The Gettysburg Address, 154 years later

The Gettysburg Address, 154 years later

154 years ago, President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. He was giving a statement of new birth, saying that the nation coming out of the civil war would be different than the one going in. That we would be an indivisible nation based on freedom.

154 years later, President Lincoln's words still ring true! We find ourselves in another civil war, not one fought with bullets, but with insults and tweets. A war fostered by partisan ideologies, instead of rooted in facts. 

Thankfully, this is a war which is within our power to end. We do this by...

Agnew Responds to Sutherland Exit from the Race

Agnew Responds to Sutherland Exit from the Race

Liberty Lake, WA - Congressional candidate Eric Agnew responds to Matthew Sutherland’s exit from the race. “I am sorry to see Matthew leave the race, I enjoyed the enthusiasm that he brought to his campaign. I wish him the best as he seeks to serve in a different capacity. Since all evidence leads me to believe that Congresswoman McMorris-Rodgers will not be seeking re-election, I look forward to continuing the campaign with Dr. Lisa Brown.” Agnew goes on to state, “I am now the only candidate running a true grassroots campaign, from the bottom up, without the assistance of any special interests or big money. I am hosting monthly events and doorbelling weekly to meet with the great citizens of Eastern Washington directly. As of now, I am also the only candidate to clearly share my platform and my values on my website, which I continue to build upon weekly.”

Veterans: Heroes Among Us

Veterans: Heroes Among Us

Each of us is certain to have a special connection to a veteran. For me, it was with my Grandfather, Lowell Strother Jr., or “Pa Pa,” as we used to call him. Pa Pa served in the Navy from August 1943 until October 1949. He served aboard the USS Oregon City and the USS North Carolina. That is the thing that make veterans so special. They’re not characters in a book or a movie. They are our family members and friends, heroes that walk among us, their lives intertwined with ours.

Vets on the Farm

Vets on the Farm

About a month ago, I was in Odessa watching the parade at Deutschesfest, when I noticed a beautiful red tractor with a patriotic camouflaged hood and dual flags flying off the back. I didn't have a chance to speak with the driver, but snapped a picture to remember it by.

A couple of weeks later, I was in Rockford at the Southeast Spokane County Parade and I noticed it again. Afterwards I tracked them down and introduced myself. The group was Vets on the Farm, a program run by the Spokane Conservation District. I met the program Director, Vicki Carter, and committed to learning more about their work.

Why so secretive, Lisa Brown?

Why so secretive, Lisa Brown?

It has been nearly 2 month since Lisa Brown entered the 5th Congressional race, and anyone who doesn’t know Dr. Brown should be thoroughly confused about what she stands for from the lack of information her website. Not a single Value or Position is listed... in fact, she doesn't even clearly identify herself as a Democrat. An omission this big has to be intentional, and begs the question, "Why?"

Agnew to Host Town Hall

Agnew to Host Town Hall

PRESS RELEASE - Congressional candidate Eric Agnew will be hosting his second Town Hall, a “Brews & Views” event. It will be at Black Label Brewing, located at 19 W. Main, on October 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Agnew states, “We had some wonderful, productive conversations at our first town hall! There were both very conservative and very progressive voices present, and we were able to sit down and talk about the issues related to school violence with total respect for one another. Nobody attacked anyone for their point of views, we all listened and learned from one another. That’s the remarkable thing that happens when you get people out of world of partisan politics, you stop looking at others as a Republican or a Democrat and just see them as your neighbor.”

Spokane Primed for Amazon

Spokane Primed for Amazon

There is a game-changing opportunity available for Eastern Washington and we’re not talking about it nearly enough: Amazon is looking for cities where they can build a second headquarters (HQ2). Per their announcement, Amazon said, “We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs.” Greater Spokane, Inc. (GSI) is preparing a formal proposal to respond to Amazon, and I hope they shoot for the moon! Spokane is smaller than the 1M person cities that are being targeted, so we have to put forth a big, bold presentation to match the bold, audacious thought that we are the best fit for Amazon’s HQ2...

Building Safe Communities

Building Safe Communities

Since announcing my candidacy for Congress, I have been out in the community asking, “What issues are most important to you?” Areas such as healthcare, jobs and the environment were expected answers that I have received often. But there was one common response which I heard more that I expected: crime and safety. I dove into this issue, meeting with community leaders and law enforcement, asking questions, listening and learning. Here is what I am going to do to help make our communities safer by supporting substance abuse treatment, mental health care, and common-sense gun laws.

Freeman High School Shooting

Freeman High School Shooting

My heart breaks that a young man lost his life today at Freeman High School. As a father of three school age children, it was terrifying to receive the call that their schools were on lockdown. I can only imagine how scared the kids inside Freeman were at that moment. Thank you to all the first responders and school officials who reacted quickly to prevent further loss of life and comfort our young people. To all the families impacted, know that our entire community stands beside you right now. To the young man who confronted the shooter and lost his life, your selfless bravery will not be forgotten.

Today, we hug our children longer and tighter.

Tomorrow, we stand up together and get to work fixing this issue once and for all.

Healthcare

Healthcare

Healthcare is too important of an issue for partisan political games. While our politicians are playing a game of ideological tug-o-war with our healthcare system, people need access to care and relief from rising costs today. We cannot waste more time talking about this without taking meaningful action! Sweeping reforms will not get support with a strong two-party system that is divided on the issue, and only a bipartisan solution will last long-term. Fortunately, there are many reasonable improvements that can be made to our current laws which will combat both rising costs and declining options in the marketplace, as well as expand public options that can be made to further decrease our uninsured population.