Posts tagged ‘Julie Olson’

October 31, 2016

Clark County Budget

by lewwaters

How we got where we’re at and where we are headed with County Councilor Julie Olson (District 2) and Bob Stevens, Deputy County Manager.

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April 15, 2016

Clark County, Time for a Mulligan on County Council

by lewwaters

Playground 1Anybody that has ever been around golf for very long knows of “taking a Mulligan.” For those unfamiliar with the term, it means “when a player gets a second chance to perform a certain move or action; usually due to lack of skill or bitter luck. A ‘Do-Over’.”

Witnessing the ongoing friction and antics of the newly seated County Council as they adjust to a five-member council, we see one of the most dysfunctional bodies of government I have ever seen in my life.

It’s easy to point fingers of blame at David Madore and let’s face it; he deserves his share of blame for his own antics, accusing others of criminal acts, corruption and plotting against citizens.

But he isn’t responsible for every last piece of dysfunction either.

March 15, 2016

Clark County, We Have a Problem

by lewwaters

Yes, we all have witnessed the dysfunction ongoing with the five member County Council and finger pointing is going in all directions. But it seems the problem extends beyond just the friction between the five councilors.

It’s bad enough that the councilors can’t seem to agree on much, but week after week we see the same citizens coming forward repeating their vitriol towards one group or another.

January 6, 2016

The Divide Widens

by lewwaters

Boxer WomenClark County saw its first full five member council mandated by the home rule charter to replace the three member county commission last evening and as I suspected, it has nothing to do with “Good Governance” or making anything in the county better.

No, it is as I predicted, all about slapping down councilors Madore and Mielke, both of whom are up for reelection later this year.

Shortly before Christmas, they rushed through eight resolutions that even the Lazy C all but admitted were meaningless, carrying no actual weight and as one commenter said, “a complete waste of time” to pass.

November 9, 2015

Will Marc Boldt “Heal Divisions,” or Widen Them?

by lewwaters

Boldt 3No doubt pleased to once again get out from behind the wheel of dump trucks, former Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt succeeded in his bid to climb back on top on the now Clark County Council created in the 2014 voter approved Home Rule Charter that now sees a 5 member Council over the 3 member Commission that existed before.

As has been said many times now, the Charter was promoted and approved because certain elements in the county did not appreciate seeing the Democrat Rule defeated in the 2012 election as was outlined in the blog post Motive Matters followed by What Changed in Clark County? and Yes, motive for charter matters.

For whatever reason, charter opponents chose to ignore the motives and it passed by a 7 point margin, creating the 5 member Council Marc Boldt has been elected to chair, a new position created in the charter.

November 5, 2015

Julie Olson Election Evening Reception

by lewwaters

Given it appears Julie Olson will be the County Councilor for Clark County District 2, full video of her speaking Tuesday evening and when she heard first results, showing her in the lead.

Her opponent, Chuck Green is to be congratulated for his efforts and for both he and Julie running clean, positive campaigns.

Congratulations to Julie Olson, our first County Councilor in the newly created District 2.

November 4, 2015

Election Hangovers & Gloating

by lewwaters

I VotedWell, we made it through to Wednesday and it’s all over for some candidates while some others remain to be sorted out as ballots continue trickling in and being counted.

In all, I have no complaints on this election, save I was hoping to see Maria Salazar shake things up a bit in Ridgefield and breakup that good old boy club atmosphere out there. Sadly her race went to the incumbent, but Maria ran a good race, facing a whisper campaign of unsavory gossip about her.

The most watched race, Clark County Council Chair remains undecided whether it will go to Battle Ground Council Member Mike Dalesandro of former Clark Commissioner Marc Boldt.

May 16, 2015

Mary Benton Files for County Councilor

by lewwaters

Mary Benton Campaign Website

Received in email today and posted for your information, believe it or don’t. As with other announcements posted, this should not be considered in support of or in opposition to. Posted solely for your information.

Dear Friends,

Yesterday my wife Mary dropped a bombshell on me. She filed her papers to be a candidate for the County Council. I am certain many folks will believe that I orchestrated her candidacy. Nothing could be further from the truth. I went to work Friday morning thinking she had decided against it, but Mary has always believed in community service and now that Austin (our youngest) is going off to college she feels she will have the time to devote to making Clark County a better place to live.

October 18, 2012

Continued Lies, Deceit and Desperation in the 17th

by lewwaters

Tim Probst and Sen. Don Benton

The Democrats burning desire to steal Washington States’ 17th Legislative District away from the Republicans continues. The “Lies, Deceit and Desperation” previously noted not only continue unabated, but have grown.

As previously noted, Democrats have decided to throw just about everything except the kitchen sink into their effort to defeat 4 time State Senator Don Benton and have no conscience on how they do it, not that Democrats were ever known for having a conscience.

It is being reported that they have recently poured nearly $300,000 towards races in the 17th, primarily to defeat Benton and some to ensure union backed activist Monica Stonier defeats Ridgefield School Board President, Julie Olson, although we know Senator Benton is their primary target.

This blog indicated what can be expected in this mass effort to retain and grow Democrats control of our state. Flyers received last evening shows how misleading and deceptive they intend to be to ensure Tim Probst is installed to do their bidding the next 4 years.

October 10, 2012

History of Tim Probst’s & Democrats Negative Attack Ads

by lewwaters

Democrat Tim Probst, hoping to unseat Republican Senator Don Benton in Washington State’s 17th Legislative District always puffs out his chest, boasting of how he adheres to the ‘Clean Campaign Pledge,’ but he only recently denounced any of the negative attacks ads sent out on his behalf and only after being goaded into it. The Clean Campaign Pledge he boasts of signing calls for signatories to denounce such negative campaigning.

This blog recently revealed that Democrats have set $85,000 towards negative attacks on behalf of Tim Probst and likely Monica Stonier too, another Democrat hoping to finally get a seat in the legislature. Stonier previously showed she is more than willing to attack than discuss issues, but she still lost, voters seeing through her smoke screen.

With such a large amount of money being dedicated this late in the campaign, you can expect to see more of what follows flooding mail boxes soon on behalf of both or either Probst or Stonier.

In his first bid for office, opponent Joseph James was attacked not over any issue, but his profession, owning a dog grooming business, labeling James a “Show Dog.”

October 8, 2012

Dems Plot Major Hit In The 17th

by lewwaters

Since they cannot compete in the arena of ideas or address real issues, it appears there is a major plot brewing against Republicans in the 17th Legislative District. Word has reached me that they have parked $85,000 for 17th District Independent Expenditures, likely for more vile attacks against Senator Don Benton and Julie Olson.

It has been shown previous that neither Democrat running and hoping to switch control of the 17th has any strong stand on issues affecting Southwest Washington and we have already seen several attacks ads with false claims being sent out against Senator Benton.

Even the Columbian, endorsing Democrat Monica Stonier inadvertently admitted Julie Olson is the better candidate, but endorsed Stonier due to her winning the primary election, forgetting that there was 2 Republicans and combining their vote’s amounts to nearly 2,000 more than Stonier received.

October 7, 2012

The Columbian – Consistent in their Inconsistency

by lewwaters

In spite of what fringe leftist try to claim, it is well known in Clark County that the newspaper of record, the Columbian has earned the reputation of also being known as the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party. Nowhere is this seen any better than in their Political Endorsements.

Every election, while a few token Republicans earn their endorsement, by and large the bulk go to Democrats, any Democrat in some cases even though the paper admits the Republican is the better candidate. Their reasoning given with some endorsements is not only inconsistent, but borders on outright hypocrisy.

Case in point is their 2012 endorsement in the general election for County Commissioner. Two districts are up for election and in both the primary and general election, they chose an all Democrat field. When their chosen Democrat did not win in our top-two primary, they still chose the Democrat, even though one claims to be a Republican still.

October 1, 2012

Lies, Deceit and Desperation in the 17th

by lewwaters

Democrats have long been known for their ‘win at any cost’ strategies and tactics. Our National and Gubernatorial elections have been seen rampant with dirty tricks, apparent fraud, deceitful claims and more.

It is also well known that Washington State Democrats have long wanted to take over the seat of State Senator Don Benton in the 17th Legislative District and flip the house seats back to their party. To that end now we see even more underhanded campaign tactics to include attacking Republican Julie Olson running for the open seat and being challenged for the seat by Democrat Monica Stonier, who has shown how desperate she is for public office in the past 2 years.

To that end, a Republican PCO residing in the 17th recently received was alleged to her to be an “Opinion Poll” from the 702 area code in Clark County, Nevada. The “poll” began with a few questions on the presidential race, and then quickly turned into a slam session against both Senator Benton and Julie Olson, as you can hear below.

July 28, 2012

Would Monica Stonier Really Bring “Common Sense?”

by lewwaters

By all outward appearance, 17th Legislative District candidate for Representative, Monica Stonier is a lovely young lady and a good school teacher. But, she isn’t campaigning to be a teacher in Olympia, but a Representative of the people.

She has up an ad on facebook promising to “bring common sense solutions to government in Olympia.”

But, what “common sense” has she displayed so far?

Also by all appearances, she is a young lady hungry and eager to become a state representative. We know this as she was a candidate for the same seat in 2010, losing to Republican Paul Harris and not even gaining the endorsement of the very pro-Democrat newspaper, the Columbian, also known locally as the “unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party” in that years’ primary election.

July 18, 2012

The Definition of Insanity: Voting For Democrats and Hoping For A Change

by lewwaters

In just a few days, we all should be receiving out ballots to vote in the Top-Two Primary Election to decide out of all of the candidates vying for varying offices just which two advances on to the November General Election. With this being a Presidential Election year we will see several names to select from, some we know and more than likely many more we don’t know.

But we voters will make our selections known, most of us casting our ballots in hopes of seeing the dismal economy and high unemployment we continue to see in Clark County change. Candidates, some incumbents hoping to stay in office and challengers hoping to replace them will try to form a message they hope will resonate with us.

Democrat or Republican, we’re going to hear they want to cut our taxes, create jobs, change how things work and much more. None will come out and actually say they intend to raises our taxes or that they have no power to create jobs other than to back off of government regulations, taxes and fees that are currently stifling job growth for so long.

May 14, 2012

Mike Appel Ends Bid for 17th Legislative District Seat.

by lewwaters

Announced on Mike Appel’s facebook page and campaign page this evening;

Mike Appel

As they say, “All good things must come to an end”, along with “Timing is everything” — the timing says that it is time to “suspend” my campaign, and bring it to a quick and merciful end before any more time, money or energy is unnecessarily expended. I currently don’t see a clear path to victory due to a lack of sufficient funds to run a victorious campaign. Had there been a more level playing field to start out on, this campaign may have been able to take flight and soar, but sadly it was not to be… Maybe next time! I will proportionally be returning the unspent donations to my donors (thank you all so much for your generosity!!!)

I wish to thank all of my supporters, and count you all as friends.

— Mike
former Candidate for WA State Rep

I hope to see Mike stay active in local politics and keep adding his voice for a better Washington State.

April 23, 2012

Democrat Monica Stonier to Make Third Try For Public Office

by lewwaters

As stated previously on this blog April 18, 2012, middle school teacher Monica Stonier is going to make yet another try to get into the state legislature.

Monica ran unsuccessfully for the 17th Legislative District won by Paul Harris in 2010. Harris defeated her by a 54% to 46% margin, almost 3,500 votes. In endorsing her for the general election, the Columbian explained why they did not endorse her in the primary as they, “were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union.”

When news came of 49th Legislative District Rep. Jim Jacks abandoning constituents last year, Monica quickly moved herself to the 49th in a brief bid to be appointed to replace him.

Since to run for State House for Representatives a candidate must physically reside within that particular district, Monica explained to the Columbian, “she is currently living in a rented house in the 49th but still owns a house in the 17th District, which is not yet on the market, and she has not yet registered to vote in the 49th.”

April 18, 2012

With Probst’s Announcement, the Campaigns Get More Interesting

by lewwaters

Now that we see 17th Legislative District Representative Tim Probst feeling he is ready to tackle and entrenched incumbent for a State Senate seat, his seat in the House will be an open seat that the Democrats surely will want to retain with another person. Should Tim lose the Senate race, which is likely, he will not be allowed to just return to his House seat.

The 17th now has a Republican Senator, Don Benton who has won the seat 4 times now and Paul Harris, also a Republican holding down position 2, running for a second term.

Republicans have Mike Appel and Julie Olson, both of whom announced their intent to run against Probst prior to his coming out on his bid against Benton.

Knowing that the Democrats will not want to lose the seat held now by Probst, it would be expected that they recruit a strong candidate to run in his place. All indications at this time is that is not what they have planned and are trying to recruit Monica Stonier, who lost to Republican Paul Harris in the 2010 elections by nearly 7 percentage points and who we last heard of, was trying to relocate her residence to qualify to try to be appointed to replace Democrat Jim Jacks, who abruptly abandoned constituents due to scandal in 2011 in the 49th Legislative District.

The Columbian endorsed her campaign in the 2010 General Election, but did not in the primary election that year citing they “were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union.” She still lost.