Sammamish Forum August 20

August 20, 2014

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Reichert is on our side
I am writing in response to Amanda Strombom’s letter regarding gun control legislation. This past session, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed, and the governor signed into law, HB 1840. This law gives courts the authority to require those under a restraining order that are deemed a risk to another’s physical safety to surrender any firearms and restricts them from obtaining a firearm during that period. This state level legislation is directly aimed at addressing the safety of survivors of abusive relationships and domestic violence. I commend our state legislators for their support of this bill.
As a supporter of Congressman Dave Reichert, I would argue that he is on our side on these issues. Reichert has served on the King County Domestic Violence Council. As a former sheriff he understands the importance of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals. I am confident in Reichert’s commitment to those at risk of abuse and survivors of domestic violence.

Sidney Chun

A vote for Jason Ritchie is a vote for women
This is a call to voters You’ll have to make many decisions during your career and this section will help you gather useful truck defensive driving information. to push for positive change. It has been almost a century since women received the right to vote and yet women still only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, holding all other variables constant.
Yes, there have been improvements, but the fight should not stop until equality is fully reached. Women should not worry have to worry about sexual harassment, pay differences or any form of discrimination in the workplace.
As voters, it is our responsibility to elect officials who will push for legislation that will create a more equal work environment. Otherwise, we are allowing progress to stagnate. We are saying “it is OK for gender to factor into the value of a person’s work.”
With election season right around the corner, now is the time for voters to make educated decisions regarding the direction our government takes. A vote for Congressman Dave Reichert in November will help the congressional leadership continue to block key legislation in the U.S. House that could close the gap.
Reichert, along with most Republicans, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This is inconsistent with the values we hold as Washingtonians. We need someone who understands that the fight is not over.
Thankfully, this year, the 8th District has an alternative. Jason Ritchie has made women’s rights a central point in his campaign. I support Jason Ritchie.

Bridget Spencer

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4 Responses to “Sammamish Forum August 20”

  1. Tim D. on August 21st, 2014 10:00 pm

    This is not a Republican/Democrat issue; even President Obama is struggling with salary issues that depend on time on the job among many other factors.

    In addition to his strong voting record related to and supporting women (see his Wikipedia page), Rep. Reichert has a working age daughter and granddaughter headed to college. He knows first hand about the issues women face in the workplace, at school, at home and in the criminal world of unspeakable crimes against girls and women.

    Rep. Reichert HAS focused on women’s rights and protection throughout his career; it’s not just a campaign promise.

  2. Robert Robinson on August 26th, 2014 9:46 pm

    I might agree with you about Congressman Dave Reichert on local issues but in this case it’s more then that. He might say he supports this gun law but if the NRA should way in with a different view and he is forced to put it on the record based on his past he will try to avoid it but if cornered he will first go to his GOP leadership to ask them what he should do and only if they give him permission will you ever hear him on the record supporting it. In today’s political environment a congressman cannot continue to be reelected year after year if they don’t do what they are told by their parties leadership.

  3. Frank Blau on August 27th, 2014 3:55 pm

    To classify Dave Reichert as “supporting women” just because he “has a working age daughter and granddaughter headed to college” is a flawed characterization of his actual voting record.

    Supporting women would mean supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (Reichert opposed it), supporting a woman’s right to choose (Reichert has a 82% approval rating from the National Right to Life Council, which indicates a mixed record on abortion, at best), and does not support the rights of all people to marry the partner of their choice.

    Dave Reichert is an anti-choice, anti-equal pay, anti-marriage equality, dyed in the wool Republican that votes with the Republican Party 90% of the time (

    If that’s your preference (clearly it is not mine), by all means, cast your lot with Dave, but let’s not pretend that he is anyone vaguely favorable to women and minorities in his voting behavior.

    Frank Blau

  4. Steve Baker on August 30th, 2014 6:03 pm

    I find it very depressing that a number of people in his district assume Rep. Dave Reichert is anything other than a GOP rubber stamp for what the party tells him to vote for.

    He has a history of supporting Bush’s ruinous financial shenanigans, voting against background checks or any sort of reasonable attempts at gun control, voting against the Lily Ledbetter act, and generally supporting the wants of the privileged few and corporations over the pressing needs of working class Americans.

    While there have been a few uncharacteristic votes for conservation and environmental legislation that directly impacts Washington state, the vast majority of Rep. Reicherts’ votes during his congressional career have proven time and time again he does not support balanced budgets, health care for working Americans, campaign finance reform, educational finance reform, or any of the dozens of pressing needs of the middle class, but rather the demands of the monied investment class and the corporate lobbyists that control Washington D.C.

    Trying to even begin a dialog with his office is also impossible, unless you are in lock-step agreement with the GOP master plan of not only denying any practical legislation a chance at getting out of committee, but refusing to actually create alternatives to the legislation being debated and filibustered by Republicans in the house. The typical response appears to be a form letter sent by an intern thanking you for agreeing Americans do not have a right to health care or a living wage.

    Time for a change-

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