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Tag: 10th congressional district


ELECTION: Heck hasn’t much to show for himself

I disagree with your endorsement of incumbent Congressman Denny Heck (editorial, 9-29). Your reason given is that he represents the Olympia liberals. What about us poor souls in Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place and Puyallup?

I give you credit for saying positive things about challenger Joyce McDonald. I examined Heck’s voting record in the state Legislature and Congress and couldn’t find much positive he had done. The only thing I could find that he had done in his five terms in the Legislature was tp chair an obscure subcommittee.

This is one incumbent who brags about all he has done, but I can’t find that he delivers

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ELECTION: Let’s continue to give Congress Heck

Joyce McDonald has stated she wants to go to Congress and vote with the Republican majority. Apparently she wants to be included with the party of no under House Speaker John Boehner and the tea party.

And what are the accomplishments of the House Republicans? Shutting down the government and costing you and me $25 billion while refusing to vote for immigration reform or raising the minimum wage. She would be called upon to support the Paul Ryan budget, which privatizes Social Security and guts Medicare and Medicaid while giving tax cuts to the wealthy paid for primarily by the

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ELECTIONS: Even losing candidates benefit

Re: “Legal pot, fundraising separate candidates” (TNT, 5-11).

Why would a candidate who has no hope of winning an election, run for that office? Unfortunately, sometimes it’s for the money. One such race is this year’s Denny Heck versus Joyce McDonald for Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Heck is the certain winner whether we support his political positions or not.

What is very concerning is just how much a candidate can profit from a losing race. In her last county campaign, three of the largest beneficiaries of McDonald’s campaign fund were her political ally’s printing company, her daughter as campaign

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ELECTION: Denny Heck doesn’t bash anyone

Re: “Why is Heck bashing tea partiers?” (letter, 10-27).

The writer’s assertion that Denny Heck bashes tea partiers or anyone else on TV or in person is fanciful.

I have had many opportunities to hear Heck speak in various places, from coffees to public forums. I cannot recall him bashing anyone. He advocates rational, empirically sound solutions to the difficult problems we face. Coming from him, that is not idle. He is a man with substantial experience in the Legislature and in the executive offices of government. He knows whereof he speaks.

In addition, after Heck left government service,

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ELECTION: Heck’s ads bash tea partiers

Denny Heck wants to be my representative from the 10th Congressional District. I hope he never gets the chance.

His advertisements appear daily on the television, and in every one he insults and denigrates tea party members and their politics. While I am not a member and have never attended a tea party event, I know a number of people who are tea party members. They are all hard-working, law-abiding, responsible citizens.

Watch his advertising, and you will see that he singles out this group and will never support nor even consider their views or concerns. So much for reaching

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ELECTION: Dick Muri’s best on JBLM issues

There are significant contrasts between Denny Heck and Dick Muri, the candidates for the new 10th Congressional District. Heck did not bother to participate personally in the first three public forums held in Graham, West Olympia and Steilacoom. Muri participated in all three to give maximum personal interface opportunities to voters.

Muri joined Heck in the fourth public forum held in downtown Olympia that was organized in part by the Olympian newspaper. The TNT gave extensive coverage on some of the the issues, but rightfully did not include many that were Washington state issues in current referendums.

But the TNT

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ELECTION: Kilmer hypocritical about wealth

Re: “Denny Heck collects more than Dick Muri” (TNT, 10-16).

Why not hold everyone to the same standards? In this article, Democrat Derek Kilmer’s quote against his Republican opponent in the 6th District, Bill Driscoll, stood out: “There are 253 millionaires in our Congress, and he would like your vote to make him No. 254.”

His argument can be used against his fellow Democrat running in the new 10th District, Denny Heck, as well. Heck is a millionaire, as is Bill Driscoll; however, Kilmer has endorsed Heck, despite the fact that if elected, he would add to the numbers

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ELECTION: 10th District needs Dick Muri

Dick Muri has represented his district and the citizens of Pierce County well while serving on the County Council. His accomplishments during his tenure include a balanced county budget and a “rainy day” reserve fund, cutting waste and inefficiencies within county government, promoting local jobs by easing rules for employers, and preservation of hundreds of acres of wilderness so as to provide for habitat protection and recreational uses.

Being a 22-year Air Force veteran, Muri understands veterans issues and is committed to protecting veterans and their families. He is also very aware of the significance of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and

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