I just wanted to thank Tacoma’s City Arts Magazine for publishing my letter regarding the need for local politicians to support our civic arts programs. Hopefully we’ll get some mileage out of it, especially given the interest State Representative Dennis Flannigan appears to be taking in our local arts projects.
The following email was sent out by State Representative Dennis Flanngian earlier today. It reads:
This is an a political inquiry. I’m looking for your short list of thinkers and dooers in Tacoma and Pierce County. Worth knowing because they’re bright, creative and when they’re in the room, the world seems virtually be reborn.
Think of them as the three people you’d call together to save the hemisphere, or improve education, or create a low cost, non-oil based fuel, or whatever. People with ideas that exceed the normal. People able to think straight, not Left or Right, or my way or the highway. People who “get it,” as the phrase goes. I’m asking for three names – I ask that they not be your relatives, a boss, or someone in your employ. This is not about friends, but smart accomplished people. Give me three names of folks you would want in the room with you as you tackled the next great problem.
(Reprinted Press Release)
My friends, Jim Page and Artis make music together only a few times a year. Sometimes at the Pike’s Place Market, sometimes in concert, but seldom in Tacoma. Now we’ve got them. Five nights from tonight, Tuesday, June 24, at the Tacoma Public Library. Join them for an evening of surprise, and hear yourself gasp with appreciation.
The 27th LD’s three-term incumbent, Dennis Flannigan, is finally jump-starting his unopposed re-election campaign for the Washington State Legislature. Many suspected that Flannigan would not seek a fourth term following a difficult year marked by declining health, a vicious media campaign following a PDC investigation that found that Flannigan had failed to disclose several hundred shares of stock in a company he had helped secure public funds for, and a remarkable line-drive up the center during a charity baseball game that landed the unflappable Flannigan in the emergency room. Nonetheless, Flannigan feels confident about his abilities to continue representing the 27th LD, and to continue his position of leadership as Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee.
The following is an invite from Representative Flannigan himself.