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Re: “Spokanite?

Hmmmm.....What year was Chris attending San Fran State? Because I could have sworn it was sooner than 33 years ago. Anyone have an answer?

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Posted by KempJ on 07/16/2010 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Spokanite?

Michael Baumgartner was once praised as the "architect of hope" in Iraq by the Boston Globe and I don´t think that title comes with a desk job. His time in Iraq was spent cleaning up the mess of the fools who go us in there, and now I hope he will spend atleast the next four years in the state Senate cleaning up the mess brought on by the current Senate leadership including Chris Marr. It´s time we stop punishing the low income, which is exactly what Marr has done because of his reckless spending. Baumgartner will focus on prioritizing and not slashing. he will bring open and honest government to the people, and care for those who have become too dependent to change. That is the leader I want. Not Chris Marr, who´se supported reckless budgets for far too long. I will cast my vote for Baumgartner in Aug and November.

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Posted by KempJ on 07/15/2010 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Spokanite?

As I posted in a recent article. I´ve only had the opportunity to Meet Michael Baumgartner at my doorstep, and what a fantastic visit it was! I don´t agree with him 100%, but he certainly has 100% of my vote. I´ve done my research, someone who has led in Iraq, is from Eastern Washington, and has actually lived in the district for most of his life, (if you know anything about redistricting), is someone i want representing me. Perhaps you want someone from San Francisco, well not ME! Michael Baumgartner contains more of Spokane´s values in his little finger, than Chris Marr has in his entire body.

Lets get past these ridiculous arguments, which are meant to simply distract from Marr´s voting record!

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Posted by KempJ on 07/15/2010 at 10:16 AM

Re: “The Lonely Republicans

@HW you are probably right. I have not seen anything negative from Shelly, but to be honest, the Democrats are going to be hairpulling and eyescratching this year, doing anything to save themselves, and I have just not seen the kind of Spirit from Shelly to counter that in the general. I feel like John Ahern is the only one with momentum and a strong ground game required to fight off the Dems. Ahern has visited my house twice, and I have not seen any indication of Shelly anywhere in the area. Only Michael Baumgartner and Dave Stevens, I think Al French was in the area, but must have skipped my house.

My vote is going to go to the person with strongest ground game, and right now that is John Ahern.

@Romeomoon your comments are quite off base. I would encourage you to do some research. While I´ve only briefly met Baumgartner at the door, I´ve talked to folks who know him well, and its obvious the Dems are putting out some nasty negative attacks on him to try and fool people. I´ve never read (and I do my research) any of the things you mention.

I do hope we all unite after the Primary, but I fear certain candidates like John Ahern won´t be embraced by some of the moderates. I will certainly support Shelly O´Quinn if she steps it up, and if she wins the primary, I´ll volunteer on her campaign (seems like she needs the help.) But I don´t see the same sympathies on the reverse.

Posted by KempJ on 07/08/2010 at 8:13 PM

Re: “The Lonely Republicans

I was concerned about the direction of the board for a while as well, I was one of those who originally supported Shelly O´Quinn, but John Ahern has just done a terrific job, and so last week I did decide to put up a John Ahern sign after he doorbelled my house for the second time this year. The only others who´ve come to my house have been Michael Baumgartner and Dave Stevens. Which brings me to my point.

Before I put up the Ahern sign I decided to sit down with a couple of folks I know who sit on the local GOP Board (which by the way does not include John Christina - he´s never been a voting member of the board, so perhaps you should get your facts straight.) after talking to them I came to understand why they supported who they did. Michael Baumgartner has been willing to come and listen, and discuss issues even where there was disagreement, plus being unopposed in a Republican Primary helped too, and his diligent work in support of the country as a diplomat was a bonus, so he was an easy decision. Ozzie Knezovich was quite easy they told me, long before anyone had even thought about him having an opponent. Matt Shea again has done a good job, so he was easy. In the contested races, John Ahern announced his ´re-election´ early on, and many on the board felt that there were issues with the ballots in 2008, and that Ahern holds the right positions and deserves (if the voters support him) to have another shot at John Driscol.

I also asked about the Prosecutor race because I can´t stand Tucker, no one I know can, and basically they said the decision to oppose Bugbee was made reallly easy when he essentially declared himself a Democrat by giving money and being recognized at the kickoff for the state senator with the most radical leftwing voting record, Chris Marr. That really bothers me, I would rather the position be non-partisan myself, but If Bugbee wanted to run as Independent or a Democrat, he should have done so, rather than pretending to be a Republican. Its just about Ethics.

Republicans need to unify, but they need unify around principle. Nowhere in the document the candidates needed to agree to, does it say anything about the crazy UN stuff, or any other of the INlander´s crazy conspiracys. Its about being fiscally conservative and pro-life, you can read it on the Gop´s site.

After my conversation with these folks I did decide to put up the Ahern sign. I would suggest that people get to know your county board district leaders, meet them for coffee, if you are a Republican they do Represent you, and you should know them, so you can decide to run for PCO and possibly oppose them next go around, you have to be engaged to make a difference even at the party level.

Posted by KempJ on 07/08/2010 at 3:41 AM

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