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Misleading Comments about McMorris Rodgers

(LETTER TO THE EDITOR) Tom Horne’s 9/14/17 Spokesman-Review letter (“Read CMR’s Comments”) is very misleading.  Repeatedly, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has simply parroted Republican Speakers of the House of Representatives John Boehner and Paul Ryan, with no mind of her own.  Nevertheless, McMorris Rodgers is listed among House Republican leadership.  As such, she joined the leadership’s block of a full House vote on the June 27, 2013 bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate, even though it had enough votes to pass the House at the time.  Enough House Republicans joining Democrats favored the bipartisan Senate bill for it to become law with then-President Obama’s signature had Republican House leaders, including McMorris Rodgers, allowed a vote by the full House.  The law would have ended deportations except in criminal cases. Thus Mr. Horne’s statement that “Cathy and the Republican leadership want ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ like the Senate passed in 2013, which would give legal status to almost all 11 million illegal aliens“ is completely false.

Most definitely, Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ idea of “comprehensive immigration reform” is altogether different from that of the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate.  As usual, McMorris Rodgers simply follows the Republican House leadership, and it advocates a draconian approach to immigration.

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223

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After a three-year effort of members and advocates like you, the Spokane City Council finally voted to approve the Complete Streets Ordinance at the close of 2011. After the passage of a new street bond, Spokane started to see results on the ground.

Now that we are well on our way to creating a community with healthy transportation choices that work for everyone, a poorly worded concept in Spokane’s draft comprehensive plan update could stall our progress and subvert a core component of Complete Streets: the transportation project ranking system that ensures transportation projects we build reflect our community values and support our economic priorities.

The city’s proposed “Roadways of Significance” policy would allow projects deemed a “special economic opportunity” to duck the ranking and prioritizing process that keeps our system on track and to dodge Complete Streets requirements (such as bike and pedestrian infrastructure) – hinting that they be put in “eventually,” without requiring them to be planned. While the stated intent is for this loophole to be exploited rarely, there is no limiting language to prevent its abuse.

All of this, in the name of economic development. It is a widely acknowledged fact that Complete Streets are a key part of good economic development in Spokane. Let’s set our plan on the right path!

On Monday, June 19th at 6pm, the Spokane City Council has a hearing to approve the Comprehensive Plan Update that contains the “Roadways of Significance” loophole.

Tell the City Council not to gut Complete Streets. Send a letter here or attend the hearing.

Kitty Klitzke
Eastern Washington Program Director

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“Cathy, How much is my life worth?”

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 24 at 4:30 PM

In front of Cathy McMorris Rodgers office (10 North Post St.)

***The event has been moved to Wednesday because the CBO is releasing its report on Wednesday***

We came to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Valentines Day asking her to have a heart for the tens of thousands of people in our community who rely on the Affordable Care Act for their health care. Now, Cathy is the ONLY Representative from Washington to have voted FOR Trumpcare.

Join us this Wednesday, May 24 at 4:30 pm in front of Rep. McMorris Rodgers Office (10 N. Post Street)

73,276 Medicaid Expansion enrollees stand to lose their insurance as the result of her support for the ACHA. Many, if not all, of these folks have no other way of getting health insurance!

Our hearts are broken now that she’s sided with billionaires and President Trump and voted for the ACHA. The ACHA will strip our healthcare away from us all to essentially give a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. So we’re having a bake sale to buy her a much-needed conscience!

This is a joint action of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, SEIU Healthcare 1199 NW, SEIU 775, Spokane Regional Labor Council, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, Fuse Washington, Greater Spokane Progress, and other organizations. All are welcome!

We’ll continue to speak out and call on the Senate to reject tax cuts for billionaires and to instead put patients first by ensuring everyone in our community has care. That means no cuts to Medicaid, and no rollbacks to care. We’d like to thank Senators Cantwell and Murray for their leadership on this issue and ask that they continue to be champions on protecting the ACA. Please don’t go breaking our hearts like Cathy!

Please share the “Cathy: How much is my life worth?” Facebook Event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1046372542163160
Join us for sign-making tonight, Monday, May 22 at 6pm at the Community Building (35 W. Main Ave.).

We hope you can join us on Wednesday!

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Smith-Barbieri Fund

(Letter-to-the-Editor) What a great, informative article Shawn Vestal wrote for the Friday Spokesman Review! Our community is richly blessed to have Sharon Smith and Don Barbieri doing their magic in many directions.

For several years, my husband and I were the State Committee man and woman representing Skamania County for the Democratic Party. Sharon Smith was the outstanding state vice-chair for a time, and we were so disappointed when she chose not to run again. Now we have moved to Spokane and your article beautifully explains the great ways she is using her skills and energy. We can see that the change was in a good cause, and feel that Spokane is very lucky to have this team living out their values with such generosity.

Roz Luther
Spokane, WA

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Walmart is Detroying Us

(Posted for Keith Milligan) In 1976, I was working at a small family owned hardware store in Covington, LA. It was enough to  support me and my new family until Wal-Mart came to town. My hrs. were cut in half which caused considerable financial hardship on me as the sole provider, at the time, of our young family. Needless to say, I don’t shop at Wal-Mart, with such a negative impact on my personal finances caused by their arrival into my hometown at the time.

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Rob McKenna won the first debate? I don’t think so

Rob McKenna has been making his rounds with the outlandish claim that he won the first debate with candidate Jay Inslee for Governor of Washington.  The debate occurred in Spokane two weeks ago.  Maybe McKenna thought  it was a contest to be the most annoying, or the most elitist, or perhaps who could bash middle-class American’s the hardest.

To quote one audience member who was at the Jay Inslee vs. Rob McKenna debate, Rob McKenna was apparently “blaming homeowners for the financial crisis.”

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NeuroPolitician has some things to say about the Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna gubernatorial debate in Spokane last week.  He did not like it much.  I have to agree.  Political debates usually put me to sleep.

Candidates rarely say anything interesting.  Candidates know that debates rarely influence the outcome of races, except when one of them screws up big time.  Therefore, in this era of gotcha politics, candidates are incredibly cautious in debates.  Typically, one or both sides insist on no cross questioning, no outside cameras, and no questions from the audience.  Consequently, political debates usually end of being exactly as NeuroPolitician describes below. You can read his entire post that was prompted by the Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna gubernatorial debate on his blog.

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Candidate for Governor, Jay Inslee, recently spoke to community leaders in Spokane.  Jay Inslee placed an emphasis on job creation and matching our educational system to the needs of the work force in Washington State.  As a U.S. Congressman, Jay helped create millions of jobs  accross the country through his vote for the Stimulus Bill.   An example right here in Spokane County, is the Demand Energy Project in Liberty Lake.

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Denny Dellwo announces run for the Legislature

This is great news for anyone that holds a fondness for the working class, tolerance of one’s neighbors, restoring the state budget, and the general idea of sanity.  Democrat Denny Dellwo is challenging incumbent John Ahern for the 3rd Legislative District Seat in Spokane.

Denny should be a very strong candidate, and the eccentric Ahern appears vulnerable.  Dellwo was elect to the  Washington State House of Representatives years ago, but then chose not to seek re-election. He instead wanted to go back to the private sector. Now he is eager to return to public service.

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Ben Stuckart off to a great start

Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart has hit the ground running to address the issues on which he campaigned.  Police reform is on the top of his agenda.

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