For Republican Cathy McMorrisBritney DancerContributing Writer
The race for the Washington State Fifth District U.S. Congress position is a tight one this year. Cathy McMorris is the Republican candidate with one term already under her belt. Peter Goldmark is the Democratic candidate with a variety of public service work and a great background to tie him in the race. Cathy McMorris holds a BA in pre-law from Pensacola Christian College in Florida and an executive MBA from the University of Washington. She was the seventh District of Washington State Representative for 10 years. McMorris was also elected by her peers to serve as the House Republican leader, which is the top leadership post in the House Republican Caucus. McMorris’ experience and leadership skills will help her lead our state in Congress, and help push America to better times.
McMorris has been involved with many different organizations and committees in her career.
She has been a part of the Armed Services Committee, the Resources Committee and the Education and Workforce Committee. She was also named by Speaker Dennis Hastert to be the only freshmen member of the House of Representatives High-Tech Working Group. Her ambitions and goals to achieve if elected into the U.S. Congress are high and noble. She is hoping to expand economic opportunities for the Northwest region; to improve access to quality and affordable health care; and keep our communities and nation safe.
McMorris has played a helping hand in the introduction of Heath IT, which is also known as the Medicaid Access Project through Information Technology (MAPIT). MAPIT would authorize the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to conduct two-year pilot projects in selected states to demonstrate the beneficial impact of Health IT on chronic disease case management for the Medicaid population.
She has worked to protect and expand our local Air Force base, Fairchild Air Force Base. She also helped sponsor the American Competitiveness Amendment to the College Access and Opportunity Act. This act will improve math, science and critical foreign languages in schools.
McMorris’ opponent, Peter Goldmark, has strong values but isn’t capable of pushing our state and country where we need to go. Goldmark is focusing his efforts on ethics in legislation, energy independence for the country, better education centered towards community and technical colleges, a world-class university system, restoring Pell Grants, keeping interest rates low on student loans and keeping adequate funding for the No Child Left Behind Act. Goldmark does not have much experience in law or in a position of this caliber. Their platforms aren’t entirely that different, but their backgrounds are.
McMorris has much more experience at the position and could represent the Fifth District of Washington State, in the U.S. Congress, extremely well. Goldmark needs more experience in higher leadership positions and should become more involved in things other than agriculture because that is not what we need to focus on entirely.
For Democrat Peter GoldmarkMichael-Ray TibbalsContributing Writer
You may have seen him on TV being introduced by his five children as the democratic challenger in Washington’s Fifth District.
Or you may have seen him being scrutinized for “supposedly” supporting tax increases by incumbent Cathy McMorris’s TV campaign ads.
You may have even noticed the white and red campaign signs in various areas and lawns in Cheney and Spokane. Now, you need to know what Peter Goldmark stands for.
I believe that although this is not a presidential election, and the winner of this race will not single handedly make an impact in Washington D.C., they represent our values and needs.
First and foremost, let’s talk about something that directly affects us, like student loans. Cathy McMorris voted against the “Reverse the raid bill,” that would cut student loan interest rates in half, from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent for one year for those most in need, and would begin to reverse cuts to student loan programs.
Subsidized loan borrowers would be able to keep that low interest rate for the life of their loan. McMorris also voted to cut 12.7 billon dollars from student loan programs, which was the largest single cut in history.
This imposed higher fees on students as well as increased the interest rate on parent loans.
She did vote for a higher education funding bill, which would increase student education aid, set interest rates for subsidized loans at 6.8 percent, and would allow Pell Grants to be available for summer study, however, this bill did not reverse any of the 12.7 billion dollars that was cut to student aid.
McMorris voted “no” on an Endangered Species Amendment that redefines the original Endangered Species Act of 1973-2010. This amendment redefines the word “jeopardize” to mean any actions that make a threatened or endangered species less likely to recover.
This is a safer way to make sure that we are doing all we can to preserve any species that starts to become endangered. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any kind of species, no matter what it is, to become extinct. Once it is gone, there is no getting it back.
McMorris obliviously does not care about wildlife anyway because she voted to allow drilling on the coastal strip of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. This would open oil leases on the 1.5 million acre refuge development. I don’t want to be represented like that.
Goldmark’s family should make voters feel safe to cast their vote for him. Of course he will do the little things like fight to reduce gas prices and restore integrity to the White House. He supports I-937, which promotes the use of renewable energy.
Goldmark will fight to reduce gas prices, but he wants to focus more on being able to be self-sufficient when it comes to fuel. We all know that not having to rely on other countries is key to lowering gas prices. Goldmark wants to reduce the interest rates on student loans to lower than 6.8 percent.
He has EWU on his agenda as well. This excerpt is directly from his website in a section on the economy “Expanding healthcare research and training in biotechnology at the WSU Riverpoint campus in Spokane, and at similar cutting edge programs at Eastern Washington University. New biotechnology industries and additional research opportunities will add high paying jobs in the region.”
The differing views on policies that affect this region is why Peter Goldmark should get your vote.