City: Spokane, WA
Occupation: State representative
Education: Graduated from North Central High School in 1977.
Career: Business representative for the Northeastern Washington-Northern Idaho Building and Construction Trades Council, affiliated with AFL-CIO for 10 years. Previously worked as a cement finisher for 17 years.
Political experience: Appointed to current House seat in 2003. Elected to seat every two years since 2004. Vice chairman of the House Capital Budget Committee.
Family: Divorced and remarried. Has three grown children.
Agrees with state Supreme Court ruling that said that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education and that more revenue is needed. Opposes rule requiring supermajority votes to increase taxes. Supports same-sex marriage. Supports decriminalizing marijuana offenses. Opposes charter schools. Supports law giving local governments the option to install red light enforcement cameras.
Republican lawmakers from Spokane and Eastern Washington received failing grades in a new statewide report on racial equity issued by a liberal-leaning organization. Only Democratic state Rep. Andy Billig from Spokane’s 3rd District received an “A” based on votes on 25 pieces of legislation over the past two years. Billig will move to the Senate in January.
Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than Republicans. Control of the House has not been as much in dispute because Democrats have a wider margin, with 14 more seats than the GOP, and the party appeared to easily maintain a wide majority there.
The race between incumbent Democratic state Rep. Timm Ormsby and his Republican opponent, Dave White, gives voters a clear choice along party lines. Dave White, a Spokane County public works inspector, says his priority is to lower taxes and regulations. Businesses are struggling in the current economy, he said.
OLYMPIA – Requiring a supermajority for the Legislature to approve tax increases, as Washington voters have required several times over the past two decades, is unconstitutional, a King County Superior Court judge said Wednesday. The state constitution says legislation is to be passed by a simple majority and voters can’t change that standard with an initiative, Judge Bruce Heller ruled in a case brought by a dozen state representatives, the state teachers union and education advocates.
OLYMPIA — A King County Superior Court judge says the super-majority approved by voters for tax increases is unconstitutional.
Residents of Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District might be getting a call around 6 p.m. Wednesday inviting them to participate in a tele-town hall. A what? you might say. It’s like a town hall meeting, only on the telephone. Sen. Lisa Brown and Reps. Timm Ormsby…