Letters to the Editor

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Tag: American Legislative Exchange Council

Sep.
24th

ELECTION: Vote out corporate special interests

Your recent article regarding our upcoming election (TNT, 9-19) caught my eye. Many issues need attention, the state of our economy in particular.

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the tax code gives corporations special tax breaks that have reduced what is supposed to be a 35 percent tax rate to an actual tax of 13 percent. Corporate profits grew over 18 percent in 2013 alone, while wages dropped.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is involved with advancing corporate special interests, being funded about 98 percent by corporations and corporate foundations, particularly the Koch Industries heirs,

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Jan Angel serves big-money interests, not ours

As long as state Rep. Jan Angel is beholden to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), then her claim that she represents each and every one of her constituents must be seriously questioned. As the Washington co-chair of ALEC as well as part of ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, it’s clear that Angel isn’t working tirelessly for the people but instead is beholden to big-money interests.

Those interests include her co-sponsorship of House Bill 1361, which eliminates 103 state-mandated health benefits from insurance company’s responsibility under the guise that some “may possibly conflict or overlap” with those

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Oct.
22nd

ELECTION: Get informed about ALEC and Jan Angel

The News Tribune should provide a community service to its readers by educating them about the American Legislative Exchange Council and state Rep. Jan Angel’s involvement in it. If anyone wonders why a state senator’s race is drawing so much out-of-state money, look no further than ALEC.

However, most Americans are not even aware of its existence. Many businesses and corporations provide so-called model bills for politicians to introduce in state legislatures. These bills are meant to benefit the businesses and corporations, and Angel is the state co-chair. As far as I know, she has not had to answer for

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Oct.
16th

ELECTION: Best choice for 26th District is Schlicher

I must speak out regarding the upcoming election between state Sen. Nathan Schlicher and his opponent, state Rep. Jan Angel. I wholeheartedly and without reservation support Schlicher, who stands up for women, workers and Washington families.

He is an intelligent person with the much-needed energy to represent the people of the 26th District. He knows firsthand the workings of our heath care system and the needs of citizens because he is an ER doctor.

Schlicher graduated from Pacific Lutheran University at age 17 and from the University of Washington at age 19 with a law degree. He then attained his

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July
23rd

ELECTION: Angel keeps ALEC ties under wraps

I received a flier in the mail touting state Rep. Jan Angel for state Senate. I noted the section mentioning some of her awards. I also went on line to her impressive website and saw her much more extensive résumé.

It has been my understanding that Angel is the state leader for ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), which was confirmed by a phone call to her campaign chairman. Why this fact not mentioned on the flier or on her website?

Why would Angel prefer that voters in the 26th District not know about her association with ALEC? Why would

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