Jan Angel in the News
Letter: Jan Angel serves big-money interests, not ours
By Jack Skoczek, Gig Harbor, Tacoma News Tribune, Oct. 22, 2013
As long as state Rep. Jan Angel is beholden to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), then her claim that she represents each and every one of her constituents must be seriously questioned. As the Washington co-chair of ALEC as well as part of ALEC's Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force, it's clear that Angel isn't working tirelessly for the people but instead is beholden to big-money interests.
Those interests include her co-sponsorship of House Bill 1361, which eliminates 103 state-mandated health benefits from insurance company's responsibility under the guise that some "may possibly conflict or overlap" with those mandated by federal law in accordance with the ACA (Obamacare).
Only days later she co-sponsored House Bill 1804, which prohibited "spending any state funds for either the planning or implementation" of the ACA in Washington state. Had these bills passed, insurance companies would be off the hook for many previously mandated health benefits, saving them a lot of money while at the same time making it difficult if not impossible for many people to finally obtain affordable health insurance.
That is why Angel cannot be trusted. In my opinion, she clearly cares more about insurance company profits than the people she claims to serve.
As 26th campaign winds down, Angel silent to media requests
By Steven Gardner, Kitsap Sun, Oct. 19
In the final days of the most expensive Washington state legislative race, State Rep. Jan Angel, Republican candidate for the 26th Legislative District state Senate seat, has gone silent with all media.
Two political experts agree the tactic of freezing out all media is unusual, but at least one of them sees the justification for at least some pickiness.
In response to an interview request with the Kitsap Sun last week, Keith Schipper, Angel's campaign spokesman, said in an email, "Jan isn't doing any press interviews at this time. With ballots dropping over the next few days, she is 100% focused on using any spare time she has on our grass roots efforts during these last few weeks of the campaign."
Her opponent, Democratic state Sen. Nathan Schlicher, agreed to the interview.
The media silence is not exclusively aimed at the Kitsap Sun. She declined to participate in a Thursday KUOW story on the race.
Todd Donovan, political science professor at Western Washington University, said Angel's behavior is odd in what might be a close election. "Usually the only time you're avoiding free press is if you're in trouble," he said.
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Letter: Voters should be wary of Angel's ALEC ties
By Doug Mattson, Gig Harbor, Port Orchard Independent, 10/4/13
Before voting for Jan Angel for State Senate, I suggest readers web search "ALEC Exposed." As the News Tribune reported on Sept. 16, "Some out-of-state companies with ties to ALEC have helped the effort to elect Angel, who is ALEC's co-chairwoman for Washington."
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) sounds innocuous. You may not have heard of them -- that's by design! In an investigative report, "The United States of ALEC", Bill Moyers said it's "The most influential corporate funded political organization you've never heard of." ALEC is funded primarily by large corporations such as Exxon-Mobil and wealthy special interests like the Koch brothers for one purpose -- to introduce and pass legislation at the state level that benefits themselves.
Do a little research and then decide for yourself: Do you want out-of-state interests "representing" you? Do you want the co-chair of ALEC in Washington State -- Jan Angel -- to serve as our next Senator?
Doug Mattson | Gig Harbor
Letter: Schlicher shows integrity, reliability
By James R. Friedman, Gig Harbor, Tacoma News Tribune, 10/4/13
I live in the 26th Legislative District, where voters are proud to be considered swing voters, meaning we don't vote by party lines, rather by attempting to choose the best candidates.
I recently attended a candidate's forum at Tacoma City Club. There were opponents running for five different offices, including the 26th District state Senate race.
Nathan Schlicher was present; his opponent was not. He was able to explain some of the things he had been able to accomplish as the current 26th District senator, without a negative word toward his opponent.
Schlicher works with integrity for his constituents. I encourage 26th District voters to vote for a senator we can count on.
Senate race between Angel, Schlicher fueled by funds from afar
By Jordan Schrader, Tacoma News Tribune, 9/16/13
A local campaign being waged at community fairs and chambers of commerce has drawn the attention of Big Tobacco, Big Beer and a San Francisco billionaire fighting global warming.
Those interests may not claim Washington's 26th District as their home, but they are competing all the same to win votes in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard and Bremerton.
Out-of-state money is a big part of the funding that has fueled about $400,000 worth of independent spending in the state Senate race with seven weeks to go. The candidates, Rep. Jan Angel and Sen. Nathan Schlicher, have spent slightly more but with a much larger share of their contributions coming from within Washington.
The biggest players in the race from outside the Pacific Northwest include national Republican and Democratic groups, companies such as Altria Client Services and MillerCoors and, by far the largest contributor, California environmentalist Thomas Steyer.
"We're talking hundreds of thousands of dollars in an obscure legislative race in Washington state," said Susan Hutchison, the new chairwoman of the state Republican Party, which has been questioning Steyer's interest in Washington politics. "You just have to wonder."
Regarding the donors to the Republican effort, Hutchison's Democratic counterpart, Dwight Pelz, does more than wonder.
"The Koch brothers-ALEC axis out there has realized that by controlling statehouses they can get a lot done," Pelz said, referring to the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has ties to the industrialist Koch Brothers and many large corporations. "For example, they can gerrymander congressional districts and control the U.S. House."
Pelz said in a year without many elections nationally, national interests may be drawn to a race with big implications for power in Olympia.
Republicans rely on two Democrats to help them control the Senate. They would move closer to full control if Port Orchard Republican Angel unseated Gig Harbor Democrat Schlicher, who was appointed in January to replace Congress-bound Derek Kilmer.
Sen. Schlicher goes on offensive in election debate vs. Rep. Angel
By Jordan Schrader, Tacoma News Tribune, 9/3/13
For two state lawmakers competing in a Nov. 5 special election, it was the first chance to trade jabs face to face.
Democratic Sen. Nathan Schlicher came out swinging, nearly a month after primary-election results left him trailing Republican Rep. Jan Angel in the 26th District race for state Senate.
Schlicher, appointed in January to replace Derek Kilmer and now trying to keep the seat, was on offense at the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce breakfast forum. He accused Angel of seeking to roll back mandates on health-insurance coverage and opposing closure of a tax break.
After winning the primary by more than 9 percentage points, Angel can afford to be less confrontational, but she did suggest Schlicher wasn't being upfront on his position on tax restrictions.
The tone of the rhetoric likely will get even sharper over the next nine weeks, because the special election carries big implications for control of the Senate, where a mostly Republican coalition holds a one-vote majority. Before the primary, Schlicher, Angel and their allies already had spent nearly $600,000 trying to win voters.
Schlicher, an emergency-room doctor from Gig Harbor, on Tuesday targeted a proposal Angel backed but never passed into law that would have ended dozens of state coverage mandates for insurance companies -- including some cancer screenings. Instead, federal rules would have applied.
Allied with ALEC: Washington State's "Dirty Half-Dozen" (video)
The infamously stealthy pro-corporate, anti-worker American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has infiltrated deep into our Washington state legislature.
Some legislators, supposedly elected to represent their down-home constituents, actually fork over hefty membership fees to ALEC. In return for their "contribution," your elected representatives get to hobnob with corporate lobbyists and right-wing special interest groups who urge these bought-and-paid-for legislators to enact boiler-plate bills attacking working families across the nation.
In short, instead of looking out for the interests of We the People, ALEC allies in Washington State and nationwide are busy doing the dirty work of They the Corporations. ALEC's primary goal is to destroy the power of labor to organize and act as a common-sense balance against the power of ownership and management to do whatever they want.
If you want your wages to plummet, benefits to be eliminated, and jobs to be outsourced, then by all means support the following legislators come election time:
- Rep. Jan Angel (R-26). Her glowing campaign literature rarely mentions one fact: Jan Angel is the Washington State Co-Chairman of ALEC.
Schlicher will vote for positive school reform legislation
By Karin Ashabraner, Peninsula Gateway, 7/31/2013
I'm a teacher, and I'm voting for Nathan Schlicher to represent me and the concerns I have for education reform.
Sen. Schlicher's opponents are lying when they say he opposes school reform. Actually, he has consistently voted for school-reform bills that support our students and our schools, and against those measures that seek to dismantle public education.
One of the things that impresses me about Schlicher is that he believes his job in Olympia is to speak for all of us - it isn't about partisanship.
When it comes to education, Schlicher knows the focus should be on our kids, so he will continue to vote against bills that attempt to undermine public education and educators who, each year, do more with less, and he will support bills that will make a difference and increase opportunities for students to succeed.
Schlicher's opponents may say he's voted against education bills, and he has. He voted against the bad ones: Bills which aimed to eliminate health care benefits of part-time school employees while exempting legislators; bills which attacked the teaching profession; bills which cut social and health services to pay for public education.
Not only do I believe Schlicher deserves another year in office, but our students also deserve to have him in office.
Legislative records show Schlicher is best for Senate
By Susan Cruver, Tacoma News Tribune/Peninsula Gateway, 6/26/2013
One of state Rep. Jan Angel's laments in a June 19 story in the Gateway was that she's been part of 13 sessions, including more special than regular sessions. That's true, technically.
In 2011, she went on a cruise rather than attend the special session, and Angel defended it by stating Republican leaders OK'd it.
That isn't good enough for a couple of reasons. She failed to ask her employers, the people of the 26th Legislative District, for permission, and her own party allowed her to go. Angel did attend the last day of the session.
Why we'd chose to promote her to the state Senate is beyond me.
Every year, we hear the same whining that everything wrong in Olympia is the other party's fault. Perhaps if Angel contributed more to the process, she wouldn't be so frustrated.
Sen. Nathan Schlicher managed to get a lot done during his first session, including substantially limiting administrative costs of the Narrows Bridge, which will translate in toll savings. We should retain Schlicher, who is so reminiscent of Derek Kilmer.
North Kitsap High School students voice opposition to school cuts
By Steven Gardner, Chris Henry, Kitsap Sun, 5/20/2013
POULSBO -- State Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, said Monday morning that school districts frustrated by an unclear funding picture sent by legislators are unlikely to get clarity anytime soon.
"My opinion, and this is only my opinion, is this will not be the only special session," Appleton told a group of about 40 people gathered Monday morning in the North Kitsap School District administration building. "My guess is a second session will go to the end of June."
Appleton was joined by Bainbridge Island Democrats Rep. Drew Hansen and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The three were invited to Poulsbo to talk to parents and educators about education funding. The topic is fresh on a lot of minds throughout the state.
In North Kitsap, the district approved a plan May 9 that would drop 27.3 teaching positions, most of which would be reduced through educators retiring or leaving voluntarily for other reasons.
In South Kitsap, the numbers are even more dire. That district approved a total staffing reduction of 68.
Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, at the South Kitsap School Board meeting Wednesday personally apologized for the Legislature's delay in setting a budget for the upcoming biennium. More than 50 of the high school's students demonstrated at the meeting against a reduction in force of more than 68 positions that the school board says are necessitated by uncertainty in the state budget.
Before Monday's meeting, close to 70 North Kitsap students played music and sang, with American Sign Language interpreting, in a repeated effort to save programs within the district.
Appleton said the delay in getting an agreement in Olympia is likely because of the wide ideological gap between one faction and the other. She said part of the House's solution is to raise revenues by closing "2 percent of 648 loopholes."
"That small amount would fund education," Appleton said.
The opposing faction opposes raising revenues without school reforms. Hansen said what those reforms might be has been a moving target.
Both houses of the Legislature would raise funding levels in the state above 2012-13 levels. Rolfes provided a handout of estimates from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction showing the North Kitsap district getting a $2 million hike under the Senate budget and $4.2 million under the House plan. South Kitsap would see almost $3 million more with the Senate version and $6.4 million with the House version. Those numbers would likely go down some because of projected enrollment decreases.
"The good news is whatever we do, the schools are going to have significantly more funding," Rolfes said.
Angel said she felt confident that schools statewide can count on a minimum of $1 billion. The problem, she said, is disagreement over how to raise the revenue. She said the Republican-leaning Senate's version funds education first, before other programs, and involves no new or extended taxes.
"When you fund education first with its own budget, it takes the politics out of it," Angel said.
She acknowledged that this approach does not address cuts that will be required in other areas of the budget.
That was a key point for legislators from the 23rd District on Monday. Appleton said there are 40,000 homeless students in the state, that Washington should not cut funding that helps keep those students in school.
The 23rd District legislators urged those at Monday's meeting to contact all 147 legislators by email to let them know what funding they want for their schools.
Prepackaged bills undermine voters
By Gene Bullock, The Kitsap Sun, 3/25/2013
The agricultural industry is behind ALEC legislation across the country to block animal rights advocates from videotaping or otherwise documenting animal abuses in the meat production and packing industries. ("Bill seek to end farm animal abuse," kitsapsun.com, March 17)
This is just the latest example of corporate special interest legislation being prepackaged by ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) and handed off to state legislators who then pass it off as their own. In exchange, cooperating legislators are rewarded with campaign contributions from the affected ALEC-member corporations.
ALEC is the corporate-funded bill mill behind many voter-suppression laws, "stand-your-ground" gun laws, union-busting laws, privatization of prisons and public education, and a variety of other special interest legislation that benefits corporations, often at the expense of local families and taxpayers.
ALEC also entertains cooperating legislators and their families at resort events billed as "legislative conferences," where they attend secretive sessions on strategy, play golf and enjoy corporate funded vacations.
Rep. Jan Angel and Sen. Don Benton are the designated ALEC co-chairs for Washington State. Rep. Angel has received generous contributions from ALEC-member corporations in past elections.
Olympia's tempestuous week: Passive-aggressive politics in play
By John Stang, Crosscut, 3/1/2013
Inter-party sniping took place a week ago when the Feb. 22 deadline loomed for committees to move policy bills or let them die. That deadline resulted in a traffic jam of bills being voted on in committee, plus piles of discarded legislation. Here are two skirmishes.
Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, had a bill calling for state studies of diabetes. It had bipartisan cosponsors, including Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, who is chairwoman of the Senate Health Care Committee. But Becker unexpectedly removed Schlicher's bill from the committee's agenda just before its Feb. 21 meeting, killing the bill.
Schlicher said he did not know why his bill was removed at the last minute, and declined to speculate on Becker's reasons. Becker said the agenda was crowded and some bill had to be removed -- declining to elaborate on why a non-controversial bill would take up more than a few minutes. Fellow Health Care Committee member Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, said there was no valid reason to remove Schlicher's bill, contending the motive was political and not policy-related. She declined to elaborate on the political reasons.
Schlicher -- who was appointed to his seat-- faces his first election in November against Rep Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard. The rookie Schlicher has a sparse record of passed bills compared to the veteran Angel. Becker denied that the bill was killed for reasons related to the upcoming Schlicher-Angel race.
Angel's naming rights bill goes before committee
By Dannie Oliveaux Published, The Port Orchard Independent, 1/23/2013
Could we see Expedia.com Narrows Bridge or the Amazon.com State Highway 16 in the future. We could, if a bill that would allow naming rights for roads, bridges and other transportation facilities is passed.
House Bill 105l, co-sponsored by State Rep. Jan Angel (R-Port Orchard), was would authorize the naming rights to state transportation facilities was scheduled for Jan. 22 to be heard by the House Transportation Committee.
The bill by Angel and Rep. Linda Kochmar (R-Federal Way), which was introduced Jan. 14, would use money from the naming rights to pay for going operations and maintenance, and to fund future capital needs of facilities.
"We need some flexibility with creating state revenue," Angel said. "The state, along with counties and cities, need to take care of their assets."
Also, the bill would put the Washington State Transportation Commission, which is in charge of naming things like ferries, in charge of selling naming rights.
Under the bill, state transportation facilities including highways, bridges, rest areas and viewpoints areas could be named or renamed.
After final action is taken, the state Department of Transportation would design and install appropriate signage according to state and federal standards.
HB 1051 states that names can't be obscene, indecent, discriminatory, religious, political, and or names that promote tobacco, marijuana or illegal drugs. Names of films rated "X" or "NC-17" and video games rated "A" or "M" can't be used, along with names dealing with adult content or adult entertainment.
This is not the first time Angel has brought up the matter of naming rights.
Last year, the District 26 legislator looking into the issue -- especially for the Narrow Bridge to keep toll fares low.
Angel said she came up with the idea will a Kitsap County commissioners. The county sold the naming rights of the fairground pavilion to the Kitsap Sun.