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A Spokane group of motorcyclists is fighting for attention among local politicians.
The Inland Empire Chapter of ABATE, a motorcyclist rights organization that opposes helmet laws and other restrictions on motorcycle riding, has been hosting a series of candidate forums that are restricted to one topic: motorcycle law.
Tonight, Democratic nominee for Congress Daryl Romeyn and state House candidates Democrat Andy Billig and Republican Morgan Oyler will participate. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at The Ticket, 1221 N. Howard St.
Steve Puccio, the legislative affairs director for the Inland Empire chapter, said the group works to keep politicians in contact with motorcyclists. He said ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments.
“They enact legislation and regulations taking away our rights, and they’ve never talked to us,” Puccio said.
In the 6th Legislative District, it has endorsed Republican Michael Baumgartner over Democratic incumbent state Sen. Chris Marr.
In an interview on Tuesday, Baumgartner declined to say if he supports the law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. He said he has “no plans” to sponsor legilsation that would repeal the helmet rules, but added he is ”sympathetic to the personal liberties” of motorcyclists.
The chapter has declined to endorse either incumbent Democrat state Rep. John Driscoll or Republican John Ahern in the 6th District state House race, Puccio said.
The group has endorsed Oyler and Billig’s opponent, Republican Dave White, in the state House races in the 3rd Legislative District.
Puccio said Oyler and White support the repeal of the state law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets.
Lousie Chadez, who won about 20 percent of the vote in the four-way primary for the state House seat representing central Spokane, said this week she will endorse follow Democrat Andy Billig for the general election.
Billig finished second and will face the likely winner of the primary, Republican Dave White, in the November election. Here is a map showing where the Democrats in the race won their support.
Chadez’s decision isn’t a huge surprise. She and Billig shared many of the same positions during the campaign.
Meanwhile, third-place finisher, City Councilman Bob Apple, said Thursday that he has no plans to endorse either candidate.
The top photo is Andy Billig’s reaction to the announcement that he would advance to the general election.
The next photo is Billig’s response to finding out he will face Republican Dave White in the general election.
It’s hard to blame Billig for appearing to be more jubilant when learning that he will face a Republican in the general election. The 3rd Legislative District is heavily Democratic.
Asked about his response, he said he was most excited to just move on.
“Our goal was to make it to the general election, and we achieved that goal,” Billig said.
The Democratic Party’s decision to endorse Andy Billig has made state House candidate Louise Chadez — despite her longtime affiliation with Democrats — feel somewhat of an outcast in the party.
At the party’s recent salmon feed, Chadez said, she and other Democrats who didn’t win official endorsements weren’t allowed to address to the crowd. So Chadez is organizing a victory party on Tuesday for her and some other Democrats who didn’t win party backing.
Among the invitees are Spokane County assessor’s candidate Sadie Charlene Cooney and Congressional candidate Daryl Romeyn. Chadez said she didn’t ask Bob Apple to attend because he’s competing in the same race as her. Also not on the list: David Fox, the Congressional candidate who has made recent headlines.
Chadez said her party will be at Working Class Heroes on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Spokane County Democratic Party Chairwoman Amy Biviano said the Democrats official victory party will be held on Tuesday at Hamilton Photography. Biviano said Democrats not endorsed weren’t given a chance to address the crowd at the salmon feed because the agenda already was full. Candidates not nominated were welcome and used the event for one-on-one networking, Biviano said.
We don’t want to get too picky about grammar, but this mailer from Bob Apple is worth noting, if only because one of the errors occurs while making the point that “Washington States first priority is to education.”
Two years after paying a hefty fine for breaking campaign law, City Councilman Bob Apple appears to have violated another campaign rule.
Reached on Tuesday, Apple agreed that the address shouldn’t appear on campaign material.
“It it was on there, it shouldn’t be,” he said. “I’l have that stripped out.”
Lori Anderson, a spokesman for the state Public Disclosure Commission, said using a city e-mail address violates rules that prohibit the use of public resources in campaigns.
“If (voters) want to contact him, they should do it through some other means other than his city e-mail address,” Anderson said. “The city e-mail address is paid for with city tax dollars and it’s to conduct city business.”
She added, however, that the mistake is minor and likely would not result in fines.
In 2007, Apple’s election opponent complained to the PDC about Apple using a City Hall phone number and e-mail address in a campaign ad.
Apple later faced more serious accusations from the PDC regardng his 2007 campaign.
The Spokanke County Republican Party endorsed Assessor Ralph Baker and legislative candidate Dave White over the weekend.
Ordinarily, one might think that the county party endorsing an elected GOP official, as Baker is, is something of a gimme. But not always this year. The County GOP is endorsing Dave Stevens over incumbent GOP Prosecutor Steve Tucker, for example.
For White the choice might have been pretty easy. He’s running in the open seat in the 3rd Legislative District, a district that is trends strongly Democratic and has three Democratic candidates.
Spokane County Democratic Party officials voted this week to endorse Andy Billig for the Statehouse seat now held by Democratic Rep. Alex Wood.
Billig, president of the Spokane Indians Baseball Blub, announced his candidacy last fall, before Woods announced his retirement.
Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple and social worker Louise Chadez also are running as Democrats on the August primary ballot. No Republicans have announced a run for the Third Legislative District seat, which represents central Spokane and is Eastern Washington’s most reliable Democratic district.
Billig’s endorsement doesn’t come as much of a surprise. He already had won backing from many prominent Spokane Democrats, including three of Apple’s colleagues on City Council: Richard Rush, Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref.
The county party has typically not weighed in on candidates until after primaries, but county Chair Amy Biviano said state party officials decided that the party should select candidates in response to the top-two primary system.