Editorials

The Olympian (Olympia, WA): Political gaming is getting old (9/8/2006)

“The political high jinks of last week once again points to the need for what Baird is calling a ’72 Hour’ bill”

Columbian (Vancouver, WA): "72 Hours Needed" (1/10/07)

“Because members of Congress spend billions of dollars and affect the lives of millions of Americans, they should have at least 72 hours to read bills, and the bills should be posted online for all the public to see.”

The Olympian (Olympia, WA): Endorses Baird, cites 72 hours initiative (11/5/06)

In its last-minute brief summary of endorsements, the Olympian editorializes in favor of re-electing Baird and cites his 72 hours online initiative favorably.

The Olympian (Olympia, WA): Endorses Baird, cites his 72 hours reform (10/15/06, editorial)

In its main editorial endorsing Rep. Baird for re-election, the Olympian mentioned his 72 hours online inititiative as one of a half-dozen of his activities that seemed most important to the newspaper.

Columbian (Vancouver, WA): "It’s Billions, Take Time" (3/23/06)

“It will be interesting to see who will step forward in Congress to oppose Baird’s resolution, and specify why. We cannot fathom what their reasons might be.”

The Chronicle (Centralia, WA): Baird "Has logic … on his side" (3/18/06)

The Chronicle leans conservative. Its editorial from March 18, 2006 says that Baird “has logic and the need for transparency in government on his side in pushing for disclosure of legislation to members of Congress and the public on the Internet at least 72 hours before a vote.”

The Olympian (Olympia, WA): H.Res. 688 a "terrrific idea" (3/7/06)

House Resolution 688 is “a terrific idea that Congress should adopt as part of a comprehensive package to regain the public’s trust in the wake of corruption allegations.”

Investor’s Business Daily: "Make spending bills public 72 hours before" (2/3/06)

Among needed steps is “a firm policy of …making spending bills public 72 hours before final votes.”

Wall Street Journal: Insist on 3 days to read the bills (1/19/06)

This editorial does not speak to or endorse the 72 Online rule. But it argues that allowing time to read legislation might reduce the size and cost of government.

Roll Call (Capitol Hill): 72 online reform at "top of list" (1/18/06)

The day after ReadtheBill.org was launched publicly, Roll Call newspaper editorialized: “Except in real emergencies, bills should be open for inspection – online as well as on paper – at least 72 hours before they are voted on.”