Archive for February, 2012

Building a Working Liberty Lake

We have watch him “walk the talk” for years.  Jay has already help boost Liberty Lake jobs and employment elsewhere in Spokane County through the Stimulus Bill that he supported as a Congressman.

Liberty Lake Jobs Created

The Demand Energy project in Liberty Lake will create and retain about 90 jobs in Liberty Lake of Spokane County.  As part of the Stimulus Package, Demand Energy received a $1.5 million grant to manufacture energy storage devices for on-site users of electricity.  These are used to store electricity during times of the day when there is an overabundant supply of electricity from our power grid for use when there is greater demand for electricity.  This is particularly useful for renewable energy from wind farms, for example, and boosting jobs in Liberty Lake.

A “veteran team of Spokane-area” corporate executives and entrepreneurs from utility, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries began making deliveries of energy-storage units in fall 2011.  The Company has commitments from customers from New York to China that will help increase Liberty Lake jobs, stated the Spokane based Journal of Business.

Jobs Created by Stimulus Act

The 2009 Stimulus Act played a vital role in jump-starting this local business and boosting Liberty Lake jobs and in Anacortes and elsewhere.  The Act has created over 1.5 million jobs nation-wide, according to Moody’s and IHS Global Insight.

Tens of thousands of these jobs helped boost Washington Employment.  The stimulus bill helped put Washington to work at

  • Constructing wireless and broadband infrastructure
  • Repairing thousands of miles of roads
  • Cleaning up toxic waste sites
  • Building flood prevention projects

In the state of Washington, the Stimulus Bill also helped employ thousands of

  • Teachers
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • And other professionals

Also, please see Jay Inslee’s detailed plan to create a “Working Washington” and the website

Jay Inslee, candidate for Washington Governor, asks us to strengthen our resolve to support clean, renewable energy.  Americans want clean energy. They know that it is an engine that can create jobs for Working Class Americans, and they are willing to make an upfront investment into it to generate those jobs and clean energy for our future.

Jay Inslee Promotes Clean Energy Jobs

Right on Jay! Most forms of renewable energy (and I will add conservation and efficiency) are more labor intensive than capital intensive. That means, for example, more jobs are created from wind power per dollar of investment capital. This is according to the Washington State Department of Commerce in A Brief Analysis of the Economic Benefits of Wind Power in Washington State“. Another good example is making our housing stock more energy efficient by installing additional insulation and weather stripping.

The video is from ClimateBrad at

Video: Jay Inslee — Building a Working Washington

Here is a video of Congressman Jay Inslee announcing his candidacy for Washington Governor. This was recorded in July of 2011.  Even though it is not very new, it is still very much worth watching. Also, please take a look at Jay’s plan to build a working Washington and increase Washington Employment.

Many people say that there is not any difference between Democrats and Republicans. Well . . . they need to look a bit closer. Democrats, like Jay Inslee, tend to prioritize good jobs for the working class. Republicans prioritize corporate earnings, stock market returns, creating tax loop holes for Corporations. All of these latter are not always bad, but they should never be the end goal in themselves. Well paying jobs for the working class always should be.

Jay grew up in a working class family, and he has worked many different jobs across Washington. He has been employed as a construction worker, painter, bulldozer operator, and teaching community college before he entered his law career and eventually he was elected to public service and has focused on boosting Washington employment.

Jay is the only person in my book for the next Washington Governor and we need him to help us build a “working Washington”.  His assistance creating Jobs in Liberty Lake through his vote on the Stimulus Bill is an example.

Jay Inslee is a person that I trust

“I will vote for Jay Inslee because he is an honest man . . . I have talked to him one-on-one and I felt like he really listened to me and cared about a lot of the same issues that Washingtonians care about. He wants to change state government for the better . . . to make it more efficient and effective.” –Nick Castrolang, Spokane, Wa

Other Stuff

We all are very excited that Jay Inslee is running for Washington Governor, and we built this web page to advocate for him. Unlike many of his opponents, he in fact grew up in a family that was working class. Jay is best able to build a “working Washington” and strengthen Washington Employment. Please take a look at Inslee’s plan to increase jobs in our state of Washington.

DailyKos is one of my favorite national blogs, and a pro-union, local blogger Seattle “YellerDog” started a DK group for Inslee.  It is called Jay Inslee WA Governor 2012 Keep WA Blue

Also, Spokane Watch is a local blog to keep an eye on politics and important issues in the City of Spokane from an independent perspective. We cover local City Council and Mayoral Races in Spokane, and also races for governor such as Jay Inslee’s or legislative races when there is a Spokane angle. Local issues such as the Spokane River, our parks, public safety, the environment, poverty, and the courts are also an interest to us.

Likewise, here is a blog to keep watch on the Partisan Republican Congressperson Jaime Herrera who won a seat in Congress. I know they would appreciate you taking a look. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers has been putting her staff in positions of power. Jaime Herrera being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives is one example.

Eastern Washington Voters has been keeping an eye on David Condon as well. He was a McMorris staffer just like Jaime Herrera, and then out of nowhere he ran for the Mayor of Spokane and was elected. David Condon promised to be non-partisan, but considering his very conservative political activity in the past we are concern.

Another good watchdog site is Rob Mckenna is not who he says he is. The site debunks some of McKenna’s claims, including that he is a supporter of working class families. McKenna’s has consistently attacked labor unions and minimum wage. ffordable Care Act. McKenna also filed a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, which would return us to the times when insurance companies could use pre-existing conditions as an excuse to deny coverage. It would deny many Washington families access to affordable, quality health care.

Eastern Washington Voters is an independent political membership organization. We are not affiliated with any political party. However, we do lean Democratic because we believe them to be the strongest supporters of the working class, the environment, and of peace and justice. We are a people powered grassroots organizations in a conservative part of the state of Washington. Here are a EWV sponsored blog that is part of the DailyKos Community and another one.

Amidst a conservative rural region, there are pockets of Democrat and Progressive votes. Spokane consistently elects 3 or 4 Democrats to the State Legislature, and has often had a progressive majority on its City Council. We had a Democratic mayor, Mary Verner, until she was defeated by David Condon, the ex-McMorris aid. The only two rural counties in Eastern Wa. that have Democratic County Commissioners and Whitman County and Pend Oreille County. Pat O’Neil is the Whitman County Commissioner, and Diane Weir is the Pend Oreille County Commissioner.

We also want to tell you about Democracy for America. They are people powered political action committee with over one million members across the United States. Democracy for America is working from the bottom-up to change the Democratic Party and our country. They provide training for young and experience electoral activists, organizing tools, and exposure in the media. There goal is to support progressive topics and people running for office up and down the ballot.