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Leadership: The good, the bad and the hopeful

WSU Tri-Cities leadership

Up to WSU Tri-Cities leadership for understanding how its relationships with the national laboratory and Hanford contractors positions the campus to be a leader in closing the gap between industry needs and the current labor pool. There are fare more job openings for graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics than there are graduates in those disciplines. Last week WSU Tri-Cities issued its first monthly e-newsletter, entitled “TRI-POLY CURRENTS”. It’s the first time we’ve seen the campus positioned in this light and we think it’s about time. In the newsletter Chancellor Keith Moo-Young says, “WSU Tri-Cities emphasizes the polytechnic ‘learning while doing’ approach in educating students while focusing on the STEM (science technology, engineering and math) disciplines.” Our campus has the potential to be a destination campus for the entire Northwest and beyond. This is a good first step

Sanctioned voter fraud

Two thumbs down (one for each party) to voter fraud.

This isn’t the form voter fraud that the parties fight to protect us from. It’s the form of self-sanctioned voter fraud that state political party leaders intend to commit against you next year.

In 2016 Washington State will again participate in the presidential primary process. Voters in each party go to the polls to help determine who will represent their party in the presidential election. You must declare a party affiliation to participate. The state spends around $11 million run the election and to send ballots to those who have declared a party preference. Voters dutifully mark their ballots, invest in some postage to mail it back. Once the votes are counted the parties receive the results and a list of names and addresses of those who voted in their party’s primary. The parties then disregard the results and mine the list of names and addresses for political fundraising.

The parties are not legally bound to consider your vote when they allocate delegates. One party has never tied even one delegate to the primary vote outcome and the other only pays attention at a token level. In essence the state spends $11 million to updatepolitical party solicitation lists under the guise of facilitating your participation in this great democratic process.

If a private business duped the public in this manner they’d likely find themselves on Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s naughty list. Good thing, for them, that these political power-brokers are in a position to write or preserve the legislation sanctioning this.

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