Looks like Rep. Adam Smith has become “corporate-friendly” and forgotten his voters back home:
1. “The First Amendment of the Internet the governing principle of net neutrality, which prevents telecommunications corporations from rigging the web so it is easier to visit sites that pay for preferential treatment took a blow from the House of Representatives Thursday [June 8]. Bowing to an intense lobbying campaign that spent tens of millions of dollars and held out the promise of hefty campaign contributions for those members who did the bidding of interested firms the House voted 321 to 101 for the disingenuously-named Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (COPE). That bill, which does not include meaningful network-neutrality protections creates an opening that powerful telephone and cable companies hope to exploit by expanding their reach while doing away with requirements that they maintain a level playing field for access to Internet sites… Illinois Democrat Melissa Bean, who frequently splits with her party on issues of interest to corporate donors, voted with the Republican leadership, as did corporate-friendly “New Democrats” such as Alabama’s Artur Davis, Washington’s Adam Smith and Wisconsin’s Ron Kind all co-chairs of the Democratic Leadership Council-tied House New Democrat Coalition,” quoting The Nation. […corporate-friendly “New Democrats”??? Looks like this writer needs to re-examine Rep. Smith’s stands, as I have always been one of his supporters and voters.].
2. “When a NASCAR racetrack opens in Kitsap County, the obligatory ribbon-cutting ceremony will draw a lot of dignitaries who claim some credit for fathering the attraction. But you and I will know the real fathers. You can read their names on the board of directors list of Americas Car Museum, the LeMay. NASCARs track-building victory in Washington will spring more than any other factor from the relationships, strategy and leverage behind the LeMay. Whenever have you heard of two busy congressmen flying home for their Memorial Day break to testify before a committee of state legislators? That happened May 31 when Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, showed up in Seattle for the Legislative Committee on Economic Development and International Relations. Both endorsed the $345 million International Speedway Corp. racetrack in rural Kitsap County. Both also serve as honorary members of the LeMay board of directors. So does James France, CEO and vice chairman of International Speedway Corp. The France family founded and owns 100 percent of NASCAR,” quoting the Tacoma News Tribune.
Mr. Smith, you are abandoning your people back home in the Pacific Northwest for corporate interests! Hello?!
Please email Rep. Smith and let him know how you feel about these recent turn of events.