Thursday, August 18, 2005

Why I support Atkinson

I have been getting emails and a comment on my last post wanting some background info on Senator Jason Atkinson who has announced his candidacy for Oregon governor.

Sometimes the best way to judge a candidate is to see which advocacy groups like him... and which ones don't. You should also be tuning into the Lars Larson show as I am sure that he will call-in again to take questions from Lars' audience.

2003 On the votes that the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon considered to be the most important in 2003, Senator Atkinson voted their preferred position 0 percent of the time.

1999 Senator Atkinson supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon 0 percent of the organization in that year.

2003 Senator Atkinson supported the interests of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon 100 percent in 2003.

2003 On the votes that the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon considered to be the most important in 2003, Senator Atkinson voted their preferred position 50 percent of the time.
In 1999 it was 0%. I do wonder what he agreed with them recently. Will look into it.

1999 On the votes that the Oregon Christian Coalition considered to be the most important in 1999, Senator Atkinson voted their preferred position 100 percent of the time.

2003 Senator Atkinson supported the interests of the Oregon Education Association 27 percent in 2003.
A vote against the OEA (the local version of the NEA, considered a terrorist organization by myself and former education secretary Rod Paige) is a vote I like.

2004 Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all state legislative candidates in 2004, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Senator Atkinson a grade of A+ (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

2003 Senator Atkinson supported the interests of the Oregon AFL-CIO 53 percent in 2003.

The issue that is noticably missing from the list is the HUGE problem of illegal aliens. It's difficult to find a voting record on that though since our politicians have their eyes closed, their ears plugged, and their mouths shut on this issue.

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MAX Redline said...

There will likely never be a politician with whom one can agree on all issues. From what I see so far, I like most of it. But there's a lot of time for more details to emerge.

Four more years of Ted, on the other hand? Give me death, or give me death. Or something like that.

Sailor Republica said...

Here's the thing...If Atkinson can get Vicky Walker on his side, he wins hands down because the moderates will flock over. Sorenson will take from Tax-and-Gouge-Me's left side, and Ted will only be left with Portland.

Daniel said...

It's hard to say which demographic really supports Ted at this point. And speculative political analysis is like calling the Superbowl winner before the season starts: Everyone does it, most are wrong.

All it takes is one injury (political gaffe) or simply someone having a breakout season to change everything.

Sorry for the football analogies, watching preseason as I write...

jwalker said...

Good stuff Daniel. Orbusmax has him as the headline I believe. Love that Orbusmax!

Sailor, I disagree with you on him only having Portland. I hate to say it, but those little coastal towns like Astoria, Bandon, Gold Beach, etc are very liberal, and their votes start adding up. Yucky.

MAX Redline said...

jwalker,

Unfortunately, I think you're right. And I suspect Bend will be in the fold soon as well.

Al said...

How refreshing it was to hear Sen. Atkinson speak his heart and mind today without first pausing to select those words that are known to offend the least.

A truly vague and ambiguous free zone.

Daniel said...

It was a good interview. I look forward to hearing more from him with some specific proposals.

I think that we need to request he commit to issuing an executive order that would instruct the DMV to verify citizenship/legal residency before issuing drivers licenses.

Al said...

Where can I second that motion on the DMV?

Daniel said...

Second it at:
atkinsonforgovernor@yahoo.com

or

sen.jasonatkinson@state.or.us

We should work on a uniform message to send to him, have a time and day to do it, and flood with with enough requests that he has to respond.

Robin said...

I agree with Daniel, it was a very good interview today.

I believe this is somebody that we should look seriously into for consideration for the new governor.

Oregon can not afford another four years of Kulongoski.

I am Coyote said...

I have known Jason Atkinson for several years now.

He is the MAN...

Ken said...

The ACLU only rated two bills for the 2003 session. It supported SJM 7, which was a resolution that "urges United States Congress to pass Senate Bill 1552 to correct provisions of USA Patriot Act." It passed in the Senate 23-2, but died in a House committee. The only "No" votes came from Steve Harper and Ken Messerle, neither of whom are currently in the Senate.

The other bill was HB 3093, which "Limits access to public records of OHSU animal researchers." The ACLU wanted it defeated, but it was approved in the Senate 20-10, with Atkinson casting one of the 20 "Yes" votes.

Mr. Atkinson's votes against the NARAL/Planned Parenthood crowd certainly earn him some kudos in my book. However, I can't say I'm super-excited that he apparently opposes the Patriot Act...

Anonymous said...

We could leak out details of Ted K's past history of renting properties in Portland and never paying back rent that was owed. He has gotten away with a ton of stuff here.

Daniel said...

If you could source that for me anonymous then let's get it out. But proof is required for accusations like that.

Diesel said...

Who's worried about Teddy K? Atkinson needs to tackle the Primary first, and Mannix won't exactly be a pushover.

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The only way to get rid of Kevin Mannix is by cutting him off at the knees, metaphorically.

Use the points he's weak on, make sure to point out his malfeasances as head of the ORP, also tout the important points that Atkinson is strong on.

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I want to vote for Jason, but I'll bet he never touchs the issue of community placement of the criminally insane.

Amanda Fritz, running for PDX council responded, those of you who know Jason need to ask the same question. Jack Peek

Amanda Fritz is running for city council, she and I differ on an issue:


Here are her thoughts, and my response.

In a message dated 08/19/2005 12:11:02 PM Pacific Daylight Time, amandafritz@comcast.net writes:
Yes, I am willing to work and vote on the Council to put teeth into Good Neighbor Agreements of all kinds.

No, I'm not willing to help advocate for a change in the federal laws. I've pretty much lost faith and hope in our federal government under the current administration. I'm running for Council to affect the things I can change, rather than those I don't believe I can.

I would be very willing to participate in discussions at the state level about funding and staffing housing for mentally ill people, both criminal and not. There is a lack of understanding by elected officials about the level of support, for their lifetimes, some people will need. Mental illness is generally not curable, only controlled to a greater or lesser extent. Some people need a much higher level of supervision and support than is currently available outside of the State Hospital. And it would be cheaper both in dollars and in community safety for society to provide secure housing and staffing.

I disagree with you that the housing should be away from schools and parks. Children in our society today are not safe, for a variety of reasons including but not limited to threats from criminally insane people. Only some of the dangerous people are identified as such - far more are the so-called friends of the family, or even within the family itself. Enacting regulations to put group homes further from schools, even if legal, would be feel-good legislation that wouldn't actually increase safety. It would provide a false sense of security. and Good Neighbor Agreements with teeth. And through community education about self-defence, supervision of children, reporting child abuse, and good neighbor relationships between neighbors as well as with institutions.

Amanda

I promised Amanda to forward this to those I copied,BUT.....her position in not defined as it should be. Example: GOOD NEIGHBOR AGREEMENTS (not even close to good toilet paper), there is no good neighbor agreement needed period! You define via the contracts to the providers of services for the care of the criminally, strict guidelines about client care...number one!

You outline in the strictest terms available, that any incident outside of the house area resulting in damage to neighborhood property. or injury or death by a client to a victim in the area will result in loss of contract and compensation at respectful levels to any victim or family.

In otherwards...run the place as life's depend on it...real or business life. Jack Peek

No, I'm not willing to help advocate for a change in the federal laws. I've pretty much lost faith and hope in our federal government under the current administration. I'm running for Council to affect the things I can change, rather than those I don't believe I can. - Amanda

Until there is a change in the federal laws that identifies the difference between a violent past offender and your poor uncle who was born without the capacity to take care of himself, there will be problems placing people in neighborhoods. I think there is more political will under the current administration than there was under Clinton to solve this problem.

I disagree with you that the housing should be away from schools and parks. Children in our society today are not safe, for a variety of reasons including but not limited to threats from criminally insane people. Only some of the dangerous people are identified as such. Said Amanda.


Once again, I disagree, If these people have killed, raped, or burned....THEY ARE DANGEROUS. We cannot continue to allow the mental health community or people running for office to not separate them for other mentally ill people. We are allowing here in Oregon, thanks to idiots like Kate Brown...true predatory child molesters more time to rape by the refusal to pass real laws, with real teeth, now...not in 2007, Or later then that.


Amanda said: We need actual safety through secure facilities and adequate

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

staffing/supervision,


The group home I have is not "secure," neither was the one the client in the news yesterday walked away from. If your client/patient is allowed 90 minutes of "UNSUPERVISED" walks out of the group home...It is not secure! The patient who left yesterday was on an unsupervised walk. Check Channel 8's coverage of the story: http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_081805_news_missing_woman_.8833b298.html and Channel 2's coverage: http://www.katu.com/stories/79139.html This one talks about her being on an unsupervised walk.


Most of you just delete my "serial emails" ...those of you who do not, know I have been telling you that there is a real bad profile showing in the issue of placement of the criminally insane. This walkaway is a real signal, that the care is not secure, and the idea that people that have been judged a danger to themselves and the community should either not be there, or never allowed out alone.

If there is to be a defining answer to this issue...It's honest (Has not been in the past) NOTIFICATION as to the nature of the client and the limits the neighbors must abide by, and the punishment of the providers of the services, if there is a 6 PM "breaking news story."


Am I a NIMBY??? yes, that is honest,that is much less the honesty shown to my family, my neighbors, and other neighborhoods in the past.


I can live with these places if, Amanda, or Randy Leonard has the next one placed with in 400 ft of their house or kids school, after that is done...all is well.

Jack Peek

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