Posts tagged ‘Ed Orcutt’

March 3, 2013

Rep Ed Orcutt to Bicyclists, “Pay Your Fair Share”

by lewwaters
Ed Orcutt

Ed Orcutt

UPDATE: Orcutt has apologized for making the comment to the cyclist, but doesn’t retract the claim made.

It’s not often that I applaud a legislator for a tax increase, but when I see one throwing blatant hypocrisy back in the faces of those who deserve it, I have to give them credit for doing so.

Washington State 20th Legislative District Representative Ed Orcutt, a Republican has done just that and has the ardent bicyclers up in arms as Washington State Democrats are proposing a slew of tax and fee increases for an ambitious transportation bill.

Their measure also includes a $25 tax to be charged on bicycles costing over $500 along with a 10 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax, an increase in excise tax on car licenses, a hike in the hazardous substance tax and new county auditor fees for car license tabs and title transfers.

While many bicyclists aren’t all that much opposed to the increases, they are becoming very outspoken in opposition to a tax on their preferred mode of transportation, bicycles.

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January 23, 2012

Liz Pike Files For 18th Legislative District Representative Run

by lewwaters

Due to redistricting, the seat currently held by Republican Ed Orcutt in the 18th Legislative District will be vacated as Ed is moved into the 20th District. Former Camas City Council Member Liz Pike has filed with the PDC to be elected in Ed Orcutt’s place. Today, Ms. Pike released the following;

January 23, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact Liz Pike
Tel. (360) 281-8720
Email: pikeadvertising@comcast.net

Liz Pike Announces Plans to Run for 18th District State Representative, Position 2

Liz Pike, former Camas City Council Member, has filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate for State Representative, District 18.  This seat is currently held by Representative Ed Orcutt, who is now in the 20th District due to redistricting.

“I am running for State Representative because I want to help restore the public’s faith in state government.  I am disappointed to lose Representative Orcutt as our district’s State Legislator.  I have decided to run for his seat to try to maintain the strong representation and courage he has provided,” said Liz. “If we commit to the ideal of reducing burdensome regulations and onerous rules, and work to shrink the size of government by prioritizing spending, our State will, once again, become business friendly.  What we desperately need is more private sector job growth.  Our State cannot continue on its current path.”

Liz is a small business owner of Pike Advertising Agency since 1995. She is currently contracted to serve as Political Affairs Director for the political action committee of the Building Industry Association of Clark County.

Liz was raised on a dairy farm in Brush Prairie and has lived in the 18th District most of her life.  She operates a small sustainable farm in Fern Prairie raising sheep, turkeys, chickens and grows fruits, vegetables and berries.  Liz has two grown children.

The campaign website is LizPike.us.  Liz can be reached at Tel. (360) 281-8720 or by email pikeadvertising@comcast.net or on FaceBook under “Liz Pike.”

April 15, 2010

Shouldn’t We Have Gotten Dinner and a Movie?

by lewwaters

April 15 is passing again and if you are like me, it hurt this year. With the increased taxes given us and passage of even more by our ruling party in Olympia, more money was taken out of me, even though my wages are down. I’m left feeling screwed.

Unemployment here in Clark County remains well over 14% and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, just more taxes coming at us and potentially more lay-offs and more bankruptcies. Democrats answer? Raise taxes, the exact opposite of what we really need to spur job growth and recover from this economic downward spiral we have been in for well over a year now.

Unable to agree on just how to stick it to us during regular session, Governor Gregoire ordered the legislature into special session where the arguing amongst Democrats over what to tax continued until they adjourned the session Monday night, April 12.

Particularly troubling to me was seeing not only so many new taxes, on candy & gum, bottled water, mass produced beer (leaving micro breweries beer that liberals and the wealthy often consume alone), a 20% increase in the Business and Occupation tax, but as Senator Joe Zarelli said, the majority Democrats

“included some familiar majority accounting gimmicks, such as sweeping $461 million from accounts intended for environmental cleanup, public works projects and other specific activities into the general fund and drained the $229 million remaining in the rainy-day.”

Saddest was seeing a handful of Republicans in the House join with Democrats in draining what was left in the rainy day fund that included 18th District Representative Jaime Herrera, who was taken to task for her vote on the Victoria Taft program in March.

Ed Orcutt, also from the 18th, released a statement addressing the session that included,

“This is an $800 million-a-year financial hit that our families, our employers and our economy cannot afford. If Democrat budget writers had put half as much effort into balancing the budget through true government reforms and efficiencies as they put into arguing with each other over which taxes to raise, we’d have a balanced budget, no tax increases and no special session.

Instead of spending 30 days sharpening our pencils, applying the priorities of government process and implementing meaningful government reforms, budget writers from the majority party haggled over who would be the ‘winners and losers’ while resorting to tax increases.

This is a sad day for struggling families and employers. This tax increase represents the largest tax increase in state history and it will have a negative impact on our chances for economic recovery.”

Senator Don Benton released a statement also saying in part,

“It’s unconscionable to dump 1.7 billion dollars in new taxes on the people of Washington during the worst recession since the Great Depression. With hundreds of thousands of people out of work already, this will hit the economy like an earthquake. The 20 percent increase in the business and occupation tax on service businesses, which is about 80 percent of Washington’s small businesses, will put more people out of work. This is flat-out wrong. We have already lost more than 190,000 jobs.”

Benton also said that not one of the 55 reform ideas put forth by Republicans over the past 5 years has even been considered.

While we are told of harsh cuts by the governor just last year, left unexplained is how spending increased with those harsh cuts until we realize that to a Democrat, a “cut” is actually a reduction in the amount of expected increase.

We would never get away with balancing our own checkbooks in such a manner or paying our bills. If we tried we would see our homes in foreclosure.

For this massive screwing we just received, Governor Gregoire says,

“the budget passed by lawmakers is ‘fair and reasonable’ and will not significantly impact the average Washington family or penalize local businesses.”

With our ever increasing unemployment, I fail to see anything “fair” or “reasonable” in this continued raping of Washington State and Clark County citizens. All I see is more troubles ahead as once again the problem is just kicked downstream to await the next legislature.

Listening to Senator Lisa Brown and her anticipations, we can once again expect to see a proposal to change our constitution to hit us with an income tax that will offer a reduction in the sales tax of a minor amount.

We cannot continue in such a manner and thrive. Taxes must be returned to a reasonable rate and state spending must be critically scrutinized across the board. Pie in the sky spending sprees in hopes of temporary jobs for some will not pull us out of this severe slump.

Relying on receipt of federal money is equally as ludicrous. It may not come, might not be enough and where does it come from in the first place? You and I. It was our money first before taken by income taxes.

Adding taxes on every item imaginable in hopes of closing loopholes is self defeating as time and again it has been shown doing so results in less consumption of those products. Less consumption means less revenue collected. It’s that simple.

The Democrat majority that controls our state legislature continues to show us they have no idea of what to do. They just argue back and forth about what to tax next and by how much. Then, regardless of how much worse it becomes, they tell us what a great deal we are getting and how “fair and reasonable” it is.

It is time we took control of the state back and initiated a new approach. As we see, Democrats continue in that status quo they blame on others and their “hope and change” is in reality just more of the same borrow, tax and spend we have seen for years.

There is no fiscal responsibility or true leadership, just more of the same. Surely, of those 55 reform proposals put forth by Republicans over the past 5 years, some should have been considered.

It is time to give someone else a chance and that someone else is in the form of candidates offered by the Republican Party.

Several Republican candidates are hoping to gain your trust and are offering true reform and ideas for creating jobs and prosperity in Washington State.

Even those Democrats such as Tim Probst, who campaigned on opposing tax increases and has voted against obvious tax increases, knowing there is a large enough Democrat majority for it to pass anyways, are suspect and deserve scrutiny.

Did Probst support any of the Republican proposals or amendments to reduce taxes? Did any of his votes actually help with bills that gave us backdoor tax increases?

Jim Moeller and Jim Jacks of the 49th are as tax happy as any Democrat I have seen.

Deb Wallace is stepping down but what of the Democrat candidates vying to take over the seat she occupied? Will they support bi-partisan measures to regrow the economy? Or will they just follow along lock-step with other Democrats in raping the blue collar workers in the state?

Do we even want to vote them in and see? Not me, I’d much rather see a party with a different philosophy in the majority and implementing a different approach. I’d rather see the governor in her final two years in office, barring a recall effort, not have the rubber stamp of her party that she currently enjoys.

It’s time for real hope and change and that will only come from new leadership. Leadership that actually has people in mind, not special interests or pet entitlement programs to those who shouldn’t be entitled.

February 18, 2010

Washington State Democrats Continue To Give Voters The Finger

by lewwaters

Just as with other states, Washington State is beset with budget woes due to over spending and unfriendly attitudes to business. Here in Washington State we see a proposed budget deficit of nearly $3 Billion and fears of climbing higher.

Oregon recently passed their measures 66 & 67, drastically raising taxes on businesses and those they consider wealthy, which also create and supply the bulk of jobs for working sector voters in the state.

Washington State was handed a gift an a golden opportunity to draw businesses to our state and put people back to work in the private sector, which undoubtedly would bring many tax dollars back into the state treasury.

Unbelievably, our Democrat led State Legislature chose instead to ignore the free gift handed us, focusing their attention on how to further raise taxes and alienate voters.

The alienation comes from the Democrats suspension of citizen Initiative 960, voted in back in 2007 that requires a two-thirds approval from state legislators to raise taxes and public disclosure of such tax increases prior to their being passed along with who voted for such increases.

State Senator Don Benton (R 18th) sent out a release the evening of February 16 saying he, “witnessed an all-out assault on the initiative and referendum process Monday night” and called the action by the majority in the last few days “appalling.”

In the Democrat majority’s removal of “transparency” in I-960, Benton says, “What we are witnessing are actions to destroy democracy and our constitution. When you stomp on the will of the people by acting in the dark of the night to restrict their rights just because you don’t agree with their decisions, what else can it be called but an all-out assault on the people’s right to determine how they are governed,” adding, “The majority is way out of line. They were elected to represent the people, not rule over them. It’s outrageous!”

Just today, I have received email from Representative Ed Orcutt (R 18th) wherein he said; “I don’t believe the Legislature has set forth clear and concise priorities in dealing with our $2.8 billion budget hole. My fear is that without leadership, without establishing and defining our priorities, state leaders are setting us on a perpetual course of state budget deficits. We already know that a large deficit looms before us for the 2011-13 biennium. Because legislators are making it easier to raise taxes – and setting the precedent to do so – tax increases will become the norm for future budget holes rather than the rarity.”

Examples of pending increases to what taxpayers are faced with are,
· A doubling of the “death tax”
· A 1 percent increase in the state sales tax, making Washington’s the highest in the nation
· A tax on candy and bottled water
· A state income tax
· A Hazardous Substances Tax (HST) increase which amounts to a 6-cent per gallon gas tax increase

Indicating the examples are just the ones that have garnered attention, Rep. Orcutt continued, “The full list of tax and fee increase proposals is astounding: A total of 77 bills proposing tax and fee increases have been introduced thus far, for a total of over $3 billion in new state and local taxes or fees for Fiscal Year 2011. These same proposals would amount to over $11 billion in the next biennium! (2011-13)”

This at a time we in Washington State are seeing a statewide unemployment rate hovering around 10% with 14.3% here in Clark County. That is taxes you and I will be paying through increased prices from businesses. That is, from those who will wish to remain in our state with less jobs being offered.

Our current governor Gregoire’s words on taxes all over the place. She campaigns on no tax increases, but what does she do? Gregoire: Raise taxes on bottled water, soda pop, cigarettes & more.

Those are what you and I most likely use, not the so called wealthy. Those aren’t business taxes, they are to be added to what products you and I might be using.

As always can be expected when Democrats are raping taxpayers, we are told the necessity is to “avoid large cuts to education and social services.”

No one ever asks them why do we keep pouring money into those programs and it is never enough. No one asks them why is it those are the only areas they can ever discuss cutting when faced with deficits.

No, instead we hear of Democrats such as State Senator Craig Pridemore actually bragging about sticking it to us, then saying he “stands for the little guy.”

He says he’s “never sold out,” but in a 2005 tax increase Pridemore voted for, he said, “I think the Senate has balanced the budget on the backs of the poor and powerless.” Yet, HE VOTED FOR IT!

Democrats’ favorite canard is that they will only “tax the wealthy,” drawing on class envy that starry-eyed Liberal followers of theirs love to front. That is how the jobs killing Measures 66 & 67 were passed in Oregon and how they promote tax increases to the public.

But, when faced with increasing their own taxes, as the 2003 Puget Sound Latte Tax, slated to add a “dime a cup to pay for child care and preschool programs,” they handily voted it down.

Those who labeled it “the wrong solution, but the right problem to tackle” have no problem though, voting or supporting raising your taxes if you smoke, drive a car to work or enjoy a beer. Just leave their designer coffees alone, even though “it’s for the children and schools.”

You, the taxpayer, did not cause this deficit problem in our state, politicians did. Spending has been rampant for years now in spite of warnings from Republicans like Senators Don Benton & Joe Zarelli and Representatives like Ed Orcutt. Democrats continually ignored those warnings and as the old saying goes, ‘spent like drunken sailors.’ The difference being, sailors stop spending when out of money.

We have a chance to save the country and our state come November. It’s time to turn the tide an ignore Democrats’ “New Direction” and their “Hope & Change” they ran on. Both have been shown to be abject failures harming the very citizens they claim to support so much.

It’s time to turn the Democrats out to pasture.

It’s time to replace them with renewed Republican candidate who will practice fiscal responsibility, even if we have to keep fires lit under each and every one of them.

Democrats’ have shown they are not willing to listen to us. Their hollow words and promises repeatedly their concern is special interests in unions and government workers.

Republicans failed and in 2006, were spanked pretty hard. Democrats swept in and worsened the country and economy and now, expect us to pony up what we don’t have.

It’s time to spank the Democrats over their heavy-handed partisan tactics and raping you and I of our hard earned taxes.

Stop falling for the glib words and centrist promises made by Democrat candidates. They have shown they have no intention of carrying them out.

This November, show the Democrats what you think of their ignoring our voices. We need to return their extended fingers right at them.

VOTE THEM OUT!

April 17, 2009

Democrat Legislators Select To Invalidate Washington’s National Vote

by lewwaters

democratic_seal In a late night session in Olympia, Washington’s Democrat led House voted to pass and adopt Senate Bill 5599, “Approving the entry of Washington into the agreement among the states to elect the president by national popular vote.”

In essence, this is a move to do away with the Electoral College, which actually selects the President every election based upon how each individual state votes.

In actuality, this “National Vote” referendum turns the selection of our Presidency over to those heaviest populated states that will receive the most attention from candidates, as they will forgo visits and campaigning in lesser-populated states that will no longer matter.

In reality, this is just one more example of sour grapes from Democrats who haven’t gotten over the narrow loss of Al Gore to George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida election and who wish to ensure that their votes count more than those of Republicans.

Since Democrats retook Congress in the 2006 election and seized the White House in the 2008 election, there has been a rapid move to dismantle and invalidate several sections and provisions of our constitution that might challenge their dictatorial powers in the future, including the fair representation of each individual state in selecting the Presidency.

Not unexpected, Clark Counties Jim Jacks and Jim Moeller both voted ‘yea,’ invalidating your future votes when not for Democrats.

Not too unsurprising, a public vote will not be forthcoming on this important change to our voting structure.

As Representative Ed Orcutt said,

This is a huge fundamental change in how our Founding Fathers set up this country. The Electoral College, while sometimes difficult to understand, was set up as a way to protect smaller states from the whims of a handful of high-population states.”

“With this bill, we’re giving away our voice and our votes to other states. This is fundamentally wrong.”

Due to the ignorance of the average voter on the brilliance of the Electoral College, many have been convinced that it denies the rightful winner of the Presidential election their rightful office. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In most presidential elections the vote is far enough apart that the Electoral College vote is nothing more than a mere formality. Only 3 other times in the history of our nation has the Electoral College been called upon to perform as designed and given the office to one who did not win the popular National Vote before the 2000 election, which independent recounts show actually was won by President Bush.

Not unsurprising is our own Columbians disdain for this system, which was acknowledged by CCC at The Columbian’s Ignorance About The Electoral College and is shown once again in their exuberance on the passage of this measure in today’s editorial Legislature sends Electoral College reform measure to governor for signature.

Clark County Conservative maintains that had the 2000 election been reversed and the Electoral Vote went to Democrat Al Gore instead of to Republican George W. Bush, this would not be an issue at all and the effectiveness of the Electoral College would be lauded.

The Columbian editor who wrote this piece claims, “As we have editorialized often, this is undemocratic and un-American,” in regards to the Electoral Vote at times going against the National Popular vote. I fail to see how something written into our constitution is either “undemocratic or un-American.”

Then again, Democrats have repeatedly shown they have little use for our constitution for some time now. Not educating the public about the true worthiness of the Electoral Collegeis just one example of the Sour Grapes held since 2000 and the disdain for our constitution as they continue in their efforts to dismantle it.

The Columbian also tells us,

Washingtonians largely support this common-sense reform. Four months ago, a statewide poll of 800 voters by the national firm Public Policy Polling showed that 77 percent wanted the leading vote-getter to win the presidency.”

We are not informed as to the demographics of those “800” out of a population of well over 6,000,000, leaving the claim at best questionable.

Our liberties and constitution are being withered away before our very eyes and justified by those Democrats who are openly transforming a free nation into a Socialist one. Not only are they bankrupting the nation under every increasing massive indebtedness to foreign countries, we have direct assaults on our liberties, while the newly elected president embraces those in foreign lands who despise our nation as much as he does and alienates our long-standing allies.

Spineless Republicans failed to stand up for our rights and too often joined the Democrats in dismantling our liberties.

If you value our freedom and liberty, it is time to take a stand and identify those candidates who support our constitution and get behind them to elect them to office, at all levels.

We must take back America in order to pass along the freedoms we enjoyed to our children and grandchildren.

March 12, 2009

Isn’t One Murdered Child Enough?

by lewwaters

After the brutal murder of 13 year-old Alycia Nipp, allegedly at the hands of a convicted Level III sex offender, released under a policy of monitoring him with a GPS tracking device on his person, we might think that legislators would open their eyes to the folly of their ways in this policy and do something to keep these predators off of our streets.

When it comes to many of our Legislators in Olympia, Washington, nothing could be further from the truth it seems.

As Republicans representing Washington State try to pass legislation to keep these predators in prisons longer or add measures to keep them off of our streets and away from our children, the Democrat majority in the Legislature consistently opposes measures calling for stiffer sentences and stricter measures on their release.

Senator Don Benton tried without success to pass a version of “Jessica’s Law” in 2006 in Washington State. His bill died in the Judiciary Committee.

After the murder of Alycia Nipp here in Clark County, Benton again tried to introduce an amendment to another sex offender bill, only to see it blocked by the imposition of Parliamentary Procedures by Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma and upheld by Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, also a Democrat.

Currently, Senator Benton has introduced another bill, SB 6115, enhancing penalties for and monitoring of sex offenders. Even though introduced after the cut-off date for bills to pass out of committee, Benton vows to fight for its passage anyway.

I give special credit to Senator Tim Sheldon of the 35th Legislative District for being the lone Democrat to step up and co-sponsor this piece of legislation.

Representative Jan Angel, Republican from Port Orchard also tried to introduce her bill in response to the brutal murder of Alycia Nipp. HB 1834 was not even given a hearing!

Representative Angel said,

“We have an opportunity to protect vulnerable citizens with new, effective technology, and yet the majority party completely ignores this legislation”

Personally, I don’t feel her bill went far enough, but is a step closer to doing what we must to keep our children safer and stop those we know will most likely re-offend from having easy access to them.

Although Alycia and her family reside in the 49th Legislative District, neither of our Democrat Representatives, Jim Moeller or Jim Jacks, signed on to co-sponsor this effort.

And again, I give credit to those few Democrats who went against their party and co-sponsored this bill, even though it did not even receive a hearing.

It should be noted that our local newspaper, the Columbian, chose to mention this at the very bottom of an article, Lawmakers approve wide range of legislation, where it would least likely be read.

Most disturbing was seeing that within days of Alycia’s murder and the arrest of the transient Level III sex offender accused and confessed in her murder, our legislature, including Sen. Craig Pridemore in who’s district the murder happened, voted for a bill to ease restrictions on some sex offenders.

SB 5288 passed in the Senate by a 38 to 8 vote by a bi-partisan vote, leading me to believe many see it as a cost cutting measure. Surely the safety of our children and protecting them from sexual predators would be more important than other areas receiving taxpayer funds, but it doesn’t appear so.

The bill is before the House currently, so we will see where their priorities lie.

Throughout America, websites are popping under the guise of Citizens for Change that also distort sex offender laws and call for easing of restrictions on so called lesser offenders or those that have not been caught re-offending for a certain period of time.

They throw up a smoke screen by always mentioning those few cases where teens are caught up in offender cases or other cases considered minimal, by them. One even once told me that stronger laws “do more harm than good!” I wonder who is harmed more by stiffer penalties for these repeat offenders?

One such supporter of easing restrictions once said to me, “the vast majority of sex offenders on Tier three are no threat to anyone.” Just how we are supposed to tell that before another child is murdered is left unsaid and unanswered.

While many may be well meaning, although misguided in my opinion, they cloud the issue of repeat offenders who eventually murder someone, all too often a child.

Missed is that nearly every one of those repeat offenders and murderers also began their spree in what these people consider “lesser crimes” that even they would ease restrictions on.

Statistically, maybe most don’t end up murdering a child, but again, how is it to be determined which ones will eventually murder and which won’t? Why must we wait until another child is murdered to find out?

In the case of the bill to ease restrictions above, six months without re-offending is considered acceptable. With guidelines such as that, Westley Allen Dodd would have qualified for easing of restrictions that were instituted after his rampage of murdering three children here in Clark County in 1989.

Would you be comforted to know that the one who murdered your child, “statistically was no threat?”

How did we as a society, become so cavalier as to take on the attitude of a Department of Corrections official, who in regards to Alycia’s death said, “Tragic as it is, these things happen.” How is it our legislators can sleep at night knowing they have the power and ability to keep these predators off of our streets and out of our neighborhoods, yet block actions to do so?

One murdered child is one too many in my estimation. It is high time we citizens identify which legislators place criminals above our children’s safety and vote them out next election. We citizens must hold our elected officials responsible and if they will not carry out our will, vote in others who will.

Alycia’s Godmother, mother, aunt and others, have a facebook page up now, Mothers Against Sex Crimes and a MySpace page, MASC – Mothers Against Sex Crimes. Please lend your support in the struggle to keep these predators off of our streets.

UPDATE: Just one example of why we need stonger measures, Violent sex offender escapes Portland treatment center. “William Dale Surrat, 40, has a long history of sexually abusing young girls and fantasizing about mutiliating others.”

Let’s hope and pray he is recaptured before another child pays the price.

March 6, 2009

Do Washington’s Elected Officials Care?

by lewwaters

It has been nearly two weeks since the community lost 13 year-old Alycia Nipp, brutally murdered in a Hazel Dell Field. An arrest has been made. She has been laid to rest. The family still grieves as do her personal friends. But, all too many others seem to have successfully put the murder behind them, moving on with their lives.

Fingers have been pointed at developers and owners of the field where abandoned and condemned homes remain standing. Ignored is that destruction of the buildings must be in accordance with some vague environmental regulations, causing delays as potential hazards must be inspected and assessed.

One of the most shocking revelations to me in all this was discovering that not only do we have known dangerous sex offenders freely roaming about Clark County, but that an effort by Senator Don Benton, Republican from the 17th District, to pass stronger measures dealing with these predatory sex offenders, DIED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE in 2006.

Senator Benton has tried again to pass stronger measures. You can hear a Podcast of an interview with Senator Benton from his web page

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After posting Alycia Nipp Did Not Have To Die and just before posting Protect Our Children First, I shot off emails to all of Clark County’s elected officials in Olympia, both party’s.

I received replies from Senator Benton’s office and from Representative Ed Orcutt, who shares my outrage. Representative Orcutt said to me,

We have attempted to pass Jessica’s law in the past, but it got watered down to Jessica’s lite. I have asked staff to draft a true Jessica’s law and will seek to get it passed this year. Since we are past committee cutoffs, it is a bit more tricky, but I will still push for it.”

From the audio linked to above, Senator Benton also continues to try to get stronger protections for our children.

Sadly, the only reply I received from Democrats was Representative Jim Moeller asking me when was Senator Benton’s Bill allowed to die, even though I stated in my message that it was 2006.

Why is it that our Republican minority in Olympia meets such strong opposition from Washington States Democrats when it comes to protecting our children from these predators?

Senator Craig Pridemore, Democrat 49th District, has a link on his web page to a pdf copy of a 2007 document, Sex Offender Sentencing in Washington, which did nothing to protect Alycia or get these predatory monsters off of our streets.

I did not find statements or comments about this from the others on their web sites about the need to protect our children. Newly elected Representative Jim Jacks seems to be living up to his campaign promise to “listen and learn,” instead of taking actions or promoting ideas.

I was particularly shocked to read the daily Letters To The Editor section of the Columbian and find so few letters published expressing outrage over so many repeat Level III sex offenders freely roaming Clark County, wearing only a GPS tracking device for satellite tracking to determine their whereabouts by Department of Corrections, not parents of children, who were not told of these predators roaming their neighborhoods.

Commenting about this confessed Level III sex offender held in the murder of Alycia Nipp elicited comments of blame to the parents and it being the parents responsibility to protect their children, not the state.

Hellooooo, keeping these monsters off of our streets and out of our neighborhoods IS protecting our children.

Today’s Columbian tells us of another Level III sex offender, who forced a 14 year-old girl into prostitution and assaulted the girl numerous times in Portland, has now moved to Clark County and is also “homeless.” He too is wearing a GPS tracking device that may place him in the vicinity of any potential crime he may commit against our children AFTER the crime is committed.

I am left wondering just why these animals feel safe and secure into move to our community in the first place and freely roam about.

I don’t want to believe or think our elected officials do not care, but when I see more effort placed on forcing us to accept Light Rail for a new I-5 Bridge, money ready to be wasted on a waterfront project, when we don’t have it and other such budgetary efforts, over passing strong legislation to protect our children and citizens first, I can’t help but wonder just where are their priorities.

UPDATE: Alycia’s Godmother, mother, aunt and others, have a facebook page up now, Mothers Against Sex Crimes and a MySpace page, MASC – Mothers Against Sex Crimes. Please lend your support to the struggle to keep these predators off of our streets.

February 26, 2009

Protect Our Children First!

by lewwaters

Washington’s Legislature has several pressing issues currently, none of which directly addresses repeat sex offenders being released into our community preying on our children. Can any issue be more important than protecting our children?

13 year-old Alycia Nipp lost her life, brutally murdered in a Hazel Dell field because someone decided a level III sex offender, ones considered most likely to repeat their offense, released into our community wearing only a GPS tracking device was acceptable.

Today’s Columbian has an article, Repeat sex offer receives maximum prison term. That “maximum sentence?” 12 years! If he serves a full sentence he will be 55 years old upon release and he too would be released back into our community, presumably also wearing a GPS tracking device that accomplishes little more than to place the criminal in the vicinity of a crime, but not until AFTER a crime has been committed.

Why does society feel compassion and sympathy for these perverts who prey upon our children and not the ones they harm or kill? After another child is killed, it is too late to say ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda.’ We must begin saying it before another child is harmed!

In 2006 Senator Don Benton proposed SB6389, a bill to “enhance the penalties for, and monitoring of, sex offenders.” It died in the Judiciary committee.

This issue transcends partisanship and must be addressed. We can no longer put the safety of our children on the back burner. What good is a new bridge, stimulus packages, waterfront projects and the like if we ignore our children’s safety?

Personally, I am sick and tired of hearing these repeat offenders “have rights” that must be considered. Alycia Nipp had rights too. Her parents had rights to expect grandchildren one day, to watch their daughter blossom into a grown woman and live her life freely and raise her children to carry on our society. Who worried about their rights as a repeat sex offender was brutally murdering their 13 year-old daughter?

Why are the rights of repeat sex offenders more important than ours?

I urge everyone, regardless of party affiliation, to contact our legislators listed below and DEMAND legislation that will protect our children from these predators. GPS tracking has failed, as many knew it would. Early release, treatment and such has shown to be ineffective time and time again for level III and higher offenders.

I’m ready to put other issues on the back burner for now and place the safety of our children first. We are now told there are 9 other level III sex offenders listed as transient in Clark County, meaning they too are freely roaming about somewhere with only a GPS tracking device strapped on them.

Please, contact all of the below and DEMAND strong legislation be passed urgently.

Representative Jaimie Herrera, Herrera.Jaime@leg.wa.gov; Representative Ed Orcutt, Orcutt.Ed@leg.wa.gov; Senator Don Benton, benton.don@leg.wa.gov; Senator Jim Honeyford honeyford.jim@leg.wa.gov; Senator Joseph Zarelli, zarelli.joseph@leg.wa.gov; Senator Craig Pridemore, pridemore.craig@leg.wa.gov; Representative Tim Probst, probst.tim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Jim Jacks, jacks.jim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Jim Moeller, moeller.jim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Deb Wallace, Wallace.Deb@leg.wa.gov.

Outside of Clark County or if you prefer to write or call on the phone, contact information for each legislator currently in office can be found here.

Representative Ed Orcutt said to me, “I have asked staff to draft a true Jessica’s law and will seek to get it passed this year. Since we are past committee cutoffs, it is a bit more tricky, but I will still push for it.” We need to DEMAND that members of both parties’ join with him and support this effort.

We must hold our elected officials feet to the fire and accept no excuses from now on. Alycia Nipp did not have to die nor should any of the rest of our children be harmed again by these repeat perverts allowed to just walk our streets.

UPDATE: Alycia’s Godmother, mother, aunt and others, have a facebook page up now, Mothers Against Sex Crimes and a MySpace page, MASC – Mothers Against Sex Crimes. Please lend your support to the struggle to keep these predators off of our streets.

January 18, 2009

Democrats Propose State Income Tax: That Didn’t Take Long

by lewwaters

washington-sealHot on the heels of Governor Gregoire’s campaign promise of “she” wouldn’t raise taxes, Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 8205, Amending the Constitution to allow an income tax.

It is a companion Bill to SB 5104, deceptively described as “Providing fiscal reform.”

Text of both bills SB 5104 and SJR 8205

Although we were assured throughout the 2008 campaign that Governor Gregoire is against an Income Tax, looking at her words from the past shows that she is merely opposed to it “at this time,” when she was making the comment.

I have no doubt she will sign both of these bills if they pass and make it to her desk. It is also possible they would bypass her and go directly to us voters, where we undoubtedly will be deluged with massive ads of children doing without and starving, poor people struggling and forced into homelessness and Police and Firemen losing their jobs if we don’t pony up and pay more taxes.

Part XI of SB 5104 tells us, “State Sales Tax will be reduced to three and five-tenths percent of the selling price,” but not done away with or blocked from future increases by either the state or local municipalities.

The bill also says in Part XII that Property Tax will be “eliminated” by 2011, but my gut tells me that would end up simply being decreased, maybe, with future increases also available.

I have yet to meet a Democrat who actually eliminates a tax they have grown used to.

We are facing tolls to cross the Columbia with no extra lanes being added to any new bridge or a third bridge. Surely some fees will be increased as well.

Washingtonians have consistently opposed an Income Tax in recent years. However, our State has many new residents that believe they need to pay more taxes, or that their neighbor should. They fall for cries of how so many are doing without and deserve more of our money.

Back in 1933, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the citizen approved Income tax unconstitutional.

As our lawmakers begin another session, the proposed budget deficit that has grown massively under Democrats since 2004 is foremost on their minds.

Senator Pridemore of Vancouver displays somewhat how our sympathies will be played with as he says, “The biggest challenge is going to be putting together a budget that doesn’t negatively impact citizens of this state,” citing that Democrats needed to find ways to fill the state’s budget hole without cutting vital services to low-income residents and recession being the wrong time to cut services to those who need the most.

It is unknown at this time if Pridemore will support the proposed income tax.

Rep. Ed Orcutt (R. Kalama) said back in November, “I was asked if we can balance the state budget without raising taxes. My answer is we have to. When the slowing of consumer spending is driving our revenue problem, the last thing we want to do is take more money out of the pockets of hard-working Washingtonians. Taxpayers did not get the state into its budget problem, nor should they be expected to bail it out.”

Most all agree that citizens are not spending money, causing the decrease in revenues. Alternative measures are being discussed on how to pry our hard-earned money out of our wallets, such as SB 6900, “Establishing vehicle engine displacement and emissions fees.”

It must not come to their realization that it is the poorer people they claim they must help who would be the most likely to drive an older vehicle which would have a larger engine in it, costing the poor more than better off wage earners who have purchased newer vehicles with smaller more efficient engines.

Vancouver’s Senator Craig Pridemore signed onto SB 6900, Clark County.

One way or the other, we taxpayers are the target.

BOHICA

December 31, 2008

Welcome 2009

by lewwaters

20092008 will be gone and behind us shortly. Overall, it wasn’t all that good of a year for conservative Republicans. We did take a beating nationwide.

On the bright side, we now hold the majority on the County Commission with Tom Mielke’s win.

Washington voters gave more power to the Democrats, even though the state has slipped deeper into fiscal troubles under their leadership since 2004.

2009 will be the year conservatives begin coming together again and reasserting our voices, if we all become involved. We can no longer sit back and hope for the best. We must all get involved and assert our voices in the County Republican Party.

Democrats may be on the verge of dictatorial power, but they haven’t totally attained it yet.

Take some time and make the effort to let your voices be heard. Write letters to the Columbian and if they won’t publish them, contact me and you can post your thoughts here. Call and write our Representatives, even though they are Democrats and tend to ignore us.

Above all, let’s look for and identify true conservatives candidates and encourage them to run next election. Let’s get behind them, support them and campaign for them.

Moderate Republicans have drug the party downwards to mediocrity and Evangelicals have alienated many. We can retain our religious beliefs without it appearing like the church is running the party.

It’s time we acted, Southwest Washington Conservatives. Our country was founded by individuals like us who became fed up with over governance and stifling of our liberties. The liberal media, from Seattle to Vancouver, portrays us as “splintered” and un-organized, needing to move the party further left;

The Washington GOP: RIP?

Republicans need to use their brains again

Clark County turns blue as Democrats gain favor

Spending is out of control, Democrats admit they don’t know what to do, the governor calls for “ugly budget cuts,” while elected officials seek new “revenues.” Moderates have pushed the GOP to the left and we began losing elections nationwide. And now, we are told we need to move further left?

Tom Mielke and Mark Boldt can’t do it alone. They need our input and support as you can rest assured their decisions will be met with much left-winged scorn and vitriol by the Columbian’s John Laird and others.

Slightly over 91,000 voted Republican this year for governor in Clark County. That is a loud voice if we assert it.

We have good solid Republicans returning to office in Washington, Don Benton, Jaimie Herrera, Ed Orcutt and Joseph Zarelli. They need our help, support and input.

2008 is behind us and we need to make 2009 the year conservatives woke up and put our state back on track to success. All it will take is some minimal effort on your part and we can turn our state and country around.

Albert Einstein told us that Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

2009 is the time we must change our drift leftward and re-assert conservatism in the Republican Party.

2009 is when we must stop allowing the left to define our positions and party.

Contact the Clark County GOP or your own County GOP and let them know you are ready for real change, not just the lose change Democrats leave in your pocket.

Have a Happy New Years and let’s make 2009 count for America, Clark County and Washington State.