State of Washington secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Pramila Jayapal: Automatic voter registration & felon re-enfranchisement

Pramila has been a strong champion of voting rights, introducing a bill for Automatic Voter Registration and working as the lead champion in the Senate to pass the Washington Voting Rights Act. In Congress, she will fight to restore and expand the Federal Voting Rights Act, re-enfranchise the more than two million ex-felons who are African-Americans and paid their debt to society, and stop the systematic efforts to disenfranchise minority voters by requiring IDs or gerrymandering voting lines.
Source: 2016 WA House campaign website PramilaForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Pramila Jayapal: Overturn Citizens United; dark money stifles elections

As a longtime community organizer, Pramila believes in the power of the grassroots and the people to enact real change, but she's seen the stifling effect "dark money" has had on the ability of everyday citizens to make their voices heard.

That's why in the State Senate, Pramila spearheaded a letter to Congress, signed by all members of the Democratic caucus, calling on them to overturn Citizens United.

Source: 2016 WA House campaign website PramilaForCongress.com Nov 8, 2016

Dino Rossi: Call to halt earmarks; that's what's wrong with D.C.

Murray repeatedly mentioned that she comes home and talks to local leaders and businesses about what help they want from Washington, D.C.

Rossi said he's been listening to voters as he travels the state, noting conversations with struggling small-business owners and a 50-year-old man who nearly came to tears talking about being unemployed for two years.

Rossi accused Murray of heading to Congress with good intentions years ago but claimed she's changed since then to become a D.C. insider. He ripped her record as a prolific sponsor of earmarks, citing a Seattle Times report about former Murray staffers now cashing in on their connections as lobbyists, garnering nearly $20 million in earmarks for clients in a recent defense bill alone. "That's precisely what's wrong with Washington, D.C. That's what has to change," Rossi said.

Murray defended her record, and said Rossi would shortchange important Washington state projects with his call to halt earmarks and cut the federal budget.

Source: Seattle Times coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

Patty Murray: Halting earmarks shortchanges important state projects

Eager to remind voters she hasn't grown aloof during 18 years in office, Murray repeatedly mentioned that she comes home and talks to local leaders and businesses about what help they want from Washington, D.C. Rossi said he's been listening to voters as he travels the state.

Rossi accused Murray of heading to Congress with good intentions years ago but claimed she's changed since then to become a D.C. insider. He ripped her record as a prolific sponsor of earmarks, citing a Seattle Times report about former Murray staffers now cashing in on their connections as lobbyists, garnering nearly $20 million in earmarks for clients in a recent defense bill alone. "That's precisely what's wrong with Washington, D.C. That's what has to change," Rossi said.

Murray defended her record, and said Rossi would shortchange important Washington state projects with his call to halt earmarks and cut the federal budget while insisting on $1 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Source: Seattle Times coverage of 2010 WA Senate debate Oct 17, 2010

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