Here are two people who would have benefited from Senator Patty Kuderer’s (D-Bellevue) bill to allow felons who have not completed their community service to vote.
In an email blast touting Career Connect Washington, Governor Jay Inslee states, “we’re investing in and honoring all work and all backgrounds.” Was Inslee “honoring all work” when he selfishly reversed his support for methanol and natural gas facilities in Tacoma and Kalama last spring in order to attract national environmental money for his failed presidential campaign? The governor was willing to sacrifice hundreds of jobs in Cowlitz and Pierce counties in his vain attempt to obtain one job for himself. Was Inslee “honoring all work” when he spent 60% of his days out of Washington State during his failed presidential campaign, while the legislature was in session debating the state’s two-year budget. It should be noted that Inslee was the 6th highest paid governor in the country (making more than $185,000 a year) even though he was ignoring his actual job, and using Washington taxpayer funds to pay for his elite security on the presidential campaign trail. (Inslee email, Seattle Times, and Ballotpedia)
The two suspects in the 3rd & Pine shootings would have been eligible to vote under the bill currently being pushed by Democrats in Olympia. Both Marquise Tolbert and William Toliver had served time for previous felonies, but had yet to complete community service. These are the people who would benefit from the bill sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue) (SB 6228) which restores voting rights as soon as someone is released from custody, but before they have completed community service or paid restitution to victims. (Seattle Times, News Tribune, Washington Legislature bill tracking)
The Washington State Department of Transportation is looking to upgrade its camera system to monitor traffic patterns and track individual drivers. HB 2566 would allow WSDOT to use automated license plate recognition systems. Proponents say the system could track down stolen cars, felons, and those who don’t pay tolls. Obviously, there are many people concerned about the government’s ability to track all vehicular movements of its citizens. (Washington Policy Center and Washington Legislature bill Tracking)
The Liberals’ latest attempt to force businesses to pay for the homeless problem which Seattle politicians created and enabled is the proposed King County tax on companies with employees who make more than $150,000. The county needs approval from the state to impose this latest anti-jobs tax. Like many previously proposed tax increases, the stated aim of the tax revenue will be to address affordable housing and homelessness issues (though the reality is that the money is used to create more government jobs to benefit public employee unions which financially support liberal candidates and causes). The Puget Sound region already spends over a billion dollars a year on the homeless issue. Money is not the problem. The problem is the drug and crime culture fostered by Seattle’s liberal elite. (MyNorthwest)
Tacoma residents overwhelmingly believe homelessness is the top issue facing the city for the next 10 years. In a survey of 750 Tacoma residents, the homelessness issue was followed by population growth, affordable housing, and crime as the top concerns. While most residents feared they would be affected by crime, people strongly believe they are safe. (News Tribune)
Lawyers for Everett’s “Bikini Baristas” have filed to have their case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. It is very doubtful the court will hear the case, since a lower federal court had ruled that the City of Everett can enforce its Dress Code Ordinance (which requires the workers wear at least a tank top and shorts). Lawyers for the baristas argue, “These baristas express themselves by wearing revealing outfits that intentionally diverge from societal workplace-attire norms. Through their mode of dress, the baristas communicate messages including female empowerment, freedom of expression, and body confidence.” (Everett Herald)
There is no scientific evidence that removing the Snake River dams will increase the salmon population to help feed the Puget Sound orcas. According to Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center, evidence of the dams being the primary cause of salmon depletion is narrowly focused and fails to consider many important factors which impact the fish population. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Snake River ranks #9 in providing salmon for the orcas. (Washington AG News)
The Spokane City Council once again delayed voting on whether to ban machines that emit high-pitched sounds to deter young and homeless people from loitering near downtown businesses. The sounds are only audible to younger people and businesses claim they deter harassment and drug use. At Monday’s council meeting, voting on the proposal was delayed another six weeks to allow further community input. (Spokesman Review)
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