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TRADE: Retailers appreciate legislators’ support

Thanks to South Sound Reps. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, and Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, for their recent votes to grant President Obama authority to negotiate international trade agreements that would benefit our state.

The Washington Retail Association and many of our members rely on robust trade as an engine of economic growth and job creation. Trade Promotion Authority policy creates a partnership of the president and Congress seeking to lower tariffs and eliminate barriers to growing U.S. trade prospects. TPA will allow the U.S. to demand high standards and transparency from our trading partners.

Forty percent of Washington state jobs depend upon the

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CONGRESS: Reichert works to secure our borders

Over the last few years, the U.S. Border Patrol was subject to federally mandated budget cuts, sequestration, and a ruling by the Office of Inspector General stating that the current agency overtime pay system was being used illegally. As a result, manpower on the border decreased and agents were leaving the Border Patrol for other employment.

Congressman Dave Reichert co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to stop Border Patrol attrition and shield Border Patrol manpower from future budget cuts. On Dec. 18, President Obama signed this bill into law.

On behalf of the National Border Patrol Council, I would like to express

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ELECTION: Ritchie for 8th District congressman

Last week I attended the Auburn Chamber of Commerce candidates meet and greet. The candidates each described their backgrounds, policy positions and why they felt best qualified for the position they were seeking.

Jason Ritchie is a small business person who constructs wheelchair ramps, etc., for disabled folks. Last year, the Republican Congress-mandated government shutdown disrupted SBA loans to businesses like his, slowed the job growth and cost the taxpayers $24 billion.

Dave Reichert does not want to be held accountable by the voters for:

• Shutting down the government last year, initially suspending payment of wages to military personnel while receiving

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ELECTION: Reichert ably serves the 8th District

Congressman Dave Reichert stands with the people of the 8th District. With over 40 years of public service experience, he is the most qualified candidate.

Using his experience as King County sheriff, Reichert proposed and passed an amendment to the appropriations bill which provided funding for hiring police officers. Reichert also passed legislation honoring fallen Mount Rainier park ranger Margaret Anderson. Additionally, his legislation to combat human trafficking of foster children was included in a larger package and signed into law earlier this year.

Reichert’s accomplishments don’t end with his law enforcement experience though. As a member on the Ways & Means

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ELECTION: Reichert has our back in Congress

Congressman Dave Reichert has earned re-election. He has dedicated his life to service in both the 8th District and to Washington state as a whole.

As a man of integrity, Reichert stands up for what he believes in. As King County sheriff he had direct experience managing 1,100 employees and a multimillion- dollar budget. As congressman he has continued to show his dedication to our public servants.

Earlier this year, Reichert proposed and passed unanimously an amendment to the 2015 appropriations bill which protected funding to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. This allowed for the hiring of 1,000

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ELECTION: Dave Reichert isn’t a ‘solid performer’

I am appalled at your endorsement (editorial, 9-29) of Dave Reichert for Congress. Your reasoning included that it’s “harder for a Democrat to win” in the 8th District. Note that the 8th District voted for Barack Obama in 2012, after redistricting.

In 10 years, Reichert has gotten two bills passed (one renames a post office) and voted for government shutdown 15 times. That’s a “solid performer?”

Reichert voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act for equal pay, thereby voting to retain a court decision allowing employers to hide discriminatory pay practices for six months, after which employers could continue those illegal practices indefinitely with impunity. That was

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ELECTION: Why would media endorse Dave Reichert?

It’s another election year and again our local media seems to want to endorse Congressman Dave Reichert (editorial, 9-29) who, in my opinion, lacks the essential skills to be an effective congressman. It’s even harder for me to understand why, when given an opportunity to lessen the damage a bill would have on the “freedom of the press,” he votes against that amendment to that bill.

We live in a very well-to-do district, but compared to the majority of congressional districts we are politically deprived and economically tax poor when it comes to the amount of taxes we pay

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ELECTION: Reichert has worked for veterans

An online letter writer (TNT, 9-30) objected to The News Tribune editorial board’s endorsement (editorial, 9-30) of Congressman Dave Reichert in the 8th District. I vehemently disagree with the writer’s reasoning and can only conclude that he is insulting this 30-year Air Force veteran, my veteran friends (including Reichert) and the voters of the 8th District by calling us anti-veteran.

Reichert has stood up for us. For example, his “Housing for Heroes” legislation, which combats veteran homelessness, was included in “The Honoring America’s Veteran’s Act” signed into law in 2012. Reichert has also been a leading advocate for not

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