Archive for ‘Clark County Issues’

August 9, 2016

What Part of “INDEPENDENT” is Misunderstood?

by lewwaters

024It seems a small but vocal fringe element we have seen highjacking conservatism and the Republican Party are very upset. My guess is seeing Councilor David Madore kicked to the curb in the latest election is difficult for them to accept since he holds some mysterious messiah like position with them.

As with all miscreants, someone besides themselves must be to blame when things don’t go as they envision they should and they begin lashing out at whoever they feel is an easy target.

Ever since this blog exposed their efforts at PCO stacking two years ago, it has been one of the favored targets, they actually setting up what they think is an anonymous “Watch” blog site to critique and counter the efforts here.

August 7, 2016

Why Can’t Tim Probst Be Honest?

by lewwaters
Tim Probst

Tim Probst

As expected, the race in the 17th Legislative District Senate seat vacated by 5 term Republican Don Benton finishes with a razor thin margin between the two candidates vying for the seat, former Representative, Democrat Tim Probst and Representative, Republican Lynda Wilson.

In spite of that razor thin margin, listening to Probst you would believe he accomplished a landslide victory as the initial count had him ahead of Wilson by about 200 votes.

That slim initial count led him to post on his facebook page, “This week we saw unity and love for one another beat divisiveness and anger. We just saw the regular people beat the big money. Celebrate this!”

August 5, 2016

We all need a Break, Mr. Madore

by lewwaters

Before going to bed last night, I was utterly speechless to see soon to be former County Councilor David Madore lashing out once again against his Republican opponent, John Blom. Although I lost what respect I once had for Madore, due to his personal actions against me, I didn’t realize what a sore loser he tends to be.

I guess last year’s fateful write-in effort running Liz Pike for the Council Chair position he lost should have been a tip-off.

Waking up this morning, though, I see Mr. Madore, either by a little well applied common sense or that someone slapped him upside the head with a reality check, decided to delete the smearing post against John Blom, posted below and announcing that he intends to take a break until August 15.

August 4, 2016

The Dust from the Primary Settles

by lewwaters

PoliticianWe are now 2 days past the primary election and overall, I am pleased with most results. Voters have shown their preference for who they desire to advance to the November General election.

While there are still ballots to be counted, it is unlikely any race will see much in the way of change, other than which candidate in the top two primary comes out on top, as in the race for the 17th Legislative District Senate race between Republican Lynda Wilson and former Representative, Democrat Tim Probst.

As of last evenings count, Lynda trailed by 46 votes and is expected to pass Probst today.

August 2, 2016

Updated: Looks Like Madore Will Lose

by lewwaters

Primary results County

Primary Results State

Update Aug 4: Lynda Wilson takes a slight lead against Tim Probst, now leading by 26 votes.

Tanisha Harris leads John Blom by 2,494 votes for County Council, District 3. David Madore still trails Blom now by 1,028 votes.

Eileen Quiring’s lead increases to 740 against Roman Battan for County Council, District 4

Turnout sits at 29.6%

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July 29, 2016

Sour Grapes Goes Down Bitter

by lewwaters

Madore, Glare WatermarkAccording to the Columbian’s Katie Gillespie tweets earlier this morning, a Cowlitz County judge has dismissed all of the recall petitions filed recently by out going County Councilor, Tom Mielke.

It remains to be seen if the decision will be accepted or if more sour grapes will ensue as Councilor Madore struggles to retain his grasp in Clark County.

Katie Gillespie reports, “A Cowlitz County Judge has dismissed all allegations by Councilor Tom Mielke in his recall petition against his fellow councilors.  None, he says, meet the legal requirements for a recall petition.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.”

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.