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  • Good Grief… Now Team Obama Wants to Blow Up 3 Dams In the Name of Junk Science

    02/29/2012 7:09:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 29,2012 | Jim Hoft
    Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder… The Obama Administration now wants to demolish three dams in northern California to supposedly save the salmon… But the whole reason to support the move was based on shoddy and inconclusive scientific data.
  • Gun club will ask to reopen shooting range

    03/01/2012 3:36:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 2+ views
    kitsapsun.com ^ | 29 February, 2012 | Christopher Dunagan
    BREMERTON — Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club will be in court Friday to explain why its shooting range on Seabeck Highway should be allowed to reopen pending court appeals. The club's attorney, Brian Chenoweth, filed a motion asking Judge Susan Serko of Pierce County Superior Court to stay her order, which effectively closed the range until the club obtains land-use permits from Kitsap County. According to the legal pleadings, the court's injunction affects a property right of the club and should not be imposed until appeals are exhausted. "If the club's shooting ranges remain closed during the 18 to 24...
  • Romney, Santorum and Paul to campaign in Washington in advance of caucuses (this Saturday)

    02/29/2012 7:23:36 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 5 replies · 3+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 29, 2011
    Three of the four major Republican presidential candidates will be in Washington state Thursday and Friday seeking support in advance of the Washington caucuses on Saturday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, coming off an easy win in Arizona and a narrow victory in Michigan, has long been scheduled to hold a $1,000-per-person fundraiser in Bellevue on Thursday evening. UPDATE: The Romney campaign announced a "Meet and Greet with Mitt" at 8 a.m. Friday in Bellevue. Romney will appear at a Thursday afternoon rally in Idaho Falls. Idaho will hold its own presidential caucuses on Tuesday and Romney is expected to...
  • Pierce County flips, will buy Sheriff Department patrol boat

    02/29/2012 1:10:57 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 15 replies · 5+ views
    thenewstribune.com ^ | 28 Feb 2012 | Steve Maynard
    The Pierce County Council reversed course Tuesday and approved spending $730,000 for a new saltwater patrol and rescue boat for the Sheriff’s Department. Three months ago, the council refused to add the boat to this year’s budget, even though $525,000 of the cost would come from a federal Homeland Security grant. Council members cited sticker shock, saying they didn’t want to spend so much taxpayer money on a boat. But Tuesday, some council members said they had changed their minds and concluded the cost was appropriate for the kind of vessel the Sheriff’s Department would get. The boat would be...
  • Band of Brothers' soldier dies at 90 in Wash.

    02/29/2012 10:17:22 AM PST · by Kartographer · 23 replies · 5+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 2/28/12
    Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died, his family said. Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/AmfhYe ) in a story Tuesday. In January, nearly 200 guests, including actors from the miniseries, attended his 90th birthday party, the Skagit Valley Herald (http://is.gd/XScV1b ) reported. "To us he wasn't really a war hero, he was just a hero, period," Tracy Compton told the Herald.
  • Attention WA State Repubs - No Primary Ballot this Year - Is Now a Caucus

    02/29/2012 8:46:27 AM PST · by bkopto · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Clark County GOP/Vanity ^ | Feb 29, 2012 | Bkopto
    As the WA state primary is this Sat, March 3, I was wondering why I hadn't received my primary ballot in the mail. After looking around on the web, it turns out that the RAT controlled legislature cancelled the mail-in ballots for the 2012 GOP primary, with a reversion to a caucus system, like Iowa. Therefore, at the provided link, there is some information about navigating through this method of choosing amongst Gingrich, Santorum, or any other stragglers for the GOP 2012 candidate. The excerpt below is from the provided link: Washington became the first U.S. state to suspend its...
  • Seattle news illustrates why gun control doesn’t work(WA)

    02/29/2012 7:53:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Tuesday’s revealing report in the on-line SeattleP-I.com explains the fallacy of gun control laws almost by accident: Two guys shot dead outside a restaurant last week may have killed each other, and it turns out neither could legally possess a firearm, much less carry one legally in public. The victims, both repeat felons with gang affiliations, have been identified as George Hendricks Jr., 44, and Lucky M. Dozier, 33… Hendricks was part of the 74 Hoover Crips… Dozier was affiliated with the Blood gang… The gunfight may have been over a woman, according to KOMO Radio news Tuesday morning. One...
  • Burien truck-jacking victim rammed into light pole, injuring gun-wielding suspect(WA)

    02/29/2012 6:30:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    highlinetimes.com ^ | 18 February, 2012 | NA
    On Feb. 18 around 7 p.m. a man was in his truck with his girlfriend when they saw a man trying to get into a Honda at the intersection of S. 152nd St. and 8th Ave S. in Burien. The man in the truck locked his doors and tried to drive around the suspect, but the suspect jumped into the back of his truck, started pounding on the roof and rear window while yelling, “Faster, faster!” When the victim turned around he saw the man had a gun pointed directly at him so he started speeding away and hitting the...
  • Washington State could require abortion coverage

    02/27/2012 6:45:27 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies · 2+ views
    News Tribune ^ | 02/26/12 5:52 pm | By JONATHAN KAMINSKY
    <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. — At a time when many states are making it harder for women to get abortions, Washington state appears headed in the opposite direction.</p> <p>Fifteen states have passed laws restricting insurers from covering abortions and 12 others are considering similar measures. By contrast, a bill that has passed Washington's House and is working its way through the Senate would make the state the first to require all health insurance plans under its jurisdiction - except those claiming a conscience-based exemption - to include abortion coverage.</p>
  • Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama

    02/25/2012 2:08:01 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals. Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told The Hill that the meeting was “very good” and said many of the governors were responsive to ideas about bypassing Congress. “There was a sense that none of us should wait, we can’t wait for things to happen in Congress,” Markell said of the meeting. “We’re going to do what we can do [now].” Obama has positioned himself against Congress as...
  • Fort Lawton turned over to the City of Seattle

    02/25/2012 5:19:05 PM PST · by matt1234 · 6 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2012 | Staff
    Fort Lawton, the World War II era military facility and R.O.T.C. station in Seattle's Discovery Park closed on Saturday morning. The ceremony complete with cannon fire and a 21-gun salute, officially closed the 111-year-old post as it's being turned over to the city of Seattle. Once a sprawling U.S. Army base where one million men passed through on their way to World War II, much of the land was declared surplus and given to the city to become Discovery Park. The Army Reserves Center and complex that remained were vacated last September after the federal government's decision to close the...
  • Bad week ignites war on guns in Washington State

    02/25/2012 5:16:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 6+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    In the aftermath of Wednesday’s school shooting near Bremerton and Thursday’s slaying of a Washington State Patrol trooper near Gorst, gun prohibitionists are already talking about the Evergreen State’s allegedly weak laws. They’re getting some subliminal help from the Associated Press, which has managed to quote the Legal Community Against Violence, the Brady Campaign and Washington CeaseFire, and anti-gun State Sen. Adam Kline, but has mysteriously failed to quote anyone from the National Rifle Association or the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation or Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Call it press bias or just lazy reporting,...
  • Presidential hopeful wows his Spokane fans (Newt pix)

    02/25/2012 9:33:23 AM PST · by red flanker · 8 replies
    Spokesman Review ^ | February 24, 2012 | Shawn Vestal
    A lot of show biz has crossed the stage at the Bing, and Thursday was no different. Fans stood in line more than an hour before showtime. Some held signs or dressed up. A tour bus lurked outside, and police rerouted traffic. When the doors opened, people flooded in, filling the ground floor immediately and then streaming up to the balcony. The crowd buzzed and rustled, in the full flower of Spokane diversity: every kind of white. Bald old graybeards dominated, but there were plenty of teenagers, families with children in tow, people dressed in athletic spandex and backwoods flannel,...
  • Newt Gingrich: President Obama 'needs to move to Europe'

    02/24/2012 5:31:57 PM PST · by Red Steel · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | Updated 05:06 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2012 | JOEL CONNELLY
    FEDERAL WAY -- Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, seeking his third comeback in the Republican presidential race, told a Friday rally that Barack Obama is "president of the wrong country" and ought to "move to Europe." Gingrich dispensed red meat rhetoric with a smile. He is again the happy warrior seen in a CNN Republican debate earlier this week, and not the angry candidate who won in South Carolina but then lost big in Florida. "Our only opponent is Barack Obama," Calista Gingrich said in introducing her husband. As for Newt Gingrich, he mentioned the GOP field only once with a...
  • Gingrich pledges energy independence for America

    02/23/2012 1:48:54 PM PST · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 01:06 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2012 | SHANNON DININNY
    KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, speaking at an eastern Washington campaign stop Thursday, pledged to open federal lands and offshore areas to oil drilling in an attempt to make the United States energy independent. Several hundred people turned out to hear Gingrich speak in Kennewick, one of south-central Washington's Tri-Cities that are home to the nation's most contaminated nuclear site and thousands of jobs in agriculture. As he has in recent days, Gingrich focused most of his speech on rising gas prices and energy development. He said that, if elected, he would immediately approve a proposed...
  • Video: Watch the Full CNN/Arizona Republican Debate

    02/23/2012 7:02:28 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Election Central ^ | FEBRUARY 23RD, 2012 | NATE
    The four remaining GOP hopefuls gathered in Arizona on Wednesday night for the final debate prior to the Arizona and Michigan primaries coming up on February 28. This debate was sponsored by CNN and the Republican Party of Arizona. It was held at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.
  • Homeowner shoots would-be burglar(WA)

    02/22/2012 6:04:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    komonews.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Staff
    SEATTLE -- Seattle police say a would-be burglar was shot early Friday by a homeowner in the city's Columbia City neighborhood. Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the burglar was shot in the arm just before 2 a.m. at the home in the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South. The wounded man ran off and was found by officers on a Metro bus about 14 blocks north of where he was shot. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover. Police initially said the shooting occured at a business, but later clarified that the building had been converted...
  • One-armed man sues Starbucks for not hiring him

    02/22/2012 2:15:30 PM PST · by matt1234 · 44 replies · 2+ views
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Feb. 21, 2012 | unknown
    A man who was born with half a left arm is suing Starbucks for failing to hire him as a barista. Eli Pierre sued the company in San Diego two weeks ago for unspecified damages. Pierre says that during a Feb. 1 interview for a San Diego job, the store manager told him that the coffee flavoring syrups were placed high up and a one-armed man couldn't work there. The discrimination suit claims that the former bartender was capable of doing the job but was never given a chance to fully explain his capabilities or possible accommodation as required under...
  • Judge: Wash. can't make pharmacies sell Plan B [on remand from 9th Circus]

    02/22/2012 1:13:22 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST | GENE JOHNSON
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state may not force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the state's true goal is to suppress religious objections by druggists — not to promote timely access to the medicines for people who need them. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton heard closing arguments earlier this month in a lawsuit that claimed state rules violate the constitutional rights of pharmacists by requiring them to dispense such medicine. The state requires pharmacies to dispense any medication for which there is a community need and to stock a representative...
  • Forest Service Fees Found Faulty by Courts

    02/21/2012 10:53:00 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    KREX News ^ | Feb 21, 2012 | Matt Kroschel
    In a ruling that is binding in nine western states and sets a nationwide legal precedent; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found unanimously last week that the U.S. Forest Service's recreation fee programs must allow citizens to park at trail-heads and go for a hike without paying a fee. The case (Adams v. U. S. Forest Service) was brought in 2008 by four hikers who visit the Coronado National Forest around Mt. Lemmon, near Tucson. The San Francisco Appeals Court found the U. S. Forest Service at fault for charging parking fees to people who go for a hike...
  • Washington State: Santorum 38, Romney 27, Ron Paul 15, Newt Gingrich 12

    02/21/2012 1:08:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2012 | Tina Korbe
    Rick Santorum is well-poised to win the Washington GOP caucus, especially if he pulls off another primary win or two before all eyes turn to the Evergreen State March 3. According to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, Santorum shines in the Pacific Northwestern state: Wedged between the Michigan/Arizona primaries and Super Tuesday the Washington state GOP caucus hasn’t received a lot of attention. At least for now it looks like it could give Rick Santorum some momentum headed into the critical March 6th contests. He leads there with 38% to 27% for Mitt Romney, 15% for Ron Paul,...
  • Gingrich coming to Spokane

    02/21/2012 12:06:09 PM PST · by Red Steel · 28 replies · 4+ views
    The Spokesman Review ^ | February 21, 2012; 9:50am
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will hold a town hall-style forum in Spokane on Thursday, Spokane County Republican Chairman Matthew Pederson confirmed. Details will be released later today, he said. Gingrich is the third GOP presidential hopeful to make a stop in the Inland Northwest. Rick Santorum spoke in Coeur d'Alene last week and Ron Paul held a rally at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday. Mitt Romney's son will visit Spokane Valley this afternoon. Gingrich, despite being from Georgia, has noteworthy ties to Inland Northwest politics that he may or may not dwell on in his visit....
  • 3 killed in Cascades avalanche; snowboarder dies at Alpental

    02/19/2012 4:23:02 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | Feb 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM PST | KOMO Staff
    STEVENS PASS, Wash. - Three people were killed Sunday in a deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass that swept down on three group of skiers, officials said. And in a separate incident, a snowboarder was killed Sunday at Alpental after plunging over a cliff.
  • Three dead in avalanche at Stevens Pass; another dead in avalanche near Alpental (WA)

    02/19/2012 3:25:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 4+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 19, 2012 | Amy Martinez
    Three people are dead in an avalanche just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort, and a snowboarder was killed in another avalanche in an out-of-bounds area in the Alpental Valley at Snoqualmie Pass, authorities said. Earlier Sunday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said two were dead and as many as eight were missing in the Stevens Pass avalanche, but later changed the death toll from two to three. KING-TV reported that the individuals who had been unaccounted for in that avalanche have since been accounted for.
  • McD: Don’t pack heat in national parks

    02/19/2012 8:06:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 99 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Joel Connelly
    In a display of defiance at the U.S. Capitol’s governing gun lobby, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and eight colleagues have introduced legislation to reinstate a ban on carrying loaded firearms in America’s national parks. The legislation was prompted by January’s murder of Mt. Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson. Anderson was shot as she set up a road block for a car that didn’t stop at a chain-up checkpoint. By Joe Sebille“The dreadful and deeply saddening event that occurred on Mt. Rainier makes me question why on earth people should be allowed to carry loaded weapons in our national parks,”...
  • Luxury NOAA undercover boat got more use as pleasure cruiser

    02/18/2012 11:18:53 AM PST · by epithermal · 43 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 17, 2012 | Craig Welch
    Federal fish cops in Seattle bought a $300,000 luxury boat to spy on whale-watching tours — but didn't go through an appropriate bidding process, held barbecues onboard, ferried friends and family across Puget Sound to restaurants and resorts, and used the boat for what one visitor called "a pleasure cruise." When confronted, one federal employee in Seattle misled inspectors about how the vessel was used, and one interfered with federal investigators, according to an internal investigation by the Commerce Department. Those documents were released Friday by U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. At issue is a 35-foot, 14-passenger boat purchased by...
  • Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club story illustrates problem with gun range conflicts(WA)

    02/18/2012 6:44:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Days after a Pierce County Superior Court judge ordered that the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club to shut down until it can obtain land-use permits, the controversy over how this club operated is sizzling. Located along the old Seabeck Highway, when the club was originally founded generations ago, there were not a lot of people living in the area. The noise from shooting didn’t bother anybody, because there wasn't anyone within earshot to be bothered. Nowadays, that has changed dramatically because human encroachment into former forest land has brought with it the almost obligatory conflict between gun ranges and people...
  • Sacketts’ wetlands fight about liberties

    02/18/2012 6:01:16 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 6 replies
    Spokane Spokesman Review ^ | February 18, 2012 | Damien M. Schiff
    They asked for a hearing. Didn’t they ask EPA for a hearing on whether their lands fell within the statute? They did ask for a hearing, and EPA said no.” Those were the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during U.S. Supreme Court oral argument last month in Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She wasn’t the only justice to express impatience with the EPA’s treatment of Mike and Chantell Sackett, the couple from Priest Lake, Idaho, who face staggering federal fines after the EPA declared their small parcel to be “wetlands.” As the Washington Post reported, “Justices across the...
  • ROB WOUTAT | Gun club was off-target in its land use (barf alert)

    02/17/2012 6:22:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    kitsapsun.com ^ | 16 February, 2012 | Rob Woutat
    The outcome of Kitsap County vs. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club has undoubtedly brought relief to a lot of people in the northwest part of the county. Since the club began expanding its facilities in 2005, its neighbors have been bothered by increased noise from bulldozers and from larger and larger weapons, as well as by the threat of bullets flying beyond the club's embankments. Until 1993, the club had rifle and pistol ranges with cleared land between them, but then it began clearing more acres, grading the land, excavating wooded areas and using bulldozers to rearrange the earth for...
  • Protest Obama in Kirkland, WA Friday, Feb. 17

    02/16/2012 7:49:28 PM PST · by garjog · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Creative Anti O Protest ^ | Feb. 16, 2012 | garjog
    Attention Seattle area Freepers and America lovers: Obama will land in Marine One on the Northwest University athletic fields in Kirkland, WA at 11 AM Friday Feb. 17. He will have lunch with Bill Gates and buddies at 12 PM at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue to extort money for his re-election. I think that he will fly way about 2:15 PM from Northwest U. campus, which means he will be returning before 2 PM. The university is getting no payment for the huge inconvenience of jamming our wireless, moving classes and parking. 55th street runs east west bordering the...
  • Officer Threatens to Make Up Evidence Arrest of Innocent Men

    02/16/2012 2:42:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KOMO ^ | Feb 14, 2012 | Tracy Vedder
    A Seattle police officer has been caught on tape talking about "making up" evidence while two wrongly arrested men sit in jail. It's the latest shocker uncovered by a KOMO 4 Problem Solver investigation into the Seattle Police Department's vanishing dashcam videos. Josh Lawson and Christopher Franklin filed a claim against the city Monday for excessive force and wrongful arrest. The two were arrested at gunpoint on November 16, 2010 and said the incident changed their lives forever. "I thought I was gonna die," Lawson said about that night. Franklin said it was "the most terrifying thing I've ever experienced."...
  • Police buy cemetery plots to block Josh Powell from being buried next to his boys.

    02/15/2012 5:42:41 PM PST · by willamedwardwallace · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 2-15-2012 | AP
    A sheriff and his sergeant in Washington state have bought burial plots next to Josh Powell's boys in order to block family members from burying him next to them, according to a media report Wednesday.
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the state’s wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • Rick Santorum meets with gay-marriage foes in Washington state

    02/14/2012 3:44:30 AM PST · by massmike · 7 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 02/14/2012 | Jim Brunner
    Within an hour of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signing a same-sex-marriage bill into law Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was meeting with a group of gay-marriage foes at a church minutes away, offering a message of support for their efforts to repeal the law. "I told them to keep up the fight, that this is an important issue for our families; it is an important issue for religious liberty," the former Pennsylvania senator said of his meeting with church leaders, during a news conference Monday afternoon. Santorum said it doesn’t make sense to have each state define marriage its...
  • 16 Members of Congress Funneled Millions to Their Relatives, Employers, Study Finds

    02/13/2012 5:53:49 PM PST · by STARWISE · 70 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2-13-12 | Wynton Hall
    n his New York Times bestselling book, Throw Them All Out, Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer revealed how members of Congress enrich themselves and their relatives using earmarks and insider information. Now, the Washington Post, following in Schweizer’s footsteps, has conducted a study that found 16 members of Congress have used their power of the purse to benefit companies, colleges, and community groups tied to their relatives. *snip* Among those cited in the Washington Post report were the following (below):
  • Gov. Gregoire signs into law bill making Washington state 7th in nation to allow gay marriage

    02/13/2012 5:45:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/13/2012 | AP
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. Gregoire signed the bill surrounded by gay rights supporters. “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” she said. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh in the nation to...
  • Washington governor signs gay ‘marriage’ bill without religious protections

    02/13/2012 3:44:27 PM PST · by NYer · 46 replies · 3+ views
    Life Site News ^ | February 13, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire February 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington State has signed into law a gay “marriage” bill that will force church-owned facilities to accommodate homosexual ceremonies. Gregoire, a lame-duck Democrat governor who proposed the bill earlier this year, celebrated the end of defining marriage as between a man and a woman as she signed the bill on Monday. “I’m proud our same-sex couples will no longer be treated as separate but equal,” she said. The bill makes Washington the sixth U.S. state to redefine marriage, in addition to the District of Columbia. Click...
  • WA Senate passes $100 annual electric car fee

    02/12/2012 8:28:35 PM PST · by massmike · 61 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | 02/12/2012 | n/a
    The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to charge electric car owners a $100 annual fee to compensate for the lack of gas taxes they pay. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the Camano Island Democrat who sponsored the bill, says while electric cars are good for the environment, they put the same wear and tear on the state's roads that gas vehicles do. The same bill passed in the Senate last year but failed in the House.
  • 911 operator: 'I wish I recognized the urgency' at Powell house

    02/11/2012 3:10:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 2/10/12 | King 5 news
    In an NBC Dateline interview, one of the 911 operators who took the call from the social worker outside Josh Powell's house, breaks his silence. In an exclusive interview with NBC's Keith Morrison, David Lovrak, who's been taking heat for his questions when Elizabeth Griffin-Hall called him, says he, like so many others in this case, didn't recognize the kind of man they were dealing with. "Especially for somebody who has done this for as long as I have, to relisten to the call and hear how clumsy and faltering I sounded," Lovrak said, "It was horrible. This has been...
  • BPA releases plan to reimburse wind energy producers (for unneeded production!)

    02/11/2012 1:24:15 PM PST · by epithermal · 7 replies
    The Daily News ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | Andre Stepankowsky
    The federal agency that sells and transmits most electrical power in the Northwest has proposed a plan to cover half of wind producers' lost revenue when they're forced to shut down wind farms during periods of excess hydropower production. The plan would affect Cowlitz PUD, which owns interests in two Central Washington wind farms, but would not lower or raise rates significantly, PUD officials said. "This is not going to do anything that would appear to be a rate-driver," PUD spokesman Dave Andrew said Wednesday. Over the objections of wind energy producers, the federal Bonneville Power Administration last spring ordered...
  • Westboro Baptist to Picket Funeral of the Powell children (WA)

    02/09/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 57 replies · 1+ views
    SeattleP-I.com ^ | 2/9/12 | Scott Sunde, SeattleP-I
    The Westboro Baptist Church, which has gained infamy for protesting at the funerals of men and women killed in combat, will have a new target on Saturday: the services for two little boys slain by their father. The church, whose "God hates fags" signs and messages have been seen across the country, intends to be at the funeral of Charlie Powell, 7, and his brother, Braden, 5. Saturday at the Life Center Church in Tacoma. The boys died Sunday after their father , Josh Powell, blew up their Pierce County home.
  • 911 log shows time lapse in Powell emergency call

    02/09/2012 10:04:54 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/9/2012 | GENE JOHNSON and MIKE BAKER
    Nearly eight minutes elapsed between when a social worker called 911 to report that Josh Powell's children were in danger and when sheriff's deputies were dispatched, emergency call logs show. The home was a gas-fueled inferno - with Powell and his two young boys inside - by the time officers were on their way. Several minutes of response time was lost when the priority of the dispatch Sunday was listed as "routine" instead of "emergency." There was nothing deputies could do when they arrived 14 minutes later. >>SNIP<< After getting it straight, the dispatcher told her someone would come, though...
  • Homeowner Shoots Suspected Intruder Dead on 225th Pl. SW in Esperance(WA)

    02/09/2012 7:38:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    edmonds.patch.com ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Brian Soergel
    A homeowner in the Edmonds neighborhood of Esperance shot and killed a suspected burglar Tuesday night, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. A 911 call alerted the police to the shooting just after 8 p.m. at a house in the 8900 block of 225th Place Southwest, which is in unincorporated Snohomish County. It's a dead-end street off 90th Avenue West, which is north of 228th Street Southwest. The Sherriff's Office reports that the suspected intruder died at the scene. Detectives from the Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit are investigating the shooting. "It'll be a long night for our detectives," said...
  • Washington state lawmakers pass gay marriage bill

    02/08/2012 7:43:38 PM PST · by massmike · 41 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 02/08/2012 | Associated Press
    Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. The Washington House passed the bill on a 55-43 vote. Supporters in the public viewing galleries stood and cheered as many on the Democratic side of the House floor hugged after the vote. The state Senate approved the measure last week,...
  • U.S. Sen. Cantwell helps kill latest Arctic drilling plan

    02/08/2012 3:31:32 PM PST · by epithermal · 8 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | Feb 8, 2012 | Rob Hotakainen
    Sen. Maria Cantwell, a longtime opponent of oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has helped defeat the latest Republican plan to open up the refuge for new energy exploration. The Washington Democrat and member of the Senate Finance Committee raised objections Tuesday when Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch offered a plan that would have allowed drilling rigs into the refuge and protected waters off the coast of Florida and southern California “We all know that gas prices going up are a very big challenge to us and we need to find alternatives to foreign oil,” Cantwell said. “But...
  • Library right not to ban porn: Once a ban starts, it's hard to stop(WA)

    02/07/2012 7:56:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    seattletimes.nwsource.com ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Danny Westneat
    When the right-wing Second Amendment Foundation teamed up with the left-wing First Amendment foundation to sue the Eastern Washington library system for filtering out gun websites, it serves as a case study as to why the Seattle Public Library was right last week when it said it wasn't going to do anything about Internet porn. There's not much titillating about Women & Guns magazine. About as racy as it gets is a recent photo spread on "practical leather" — gun holsters and casual carry handbags for the lady who packs heat. With articles like "Taming Shotgun Recoil" and "Ammunition on...
  • Officials: Powell children had head and neck wounds

    02/06/2012 8:10:29 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 2/6/12 | msnbc.com
    Updated at 10:07 p.m. ET: The preliminary autopsy results of Josh Powell and his two sons show that they suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, and the boys also suffered from other injuries. The Pierce County Medical Examiner tells KING 5 TV that 7-year-old Charles suffered "chop" injuries to the neck and 5-year-old Braden suffered similar injuries to the neck and head. Both the wounds and carbon monoxide poisoning were contributing factors in their deaths, the medical examiner said. Pierce County sheriff officials say a hatchet was recovered next to the bodies in the home. Powell, the husband of missing Utah...
  • Josh Powell Tragedy: Son Said Mom Was In Trunk of Car, Lawyer Claims

    02/06/2012 9:44:15 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies
    Josh Powell Tragedy: Son Said Mom Was In Trunk of Car, Lawyer Claims The young sons of Susan and Josh Powell, who died with their father when he ignited an explosion in their Washington home, were beginning to verbalize that their mother was in the trunk of their father's car on the night that she disappeared in 2009, a lawyer for the missing woman's parents said. Attorney Steve Downing told the Associated Press that Braden and Charles Powell, who were 2 and 4 at the time of Susan Powell's disappearance, were beginning to tell their grandparents details about the night...
  • Carrying a gun for defense should not be an issue(WA)

    02/06/2012 6:36:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    heraldandnews.com ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Floyd Hancock
    The headline reads “Mount Rainier shooting revives gun debate ...” (Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012). What debate? Self-defense is not debatable. Whether you are in a national park, a parking lot, or on a school ground or college campus, you must be aware of your surroundings and be capable of neutralizing any threat to your safety by any means at your immediate disposal. For some reason an H&N writer apparently feels there is some problem with the new law that permits lawful carry of concealed defensive firearms in state, local and national parks. Citing a shooting death in Washington’s Mount Rainier...
  • House explosion kills Josh Powell, husband of vanished Utah woman

    02/05/2012 8:02:31 PM PST · by Lady Lucky · 39 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 02/05/12 | Erin Durkin
    The husband of a missing Utah mom blew up his home Sunday —apparently intentionally — killing himself and the couple’s two young sons, authorities said. Josh Powell’s house in Graham, Wash., exploded and burst into flames moments after a social worker brought the two boys Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, for a visit with their dad. Powell was under investigation in the disappearance of his wife, Susan, from their West Valley City, Utah, home in December 2009.