Florence Vincent

November’s ballot will include two initiatives that deal with the issue of money in politics. Initiative-735 and Initiative-1464 address different elements of the problem of money in politics.  Both are big steps toward re-empowering the ordinary citizens of Washington State and the entire country. 

I-735 will make Washington the 18th state in only 6 years to ask Congress to overturn Citizens United and there are 20 other states working on it. It took over 50 years to get the 19th Amendment for women's right to vote! 

Trump is an interesting phenomena. He is a "strong man" who is pushing a populist message that resonates with people fed up with this country's inequality.

Unfortunately he's running as a Republican and Republicans don't believe in helping the middle class, otherwise they would have moved away from trickle-down economics which we have been experimenting with since Ronald Reagan.
If trickle-down, (which is giving tax breaks to the top 1%) worked, then everyone would be much better off by now, but you might have noticed that the middle class doesn't feel better off, while the top 1% are richer than ever.

Whether you believe in Climate Change or not, the World Health Organization says pollution is costing us billions of dollars a year. So why are we still digging up dirty fossil fuels when there's enough sunlight falling on Texas in one week to power the entire planet for one year? The technology already exists and could turn around our economy if only the fossil fuel industry would let us.

I don't like disagreements amongst friends, so I'm going to leave the Commissioners race up to the voters. Many of you say you know Edwards and Hutchings and you trust them. All I can suggest is that money in politics has a funny way of turning the tables; and with Edwards saying come speak to me, I ask you to take him really seriously and stay engaged. Turn up to all the monthly Commissioner meetings in Olympia. Don't let it be the Freedom Foundation, Republican, and developer lobbyists, (who are funding both campaigns), be the only ones they get to listen to.


Two weeks ago, Sen. Becker replied to my letter to the editor. She gave us a civics lesson and told the story of two constituents she'd helped.

Here is my response: "While I appreciate Sen. Becker's civics lesson, something that should be taught in full in all schools and at town halls across the country, I'm concerned that the large contributions that congress people receive to pay for their campaigns do have an effect on their decision making. Do people really believe that it doesn't?  I also like the idea of people going to her with ideas. More people should be going to her and her associates and asking for representation. The fact that we leave these people to just get on with it, without any input from us is the reason why things only get done for the corporations. We need people not lobbyists visiting and paying for our elected officials.