Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I want to thank you for taking the time to read my e-newsletter. It's humbling to me that you would take time out of your day to read what this dirt farmer has to say about the goings on in Olympia. Thanks again for the honor of serving you in the state House of Representatives.
You are invited!
Remember to join me for my hour-long telephone town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity for you to listen to me and your neighbors in the 9th District as we talk in greater detail about the problems facing our state and the solutions being proposed in Olympia. You can ask questions, take part in our survey questions or just listen from the comfort of your own home. The last time we did this, we had several hundred people join in. With a district our size, this is one of the best ways to reach out to communies and get a feel for what people are thinking.
Just call toll-free 1-877-229-8493 and enter pin number 15440 on Feb. 12 any time after 6:15 p.m. I hope to hear from you!
In a previous e-newsletter, I talked about our attempt to change how the House of Representatives operates by proposing some new rules. In an effort to let more folks back home know about our fight to give taxpayers protection against tax increases and citizens preference when testifying in committee, I wrote an opinion-editorial for several of our district's weekly/monthly papers. If you want to read that article, click here.
March for Life
Last week, several hundred Washington citizens marched on the state Capitol during the annual March for Life event. I know this is an emotional and sensitive issue for many – for a variety of reasons. But I am always reminded of our right to peacefully assemble; to give our support for, or protest against the policies enacted by our elected officials. There are so many people living around the world where the threat of retribution, imprisonment and even death keep their voices silent. I often wonder how they must look at us in envy for the ability – the RIGHT – to express our opinions, beliefs and ideas.
No matter where you stand on this and other controversial issues, I hope you can agree with me about the importance of preserving these rights at all costs. It's what makes us – US! Americans! I also hope you can join with me in expressing my thanks to all of our veterans and military service members who continue to stand up and protect our liberties and freedoms. We don't say it enough: Thank you!
“Legislator of the Year Award”
I had the opportunity this week to give the keynote address at the annual “Small Business Day” sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). These are the folks that represent the small businesses around our state and nation. They focus on the mom-and-pop enterprises that are very common in – and very crucial to – rural economies, such as ours.
As I was being introduced to give the luncheon speech, I was extremely surprised and honored to be awarded “Legislator of the Year” by Patrick Connor, the Washington state director of NFIB. They kept me in the dark until the last second. It was truly a special moment. It's nice to be recognized for your efforts, but it would be really nice if we could get some of our proposals to get Washington working passed through the legislative process! I'll keep at it!
Again, thank you for reading my e-newsletter. Feel free to pass it on to your friends and family. I'm trying to reach out to as many people as possible.
Take care and I'll write to you next week.