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Central City Line. To move or not to move Downtown Plaza. Now's the time to engage with the Spokane Transit Authority (STA). They are moving towards the final stage of gathering public input on a draft plan called STA Moving Forward which consists of about two dozen transit projects to be implemented over a 10-year period.
“The goal of this plan is twofold: to sustain existing service levels and prepare for the public transportation needs identified by our community when additional revenue is available,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO.
As part of ongoing efforts, you can provide feedback tonight at 6:30 p.m., when STA hosts a Telephone Town Hall meeting. Participants in the telephone-based event will have the opportunity to speak with an STA board member and agency officials to ask questions and provide feedback on the plan. Nearly 55,000 residents from communities within STA service will be invited to participate via the automated phone dialing system or you can join in by calling toll-free 877-353-4701 during the live event.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers offered remarks Monday night at an annual town hall covering topics ranging from federal spending to climate policy. Here's a closer look at some of those statements, and the information that supports or rebuts them:
Statement: “Last January I had the honor of giving the Republican address after the president’s State of the Union … If you listened, I didn’t mention President Obama once. The reason was because I think, for so many me included week after week hearing the division between Republicans and Democrats just attacking each other isn’t getting us where we want to be, and it creates a lot of frustration.”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers did not mention Barack Obama by name in her 10-minute long rebuttal his State of the Union address in January. However, she did mention the office nine times, though whether many of those could be counted as attacks on his policies is debatable. A sampling of her mentions:
“Tonight the President made more promises that sound good, but won’t solve the problems actually facing Americans. We want you to have a better life. The President wants that too.”
“The President talks a lot about income inequality. But the real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality… And with this Administration’s policies, that gap has become far too wide. We see this gap growing every single day.”
“Too many people are falling further and further behind because, right now, the President’s policies are making people’s lives harder.”
Watch the entirety of her address below (video provided by The New York Times):
To read the rest of this item, or to comment, continue inside the blog.
Staff for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said they realized too late their error in the published date for an upcoming Spokane town hall event on a mailer that hit the district last week.
The glossy mailer lists the date of the event as Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Center in north Spokane. But the 18th is a Monday, not a Thursday.
A spokeswoman confirmed the event will take place Monday, Aug. 18. The error was discovered after the mailers had been sent to the printer, the spokeswoman said, and a newsletter with the correct date was sent out electronically to digital subscribers of the congresswoman's emails.
McMorris Rodgers is expected to speak for an hour at the event Monday, which follows a strong showing in the four-person primary for the seat she's held since 2005. She last visited Spokane for a town hall a year ago, where many attendees wore their hearts on their sleeves.
State Sen. Mike Baumgartner returns to Spokane today for a pair of town hall meetings.
He has a 10 a.m. session at the Cheney Middle School, 740 W. Betz Road.
and a 2 p.m. session at the Museum of Arts and Culture in Browne's Addition, 2316 W. First.
Congressman Raul Labrador fields a question from the audience during a town hall meeting at North Idaho College Tuesday night. (Phantom Photographer photo for Huckleberries Online)
Reflecting on difficulties faced in his career as a doctor, Norman Leffler had a dark prediction on Tuesday night. "I tell you what's going to happen under Obamacare. Doctors like myself in their 50s and 60s, if doctors are forced to take Medicare and Medicaid kids, they're going to quit, and you're not getting younger doctors coming in," Leffler said, shouting into a microphone in the North Idaho College Student Union. "I advise my kids against going into medicine because of what's going on." Responding to the Hayden man's words, Idaho's District 1 Rep. Raul Labrador said he hasn't supported the Affordable Care Act, either, because it doesn't address health care costs. "We need to do whatever we can to reduce the cost of health care," the congressman said/Alecia Warren & David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
Question: Do you feel well represented by Congressman Labrador?
President Barack Obama answered questions about jobs, the economy, taxes, welfare and space programs in the first Twitter Town Hall meeting.
But nothing about marijuana, which was among the most "retweeted" topics before the session started.
The session allowed people around the country to send questions to Obama at the White House with a Twitter moderator. He acknowledged that he underestimated the recession and talked about the debt ceiling talks taking place this week.
For a complete transcript of the 90 minute session, courtesy of the White House Press Office, or to comment, click here to go inside the blog.
State Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, will hold a telephone town-hall-style meeting tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lawmakers, particularly those in large Eastern Washington districts (paging Sen. Schoesler) are increasingly using these group phone calls to interact with constituents.
Want to listen in or ask Parker a question? Dial 1-877-229-8493, and dial this code: 14766. It’s a toll-free call.