Eastern Washington Voters
We Are Making Eastern Washington into a More Progressive Place
Eastern Washington Voters is a group of people who are passionate about making Eastern Washington more progressive. Our members believe it is possible to make a difference, and they have proven it over and over again. If you are tired of Eastern Washington being the “ball and chain” that holds back the progressive agenda for the rest of the State, please donate and become a member or supporter of Eastern Washington Voters.
Although some of our most important work is not on this website, below are a few highlights. If you want more information, contact us to schedule a time to talk.
- In 2011 and 2012, we coordinated the largest partisan voter registration drive in Eastern Washington since before the start of motor voter registration.
- In 2008, we were instrumental in electing one of the only two Democratic rural County Commissioners in eastern Washington. In a very close race, we helped Democrat Pat O’Neill win a seat on the Whitman County Commission by helping him design, fund, and mail 5,000 pieces of campaign literature to targeted voters in Whitman County.
- In 2006, Eastern Washington Voters helped film a TV ad using crop art that was key to defeating the anti-environmental I-933. One of our members, Aaron Flansburg, used his combine to write “No I-933” in his barley field near Palouse Washington, while it was filmed from a helicopter. The footage was made into a popular TV advertisement that was played over and over on the West side of the State of Washington. The “No on I-933 campaign said that the TV ad tide for our side. You can watch a video of it here. I-933 would have required state and local government to pay developers to follow zoning laws and environmental protections.
- In 2004, we distributed 5,000 pieces of literature “by hand” in support of Christine Gregoire. As you know, she was elected by only 133 votes, and has since signed into law green building standards, a clean car bill, and dozens of other important, progressive pieces of legislation.
The Voting Record of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ voting record has undermined Medicare, given tax breaks for the rich, and weakening environmental regulations. Visit this page to read about this. Obsessed with advancing higher and higher into the Republican Party hierarchy and gaining more power, McMorris Rodgers continues to sell her votes to corporate interests at the expense of working class families in Eastern Washington. Since being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has amassed one of the most conservative and partisan voting records in the U.S. Congress.
2013 Special Election: Eastern Washington Guide for Progressive Voters to the 2013 February Ballot
Ballots must be post-marked by Tuesday, Feb 12 or dropped off at ballot Drop Off Box by 8pm that day. If you are having problems receiving your ballot, please call Spokane County Elections (509-477-2320) or stop by a voter service center on election day. Follow this link for ballot box locations, last mail pick up times in Spokane County, and other info.
Prop 1: Vote “Yes” for Independent Investigations of Citizen Complaints of Spokane Police Misconduct
Current, the Spokane Police are allowed to investigate themselves when a citizen files a complaint about the Spokane Police Department or police misconduct. There are no checks and balances. No real oversight. No Transparency.
Proposition 1 in Spokane would mandate independent investigations of complaints of police misconduct and gives average citizens a voice by creating a citizen oversight committee. Prop 1 in Spokane is needed to stop more citizens like Otto Zehm from being killed.
Prop 2: Vote “No” on making Spokane City Council decisions to raise revenue less Democratic
Prop 2 would require a 5/7 majority on the Spokane City Council to pass an ordinance to raise or lower revenue. It is poorly written and undemocratic. It leaves too many questions unanswered. As few as two people could hold up important work by the Spokane City Council. We should not amend our City’s Constitution with something so confusing and undemocratic.
Prop 3: Vote “Yes” to Keep Spokane Libraries Open
The City of Spokane is facing a five hundred thousand dollar deficit in the library system and we will have to close branches unless something is done. Prop 3 will generate the revenue to keep library branches open and operate 40 hours a week.
The Library Levy is minimal: Only seven cents for every 1,000 dollars of access property value. Someone who owns a one hundred and fifty thousand dollar home will only pay $10.50 a year to help save our libraries and keep them open. That is less than one book costs if you go to the book store.
Our Two Blogs: Spokane Watch and Eastern Washington Politics
Spokane Watch was re-launched by us in 2012. It is a blogging project of Eastern Washington Voters to cover Spokane County and City politics and issues from a progressive point of view. Anyone can comment.
EWpolitics.org covers news and views from and about Eastern Washington from a progressive point of view. The blog does have a focus on Whitman County. Some of the breaking stories are summarized here on our news page.