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  • Workers Say They Are Hurting In West Coast Port Slowdown

    12/28/2014 7:18:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 26, 2014 | Connor D. Wolf
    The West Coast port slowdowns are hurting workers as well as retailers this holiday season.The NBC affiliate in Seattle reported that many of those who work for the ports can’t afford utilities or Christmas gifts for their families because the slowdowns have delayed their paychecks. The work slowdowns are the result of a seven-month labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Each side of the dispute blames the other.Vicki Raiter, the mother of one of the Port of Tacoma workers, told the local NBC affiliate, “If the shipments aren’t coming, then...
  • Kilmer calls for swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools program ( WA and across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:35:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    kbkw ^ | December 19, 2014
    Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on Congressional leaders to reauthorize a program that provides key support to rural communities. Representatives Kilmer, Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) led a letter urging the swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) to help counties with national forests. Since national forest land cannot be taxed by counties or states, for more than 100 years the Forest Service has shared revenues from timber harvests on federal lands with the nearby communities. In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the members pointed out that SRS...
  • Dropped Federal Funds Have Counties on Alert ( Rural areas across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:26:27 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Molly Priddy
    Flathead, Lincoln counties could lose millions if Secure Rural Schools is not reauthorized. Congress recently passed a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the United States government in operation, but missing from that bill are the funds that many counties in Montana have come to rely on in their annual budgets. The budget bill dropped $330 million in funding from Secure Rural Schools, a federal program run through the U.S. Forest Service providing funding for counties and schools. Last year, Flathead County received just over $1.6 million in SRS funding; roughly $1,067,000 went toward the countys road department, and the...
  • Cultural Winner and Losers, 2014

    12/26/2014 4:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood's power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the "Rock the Vote" gang couldn't help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn't exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California. The year's biggest loser was Sony, which looked pathetically powerless in the wake of an alleged North Korea's hack attack. Worst yet were the people involved. A clearly frustrated George Clooney announced there was no one in that industry willing to sign a...
  • Washington State Supreme Court Reverses Sentences In Lakewood Cop Killings

    12/25/2014 1:16:19 PM PST · by zeestephen · 24 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | 24 December 2014 | Gene Johnson
    The Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed gun convictions and exceptional sentences issued to two people who helped Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop in 2009.
  • The 20-year Demise of a Blue State

    12/22/2014 4:35:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    I left Washington state about 20 years ago for Arizona. A Washington native, I had become fed up with the left-wing politics of Seattle. A couple of years ago, I moved back to the Pacific Northwest. A lot had changed while I was gone, and very little for the better. The only improvement I noticed was more greenery everywhere. The environmentalists had gotten so many restrictions passed on logging and burning dense forestation that the Evergreen State had started to look like a jungle. Everything else had gone downhill. The roads and traffic had become horrendous, especially in the Puget...
  • Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation

    12/15/2014 9:09:32 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 12/12/2014 | unknown
    In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights. In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.
  • I Will Not Comply rally draws gun-rights supporters to Olympia

    12/14/2014 10:35:16 AM PST · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | J OSullivan
    Protester rallied at the state Capitol in Olympia to denounce an expanded initiative on gun-purchase background checks that voters widely approved last month. Following a tradition going back to at least the Whiskey Rebellion of the early 1790s, demonstrators gathered here Saturday afternoon at the Capitol to protest the tyranny of what they consider unlawful American government. But instead of decrying a tax on distilled liquor such as Pennsylvanians did just years after the U.S. Constitution was ratified, demonstrators here at the I Will Not Comply rally denounced a law expanding gun-purchase background checks that was approved last month...
  • Washington Florist Who Declined to Make Arrangements for Gay Wedding May Lose Her Business, Assets

    12/09/2014 7:12:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A lawsuit is moving forward against a Washington State florist who refused to supply floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony based on her religious objection, which could put her at risk of serious financial loss and the loss of her business. Baronelle Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, is being sued by the Washington State attorney general's office for refusing to supply flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding ceremony. Instead, she referred the couple to another nearby florist who could supply flowers for their wedding. The attorney general's office filed its lawsuit against Stutzman in...
  • Dash cam shows officer-involved fatal shooting after 7-11 stabbing

    12/09/2014 8:28:14 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 12/09/14
    The mortal stabbing last month of a Linfield College student at a 7-Eleven near the McMinnville campus appears to be a random attack, and three officers were cleared in the fatal shooting of the assailant minutes later, the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Authorities released more than 170 pages of police reports detailing interviews from investigations into the Saturday, Nov. 15, stabbing of Parker Moore, 20, of Woodinville, Washington, and the officer-involved shooting of Joventino Bermudez-Arenas, 33, of McMinnville. No motive has been determined for the stabbing of Moore, a Linfield College football player, by Bermudez-Arenas, a tree-farm...
  • Gun control groups work only just beginning in Washington state

    12/06/2014 8:28:58 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    guns.com ^ | 12/5/2014 | chris eger
    With that law now in effect, organizers are focusing their attention on other measures to limit access to firearms in hopes of combating gun violence. They include increasing the list of misdemeanors such as for domestic violence that result in barring gun rights, establishing criminal penalties for those who have their unsecured guns fall into the hands of children who use them and challenging perceived public health risks from lead at shooting ranges. On top of these, the group also wants to move on the new tactic of gun violence protection orders.
  • I-594: They passed it, now we get to see whats in it

    12/06/2014 8:15:02 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 12/4/2014 | Dave Workman
    On Tuesday, USA Today reported that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloombergs Everytown for Gun Safety a heavy financial supporter of I-594 is now active in at least a dozen states, emboldened by what the newspaper said was a string of victories last month. The story noted that, Bloombergs Everytown for Gun Safety also is weighing similar background-check initiatives in Arizona and Maine, and is backing one already underway in Nevada.
  • Utah to seize own land from government, challenge federal dominance of Western states

    12/04/2014 12:37:49 PM PST · by george76 · 118 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Transfer of Public Lands Act demands Washington relinquish 31.2 million acres by Dec. 31. In three weeks, Utah intends to seize control of 31.2 million acres of its own land now under the control of the federal government. At least, thats the plan. In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the Transfer of Public Lands Act, which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the states 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31. ... With the 2012 law, Utah placed itself on...
  • Seattle Muslim arrested for threats against Ferguson officer

    12/03/2014 12:12:16 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    gopusa.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Seattle Times
    Federal prosecutors have charged a Kirkland man with making interstate threats against the life of the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and his family.
  • Editorial: NRA needs to keep hands off Initiative 594

    12/03/2014 9:09:33 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 11/30/2014 | editorial
    Lawmakers have enough work to do without wasting time on misguided NRA attempts to curb Initiative 594.
  • Washington Felon Arrested for Threatening to Kill Darren Wilson & White Police Officers

    12/02/2014 7:14:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Jaleel Tarik Abdul-Jabbaar, from Washington, was arrested in Seattle for making repeated threats on Facebook to kill Darren Wilson and white police officers.</p> <p>Abdul-Jabbar wrote, I would love to smoke a white motha f*cking cop.</p> <p>A Kirkland man with a criminal history was arrested in Seattle after making repeated threats on Facebook to kill white police officers in Ferguson, Mo., including former FPD officer Darren Wilson.</p>
  • Kirkland man arrested for threats to kill Ferguson officer

    12/02/2014 2:43:46 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Komo News ^ | 12/02/14
    SEATTLE - Federal officials have arrested a Washington state man for allegedly posting Internet threats to kill the police officer who shot and killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of Kirkland was arrested early Tuesday at his home. According to court documents, he began posting threats to kill the officer and members of his family on a Facebook page soon after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. The criminal complaint only refers to former officer Darren Wilson as D.W. He has since resigned from the police department.
  • Officious White Hipsters Crash Seattle Tree-Lighting Over Ferguson, MAKE LITTLE KIDS CRY

    11/30/2014 8:10:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2014 | Eric Owens
    A caffeinated gang of annoying white hipsters in Seattle did their level best to ruin Christmas this year by surrounding the citys annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, chanting and making a bunch of little kids cry. The young, well-heeled, largely white crowd of demonstrators was protesting in response to Mondays announcement that a grand jury in Missouri had refused to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male, on Aug. 9. Fridays incident in Seattle occurred at Westlake Mall, according to local NBC affiliate KING-TV. Westlake Mall is some 2,119 miles away from Ferguson, Mo.,...
  • Terrified Young Christmas Carolers Burst Into Tears as Michael Brown Protesters Surround Them

    11/29/2014 9:40:31 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 103 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 29, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Among the feats many Michael Brown protesters pulled off as they stormed Seattles Westlake Mall on Black Friday was targeting a childrens choir set to sing Christmas carols, KING-TV reported as part of a video segment. A journalist with KING, Mark Wright, wrote this on his Facebook page: Some of you may know that tonights tree lighting at Westlake Center was cut short by protesters. I feel really bad for a group of children from the 5th Avenue Theater. They came tonight, excited to sing. When the protesters overtook the balcony, the children were absolutely terrified. I helped usher them...
  • Seattle protesters take to street to decry Ferguson decision(all 100 of them)

    11/24/2014 7:02:31 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/24/2014 | Paige Cornwell and Steve Miletich
    About 100 people are marching in downtown Seattle to protest the decision by a Missourigrand juryto not indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. Shouting No justice, no peace, the marchers are headed from WestlakePark, site of an earlier rally, down Fourth Avenue and then looping back to Westlake Park. Dozens of Seattle police bicycle officers are stationed along the streets, watching the crowd, which has thus far been peaceful.
  • (Seattle Socialist Councilwoman) Sawant spends five hours in jail and continues $15 wage push

    11/20/2014 7:01:15 PM PST · by steve86 · 14 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/20/2014 | Jennifer Sullivan
    Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said Thursday that even though she spent five hours in jail the previous night, after a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac, her push to raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 will continue. Speaking from her office, Sawant said last nights action was really inspiring for everybody. We have to keep up the pressure, Sawant said. Weve seen how big business has been on the offensive against workers rights. We need to defend our victories and fight for $15 an hour for all workers. Sawant was booked into the South Correctional...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieus (D-LA) clout did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who dont seem to acknowledge Landrieus clout. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • OR and WA Differences in Recreational Marijuana

    11/18/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | 11/18/2014 | Morgan Ashley
    KENNEWICK, WA- Measure 91, approving recreational marijuana use in Oregon, has lawmakers developing rules and regulations. Many wonder if Oregon will adopt similar policies as Washington. Both Liquor Control Boards have set rules for both I-502 in Washington and Measure 91 in Oregon that will take effect on July 1st of next year, but there are a few big differences between the states. NBC Right Now spoke with both boards Tuesday to simplify the details. In Washington and Oregon you can have up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana in your possession. In Oregon you can have up to 8...
  • Washington's First Pot Auction Brings In $600,000

    11/16/2014 6:53:05 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 16 November 2014
    Fireweed Farms of Prosser sold about 300 pounds of pot to state-licensed processors and retailers Saturday...Buyers were provided with a detailed list of strains and lot sizes that provided a complete potency profile, labeling requirements and the date the batch was tested by Confidence Analytics, a state-certified laboratory.
  • Thousands Of Washington State Gun Owners Plan Huge Civil Disobedience Event

    11/16/2014 1:43:36 PM PST · by Robwin · 37 replies
    Truth and Action ^ | November 15, 2014 | Truth and Action
    "We will rally at the capitol, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT comply. Under I-594, transmitting a gun to someone in most circumstances such as lending your gun to a family member or friend at the shooting range would constitute a felony. Many gun owners have transmitted their gun at one point to a friend or relative to...
  • First-day glitch shuts states health-insurance exchange

    11/16/2014 6:14:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler and Patrick Marshall
    Internal checks determined the state Healthplanfinder website was miscalculating the amount of tax credits applicants were eligible for. So exchange officials decided to shut the site down for repairs. They hope to have it back up on Sunday. Its our plan to be up as soon as possible, said Michael Marchand, communications director of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. By early evening Saturday, the exchange issued a release saying it is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Sunday. The tax-credit calculations are critical to the sites utility. Based on an applicants income level, the credits...
  • Marijuana Auction Sells Close to 500 Pounds, Attracts Nearly 100 Bidders [WA]

    11/15/2014 8:16:28 PM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Raven Richard
    PROSSER, WA- Fireweed Farm made history Saturday after they hosted the first marijuana auction in the state. Nearly 500 pounds of marijuana were auctioned off Saturday to approved producers, retailers, and processors. Those bidders came from all over to get in on the marijuana action. There is a first time for everything, and many did not know what to expect. I expected nothing to be quite honest with you and everything at the same time, said Jack Ron, marijuana grower. Nearly 100 producers, processors, and retailers from Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham, and other areas around the state, bid on marijuana from...
  • Teachable Moment on Israel

    11/14/2014 6:45:46 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 13, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of activists in the state of Washington are promoting an anti-Israel curriculum that high school social studies teachers are considering adopting. Ed Mast and Linda Bevis, of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, have developed The Palestine Teaching Trunk. Bevis gave a presentation on it in October at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies annual meeting, Edward Alexander reported in The Weekly Standard on November 10, 2014. In 1967, Israel seized control of the West Bank and Gaza from Egypt and Jordan, the Teaching Trunk curriculum reads. Israel instituted a military occupation in Gaza and the West Bankwhich...
  • New England coastal communities threatened by feds' ban on cod fishing

    11/12/2014 9:57:04 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Federal regulators slapped a six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next years catch by up to 75 percent, in a move some say will destroy the livelihoods of fishermen across the region. ... NOAA announced several measures, including the ban which expands no-fishing zones, on Monday. But fishermen whose livelihoods rely on catching cod, as well as the coastal communities that depend on money coming in from that industry, worry the new regulations will devastate them.
  • WE STAND RALLY, OLYMPIA WASHINGTON

    11/13/2014 9:29:48 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 13 replies
    We stand | NOV 14, 2014 | we stand
    Date: 12/13/14 Time: 11am Location: WA State Capital, Gateway Park. 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW Olympia, WA Pass the word. WE STAND! On Nov 4th 2014 a new gun law was passed in Washington that will make as much as handing a friend your gun a felony. We will not tolerate this law and I am going to do what I said I would do in my video. Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyrants, or will you stand for the liberty of your children? Were not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is...
  • 24-Year-Old Republican Baffles Democrats, Heads to the State House

    11/13/2014 12:05:09 PM PST · by Baynative · 54 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | 11/11/14 | Ellis E. Conklin
    From the outset to the bitter end, Democrats would not take her seriously. She was too young, they said, unseasoned and unqualifiedjust a pretty face with a thin resume and no political experience. Then 24-year-old Melanie Stambaugh shocked them all and won going away.
  • Gunnison sage grouse gets federal protection ( Colorado and Utah )

    11/12/2014 10:30:17 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 12, 2014
    Federal wildlife officials have granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse, a move that could to bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other land uses to preserve the bird's habitat in Colorado and Utah. ... They're related to the greater sage grouse, which is at the center of a separate and larger debate over federal protection across 11 Western states.
  • Gun sales in Spokane soar after I-594 passes

    11/10/2014 9:13:44 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    www.krem.com ^ | 11/9/201 | Ryan Simms
    Some local gun owners are bracing for trouble after the passage of I-594. A few of them believe the government is out to take their guns and they are buying them like crazy. Washington's newest firearm law passed with a 60 percent approval from voters but it is little comfort to some gun owners. "I feel like this is just continuously progressing in a way to limit the amount of firearms that can be purchased by legal citizens," said gun owner Mark Jones.
  • The Gun Grabbers Behind Washington States I-594 Reveal Their True Agenda And Your State Is Next !

    11/08/2014 9:10:07 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    universalfreepress.com ^ | 11/7/2014 | richard anthony
    Initiative 594 just passed in Washington State, bringing on residents mandatory gun background checks and making it a felony to privately purchase or even hand a gun to a friend without government permission. A story in the Seattle Times the morning after the mid-term elections, revealed the true motives of the I-594 campaign and its proponents. It didnt take long for the other shoe to drop and the rest of their anti-rights agenda to be exposed. Other states theyre now targeting with initiatives include Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine. Our rights are and always have been their real target, not...
  • WA State Gun Owners Planning Massive I-594 Protest

    11/07/2014 6:58:56 AM PST · by w1n1 · 22 replies
    Western Shooting Journal ^ | 11/6/2014 | R Alexander
    A protest is being organized on Facebook by gun owners upset that gun control measure I-594 passed. I don't like Facebook, but it is a way to reach out to others so they can be aware of this event. This is taking place on Saturday Dec 13, 2014 in Olympia, the state capital. More details here. Just letting you know there is a link on that page that goes to FB Rally page info. More to come on this.
  • Washington: Ballot Measures (Gun grabbers win big in Washington State)

    11/04/2014 9:50:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    Washington Initiative 591: Limit background checks for gun sales. Washington Initiative 594: Require background checks for gun sales.
  • Initiative Measure No. 594 Concerns background checks for firearm sales and transfers -County

    11/04/2014 9:44:19 PM PST · by rktman · 2 replies
    results.vote.wa.gov ^ | 11/4/2014 | Unknown
    Initiative Measure No. 594 Concerns background checks for firearm sales and transfers - County Results
  • Didier vs. Newhouse: What to watch(Washington State)

    11/04/2014 12:59:13 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    Yakima Hearald Republic ^ | 11/4/2014 | Mike Faulk
    Its election day in Washington state, and no race on the ballot has provided more intrigue than the battle between Republicans Clint Didier and Dan Newhouse to replace retiring 10-term Congressman Doc Hastings. Tonight culminates roughly nine months of campaigning going back to February when Hastings first announced his retirement, creating what The Daily Kos described as a clown car of 12 candidates who fought tooth and nail up until the August primary.Didier, a tea party ally, finished six points ahead of mainstream conservative Newhouse in the primary with 32 percent of the vote. Newhouses campaign believes that with improved...
  • Republicans Didier (Tea Party) , Newhouse (GOPe) battle for same seat (WA)

    11/04/2014 5:38:46 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 4 replies
    TheState.com ^ | Nov 4, 2014 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE, Wash. No matter who people vote for on Tuesday, a Republican is almost certain to win the open U.S. House seat in central Washington. Dan Newhouse, from the establishment wing of the GOP, is locked in a tight race with tea party Republican Clint Didier to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. The 4th Congressional district covers Yakima, the Tri-Cities and much of the central portion of the state. This is the first time in state history that two members of the same party advanced to the general election for a House seat, which is a result...
  • I-591: Vote Yes On A Common Sense Gun Initiative

    11/03/2014 9:13:59 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 29 replies
    The Right Argument ^ | September 17, 2014 | Michael Haugen
    Authors note: This is the first of a series of posts covering the two Washington State gun initiatives to be decided by voters this fall. Here I consider I-591, the Protect Our Gun Rights Act. Future posts will address I-594, an opposing bill to I-591. On November 4th, Washington will be the only state in the country to address gun issues at the ballot box. The first of which, Initiative 591, is a simple, one page bill that in two operative sections places restrictions on state agencies pertaining to due process and potential background checks on the recipient of a...
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Fund Gun Control Initiative, While Living With Armed Guards

    11/03/2014 12:08:55 PM PST · by Robwin · 31 replies
    Dc Gazette ^ | 08/26/14 | Dc Gazette
    <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand gun control measures in Washington state, bringing their coffers up to nearly $6 million dollars.</p> <p>The large donation comes on the heels of fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allens $500,000 donation earlier this month. Also last week, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer donated an additional $1 million, bring his total donation to the campaign to nearly $1.4 million.</p>
  • It's All Morally Relative - End Support for Israel

    09/19/2001 7:57:36 AM PDT · by az4vlad · 203 replies · 2,091+ views
    9/29/01 | R. Alexander
    It's All Morally Relative - End Support for Israel An Analysis of the After Effects of the Terrorist Attack by R. Alexander September 19, 2001 Many of us were surprised to hear responses coming from both U.S.citizens and our so-called allies suggesting the U.S. somehow deserved the terrorist attack. With righteous moral indignation, these enlightened critics, suddenly experts on terrorism, lecture us, claiming "this would not have happened if the U.S. hadn't been intervening in the Middle East." This criticism is said with a straight face by Americans who see no problem driving an oversized SUV that gets 12 miles ...
  • Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, Teen Wounded in Washington School Shooting, Dies [Fourth Victim]

    10/31/2014 8:56:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    ABCNews ^ | October 31, 2014
    Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, Teen Wounded in Washington School Shooting, Dies Oct 31, 2014 By ABC NEWS Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, a victim in the shooting at a Washington state high school, died today, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said. She was the fourth person to die in the shooting. Two other students Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14, remain at Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Hatch suffered a gunshot wound to his jaw. "Our hearts are broken at the passing of our beautiful daughter. Shay means everything to us. In Shays short life she has been a...
  • Washington State Voters Weigh In On Two Contradictory Gun Control Initiatives

    10/31/2014 10:49:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    hereandnow.wbur.org ^ | 10/31/2014 | Austin Jenkins
    A week after a school shooting in the Seattle area, residents of Washington state are faced with two competing ballot initiatives on guns this election. Initiative 594 would require universal background checks for gun sales, whether online, at a gun show or trade. Initiative 591 says no such changes would be made at a state level until Congress votes for the country to adopt universal gun control.
  • Citizens, Sheriffs Up Against Billionaires in Fight for Gun Rights in Washington State

    10/31/2014 7:43:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/30/2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    In less than one week, voters in Washington state will decide on two competing gun measures: I-594, the Washington Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative, and I-591, the Washington Gun Rights Measure. Via National Journal: [I-594] would mandate background checks as a condition of most gun purchases and transfers in the state (with exceptions for weapon transfers within families and purchases involving antique guns). Its main goal is "closing the gun-show loophole," says Geoff Potter, communications director for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the group spearheading the effort. Via Townhall columnist Rachel Alexander: Washingtons Second Amendment Foundation came...
  • Another rally for gun control, another Wash. sheriff against it

    10/30/2014 10:37:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 10/29/2014 | Dave Workman
    While backers of billionaire-funded Initiative 594 are planning one more rally this Saturday using the Marysville-Pilchuck school shooting as something of a campaign prop another county sheriff has joined 26 of his colleagues to oppose the measure, making the count more than two-thirds of the elected sheriffs against the measure. Reports from several readers to Examiner late yesterday indicated that many, if not all, of these lawmen have apparently been targeted by "robo-calls" from I-594 supporters, claiming the sheriffs are out of touch with their constituents, and have been co-opted by the "gun lobby." Perhaps they've read the...
  • Letter - Initiative 594 would create accidental felons

    10/30/2014 10:25:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    union-bulletin.com ^ | 10/29/2014 | Dale Keep
    Would you vote for a law that makes criminals of many neighbors, relatives and friends? Initiative 594 would do exactly that. #In their zeal to impose universal background checks, the creators of I-594 have written a law that would require nearly all transfers of firearms to be conducted at the premises of a Federal Firearms License dealer.
  • Historic Gun Range to be Shut Down

    10/30/2014 8:36:47 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 10 replies
    wsj ^ | 10/2014 | R Alexander
    Gun ranges are frequently targeted by left-wing activists in the government, and sadly, one is finally about to be wrongly shut down.
  • Experts: Workers in danger at Hanford

    10/28/2014 8:10:17 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 7 replies
    King5 News ^ | 10/28/2014 | Susannah Frame
    Gannett Company - Link only
  • Medical helicopters were turned away at Marysville shootings

    10/28/2014 6:08:12 PM PDT · by steve86 · 14 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/27/2014 | Jennifer Sullivan and Lewis Kamb
    Twenty-five minutes after Fridays shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, two air ambulances hovered near the campus, prepared to transport the critically wounded to the regions highest-rated trauma hospital. After the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting, an empty Airlift NW helicopter leaves Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett at 12:30 p.m. But at 1:35 p.m. the crew was called back to transport one of the victims to Harborview. Firefighters, medics and hospital staff move one of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting victims from an ambulance into Everetts Providence Regional Medical Center on Friday. Twenty-five minutes after Fridays shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School,...