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Friday, May 05, 2006

An endorsement for Jason Atkinson

From today's endorsement by W. Clark Gallagher in the Hillsboro Argus:
It may seem a bold move to recommend a 36-year old state senator for the governor of Oregon, but on this stage it fits. Of the three serious Republican candidates to face Governor Kulongoski, he's the freshest. Ron Saxton, Kevin Mannix and Jason Atkinson all agree: Oregon is broke. But it's Atkinson that veers the farthest from the political babble. He realizes Oregonians have lost respect for their government mainly because of partisan politics.
Jason Atkinson is to the point. He has a 100 first-day's agenda. Pass Jessica's law, fund kindergarten through 12th grade and eliminate the capital gains tax are tough starts. But through some tireless grass routes campaigning with Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro), Jessica's Law slid through the special session. K through 12 and capital gains will face a tough battle, but an admirable one. He believes partisan politics is a byproduct of lobbyists, true. Oregon health care costs need to be driven by people not programs. ODOT needs to concentrate on moving freight and adding lanes - hello. PERS reform has left us with a "PERS light," and we need to regionalize the Land Use and Development Commission. But he is most succinct in his actions against illegal immigration. "All a governor can really do is keep them from getting a driver's license, keep them from voting and going to the emergency room for routine care."

So the battle rages on. Attack ads have Mannix and Saxton locked in "he's a Democrat" partisan finger pointing. Atkinson's position mirrors Reagan's 11th commandment: "Do not speak ill of fellow Republicans." He is above this fray. As we said at the beginning of this diatribe, Oregonians have lost respect for government because it has been bogged down in partisan politics. With Jason Atkinson that respect could change.
With Jason Atkinson, that respect will change. When you cast your vote for the May 16 primary, choose a new direction for Oregon. Choose Jason Atkinson.

(Thanks to my friend AC for forwarding the link.)


  • At 5/06/2006 8:56 AM, Blogger MAX Redline said…

    Not just an endorsement, but a ringing endorsement in a PDX-area newspaper! And they say he only appeals to the downstaters....

    Thanks for the post!

  • At 5/06/2006 9:17 AM, Blogger Eugenics PI said…

    If Jessica's Law passes, all those registered sex offenders who live in the cities will have to move to the valleys and deserts.

    They will all be strangers, so what is the real stranger danger?

    The Summer of Fear: Examining Newspaper Coverage of Child Abductions from a Public Health Perspective

    Also, will Jessica's law make anyone safer?


    Do the registries in and of themselves make anyone safer?


    Is there any backlash from the offender registries?

    Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Registration

    Sometimes solutions are actually more problems. But let's face it: the Republicans failed everywhere else and this is all they have going for them.

  • At 5/06/2006 9:26 AM, Blogger Sailor Republica said…

    It already has passed. You're late on the mark, baby.

  • At 5/06/2006 10:02 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    Eugenics PI,

    Thank you for posting essentially the same comment as previous. I may get around to reading your links, but regardless, any further posts by you that don't contribute anything new toward the discussion will be deleted.

    Have a nice day.

  • At 5/06/2006 3:59 PM, Anonymous Mac Dubois said…

    I don't understand why everybody's so excited about Atkinson. Yes, he's young and conservative. But, he hasn't DONE anything! He has no record in the legislature. He's not in any leadership role in the Senate. How can anyone recommend him for a CEO job? He doesn't qualify.

  • At 5/06/2006 9:35 PM, Blogger I am Coyote said…

    He does have a record in the Senate. What are you talking about?

    His record was good enough to receive the "Taxpayer Bulldog" award from the Taxpayer Assocation of Oregon.

    His record was good enough to receive an A+ record from the NRA (Mannix got an A).

    His record was good enough to receive the Oregon Firearms Federation endorsement.

    His record was good enough to recieve the Oregon Farm Bureau endorsement.

    He had held a leadership position until his family had a medical emergency involving his child and had to direct more time to his family (if I remember correctly).

    He is also the candidate that has been as consistent as possibly can be. As opposed to Ron Saxton that is.

  • At 5/06/2006 10:58 PM, Blogger Capitol 3 said…

    and also we are excited about senator Jason Atkinson he has experience with the Dmv concerning the crater lake plate the DMV also realizes his experience. also we need a candidate who has a firm faith and belief in God not one who just says he has religious faith like Ron Saxton Anyone can have religious faith it is a personal faith and belief in God that matters
    I have friends in chicago who are dealing with republican Judy Baar they wanted Jim obi but Judy Baar Won the primary
    unfortunately she is for and same sex and Marches in the Biggest kraft Gay parade their is. my conservatives friends at the gop headquarters are having to deal with things Take a look below
    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, May 13 8:30 ROWT meeting with Special guest speaker:
    State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka

    Saturday, May 20 8:30 Republican Women of Wheeling Twp. general
    meeting featuring Cuban exile Gladys Davis

    3-5:00pm 10th Congressional Republican Women
    Media & Politics
    We feel That senator Jason Atkinson with his faith and belief in God Not just a religious faith but a personal faith and belief in God will keep Marriage between a man and a women no
    on civil unions where Ron saxton has waffeled on that issue.

  • At 5/07/2006 11:20 PM, Blogger Sailor Republica said…

    If I hear another person say that Atkinson has not done anything, I swear I will shoot someone.

    I'm getting quite sick of it, when the evidence says otherwise.


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