I’ve noticed that Cathy McMorris Rodgers has received a lot of flak from Lisa Brown’s supporters over her campaign ad regarding Lisa’s “No” vote in the state Legislature on a sexual predator bill in 1996. Her defenders point out that she later voted for an improved bill, but it took nine years (2005) for that to happen. If she really cared about the issue, why didn’t she propose amendments to the 1996 bill? Only five other House members voted “No” on the bill, although it never came to a vote in the Senate.
With regard to Lisa’s claim that her efforts led to the creation of the Spokane campus of the WSU Medical School, the honor actually belongs to Elson Floyd.
With regard to taxes and fees, Lisa has explained her long history of votes to raise them were due to imbalanced budgets. Of course, another solution was to cut spending. The same could be said of her voting to increase college tuition rates. She has been an proponent of establishing a state income tax, which citizens have rejected for decades whenever it has come to a vote.
Cathy has been an active part of a Republican-led effort to boost the economy in general, which included the passing of the tax reform bill (I wonder if Lisa would repeal it if she could?). On the issue of campaign finance, Lisa has taken PAC money funded by major corporations, which contradicts her statements about not doing so.