I would not hesitate to allow my child to attend a school with armed teachers.
Noir is an attorney and and an outspoken supporter of the 2nd Amendment.
Noir is an attorney and and an outspoken supporter of the 2nd Amendment.
Sen. Rivers has been showing approximately $200,000 (more or less) in her account for several months. A review of her account shows that her amount of money (showing) increased during the legislative session of 2014. Her C4 dated 02-05--14 shows that her amount of money on hand was a cash total of $7050.
On Feb 10, 2015, multiple forms, both C3 and C4 were filed, approximately 30 forms total.
The last C4 filed that day indicated indicated that somehow, in the time period showing $7050 and the first C4 filed Feb 10, 2015, her cash total increased approximately $175,000.
That money could not have come from her surplus account, which has not exceeded $30,000, and if every one of her donors had provided even $1000 each, she would still have far less than $100,000.Evidence:
The evidence is available for review on the PDC itself: merely reviewing the paper documents themselves, particularly from the time frame of 1 Jan 14 to March of 2015.
This account is a mess. Sen. Rivers shows by far the most money collected for the 2016 legislative cycle, showing around $206,000 while the next closest legislator is at $133,169 (Rep. Macewen)
Rivers' number according to a local accountant, is not even close to what she actually has received.
I previously called the PDC and talked to a female investigator who gave her account a cursory look at the paperwork and was the one who pointed out to me that whatever the problem was, it apparently started on Feb 10 of this year. I also told her I wasn't interested in filing a formal complaint as long as the situation was addressed.
Several weeks later, there has been no noticeable change in Rivers' account.I'll keep you all posted as to what I find out.
One thing that bothered Bonneville was that Johnson ran his first campaign promising not to increase taxes. But council minutes show that Johnson voted in November 2014 to increase property tax collections by 1 percent and in December 2014 to increase utility taxes by 2 percent.That clears it up for me.
July 10, 2015 at 6:49 PM
There is a car tab fee in BG, because if we don’t fix our own roads, who will? There is also money in the transportation bill to fix STATE HIGHWAYS 502/503 here in BG. The question again is: if they (the state) will not fix their roads who will? God bless Sen. Rivers for thinking about us in the 18th. Our other representatives decided that they would sit this out and spout lofty ideals on how they see the government working. If it is the job of our reps. to represent their district then Messers. Vick & Harris, and Mrs. Pike and Wilson must have decided that the folks in BG, Camas and Washougal had everything they needed in transportation services and that it was our duty to pay the tax, but not derive any benefit.
Thanks again Senator Rivers for thinking about us in BG, and helping us with other things as well as the transportation package, you delivered for us real benefits, not lofty ideals.
KJ Hinton - July 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM
“Represent their district.”
The district, of course, is far more than Battle Ground. Clearly, some believe that it begins and ends there when, of course, it does not.
In this case, “represent their district” means to do only what the select few want them to do. It means ignoring what the rest of the people in the district want.
Philip got his rice bowl filled from the state trough… that WE will get to pay for without being asked… while the rest of the district got screwed sideways. And he’s grateful that River’s did HIS bidding.
I have a different view. A view that asks a lot of questions but doesn’t come up with very many answers.
But then, Rivers didn’t give a damn what I thought. She, quite apparently, did what Johnson wanted.
It’s just a damned shame for her and Battle Ground that the district is much bigger than both of them.
Those who voted against this idiocy… those who made a serious effort to put a referendum clause on this… those who were opposed to the bogus emergency clause put on it… those who actually listened to the people… those who did not make a campaign pledge to not vote for gas tax increases and then break it… those who saw it for what it is… mere crumbs from Inslee’s table…
They are the ones who have my gratitude.
No one is more sorry than I that it turned out this way. That a very few people in BG are giddy over this betrayal?
Well, I sincerely hope you choke on it.Philip Johnson - July 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM
KJ Hinton - July 12, 2015 at 7:39 AM
Cute, Mr. Johnson. But before I shred your adoration of Sen. Rivers, two quick questions:
1. When Sen. Rivers pledged as a part of her campaign for her election to the senate that should would not vote to raise gas taxes… was she lying?
2. Does it matter to you that she did lie, or is telling the truth just one of those “lofty ideals” you so despise?Philip Johnson - July 12, 2015 at 3:37 PM
KJ Hinton - July 12, 2015 at 7:03 PMThe "poll" I used came from Sen. Gas Tax's husband, Fred, who estimated that a gas tax increase, if put to a vote, would get a 65% "no" vote.
OK. So, you acknowledge that she “broke a campaign promise on raising gas taxes..”That's called "lying," by the way, even though for now obvious reasons, Johnson refused to acknowledge it.
How people react to that is up to them. I personally find it abhorrent WHENEVER someone lies to get elected… whenever a campaign lies to get an initiative passed… No matter who, or how. You, on the other hand. do not care how much we’re lied to. The only thing that matters to you is the vote.I wonder if he would be so accepting if Rivers had lied to him about voting "yes" on something he wanted... like her gas tax scam... only to ultimately vote "no?"
That’s your privilege, of course. I merely point it out.
But if you’re not willing to live up to your pledge, here’s a simple solution:
Don’t make one.
But if you DO make one: then LIVE WITH IT. Don’t ignore it. Don’t act like there was some magic and non-existent “changing circumstance.” Particularly when, in this case, there wasn’t. Nor was some sort of disclaimer used… as in, “in case of some perceived, nebulous changing circumstance, I reserve the right to bend you over and screw you sideways.”
Because here’s the thing: If you… or her… or anyone else running for office makes a pledge like this and then breaks it: when are we to believe you? When are we supposed to believe ANYTHING you say? Where does honor and integrity fit in to your bizarre view of politics?
You… or her… or anyone else… running for office who makes a pledge like this MUST live up to it to have any credibility.
And I’ll take it a step further:
Presuming she’d have survived the primary promising to vote for the biggest gas tax increase in our state’s history… (Unlikely she would have been voted into the House, let alone the Senate, making such a pledge) and promising to drop some cash on Battle Ground for what you think you need… and she didn’t do any of that, what you expect us to believe is that you wouldn’t be just as angry at her for breaking that promise as I am for violating the one she DID make?
See, the fact is that, as I pointed out initially, you’re all about ignoring her lie because YOU (Meaning your city) got paid.
If you DIDN’T, you’d think the same way about her as you do the rest that actually represented the people and voted “no.”
And the rest of your verbiage notwithstanding, whether I know you or not, (Though you damned sure seem to think you know ME) is irrelevant.
The questions were these: did she lie; and does it bother you that she did?The answers to these questions were "yes," and "no."
The answer to the first, though you put it as politely as possible under the circumstances, was that we agree: she “broke a pledge.” I call it “lie.” But the outcome is the same.
The second question involves something deeper. And when it comes to my lack of knowledge about you as an individual, what I know is this: BECAUSE you got what you, personally, wanted out of it at everyone else’s expense… because the entire state has to pay for what you want… because she broke a pledge… it doesn’t bother you in the least that she lied on this.Even if, as it turns out the entire county is on the hook for $700 million for you to get what you want out of this... but given your own lies, apparently, to get elected, why am I now not surprised that you'd give her a pass?
Which makes me wonder: When DOES a politician lying bother you?
Not in the least pissed off by the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” scam, for example?
Nah. You’re apparently not concerned in the least over politicians lying to get… or stay… elected. It’s just business as usual for you and your ilk.
And the problem with Mr. Mason’s sentiment is that 1. He isn’t lying and 2. he isn’t running for office, and 3. his hand isn’t in my wallet
This has been an illuminating discussion, Deputy Mayor Johnson. To me, you represent the very worst politics has to offer. Situational ethics, a huge ego and massive arrogance that allows you to believe that hey, once you’re elected, you can just do whatever the hell you want… all without either asking the people or giving a damn what they want.Of course, at the time, I was unaware of his own foibles when it came to getting elected.
After all, you can be unelected if the people don’t like it… even if the damage you’ve caused can never by undone.
And as I end my part in this discussion, I cannot help but think that government is absolutely full of politicians like you… who believe what you want is far more important than what the voter… what those of us paying the actual bills… might want. Reminiscent of the CRC/Light Rail wars as far as that goes.
Thank you for your time.Brent Boger