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Nov 3rd General Election Recommendations 2009

Hello everyone,
There’s not much on the ballot this year, but the little that is there is a big deal— especially R-71.

If you haven’t already voted, here are my recommendations:

Initiative 1033- yes
Referendum 71- REJECT (Protect traditional marriage + a lot more!)

People in 35th district:

  • District 3 Director: Christopher Lemke
  • District 1 Port Commissioner: Lynn Horton

People in 26th district: (from what I can remember that is on your ballot)

  • Bill Casper (Tacoma Port Commissioner)
  • Tim Payne (GH council)

Your state & county voter’s pamphlet are fantastic resources! If you would like to research a little on the candidates, follow their website links, see who endorses them, and read where they stand on issues.  This usually helps give you a better idea of who you’re voting for and only takes a minute or so. Your county election website is another great resource. Just google it. 😀

If you would like explanations on the recommendations, e-mail me.


November 2, 2009 Posted by | Political Updates | Leave a comment

REJECT Referendum 71 (SB5688) rallies this weekend

We want you to know about some political opportunities to help the REJECT Referendum 71 campaign effort.

Go to www.protectmarriage.com for more info, reasons to REJECT, resources, and how you can help.

With so much at stake, we urge you to take action!  Don’t let this one pass by you, it’s too important of an issue.  This could have major affects on the future.   Here are some rallies and sign waving get-togethers going on this weekend:

Saturday, Oct. 17th (REJECT events)

  • R-71 Spokane Rally: 4pm- Calvary Chapel (511 W Hastings Road)- Special Guest Speakers: Rep Matt Shea, Gary Randall (Faith & Freedom Network), Larry Stickney (Protect Marriage WA campaign manager)- prerally sign waving at 2:30pm (meet in church parking lot)
  • R-71 Southcenter Mall Rally (Tukwila): Sign waving 11am-2pm on sidewalk areas around perimeter of mall
  • R-71 Gig Harbor Rally: Sign waving on Harbor Hill starting at 10am- Burnham Drive exit off HWY 16 (park in S.E. corner Target lot) Signs are provided.
  • R-71 Vancouver WA Rally: Sign waving noon until dusk- Corner of Mill Plain and Chekalov Drive- signs and literature provided.

Go here for IMPORTANT event info not included in this post.

We are dedicated to informing you of opportunities where you can be involved in your local & federal politics, so we hope you’ll be able to gain a great experience by attending one of these events.

~blog team

Background Info:
Referendum 71 has placed SB5688 (a bill passed by the legislature and sign by the governor) on the November 3rd ballot for the people to vote on.  We can either approve or reject it.  SB5688 will expand the rights of domestic partnerships (state recognized homosexual relationships) to be equivalent to that of marriage.  If approved, the only difference between the two would be in name only.  The stage will be set for homosexuals to request “marriage”. They claim this is about equal rights, but it only takes a moment to step back and realize their main goal.

S5688 does not legally institute homosexual “marriage”, but it is a crucial step in that direction and a goal the leaders of this bill have blatantly stated.  If SB5688 is approved, because of the non-discrimination act here in WA, the ramifications are very undesirable of Washingtonians.  The next step will be to legalize homosexual “marriage” and we will find ourselves losing our religious freedom of speech and in the middle of lawsuits.  If/when confronted by homosexuals, churches will be in danger of lawsuits if they “discriminate” and not perform ceremonies for them. This scenario isn’t made up, it has happened in other states and countries that have legalized homosexual “marriage”.  Schools will also have to teach that homosexual relationships are normal and acceptable.  The list goes on.  Bottom line, REJECT Referendum 71- SB5688.

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Political Updates | Leave a comment

Aug. 18 Primary Election

Hey WA Voters (esp. Kitsap County),

So, many of you have received your ballots for the Aug. 18 primary and you’re probably thinking to yourself… who in the world are these people?  Well, I did some research for the one thing on my ballot (let’s not go there…) and I want to share this video with you.

It records the South Kitsap School District Candidates for Director District 3 position. It’s good and gives you a better idea about their views and what they’ll do.

After researching… I’m leaning for Christopher Lemke… any thoughts on your part? What have you found? Please tell me!  The more heads we put together the more informed our votes will be.

Vote for Christopher Lemke

  • Experienced: Held this position from 2001-2005
  • Dedicated: Went to 99% of the meetings
  • Doesn’t support all day kindergarten for everyone: Said that most kids don’t need all day kindergarten, but it can be good for those who need it (ones behind in learning or would desire it).  Also mentioned that if parents, families & grandparents provide the necessary training for the kids, they won’t need all day kindergarten. (15:17 mins on Kitsap Sun video link below)
  • Listening to discussions, he seems to be logical, reasonable, and knowledgeable.  Actually heard some common sense!
  • Has an eye on the future: will create a 5, 10, and 15 year plan if elected
  • Sounds fiscally responsible and knowledgeable

Resources for you:

Reasons why I’m not supporting others at this point:

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Political Updates | Leave a comment

NBC “In God we Trust” poll!

Hey everyone…

This just takes about 30 seconds.  NBC is taking a poll on “In God
We Trust” staying on our American currency. Please tell every
Christian you know so they can vote on this important subject. Please
do it right away, before NBC takes this off the web page.


August 19, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | | 18 Comments

For or Against Initiative 1000?

Thoughts anyone?  Will you be voting for or against Initiative 1000, and why?

From Faith and Freedom Network:


Last week Initiative 1000 was certified for the Washington State ballot.

Now, the citizens will decide if they want to become the second state to legalize physician assisted suicide.

To help you decide, out-of-state money will be paying for ads and flyers to flow toward your media and your mailbox.

A lot of money.

You will not only see and hear ex-Gov. Booth Gardner’s appeals, but those of others in similar circumstances.

Joel Connelly, a columnist for the Seattle PI, has written an excellent column on the subject. His second on this issue.

While we often do not agree with Connelly’s positions, we not only agree but appreciate his thoughtful and thorough reporting on the matter in his July 27 column.

He points out that upwards of a couple of million dollars from out-of-state are already committed to the campaign.

He also quotes the 2007 Death With Dignity National Center report stating that after a considerable amount of research they feel that Washington is a great opportunity for them to have a success. “We,” they say, “have never had such great odds of success as we have in Washington in 2008.”

This, of course, is why they are directing such resources toward the effort.

Connelly points out that there are profound ethical issues at stake in this, and indeed there are.

He says he will vote “no” on I-1000, which is breaking with the position of his own paper and probably most others in the media.

I sincerely hope people of faith and conservatives will do the same.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom


July 29, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | 8 Comments

Cindy McCain

Here is an e-mail I received about Cindy McCain.  I tested it with www.truthorfiction.com and it is true!  I knew nothing about her until I read this:


“There was an article in the Wall Street Journal on Cindy McCain, John’s

wife.  All I ever saw was this attractive woman standing beside

John.  I was surprised how talented and involved with world problems

she is.  This is a summary of the article.


She graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs teacher.


After her Dad died she became involved with his beer distributing firm and is now the chairwoman.  Sales have doubled since she has taken over

from her father.


They have a marriage prenuptial agreement, her assets remain

separate.  She is involved around the world clearing land mines – travels to these

countries on a detonation team and service on their board.


They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq , another son in the Naval Academy ,

a daughter recently graduated from Columbia Univ. , an adopted daughter in

high school, and a son who is the finance guy at the beer firm.


Raised kids in Phoenix , Az rather than Washington DC.(better

atmosphere)  He commuted.


In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh . 

Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate.  She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems.


They have a Family Foundation for children’s causes.


She’s active with ‘Halo Trust’ – to clear land mines, provide water and food in war ravaged and developing countries.


She will join an overseas mission of ‘Operation Smile’, a charity for

corrective surgery on children’s faces.


She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers. 

She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery



I’m surprised the media is so quiet about her attributes. She sounds more

capable than Hillary or Obama.  We would really get two for the price

of one.  A person with business and international experience. 

John did work for the firm for a while when he left the Navy.  She,

however, has the real business experience.  Very interesting.”

June 30, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | Leave a comment

Voting Resources and Guides

Here are some resources Wall Builders listed for ya’ll as you vote: 

Voting Guides

***WallBuilders has released a 2008 Presidential Voters’ Guide, which looks at the stance of the major Presidential candidates from both parties on eight key issues. Read and download the Voters’ Guide here.

The pro-family organizations listed below provide voters resources for most states. Click on the organizations’ links to get more information.

Know the Candidates and Issues

Click here to track Federal legislation and find out how your Congressman and Senators are voting.

 Sites like Project Vote Smart, On The Issues, iVoteValues, Easy Voter, and The Ballot, provide a wealth of non-partisan information on voting and candidates (including biographies, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings). Another way to access voter information for your state is to use a search engine (i.e., google or yahoo) and type in “voter guide” or “voter information” along with key words like “pro-family” or “Christian” and the name of your state. 

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | 2 Comments

Caucus this Saturday

Hey, are you going to the caucus this Saturday at 1pm?

     You can vote twice in Washington for the presidential primary.  With your ballot, and at the caucus.

     I’m rooting for Huckabee, because, even though it looks like McCain will get the nomination, the more delegates Huckabee has, the more weight he can bring to the convention.  This could raise his chances for becoming McCain running mate.  Being a Vice President is better than nothing!

To find out more info and where to meet go to: http://www.wsrp.org/News/Read.aspx?ID=6885

You need to know your precint number (found on your voter’s registration card) and it would be helpful to know what legislative district you live in.

What is a caucus, where is the caucus, who can go, what happens at a caucus, who can go? 

McCain: He wants to bring the troops home in victory and with honor, is pro-life, and has a lot of experience.  But, he is pretty liberal.  There is a fair amount of evidence that he almost became John Kerry’s running mate last election.  Also, he almost crossed over to become a democrat… so, he is sort of on the fence.

Huckabee: He has the same view as McCain about wanting to bring the troops home, but in honor and victory (and being smart about it).  He was Arkansas Lieutenant Gov. for 6 years and Governor for 10 years.  Worked with a democratic congress and got a lot done, including tax cuts (after he had raised taxes to improve their roads, which the majority of the people voted yes to).  He is pro-homeschooling and has a solid Christian stand on issues.  He is an advocate for the FairTax.  He is very level headed and a very good speaker.  One thing I’ve heard is that you can’t pin point the thing you don’t like about him.  He is a very smooth talker.  I’ve heard he isn’t very good at foreign policy, and can be a little to compassionate when it comes to dealing with terrorists… but, I’d encourage you to research up on that.

February 8, 2008 Posted by | Political Updates | 5 Comments

Who I’m rooting for… (I’ll do the “and why” part later)

I got an e-mail from a good friend of mine, and thought you’d be interested in reading my response. 

“Hi Betsy,
I wish I had a good answer to send you [about which candidate she was rooting for and why].  Even James Dobson decided to announce that he can’t endorse any candidate.  What are you hearing from your other friends?”

Well, it’s really hard, because all of the Republican candidates have something I don’t prefer about them.  When talking with people, they seem to feel the same way; no candidate really outshines the others.  But, since one of them will be nominated, I’d go for the lesser of 4 evils. : )  I’m going for Huckabee, because he seems to share my values and where I stand on issues more than any other candidate.  Unfortunately, with the results of Super Tuesday… it’s not looking as good as I hoped for Huckabee.  He’s in 3rd place out of 4 (McCain, Romney, and Ron Paul).  But, Super Tuesday isn’t the end of the Primary Elections.  There are still 18 states left!



CNN has a really helpful and informative webiste about the Presidential Race.  Go to http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/

February 6, 2008 Posted by | Huckabee, Political Updates | 1 Comment

2007 General Election Results

~Overall, this year’s measure results were pretty good~ 

State Wide results: http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/

County results:

        Kitsap- http://www.kitsapgov.com/aud/elections/archive/07/Cum1107/Election%20Result.htm

        Pierce: http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/aud/elections/misc/currentresults.htm

Tell me which county you are in, and I will put your county link on here.

November 10, 2007 Posted by | Political Updates | Leave a comment