FROM THE EDITOR: I’m already previewing the 2020 election

(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)

Despite the local 2019 election being very active with a Chewelah school levy, an overhaul of the Chewelah school board, a couple of city council races and even a mayor’s race in Colville, nationally it’s kind of a quiet.

So you will have to excuse me, but I’m already looking ahead to the 2020 election, because it’s going to have more fireworks than the 4th of July.

I really hope network news just decides to cover the Trump vs. the 19 or so democratic presidential candidates in a Lord of the Rings type CGI movie with hobbits, cave trolls, elves, orcs and Mitch McConnell. As a journalist who has as much political savvy as a brick, I’m already getting my beer and bubble bath ready to sit back and ride this roller coaster.

What will Trump say or tweet? Nothing would suprise me or shock me. I’m actually coming up with a betting board of what he might say for the 2020 election. “I’ve given Montana to Canada because we don’t need it anymore” “Cofffevessajkcnerlkjhfsd 2” “Joe Biden is creepy” “The British are Coming!” “I liked the movie Waterworld and there is nothing you can say to change my mind.”

As someone who has to read news, you have to admit, he’s entertaining and keeps things interesting. And he doesn’t wear a tan suit.

Then on the Democratic side, the field is narrowing but is still without a clear frontrunner candidate like Obama was in the 00s. It kind of resembles the WWE. I imagine Trump sitting in the middle of the ring and then someone’s music starts playing and a Democrat just struts out to the ring. I have no clue who that will be and what the primaries will decide, but an iron chair to the back of the head is not out of the realm of possibility in American politics.

Let it happen folks. It’s going to be wild. Don’t be surprised if it is a crazy election. Just be happy it’s going to result in like 80 fascinating documentaries on Netflix in 10 years.

While an effort to repeal the Washington Initiative 1639 regarding gun control that is underway still needs 300K signatures to make the ballot next year, that is going to be the state election item to watch.

Before I-1639 was voted and passed, I thought to myself “this isn’t a well thought-out law and it’s going to make a lot of people angry.”
And sure enough, a few weeks later, gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp was saying he wasn’t going to enforce the law as Republic’s Police Chief and many other law enforcement officers followed suit.

So we will see if the largely eastern Washington effort to get this initiative repealed gets through, and with the original initiative getting 60 percent of the vote, it’s going to be a battle. But seriously, looking at the initiative, nobody ever thought about how hard it was going to be to enforce? You can be punished if someone else uses your gun illegally? We’re taking guns out of the hands of 18-21 year olds because… reasons?

I know a lot of gun people and I could have told you right there the law was going to be the most maligned thing in Washington since the Seahawks’ offensive line.

Whoever thought this would pass without any controversy or severe backlash was enjoying Washington’s legalized marijuana or something. This will probably be a political football for years to come.

How many times are we going to hear about Russia? I feel like we’re in a new era of Russia being the bad guy, and you know what? I’m cool with it.

Thanks to the Cold War, we got Rocky 4, the Miracle on Ice, all the James Bond films, the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, landing on the moon and the Patrick Swayze cinematic classic “Red Dawn.”

Can you imagine a world without the movie “Red Dawn?” I can’t. It would be horrible.

The worst thing to come out of the 2016 election was that people apparently can’t be friends like Ellen and George W.

Whatever you’re political view is, right or left, thanks for being involved and caring about your country.