Tax Scam

Tax Scam

I have never been more frustrated with Congress than I have this year. This scam of a Tax Reform bill is just the latest example. There is absolutely no reason why a bill needed to be rushed through and passed in the middle of the night. None. 

And for what? So that the uber wealthy can get richer while the working class gets poorer? So that the biggest businesses, already flush with cash, can do better while the cash-strapped working class can do worse? So that teachers and students can do worse? So that seniors and all those already struggling with the cost of healthcare can do worse? So that we can further inflate our national debt and threaten the ability to provide the services our citizens depend upon most?

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I wake up everyday, and I am so incredibly thankful. There isn't a moment that I don't feel blessed. Blessed that my children are happy, healthy, warm and fed. Blessed by the love and support of Danica, which I could never deserve but treasure everyday. Blessed to have two wonderful jobs and a house to come home to at the end of everyday. Blessed by family and friends who stand with me through thick and thin. Blessed by the opportunity to stand up and serve my community, and work to make it a better place.

Even in these most trying of times for our nation, I'm thankful in the midst of the challenges. I'm thankful that I see neighbors coming together to support one another in times of need. Thankful that I see people standing up and using their voice when they witness injustice. Thankful that people are getting involved in areas where they can make a difference. Thankful that we are moving towards Country Over Party, and that the season ahead comes with brighter days.

On this day, I hope that you find a quite moment to give thanks for all your blessings.

-Eric

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.