the supermajority has gone unresolved for many years, and I’m really pleased that the court has finally settled the issue.”
The deadline for bill cut-off passed yesterday in Olympia, Washington meaning, if the bill did not pass out of committee, it’s dead. Seeing some of the bills that did make it out of committee, while others were allowed to, or made to die is very disconcerting. It’s as if common sense has no place in our state legislature.
Probably the most needed bill, Liz Pike’s HB 1788 that would have permitted local school districts to decide on their own if qualified, licensed and properly trained teachers would be permitted to arm themselves to defend students should a shooter access the school, bypassing several layers of security and violating every existing gun law, as happens in every school shooting, was allowed to languish, dying in committee as chairs did not even wish to discuss it.
Troubling in this is that the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Seattle Democrat Rep. Jamie Pedersen, stated that he “was not receptive to the bill.” What is troubling, if not downright hypocritical, Pederson has the right to carry a firearm inside the Capitol, concealed on his body during session as there is no effort to end the legislator’s right to defend themselves on the floor of the legislature.
KATU TV recently featured a discussion with 18th Legislative District Representative Liz, Pike, Vancouver’s Bob Larimer advocating allowing the arming of teachers and Drew Persse a teacher and Erin Thomas a Brady Campaign Representative opposing the arming of teachers.
I feel Liz and Bob gave excellent logic in favor of arming teachers while the other relied more on talking points.
Thanks to KATU for hosting this 1/2 hour discussion and to Rep. Liz Pike and Bob Larimer for presenting reasonable, solid logic trying to prevent another mass school shooting.
The year 2012 is drawing to a close with an unthinkable tragedy fresh in our memories, 28 people, including 20 small children shot dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, their lives cut short by a maniac who first murdered his own Mother, stole her weapons and broke into the school, any motive still unknown.
That it happened 11 days before Christmas makes it all the more tragic and painful for all of the families affected.
Even though school shootings are statistically rare, they are nonetheless tragic and we can no longer feel confident our children are safe in their seats in school.
As expected, the reactions are strong and equally divisive, ranging from calls for more gun control, better treatment for the mentally disturbed, curtailing violent movies and video games and an increasing call for armed security be placed in schools in the way of hired security guards, Police or arming properly trained qualified teachers and school personnel.
It has long been known that Jim Moeller is pretty much a single issue representative, wanting first and foremost to promote what he refers to as “equality” for homosexuals. As we saw in the legislative session earlier this year, a $1.5 Billion budget gap took a back seat to ram-rodding a homosexual marriage bill through, wasting half of the session and causing the legislature to have to enter special session after Republicans and 3 Democrats stopped yet another Democrat inspired “kick the can down the road” hurry-up budget.
Continuing in that mindset, several times now Moeller has hounded Republican candidate for the 18th Legislative District, Liz Pike to state her position on Referendum 74, a measure to be voted on in November statewide to allow voters to say whether or not homosexuals in Washington State should marry.
Four of the six commissioners from Clark and Cowlitz County’s selected Liz due to her past experience in office on the Camas City Council.
Liz will finish out the term of Ann Rivers until the end of the year. Then, whoever wins the election for Pos 1 18th Legislative District will be sworn in.
Liz is currently campaigning for Pos. 2 in the 18th and given her strong finish in the primary against 2 Democrats, receiving over 61% of the votes, she will likely move over the Pos. 2 while Brandon Vick will be likely winner against write-in, Pete Silliman. If Adrian Cortez rejoins the race, it will likely be a very close finish.
Congratulations Liz, we look forward to your representation in the 18th.
The recent redistricting saw Democrats licking their chops in hopes they might gain a foothold with Orcutt being districted out. Enter Liz Pike, a long time Republican who wants to see the 18th remain in the GOP’s hands and is facing two before unheard of Democrats, David Shehorn, retired computer systems worker and Ryan Gompertz, barely out of High School and studying history and economics at UW.
Neither Democrat has any political experience to speak of other than volunteer work with the party.
Liz Pike, on the other hand, comes with the experience of running for and winning an election to serve the community on the Camas City Council, as well as owning her own small business, Pike Advertising Agency.
She currently serves as Political Affairs Director for the Building Industry Association of Clark County as well and true to her roots growing up on a Clark County Dairy Farm, operates Shangri-La Farm, a small scale sustainable farm in Fern Prairie. She also was a volunteer co-organizer for the Washougal Farmers’ Market as well as an avid promoter of the “buy local, slow food” movement and more.
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.
Received in email;
Ridgefield School Board President Julie Olson will run for the state house seat currently held by Democrat Tim Probst.
Olson announced her candidacy at the Clark County GOP convention last Saturday.
Olson cited a lack of progress on the state budget with the prospect of another special session, and an anti-education vote recently taken by legislative Democrats as reasons she is running.
“One party controls all three branches of state government but they can’t pass a balanced budget on time,” said Olson. “They haven’t addressed the core issues of the mess we are in and they refuse to fundamentally change how state government operates.
Olson said the state’s problems are only compounding and that the time has come for new leadership.
Olson said her campaign will talk about funding basic education first with a balanced state budget, and bringing some common sense solutions to Olympia.
“We can’t keep holding our kids hostage in the state budget process,” said Olson. “The culture of failure in Olympia must be changed. We can do better than this.”
While serving on the Ridgefield School Board Olson led initiatives to streamline expenditures and cut operating costs without teacher layoffs.
“It is that same kind of innovation we have used in the school district that we need in Olympia right now,” said Olson. “If elected I will push for more budget reforms so we can do more with less.”
Julie Olson is a native Washingtonian. She said she and her siblings were all raised with a strong ethos for public service. Two of Julie’s brothers are fire fighters and her sister is a Federal Prosecutor.
Julie attended the University of Idaho on a volleyball scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology. She has been in the scientific industry all of her career and in scientific sales and sales management for over 25 years.
In 2005 Julie was elected to the Ridgefield School Board of Directors, where she has served as the Board Chair for the last 4 years.
Mike Appel has also announced his intent to run against Tim Probst, giving him 2 Republican challengers this election for his 17th legislative district seat.
Updates will follow as more is heard from the candidates.
Due to redistricting, the seat currently held by Republican Ed Orcutt in the 18th Legislative District will be vacated as Ed is moved into the 20th District. Former Camas City Council Member Liz Pike has filed with the PDC to be elected in Ed Orcutt’s place. Today, Ms. Pike released the following;
Liz Pike Announces Plans to Run for 18th District State Representative, Position 2
Liz Pike, former Camas City Council Member, has filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate for State Representative, District 18. This seat is currently held by Representative Ed Orcutt, who is now in the 20th District due to redistricting.
“I am running for State Representative because I want to help restore the public’s faith in state government. I am disappointed to lose Representative Orcutt as our district’s State Legislator. I have decided to run for his seat to try to maintain the strong representation and courage he has provided,” said Liz. “If we commit to the ideal of reducing burdensome regulations and onerous rules, and work to shrink the size of government by prioritizing spending, our State will, once again, become business friendly. What we desperately need is more private sector job growth. Our State cannot continue on its current path.”
Liz is a small business owner of Pike Advertising Agency since 1995. She is currently contracted to serve as Political Affairs Director for the political action committee of the Building Industry Association of Clark County.
Liz was raised on a dairy farm in Brush Prairie and has lived in the 18th District most of her life. She operates a small sustainable farm in Fern Prairie raising sheep, turkeys, chickens and grows fruits, vegetables and berries. Liz has two grown children.
It appears like the Columbian’s Stephanie Rice has either been delegated or self appointed as the Columbian’s “attack dog” to continually denigrate conservative candidate for Clark County Commissioner, Alan Svehaug. Svehaug filed in June to run against Democrat Steve Stuart, favored by the Columbian for quite some time now.
From the beginning Ms. Rice seems to have had a bone of contention against Mr. Svehaug that showed very slightly in her initial post in the Columbian’s Political beat blog, Commissioner challenger dislikes tolls, questions fees.
Successive articles by Ms. Rice show outright disdain.
She took exception to Mr. Svehaug saying her September 14 hit piece, Clark County commissioner candidate Svehaug largely a no show so far Stuart’s opponent avoids interviews, raises little cash, was “outrageous.”
A large part she bases upon “Asked to point out anything in the article that was inaccurate, he said there was never a press release issued about his candidacy. The article had referred to a June press release that described him as a contractor when he didn’t have a valid contractor’s license.”
At the post where she made this assertion I reminded her,
“I wrote that press release as you acknowledged back in June. I wrote it from memory at home after meeting Alan and being asked to by another party.
I wrote one out in longhand at the Hilton, but apparently it was misplaced, so I was asked to rewrite it and I did so from memory.
I did not run it past Alan and sent it straight to the Columbian’s Metrodesk.
You acknowledged back in June that I had written it and if you had made any effort to contact me I would have told you how I came to write it.
And yes, apparently I used some wrong wording in describing Alan as a contractor. But, that was me, not Alan. Hold it against me if you must hold it against anyone.”
To date, after the bellyaching over Alan Svehaug not contacting them, no one from the Columbian, especially Stephanie Rice has yet to contact me about that press release I sent in nor any of my subsequent comments after that it was my assumption, not Alan’s claim that he had been a developer and a contractor.
I guess accuracy only counts if you are defending a Democrat, not trying to bash a conservative.
In articles and Political Beat posts, Ms. Rice appears hung up on Alan Svehaug not submitting to her or the Columbian’s so called “Editorial Staff” for an “interview.” She also alleges he made an appointment for a “scheduled interview” with CVTV and then did not keep it when she wrote, “Svehaug did not appear for his scheduled Sept. 9 interview at CVTV,” when Alan Svehaug never scheduled any such interview in the first place.
He did appear at one that she acknowledges in a somewhat reluctant way, but does post a link to the side by side videotaped interview of Alan Svehaug and Steve Stuart that can be viewed HERE by clicking on the link, “Election 2010: Clark County Commissioner Candidates.”
You will also see that not only does Alan have some decent ideas; he is not the single issue candidate he is being made out to be.
Alan Svehaug is a novice when it comes to running for office. His resources dwarf alongside of a political insider such as current county commissioner Steve Stuart. Yet, he made a respectable 43% showing against an entrenched incumbent in his first ever election, the August 17 primary. No, that is not enough to win in the general but there is apparently a good chance he stands to turn that around, hence the onslaught against him from the Columbian and others.
One such is a short conservation I overheard Friday, October 1 after the Ann Coulter broadcast from the opening of KINK AM Bing Lounge with Lars Larsen. I rode over in the same vehicle with Alan for the broadcast, hence my standing nearby when he was engaged by well known and well-liked Liz Pike, Political Affairs Director of Building Industry Association of Clark County who had recently endorsed Democrat incumbent Steve Stuart.
Liz approached Alan and basically said to him, “no hard feelings” after she was quoted by Stephanie Rice as saying, “he’s not ready to lead Clark County,” “he didn’t seem to grasp issues concerning land use and it appeared he had not done his homework.”
Perhaps Liz didn’t realize I was standing to her right, but I overheard Alan complain to her that she had not been completely truthful with the Columbian, not telling them that she worked for Steve Stuart’s campaign and that he had seen the PDC reports to prove it (paraphrased).
Again, paraphrasing, Liz answered with words to the effect of “she wasn’t working for Steve yet, so there couldn’t be a conflict of interest and it couldn’t be on the PDC report because Steve hadn’t paid her yet.”
I asked Alan about that riding back to Vancouver and he said he was speaking of the last PDC report when Stuart ran, but that Liz seemed to be admitting that she was already working for him now at a time the group she speaks for issued a “unanimous endorsement” of Stuart. Unless of course, Liz misspoke too.
Liz misspeaking seems highly unlikely as I was given an email she sent out saying that Steve Stuart had retained her agency, Pike Advertising “in the last few weeks” for a series of advertising. She also commented how she wished Republicans were “smart enough” to hire her.”
If Alan had also hired her agency, does that mean he would have received at least a co-endorsement from the BIA or maybe his grasp of issues would have suddenly gotten much better in her quotes to Stephanie Rice?
Left unsaid is just why does Stephanie Rice single out Alan Svehaug for attacks while ignoring Steve Stuart who has had some questionable doings over the years evidenced here, here and here at Clark County Politics.
In her latest screeds on Svehaug, Stephanie Rice seems to be goading him into submitting to her for an interview. Perhaps if she tried a little different approach, tried treating him a bit nicer in her articles he might be a bit more willing.
As it is, I wouldn’t be in any hurry to sit down with her either for an interview knowing she is all too ready to twist whatever is said and misrepresent it.
Little wonder we have such a hard time enlisting good, decent people to run for elected office.