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By Pam Lewison
Washington Policy Center 

Urban lawmakers lack farmer respect


March 24, 2022

About six weeks ago, I had a “cardiac episode.”

As I laid in the emergency room, thinking about my to-do list and wondering what I could do for the people who were contacting me regularly asking for help with policies in Olympia that threatened their farms or ranches, the irony of my “heart problem” was entirely lost on me.

I have not worked in public policy for very long, but I have been a farmer my entire life. Even when I’ve held other jobs or lived elsewhere, when I came home, I was a farmer.

The first morning of the legislative session, my husband found me in my home office w...

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