Elected Experience: Washington State House of Representatives – 1989-1992 representing Yakima Valley; U.S. House of Representatives 1993-1994 representing Eastern Washington; U.S. House of Representatives 1999-2012 representing Kitsap, King and Snohomish counties.
Other Professional Experience: Attorney, author of Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean Energy Economy.
Education: Ingraham High School, Seattle, WA; graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in economics in 1972; graduated Magna Cum Laude from Willamette University Law School in 1976.
Community Service: Charter member of Hoopaholics to raise money for Childhaven; coached youth sports; served as an honorary board member of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
Statement: My mission as governor is this – to create a stronger and growing economy for Washington. We invent, we create, and we build. It was our innovations that led the revolution in aerospace, then software. Today we are on the cusp of new revolutions in health sciences and clean energy technology. This is our moment to grow our economy and create jobs. We need to seize it.
Having lived, worked, and represented both sides of the Cascades, I understand how our economy works. Making Washington a hub for clean energy will launch small businesses across the state, allowing wind and biofuels from the east to power skyscrapers in the west.
To build this stronger economy and ensure every child has an opportunity for a successful future, we must adopt a no-excuses approach to education. I’ll implement proven reforms that produce more innovative schools and insist on high quality teachers in every classroom. We will prioritize our investments in: early childhood education; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and make college more accessible and affordable. No excuses.
I will bring this forward-thinking to our state by implementing lean management techniques to improve government services and efficiency and deliver health care at lower cost. In order to create change we need a leader who is willing to buck the status quo. I am one of the few who voted against the bank bailout and the deregulation of Wall Street.
We need a leader who is willing to protect senior citizens’ health care and pensions. I am the only candidate in this race who will stand up to protect a woman’s right to choose, which is why I’ve been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest.
We can build a working Washington. I would be honored to have your vote.
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The First Lady walking through her convention speech rehearsal. President Obama watching offstage as President Clinton delivers his address. Kal Penn talking Twitter with Vice President Biden backstage.
These are all incredible moments none of us would normally get the chance to see — except our cameras got them for you.
Sep 14, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
GOP Continues to Block Violence Against Women Act
Today is the 18th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, a law originally drafted by then-Sen. Joe Biden and signed by President Bill Clinton back in 1994. ThinkProgress’ Annie-Rose Strasser rounds up the law’s many successes:
- Victims can call for help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established as part of VAWA. It currently serves over 22,000 victims a month and has taken a total of 3 million calls.
- Law enforcement officers are trained to help victims. 500,000 law enforcement officials, judges, and prosecutors a year are trained with VAWA funding to help domestic abuse victims.
- Partner violence and homicides fell. From the year before VAWA’s passage until 2008, the number of women being killed by partners dropped 43 percent, and partner violence against women fell 53 percent.
- Stalking became illegal. Before VAWA, stalking was not a federal crime. The law established stalking as a felony offense.
- Rape is rape, no exceptions. Since the passage of VAWA, each state in the United States has updated its laws so that rape by a partner is treated equally to rape by a stranger.
Unfortunately, the law is a year past due for reauthorization and Republicans in the House of Representatives continue to hold it hostage. This stands in marked contrast to every single other reauthorization, each of which sailed through Congress.
The Senate passed a modernized version of the law that expanded protects for LGBT people, immigrants, and Native Americans by an overwhelming, bipartisan 68-31 margin. Rather than even take up that bill, the House instead passed a partisan bill that excludes important protections for the aforementioned groups and other improvements to landmark law.
BOTTOM LINE: There’s no excuse for House Republicans to keep holding up a law that has successfully protected women for nearly two decades.
Evening Brief: Important Stories That You May Have Missed
Kanye’s latest single gets political: “Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax.”
Romney’s billionaire energy adviser complains that his oil company’s taxes are too high. Its tax rate: 2.2 percent.
Reagan, Bush refused to politicize Iran hostage crisis during the 1980 election.
Choose your own Mitt Romney tax adventure.
Romney campaign pushing the lie that “apologies” led to Libya attack.
The Fed finally announced major new steps to boost the economy.
Mitt’s major meltdown.
The latest on the court battle over Pennsylvania’s voter suppression law.
How Congress left our embassies exposed. (Spoiler alert: budget cuts.)
|This week is about reality checks: those who are providing them and those who need them. Economic reporters provide a reality check, while CBS may want to take a closer look at their newest business partner. All that and more.John Whitehouse Twitter: @existentialfish
Economic Reporters: We’re Better Off Now
As the conservative media manufacture a controversy whether the country is better off now than in fall 2008 when the economy was collapsing, Media Matters investigative reporter Joe Strupp talked to five veteran economic reporters. Their opinion was unanimous: of course the country is better off now than four years ago: http://mm4a.org/UuZtCp
CBS Hires Fox’s Republican Strategist Who Plotted Against Obama
Frank Luntz created Politifact’s 2010 “Lie of the Year,” in labeling the Affordable Care Act a “government takeover” of health care. Despite all of this, CBS News has just hired the discredited Republican strategist. Ben Dimiero looks at Luntz’s particular brand of dishonesty at Fox: http://mm4a.org/Ra0i4R
It’s Almost Like The Right-Wing Never Really Loved Bill Clinton At All
As you’ve probably seen, right-wing media figures look for any chance to portray deep discord and division between President Clinton and President Obama. After Clinton’s DNC speech Wednesday, those same right-wingers are suddenly attacking President Clinton like it’s 1998 all over again. Simon Maloy looks at the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin’s stunning turnaround on the matter. http://mm4a.org/QeB1Ry
To Fox, Social Security And Medicare Are “Handouts”
Fox is now attacking anyone who dares collect unemployment, Medicare, and Social Security benefits. Fox’s Gretchen Carlson and Jonah Goldberg argued that unemployment, Social Security and Medicare benefits were handouts – even though Americans pay for these benefits from their own paychecks: http://mm4a.org/Q2JxbY
One of the right-wing’s favorite myths is that President Obama is guilty of “leading from behind” in foreign policy. But when a tea party spokesperson tried that line on CNN, New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza busted the myth.
ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?
Some members of the press corps are complaining that the election is boring them, as if the purpose of democracy is amusement for the media. Eric Boehlert explains how this metastasizes into something far more worrisome and troubling. http://mm4a.org/Q2GJLP
GO BACK TO HECKLING
The discredited Daily Caller thought they had a big scoop – President Obama was the lead attorney in a lawsuit that caused the financial crisis. Two problems: One, they misread the legal documents and Obama was actually barely involved. Two, the 1995 lawsuit had nothing to do with the 2008 financial crisis. http://mm4a.org/OUWnHs
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
Now that both parties have wrapped up their conventions, the presidential election is just two months away. ThinkProgress will make sure you don’t miss a thing. Here are three important posts from this week:
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Aug 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
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President Bill Clinton: “This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment.”
“This is a clear choice. The Republican plan is to cut more taxes on upper income people and go back to deregulation. That’s what got us in trouble in the first place.”
“President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up, investing in innovation, education, and job training. It only works if there is a strong middle class.”
“That’s what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan.”
Aug 11, 2012 by whitehouse
President Obama discussed the Administration’s all-hands-on-deck approach to one of the worst droughts in more than fifty years.
Aug 10, 2012 by whitehouse
President Obama hosts an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the fourth Iftar that President Obama has hosted, continuing the tradition of hosting Iftars that began annually under President Clinton and was continued by President George W. Bush. The invited guests include elected officials, religious and grassroots leaders in the Muslim American community, and leaders of diverse faiths and members of the diplomatic corps. August 10, 2012.