INSLEE Rejects Tax Cuts Bill, Herrera Beutler Supports
WA Gov Jay Inslee asked the Washington delegation to reject the tax cuts bill outright for its inability to overall assist the WA middle class and for the extra burden on the federal deficit. Herrera Beutler took the opposite stance. He's right of course and once again standing up for the State of Washington and the country. Link Inslee. Link JHB
TAX CUTS? - Don't believe it!
The name sounds like a boon for all US citizens doesn't it? Much like the the Bush era "Blue Skies ", or the "No Child Left Behind", acts that equally misled voters. The GOP has built a tax bill that will make tax cuts for the wealthy and the corporations. We all know what taxes are used for - national infrastructure & commitments to programs like medicaid, welfare, and the environment, etc. So the GOP is defending these insults to the middle class by reverting to the old dead horse theory of "Trickle Down". That is the gross assumption that if the rich and the corporations have more cash flow they will create jobs and raise wages. Certainly there is room for some of that but not in proportion to the tax cuts. It didn't happen in the past that way, and it won't now.
The bill also greatly raises the national debt because tax cash flow is reduced. The proposition of raising the national debt was anathema to Republicans until this Trumped up mess came along but now that's ok?
The bill will also take away the ability to deduct your state taxes from your federal tax. And at one point it had removed the mortgage deduction. They are still grappling with the bill to make it palatable enough to pass. So far it's a middle class penalty.
Here's a summary from the Chicago Tribune, Sat 11/11/17 - LINK
>>ELECTION RESULTS - WOW. Election night numbers say Don got 64% of the votes. OUTSTANDING!<<
The hard work and clear explanations of the issues really paid off!
DON ORANGE is soundly endorsed by Columbian Editor Emeritus Lou Brancaccio on Sat Nov 04, 2017. And Lou takes the opportunity to deservedly castigate Don's opponent. Lou points out that the oil terminal cannot be operated 100% without incidents - that at some point there will be a spill, a release, an event, on land, in the air, on the river or the tracks that will be a disaster.
"Take the very colorful Vancouver port commissioner race. It’s Orange vs. Greene. Well, those are the last names of the guys in this race, but that’s not why this race stands out. It’s a talker because the race really is a referendum on what we want Vancouver to be.
If you want Vancouver to be Vancouver — clean, inviting, the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and the developing waterfront — you vote for Don Orange. If you want Vancouver to be Houston, you vote Kris Greene.
You see, there’s this little thing called the largest oil terminal this side of Uranus that’s being proposed for Vancouver. If built, it would make Houston proud. Ever visit Houston? Don’t. OK, that might be a little harsh, but you can’t take three steps without running into something oil-related. Good for them.
If Orange is elected, he’ll do everything he can to end a goofy contract the Vancouver port commissioners agreed to several years back that allows this colossal monstrosity to be built here. Greene says that if the thing is deemed safe, he pretty much likes the idea.
Greene, you see, is missing the point. I really don’t care if it’s 100 percent safe (that’s impossible, by the way). It’s simply a bad idea for our quality of life.
Sure, I wrote a few years ago that regardless of what our port commissioners do, our environmentally conscious governor — who has the final say on it — will nix the project in its present form. But it never hurts to have backup.
Orange should win."
DON ORANGE was just re-endorsed by The Columbian because more negative facts on Greene and his campaign have come to light. Read the glorious article - LINK
DON ORANGE got a rousing endorsement from The Columbian Suleak, a release, a fire, s spillthat will be a disasternday 10/116/17, and his opponent got slapped, deservedly. The opponent's statements about the oil terminal didn't "pass the smell test". Read the Columbian Editorial
DON ORANGE Opponent Exposed - The Columbian reveals details about Don Orange's opponent in the Port Commissioner race. Not only is Greene accepting large amounts of money from the oil companies, he's also being told what to write and what to buy. A real exposé. LINK to Article
-4 Election Night Parties-
There are Four (4) Election Night Parties scheduled from 6:30-10:00pm. They are:
1. Don Orange - IAFF Hall, 2807 Fruit Valley Rd, 7:30-9:00PM
2. Anne McEnerny-Ogle, 7:30-10:00pm - Warehouse '23
3. Alisha Topper & Linda Glover - Tap Union Freehouse, 6:30-8:30pm
4. Ginny Gronwoldt - VPS - Main Event East,7:30-9:00pm
CCDCC Meeting - The November 13 meeting will include a 5:00 PM Values Fare with several community activist organizations. The CCDCC meeting will commence at 7:30 PM. Both events will be held at the Water Center at 4600 SE Columbia Way. More Info - Nov 13
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We have to be up front and say the money will go to supporting the year-round office. We get a great deal of use from the office, meetings, storage, phone banks, gatherings, etc.and it also forms a brick and mortar entity representing a solid home for Democratic values and Democratic supporters. Any business day, local Democrats can walk into the office and talk with a staff member at the front desk about their problem, concern, or desire to volunteer. Support your local Democratic Party with a donation.
Have Hopes for a real Tax Cut? Fugedaboutit!
Trump continues to talk about a massive tax cut, and that it's going to help the middle class. But here's an analysis of what facts have been revealed so far. It helps corporations - the group that should be paying taxes to support the country. It will help the 1% - the group that previously payed a lot of taxes and now pays very little. People in the middle class income bracket will likely pay more. Not to mention the 1.5 trillion dollar increase in the national debt. The details are revealed in the accompanying articles - LINK to ARTICLE 1. LINK to Article 2
Clark County Dems at the Labor Awards Dinner
Lots of people from the Clark County Democrats were in attendance Friday night at t the 2017 SW WA Labor Roundtable Awards Dinner. It was a light-hearted affair with plenty of joyful energy in the room.
Rep Sharon Wylie
Legislator of the Year
And KATIE ARCHER JOLMA won the Labor Solidarity Award
Sen Maria Cantwell slams the latest healthcare bill in Today's (09/25/17) senate hearing. WATCH VIDEO
Lesson of Vietnam, and Trump behavior applied to Paris Climate Accord
Two editorials printed in The Columbian Sun 09/24/17 are linked here. One is by Greg Jayne, Columbian Editorial manager and writer, and takes the lessons from the Vietnam conflict, that are currently being retold in a Ken Burns special on PBS, and uses that focus to inspect the brouhaha we're into with North Korea today. LINK
The second op/ed piece is by Froma Harrop of Creators.com who reveals a style in Trumps on-again/off-again edicts. She carries the visualized style forward to Trump ultimately rejoining the Paris Climate Accord. LINK
OCTOBER ORANGE NEWS -
Columbian Editorial Board - Don Orange and his opponent, Kris Greene, were both interviewed by The Columbian's Editorial Board on Friday September 29, 2017. As the paper reported, "Greene demurs on oil terminal stance". A dictionary says demur means to "show reluctance". Greene is suddenly showing reluctance to endorse the construction of the country's biggest oil transfer station in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It seems his political side has discovered there might be votes to garner from people undecided about the oil terminal's benefits. Candidate Don Orange is wholly against the oil terminal as are many local persons and entities. The Ed Board did point out to Greene that Tesoro and Tesoro's Vancouver Energy company have donated $80,000 to Greene's campaign. Read the article - LINK
More & Worse - On Tuesday October 03, 2017, The Columbian reported that Vancouver Energy gave another $125,000 to Greene on the day of his ed board interview. Green referred to Vancouver Energy as a "local company that's been spending tens of million [sic] over the last 30-plus years in our community". If memory serves, Vancouver Energy was created in the last 2-3 years (not 30) by Tesoro and Savage strictly for the purpose of building the oil terminal in Vancouver. Not much question that the oil company expects Greene to support them, nor is there much doubt Greene supports the oil terminal based on his emails and Facebook posts. Read the Article - LINK2
Don Orange - 2017 Vancouver Port Commissioner District 1 Race
Don Orange is running hard to be our next Vancouver Port Commissioner. He is running to fill the seat Brian Wolfe is vacating. The biggest issue with the Port is the lease for a proposed Oil Transfer Terminal - the nations biggest and adjacent to the new waterfront project. This is not the only issue with Don and the Port but it's the biggest. Don will stop the Oil Terminal by voting against it's lease renewal along with Eric LaBrant and kill the project before EFSEC finishes it's grinding through the details. (Link to Website)
Kathy Gillespie - 2018 18th LD Representative Race
Kathy Gillespie is running already for the 18th LD State Rep Position 2. That's the seat being vacated by Liz Pike. An article today (09/21/17) in The Reflector. (Link)
CCDCC Recommendations for 2017 Races
The Clark County Democratic Central Committee Candidate Recruitment Committee reviewed many of the candidates running for local races in 2017. They chose suitable candidates for the postion to recommend to voters. Those committee choices were put before the general membership for consideration and a vote. The results are shown at RECOMMENDATIONS LINK