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Posts published in “Day: March 13, 2015”

To govern, to obstruct

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An opinion piece released on March 13 by Representative Mike Simpson, R-ID.

“The American people used their votes last year to demonstrate a strong objection to gridlock while giving a modest endorsement to the direction Congressional Republicans offered as an alternative to Democrat policies in Washington. Their confidence, however, was conditional on an expectation that Republicans would work aggressively to move our country forward.

“Unfortunately, too many of my colleagues in Congress see the election much differently. They view gridlock and obstructionism as a means to appease the politically pure and point fingers at anyone who seeks a different solution. While I agree with my colleagues on the conservative principles in this debate, I’d rather be advancing solutions to stop the President’s overreaching policies and putting forward Republican answers that thwart the Administration’s ability to rule from the executive branch.

“Instead, a faction of my Republican colleagues see obstructionist tactics like shutting down the government, or one of its most important agencies, as just another tool in the construction of a manufactured crises. This small segment of Republicans voted to shut down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a vote two weeks ago at the deadline – and they represent the most irresponsible, unrealistic, and ineffective segment of our Republican caucus.

“Even worse, they’re imposing a losing strategy while we are actually winning in the courts – the legitimate, and Constitutional, venue for resolving disputes between the executive and legislative branches.

“These members have no credible policy proposals to stop the President’s unlawful actions, instead they hold our national security hostage with shutdown threats, and then label any Member who opposes their strategy as “capitulating” to the President.

“They represent a segment of our caucus that would rather shut down the government than show the American people we can actually govern. They represent a segment of our caucus that would preach border security while defunding border patrol. They represent a segment of our caucus that defies the Constitution while preaching a strict adherence to its very principles. They represent a segment of our caucus that wrongly thought a government shutdown would spell the end of Obamacare. They got their shutdown. But we still have Obamacare.

“The majority of the Republican caucus has given ample opportunities for this loud minority to play-out their strategy. However, this small faction has failed to achieve any conservative victories and led our party so far astray that the Democrats have been able to exert influence in the absence of a united Republican party.

“My pro-shutdown colleagues are the same folks who pushed for immigration reform only to abandon the notion – leaving the American people on hold with a broken system, ineffective border, and overreaching President looking for any excuse to write executive actions.

“My pro-shutdown colleagues project Constitutional principles but they’re conveniently forgetting their own Constitutional responsibilities to fund the U.S. Government and, ‘provide for the common defense.’

“My pro-shutdown colleagues supported John Boehner for Speaker, before opposing him, then supporting him again, and now criticizing him. By undermining Republican leadership at every turn, the pro-shutdown minority has compromised our ability to pass conservative priorities that focuses on governing efficiently and effectively.

“The truth is my Republican colleagues and I have a critical and extremely short window of time to prove to the American people that we can govern responsibly. This brief window is our chance to demonstrate to the American people that they should look to a Republican as the next President of the United States. It’s also our chance to show that we prefer the Ronald Reagan model of taking 70-80% of what we can get…and then fighting united to get the rest in the future.”

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Nampa library nearly ready to open (Boise Statesman)
Will Idaho wheat go to Cuba? (Lewiston Tribune)
Judge rejects Clearwater road management plan (Lewiston Tribune)
WA teenagers say pot easy to get (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
Palouse neighbors concerned about skate park (Moscow News)
Legislators create new urban renewal committee (Nampa Press Tribune)
Senate narrowly okays driverless car testing (Nampa Press Tribune)
Broadband contractors say state owes $6m (TF Times News)
Clif Bar does grooundbraking at TF facility (TF Times News)
KMVT-TV at Twin to be sold to Gray Television (TF Times News)

Another sickened UO student (Eugene Register Guard)
Eugene picks Balderas as new superintendent (Eugene Register Guard)
Swan Lake pumped storage plan at KF still a go (KF Herald & News)
Klamath college promises another year for diploma (KF Herald & News)
Medford considering pot odor issue (Medford Tribune)
Conflict of interest claimed in Coquille casino plan (Medford Tribune)
Oracle lawsuit bumped to state court (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Sexuality conference at Pendleton blasted (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Profiling Brown's approach as governor (Portland Oregonian)
Bicyclists may be allowed to run red lights (Portland Oregonian)
Why was state bounched from Kitzhaber inquiry? (Portland Oregonian)
Brown signs carbon reduction bill (Salem Statesman Journal)
Bill would simplify some name changes (Salem Statesman Journal)

Surveyed teens say pot easy to get, not harmful (Bremerton Sun)
Legislative overview story (Seattle Times, Yakima Herald Republic, Bremerton Sun, Olympian, Longview News)
Bill would allow tax breaks for good jobs (Everett Herald)
Kalama goes after abandoned properties (Longview News)
Legislators consider nonprofits in political campaigns (Olympian)
WA legislators review Montana coal plant closure (Olympian)
Vaccine exemption bills die at legislature (Port Angeles News)
More teens get into e-cigarettes (Seattle Times, Vancouver Columbian)
Thomas Daly named to head Spokane Catholic diocese (Spokane Spokesman)
Kootenai sheriff deputies get pay raise (Spokane Spokesman)
More worker injuries in Seattle tunnel (Tacoma News Tribune)
Congressional delegation helps starfish wasting (Tacoma News Tribune)
Puyallup tribe buys cancer clinic (Tacoma News Tribune)
Clark Co officials deliver annual address (Vancouver Columbian)
Yakima plaza has parking problems (Yakima Herald Republic)