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Event at Snow Lake Trailhead

On Saturday, the Windle campaign hosted supporters for a hike and a cook-out in the parking lot at Alpental near Snoqualmie Pass. The weather was spectacular. The event became larger as hikers returning to their cars saw the Windle for Congress signs. Seeing the words “Independent Ideas” on the signs, people did not need a lot of encouragement to engage on politics. The partisan gridlock was a hot topic. A lot of people wanted to know how the political parties actually worked inside of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Having worked recently in Congress and taught a graduate course on Congress, James explained the current state of politics inside the House. The discussion turned into a interesting back and forth on problems and solutions.

Windle Campaign Urges Grand Bargain for Job Growth

Snoqualmie Pass, WA – The U.S. economy added a paltry 80,000 jobs this past month to mark a third straight month of slow job growth. James Windle, an Independent candidate for Washington’s 8th Congressional District, spoke with voters over the Fourth of July holiday about the need for Congress to reach a grand bargain to balance the budget in less than ten years. Such an agreement would inject confidence in the economy leading to investment and job creation.

“A plan to the balance the budget is not just about avoiding interest on the debt or upholding a rhetorical principle of fiscal responsibility. It is about confidence. This economy needs confidence more than anything. Businesses and households cannot plan for the future not knowing what taxes, federal spending, entitlement benefits, and regulation will be. A lot of people are sitting tight until Congress and the parties do their job.”

A grand bargain involves balancing the budget through spending cuts, tax reform, and entitlement reform near simultaneously, while protecting entitlements of those currently or soon relying on benefits. This approach would minimize the disruptions and adjustments in all areas. The two political parties, in contrast, propose plans relying heavily on one or two of the three areas. The Republican Ryan Plan, which does not create surpluses until the 2040 timeframe, relies almost entirely on spending cuts. The Democrats, who have not proposed a formal plan, tend to look at taxes and very modest spending cuts to balance the budget. Independent members of Congress would be effective advocates for a grand bargain.

“What recent Congresses and the political parties do not seem to realize is their low approval ratings do have a tangible impact on the economy in the form of confidence. When Congress gets nothing done or pays political games, it makes households and businesses less inclined to take risks. We do not pay members of Congress $174,000 per year for gridlock. Individual members should be held accountable. Electing Independents in Congress would challenge the partisan gridlock.”

For more information on James Windle or his campaign, please visit his campaign website at www.windleforcongress.com.

Windle Campaign Urges Grand Bargain for Job Growth

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Slow Jobs Growth Underscroes Need for a Budget Grand Bargain

PRESS RELEASE

For PDF: Windle Campaign Urges Grand Bargain for Job Growth

DATE: July 6, 7:00 AM                                                                      For Media Inquiries: 425.830.1053

                                                                                                            james.windle@windleforcongreWindle

SLOW JOB GROWTH UNDERSCORES NEED FOR BUDGET GRAND BARGAIN

Snoqualmie Pass, WA – The U.S. economy added a paltry 80,000 jobs this past month to mark a third straight month of slow job growth. James Windle, an Independent candidate for Washington’s 8th Congressional District, spoke with voters over the Fourth of July holiday about the need for Congress to reach a grand bargain to balance the budget in less than ten years. Such an agreement would inject confidence in the economy leading to investment and job creation. 

“A plan to the balance the budget is not just about avoiding interest on the debt or upholding a rhetorical principle of fiscal responsibility. It is about confidence. This economy needs confidence more than anything. Businesses and households cannot plan for the future not knowing what taxes, federal spending, entitlement benefits, and regulation will be. A lot of people are sitting tight until Congress and the parties do their job.”

A grand bargain involves balancing the budget through spending cuts, tax reform, and entitlement reform near simultaneously, while protecting entitlements of those currently or soon relying on benefits. This approach would minimize the disruptions and adjustments in all areas. The two political parties, in contrast, propose plans relying heavily on one or two of the three areas. The Republican Ryan Plan, which does not create surpluses until the 2040 timeframe, relies almost entirely on spending cuts. The Democrats, who have not proposed a formal plan, tend to look at taxes and very modest spending cuts to balance the budget. Independent members of Congress would be effective advocates for a grand bargain.

“What recent Congresses and the political parties do not seem to realize is their low approval ratings do have a tangible impact on the economy in the form of confidence. When Congress gets nothing done or pays political games, it makes households and businesses less inclined to take risks. We do not pay members of Congress $174,000 per year for gridlock. Individual members should be held accountable. Electing Independents in Congress would challenge the partisan gridlock.”

For more information on James Windle or his campaign, please visit his campaign website at www.windleforcongress.com.

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Thoughts on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July has always been a favorite holiday for my family. We were not a political family; we rarely spoke about the Framers or the Declaration of Independence. It was a day to appreciate each other and this country that provides us opportunity and safety. Even as we struggle today with a sluggish economy where opportunity is not as available as we want it to be, today is a good day to appreciate what we do have, aspire for more, and consider what else we can do to serve our communities and country.

I wanted to make my own contribution so I left the area for a career in public service after I graduated from the University of Washington. My Fourth of July celebrations in recent years included watching the fireworks in Washington, DC, from the White House South Lawn and from the porch of the Capitol building. For someone with my humble background, being in those historic places evoked powerful feelings of patriotism and service. The Fourth of July inspired me to work harder. Yet, even when I attended the celebrations in Washington, DC, I would often think about my family and friends back home having bloc parties in Fall City or camping at Lake Alta State Park.

When I left my career in the other Washington for this campaign back at home, I knew there was risk. Running a campaign for Congress as an Independent can be lonely. You end up battling against both Democrats and Republicans facing the organizational challenges of not having party support. I also wondered how I would connect with people after my years away. My concerns were unwarranted. Connecting with people through this campaign, discussing my experiences growing up in this Washington and working in the “other” Washington, has been one of the best experiences of my life. I will look back on these months of my life fondly.

I am now home for the Fourth of July. I will be driving around the District with my wife, mother, sister, and good friends (and a dog named Archie) stopping by various public events. We have volunteers around the District as well. You will see them with our T-shirts. I know this is not a day for heavy campaigning. It is about people, families, and communities coming together. I believe that someone who wishes to represent an entire Congressional District should not set-up a camp in a single community over a holiday. We decided to hit the road.

This country is going to get back to greatness. I would not be doing this if I believed otherwise. We have everything to be great. We have resources. We have talent. And we have work ethic. We need our leaders to get past partisanship and lead. The drafters and signers of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were not Federalists, Democrats, Whigs, or Republicans. They were Independents and Americans.

I declared my independence from the two parties and the other forces that have caused our problems in recent years when I decided to run for office as an Independent. You have a choice in coming weeks too. You can declare your independence by supporting Independent candidates, like me. You can become a Windependent.  Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July. We hope to see you in the days ahead.

The Coffee Shop Campaign Continues

The coffee shop is a place we go to get our coffee but it is also a social institution in our community. It is a place where people come together to talk about their lives and politics. With such a large District, spanning from Chelan in the north and east to Eatonville in the south and west, the Windle campaign has relied on coffee shops for caffeine, volunteer meetings, and places where James can meet individual voters or small groups of people to get their thoughts on politics in the 8th District.  Last week, for example, James stopped at coffee shops in Chelan, Wenatchee, Leavenworth,  Cle Elum, and Kent.  One of his favorite aspects of the campaign is sitting down getting in-depth with volunteers or voters over a coffee. The photo below is from Pioneer Coffee Co. in Cle Elum, after the Pioneer Days parade. These stops will continue throughout the campaign. Email the campaign or click “Volunteer” on the website to meet with James for a coffee.

Part II of Roundtable for Independent Candidates

The second installment posted of  a candidates’ roundtable by the Independent Voters of America.org. The question this week was, “How will you counter the “wasted vote” argument that all independent and third party challengers face?” James handled this question easily because this State has an open, top-two primary. Since the major parties are often divided with numerous candidates, an Independent candidate has a much better chance to build a competitive primary constituency here than in other States. Also, voters, whether they are Democrat or Republican, can vote for Windle as an Independent with “no party preference” in the Washington State primary. See the full response at: http://independentvotersofamerica.org/iva-candidate-roundtable-countering-the-wasted-vote/#.T-garkXYTKc.facebook

Film “Grassroots” Profiles Windle for Seattle Screening

The film “Grassroots,” set in Seattle and directed by Stephen Gyllenhaall, interviewed James on Capitol Hill in Seattle last Wednesday. They filmed him discussing a number of policy issues with residents as part of the film’s effort to profile Independent and grassroots candidates in the Seattle-area.  On Friday, he spoke after the screening of the film about the need for an independent voice in Congress. He met people from the audience afterwards in the theater lobby, including residents from the 8th. The issues at stake in this campaign are very serious, but there is humor around every corner when running a campaign as an Independent with no party preference.

Independent Voters of America Roundtable

James has participated in a roundtable with other Independent candidates for Congress for the Independent Voters of America (IVA). In coming weeks, IVA will post the responses to a series of questions. This week’s question was the most obvious question, “Why run as an Independent.” Having worked closely with both political parties, James has a clear vision both of why he is running an Independent and what he would do once elected in working very hard to find other centrists from both parties.

See the following link: http://independentvotersofamerica.org/iva-candidate-roundtable-why-run-independent/

Windle Weekend Trip to the “Other” Washington

The Windle Campaign spent the weekend in Washington DC attending fundraisers and meetings. The trip was productive. One event turned into an unplanned town hall meeting when over a dozen supporters asked him about his policy positions. Many of the questions centered on his emphasis of a federal budget “grand bargain” to balance the budget in less than a decade. His primary argument for the urgent need of grand bargain is to bolster business and household confidence. Confidence makes people take risk to change jobs, buy a home, invest, or start a small business. The gridlock in Congress has provided no certainty on taxes, spending, regulation, and other costs like education and healthcare. There is even a question whether the government will shut down or whether the government will default on its debt. A grand bargain gets spending under control, reforms taxes, and reforms entitlement benefits, while protecting those currently relying on benefits or soon will be. Such a deal would immediately inject confidence in the U.S. economy domestically and abroad. He also believes that if the budget is balanced with spending, taxes, and entitlements the required changes will not be nearly as severe as the two political parties or other alarmists assert.

Social Media Milestone

In less than three weeks, the Windle for Congress Facebook page has reached 100 likes with a reach of over 1,000 people and “friends of likes” over 24,000 people. Social media is one aspect of the Windle campaign’s communications strategy to keep people informed of the latest developments and getting information out to what is becoming a broad community of support reaching from Washington’s 8th, to California, to Washington DC. See the page at: http://www.facebook.com/windleforcongress