Politico - Feb. 20
Organizers of a fundraiser featuring Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) reversed course and pulled their plan to auction off an AR-15 rifle — the style of weapon used to kill 17 in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida — shortly after a POLITICO report on the event on Tuesday.
The Seattle Times - Feb. 20
"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has named Brown to its so-called 'Red to Blue' program of top-tier challengers as the party seeks to topple GOP incumbents and flip open seats to take a House majority in the 2018 midterm election."
The Spokesman-Review - Feb. 15
"An internal Democratic poll has challenger Lisa Brown running neck-and-neck with U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, prompting optimism from the left and skepticism from the right."
"McMorris Rodgers, a member of the House Republican leadership, is narrowly ahead of Democratic challenger Lisa Brown, 47 percent to 43 percent, in a poll of 401 likely voters, taken for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Feb. 3."
"Brown said she supported Congress passing a law making permanent Obama’s policy deferring deportation for children of undocumented immigrants."
"Democratic challenger Lisa Brown raised more money at the end of 2017 than the total earned by each of the previous four candidates seeking to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers."
"Of the $383,871 raised by Brown, $348,786 or 90 percent came from 2, 389 individual donors, three quarters of them from Eastern Washington.
By contrast, of the $587,542 raised by McMorris Rodgers, $264,616 or 45 percent came from individuals, while political committees (PACs) gave $199,500 to the incumbent. Transfers from authorized accounts made up the balance."
"The race for Washington’s 5th Congressional District might be months away, but parties have already begun the foundational work of building up their bases. For the campaign of challenger Lisa Brown, that base showed up in droves Saturday.
Billed “Flip the Fifth,” the training event for volunteers drew 439 attendees, more than twice the number originally expected, organizers said."
"The move follows the announcement in November that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee would be throwing its weight behind Lisa Brown, the former state lawmaker and chancellor of Washington State University in Spokane. That organization, an official party committee that works to elect Democrats to Congress, touted the fund’s involvement as evidence Republicans believe what has been a solidly red district is now in play."
"[Cathy McMorris Rodgers] is being challenged by Democrat Lisa Brown, until recently chancellor of Washington State University-Spokane and a former majority leader in the Washington State Senate. Brown is associated with a big, recent win for the Inland Empire -- the Wazzu Medical School.
The McMorris Rodgers campaign is trying to depict Brown as a tool of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The clumsy consultant label may not stick. Brown has represented Eastern Washington, taught at its colleges and brought home resources for its projects."
"McMorris Rodgers is facing a tough Democratic challenge in Eastern Washington's 5th Congressional District. Former Washington State University-Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown has raised more than $450,000."
"Brown, a Democrat looking to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in 2018, spoke to a crowd of over 100 supporters, many of whom appeared eager to hear her take on the bill. Like most Republican legislators, McMorris Rodgers has previously said that she believes the new tax plan will allow lower and middle class citizens keep more of their money."
"Brown believes the 2015 rules helped create economic advancement and provided equal access to small businesses and rural communities. “Large internet service providers should not be able to call the shots and dictate what we see and how fast we see it,” Brown said in a press release."
"No doubt there are thousands of women (and some men) suffering harassment now, who do not feel safe to speak out. We can all be part of changing that by speaking out ourselves when we suspect something is not right and working for not only explicit policies, but a culture of respect in our organization."
The Washington State Indivisible Podcast
"... we chat with Lisa Brown, the Democratic candidate running against Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the 5th congressional district, about the politics in her district and how it’s shifted over the last 20 years, and how her years as Washington State senate majority leader make her uniquely suited to break up gridlock in DC."
“At a time when colleges already are unaffordable for many American families, and student debt is a crushing burden,” she said, “the tax bill that just passed the House of Representatives, removing deductions for student loan interest and taxing graduate assistance, can only be described as adding insult to injury.”
Emboldened by wins earlier this week in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as strong early campaign fundraising totals by challenger Lisa Brown, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Thursday it was now including Washington’s 5th district seat in Congress as a target to flip in 2018
The Lewiston Tribune
Cathy McMorris Rodgers doesn't know it yet, but she is in for the fight of her political life to turn aside the challenge from former state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane. The former Eastern Washington University professor of economics is smart, tough, tenacious, fearless, hard-working, politically sophisticated and plays to win.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., a member of the House Republican leadership, is getting a front rank Democratic challenger in an Eastern Washington district he Democrats last held in 1994. Former State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, until recently chancellor of Washington State University-Spokane, announced Thursday that she will take on McMorris Rodgers.
Brown has been spending her summer meeting with groups throughout Washington’s 5th Congressional district, which hasn’t put a Democrat in office since Tom Foley was ousted by voters in 1994. The 60-year-old, who spent 20 years teaching economics at Eastern Washington University, was elected to her first term in the state House of Representatives two years earlier.
Former state lawmaker and WSU Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown announced she will challenge Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her seat in Washington's fifth congressional district.
Brown left the state legislature in 2013, after serving for 20 years. At WSU's Spokane campus, she was involved in the process of getting the university's medical education underway. The Elson Floyd College of Medicine welcomed its first 60 students two weeks ago.
Northwest Public Radio
Former Washington state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown is running for congress. Brown, a Democrat, announced Thursday that she's challenging Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her eastern Washington seat. McMorris Rodgers is currently the highest ranking woman in House Republican leadership. But Brown says voters in the 5th congressional district, which includes Spokane, are dissatisfied with what's happening in D.C.
This is news that puts a real bounce in the ol’ step this morning. From the Spokesman Review -
“I’m just ready to go,” Brown, a former state lawmaker and most recently chancellor of Washington State University in Spokane, said Wednesday afternoon. “And I know a lot of people are ready.” Brown has been spending her summer meeting with groups throughout Washington’s 5th Congressional district, which hasn’t put a Democrat in office since Tom Foley was ousted by voters in 1994. The 60-year-old, who spent 20 years teaching economics at Eastern Washington University, was elected to her first term in the state House of Representatives two years earlier.
Cheney Free Press
If the reaction from the 20–25 people gathered at Cheney's Mason Jar last Saturday to hear Lisa Brown speak is any indication, it should be obvious to the former state legislator and current Washington State University-Spokane chancellor what decision people, at least fellow Democrats, want her to make about running for a congressional seat.
"Lisa Brown is here," Cheney City Councilwoman Teresa Overhauser said by way of introduction. "I am hopeful you will all join with me in asking her to run."
Daily News - Moscow-Pullman
The top woman in House Republican leadership has drawn a Democratic challenger. Former Washington state Senate leader Lisa Brown said Thursday she will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the congressional seat in a district that includes Spokane, the state's second largest city, and a large rural area where logging and farming are the main economic sectors.