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It’s time we had a conservative leader in Washington State.
To find out more about the only conservative candidate who agrees with the Republican Party platform, visit Hadian2012.com
It seems that Rob McKenna is finally stripping away any semblance to conservatism that he once tried to mask himself in. It’s almost as if he has decided conservatives and our values mean absolutely nothing and he expects liberal Democrats to flee Jay Inslee and vote for him instead.
Most of us realize he is a moderate, a RINO if you will and has taken strides to prove he opposes many conservative values while issuing statements at times that he might have some support for conservatism.
We saw this as he scrambled to perform damage control after he let it be known he disagreed with the rest of the conservative Republicans on appealing Obamacare after the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional as a tax penalty.
We saw it as he fought all the way to the Supreme Court to release the names, addresses and signatures of all those people who signed R-71, the referendum to allow or deny the “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law, even though it was well known by him that homosexual activists wanted to information to contact people opposed to their agenda and have “uncomfortable conversations” with them.
The dust has yet to settle on just what all the full implications will be over the Supreme Courts astonishing decision to subject the American people to the largest tax increase in the history of our country, also known as Obamacare or the Affordable care Act.
An unprecedented decision that allows the American citizens to be taxed if we do not purchase health insurance as directed by the elitist government.
Shortly after the decision was announced this morning, the Republican Governor’s Association issued a statement expressing their opposition to the act.
The statement said in part,
“Today’s ruling crystallizes all that’s at stake in November’s election. The only way to stop Barack Obama’s budget-busting health care takeover is by electing a new president.”
“Barack Obama’s health care takeover encapsulates his Presidency: Obamacare increases taxes, grows the size of government and puts bureaucrats over patients while doing nothing to improve the economy.”
Shahram Hadian, the conservative Republican the WSRP continues to ignore will be holding a Meet & Greet this Friday, June 29, 2012 in Wahkiakum County, Washington.
We do not have to settle on who the parties tell us we will have to vote for this election, we do have a choice. And it is our choice, not the Democrat or Republican Party’s choice to limit who we select to represent us.
Expectations of a nail biting finish and close race in the Wisconsin recall effort of Republican Governor Scott Walker were quickly dashed this evening as from the first reports after the polls closed, Governor Walker jumped to a commanding lead, 22 points at one stage over Democrat rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Within moments of the first reports, Twitter accounts and facebook pages lit up with the exciting news of such a stunning victory for conservatives and Governor Walker, making him the first Governor to survive a recall effort.
Also surviving the union backed recall effort was Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four state Senate seats, although one Senate seat remains too close to call in Racine County.
Kleefisch was opposed by Madison firefighter and union president Mahlon Mitchell in the first ever recall of a Lieutenant Governor. Kleefisch happily repeated an often heard chant from the fading Occupy movement heard over the fall and winter, “Now this is what democracy looks like!”
Governor Walker, speaking to an overflow crowd at the same party said, “Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders that stand up and make the tough decisions,” adding, “Tomorrow is the day after the election and tomorrow we are no longer opponents. We are one as Wisconsinites,” reminding supporters that it will take all working together to continue the improvements seen since he won the Governor’s race last year.
The eighth annual Chief Executive’s survey of CEO opinion of Best and Worst States in which to do business was recently released and to no surprise, Texas still ranked the number one state for businesses.
California, once the most attractive state for business retains the dubious distinction of being the worst state for business. As stated at ChiefExecutive.net,
“The economy, which used to outperform the rest of the country, now substantially underperforms. And its status as the most ruinously contentious place to operate remains undisturbed in eight years. Its unemployment rate, at 10.9 percent, is higher than every other state except Nevada and Rhode Island. With 12 percent of America’s population, California has one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Each year, the evidence that businesses are leaving California or avoid locating there because of the high cost of doing business due to excessive state taxes and stringent regulations, grows. According to Spectrum Locations Consultants, 254 California companies moved some or all of their work and jobs out of state in 2011, an increase of 26 percent over the previous year and five times as many as in 2009.”
With California ranking the worst, it boggles the mind that either Oregon or Washington would follow their example for dealing with businesses, but that is exactly what both of the Democrat majority held states have done, Washington seeing a drop of 3 ranking positions to number 37 and Oregon gaining their own dubious distinction of the largest one year drop in this year’s ratings, falling from number 33 to number 42, placing them solidly in the 10 Worst States for Business.
Anybody who has paid any attention at all to the news in Washington State knows that Olympia just isn’t working for quite some time. Doesn’t matter what party you are in or support, all we need do is pick just about any newspaper in the state to see how dysfunctional the Washington State legislature has gotten in the past decade or so.
Partisan pundits from either major party will always point fingers at the other, absolving themselves of any blame, which is a large part of the problem. We saw it just this last session and special sessions that were supposed to overcome a $1.5 Billion budget gap, but agenda driven legislators, with the full blessing of the governor, had more important matters to tend to.
We saw it late in the close of the regular session, which prompted 3 Democrats to cross the aisle and join forces with Republicans, drawing the ire of their party leaders, to take the floor and bring a bipartisan budget deal to the floor. House Democrats rejected the bipartisan budget bill and the mess continued.
One of those Democrats, Senator Jim Kastama from the 25th Legislative District recently made a speech at the Washington Research Council board meeting Tuesday, held at the Washington Athletic Club where he pulled back the curtain and let us know just how dysfunctional our legislature has gotten.
From the transcript of that speech, supplied by Eric Smith of the Washington State Wire, we see what went on in Olympia did not make it to the news services and how Democrat Party Leaders castigated Sen. Kastama, one going so far as to tell him “he had cooked his own goose when he cast his vote this year with Republicans” and another one informed him that “the only job he’d be likely to get was as a gas-station attendant” while his “session aide tearfully begged him to change his vote.”
If you read the Columbian, you probably missed the small blurb Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Vandals break windows at Portland church, since apparently a conscious effort was made to hide that those claiming responsibility for the vandalization are a self proclaimed homosexual activist group labeling themselves “Angry Queers.”
What they did not minimize was that homosexual group’s dislike the Mars Hill Church in Portland “for its views against homosexuality,” meaning they believe in biblical scripture and do not embrace the homosexual agenda.
KOIN 6 received an anonymous email claiming responsibility for the cowardly act of smashing century old stained glass windows at the church. They report,
“A gay-activist group, identified only as ‘angryqueers@’ in an anonymized email address, has claimed responsibility. In an email to KOIN, a reported member of the group said ‘Mars Hill is notoriously anti-gay and anti-woman’.”
“The sender took issue with Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill’s head pastor, saying Driscoll has said women need to be subservient to their husbands and that gay people are a cancer. Members of this southeast Portland church deny these claims.”
The act has drawn the condemnation of several different religious and homosexual group representatives, reports the Portland Mercury.
Candidate for Washington State Governor, Shahram Hadian and candidate for State Attorney General Stephen Pidgeon drew a near capacity crowd this evening in the Vancouver Old Spaghetti Factory out Mill Plain. Estimates place the crowd at over 70 people who each paid $25 to dine to an excellent Italian Dinner and hear both conservative candidates speak.
As is usual, the evening began with a call for blessing led by Mr. Pidgeon, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. I was honored to be requested to lead the room in the pledge, but let’s face it, leading a conservative group in the pledge is really easy, everyone knows it by heart.
After enjoying dinners of either Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Fettuccini or Lasagna, Hadian Campaign manager Judah Rancourt introduced Stephen Pidgeon to the tune Eye of the Tiger. Mr. Pidgeon gave a short 15 minute speech focusing on his message of “Defend Protect Restore.” He is also the author of Initiative 1192 that he calls the “Marriage is Between One Man and One Woman Act.”
Petitions are currently being circulated for signatures to allow Washington State citizens to vote whether or not we want homosexual marriage legal in our state and not just left up to agenda driven legislators in Olympia.
Although I haven’t mentioned him as much as I would like, Shahram Hadian, the lone conservative running for governor of Washington State will be in Vancouver for a fundraiser at the Old Spaghetti Factory out Mill Plain.
The WSRP may try to ignore him for Rob McKenna, but he forges ahead, spreading his message of Courageous Leadership. Come on out and meet Shahram and see if you agree, now more than any other time, we need Courageous and Principled Leadership in our state.
Please RSVP HERE or by emailing Clarkcounty4hadian@gmail.com
Without a doubt, the United States of America is the greatest experiment in freedom and liberty in all of mankind’s history on this planet. Our ancestors migrated to this ‘New World’ centuries ago in large part to escape religious persecution and have the freedom to exercise, or not exercise the religion of their choice, without fear of repercussion from the state for deviating from a “State Religion.”
Nowhere has this concept been shown better than after gaining our Independence from Britain’s King George and putting a constitution in place, our founding fathers wrote in the very first of our 10 Bill of Rights, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;…” Placed before all other rights, our freedom to practice the religion of our choice, unhampered by the state was established.
For most of our history, Christianity, in all of its various factions was the predominant religion, alongside Judaism, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and others to much smaller degrees. Still, everybody practiced freely with few if any problems. Communities held Christian ceremonies and holidays while showing honor and respect to the smaller religions when they held their holidays and ceremonies.
Many of my teachers when growing up were Jewish who all received days off to recognize their holidays. We recited the Lord’s Prayer every morning until the early 1960’s when an atheist woman successfully had prayers in school banned nationwide, citing “separation of church and state,” a concept not recognized in our country until a 1947 Supreme Court Ruling in Everson v. Board of Education that relied on a few words contained in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists stating, “… I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.”
Tired of the status quo and the same old, same old every election? Fed up yet with the major political parties choosing who we may vote for? Don’t be fooled that our only choice for governor this election is Democrat Jay Inslee or Republican Rob McKenna.
I first posted about Shahram Hadian last October, prior to actually meeting him. I have since met him twice and like who and what I see in this candidate.
As we saw just this weekend, Democrat Jay Inslee has resigned his elected position as Representative for the 1st district, leaving some 675,000 constituents who elected him to be their voice in Washington D.C. without a voice, any advocacy or representation, all so he can pursue his own personal and political gain.
Republican Rob McKenna remains in his office as attorney general, but in spite of impressions from the Washington State Republican Party, doesn’t inspire a lot of conservatives with his moderate views.
A ‘Breaking News Alert’ from the Seattle Times announced that 7 term Liberal Democrat, Jay Inslee (Wa. 01) will resign his position to the House of Representatives in order to devote more time in his struggle to be Washington States next Governor.
Inslee, with a 92% record of following the party line has lagged behind GOP candidate Rob McKenna throughout the campaign and if the GOP were not once again playing favorites, it is likely he would be shown to be lagging behind conservative gubernatorial candidate Shahram Hadian as well.
The media and both parties have placed their bets on Inslee and McKenna, locking out others who would place the state the people of the state above all else.
As Washington State flounders in this ongoing “Great Recession,” with a $1.5 Billion budget gap, failing schools, court decisions demanding more school funding, double digit unemployment in several counties for 3 straight years, all has been put on the back burner as the top priority for the Washington State Legislature is to approve Homosexual Marriage in our state.
Last evening, February 1, 2012 the senate held a brief debate and voted to approve homosexual marriages after Democrats defeated amendments that would place the notion before the voters of the state and protections claimed to be in the bill for clergy and religions being extended to private citizens who may decline assisting in or participating in homosexual marriage ceremonies if they felt it violated their religious convictions.
For example, if you are a baker or photographer and decline to bake a wedding cake or take the photos for a homosexual marriage ceremony, feeling that your assistance or participation may violate your deeply held religious views, you may be held liable in a lawsuit for violating their civil rights.
That same protection is also denied judges, justices of the peace and others authorized to perform secular marriage ceremonies if they feel such participation may violate their deeply held religious views.
I also find claims of an $88 Million boost to the state’s economy by approving homosexual marriage specious at best.
Voicing opposition to an amendment proposed by Democrat Senator Brian Hatfield (19th district) that would have placed the final word on this before voters in the state, Democrat Lisa Brown of the 3rd district, relying on the announcement of her lesbian sister stated that such matters should not be left “to the whims of a majority.”
Updated with reply from Kirby Wilbur below
Today I received a letter from the WSRP asking me for a donation to be a “2012 Sustaining Member.” As many know, I have my problems with the Republican Party and consider myself an Independent Conservative, not a Republican any longer. Below is a copy of the letter I have sent back in response to their request for a donation.
January 6, 2012
Mr. Kirby Wilbur and Staff
I am in receipt today of your written request to become a “sustaining member” of the Washington State Republican party. I cannot in good conscience donate any funds to the party.
My reasons are due to having witnessed the WSRP playing favorites in contested primaries by endorsing or promoting one Republican candidate over another Republican candidate. It is not up to the party to tell voters who we may vote for. It is up to the voters to decide who we wish to vote for.
I witnessed this during the 2010 3rd Congressional District race where Jaime Herrera Beutler was openly endorsed by the Cowlitz County Republican Party, the Pacific County Republican Party and the Wahkiakum County Republican Party. While the Clark County Republican Party did not openly endorse her candidacy, they may as well have as the board clearly promoted her over other Republicans and in fact, often denigrated another Republican candidate, an act shared by those in both Pacific and Cowlitz Republican Parties.
I am once again witnessing this selective promotion of one candidate over another in a contested primary as candidate for governor, Rob McKenna is clearly being favored and endorsed by the WSRP while another Republican challenger, Shahram Hadian is completely ignored and marginalized.
I am sure I do not need to remind you that Mr. McKenna does not have the strongest conservative record.
As long the WSRP continues to ignore Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” I cannot and will not support the party. I will lend my support directly to the candidate I feel has the best conservative record.
It is not up to the people to “Be The Party,” but it is up to the party to “Be With The People.”
Lewis A. Waters
UPDATE: Kirby Wilbur replied on facebook with,
“There has been no official endorsement of any candidate running for Governor by either me or the WSRP. Mr Hadian will be on the ballot and all of you can campaign for him, donate to his campaign and vote for him in August. If he is the nominee, the WSRP will do everything in it’s power, as will I, to make him the next Governor. Judah, you know this, we had lunch and talked about this face-to-face. Perhaps if some of you spent less time posting about and more time working for your candidates, they would have a better chance, better organizations and more money.”
He has yet to reply or comment on the December 17, 2011 Seattle Times quote,
“State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said he and other state party leaders recently notified the Republican National Committee that McKenna was the only credible Republican candidate in the race, clearing the way for the party to start funding his campaign before the Aug. 7 primary.”
I’m very disappointed that Kirby Wilbur, who I have admired and respected for some time, will now play such games of semantics.
UPDATE 2: I stand corrected in my claim that I did not say the WSRP endorsed McKenna as I did in fact use the word endorsed in the letter. I am still waiting to hear from Kirby Wilbur or any leadership of WSRP on the Seattle Times quote.
As we all know, or economy continues collapsing around us. The debt grows along with interest payments on it. Unemployment remains high, Clark County entering our 4th year of double digit unemployment numbers.
With taxes, fees and rates increasing while wages decline, our governor called a special session to deal with a projected $2 Billion budget deficit. When they convened, we only face a $1.6 Billion budget deficit.
So what it our lame duck governor’s chosen move now? To publicly announce her support for same-sex marriage at an announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 news conference.
“Leaders of Washington United for Marriage, a coalition of gay-rights, civil-liberties, labor and religious groups, announced in November they plan to pressure the Legislature this coming session to pass a marriage equality law in 2012.”
After some two years in an out of court, Washington State Attorney General and candidate for Governor, Rob McKenna, has succeeded in granting requests of Gay Activists to obtain the names and addresses of all those people who signed the petition that placed R-71, placing the states “everything but marriage” bill before voters in 2009.
Activists have maintained all along their intent to place those names and addresses on a website with a search engine in order for others to identify people they know to engage in “uncomfortable conversations” with people who signed the petition.
Ordinarily, knowing who signed a petition is of no worry, but with at least 6 Gay Activist Groups obtaining the state supplied DVD’s listing all 130,000 names and addresses by the end of the day the DVD was made available and due to several threats issued towards those support traditional marriage, I am not convinced the notion of transparency is best served in this case.
A look back at California’s Proposition 8 passing in 2008 also gives a prime example of intimidation & harassment as well as calls for violence against people who do not support same sex marriage. Much of what was seen then came about due to personal information being obtained and posted online.
Shahram Haidian, hoping to be Washington States next governor, has scheduled a Meet & Greet for Tuesday Evening, October 18, 2011.
I hope as many as can will attend and let’s hear what he is for to ensure we choose the best possible candidate for our next governor.
Time Tuesday, October 18 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location US Digital
1400 Northeast 136th Avenue
More Info Come and meet Shahram Hadian, Candidate for Washington State Governor!
“Our state and nation are in moral, economic, and national security crisis and now is the time for Courageous Leadership.” –Shahram Hadian
Hadian is an unknown for us in Clark County and the parties have already lined up behind Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee as the choices they are giving us.
We owe to ourselves to meet and listen to what other candidates stand for and then determine who we want, not who the major parties say we will have.
With a little over a year to go to our next governor’s election, both political parties in Washington State have once made our selection for us on who we get to vote for. The Washington State Republican Party has given us State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who has long had his eyes fixed on one day occupying the governor’s mansion. The Washington State Democrat Party has decided on 1st District U.S. Representative Jay Inslee to occupy the governor’s mansion next, given that current Democrat Christine Gregoire has announced she will not seek a third term.
The establishment in both parties have drawn the lines and decided that is our choices, whether we like them or not.
For too long now we have had party elites deciding on who we get to vote for on many levels. Woe be upon any candidate who doesn’t just go along with the party elites. I saw a close up and personal view of just that in the 2010 election as the GOP undermined and back stabbed a good conservative candidate to ensure Jaime Herrera, the hand-picked and groomed candidate of the GOP establishment’s choice won the nomination.
With this in mind, I am pleased to see a third candidate standing up and willing to give us another choice to look at. Shahram Hadian is stepping up to the plate and by all outward appearances is a man deserving of our attention.