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  • Inslee stands by Planned Parenthood, rebuffs “extremist organizations” calling for defunding

    07/29/2015 5:03:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | July 29, 2015 | Joel Connelly
    Gov. Jay Inslee has sharply rebuffed a campaign demanding that the state investigate and defund Planned Parenthood, describing it as the work of “national extremist organizations” trying to eliminate a vital source of health care for women, particularly poor women. The Governor’s statement came after a letter to Inslee by seven Republican legislators demanded that the state stop funding Planned Parenthood, and a letter from 34 GOP lawmakers asking Attorney General Bob Ferguson to investigate whether Planned Parenthood has been selling organs from aborted babies for financial gain. “Planned Parenthood provides millions of women across the country access to a...
  • Manchin: ‘I need Republican help’ to fix gun sale checks

    07/26/2015 5:58:17 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 44 replies
    One of the Senate’s biggest supporters of firearm background checks is renewing calls for Congress to fix the system in the light of a deadly theater shooting in Lafayette, La. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday that Congress should “shut down the loophole” that allows some mentally ill people, like the Louisiana movie theater shooter, to slip through the government’s system for vetting gun sales. “Right now, I need Republican help,” said Manchin, a moderate Democrat has led the push to reform background checks. “I need my friends on the Republican side of the aisle to help us with a...
  • Amazon ruined our “gayborhood”: Tech-bros are swallowing up Seattle’s Capitol Hill

    07/26/2015 3:05:17 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 86 replies
    Salon ^ | July 26, 2015 | By Katie Herzog
    SEATTLE--“They’ve taken an area that was formerly a home for gay people, for queer people, for artists,” says John Criscitello while showing me around Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, “and they’ve turned it into a destination drinking spot.” Criscitello, an artist who lives and works on Capitol Hill, is 48 years old but looks a decade younger. He’s tall and muscled, with tattoos covering most of his skin and blue eyes that stand out against the gloomy Seattle sky. He hasn’t been in the city long — he moved from New York just four years ago — but in that short...
  • Hey Seattle! How’s that $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Law Working Out For Ya?

    07/25/2015 8:59:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 7/25/2015 | Rick Moran
    The first phase in of Seattle’s $15 an hour minimum wage has been in effect for a little more than 3 months and there are already signs of trouble. The wage, to be phased in over several years, is needed, say proponents, because so many workers who have full time jobs are on public assistance. Many companies raised their employee’s wages beyond the $11 an hour mandated by the law, which has led to some curious results. Employees are begging their bosses to cut their hours so they can keep their food stamps, housing assistance, and other welfare benefits. Yes,...
  • Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine: U.S. appeals court

    07/23/2015 11:56:00 AM PDT · by Coronal · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 23, 2015 | Dan Levine
    The state of Washington can require a pharmacy to deliver medicine even if the pharmacy's owner has a religious objection, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, the latest in a series of judgments on whether religious believers can opt out of providing services.
  • Seattle officials join push for Sharia-compliant mortgages, loans

    07/22/2015 3:55:25 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/22/15 | Barnini Chakraborty
    A proposal in Seattle meant to increase homeownership among Muslims by offering financing compliant with strict Islamic law -- known as Sharia -- is gaining ground in the latest test for local leaders trying to accommodate diverse religious beliefs. "We will work to develop new tools for Muslims who are prevented from using conventional mortgage products due to their religious beliefs," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said during a press conference July 13. "Sharia," which comes from the Koran and means "the right path," prohibits the payment of interest -- the primary way lenders earn. Many of Seattle's 30,000 practicing Muslims,...
  • Seattle sees fallout from $15 minimum wage, as other cities follow suit

    07/22/2015 3:22:51 PM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.22.2015 | Dan Springer
    Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.
  • Trump attacks McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured'

    07/18/2015 11:51:30 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 200 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/18/2015 | Ben Schreckinger
    Donald Trump might finally have crossed the line. Appearing on Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, the real estate mogul took his running feud with Arizona Sen. John McCain to a new level. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” The remarks, which came after days of back-and-forth between McCain and Trump, were met with scattered boos.
  • Navy's newest combat ship in water

    07/18/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    CNN - WJXT ^ | Jul 18 2015 | Brad Lendon
    The U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, the USS Little Rock, slid into the waters of Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin on Saturday morning. .. the 378-foot-long, 3,000-ton littoral combat ship with only a 13-foot draft is ideal for the missions the Navy faces in shallow waters around Pacific Rim, where the Navy is increasing presence as it keeps an eye on China, which is expanding its naval forces and its presence in the South China Sea. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the launching of the Little Rock is emblematic of the Navy's commitment to have a fleet of 304 ships...
  • Watch: Washington Mayor Told To Resign After Calling Barack And Michelle Obama This

    07/16/2015 5:58:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    KXLY via Independent Jjournal Review via Western Journialism ^ | July 15, 2015 | KXLY via Michael Hunter. via Christopher Agee
    KXLY recently reported that Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, Wash., is facing increased pressure to resign after a Facebook comment about the Obama family was criticized by some locals as racist. “Gorilla face Michelle,” he wrote in the now-deleted post, “can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.” When the backlash that followed reached city hall, five of six council members present at a recent meeting voted to ask Rushing to step down. Airway Heights Police Chief and Acting City Manager Lee Bennett explained why local leaders felt...
  • Mayor calls Michelle Obama 'gorilla face,' won't resign

    07/16/2015 10:05:56 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 105 replies
    Sun Times ^ | Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Chad Merda
    A mayor in Washington state says he won’t resign after he called First Lady Michelle Obama “gorilla face,” insisting that would mean he’s admitting he’s racist. Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing confirmed to KHQ-6, NBC’s Spokane affiliate, that he indeed did make the offensive statement on his Facebook page, but brushed it off as playful banter between he and his friends. “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Rushing wrote. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.” He’s tried to brush it off as “playful back and forth banter that my friends...
  • 'It's a miracle': Teen girl survives plane crash, hikes out

    07/14/2015 8:21:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    KOMO ^ | Martha Bellisle
    A 16-year-old girl survived a small-plane crash that killed her step-grandparents in the rugged mountains of north-central Washington state and then hiked through thick forest to safety in what a rescuer called a miracle. Searchers still are looking for the wreckage, but Autumn Veatch says Leland and Sharon Bowman of Marion, Montana, died in Saturday's crash, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, who spoke with the girl. "She said they were flying in the clouds, and in an instant, it opened up and there was the mountain, and they crashed into the trees," Rogers told The Associated Press in...
  • Group calls for removal of Confederate monument in Seattle

    07/12/2015 6:27:59 PM PDT · by llevrok · 52 replies
    SEATTLE - A Confederate monument in Capitol Hill's Lake View Cemetery is in the spotlight as a local group calls for its removal. For more than a century, Lake View Cemetery has been the final resting place for many of Seattle's pioneers. Only a short walk from one of the cemetery's most visited grave sites - that of Bruce Lee - a 14-foot granite monument memorializes Washington state's Confederate veterans and their families. "Just because it's a military memorial doesn't justify it," Charlette LaFevere says. "It's offensive." LeFevere is part of a small group calling on Seattle City leaders to...
  • Seattle City Needs To Move Away From The Idea That Families Can Have Their Own Home & Land

    07/09/2015 12:53:17 PM PDT · by thomasryan · 57 replies
    Gov't Slaves ^ | 7/8/15 | Kipp Robertson
    If adopted, ideas being considered by a Seattle housing committee would be devastating to the city’s appeal, KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson said. Get rid of single-family zoning in Seattle. That’s the big message in a draft report being worked on by Mayor Ed Murray’s housing committee, obtained by The Seattle Times. According to a draft letter, the city needs to move away from the idea that all families can live in their own home on a piece of land, the Times reports. “Today, as Seattle expands rapidly and experiences massive economic and population growth, we are held back by policies...
  • Illegal Alien Murders Young Woman And Burns Her 3 yr Old Alive

    07/09/2015 2:06:24 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    truthuncensored.net ^ | july 9, 2015 | lauren richardson
    Less than one week after 32 year old Kate Steinle was shot and killed by a 7 time illegal felon who had been deported 5 times another illegal felon commits murder. On July 2nd, a man who was deported to Mexico last year but returned to the U.S. illegally  murdered his teenage girlfriend and her 3 year old son.  25 year-old Prudencio Juan Fragos-Ramirez was charged with murdering 18 year-old Maria G. Cruiz-Calvillo and her 3 year-old son Luis F. Lopez-Cruz by first shooting them and then setting them on fire. Cruiz-Calvillo and Luis had gunshot wounds, and according to...
  • Is Seattle doing away with single-family homes?

    07/09/2015 10:33:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 72 replies
    My Northwest ^ | 07/07/15 | Kipp Robertson
    The city needs to move away from the idea that all families can live in their own home on a piece of land, according to a draft letter from a Seattle advisory committee. If adopted, ideas being considered by a Seattle housing committee would be devastating to the city's appeal, KIRO Radio's Dori Monson said. Get rid of single-family zoning in Seattle. That's the big message in a draft report being worked on by Mayor Ed Murray's housing committee, obtained by The Seattle Times. According to a draft letter, the city needs to move away from the idea that all...
  • Seattle City Council president proposing tax on gun sales (5 cent tax per round!)

    07/08/2015 2:51:08 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    Seattle would tax gun and ammunition sales and require owners to tell police about lost and stolen firearms under a pair of bills coming before the City Council. City Council President Tim Burgess is proposing the legislation, saying revenue from the new tax would fund gun-violence-prevention programs and research. “Gun violence is very expensive,” Burgess said, noting that the direct medical costs of treating 253 gunshot victims at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center last year surpassed $17 million, with taxpayers covering more than $12 million of that. “It’s time for the gun industry to help defray those costs and this is...
  • Further Restrictions for Kennewick Irrigation District Customers

    07/08/2015 1:20:22 PM PDT · by steve86 · 9 replies
    KNDU 25 ^ | Jul 08, 2015
    KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Irrigation District says effective immediately, customers are required to limit watering to 20 minutes, per zone, for two days per week and according to their watering schedule. They say with the Yakima River at historically low levels this along with consistently high temperatures has resulted in further reductions to the water being delivered to the Kennewick Irrigation District by federal officials. During a normal irrigation season, K.I.D. would be diverting 300 cfs. Today the diversion is projected to be 150 cfs. The District will be contacting Water Masters directly regarding agricultural and large parcel lots over...
  • Seattle City Council considers gun, ammo tax

    07/08/2015 10:07:07 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 31 replies
    King5News ^ | 07/08/2015 | Michael Konopasek
    Seattle City Council president Tim Burgess is proposing a new tax on guns. The proposal would tax gun sales $25 per gun and add a five cent-tax on each round of ammunition. Five cents per round adds up to a roughly $2.50 increase for a box off handgun ammunition. The legislation would also impose a $500 fine on gun owners who do not report guns lost or stolen.
  • Starbucks hiking prices in US; affected drinks will go up by 5 to 20 cents

    07/06/2015 2:19:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    ap ^ | July 06, 2015
    Starbucks says it's hiking prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks
  • Washington must fix culverts (at a cost of $2.4 billion) to allow tribal fishing, feds say

    07/06/2015 9:27:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 5, 2015
    Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with tribes' treaty-backed right to catch fish. But it's unclear how the state is going to come up with the estimated $2.4 billion needed ...
  • FIRE DANGER: Governor Inslee (Rat-WA) Tried to Ban Personal Fireworks for July 4th Celebrations

    07/04/2015 10:08:21 AM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    nbcrightnow.com ^ | Jul 3, 2015 | Chris Luther
    TRI-CITIES, WA. -- People are concerned about fireworks this Fourth of July. And not just locally, all over the Northwest. Governor Jay Inslee along with the Department of Natural Resources issued a burn ban for Washington but they wanted to do even more. No matter where you are in the Northwest, fireworks will be especially dangerous this year. Both Washington Governor Jay inslee and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have issued warnings. But regardless, fireworks stands have been open and selling in certain areas all week. So now they're urging extreme caution when using fireworks in cities and counties that legally...
  • Seattle Schools to 6th Graders: No Soda For You, But Here's An IUD

    07/03/2015 7:15:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    From mandates about what food children can eat to draconian attendance policies, it’s becoming increasingly clear that parental rights do not exist when you send your child to public school, as The Blaze’s Matt Walsh has argued before. But in Seattle, it’s even worse. In at least 13 public schools in the area, where kids are banned from even having soda or candy, middle and high school-aged girls can get a taxpayer-funded IUD without their parents’ consent. CNS News reports: [Long-acting reversible contraceptives] are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by...
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 10:16:17 PM PDT · by TangibleDisgust · 24 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Steven Ertelt, Rebecca Downs
    When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental consent, Take Charge told CNSNews.com: “We encourage all Take Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in their clinics. A young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method…If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent.”
  • U.S. Confirms First Measles Death Since 2003

    07/02/2015 7:49:16 PM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 83 replies
    .huffingtonpost.com AP ^ | July 2, 2015 | Martha Bellisle
    SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington woman died from measles in the spring — the first measles death in the U.S. since 2003 and the first in the state since 1990, health officials said Thursday. The woman lacked some of the measles' common symptoms, such as a rash, so the infection was not discovered until an autopsy, Washington State Department of Health spokesman Donn Moyer said. This is the 11th case of measles in Washington — and the sixth in Clallam County — this year, Moyer said.
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 3:51:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | July 2, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT, REBECCA DOWNS
    Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle canÂ’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for...
  • Seattle 6th Graders Can’t Get a Coke at School, But Can Get an IUD

    07/02/2015 2:07:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Kathleen Brown
    (CNSNews.com) -- Middle and high school students can’t get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13 Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine device (IUD) implanted without their parents’ consent. School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above at no cost, according to Washington State officials. LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg....
  • Girl Scouts returns $100,000 donation over transgender stipulation

    07/02/2015 12:34:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 27 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/2/15 | Lisa Bourne
    July 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - An unusual request from a major donor to a regional branch of the U.S. Girl Scouts has drawn attention to the organization’s ongoing support for gender ideology and transgender issues. Girl Scouts of Western Washington CEO Megan Ferland revealed last week that the council had recently received a donation for $100,000. However, after the Girl Scouts’ practice of allowing boys who identify as girls to join the Scouts hit the news during the media’s coverage of the Bruce Jenner case, Ferland says she received a note from the donor putting a condition on the donation.“Please guarantee...
  • Christian Preachers Brutally Beaten at Gay Pride Festival (Seattle)

    07/01/2015 5:17:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 6/30/15 | Todd Starnes
    Two street preachers were brutally beaten—punched and kicked—by a crowd at a gay pride festival in Seattle and the entire melee was captured on video. The preachers were holding signs reading "Repent or Else" and "Jesus Saves From Sin." The video shows a group of people initially screaming and threatening the men during Pridefest at the Seattle Space Needle. Television station KOMO reported that some of the attackers belonged to a group called NOH8.
  • Girl Scouts Raise $250K for Transgender Cause

    07/01/2015 10:18:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7-1-15 | Christine Niles
    A Girl Scouts troop in the state of Washington has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with the caveat that it could not be used to support transgender scouts. In an interview Tuesday, Megan Ferland, CEO of the Girls Scouts of Western Washington, said, "Girl Scouts is for every girl, and that is every girl regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion. Every girl is every girl." This includes boys who think they're girls. The Girl Scouts claim their policy is one of "inclusivity," and they welcome transgender scouts, and in fact have several such members...
  • Common Core Crack-Up

    06/29/2015 7:43:31 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in education continue to crumble when they encounter reality. “Not a single junior at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School showed up to take this spring’s Smarter Balanced tests (SBAC—one version of the COMMON Core standardized tests), according to a school district spokeswoman,” according to the editors at Rethinking Schools. “Earlier this year, a group of teachers, administrators, parents, and students had agreed to boycott the standardized tests, but Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland threatened teachers with the loss of their teachers licenses if they didn’t administer the test.” “Under this pressure, the school’s...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Port of Olympia identifies cause of chemical spill: ruptured ball valve

    06/25/2015 1:49:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    eaglefordtexas. ^ | 2 days ago | ROLF BOONE
    A hydrogen peroxide spill at the Port of Olympia earlier this year was the result of a ball valve that ruptured after a buildup of the chemical. The valve needed to be vented, but due to a lack of venting, 9,600 gallons of hydrogen peroxide were released, which led to a temporary evacuation of port staff and nearby businesses on Jan. 28. That was according to port environmental programs director Alex Smith, who brought the port commission up to speed Monday night about the spill and the next steps in the process. Auburn-based engineering company Parametrix was hired by the...
  • VIDEO: Mayor Murray unveils rainbow crosswalks on Capitol Hill [ Seattle gay area ]

    06/23/2015 5:11:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 45 replies
    KIRO TV (CBS) - Seattle ^ | June 23, 2015 | Staff
    As Pride Week gets underway in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray unveiled new rainbow crosswalks at several Capitol Hill intersections Tuesday morning. There are 11 crosswalks on Capitol Hill getting the rainbow treatment -- for a total cost of more than $100,000 according to the city's transportation director. Seven of those were painted and treated overnight and four others will be finished Tuesday night. The idea has been discussed for some time, but was delayed by logistics and cost. It was initially said that the colorful crosswalks cost about $6,000 for a total of $66,000 for all 11. The money comes...
  • No Joke: Most Black Voters Think Rachel Dolezal Should Have Stayed At The NAACP

    06/22/2015 6:25:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Well, it’s come to this [emphasis mine]: Most voters agree that racial identity should be based on birth, not preference, but black voters are less critical than others of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who identifies as black who recently resigned from her post at the NAACP. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Dolezal was being deceitful by claiming she was black. Just 13% disagree, while 23% are not sure. However, while most white (65%) and other minority voters (68%) believe Dozelal [sic] was being deceitful, just 46% of black voters...
  • ‘Black’ Rachel Dolezal: Whites shouldn’t discuss racism

    06/21/2015 3:48:00 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 46 replies
    The College Fix ^ | June 18, 2015 | Dave Huber
    As if the case of Rachel Dolezal couldn’t get any sillier, anti-racism activist Tim Wise says that the “black” former NAACP chapter president once “tried to stop him from speaking” at Eastern Washington University because … “white folks can’t speak with any legitimacy to issues of racism.” Dolezal was a part-time professor at the college.
  • Democracy Makes a Comeback

    06/21/2015 12:56:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 21, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    HeÂ’s back. And heÂ’s not running for president. (Not yet?) Just when big government boosters in the Evergreen State thought it was safe to raise taxes, Tim Eyman and the group Voters Want More Choices have returned to the streets with Initiative 1366. I-1366 is identical to Initiative 1325, a measure Mr. Eyman failed to get onto the 2014 ballot. That flop came after the ballot initiative guruÂ’s biggest benefactor had passed away. And not long after the Washington Supreme Court had struck down as unconstitutional his previous initiative requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature or a vote of...
  • Team Obamatrade Planning Tricky Effort to Sneak Export-Import Bank Reauthorization into Deal

    06/18/2015 5:55:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/18/15 | Matthew Boyle
    In the final hours before the House votes on a new leadership-concocted scheme to sneak Obamatrade past the American public, it’s been revealed that pro-Obamatrade forces are now aiming to sneak a renewal of the highly controversial Export Import Bank into the deal to secure Senate passage later if the House passes it on Thursday. “I and all the other members there are looking for a guarantee … for a deal to be good it’s got to have enforcement, TAA, I think it’s got to have Ex-Im reauthorization,” Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat who’s angling for this in the deal,...
  • Video: Spokane unanimously boots famed ethnic-identity pioneer from police board

    06/19/2015 11:26:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Someday, we’ll recall these as the days of struggle, comrades, in pursuit of redistribution of heritage. After all, why should the Irish get all the blarney, or the Italians all the pasta? And don’t even get me started on the Swiss. On the other hand, if Rachel Dolezal’s motivation came from a deep-seated need to appropriate the claimed victimhood of others, maybe she no longer needs to fake her ethnicity any longer, since she’s become almost universally rejected for her own fakery. Spokane’s city council unanimously decided to end Dolezal’s association with the city, although the action comes in response...
  • Rachel Dolezal Declares Herself to Be Bisexual

    06/19/2015 2:47:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 19, 2015 | Dave Blount
    When faux black Rachel Dolezal was offered a reality show, I thought: that’s it, this farce is now complete; it perfectly encapsulates our tawdry age of moonbattery run amok. Then when we learned of a Rachel Dolezal sex tape, I thought: okay, it wasn’t complete before, but now it is. Yet the story still wasn’t finished. Rachel Dolezal had not yet proclaimed herself to be a polysexual pervert: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP President accused of misrepresenting her race and masquerading as a black woman, revealed she is bisexual in an interview with NBC Nightly News. “I’m bisexual. And so,...
  • The Creepy Consequences of Oppression Chic

    06/19/2015 5:02:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | MIchelle Malkin
    Why was America so shocked by homegirl hoaxer Rachel Dolezal? The spray-tanned con artist, who resigned this week as head of the Spokane chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of (Artificially) Colored People, is the inevitable outcome of academia's cult of manufactured victimhood. College campuses have been grooming a cadre of professional minority fakers and fraudsters for decades. The notorious pretendians Ward Churchill and Elizabeth Warren faked their Native American status to bolster their faculty credentials at the University of Colorado and Harvard, respectively. It was a mutually beneficial racket for all poseur parties involved. Churchill and Warren...
  • Ex-NAACP leader Dolezal booted from police board (in unanimous vote)

    06/19/2015 10:04:12 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal, who garnered significant media attention after revelations that she had misrepresented her racial heritage, has been voted off a Washington city police oversight commission. The Spokane City Council held a unanimous vote to remove Dolezal from a spot on the city’s police oversight board on Thursday, according to KREM-TV in Spokane.
  • Rachel Dolezal Removed From Local Police Commission

    06/19/2015 2:16:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Spokane City Council has voted to remove Rachel Dolezal, the former Spokane NAACP president, from the city’s volunteer police ombudsman commission. The 6-0 vote came Thursday afternoon, KREM-TV reported. On Wednesday, Mayor David Condon and Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart called for Dolezal and two others to step down from the five-member commission after an independent investigation found the three commissioners acted improperly and violated government rules.
  • Rachel Dolezal to PEOPLE: 'I Will Not Resign' from Spokane Police Commission

    06/18/2015 3:54:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    People ^ | 06/18/2015 | CHRISTINE PELISEK
    The day after Spokane city officials asked her to resign from the city's volunteer Police Ombudsman Commission amid allegations of "intimidating and harassing behavior," former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal says she's not stepping down from the post. "I will not resign," she tells PEOPLE. "I have done nothing wrong and neither has [board members] Adrian Dominguez or Kevin Berkompass." The investigation into the alleged misconduct by Dolezal and the two board members was instigated by a whistleblower in April. The investigation found that the three board members created a negative work environment for the employee, manipulated the minutes of...
  • So THAT'S how she does it! Rachel Dolezal 'gets regular spray tans for $60 a month'

    06/17/2015 5:43:24 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/16/2015 | Kelly McLaughlin, Mia De Graaf
    Full title: So THAT'S how she does it! Rachel Dolezal 'gets regular spray tans for $60 a month' and wears a weave to maintain her black identity Rachel Dolezal's dark skin is the result of regular spray tans, reports claim. The former NAACP director, who is white but pretended to be black, is a regular at Palm Beach Tan in Spokane, Washington, sources told TMZ. According to the source, her preferred brand is Mystic Tan, which offers a 'deeper, longer lasting tan' than many of its competitors. It costs $30 a spray, which wear off in three-to-seven days, or $60...
  • Rachel Dolezal is not only a liar and a poseur but a fine art plagiarist

    06/16/2015 9:08:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies
    Liberty Unyielding ^ | June 16, 2015 | Howard Portnoy
    Among the works by her exhibited at ArtPal is a painting with the title “The Shape of Our Kind,” ... A better title would have been ‘The Slave Ship.” That’s the title that Romantic landscape painter J.M.W. Turner gave to his 1840 masterpiece, which hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. ... While Dolezal’s painting is not identical pixel for pixel, the style and content are unmistakably lifted from the Turner work. Unlike the Turner painting, which is priceless, Dolezal’s near-knockoff comes with a price: $5,100. Maybe a psychiatric evaluation wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.
  • Dear Rachel: Here’s What I Wrote After I Got Mad Watching Your Interview

    06/16/2015 7:48:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Root ^ | June 16 2015 | HILARY BEARD
    The author shares a real black American experience to counter the made-up “black experience” that race pretenderIt’s really not that “complicated,” #RachelDolezal. Because, no, you didn’t “go there with the experience”; no, you’re not a black hairdresser; no, you didn’t have to play black to be your black children’s mom; and no, this discussion about race and what it means to be black—while rich and important and long overdue—hasn’t occurred “at your expense.” But other people will let you have it for those transgressions. I’ll just share my personal experience because I think, just by laying it out, that you’ll...
  • Ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal: 'I identify as black'

    06/16/2015 7:07:31 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 87 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/16/2015 | Greg Botelho
    (CNN)Rachel Dolezal -- fresh off of stepping down as head of the Spokane NAACP chapter over criticism that she's portrayed herself as black, even though she was born white -- stood by that self-assessment Tuesday, insisting, "I identify as black." Dolezal did not deny her parents are white, that she was born white, or that she has changed how she looks at herself over the years in an interview on NBC's "Today" show. And she admitted not having corrected various published reports over the years labeling her as transracial, biracial and black. At the same time, Dolezal -- while admitting...
  • Comedian Dave Chappelle Says Blacks Should Keep Former NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal

    06/15/2015 11:10:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    Comedian Dave Chappelle is not going to be joking about Rachel Dolezal, the NAACP leader who stepped down from her post as president of the Spokane, Washington chapter. She is accused of misrepresenting herself as a black woman when, in fact, she is white. Chappelle was giving a high school graduation commencement address at his alma mater in Spokane Sunday, and was asked about Dolezal, who was ‘outed’ by her white parents. The comedian said that blacks should go ahead and ‘draft’ Dolezal. Chapelle has never shied away from racial controversy. He was referring to a segment on his television...
  • Ex-NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal to Appear on "Today" Show Amid Race Furor

    06/15/2015 8:52:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/15
    Rachel Dolezal had come under scrutiny after her parents said she was white and had been pretending to be black for years.Rachel Dolezal, the former leader of the NAACP in Spokane will break her silence in exclusive interviews with NBC News and MSNBC on Tuesday. Dolezal stepped down from her post on Monday, days after her parents' claims that she has falsely portrayed herself as black for years sparked calls for her resignation and a nationwide dialogue about racial identity. "It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside...