A look back at the campaign by the campaign of Lynda Wilson, 17th Legislative District Representative (R) on her defeat of the incumbent Democrat, Monica Stonier.
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A look back at the campaign by the campaign of Lynda Wilson, 17th Legislative District Representative (R) on her defeat of the incumbent Democrat, Monica Stonier.
Does she ever think before speaking?
Clark County Republican Party Chair Lynda Wilson will resign as Chair of the party effective January 31, according to a press release from the party issued earlier this morning. Wilson plans to focus her attention and energy on her upcoming campaign for the 17th Legislative District seat currently held by Democrat Monica Stonier.
In a letter addressed to the Executive Board, Wilson praised the party for their efforts and gains over the past year, citing their fund raising and technical future of the party.
Vice-Chair Steven Nelson, in accordance with the newly adopted party by-laws will be contacting PCO’s to schedule a special meeting where a new party chair will be selected.
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.
Even though the announced “Clash of Titans” did not occur last evening, thanks to reminders by Mayor Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt who would not allow the efforts of citizens to place a petition on light rail, invalidated under fishy circumstances, on the ballot, such a Clash may yet occur in a courtroom.
As previously announced at CRC Petitioners Put City on Notice, CRC opponents have contacted Tim Eyman, known for advocating on behalf of citizens statewide and who called in constitutional attorney Stephen Pidgeon.
Attorney Pidgeon sent the city a “good faith offer” to void litigation over the questionable rejection of many signature on the petition.
Levitt’s actions scoffed at the offer resulting in Tim Eyman sending an email last evening to the Mayor and Council members informing them to expect a lawsuit due to their rejection of the good faith offer.
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.
The Democrats burning desire to steal Washington States’ 17th Legislative District away from the Republicans continues. The “Lies, Deceit and Desperation” previously noted not only continue unabated, but have grown.
As previously noted, Democrats have decided to throw just about everything except the kitchen sink into their effort to defeat 4 time State Senator Don Benton and have no conscience on how they do it, not that Democrats were ever known for having a conscience.
It is being reported that they have recently poured nearly $300,000 towards races in the 17th, primarily to defeat Benton and some to ensure union backed activist Monica Stonier defeats Ridgefield School Board President, Julie Olson, although we know Senator Benton is their primary target.
This blog indicated what can be expected in this mass effort to retain and grow Democrats control of our state. Flyers received last evening shows how misleading and deceptive they intend to be to ensure Tim Probst is installed to do their bidding the next 4 years.
Democrat Tim Probst, hoping to unseat Republican Senator Don Benton in Washington State’s 17th Legislative District always puffs out his chest, boasting of how he adheres to the ‘Clean Campaign Pledge,’ but he only recently denounced any of the negative attacks ads sent out on his behalf and only after being goaded into it. The Clean Campaign Pledge he boasts of signing calls for signatories to denounce such negative campaigning.
This blog recently revealed that Democrats have set $85,000 towards negative attacks on behalf of Tim Probst and likely Monica Stonier too, another Democrat hoping to finally get a seat in the legislature. Stonier previously showed she is more than willing to attack than discuss issues, but she still lost, voters seeing through her smoke screen.
With such a large amount of money being dedicated this late in the campaign, you can expect to see more of what follows flooding mail boxes soon on behalf of both or either Probst or Stonier.
In his first bid for office, opponent Joseph James was attacked not over any issue, but his profession, owning a dog grooming business, labeling James a “Show Dog.”
Since they cannot compete in the arena of ideas or address real issues, it appears there is a major plot brewing against Republicans in the 17th Legislative District. Word has reached me that they have parked $85,000 for 17th District Independent Expenditures, likely for more vile attacks against Senator Don Benton and Julie Olson.
It has been shown previous that neither Democrat running and hoping to switch control of the 17th has any strong stand on issues affecting Southwest Washington and we have already seen several attacks ads with false claims being sent out against Senator Benton.
Even the Columbian, endorsing Democrat Monica Stonier inadvertently admitted Julie Olson is the better candidate, but endorsed Stonier due to her winning the primary election, forgetting that there was 2 Republicans and combining their vote’s amounts to nearly 2,000 more than Stonier received.
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.
Democrats have long been known for their ‘win at any cost’ strategies and tactics. Our National and Gubernatorial elections have been seen rampant with dirty tricks, apparent fraud, deceitful claims and more.
It is also well known that Washington State Democrats have long wanted to take over the seat of State Senator Don Benton in the 17th Legislative District and flip the house seats back to their party. To that end now we see even more underhanded campaign tactics to include attacking Republican Julie Olson running for the open seat and being challenged for the seat by Democrat Monica Stonier, who has shown how desperate she is for public office in the past 2 years.
To that end, a Republican PCO residing in the 17th recently received was alleged to her to be an “Opinion Poll” from the 702 area code in Clark County, Nevada. The “poll” began with a few questions on the presidential race, and then quickly turned into a slam session against both Senator Benton and Julie Olson, as you can hear below.
In just a few days, we all should be receiving out ballots to vote in the Top-Two Primary Election to decide out of all of the candidates vying for varying offices just which two advances on to the November General Election. With this being a Presidential Election year we will see several names to select from, some we know and more than likely many more we don’t know.
But we voters will make our selections known, most of us casting our ballots in hopes of seeing the dismal economy and high unemployment we continue to see in Clark County change. Candidates, some incumbents hoping to stay in office and challengers hoping to replace them will try to form a message they hope will resonate with us.
Democrat or Republican, we’re going to hear they want to cut our taxes, create jobs, change how things work and much more. None will come out and actually say they intend to raises our taxes or that they have no power to create jobs other than to back off of government regulations, taxes and fees that are currently stifling job growth for so long.
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.
No doubt Monica Stonier received a good dose of political fever when she was selected as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver that cemented the nomination and eventual election of Barack Obama to the highest seat in the land, the presidency.
So much so that she seems to feel ready to move from middle school teacher and union representative to state legislator in the 17th legislative district, position two seat being vacated by Democrat, Deb Wallace.
She received a place in the top two primary by defeating fellow Democrat Martin Hash, but unfortunately, the number of votes cast for both still came well short of those collected by Republican Paul Harris by nearly 3,000 votes.
From her page at Organizing for America to her lackluster speech given before a half empty room at the 2010 Washington State Democratic Convention, Monica shows herself to be just another Progressive trying to sound a bit conservative like Tim Probst has.
She gained the endorsement of the Columbian in the general election, after not receiving it in the primary due to “several blunders by her opponent during the campaign,” not due to her merit or accomplishments. Of the endorsement the Columbian also said, “The Columbian did not endorse Stonier in the primary because we were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union,” as well we all should be, given the influence of public unions and the current economic morass we remain in.
In typical Progressive fashion and possibly seeing her chances of winning not all that great, she has sent out a campaign flyer late in the race presumably in an attempt to pull some sort of ‘October Surprise’ by going completely negative on her opponent, prompting the Harris campaign to send out the following,
“A vast number of attack ads were mailed all over the 17th District on Friday. These ads, paid for by the Elect Monica Stonier Campaign slandered Paul Harris as a tax-cheat, a criminal and as one currently in violation of ethics laws. Here’s the full story:
A Criminal?: Six years ago, one of Paul’s employees poured some paint down a public drain and unknowingly committed an ecological infraction. Paul took responsibility for the accident and paid the fine. No, he did not pawn off his responsibility and fire the employee. Accidents are accidents.
In her dirty attack ad, Stonier tries to clothe this as Paul deliberately polluting because … because he hate water or something? Beats us. If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is.
A Tax-cheat?: Paul purchased a truck to use at his business and operated it in Oregon for years. (All this business stuff is hard for liberals to understand). When Paul closed that shop, he brought equipment back across the river, completely forgetting that his truck needed to be re-registered. Once notified, Paul did so immediately. He was never fined.
When asked how she will fix our budget, Stonier refers to the “10 million” dollars in reciprocal taxes for car tabs that are lost on these “tax-cheats” like Paul. While 10 million dollars would help, it’d hardly put a dent in the 3 billion dollars Stonier supports in additional spending. The saddest part is how insincere this political jab at Paul is. People ask for real answers to a real problem and all she can think to do is jab with this petty car tab issue.
An Ethics Violator?: The third accusation claims Paul is currently violating some sort of ethics laws. There was no reference for the slanderous claim. Stonier just made up an accusation and mailed it to tens of thousands of people. Paul isn’t even an elected official; can he break ethics laws? If so, which laws, and how did he break them?
It’s sad that a first time candidate wants to go negative like this, but when you’re wrong on the issues … what else can you do?”
I would hope Monica Stonier teaches her students better than such negative attacks to try to get ahead.
But, what of those “issues?” A look at her issues page reveals stands of, “I will not raise taxes. I will fight for fully funding education by cutting spending elsewhere” and “Our newest education legislation has promise but needs work. Our teachers and parents need a voice in this process.”
For a little insight into this “newest education legislation,” I refer you to Bob Dean, former candidate for the 18th legislative district who has taught school for many years and dropped out to devote more time to that endeavor as he explains some of our Common Core Standards recently adopted.
Somehow we are also supposed to believe that even though she is a strong teachers union supporter, if sent to Olympia, her advocacy will not be for the teachers union, which never seems to have enough of our tax dollars for “improvements” that seem to return every year.
Monica did raise a small fuss after being accused of supporting an income tax in Washington State. She maintains that the income tax is a “union position, not hers.” But, as a union representative and a junior legislator should she win and given that likelihood that even if the majority does not change in Olympia this year, they will undoubtedly lose several seats, would she end up knuckling under to union and party pressure, given the teachers union strong financial backing of the income tax initiative?
It’s real easy to say no during a campaign, but it just might be a lot harder later on. Most likely, the luxury of casting a no vote knowing full well the measure will pass anyways, like Tim Probst has done, will not be there after this election.
Looking at her ideas on Jobs and Health Care, there can be no doubt that tax dollars would have to be used to accomplish what she commits herself to do.
And, since she brought up, where exactly would she cut state spending and how would she convince the rest of the legislators to join her? Vague claims make good copy, but what are her specifics?
It’s little wonder that Monica, as young and lovely as she is, decided to revert to the Democratic playbook of slinging mud and negative attack ads. She claims that seeing Barack Obama inaugurated revealed to her the role she could play in state government and after seeing the negativity and wrong direction Obama and the Democrats have plunged the nation in, we don’t need more union reps or pro-Obama people in Olympia.
My support goes to Paul Harris
Once again, the Columbian has begun telling voters who they should vote for with their selection of chosen candidates to receive the much vaunted “newspaper endorsement.” We see this every election cycle and from most all papers in the dinosaur media, the Columbian being no different.
While Democrats are favored most often in the media, we also see once in a while a good call as we saw in endorsing Ann Rivers in the 18th and Craig Riley in the 49th legislative districts. When it comes down to the 17th legislative district, the Columbian goes into full press mode to go counter to voters in the primary and keep both seats out of conservative hands.
In the 17th they chose to select a young teacher’s union representative and former delegate to the 2008 Democrat Convention for Barack Obama, Monica Stonier and the questionable incumbent completing his first term in Olympia, Tim Probst.
That both were nearly slaughtered in the primary vote count by their opponents, business owner and political novice Brian Peck and Paul Harris is ignored as the Columbian raises blinders on the Democrats and digs for every little grain of sand they can find to throw at the two conservatives.
Peck bested the incumbent Probst in the primary by a count of 53% to 47%, with Probst spending an unbelievable amount of campaign cash in an uncontested primary, just he and Peck running and both guaranteed their party’s nomination in our top two primary.
Harris performed even better against two Democrats, gaining 56% of the votes to a combined count of 44% split between Stonier and Martin Hash, Stonier coming out on top.
Showing an all too obvious fear that the two seats currently held by Democrats were heading to conservatives, our wonderful people at the Columbian got out their journalistic shovels and started digging, but only on the right side.
Harris was blasted for having a business truck registered in Oregon that he paid a stiff fine to update. No one wastes any time searching for anything Stonier might have done as a Teachers Union Representative or sought out her view on the union causing Washington State to lose a $13.2 Million grant 2 years ago.
While I have no doubt she is a good teacher, do we really need a WEA representative sitting in the legislature when we can already see that Schools in Washington are poorly managed and amply funded? The WEA advocates for teachers first, students second.
Don’t expect to ever see the Columbian questioning a powerful union like the WEA.
It must have really shaken the ‘good old boy’ mentality at the Columbian seeing how a political novice like Brian Peck beat out an incumbent like Tim Probst, so the digging for mud began. Probst is no stranger to mud himself, slinging it readily in 2008, even though he agreed with his opponent then not to.
Peck came under fire for not including a certain wording on his campaign signs and his not fully listing the businesses he owns. This after once boasting of how his business earned an “excellence Award” 5 years in a row.
While they make a fuss over this news, Probst is held up as the quintessential embodiment of perfection in our legislature for not voting for tax increases, even though it is all too obvious that he votes against them with the permission of his party leaders in Olympia, knowing all too well the measures were going to pass anyway, what with the more than sufficient majority the left has held for some time now.
No one asks about what alternative measures proposed did he vote for or support and apparently no one at the Columbian saw fit to question Probst on his support and sponsorship of HB 2630, the so-called “Opportunity Express” bill, a bill “that will provide more money for training workers for key occupations…” and whether any of that money just might end up at Washington Workforce Association, the company Tim Probst just happens to be CEO of.
Shouldn’t voters be informed whether or not Probst fronted a bill that might have benefited this own company?
Then again, I can’t help but recall how the Columbian went after Bob Koski relentlessly when he had up his Clark Blog site for “copyright infringement” in his posting whole articles on his site with hyperlinks back to the Columbian, but Tim Probst lists a succession of complete articles from the Columbian with no hyperlinks back to the Columbian’s website and no one at the Columbian seems to be blinking an eye about it. (See update listed after post. Probst appears to be coming into compliance with copyright law after being contacted by the Columbian)
A query has been sent to Columbian staff as this is being written, but they have not had the opportunity to reply just yet.
It is all too obvious to me that the Columbian is very frightened that the 17th Legislative District seats, one held by Democrat Tim Probst and the other being vacated by Democrat Deb Wallace are very likely to be added to the Republican label this November.
So frightened that they will sling mud for the Democrats again and ignore voter discontent with the performance of the left.
Fortunately, I think voters are smarter than that and they will show it in the 17th Legislative District come November.
UPDATE: Lou Brancaccio, managing editor of the Columbian replied on Tim Probst’s copyright infringement:
Thanks Lew for the e-mail. I’ve been in touch with Tim and I’m told it will be coming down.
Last I looked, 11 PM Oct. 10, 2010, Probst seems to be complying with copyright law now.
Now that the dust has settled from the primaries, we will next be faced with deciding who to vote for to actually send to office. We now have to decide if we really want change, or in some cases, hold our noses and vote, hoping for the best.
For me personally, this past campaign has been a real eye opener causing me to decide to distance my self from the GOP, but retaining my conservative leaning. I left the Democrat Party long ago over similar corruption and dirty dealings and just because they feign conservatism is no reason to support such dirty dealings as I saw coming from board members of the Clark County GOP and other county Republican Parties in Southwest Washington.
Be it their over eagerness or elation in the Democrats polling so poorly nationwide, whoever decided to go ahead with the TV ad released the day after the election screwed up badly, handing the opposing party an FEC complaint on a silver platter.
The ad itself isn’t what is bad, but the obvious coordination between the GOP and American’s for Prosperity, a section 501(c)(3) organization that can only engage in limited lobbying and is prohibited from any political campaign intervention is glaring.
From the use of people that have openly supported or endorsed the establishment candidate that gained the nomination, some of whom actually engaged in the dirty tactics against a fellow Republican that has resulted in my distancing myself from the GOP, to Ryan Hart actually calling around to enlist “volunteers” to appear in it and telling me that Kirby Wilbur of AFP was producing the ad, the FEC complaint filed against them by the Democrats is their chickens coming home to roost.
Not a smart move by any means. Even if they are exonerated, it will be long after the November General election. Whether or not it has any bearing come November 2 remains to be seen.
While the establishment candidate sits around waiting on handlers to provide ideas to express, Democrat Denny Heck has released an ad attacking, not his opponent, but Wall Street and some of the problems actually facing the country. I can’t honestly say I agree with his ideas, but at least he is expressing some and not waiting on handlers to give him some.
The dough boy seems to have slipped back towards obscurity after making all of his noise and helping slander and vilify the only decent conservative candidate we have seen run for Washington States 3rd Congressional District in several years.
He never did come clean on that “Marine Service” he always boasted of, but I am now in possession of the public portion of his Military record and still have some questions to ask him about it, should he come slithering out from behind the rock he crawled behind.
Moving on to the 18th Legislative District, Ann Rivers and Dennis Kampe will be facing each other in November. After all of the belly aching over David Castillo not immediately getting behind the chosen establishment candidate in the 3rd CD race, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised at the silence coming from those same party insiders at GOP sleaze ball and muckraker, Jon Russell not endorsing Rivers.
In spite of Ann’s receiving some nice endorsements from State Attorney General Rob McKenna and others, including her NRA endorsement, rumor has it that Jon Russell is holding out for a specific thing before endorsing her, even though he tried and failed to start rumors against her or create a link to her and fellow blogger Kelly Hinton to harm her chances of winning.
My advice to Ann Rivers is to give that slime ball the middle finger.
Many eyebrows are raised currently over Vancouver City Manager, Pat McDonnell’s sudden decision to resign and obtain a job with SEH, a corporation his decisions have benefited more than once financially.
I have not seen any word from current city council member Bart Hansen, running for reelection on this seeming conflict of interest, but his opponent has made his view clear to voters on any potential replacement for McDonnell. In an email, John Jenkins said,
“I’d loose no sleep in appointing Eric Holmes to fill the top slot.
Having said that I hope the Vancouver City Council will not perform a national search for a city manager and here are a few reasons why:
A search will only cost money. We don’t have an abundance of that right at the moment.
A search will only cause resentment in the staff here who thought they were qualified.
A search will only produce an individual who has to play catch-up on every issue.
A search will only produce an individual who will bring ideas to the city of Vancouver who knows nothing about Vancouver and its problems past or current.
And, don’t fill the assistant city manager’s position. It would be bad form to the rest of the cities employees.
You have it from me what I’d do if I was in the seat today.”
Will Hansen release any such comments? Or, will we have to wait to see his views as the replacement process unfolds, if he is still on the council?
The Columbian seems to have already picked the Democrat for endorsement in the 17th Legislative District position 2 as they ran an article “exposing” Republican Paul Harris’s failure to register his vehicle in Washington State. In spite of over 100 comments left at the article, many just a bit too anti, I seriously doubt this will amount to any significance in the November election against his opponent, Monica Stonier, who the Columbian doesn’t seem interested in looking into her background.
With the vote count in the primary, Harris received nearly 3,000 more votes than both of the Democrats combined. He owned up to his mistake and paid the necessary fine. Now, move on to something of significance, if you can.
We still have 2 months before the general and with some high stakes seats open this time, we can expect to see some amusing shenanigans in many of the races.
As an Independent Conservative now, I have my popcorn at the ready and lawn chair set up to watch it all unfold.
It will be interesting to see who actually earns our votes versus who sits back and just expects it.
Candidates, to your corners and at the sound of the bell (or checkbooks opening), come out swinging.