I go to play the tune "Cinderella" with The Sonics last night. Their set caught the band in top form. It was amazing to see them live. I imagined being in the audience at the Spanish Castle in 1965. (This is the venue immortalized in the Jimi Hendrix song.) My point is that their energy and straight-forward arrangements actually transcended time. They were the forbearers of Punk Rock who opened doors for many in the Pacific Northwest music scene.
Micah Cawley is the Mayor of Yakima,
Washington and he writes this great editorial in the Seattle Times today.
It is refreshing to see a forward-looking
article about the Voting Rights Act (VRA) that encourages readers to go beyond the
partisan stagnation that infects our politics these days.
Last week, Cawley submitted testimony in
Olympia in support of the Washington Voting Rights Act. He advocated certain amendments to the bill that should make better prospects for its passage. This can be a
game-changer with legislation that has been slogging its way through the
process. Too bad proponents of the VRA squandered an opportunity to move an amended
bill out of the Senate Government Operations and Security committee. They
instead passed a version of the bill that already died in the Senate Rules committee. Unless
proponents have a strategy -and I have not heard of one- it seems like EHSB 1745
[WA VRA bill] is limping its way to its death again in the Senate Rules committee. However, it's not too late and maybe Cawley’s positive attitude -and the amendments- can
still give this bill some traction?