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Speaker Tom Foley's passing has given  this community time to reflect on what it means to be a real dedicated public servant. And coming at a  time of important local elections, it'€™s feeling like that reflection is showing for the moment.

I moved to Spokane the year he was tossed out of office. And I do mean tossed. It seemed, from the talk I heard, that many people here had no idea how well he served this district and what a point of pride he was.  There were people who believed he could still be Speaker even if he lost the election or that Nethercutt would become Speaker if he won. I actually argued with someone about that.  Apparently most had no idea how he had been targeted by big power in the Republican party-thinking the fight to unseat him was local because "he had lost touch with his district".  And so he was replaced by George- all about the only 3 terms term limit-(oops, five terms really, but who'€™s counting)-Nethercutt.  And now by Cathy!€- the bobble-head you see in all the photos behind the "€œleadership"€ in the House, heading toward a likely  5th term- McMorris Rodgers.  
 So  late Tuesday night as the votes were coming in, I see this headline-
€“
Conservative lose control of Spokane City Council

The conservatives were soundly beaten!

In Spokane, Democratic activist Candace Mumm is leading conservative Michael Cannon in the race to replace Nancy McLaughlin, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election. And incumbent Councilman Jon Snyder is trouncing former Republican state Rep. John Ahern.
Mumm, a former TV broadcaster whose campaign was backed by numerous labor unions, was leading Cannon by a 10-percentage-point margin of 6,384 to 5,314. Cannon was backed by business interests and Spokane Mayor David Condon, a longtime Republican operative.
Jon Snyder, a hard-working progressive running for re-election, was endorsed  by the Spokesman-Review, but they did not support Candace Mumm, arguing her support  was from the firefighters union and she would be beholden to them. Totally ignoring Mayor Condon's and business interests' support of her opponent. Cause, I guess, he wouldn'€™t be beholden to them.

Also-

The races have set new Spokane records for municipal campaign spending
I might add, Mayor David Condon is formerly the Deputy Chief of  Staff for Mc Morris Rodgers.

A couple of days later I read this from the Spokesman Review   regarding ENDA:

Nearly 20 years ago, Congress began debating the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
It helps that public opinion has shifted and that many states have already outlawed such discrimination. But a different kind of majority runs the U.S. House of Representatives. Problem is, that majority constitutes a minority on this subject.

It's telling that 17 years ago, politicians would freely share their pro-discrimination views. Now they hide behind process.[...]

And this little nugget-
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives can also hide in this fashion because leadership, which includes U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, refuses to allow a vote.
[...] House leaders ought to put this bill to a vote, so members can publicly argue their positions and plant the flag for or against discrimination. Failing to do so only adds cowardice to their shameful position.

(my bolding)

And then there is George Nethercutt'€™s tiny voice/opinion piece this week in The Hill (and read on my local public radio station during morning drive time)  regarding the value of earmarks and singing a mighty different tune from his 1994 melody. All compromisey and stuff, he closed with this :

Tom Foley and Bill Young were giants in their time. Their wisdom, dignity and sense of fairness made them special.
And they supported earmarks
.
(my bolding)

Cathy€, of course,  signed the no earmarks pledge with a big smile.

Mr  Foley'€™s passing brings into stark relief the depth of the shameful lack of wisdom, dignity and sense of fairness we have been suffering from.

For those of you that know this district, I'€™m not ignoring that the city Spokane has been a speck of blue in a sea of red. But I'€™m wondering - with a very healthy dose of realism- could it be that the "€œconservative"€ stranglehold around here has loosened a bit?  Not sure what we'€™ll see going forward. But something has changed.

Originally posted to peagreen on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:20 PM PST.

Also republished by PacNW Kossacks and Shamrock American Kossacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    ..."For beauty," I replied. "And I for truth,-the two are one; We brethren are"... E. Dickinson

    by peagreen on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:20:01 PM PST

  •  A pillar of leadership & integrity... (4+ / 0-)
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    peagreen, Chas 981, Chinton, justintime

    that was Speaker Tom Foley.  Years ago while living out in the Columbia Basin I wrote a letter to Speaker Foley; I don't even recall the subject & I was a little shocked when a letter arrived a short time later from his office at the Capitol in D.C.  I recall that he addressed each of my points & personally signed the letter.  The letter is stored away in one of my old shoe boxes.  He actually took the time to sit down read and personally respond; good luck finding a politician these days to respond with anything other than a mass produced form letter.  

    Nice to hear about the outcome of the Spokane City Council races.

  •  IIRC (1+ / 0-)
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    justintime

    Foley was a victim of a very early Internet campaign, "De-Foley-ate Congress". Back in those days the 'net skewed way Right, being rich boys' toys with high-end Pentiums and PowerMacs and still metered by the minute.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:56:38 PM PST

  •  Spokane has always been so disappointing to me (4+ / 0-)
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    peagreen, Stude Dude, murphy, justintime

    You look around and see all the cool architecture and all the potential, and it just seems like it should be better than it is. It deserves better.

    Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. Mark Twain

    by Deathtongue on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 09:56:04 PM PST

  •  Oh, you're saying "Not that Tom Foley!" (0+ / 0-)

    Yes,  know- but you read it, didn't you?

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 02:39:30 PM PST

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