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Of course: WA Democrats want to reduce criminal penalties for intentionally spreading HIV

This bill, HB 1551, was sponsored by originally sponsored by current Speaker of the House Democrat Laurie Jinkins and now sponsored by Democratic Rep. Eileen Cody. Jinkins is a homosexual and Cody has a background in nursing. The bill is entitled, “Modernizing the control of certain communicable diseases.”

According to MyNorthwest.com, intentionally infecting someone with HIV would be lowered from a felony first degree assault to a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances.

A man with HIV said, “Criminalizing us with a felony A for having a disease state … that’s not a banner I can get behind anymore, and frankly that doesn’t make people want to rush out and get engaged with public health.”

That’s a bit dramatic and incorrect. People with HIV weren’t criminals for merely having the disease, they were criminalized for INTENTIONALLY infecting another person with a potentially deadly disease.

Also in the bill? Allowing minors to get treatment for HIV without parental consent. I don’t know why this is in the bill as back in January, demorats passed a bill allowing teenagers to obtain “sensitive” health care services without parents’ knowledge or consent. Read that blog post here.

Read the whole MyNorthwest.com story about the HIV story here. The full text of HB 1551 is here.

Demorats are all about reducing personal responsibility (unless you own firearms) and stripping parents of their rights regarding the the health care of their children.

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Not endearing: Seattle activist sings her protest at council meeting

This is your typical Seattle-area progressive.

Watch her whole performance here.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Highway workers struggle to keep ahead of piles of trash

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It will never be enough: Guess how much taxpayer money is needed to solve King County’s homeless crisis

The 2019 King County Point in Time County data showed that there were 11,199 people experiencing homelessness across the region. This included 5,971 people sheltered in emergency shelters, safe havens and transitional housing and 5,228 people on the streets, in vehicles or staying in tents or encampments.

These numbers represented a 17% decrease in unsheltered people – the first decrease in homelessness in the region in the past seven years.

In March 2005 King County developed a ten-year plan to “end homelessness.”

Fast forward ten years to 2015 when King County/Seattle couldn’t end homelessness and then declared a “state of emergency” on the homeless crisis.

Since then, they have been spending over a BILLION a year to solve the homeless crisis. A BILLION taxpayer dollars a year for the end result of a 17% decrease (which took seven years to achieve).

A report done by McKinsey & Company consulting firm now estimates that it will cost between $450 million to $1.1 billion a year over 10 years to fully house the homeless and low-income population.

The study states that the county has spent billions of taxpayer dollars and their “best efforts have been aimed at the symptoms of this problem and not at its root causes.”

Apparently the solution is to build additional affordable housing that will require substantial incremental public spending. As the study notes though, “building alone will not fix the problem.”

Also from the study:

“It is common to lay the blame for homelessness on individual failures and personal weaknesses. More than one civic source has attributed homelessness to addiction. Others cite mental health or a failure of “personal responsibility.” People point to alcohol abuse and, in the case of veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, as possible root causes. In fact, the majority are not addicts, and very few people cite substance abuse as a root cause of homelessness.

McKinsey & Company’s conclusion: “Seattle and King County can set an example for other coastal cities battling homelessness by confronting homelessness in a fact-driven manner melding head and heart. The region’s prosperity ought to be an impetus and catalyst for positive change. Reducing homelessness to near-zero levels should be the collective goal.”

Read the whole study here.

The majority of homeless in King County are not substance abusers nor do they have mental illness issues? That’s news to me.

In the Seattle area, it is estimated that 46-70% of homeless women and men report having substance abuse issues. And last July it was reported mental-health detentions had surged in King County, with homeless people more likely to return. From the Seattle Times story:

“People with housing instability represented 25% of all involuntary treatment cases from 2014 through 2018, and 41% of people with at least three prior cases, according to the auditor’s office report. More than 50% of people with unstable housing returned to the system within three years, compared to 36% of people with stable housing.”

My prediction: Fast forward to 2030 and after $11 BILLION taxpayer dollars has been spent, you are still going to have a homeless crisis in King County. After all, “fact-driven” solutions that ignore obvious root causes of homelessness only fund$ the homeless industrial complex.

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After Seattle mass shooting carried out by known career-convicts, business owner says, “I don’t know what happened to our beautiful city”

There was a mass shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday where one was killed and seven injured. The perps are 24-year-old KNOWN gang members with EXTENSIVE criminal records between the two of them: 66 arrests and 34 convictions, including four felonies. Yet for some reason the perps weren’t in jail.

How did the demorat-run leadership in King County respond? By calling for more gun control laws.

MyNorthwest.com has a story about one restaurant owner nearby the shooting who is complaining about the loss of business he faces because of this incident (he had 68 canceled reservations). He states, ““For a small business like me, that means the entire payroll for the week. It was so devastating.”

Here’s the kicker: “I don’t know what happened to our beautiful city. We used to have this amazing Westlake Center; downtown was a treat. You would bring your family, ‘Let’s go downtown to shop and dine.’ And it’s gone. It doesn’t exist anymore.”

I’ll tell you how it happened: Seattle/King County has been run by demorats for decades.

With the easy access to today’s news and politics via your handheld device, there is really no reason for one to not understand what is going on in your own community. The problem lies in the inability of progressives to understand how their failed policies have destroyed that once vibrant city.

Here’s a refresher course for this Seattle restaurant owner and anyone with a true desire to understand how liberalism ruins the lives of law-abiding, taxpaying citizens:

King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime
Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Sanctuary King County, WA: Convicted rapist and illegal alien freed after 9 months returns to attack his disabled victim second time
Sanctuary King County: Man murdered in his sleep by illegal alien with previous felony

I could go on and on with the stories we’ve done on this blog about the inept criminal justice system in Seattle/King County.

It really is no mystery as to why Seattle has become a failed city – along with San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Portland, etc. Gee, I wonder what they all have in common?

What is a mystery is why liberals keep electing progressive “leaders.”

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Washington State gun control laws designed to punish law-abiding citizens

Demorats’ gun control laws are conduits to achieving their utopia: Removing firearms from law-abiding citizens.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee was urging the passage of bills enforcing safe gun storage and enhanced background checks when buying or selling assault weapons. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ORG XMIT: WATW110

Washington State (run by demorats) has implemented numerous gun control laws that have had no effect on criminal behaviors.

Earlier this month the Seattle Police Department (SPD) released its annual report on gun violence, and statistics show the number of shootings in 2019 is up from 2018. One of the causes is an increase in gang-related violence.

Instead of addressing the root cause of gun violence, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson believes part of the solution is to ban “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.

Proof that demorats only want to control legal firearms is the fact that known criminals are routinely set free to terrorize tax-paying citizens. There is a severe lack of proper punishment for criminals due to – in my opinion – social justice warriors’ desire for “criminal justice reform.”

Look at what happened in Seattle this week: Three shootings where one person was killed. The majority injured happened at a shooting on Tuesday in downtown Seattle in broad daylight (7 injured, the 1 killed).

Guess who the perps were? “KNOWN GANG MEMBERS.”

MyNorthwest.com has more details about these KNOWN perps:

“KIRO 7’s Amy Clancy reports that police are searching for a pair of 24-year-old male suspects who are both “known to SPD,” according to a source in law enforcement.

Clancy went on to note that court documents reveal both suspects are “‘documented gang members’ with extensive criminal histories.” Those documents detail multiple arrests for robbery, theft, and false statements to a public servant among other charges, for one suspect, while the other had been “booked 11 times since 2014” for theft, domestic violence, a DUI, and violating a no contact order.”

MyNorthwest.com reports that 45 police units were dispatched to the scene at the time of the shooting.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said to expect a strong police present in the area “until further notice.”

Read the whole story here.

Until further notice you can expect that since the criminal justice system does not adequately punish criminals, they will not follow any gun control laws.

And until further notice, you can expect that demorats will continue in their efforts to strip law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment right.

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Despite more newly-enacted state gun control laws, Seattle’s gun violence is up

In May 2019 demorat Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bunch of new gun control laws claiming that they would “improve gun safety overall.”

Some of the laws included prohibiting firearms to persons under 21, temporarily seizing guns from people a judge deems a threat to themselves or others, and requiring certain secured firearm storage or trigger-locks.

The following month I did a blog post highlighting how ineffectively those new laws were preventing gun violence. See my post here.

On Friday, Seattle presented hard data that confirms the state’s new gun control laws are having ZERO effect on criminal behaviors in their city.

MyNorthwest.com reports that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) released its annual report on gun violence, and statistics show the number of shootings in 2019 is up from 2018. One of the causes is an increase in gang-related violence.

SPD records showed there were 332 shooting incidents in the city last year, an increase from 313 in 2018. There were also five more fatal shootings year over year.

At least the Department is solving 72% of the crimes, which is above the national average. Compare that to Chiraq’s dismal 12.2% clearance rate.

Read the whole Seattle gun violence story here.

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Washington aims to make it tougher to evict tenants; after all, a month of unpaid rent is just an “inconvenience” for a landlord

Demorat-run Seattle/King County has a terrible homeless problem that has been festering for years.

It’s been 15 years since King County developed their ten-year plan to end homelessness. As is typical with demorats, they never look to address the core issues of a problem. Rather, they seek out ways to control other individuals’ rights and, of course, get more taxpayer dollars.

Back in 2007 Metropolitan King County Council called for a study of the individuals with mental illness and chemical dependency involved in the justice, emergency services and homeless services systems. They found that the incidence of recent incarceration among homeless adults receiving publicly funded mental health treatment was four times the incidence of those who are not homeless.

So the bureaucrats are fully away that drug abuse and mental illness are part of the homelessness problem.

Also part of the problem? The criminal justice system and lack of accountability that the homeless criminals face. A quick search on our site for “repeat offender” will show plenty of examples of Seattle/King County’s efforts in “criminal justice reform.”

A King County Superior Court judge recently commented on why repeat offenders receive no punishment saying, “We’re just talking about property crime.”

So the bureaucrats are fully away that the criminal justice system does not work in favor of the law-abiding and taxpaying citizen.

Now bureaucrats have a new plan to address homelessness: Give renters more protections.

As reported by MyNorthwest.com: “The proposed standards would require landlords to give good or just cause, covering up to 18 cited issues by Tenants Union, including nonpayment of rent, noncompliance with lease terms, and chronically late rent payments, among other reasons. Landlords would not be able to evict for retaliatory or discriminatory reasons. Recent studies have indicated a correlation between evictions and growing rates of homelessness.

In their article I clicked on the “recent studies have indicated a correlation” to find out exactly who authored this study. Imagine my surprise when I found it to be the Seattle Women’s Commission and Housing Justice Project (a homelessness prevention program of the King County Bar Association). Not exactly non-partisan entities without any direct stake in the homeless matter.

You can read the full report at the MyNorthwest.com story.

Excerpts from their study:

From the Executive Summary: While a month of unpaid rent might be an inconvenience for a landlord, an eviction can mean life or death for a tenant. National research shows eviction is one of the leading causes of homelessness. Despite these serious societal consequences of systemic evictions, a deep analysis of eviction causes, process, and outcomes has never before been carried out in Seattle. Because the city is experiencing an unprecedented housing crisis, and we knew anecdotally that this crisis disproportionately impacts marginalized communities such as women, people of color, and people in poverty, the Seattle Women’s Commission (SWC) and the King County Housing Justice Project (HJP) decided to undertake research to fill this gap.”

Rebalance the Scales of Justice: Limit non-rent charges and the imposition of attorney’s fees, expand courthouse-based resources to include social services and financial assistance, and limit reporting of landlord-tenant debt unless reduced to judgment.”

Make it Possible to Pay Rent: Require landlords to offer payment plans, increase time periods to cure nonpayment of rent, and increase subsidies to tenants at risk of eviction.”

I was a landlord in King County until I sold my property in 2015. I can tell you that missing payment for one month of rent and covering other charges would have been a MAJOR inconvenience that would have caused me great stress. Not all landlords are flush with bundles of cash to cover their mortgages in case tenants can’t pay. And I know of ZERO mortgage companies that would accept a “payment plan.”

But Seattle/King County bureaucrats don’t think that way. That would require addressing core issues of those who they seek to keep dependent upon the government. And it wouldn’t allow them the opportunity to seek more taxpayer dollars in the name of “solving” a crisis.

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Washington state teenagers can now obtain “sensitive” health care services without parents’ knowledge or consent

Demorat Dhingra: Believes your teenagers have rights you don’t need to know about

Washington State Senate Bill 5889, sponsored by demorat Manka Dhingra, went into effect on January 1 this year. The bill relates to “insurance communications confidentiality” for children 13 and above.

In a nut shell, children (members of a plan) 13 and older will receive confidential communications about “sensitive” health care services. The subscriber, aka parent or guardian, will not receive the “communication’ about the “sensitive” health care service. This can be related to STDs, pregnancy, gender dysphoria, gender affirming care or domestic violence.

The bill is a relatively quick read, just 18 pages. Read it here.

Excerpts from the bill:

All people deserve the right to choose the health services that are right for them, and the right to confidential access to those health services.

When people are assured of the ability to confidentially access health care services, they are more likely to seek health services, disclose health risk behaviors to a clinician, and return for follow-up care.

When denied confidential access to needed care, people may delay or forgo care, leading to higher rates of unprotected sex, unintended pregnancy, untreated sexually transmitted infections, and mental health issues, or they may turn to public health safety net funds or free clinics to receive confidential care—important resources that should be reserved for people who do not have insurance coverage.”

The applicant for health care plan means “a person who applies for enrollment in an individual health plan as the subscriber or an enrollee, or the dependent or spouse of a subscriber or enrollee.”

Protected individual means “a minor who may obtain health care without the consent of a parent or legal guardian, pursuant to state or federal law.”

Regence Blueshield of Washington offers clarification for their subscribers:

“What is this change about? Our goal is to give our members personalized communications whenever possible. Starting in January, we will send communications about sensitive health care services to members age 13 and older of Washington-state based health plans rather than to the subscriber. This is part of a new Washington state law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

What does that mean? This means that these communications will go to the person who received the care if they are age 13 and older, rather than to the subscriber, the person who signed up for health insurance. Previously, explanations of benefits (EOBs) and claims for all members were mailed to the subscriber or displayed on the subscriber’s online account. After Jan. 1, 2020, all EOBs will be mailed to the member or available only on the member’s online account. EOBs and claims for members younger than 13 will continue to display on the subscriber’s online account.

Why is that important? We recognize the importance of member privacy, and we are committed to keeping health information private for any members, including minors, who might be vulnerable if it is shared.

What kind of information is included? All EOBs, whether printed or online; claims communications; provider name and address; description of services provided; any written, oral or electronic communication that references protected health information; requests for additional information from us about a claim.”

The demorats in charge of Washington are just following Communist Rule #41: Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

h/t MyNorthwest.com

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Guess how much WA State governor wants to spend to “fight” homelessness

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

You will not believe the amount of taxpayer dollars Gov. Jay Inslee wants to spend to fight homelessness in his state. Actually, it’s not surprising at all.

What IS surprising is the small impact the MILLIONS of dollars will have in solving anything associated with the homeless industrial complex.

You can read the whole story about the governor’s plan here at MyNorthwest.com. I’m just pulling excerpts of the governor’s initiatives. Take a look at these numbers (which are in addition to Seattle and King County’s numbers):

Total amount the governor will include in 2020 supplemental budget: $146 million
Total cost over three years: $300 million
$66 million to “reduce the point-in-time count of unsheltered individuals by 1,890
$15.4 million to provide permanent supportive housing for 1,080 people

It’s been four years since former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a homeless emergency. And it’s been 14 years since King County developed their ten-year plan to end homelessness. During this whole time, the area has been run by progressives.

In Seattle/King County they currently spend ONE BILLION taxpayer dollars annually to “fight” homelessness.

Guess the plan is to never actually “end” homelessness but rather just “fight” it. Courtesy of taxpayers, of course.

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