December 26, 2012
“if Clark County residents don’t support it, ‘then the states have the wrong project’.” County Commissioner Steve Stuart, September 2010
Campaigning for reelection in 2010, Commissioner Stuart made the above comment as he “endorsed a vote on light rail” by Clark County, Washington voters. A vote that has been promised time and again and never appeared as the Vancouver City Council, C-Tran Board and others elected a “locally preferred alternative” of light rail from Portland, Oregon to be included on any newly constructed bridge across the Columbia River to replace the current Interstate Bridge.
Of course, once elected we saw that attitude disappear as fast as we saw Vancouver Mayor ‘Teflon’ Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt cast aside his many promises of opposing tolls be placed on the projected bridge.
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October 22, 2012
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.
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.
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October 17, 2012
Thanks to the work of forensic accountant Tiffany Couch and County Commissioner candidate David Madore, the veil wrapped around the Columbia River Crossing Project is gradually being peeled back, not that you will ever read of word of it in the local newspaper of record, the Columbian.
While the Oregonian, the Reflector and the Willamette Week have all published articles and reports critical of the CRC, the Columbian continues to provide cover, ignoring or minimizing recent reports and evidence uncovered and released by Ms. Couch, writing them off as “more of the same.”
They are not.
A previous report covered the potential violation of Washington State Open Meetings Laws, but a subsequent report released on October 12, 2012 delves even deeper into the darkness we have seen associated with the CRC.
Ms. Couch raises several questions that remain unanswered and, not even asked by the Columbian who proudly boasts on their front page, “Serving Clark County, Washington.”
Just who in Clark County is served is debatable.
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August 23, 2012
The local newspaper of record, the Columbian, also known as the unofficial daily newsletter for the CRC & Democrat Party, continues to claim they are not biased in favor of liberals, but everyday reveals more and more of the leftward leaning.
Along with their bias comes their favored candidates and incumbents, nearly always a Democrat or supporter of the CRC and dragging Portland’s financially failing light rail into Clark County and sticking local citizens with massive taxes and tolls to pay for what they have not even been allowed to vote again to say whether they want it or not, being voted down 3 times in the past.
County Commissioner Marc Boldt was one who the paper used to demand resign, as they did in their past editorial, “Three Nuts and a Boldt.” But Boldt has become the Darling of the paper as he shifted left politically and began supporting the CRC.
We saw it the paper waited 4 months to report on Boldt’s being sanctioned by the CCGOP and only after successful businessman, David Madore, long hated by the paper, announced he would run against Boldt.
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August 22, 2012
By Professor Robert Dean
E. Lynch: The fifth inaugural meeting of Identity Vancouver is now in session. Tonight we will try to rescue the CRC light rail project from the scrap heap. As you may know, we spent $160 million of public money designing a bridge that does not meet Coast Guard standards for shipping clearance.
M. Boldt: Also, it’s too low.
S. Stuart: Too low! How could that be? Tim, you’re an engineer, how could they build it too low?
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August 8, 2012
It’s not like Clark County voters weren’t warned about JayRob McInslee (Rob McKenna) and his liberalism. And he sure didn’t waste any time expressing support for the very project conservatives in Clark County have been denied a vote, ignored and opposed from day one.
A late Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Columbin article, the unofficial daily newsletter for the CRC & Democrat Party praises McKenna for backing the CRC during a speech at a Rotary Club meeting in Vancouver.
McInslee said, “There has to be a new crossing. We can’t sit back and continue to consume what we have and not replace it. And it’s absolutely vital to our economy.”
Obviously he is clueless as to how many have tried to speak out and advocate additional bridges across the Columbia River.
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August 6, 2012
Incumbent Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, who ran as a conservative and sold out his conservative base during his two terms on the commission, is eager to keep his seat and be reelected. No real surprise, the position not only pays pretty well for a former truck driver, it carries power and a degree of prestige, as public office does.
But that does not justify the lengths Marc Boldt is taking to retain his seat.
Politicians of all walks are noted for trying to present their best view for us and are expected to embellish somewhat. But Marc Boldt has elevated the art of dishonest deception presented to voters to a new level for the office he seeks to retain, with the willing assistance of the unofficial daily newsletter for the CRC & Democrat Party, the Columbian.
While they Columbian’s Stephanie Rice strains gnats to paint Boldt’s strongest opponent, successful businessman David Madore as less than sincere, she makes no effort whatsoever to vet Marc Boldt’s claims he makes or vet those who speak on his behalf.
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July 24, 2012
If there is anything you can make bank on in Clark County, it is the Columbian, the newspaper of record also known locally as the “unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party” not missing a chance to slam Republicans like County Commissioner Tom Mielke while ignoring the missteps of RINO politicians like fellow County Commissioner, Marc Boldt.
We saw it clear as day when 4 months after being sanctioned by the Clark County GOP, they ran a series of negative articles against the CCGOP and defending marc Boldt over his numerous votes contrary to the conservative principles he campaign on to win the seat. Although they have admitted monitoring this blog and the Clark County Politics blog, who wrote of the sanctions when they happened, the Columbian seemed to ignore it until right after successful Vancouver businessman David Madore, another frequent target of their negative coverage, announced he would challenge Boldt for the seat.
Acting more like a spurned lover with a personal ax to grind than an objective reporter, the Columbian’s Stephanie Rice seems to take delight with any chance she can find to slam Commissioner Mielke, either in the pages of the Columbian or on their blog, All Politics is Local.
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July 15, 2012
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.
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June 22, 2012
Written by Lynda Wilson and Licentia Diligo, reposted by request of Reality Clark County
The Second Amendment says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”. The Washington State Constitution says it even stronger, “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.” However, two of our current County Commissioners think otherwise (Stuart and Boldt). An Ordinance that was unanimously passed in October 2005 by the three Commissioners at the time, Marc Boldt, Steve Stuart and Betty Sue Morris, determined that during a declared emergency, if they thought you “intend” to cause bodily harm you can’t even possess, let alone carry a gun (or anything else that could be construed as a weapon). Mind you, possess means ‘own’ therefore not even able to keep in your own home or anywhere else. This Ordinance 2005-10-03, Section 2.48A.090 (i) references this.
“An order prohibiting the carrying or possession of firearms or any instrument which is capable of producing bodily harm and which is carried or possessed with intent to use the same to cause such harm; provided that any such order shall not apply to peace officers or military personnel engaged in the performance of their official duties”.
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May 17, 2012
Probably no one in Clark County understands the futility and frustrations associated with Vancouver holding block veto power over the C-Tran Board of Directors than does city council member, Jeanne Stewart, who was unceremoniously dumped from her long held seat on the C-Tran Board at the direction of Mayor Tim Leavitt.
Ms. Stewart had the audacity to join with the rest of the non-Vancouver city council members of the Board and vote to split ballot measures pertaining to continuing funding of C-Tran with a sales tax increase from another sales tax increase to pay for operations & maintenance of Portland’s financially plagued light rail being extended into Clark County, a position the council adopted well after they dumped her off of the C-Tran Board.
At issue was the city council policy of the 3 representatives from Vancouver on the C-Tran Board being required to all cast votes in accordance with any position adopted by the council over concerns for citizen’s views. In effect, the Vancouver city council selected to give itself power over the rest of the county served by C-Tran.
Since the majority of the council most often sides with Mayor Leavitt when it comes to his strong desire to stack Portland’s light rail on our backs, holding block veto power over the Board of Directors at C-Tran and the council policy of requiring the 3 Vancouver representatives to the Board, you could say that one man, Tim Leavitt, holds excessive power in regards to the direction of our transportation policies in Clark County.
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May 7, 2012
Maybe a little farfetched, I grant you, but the way the “Hyena’s of Inkville” have been carrying on and how Commissioner Boldt continues to go around the county crying that he was sanctioned, playing the victim when he clearly deserved to be sanctioned, it wouldn’t surprise me at all.
Clearly Commissioner Boldt has grown very comfortable sitting in his well paid cushioned seat of authority on the Clark County Board of Commissioners supporting Liberal Democrat agendas while claiming to be a Republican and expecting conservative Republicans to support and vote for him.
It’s difficult for me to imagine why he would even worry about the sanctions, given his words recently quoted in a Reflector editorial, Boldt confident voters will ignore GOP demands.
Since the sanction amount to little more than withdrawing party support of him and not allowing access to party mailing lists, Boldt told the Reflector, “he has never used party mailing lists and that the most the party has donated to his campaign in the past is $100.”
I guess use of the party headquarters and being endorsed and promoted by the party to encourage party members to elect him aren’t worth very much to Commissioner Boldt. Personally, I would consider 89,033 votes worth quite a lot, even if all of them did not see the Clark County GOP Endorsement of Boldt.
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May 4, 2012
Photo by Masai Mara, Kenya
The liberal bias of the media is well known and in spite of our local newspaper of record’s continual denial, it is well displayed once again by the Columbian, also known to me now as those Laughable “Hyena’s of Inkville,” out of respect for bombastic political page editor John Laird labeling those who oppose the liberal agenda of mass transit and high density housing in Clark County as the “Hounds of Whinerville.”
But he isn’t at the center of this blatant bias and favoritism down there this time, at least not openly. If he plays a major role in the background is unknown. No, this one goes an apparent under study of his in striving to be the most biased of all writers downtown, Stephanie Rice in regards to her willingness to throw all journalistic objectivity out the window in the single largest display of liberal bias since I slapped her down over the “Hyena’s of Inkville” inconsistent coverage of the abrupt quitting on constituents’ mid-session of Democrat Jim Jacks compared to the resignation of Republican Richard Curtis a couple years earlier.
Her bias this past week might even be a record, even for her and the “Hyena’s of Inkville.”
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April 17, 2012
At first I thought I was reading a political spoof when I read the Columbian’s article, Former Vancouver councilor to run for county commission Pat Campbell to challenge Boldt, Madore, newcomer, but see that Pat, who didn’t even get passed the primaries in last years’ elections, lost his city council seat after one term.
I lost my smile when I read and saw he is serious, though.
Reading through the article, it is obvious that someone is terrified that conservative successful businessman, David Madore, a well educated opponent to the current CRC project is also running for the seat currently held by Marc Boldt, a strong supporter of the CRC as designed.
Boldt, who was elected as a Republican, has come under the scorn of Republicans throughout the county for his siding with Liberal Democrat commissioner, Steve Stuart so often, more often than he supports conservative Republican commissioner, Tom Mielke, covered by this blog here and here.
And now, Pat Campbell, also a strong supporter of the CRC, feels he should try to fill Boldt’s seat?
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March 29, 2012
Any doubts about the left leaning bias of the Columbian are forever shattered with their orchestrated outrage and coverage given to the in house sanction placed on Clark County, Washington County Commissioner, Marc Boldt. One would have to be so far left they are blinded to reality to not see it.
Since their “breaking news” of the sanctions, put in place in November 2011 nearly 4 months after the fact, we have now seen 4 articles covering the sanction within as many days, 2 yesterday alone. Three achieved front page coverage in the published editions of the paper, Friday March 23, Wednesday March 28 and Thursday March 29.
In comparison, when Democrat Jim Jacks abruptly walked out on constituents in the 49th legislative district one year ago, the Columbian addressed that 5 times, but over a 30 day period without the in depth coverage we see given Boldt. The claim of having no “paper trail” was the given excuse for such slim coverage. We have yet to see any coverage of the well founded rumors associated with inappropriate behavior towards staffer, particularly of the opposite sex in regards to his abrupt resignation.
In less than a week, we know more about what the Columbian claims is the reason for these sanctions placed on Boldt than we know about why Jim Jacks left constituents high & dry in spite of having one year to discover anything.
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March 25, 2012
It was just days ago that the Columbian pretended as if they just now discovered that the Clark County GOP had sanctioned one of their own for his frequent strays from conservatism and selling out our conservative interests to side with liberal Democrats, going against his campaign promises of supporting conservative values. In a nutshell, he frequently voted against the best interests of the citizens in order to further the liberal Democrat agenda.
I have been one of the few willing to stand up for the Clark County GOP, even as party leaders now cower and seem prepared to throw open the doors and re-embrace Marc Boldt, to be decided this Tuesday I am told. Republicans, spineless as they now are, have no need to appease liberal Democrats or suck up to the Columbian, who cannot find a good word to say about them, except for those RINO’s that are more liberal than conservative, such as the current 3rd Congressional District Representative.
In my expressions of defense of the GOP I have made several references to a scathing post against Marc Boldt and why he deserved to be sanctioned that I wrote back in November 2011, but never posted, due to his one time vote against the baseball stadium admissions tax. Below is that post in its entirety with a prediction I made then bolded.
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March 22, 2012
Just when I think the Columbian and Stephanie Rice are becoming more the centrist, objective newspaper the region deserves, they throw out another hatchet job against the Republicans.
I am amazed that nearly 4 months after Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt was ‘sanctioned’ by the GOP Executive board, over his abandoning the party platform, endorsing Democrats over Republicans an issuing a misleading robocall on C-Tran’s Proposition 1 leading up to last November’s election, the Columbian acts surprised with their hatchet job, Why was Boldt sanctioned by GOP?
The fallacy of this smear is in the fact that the Columbian has admitted to viewing my blog frequently and this sanction was prominently mentioned in my November 29, 2011 post Admissions Tax Defeated, Proposal Does Not Even Receive a Vote.
I don’t for a minute believe I had knowledge of this and the Columbian did not. Not since I first learned of it on facebook and spoke with GOP Chair Brandon Vick. He had intended it be kept private, but one of the board members leaked it out.
I had written a scathing post that I decided not to post when Boldt did not second Commissioner Steve Stuart’s motion for the admission tax, in hopes that Marc was returning to his roots claimed of being a conservative.
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March 17, 2012
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
March 13, 2012
Clark County Democrats are once again showing their hand in the next election for the Clark County Commission. It’s no secret they haven’t like that conservative Tom Mielke beat out liberal Pam Brokaw by a small 209 votes in the 2008 election.
Even the Columbian has spared little ink in their efforts to paint Mielke as inept and not worthy of holding office.
In the meantime, even though labeling himself a “Republican,” Marc Boldt comes down on the side of liberal Democrat Steve Stuart often, especially in efforts to ram CRC and light rail from Portland down the throats of Clark County residents, even though we have declined it more than once in the past.
Tom Mielke is the lone voice opposing it on the Commission.
Both Mielke and Boldt are up for reelection this year, but so far, Democrats have fronted 2 challengers, both against Mielke with no challengers against Boldt.
It would appear that having one conservative voice on the commission is more than Democrats can stand as they seem to be content with leaving the more liberal Boldt alone so far.
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December 5, 2011
In interesting poll put up by David Madore on facebook.
He asks, “Care to say who you would support for county commissioner position 1, north county in 2012″ and gives the choices of Tom Mielke or someone else.
He also asks, “Care to say who you would support for county commissioner position 2, east county in 2012″ and gives the choices of Marc Boldt or *gasp* David Madore.
It is unknown at this time whether he intends to challenge Boldt, or if he is just playing with Lou Brancaccio over his Saturday Column, Press Talk: Politics and baseball in River Citywhere Lou opines about Commissioner Marc Boldt’s surprise no vote on the recent Admissions Tax defeat,
“So what happened? Politics. Another definition of politics, one that some would argue is the most important definition, is this:
“I need to get re-elected.”
The election looms in 11 months. And whom does he see as a possible — likely — candidate in his rear view mirror?
None other than one of the most high-profile guys around.
In a way, I hoping he is trying to make Lou sweat a little, but I’d vote for A successful businessman like David in a heart beat.
I do not see Tom Mielke being voted out and don’t have a clue who the Dems will run against him to try.
Feel free to take David’s polls and come back and comment on your choice, if you choose.