Rebuilding our schools: the legacy of "no new taxes" hits locally!

I am cross posting this for a fellow blogger, jenyum at DailyKos, who is also a great Tacoma activist.

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I am deep in the throes of campaigning for a local school bond election.  Every year or two our school district has to undertake this ritual, the legacy of a state constitutional amendment that limited property taxes to 1% of assessed value, unless voters approve a bond levy by a 60%  majority.  "So what?" You say. "Shouldn't the voters have a say?" Well, yes, in theory, but in practice it means that necessary school construction projects are put off until our schools are literally crumbling around the kids.  It also means that in times like these, when construction prices are low and construction jobs are desperately needed, voters balk at the idea of any additional property taxes.  

But all of that is just talk.  It is easy enough to say "fine, but not now" to school construction until you see the reality of what some of our kids are asked to live with every day.

This is a hallway ceiling at Hunt Middle School in Tacoma, Washington.  Large parts of the school feature water damage just as severe.  Maintenance staff dutifully replace ceiling panels and repaint when they can, but the water just seeps right through.

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Update x3 - White House Farmer - Organic Gardening at the White House

How many of you have heard of the Eat The View website?

Well it is a website dedicated growing the awareness and acceptance of Organic Gardening and Farming by asking... well pushing.. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to turn part of the White House lawn into an Organic Garden.

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Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire - needs a fundraising push!

It seems we are having similar fundraising issues across this country. Have we democrats become a little complacent or are we just hitting our financial limits?

Rossi tops '04 fundraising lepolitics/archives/144094.asp

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi's campaign reported Tuesday that it has topped its fundraising total from the 2004 campaign, having now raised more than $6,254,035.80.

Rossi is again challenging Gov. Chris Gregoire, the Democrat who prevailed in '04 by 133 votes out of almost 3 million cast after two recounts and a court fight.

As of May 31 Gregoire had reported raising about $6.8 million.

I am not suggesting that Gov. Chris Gregoire is not raising money. I am suggesting that she should be doing better, much better! I do not see this as just a fault of her or her campaign, because in my opinion, this is also partly the fault of all of us.

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Want To See What A Truly Freeped Poll Looks Like?

Ummm... I just participated in this on-line poll and the results are ALARMING and RIDICULOUS.  Get busy!

The following "online" poll is from Kiro7 TV in Seattle WA. It is so out of whack with reality, it is stupid!

How about we try and put some reality back into this poll?

Gregoire is the Democrat
Rossi is the repug.

Which candidate for Washington governor do you support in 2008? 5818069/detail.html

.... It will want to do a popup when you hit the vote button.

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Update - New Hillary Clinton events in WA state!

I just found out about two new Hillary Clinton events for tomorrow (Friday 2-8)

Here is the first one for Friday - Tacoma in the AM

Join Hillary for a health care town hall in Tacoma! er/event/view/?id=8976


Friday, February 8, 2008 at 10:15 AM -  12:30 PM


University of Puget Sound --Memorial Field House
On North 11th between Alder and Union
Tacoma, WA 98416
General Area:


Join Hillary in Tacoma for a health care town hall.


Washington For Hillary

Here is the second one for Friday - Spokane in the afternoon

Join Hillary for a "Solutions for America" town hall in Spokane, Washington er/event/view/?id=8975


Friday, February 8, 2008 at 2:30 PM -  5:00 PM


West Central Community Center
1603 North Belt Street
Spokane, WA 99205
General Area:


Join Hillary for a "Solutions for America" town hall in Spokane, Washington.


Washington For Hillary

Now WHO will cross post this at DailyKos and then let us know? I had my one diary for the day at Dkos.

Don't forget, Hillary Clinton is in Seattle TODAY.. TONIGHT!

Read more about that here: 03595

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