Posts Tagged ‘Rossi’

Lincoln Day Dinner

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Over the weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the Whatcom Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner. A first, but not the last, for us. We had a chance to put faces to names of those we had previously only known through email and a chance to hear two great men speak.

DinoRossibwI made it to a Dino Rossi rally he held awhile back, but I really liked having my wife hear him speak also this time. She claims to not understand politics, but his message was simple and strong; Make Washington a bad place to be a criminal and a good place to do business. As the keeper of the household budget she also clearly understood his other message of balancing the state budget through controlled and targeted spending, not by increasing our taxes.

Also, a couple of my wife’s friends, also Rossi supporters, knew we were to be seated at his table so they wanted us to inquire about his presidential choice. But even though we were at the same table, the auction was loud and he was up and about meeting and greeting everyone. And with 400-450 people in attendance that is exactly what he should have been doing, so we’ll find another opportunity down the road.

wayneperrymanbw Rev. Wayne Perryman, author, radio host, and speaker was the highlight of the evening. I had recently read his book Unveiling the Whole Truth. But hearing him speak in person, about the effect media has on public opinion, was a rare opportunity for us simple folk up in Ferndale. Even more rare was the chance my wife an I had to sit down with him for a few minutes and talk as parents about liberalism in school system.

Rev. Perryman also had a chance to field a few questions, one of which was about Barack Obama. His answer was very similar to one I might give, but it would never be accepted from a middle aged white Republican male. The reception may be different from Rev. Perryman. You’ll want to keep tabs on CSPAN to see his response for yourself.  A lot of local Democrats and recent Obama converts may be given pause to rethink their presidential choice in 2008.

Awesome to see the room packed to the doors with people anxious to put and end to the Democratic Party’s failing secular socialist experiment. We do need a change in our state; a change back to the ideals of the Republican Party. It’s happening.

Dino Rossi campaign rally

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Dino Rossi held his first campaign rally in Whatcom County last evening and I was fortunate to have the time open to attend. It was a busy place and I was pleasantly surprised to run into a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in awhile.

Addressing a full room, Dino Rossi used simple words to describe how he would act as Governor. He said that while in office, Governor Gregoire has shown she can serve the government by increasing our taxes, but when he is in office he will show how he and government will serve the people of our state.

As was pointed out by several in attendance, Dino Rossi has a track record as a Senator for balancing budgets without raising taxes. Raising taxes to balance the budget is the wrong direction. I find this concept easy to relate to because I can’t go to my boss and demand a raise every time we overspend at home. We also don’t budget to spend more than we make. As stupid as that sounds, it is exactly what the Democrats and Governor Gregoire have done with our state budget.

With Governor Gregoire, your taxes will keep going up. And it won’t just be a little bit, it will be a lot. She has already budgeted to spend 33% more of your money, she just hasn’t explained yet how she will be taking that 33% more from you.

I’d rather not wait around and find out how Governor Gregoire will take that 33% more, that’s why I’m encouraging everyone I know to vote for Dino Rossi in 2008.

But while we are waiting to vote, it is heartening to see the current governor reacting to pressure building from the Rossi Campaign. Reactions like immediately calling to reinstate the 1% property tax cap or her latest announcement that she is asking the DOC and US Marshalls to round up sex offenders wanted for violating the conditions of their community supervision. Too bad she wasn’t willing to do these things on her own.

Bottom line, if Dino Rossi can get our sitting governor to leap into action like this, imagine what he will do after we elect him as Governor Rossi in 2008!

Not so special session

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

A week or so ago I posted Doug Ericksen’s newsletter that was filled with info on I-747 and the potential impact of our court’s ruling on it’s legality. Our voted in 1% cap on property taxes is no more. Our Governor Gregoire originally talked about a 1% – 6% increase even though we taxpayers clearly indicated a preference for 1%. After some pushing by Republicans and Republican candidate for Governor Dino Rossi, our current governor flipped is now in favor of the 1% cap or so she says.

“I believe we can easily enact the necessary legislation during a one-day session,” Gregoire said in a letter to legislative leaders. “The citizens of our state expect that we will expeditiously deal with this subject, and this subject only, to give them certainty about their property tax bills for the upcoming year.”

Seattle PI

And an Olympia City Councilman Joe Hyer made this very salient point. (more…)

Doug Ericksen’s newsletter and I-747

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

Doug’s latest newsletter addresses I-747 and the 1% cap on property taxes that most of us thought we were getting. You know, like the $30 car tabs we thought we were getting and really don’t. The State Supreme Court ruled I-747 unconstitutional with this from the Herald pretty much summing up both sides of the issue

“A voter reading the text of the initiative could believe that he or she was voting to reduce the property tax limit by 1 percent instead of by 5 percent, a substantially different impact on the public coffers, as well as the perceived benefit to the individual voter’s purse,” the majority, led by Justice Bobbe Bridge, wrote.

But dissenting justices wrote that “no reasonable argument can be sustained that voters were in any way misled or confused by the effect of I-747, which expressly and was specifically aimed at lowering the tax growth to 1 percent.”

State Supreme Court rules I-747 unconstitutional

I generally side with the no new and no more tax side of issues, so I certainly side with the dissenting vote in this case. Below, I’ve included a copy of Doug Ericksen’s latest newsletter that addresses a needed immediate response to the situation.

The long term solution though is to elect those who put the needs of the people ahead of the needs of the government. Next year it looks like we will be choosing between Dino Rossi and Governor Gregoire to lead our state.

Governor Gregoire now says:

Gregoire also reiterated her call to local officials not to raise taxes above the 1 percent cap, saying the Legislature must have time to act.

If that directive is ignored, Gregoire told The Associated Press she would consider calling a special session.

If no special session is called, lawmakers would begin working on the measure just after the new year. It figures to be at the top of the Democratic majority’s agenda, and likely will be on a fast track for approval.

Herald

But earlier, Governor Gregoire said:

But Gregoire said that if the ruling eventually goes against the I-747 limits, she will work with both parties in the Legislature to reach a compromise.

She declined to state a position on the correct percentage, but indicated that perhaps neither the old number nor the 1 percent cap is the best solution.

Seattle PI

And Dino Rossi says:

“Today’s ruling by the State Supreme Court is disappointing. I believe the people were very clear in their approval of a one-percent cap on property tax hikes, and I also believe the Governor and the Legislature should enact the will of the people into law.

“My opponent doesn’t support the one-percent property tax cap. That is troubling, but not surprising, since she is after all the governor for the government who is more concerned about making people pay higher taxes than honoring the will of the voters. As governor, I will work to protect the will of the people and keep the cap on property tax increases at one percent. If I-747 and last Tuesday’s election taught us anything, it’s that people want tax relief and accountability in government spending.”

Rossi Statement on I-747 Ruling

So far Dino Rossi has my vote in ’08 and I don’t see that changing easily. Certainly not when the seated Governor has given me so many reasons to vote for Dino Rossi.

Here’s Doug’s newsletter.

Issue Update
Initiative 747

Constituent question: “What is Initiative 747 and what happened?”

Friends and Neighbors,

Over the last couple days much has been made about the Supreme Court of Washington’s decision to overturn Initiative 747. This is an extremely important issue for the people of Whatcom County. I believe the Legislature needs to do the honest thing and implement I-747 as soon as possible.

What is I-747?

  • Limits property tax increases by 1 percent without voter approval.
  • Approved by 57 percent of Whatcom County voters in 2001.
  • Approved by 58 percent of state voters in 2001.

What led to the Supreme Court’s decision?

  • In June 2006, King County Judge Mary Roberts ruled I-747 was unconstitutional because its wording was ambiguous and misled voters as to the measure’s full effect.
  • Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna appealed Roberts’ decision to the Supreme Court.
  • Last week, the court ruled 5-4 to invalidate the initiative, saying voters didn’t know what they were voting for. Therefore, the old 6 percent cap is now back in place.

What the Justices said:

After the court’s decision, Justice Bobbe Bridge wrote for the majority:

  • “A voter reading the text of the initiative would have perceived a much smaller impact on government coffers than would actually occur under I-747.”

After the court’s decision, Justice Charles Johnson wrote for the minority:

  • “The majority seems to suggest that the voters are unable to think or read for themselves, when in fact our democratic process is based on the assumption that voters do in fact read and understand the impact of their votes.”

What can be done?

  • The state needs to respect and honor the will of the people and reinstate I-747 during a special legislative session on Nov. 28.
  • You can call your elected officials and encourage a special session. The Legislative hotline number is 1-800-562-6000.
  • You can call the governor at (360) 902-4111 and tell her to do the right thing.

I recognize the challenges I-747 presents for our junior-taxing districts and I will be working toward a solution this legislative session that does not include raising taxes.

Sincerely,

Rep. Doug Ericksen 42nd District (R-Ferndale)