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E-Newsletter: RE: Recent law enforcement ‘reforms’ Hello Friends and Neighbors, This second half of July has been more than unusually hot and dry. It’s also been unusually violent, with a string of shootings – many of them fatal – in our state’s largest city, while here in Clark County, a Clark County deputy sheriff was killed... Read More...
E-Newsletter: It’s over! Hello Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature’s 105-day session ended last evening, shortly after the passage of a new state operating budget that is – unfortunately – much more partisan than it needed to be. The budget wasn’t the only disappointing news to come out of our final week (and weekend)... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Big (and mostly bad) bills still moving Hello Friends and Neighbors, The final day of our 105-day session is a week from this Sunday. I mentioned in my previous report how there’s no excuse for going past that deadline when one party controls both houses of the Legislature… but sure enough, the chatter about an overtime session... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Where’s the pandemic relief? Hello Friends and Neighbors, Week three of our very unusual legislative session is over. I’ll start this report by thanking everyone who has already phoned, emailed, or written to me about issues or specific bills. As I figured, becoming the budget leader for our Senate Republican Caucus has placed many... Read More...
E-Newsletter: Is the Tiffany Hill Act in trouble? February 28, 2020 Hello Friends and Neighbors, The Tiffany Hill Act received a very warm reception at its first stop in the House of Representatives, but there is now concern that the bill may hit a roadblock. Please read on for the details and how you can help. This legislative... Read More...
E-newsletter: Great News! Hello Friends and Neighbors, I want you to share some great news about SB 5149, now known as the Tiffany Hill Act. Yesterday I received word that the bill is scheduled for “executive action” – meaning a committee vote – at next Thursday morning’s meeting of our Senate Law and... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: New tax even goes after the ‘Avon Lady’ Hello, Friends and Neighbors! I appreciate that almost 100 people took 90 minutes out of this past Saturday to attend our town hall at WSU Vancouver. We covered a wide range of issues, and it was clear that some in the audience had very different opinions at times – but... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: Students, salmon, and support for state constitution Dear Friends and Neighbors, Let me start by thanking the dozens of people who attended our town-hall meeting earlier this spring. We covered a broad range of issues, and the questions and comments from constituents were very informative. Considering the level of partisanship I’d seen at the Capitol during this... Read More...
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E-NEWSLETTER: Major victory! Dear Friends and Neighbors, During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the U.S. government came in and confiscated people’s firearms, leaving them helpless to protect themselves.  Chaos ruled the day while emergency services and first responders were stretched thin and unavailable to help. About five years ago, before I... Read More...