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ELECTION: Schoenike will represent workers’ interest

Letter by George Robison, Gig Harbor on Sep. 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm with 1 Comment »
September 3, 2010 12:53 pm

The Washington Republican Party has endorsed Initiative 1082, which is designed to eliminate the state worker compensation system. State Rep. Jan Angel has called for privatization of that system. That support is obviously a payoff for the support that Republicans receive from the BIAW which is pushing I-1082.

As illustrated in a lawsuit between the Master Builders and the BIAW, the pooling handled by the BIAW currently returns a profit to the organization which it uses in political campaigns rather than reducing costs for pool members. What would make anyone believe that it won’t also profit from privatization? I-1082 concedes that it is not designed to lower rates paid by small businesses. Anyone who has ever dealt with insurance companies knows that the primary effort is to defeat claims and make huge profits.

To show my support for workers, I will vote for Democrat Sumner Schoenike because I know that he will support worker rights rather than selling out to insurers. His opponent has received substantial contributions from insurers, Wal-Mart and Phillip Morris. I’ll stick with Dr. Schoenike for 26th Legislative District state representative because he will represent my interests rather than big business.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    Mr. Robison is a ranking member of the Kitsap Democratic Party in the 26th district and very disappointed with Dr. Schoenike’s showing in the primary. He is trying to help and that is understandable.

    But Mr. Robison must think we are a group of dummies out here that can’t follow the trail of money from the PDC. If his argument is to vote against Rep. Angel because she takes money from Wal-Mart, I assume he will be voting for Doug Richards and Marty McClendon because both Seaquist and Kilmer have taken the maximum donations from Wal-Mart too. See the PDC reports for candidate donations below.


    Voters, always follow the money. Also note the donations from unions and tribes to 26th democrats. Yes, it affects how they vote.

    Yes, the GOP wants to approve 1082 but see below at how democrats endorse state wide initiative measures. They seem to side with the entitlement groups that are doing just fine in this recession and want more taxes to fund their failed programs.

    Statewide Ballot Measures

    Initiative 1053, concerning tax increases imposed by state government
    Endorsements – No (Washington State Democrats)

    Initiative 1068, concerning marijuana
    Endorsements – Yes (Washington State Democrats)

    Initiative 1082, concerning industrial insurance
    Endorsements – No (Washington State Democrats)

    Initiative 1086, concerning ending a temporary excise tax on beer and strong beer
    Endorsements – No (Washington State Democrats)

    Initiative 1098, concerning establishing a high-earners state income tax and reducing other taxes
    Endorsements – Yes (Washington State Democrats)

    Initiative 1100, concerning liquor
    Endorsements – No (Washington State Democrats)

    Initiative 1105, concerning liquor
    Endorsements – No (Washington State Democrats)

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