July 25, 2016

What’s Happened to the Republican Party?

by lewwaters

Trump Flip OffI was born and raised in a strong Democrat family. No, not like today’s Democrats, far from it. A strong Southern Democrat family back when there actually was conservatives in the Democrat Party.

We know today that the Democrats have moved far to the left and if there are any conservatives left, they hide in the shadows.

It was the acts of Jimmy Carter that convinced me to become a Republican in 1977, seeing the Republicans were embracing conservative values, especially seen once Ronald Reagan defeated Carter in 1980.

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July 23, 2016

Updated: Flyers in the Ointment

by lewwaters

Madore, Glare WatermarkCounty Councilor David Madore lost control of the County Council, formerly known as the County Commission, once the home rule charter was implemented and it changed from three people to five people.

He ran for the position of chair and lost that election, causing him to launch a write-in campaign that Rep. Liz Pike (R 17) unwisely allowed her name to be attached to. He lost that election too.

It is now easily seen that voters are displeased with him, many regretting they even voted for him back in 2012.

Even though he frequently says he will abide by the will of the people, we have also seen that it is only some of the people he is willing to abide by their will, part and parcel of why he continues to lose elections.

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July 18, 2016

Getting to Know John Blom

by lewwaters

Fed up, sick and tired of the divisive and heavy handed acts of David Madore on the County Council? Tired of seeing him trashing fellow council members and staff on his facebook “newspaper?” Then John Blom is a candidate well worth your time to listen to and support.

“CVTV footage, obtained pursuant to the Public Disclosure Act, in no way is intended by CVTV, the City of Vancouver, or Clark County to either promote or oppose any candidate for public office or any ballot proposition.”

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July 15, 2016

Madore, “False Allegations”

by lewwaters

A new ad out by Connecting Clark County

July 14, 2016

Right on Schedule, Probst Goes Negative

by lewwaters

Probst, Forked TongueNothing out of the ordinary for Democrat candidate for the 17th Legislative District Senate seat, we once again see Tim Probst firing off negative antics against his opponent, Republican Lynda Wilson.

This is par for the course with Probst as similar negativity has been seen in every campaign he has been involved in, even though he crows the loudest about clean campaigning and his efforts to run a clean campaign I have yet to see.

In this first negative ad he sent out, we see the effort to tie Lynda Wilson to 5-term State Senator Don Benton, who is not running for reelection and much reviled by Democrats in Southwest Washington.

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July 10, 2016

17th Legislative District Election 2016

by lewwaters

Having offered my opinion on the 49th and 18th Districts, I now focus on what looks to be one of the more important districts for both parties in Washington State, the 17th.

Unlike the other two, neither party has a strong hold on the 17th. A “swing district,” the 17th has shown over the years their willingness to elect people from both parties as late as 2012.

While Republicans currently hold the edge in the i7th, Democrats have shown just how bad they want to make advances in the district as we saw in 2012 when they all but threw the kitchen sink towards defeating 5 times elected Republican State Senator, Don Benton, only to lose by a scant 78 votes.

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July 6, 2016

R. Dean Report Blasts Madore

by lewwaters

Madore, Glare WatermarkRebecca Dean, brought in to investigate allegations flying back and forth at county has released her report, available at INVESTIGATION REPORT.

In it I read at least 15 times the comment “Madore’s Statement is False.”

Mr. Orjiako’s allegation of racially motivated is also found lacking, although the report does state, ““Nevertheless, there is some limited evidence of racial animus by Madore, as the “race card” graphic Madore posted on his website is an effort to demean or discredit Orjiako’s sincere and deeply felt belief that Madore was motivated by Orjiako’s race and national origin.”

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July 1, 2016

Supporting Jennifer McDaniel

by lewwaters

Endorsements of Jennifer McDaniel to be the next County Councilor, District 4 filling the seat Tom Mielke is vacating after this term.

Julie Olson County Council District 2

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June 27, 2016

Moving Forward, Ignoring the Hatred

by lewwaters
Madore, Glare Watermark

David Madore

Clark County has become a microcosm of the bitter political divide seen throughout America as fringe elements on both sides of the aisle duke it out for control and more power in their hands to rule over us.

But that isn’t what our country was founded to be. I was taught that we were to be a shining example of diverse views meeting in the middle to hammer out disagreements and agree on solutions that would best benefit all, not just one side or the other.

Although I initially opposed it, we saw an effort at undoing such control by passing a home rule charter that stripped one such demagogue, David Madore, of the dictatorial powers he was exercising over the County once he was elected to the County Commission.

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June 26, 2016

18th Legislative District Election 2016

by lewwaters

Continuing on in my assessment of campaigns in this year’s Primary election, I now address the 18th Legislative District, considered a district more favorable to conservative candidates. And even though the overall district continually votes for Republicans, this year’s election is somewhat strange as it is the Republicans that seem upset with a couple candidates from their own party.

Old friendships and alliances seem to have dissolved over some votes last year that has really ruffled some feathers in the party hierarchy and in what has become the norm from the fringe elements controlling the party, they seem to feel smears and bullying will get people “back in line.”

With that in mind, I’ll review and offer my opinion. I trust that any reading this will weigh the views expressed and visit each candidate’s webpage or seek them out at functions and determine for yourselves who best to vote for according to your own values.

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June 20, 2016

Alliances

by lewwaters

HandshakeFor purposes in this post, Alliance is defined as “a merging of efforts or interests by persons” to further a common goal. That goal being to lessen, if not end the bitter political divide we in the United States and Clark County, Washington see ourselves in.

Many of us, Independents, Liberal Democrats and Conservative Republicans have recognized that we do have elements from both sides of the aisle pitting us against each other to further their own quest for more power and rule over us, some even laughingly claiming all they wish to do once in control is “leave everybody alone.”

We saw this push for power just a few years ago from the left as they threw all caution to the wind, ignored the voice of the people and pushed ahead with a severely flawed plan to force citizens into accepting the light rail from Portland we had voted down before in the now comatose Columbia River Crossing light rail / bridge project, costing taxpayers some $200 Million.

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June 18, 2016

49th Legislative District 2016 Election

by lewwaters

With the announcement of seven-term Democrat, Jim Moeller not running for another term, the election takes an interesting turn in position 2, 49th Legislative District and as happens in other vacated seats, there is no shortage of hopefuls vying to succeed Moeller as he hopes to unseat 3rd Congressional District Representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler after abandoning his announced run for Lt. Governor.

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Annette Cleveland, Lewis Gerhardt, Vaughn Henderson, Justin Forsman

Annette Cleveland, Lewis Gerhardt, Vaughn Henderson, Justin Forsman

The 49th Senate seat has incumbent Democrat Annette Cleveland, facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Vaughn Henderson, as well as from Republican Lewis Gerhardt and Independent Justin Forsman.

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June 7, 2016

Clark County Council District Four

by lewwaters
Logo of Clark County

Logo of Clark County

With the announcement of Tom Mielke not running for another term as Clark County Councilor for District 4, three citizens have stepped up to vie for that seat and represent citizens of Clark County as we still work out the bugs on the recently adopted Home rule Charter.

Although I have strived to remain out of campaigns the last couple elections, several people have requested I reengage in assessing candidates running for office and given the egregious behavior of District 3 incumbent Councilor Madore, both on the Council and towards me personally, I feel compelled to add my two cents in this year’s election.

I previously endorsed John Blom for District 3, having seen that the incumbent David Madore has not acted in the best interest of the County and has only sought deeper divisions as well as attempting to bully the majority of the Council from his minority status. His behavior must not be rewarded.

Given that; I will give my personal assessment of each and endorsement below.

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June 3, 2016

“Specifics and Quotes” for Councilor Madore

by lewwaters

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In compliance with Councilor Madore’s request, below are excerpts from a few comments made by him on his facebook “newspaper,” just in 2016. They are excerpts only and not complete comments nor all inclusive of all comments made by him.

I urge all to click on the dates listed to visit and see the complete comments as well as those from citizens in regards to his own comments for full context.

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May 30, 2016

Battle Ground Holds First Memorial Day Commemoration

by lewwaters

The City of Battle Ground, Washington is to be commended for their somber and respectful Memorial Day ceremony.

As it should be, the focus was placed on those from the community that made the ultimate sacrifice.

No political grandstanding, no shout outs to elected officials or candidates for office, just respectful reading of the names by council members and somber poems by Mayor Philip Johnson.

Playing of taps concluded the ceremony.

Excellent job, Battle Ground.

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May 28, 2016

“Burning Bridges Lost Forevermore”

by lewwaters

This post was written a couple months ago out of frustration. I had intended to not post it, but given events of late against me once again, I feel it proper and in the best interest of the county to post and assist in David Madore’s exit from county government.

It is pretty well known that I lost what trust and respect I had for County Councilmember David Madore some time ago over some personal actions he took against me. Still, even with losing my support I did not jump into the rabid opposition of him seen almost daily on places like C3G2 or comments under negative articles, editorials and columns posted by the Lazy C.

An argument could even be made that I was posting and commenting in defense of his positions as the newly seated Council majority placed an urgency on undoing every last minute action he took and passed just prior to the new Council being seated, seeing their urgency causing more division with the people than we need.

It took me totally by surprise to open facebook on January 14, 2016 and find a message from him to Kelly Hinton that he made sure to copy to me directly, largely blasting me and seeming to place a large portion of blame on me for his losses in the last election as well as expressing some apparent inaccuracies pertaining to past incidents.

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May 26, 2016

Madore Needs to Go!

by lewwaters

My apologies to Clark County citizens for any past support shown this lying hypocrite!

Madore, Glare Watermark

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May 19, 2016

Here Comes ‘Da Taxman’

by lewwaters
Moeller, Spread Watermarked

Jim Moeller

Possibly the worst kept secret in town, long time 49th legislative district representative, Jim Moeller, labeled ‘da taxman’ by this blog due to his love of taxing the middle class (he claims to oppose the B&O tax) has switched his goal from being elected Lt. Governor of our state, as previously announced with his focus now on defeating 3rd Congressional District Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Herrera Beutler, a Republican has held the seat since she was first elected in 2010 after Democrat Brian Baird decided to retire. She has so far held o ff challenges in the primaries from disgruntled Republicans that see her as ‘not pure enough’ and has easily defeated Democrat challengers.

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May 14, 2016

Thoughts on the DES Dissolution

by lewwaters
Logo of Clark County

Logo of Clark County

Much to the delight of some and consternation of others, this past week saw the abrupt dissolution of the Clark County Department of Environmental Services.

What made it so pleasurable to some is of course, much hated Sen. Don Benton (R 17) was effectively fired from the position he was hired to lead the department and that caused so much controversy, fueled by a near lynch mob mentality led by the local newspaper, the Lazy C.

The firestorm lit off back then has simmered and burned ever since from the left as well as editors and writers employed by the Lazy C, even though none has ever supplied any actual evidence of managerial incompetence, just allegations of not being qualified and of course, the ongoing, decades long hate fest against Benton.

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May 14, 2016

What Drives Brancaccio?

by lewwaters

L. Brancaccio

In yet another of the endless rants against conservatives, primarily County Councilors Madore, & Mielke and Sen. Don Benton, Lazy C editor Lou Brancaccio adds to his plethora of sardonic screeds, Press Talk: What drives Madore?

As is to be expected, Brancaccio, or ol Lefty Lou as he is better known in these parts, engages in his usual self aggrandizing of just how right he always is and of course, how wrong people like Madore always are.

In fact, he pats himself on the back so much over the years I can’t fathom why his shirts aren’t threadbare on the backs.

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