The NRCC issued this release today:
Jaime Herrera Reaches ‘Contender Status’
Washington Republican Takes Critical Second Step in ‘Young Guns’ Program
Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that Republican Jaime Herrera (WA-03) has reached ‘Contender’ status as part of its Young Guns program. ‘Contender’ status is the second step in the three-level program, with Herrera now facing a new set of benchmarks to reach ‘Young Gun’ status in her bid to take over the open seat being vacated by Brian Baird.
Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program is a member-driven organization dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. By achieving ‘Contender’ status, Herrera has already proven her ability to build a successful campaign structure and achieve vital fundraising goals.
“Jaime Herrera has already proven that she will be a formidable candidate by meeting the Young Guns program’s rigorous goals and is well on her way to building a winning campaign that will put this seat in the Republican column,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Jaime is part of a strong and growing pool of candidates who are frustrated with the Democrat majority’s big-government ways and aren’t willing to stand by any longer. Her campaign has put Democrats on notice that Americans are ready to turn the page on the failed experiment known as the Obama-Pelosi agenda.”
Jaime Herrera grew up in Southwest Washington and graduated from Prairie High School and the University of Washington. From 2005 to 2007, she served as a Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, acting as the Congresswoman’s lead advisor on healthcare policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues. In 2007, Herrera was appointed to a vacancy as State Representative in Washington State’s 18th Legislative District. After serving in the 2008 legislative session she ran for election and 60% of the voters in her district cast their vote to keep Herrera representing them in Olympia. Herrera aims to bring a fresh and effective voice to Congress and restore commonsense leadership to the Third District in order to get the local economy back on track and restore prosperity in Southwest Washington.
While already having achieved certain benchmarks to place her on the road to victory, Jaime Herrera now faces a new set of rigorous goals that will elevate her to the top level of the Young Guns program and help her build a competitive, effective and winning campaign.
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By Roger Stark, MD
Health Care Policy Analyst
U.S. House and Senate Democrats have passed two sweeping 2,000 page bills that would fundamentally and dramatically change our health care. There are significant differences between the two bills, but the more moderate Senate bill has the best chance of passing through the conference committee and being signed by the President. Both bills passed on a strict party-line vote, with essentially no support from minority Republicans.
Former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA) was a 9/11 Commission member.
This story was originally published on December 31, 2009.
Read excerpts of the interview with KOMO News here.
Polls coming out in recent weeks have showed a decline in support for President Obama. He currently enjoys a 56% approval rating, but his negatives are up. His health care proposal has also seen a small decline in support.
Check out this article from the Times today.
Now, take a look at this.
The first article came to the Seattle Times via the St. Petersburg Times.
The second article came from the Washinton Policy Center.
Ms. Martin is a news reporter. Dr. Stark, in his capacity with the Washington Policy Center, is a healthcare opinion writer. Again, Ms. Martin is a news reporter, however, her piece probably shows a more pronounced ideological slant. Go figure.