Posts tagged ‘Steve Stuart’

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.

February 20, 2016

Now That the Shoe is on the Other Foot

by lewwaters

Madore, Stuart SneeringI recall the quick animosity that developed and that we all saw very soon after David Madore was sworn in, along with Tom Mielke after the 2012 elections. We saw how for many years, Mielke was the lone voice of conservatism on the County Commission, often sidelined by the votes of Democrat Steve Stuart and Marc Boldt, allegedly a Republican.

We all grew tired of the one-sided votes and after funding candidates previously that didn’t win, Madore ran himself in the 2012 election and won.

That relegated Stuart to the lone Liberal on the County Commission and as expected that did not set well with him after so many years of calling the shots.

June 28, 2014

Will the Hate from the Left Ever End?

by lewwaters

Crying BabyIn spite of their cries of being for every man, being caring and loving and other such bilge, We have seen the Democrats acting more like those Brown Shirts Brian Baird spoke of back in 2009 than anything else.

We see it daily in a small facebook group, “Clark County Citizens for Good Governance, (C3G2) that actually translates out to “Put Democrats back in control.”

Yes, they do not like how the 2012 County elections turned out and two conservatives became the majority on the County Commission and began changing the direction of the county, as asked by the wide majority that elected them.

May 8, 2014

Stewart to Run For Clark County Commissioner

by lewwaters
Jeanne E. Stewart

Jeanne E. Stewart

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I report former Vancouver City Council Member, Jeanne E. Stewart has announced her intent to make a bid for the seat abandoned by Steve Stuart on the Clark County Board of Commissioners. She will be filing as a Republican.

Ms. Stewart, who was elected three times to the Vancouver City Council as a non-partisan candidate and who was the most centrist of all City Council members during her twelve years has contacted Clark County Republican Party Chair Kenny Smith informing him, “My past runs for political office have always been for nonpartisan positions. This County Commissioners race is a partisan race and candidates must select a party designation. This is a new step for me, as I have not been strongly aligned with any particular party, in the past. After careful soul searching, I have come to the conclusion that my most important principles and philosophies are more closely aligned with those of the Republican Party.”

Stewart has always shunned partisan labels, opting instead to be a true representative of the people, carefully weighing matters that come before her to ascertain potential benefits and the public’s views, at times ruffling feathers of other council members catering to special interests.

March 24, 2014

Ed Barnes Wants to be a County Commissioner?

by lewwaters

The Lazy C has reported that local loudmouth and old grouch, Ed Barnes, has thrown his hat in the ring for the nomination to replace Steve Stuart on the County Commission.

Do we really want someone with such a grouchy attitude representing us on the County Commission?

March 18, 2014

Now that Steve Stuart is Bailing

by lewwaters

Clark County CommissionersAs announced, Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart has been named as the next City manager for the city of Ridgefield, Washington. Stuart previously announced he would not run for reelection this year, very likely having read the tea leaves that his chances for reelection were somewhat remote, at best.

With his leaving office early, if he actually does, the seat becomes vacant and the political party he ran under, Democrats have to present three names to the remaining County Commissioners to select his replacement.

Whoever is selected will finish out Stuarts term in office and likely will run for reelection in this November’s election.

March 13, 2014

Updated: Steve Stuart Selected for Ridgefield City manager

by lewwaters

Stuart Sneer 2It’s actually no surprise, it has been pretty well known around the county that Mayor Onslow, a fellow member of the C-Tran Gang of Five that sold us out to Oregon’s Trimet, was going to make sure Stuart received the nomination.

Ridgefield’s loss is Clark County’s gain, though.

Stuart will begin on April 14.

After that, the Democrat Party will put forth three individuals for Commissioner’s Madore and Mielke to select his replacement from. So far, I have only heard of Temple Lentz announcing she wishes to be one of the three.

January 26, 2014

Thoughts on Commissioner Stuart’s Cowardice

by lewwaters
Stuart Sneer 2

Steve Stuart

Reading comments left on County Commissioner Steve Stuart’s announcement of not seeking re-election, you would be led to think somebody real important had died. The Lazy C and supporters of Stuart’s sound more like they are eulogizing than thanking Stuart for his years sitting on the council, furthering their views, even if against the views of a majority in the county.

Stuart was first appointed to the County Commission to replace liberal Democrat Craig Pridemore, who had been elected as State Senator for the 49th legislative district. Stuart joined a Democrat majority on the three member commission along with Betty Sue Morris and Republican Marc Boldt.

His 2010 re-election would have it appear that he would be lone Democrat sitting on the commission as Republican Tom Mielke had won a narrow victory over Democrat Pam Brokaw in 2008 and Republican Marc Boldt had won re-election against Democrat & Vancouver City Council Member Jeanne Harris, but as we all saw, Boldt “moderated” his views and became more aligned with liberal Democrats in his votes with Stuart, leading to his being sanctioned by the local Republican Party and in 2012, slaughtered in his bid for re-election, losing to first time runner David Madore.

June 13, 2013

Home Foreclosures Up, County Makes Bold Move to Spur Jobs

by lewwaters

Depression 2As Democrats still smarting from the overwhelming defeat of Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt last year bellyache at bold moves made by the conservative majority on the Commission to spur some job growth, the Lazy C runs an article informing us that home foreclosures in our County have increased 65%.

Obviously, what was tried by the former Democrat majority over the last four years was not working as more and more we see middle class families losing their homes as they cannot afford to make their mortgage payments.

The Lazy C has been trying to paint a rosy picture of our local economy for some time, telling us home values are increasing, new home building is increasing, foreclosures were down and how the County is on the mend.

May 10, 2013

Hitler Finds Out Don Benton Was Hired

by lewwaters

Hitler gets wind of Don Benton being hired to head the Dept of the environment and realizes all of blustering and scheming  with certain people won’t change a thing

May 9, 2013

More at Risk of Homelessness, So Recall Those Trying to Prevent It

by lewwaters

head_up_assThere is little doubt that the Lazy C, legally known as the Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party is one of the poorest excuses for a newspaper seen. Their bias reeks as does their contradictions in articles often published.

It’s not unheard of to see one article one day boasting of home values increasing followed the next day by foreclosures increasing. With Democrats largely in control over the past few years, the Lazy C spared little ink to try to convince readers how well off they were, even though they obviously weren’t.

Now we see them setting a new record in bashing of a Republican with some 24 articles in a week blasting State Sen. Don Benton (R 17) along with Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore, both elected by wide margins just this past November.

Even though the Lazy C admitted their act was legal and within the confines of a Commissioner’s duty, the two hiring 5 term Sen. Benton to also head up the County’s Environmental Department as set the Lazy C on a rampage as they have spent the last week whipping some people into a lynch mob frenzy over the hiring.

May 8, 2013

Lazy C Sets New All-Time Record, Stirs Up Lynch Mob, But Fails to Oust Benton

by lewwaters

Lynch Mob 2The Lazy C, the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party, the Mouthpiece is well known for their deep leftist bias, in spite of denials from editorialista Lou Brancaccio.

Legally registered under the title the Columbian, too many times they have exposed themselves as anything but objective, all too often working against the very community they hope to buy their product.

Blogs exposed the heavy bias in reporting when a Republican elected official was accused of wrong doing versus when a Democrat elected official was involved in an alcohol fueled sexual harassment scandal that continues to be covered when confronting cronista Stephanie Rice over denials of extreme lopsided coverage publishing 14 articles in 5 days for a Republican, followed by 2 over a month for a Democrat.

May 2, 2013

Benton Vows Protection of Natural Resources and Restoring Balance

by lewwaters
Senator Don Benton

Senator Don Benton

Liberal heads have been exploding all over Clark County Washington ever since it was announced that the County Commissioners desire to streamline the process and by a 2 to 3 vote, selected 17th Legislative District State Senator Don Benton to head the County’s environmental department.

County Administrator Bill Barron suddenly decided to retire by September 10, likely out of disagreement with the selection. The Columbian calls it an insult and liberals are incensed and flooding the County Commission with emails expressing anger.

The County Democrat party has even gotten into the act by issuing a call for people to flood Council Chambers Tue May 07 at 6:00 PM at the Public Service Building, 1300 Franklin St. to “discuss the error” of hiring Benton.

As this blog and others have posted for several years, Sen. Benton is likely one of the most hated officials in Clark County, largely due to his critical look at things like the middle class bankrupting CRC light rail project Democrats and the Columbian want built on the taxpayers backs.

May 2, 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin Prompts Commissioner Stuart to Throw Another Tantrum

by lewwaters

Mushroom CloudLiberal heads in Clark County are exploding like never before as we see County Commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore direct County Administrator Bill Barron to begin the hiring process to hire State Senator Don Benton (R. 17) as the County’s director of environmental services.

The Columbian immediately went into meltdown finding a demonic looking photo of Benton to use in their rant last evening.

See County shocker: Benton tapped for top environmental job and the follow-up rant from acerbic Political Page Editor John Laird understudy, Stephanie Rice, Benton doesn’t appear to meet minimum requirements for county job.

August 11, 2012

Does Herrera Beutler Endorse Marc Boldt or Not?

by lewwaters

It was just this past May when Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler raised a few eyebrows around her district over a comment she made and reported in the May 4, 2012 Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the CRC and Democrat Party, that she intended to endorse both incumbent County Commissioners up for reelection, Republican Tom Mielke and alleged Republican Marc Boldt.

Considering that Commissioner Boldt has been sanctioned in November 2011 by the Clark County Republican Party for abandoning the party platform, turning his back on constituents who elected him and began siding with Democrat Steve Stuart, even to the point of saying “nothing would get done if he didn’t compromise with Stuart,” Herrera Beutler began catching flak, just as she predicted she would.

One such example was an open letter written to her by Carolyn Schultz-Rathbun with a copy posted on her blog, Cry Beloved Country.

June 22, 2012

Emergency Ordinance Backfires on Gun Rights!

by lewwaters

Written by Lynda Wilson and Licentia Diligo, reposted by request of Reality Clark County

The Second Amendment says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”.   The Washington State Constitution says it even stronger, “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired.” However, two of our current County Commissioners think otherwise (Stuart and Boldt).  An Ordinance that was unanimously passed in October 2005 by the three Commissioners at the time, Marc Boldt, Steve Stuart and Betty Sue Morris, determined that during a declared emergency, if they thought you “intend” to cause bodily harm you can’t even possess, let alone carry a gun (or anything else that could be construed as a weapon).   Mind you, possess means ‘own’ therefore not even able to keep in your own home or anywhere else.  This  Ordinance 2005-10-03, Section 2.48A.090 (i) references this.

“An order prohibiting the carrying or possession of firearms or any instrument which is capable of producing bodily harm and which is carried or possessed with intent to use the same to cause such harm; provided that any such order shall not apply to peace officers or military personnel engaged in the performance of their official duties”.

March 17, 2012

Play Ball!

by lewwaters

This morning saw the opening ceremony of the 2012 Salmon Creek Little League Season at the brand new Luke Jensen Sports Park on 78th Street in Hazel Dell. Below are highlights of the event.

Luke Jensen, if you recall, was the 9 year-old who succumbed to leukemia a couple years ago.

How fitting that shortly after his death, the community chose to name the new field in honor of this brave little boy.

I encourage you all, when you have a chance to stop by the field and see this state of the art facility.

March 13, 2012

Mielke Draws 2 Challengers, Democrats Continue to Leave Marc Boldt Alone

by lewwaters

Clark County Democrats are once again showing their hand in the next election for the Clark County Commission. It’s no secret they haven’t like that conservative Tom Mielke beat out liberal Pam Brokaw by a small 209 votes in the 2008 election.

Even the Columbian has spared little ink in their efforts to paint Mielke as inept and not worthy of holding office.

In the meantime, even though labeling himself a “Republican,” Marc Boldt comes down on the side of liberal Democrat Steve Stuart often, especially in efforts to ram CRC and light rail from Portland down the throats of Clark County residents, even though we have declined it more than once in the past.

Tom Mielke is the lone voice opposing it on the Commission.

Both Mielke and Boldt are up for reelection this year, but so far, Democrats have fronted 2 challengers, both against Mielke with no challengers against Boldt.

It would appear that having one conservative voice on the commission is more than Democrats can stand as they seem to be content with leaving the more liberal Boldt alone so far.

November 29, 2011

Clark County Commissioners Comments as Admissions Tax Goes Down In Flames

by lewwaters

November 29, 2011

Admissions Tax Defeated, Proposal Does Not Even Receive a Vote

by lewwaters

In a move that seemed to surprise many this afternoon, Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt sided with Commissioner Tom Mielke in not supporting slapping a 5% admissions tax on county entertainment venues to pay a significant portion of a proposed new stadium.

Boldt had previously indicated support for this project and the tax, but today stated he simply could not support it due to concerns of whether or not the Vancouver City Council would also sign on to it.

In a lengthy public hearing this morning and into the afternoon, citizens were pretty evenly divided over support and opposition, much support coming from members of Identity Clark County, The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Downtown Vancouver Association as well as a few private citizens. Nearly all opposition was expressed by private citizens who would be left on the hook for this stadium, should it turn into a white elephant as did the Amphitheater, the Hilton and a golf course in North County.

Seeing Identity Clark County and many others with high hopes of reaping personal side benefits from construction of a stadium with taxpayers taking the risks is not unexpected. We see much of that with Identity Clark County and their “vision” for our community, often leaving us, the struggling middle class out of the loop, but holding the bag.