actually I live here,
I am a republican.
I am active...
and my party is not.
the candidate for governor here kevin mannix did not admit he was against any increase till just before the election when lars larson and the libertarians (strange bedfellows) put kevin's feet in the fire...
HAD kevin come out jumping and screaming NO NEW TAXES... he would have won the libertarian vote... as it was, he was too stealthy with the teacher's unions. He is a lawyer.
I gotta hand it to the libertarians for their superb efforts here... they were the primary stirrers of the hornets nest that is "tax increase" here in WESTERN oregon.
Credit where credit is due.
Had we elected mannix as governor... I think Mannix would have pushed the tax increase... and though he came out as personally opposed when lars larson pushed him... he would not rule out some kind of tax increase from the get go...
that is the real reason I think Kevin lost... not anti tax anti big gov enough... we already spend more than almost any state per student for education... and he would not rule out increases in the education budget to MY satisfaction.
there are such things as tax and spend statists, who run as republican.
the tax increase failing... was truly righteous.
thank you libertarians and over taxed democrats who voted against big spending increases and taxes....
I met Kevin Manix at Hannity's book signing... He could have won if he was able to get as dirty as the dems, but he wasnt... 16 years we have had dem govs... And people wondered why we are struggling... Manix was our last hope to stand up and let his voice be heard.. But he didnt.. Where do we go from here?
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