Simmering unrest over federal and state deficits, job loss, budget cuts and targeting of public employee unions in Wisconsin and other statehouses spilled into the open Thursday afternoon in Vancouver.
Tipping between chants, loud catcalls and calmer, face-to-face discussion, about 20 MoveOn.org supporters rallied outside the O.O. Howard House office of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas — and were met by a half-dozen counter-protesters.
Miles away in east Vancouver, Herrera Beutler met with a handful of MoveOn members in a Peet’s Coffee shop for what activists called a productive dialogue.
That meeting had been set for the Howard House but was moved, at her request.
For about 30 minutes, the D.C. freshman sat with four MoveOn members who presented their case against what they perceive to be damaging budget cuts and union scapegoating, while a few more observed.