As a prospective constituent, I believe we should all know where the candidates stand on the issues WE want to know about.
So, I'm putting together a list of questions. I will be sending them to all local candidates who are running to govern me. None of these questions involve rocket science; each of these issues are items these candidates should be completely familiar with, all should have positions on each of them.
My guess is that arrogance and/or fear will keep many of them from responding.
Those receiving this will include all Clark County Commissioner candidates and all legislative candidates. Their responses (or lack thereof) will be published here, in their entirety, unedited by me.
Do you support replacing the I-5 Bridge in the same location? If yes, why... if not, why not?
Do you support light rail? If yes, why... if no, why not?
Do you support tolls? If yes, why... if no, why not?
If you support any of these issues, what would it take for you to oppose them?
Are you aware of the Oregon Supreme Court ruling delineating the true motivations for this project?
Please describe the impacts on the 65,000 or so families who would have to pay these tolls.
Please describe the impacts on the numerous small businesses who depend on this disposbale income to survive who will not be receiving it if this project is built.
Describe what you intend to do about the CRC. That is, what steps will you take legislatively if you support the project and what steps will you take if you oppose this project? (Hint: attempting to con us by telling us there's nothing you can do one way or the other insults the intelligence of the average voter and is an unacceptable answer. Further, if you cannot answer this question, then you're unfit for elective office anyway.)
What are you intentions concerning public employee pay and benefits? Are they too high, or too low? Support your answer with an explanation as to the basis of your position.
Do you support CTran's efforts to limit voter input to their tax increases? Do you support the CTran tax district or support a county-wide vote since we all have to pay their taxes... even though we are frequently not allowed to vote? If you support CTrans taxation efforts, please explain why. If you oppose, please explain why as well and what you intend to do to address those policies.
Do you support the Cowlitz/Paskenta/Mohegan/Barnett megacasino? If so, why.... if not, why not?
Do you support increasing taxes and/or fees? If so, why... if not, why not?
What Tim Eyman initiaitives have you supported? Which have you opposed? Why?
Do you support or oppose the people's right to initiative and referendum? Why?
Do you support Jim Moeller and seven other democrat legislators suing the people to overturn their will at the polls? If so, why... if not, why not?
Question Sixteen (Legislative candidates)
Do you support any version of a state income tax? If yes, why? If no, why not?
If there are any other questions you might want asked, feel free to add in comments.
I am not asking these questions on behalf of any other campaign or client.
Those candidates failing to answer, regardless of party, will forever be disqualified from my support... or vote.
I would urge the reader to ask their own candidates the same questions or types of questions.
As prospective constituents, we have a right to know... and we want to do all we can to weed out the Leavitts.
I will be sending these out on Friday. Please provide any additional questions you may want before then. I will keep you appraised of any responses I get.
But you know what?
I'm not holding my breath.