Friday, November 06, 2015

Take aways from the election: Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers' problem, quantified.

As regular readers know, I hold those who lie to get elected in the worst disdain.

At the top of my list is my former friend and business partner, Sen. Ann "Gas Tax" Rivers.

Sen. Rivers was the archetype.  She was supposed to be different.  She was supposed to be that rare populist in politics who was actually going to be a voice for the people instead of the special interests.

That is not to be.

Having promised to oppose gas tax and tab fee increases as a part of her Senate election campaign as outlined in this screen capture from her campaign web site:

Rivers proceeded to yoke this county to a $700 million debt in gas tax revenues by voting for the largest gas tax increase in the history of this state... making ours among the highest in the United States.

In doing that, she supported a completely bogus and unnecessary emergency clause, designed to keep us from voting on the allegedly GOP Senate's betrayal of the people of this state... and did nothing to amend the bill with a referendum clause.

The reasons for the "GOP" Senate's actions were made very clear in the election, where the now purely advisory vote to support or repeal the GOP insanity was met with overwhelming and statewide opposition.

Advisory Vote No. 12

Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5987: Fuel taxes
  • Repealed
  • Maintained

This is the statewide result as of this morning.

In Clark County, the opposition to Rivers' perfidy runs even deeper:

Advisory Votes Advisory Vote No. 12 Second Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5987
CandidateVoteVote %
Total Votes78,187100%
A review of the break out by precinct shows that every single precinct in the 18th District voted against Rivers' gas tax/tab fee increases.


Anyone running against her has just been handed the key to her defeat.

Clearly, this calculus was the basis for her betrayal and that of her colleagues in the Senate who voted for this King County/Bertha Tunnel/SR 520 floating bridge bailout.

This is just one of the problems she is going to face in the upcoming election, should she be foolish enough to run again.

The bottom line is that she lied to get elected.  And properly handled, those who lie to get elected... particularly when those they "represent" get to pay hundreds of dollars as a result ($1577 for each man, woman and child in the county based on the 2013 population of 443,817 divided into $700.000,000)  can get nailed.

When asked the nearly $1600 per constituent question, Sen. Gas Tax came up with the wrong answer.

And she should expect to see that.

A lot.

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