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Tag: Rob McKenna

Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Rob McKenna is the leader state needs

Rob McKenna has a proven track record and achievements that have been recognized statewide and nationally. His biography and work as Washington’s attorney general are very impressive. He has reached out to both Democrats and Republicans to develop real solutions that both parties support.

McKenna is also the immediate past president of the National Association of Attorneys General, proving himself trustworthy by his fellow AGs. In addition, he’s argued and won cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a topnotch professional all around.

There are many problems with the current administration that need thoughtful solutions: deficits, school funding, roads,

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Oct.
19th

ELECTION: Inslee off-base on education ‘gimmick’

Peter Callaghan’s column (TNT, 10-18) highlights Jay Inslee’s refusal to respond in any meaningful way to a central element of this year’s state Supreme Court ruling in McCleary v. State – the requirement to address inequities in the current local levy system for funding public schools.

Inslee characterizes the bipartisan effort to address these inequities as a “gimmick.” Either he does not understand the impact of grossly inequitable levy rates on thousands of our state’s students or he doesn’t care. Does Inslee lack the courage to confront the unjust system because it might cost him votes in property-rich districts

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Oct.
19th

ELECTION: Extremists will call the shots

I take issue with The News Tribune’s endorsement of Rob McKenna for governor (editorial, 10-14).

Although I identify myself as progressive, I have found compelling reasons in the past to vote for the person rather than the party. Unfortunately, times have changed. The political atmosphere is so charged that I, for one, don’t trust that the Republican Party wouldn’t dictate the “correct” doctrine to a Republican officeholder. It may be true of the Democrats as well, but I happen to agree with many of those positions.

I think McKenna has done a fine job as our attorney general –

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Oct.
19th

ELECTION: Shame on TNT for endorsing McKenna

I work for a nonprofit agency that saves the state money while providing home care services to those with disabilities and to seniors. This takes good training, compassion and hard work.

If Rob McKenna is elected governor, I am afraid I will lose my job, and even worse the ones we care for will be forced into costly, already overcrowded institutions.

His budget plan would slash home care for seniors and people with disabilities. Shame on The News Tribune for endorsing him.

Our most vulnerable and precious seniors have suffered enough from recent cuts. Jay Inslee is opposed to further

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Oct.
17th

ELECTION: McKenna defends the Constitution

When I consider candidates for public office, a key factor is a demonstrated understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the courage to stand up for it and my rights as a citizen. In this regard, Attorney General Rob McKenna stands out.
I could cite a number of examples, but I think the best is the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, better known as “Obamacare.”
After passage of the act, there were concerns about certain provisions, foremost the individual mandate under the

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Oct.
12th

ELECTION: Inslee’s green energy? No thanks

Jay Inslee promoted green energy while he was a congressman representing the people of Washington state (TNT, 10-11). Two have failed, Solyndra and Solar at Loveland, costing the taxpayers $570 million to date. A third one, SunPower is on the brink of going bankrupt.

I do not want him promoting green energy in Washington, where the taxpayer will have to pick this up also if it fails. Inslee also voted to ban our 120-year-old light bulb, which will cost homeowners a few hundred dollars to replace them with mercury-laden bulbs.

Sarah Palin was trashed by media everywhere for quitting

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Oct.
11th

ELECTION: Return balance to our state

My family has been in the timber business in Washington for more than 100 years. We have learned through hard experience that balance is absolutely necessary to survive. So I support Rob McKenna for governor.

Our last Republican governor was 31 years ago in 1981. This is the longest run of one party controlling the governor’s office in our history. We are out of balance. High unemployment, high business taxes, high-cost regulations, underfunded education, aerospace and timber companies leaving our state – all clearly show we need a new direction in Washington if we are to survive. We must move

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Oct.
10th

ELECTION: McKenna works across party lines

As a Democrat, I support Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna for governor. He puts people and issues first, over the party and positioning.

McKenna worked with me, the prosecuting attorneys and the sheriffs of our four counties from the 19th Legislative District to restore anti-meth drug task force funding and combat the meth epidemic in Southwest Washington. SB 6239 was the result, restoring funding to fight this serious drug crime. It passed the Legislature unanimously and is still a major crime-fighting tool today.

McKenna defends rural natural resource jobs. He recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court along with 31 attorney

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