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Washington State Senators Support Requiring Insurers to Cover Abortion

As Dave reported on March 24th, a bill passed the Washington State House by a vote of 53-43, in favor of the mandatory coverage of abortion under Obamacare. On Monday, it was revealed that many senators support this measure. Here’s an update:

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25 state senators express support for abortion insurance bill

KOMO News: A majority of Washington state Senators have signed a letter supporting a measure requiring insurers to cover abortion, but the bill’s fate remains uncertain.

The letter — dated March 5 but made public Monday — was signed by 25 of 49 state Senators and presented at a packed Senate Health Care Committee hearing where the bill was debated. After the hearing, frustrated supporters, who had long demanded a hearing on the measure, said they expected it would not pass out of the Republican-controlled panel.

“It was just for show,” said Sen. Karen Keiser of Kent, one of three Democrats on the seven-member panel. “It was simply a way to provoke a circus in the sense of having a lot of people show up and wave their ideological persuasions in front of us.”

The hearing attracted more than 250 people from both sides of the abortion issue, with many of those wearing rival buttons and ribbons and dressed in dueling color schemes left to watch the proceedings on a screen in a nearby room.

Committee Chairwoman Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, declined to answer questions on the bill’s status immediately following the hearing and did not respond to subsequent phone calls seeking comment. If it does not advance from her panel by Wednesday, special measures would be required for it to get to the floor for a vote.

The bill, which supporters call the Reproductive Parity Act, was passed by the House by a 53-43 vote in February, with mostly Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat and a bill supporter, has urged the Senate to vote on it.

The bill would make Washington the first state to require insurers that cover maternity care — which they all most do — to also pay for abortions. Similar legislation has been introduced each session in the New York State Assembly for over a decade but has never received a public hearing.

In testimony before Becker’s committee, those supporting the measure said it would ensure continued abortion coverage in the state once federal health care reforms taking effect next year trigger bureaucratic hurdles for insurers paying for the procedure.

The bill would ensure that a woman’s decision about whether to get an abortion “is left with her, her family, her health-care provider and her God,” said Elaine Rose, CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, addressing the committee. “Not with government, not with her insurance plan, and with all due respect, not with any of you.”

Opponents countered that abortion insurance coverage is already widespread in the state and that the bill is unnecessary. They also said the measure threatens the religious freedoms of businesses and individuals who oppose abortion rights and do not want to subsidize the cost of the procedure for others.

“You all have the second amendment right to bear arms, to own a gun,” said Peggy O’Ban, spokeswoman for Human Life of Washington. “But does that mean I have to buy it for you?”

Shortly after the hearing, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, told bill opponents gathered in the hearing room that momentum was on their side, but encouraged them to keep applying pressure on lawmakers to prevent it from receiving a vote in the full Senate.

The only one with no voice

The only one with no voice

The decision about whether to get an abortion “is left with her, her family, her health-care provider and her God”? If you want to keep it so private, why not pay for it yourself?

That statement also doesn’t sit very well with me, considering a Planned Parenthood representative used the same argument when it came to infanticide. I’m sick of my taxes paying for the murder of innocent children.

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Lawmakers expenses dry cleaning and artwork

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Tax dollars go to dry cleaning, art

MyNorthwest.com: A few days after Washington lawmakers approved a budget deal to lower state spending last year, small-government Rep. Gary Alexander got $40.60 worth of dry cleaning done. Then he made sure taxpayers paid the bill.

Alexander, the Republican budget writer in the state House, billed more than $500 worth of dry-cleaning fees to the state over the past two years, according to an Associated Press analysis of thousands of expense reimbursements. He wasn’t alone: Seven Democrats and 12 Republicans in the Legislature requested and received compensation totaling more than $5,600 for dry cleaning since the start of 2011.

Lawmakers are able to get taxpayer-covered compensation for what the Legislature deems legitimate business expenses tied to the job. That includes common costs of being a lawmaker, such as travel around the district to meet with constituents, parking fees for meetings, office supplies and rent for district offices.

It also includes a variety of expenses with less-explicit benefits for taxpayers, including iPhones, picture frames, artwork, expenses for meetings with lobbyists and dues to professional organizations like the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

Alexander said he only submits dry cleaning receipts that are above and beyond the expenses he has outside of his legislative work. He said the job, especially when the Legislature is meeting, requires him to use a lot more dress shirts and sport coats. “I don’t think that’s an unreasonable expense to be reimbursed for,” Alexander said.

After an AP reporter questioned him about how it aligns with a limited-government message, Alexander said he would explore ways to keep his expenses down. “I’m always looking for ways that we can do it by example,” said Alexander, who is from Olympia.

Stephen Ellis, vice president of the group Taxpayers for Common Sense, said the idea that lawmakers should spend public money to decorate their office or keep their clothes clean is beyond the pale. He said that while the amount of money may be small in comparison to the budget at large, the expenses offer a chance for taxpayers to get a glimpse at how lawmakers operate.

“We see it as a lens into how they approach the budget,” Ellis said. “If they’re profligate with their own spending in offices, it stands to reason that they’re not going to be too frugal with the state or the federal budget.”

Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom, who lives in the wealthy enclave of Medina and recently built a coalition with Republicans to install himself as majority leader, purchased various books from Amazon.com and got reimbursement for a Bose headset that cost $164.20. Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray got coverage for his home Internet ($50 per month) and telephone ($50 per month), in addition to the cellphone that he and many other lawmakers expense.

House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt, of Chehalis, meanwhile, filed for only about $100 in total expenses over two years – all tied to travel. House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, used his account mostly to expense costs related to his district office.

Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, expensed more than $600 in membership dues for business organizations in the Tri Cities. Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, purchased $383.25 in artwork for his office in March of last year, also when lawmakers were struggling to balance the budget.

Pederson said the art - a painting of the Montlake Bridge done by a Seattle artist – was like other furniture that lawmakers need to make their offices comfortable and inviting. He noted that he doesn’t typically use his full allotment for reimbursable expenses, which has been $6,500 in recent years.

Murray, the top Democrat in the state Senate, said he uses his own money to cover a number of expenses related to his legislative work. He bemoaned the focus on reimbursements. “It’s why we have trouble recruiting candidates who aren’t rich, old and retired,” said Murray, who is from Seattle.

Haler said he wouldn’t be part of the business organization if it wasn’t for his work in the Legislature. Tom said his expenses were all important to his legislative work, such as books on policy and a headset for phone conversations.

Each lawmaker typically totals between $10,000 and $25,000 in expenses each year, including per diems during the session, postage, printing, travel and the more generic category of office expenses. Legislators earn a salary of between about $42,000 and $50,000, and many maintain external jobs.

Washington lawmakers are currently looking to fill a roughly $1 billion shortfall and looking to add another $1 billion to education in the coming legislative session.

Only in a government job would you be reimbursed for dry cleaning and artwork. I doubt there are many private sector jobs that would reimburse you for these items. But I guess these representatives feel they deserve these perks for their role in being a “public servant”.

DCG

Shouldn’t Naturalized Citizens Registering to Vote Be Able to Read English?

By the time an immigrant has gone through the entire process of naturalization to gain citizenship and the right to vote, they should be able to speak and read English, the language of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

Why then, does the  Washington State Secretary of State Voter Registration website provide for so many non-English speakers? 

All that is required to register to vote online is to provide your state-issued Drivers License or Washington ID number and click the boxes to affirm you meet the criteria to register to vote.

Washington State also has long had a policy of providing Drivers Licenses to illegal aliens who only have to pay the fee, take the test and document their residency with a utility bill. 

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Most counties in Washington State are “vote by mail”.  We have no polling places.  The ballots are received in the mail about 10 days before the election. Voters must sign the back of the return envelope and mail them on or before election day.

Washington State Candidate Clint Didier – Tackling Agenda 21

Finally, someone great to vote for! 

Two-time NFL Superbowl winner and wheat rancher, Clint Didier, is running for the position of Commissioner of Public Lands in Washinngton State. 

With the support and advice of active and retired employees of the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) , his campaign is our best chance to beat the incumbent; a politically correct, U.N. ass-kisser who is closing down the forests, putting loggers and mills out of business.  Our state constitution specifies that public schools are to be built from state timber sales.   

  

He was endorsed by Sarah Palin and Ron Paul when he ran for the US Senate in 2010.  His loss then may have been a blessing.  If he wins this absolutely vital position in State Government, it would really strike a blow for freedom from the shackles of Agenda 21.

GOP Elites Are Not on Our Side

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Ann Barnhardt’s Theory

Gosh,  I get such a kick out of the way this woman thinks!  I’m inclined to agree with her.  I’m posting just a little of her lengthy and totally amusing theory of the Mysterious Origins of The One!  -LTG

After reading Jack Cashill’s work on Obama’s fake nativity narrative, here is what I suspect his legal status is. I suspect that Obama was in fact born in Kenya and later gained Indonesian citizenship, but is NOT a U.S. citizen today, and probably never was. I wasn’t always in that camp. I initially suspected that he was born in Hawaii, but that his real BC had some unsavory data on it that he wanted hidden. I don’t think that is the case anymore. The hospitals have NOTHING, he obviously has no Hawaiian BC, and Cashill’s work shows that Stanley Ann Dunham was enrolled, living and present with eyewitnesses, at the University of Washington within a couple of weeks of Obama’s purported birth date in August of ’61.

I think Stanley Ann was deluded enough to believe that Barack Sr. and she were going to be the Communist dictators of Kenya (a la Juan and Eva Peron in Argentina), and thus flew to Kenya with the intent of presenting herself to Barack Sr.’s family like some sort of pathetic Communist princess, and birthing the child in Kenya. She was soundly rejected by Obama’s family for being white, and after giving birth was sent packing, with her half-breed child, by her putative in-laws. I suspect she flew not to Hawaii, but straight to Washington State where the Dunhams had lived and were well-connected, and was set up at UW. Granny Dunham then went to the local records office in Hawaii and remotely registered Barry’s birth with some fake data about Stanley and Barack Sr. living together (which was common in Hawaii in those days – Hawaiian birth registrations were easy to acquire to the point of being absurd and criminal). This is what generated the automated newspaper birth announcements. 

Read the entire post, PRAY FOR TRACTION dated March 5, 2012 on her blog,

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Don’t Believe the Reports – 1,500 Washington State Caucus Goers Locked Out

Early reports that Mitt Romney “won” in Washington State are probably highly tainted. 

The establishment GOP elites of Western Washington are all gung-ho for the “frontrunner” but conservative,  agricultural eastern Washington, intensely concerned with the Agenda 21 plan to control rural activities and blow up dams is not easy pickings for the globalists of the west coast.  The Tri-City Herald reports the Benton County,  Kennewick caucus LOCKED OUT 1,500 people who’d waited in line for an hour to get in!  Full Story

This may just be the tip of the iceberg.  Who knows what kind of shenanigans have yet to surface?  The state party has a long record of dubious, dirty tricks.

 

It’ll cost you to go green in Washington State

 

Looks like a tin can, death trap to me...

 

KOMO News: 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.

Washington’s gas tax stands at 37.5 cents per gallon, and is the state’s largest source of transportation dollars.  The bill does not apply to hybrid vehicles or to those that don’t exceed 35 mph.

Ah yes, Washington State doing what they do best – spending our money and finding more ways to tax us.  With a budget deficit of over $2 Billion, all they can think about is raising our taxes (conveniently calling many of them “fees”).  Yet the State of Washington has paid more than 1,000 state employees to stay at home at taxpayer expense. That has cost taxpayers $13.5 million for the employees’ salaries and $3.7 million more in benefits, for a total of $17.2 million.  And the State wasted nearly $2 Million on un-used or little-used cell phones.

But what else would you expect from a Democrat-controlled senate?  Never met a fee or tax they didn’t like.  And never stops them from spending our money like a drunken sailor. 

DCG

Incredible Snow Geese of Skagit County, WA

This morning my sister called to suggest taking my mother on an outing this afternoon, the last gloriously sunny day before the next rainstorm rolls in tomorrow.  We headed north to Skagit County, a bountiful farming area north of Seattle, bordered on the east by the foothills of the Cascade mountains and on the west by Puget Sound.  Driving through the tiny farm community of Conway, we noticed cars pulled off to the side of the road for no apparent reason— then we saw this:

When we got back home my sister did some research and found what we saw is an annual event, the migration pattern of 50,000 snow geese!  Here’s an amazing video published by the Seattle Times last year.

More dramatic still photos and information about these beautiful creatures are here.

~LTG

The Beach at Ocean Shores, WA

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