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Today the motion to dismiss brought by the Island County attorney was dismissed by the Judge in the Emerson VS Island County lawsuit. The trial is now going forward to a jury with the date of the trial so far unknown.

The lawsuit brought by Ken and Kelly Emerson over the agreement that was broken by Island County is going forward to a jury trial. The agreement made and unilaterally defaulted on by the county was designed to resolve the long standing dispute over the non existing wetlands and stream the county claimed was on the Emerson’s property. The county refused to recognize the agreement after the Emerson’s followed the agreement to the letter by hiring another wetlands specialist and he also found that there were no wetlands or stream on their property. This lawsuit is the result of that default by Island County.

More to come…

A lot of changes at Island Transit.

Bob Clay has “resigned” as chair.  Rick Almberg was appointed as chair and some very tough questions from our 2 Island County Commissioners on the board of directors.

View the videos at the link below. Thanks to Gayle Z for the video of the meeting and the upload to you tube.

I was talking with a member of Oak Harbors business community the other day and he informed me that Bob Severns has already announced that he is running for Mayor of Oak Harbor. I asked him where he received this information and he told me that he had received an email from the Chamber of Commerce about the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors election and he received Bio’s for the election from Mr. Severns and it was stated that Bob Severns was “Mayor Elect”.  

I asked him to send me the emails that he received concerning this and he did.

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From Zero Hedge by Ron Paul 1-10-2015

Original article: Click Here

If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in America today are under siege.

It didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of neglect for our liberties to be given away so casually for a promise of security from the politicians. The tragic part is that the more security was promised — physical and economic — the less liberty was protected.

With cradle-to-grave welfare protecting all citizens from any mistakes and a perpetual global war on terrorism, which a majority of Americans were convinced was absolutely necessary for our survival, our security and prosperity has been sacrificed.

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2015: The End of The Republican Party
by P.W. Adams January 6, 2015
The Bell News

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.”

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The lawsuit that was filed in November 2013 by Ken and Kelly Emerson over the broken contract the county made with them to resolve the long standing issue of the non wetlands on the Emerson’s property is making it’s way through the courts.

The most recent court filings are interesting. The Attorney for the County filed a Motion for Summary Judgement of Dismissal. In this motion he is asking the court to throw out the case before the trial. The Emersons lawyer have just filed their response to this motion to dismiss and it is referenced below. What I find interesting in reading the motion to dismiss is that the lawyer for the county seems to be discussing a different case or he has the facts wrong. He bases most of his motion on claims that the Emersons did not allow the county to inspect thier property which is factually incorrect. I am certainly not a lawyer but in reading the 2 motions it is clear who has the correct facts in their favor. Let’s hope the judge sees it the same way.
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30 Dec 2014 Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Tacoma, seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of portions of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure that took effect Dec. 4, alleging that “portions of I-594…are so vague that a person of ordinary intelligence cannot understand their scope,” and that other parts violate the Second Amendment outright.

Joining SAF in this action are the Northwest School of Safety, Puget Sound Security, Inc., the Pacific Northwest Association of Investors, the Firearms Academy of Seattle, six individual citizens including SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb and the Gottlieb Family Trust. They are represented by Seattle attorneys Steven Fogg and David Edwards, and Bellevue attorney Miko Tempski.

Named as defendants are Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, in their official capacities.

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Text of lawsuit against I-594


The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future has released their 2014 Digital Future Report and it has some interesting information concerning the internet and politics. The section on the the Internet and the political process starts on page 129 of the report and is certainly interesting reading for those of us who use the internet to attempt to influence the political process.

A snippet from the report:

Political power and influence
Users who said. . .
. . . the Internet has become important for political campaigns 71%
. . . by using the Internet public officials will care more about what people think 32%
. . . the Internet helps people to better understand politics 58%
. . . the Internet can give people more say in what government does 32%
. . . by using the Internet people like you can have more political power 34%
. . . Users who said it is safe to say whatever they think about politics while online 31%

To view the complete report click here


Video is now at the end of this article. See it for yourself…

In a shocking display of partisan politics at last nights meeting of the Oak Harbor City Council the council replaced Mayor Scott Dudley as the representative from Oak Harbor on the Board of Directors at Island Transit.

This was done without any public notification what so ever. The item was added to the agenda by Councilman Severns at the last minute. There was no publication of the agenda that including the agenda item so many of those who are affected by the problems at Island Transit never knew it was going to occur. The normal date for the council to make appointments such as this is the last meeting of the year which will occur on the 16th of December, the next council meeting. It is very obvious that this change in appointment and change in the date of the agenda item was done to stop the public from being notified about an item coming before the council that is of great concern to all residents of the county.  Those the most effected by this change were not given the opportunity to speak to the council or give input before this decision was made.

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Now the celebrations can begin! Rick Hannold prevailed in todays recount. Rick won the District 3 Commissioners seat by 144 votes!

Pox on those that say their votes don’t count…

Rick Hannold wins the District 3 Commissioners race by 143 votes!

If this does not convince you that your vote and your efforts do not count nothing will.

There will be a recount as there is only .4833% difference between the 2 candidates. But it is suspected that this will not change any of the results due to the excellent job that Sheilah Crider and her staff does for the elections in our county.

Congratulations Rick!

For the full voting results see the Island County Elections page:

Here is a link to the entire video of the Island Transit Board of Directors meeting held on 11-21-2014 or click the title above to view the embedded video:


At the 11-21-14 meeting of the board of Island Transit a childish immature display was brought forth by Joel Servatious Oak Harbors alternate member to the board of Island Transit. It seems that Oak Harbor’s alternate member of the board brought it upon himself to seat himself as the regular board member from Oak Harbor even though the permanent representative from Oak Harbor was in attendance and objected to his actions. This is really stunning behaviour by Mr. Servatius, he knows he was chosen as the alternate board member and was to only fill in when the regular board member Mayor Dudley was not present. Mayor Dudley was present at this meeting and Mr. Servatius ignored that fact taking it upon himself to seat himself at the dias. Oak Harbor’s bad acting and actors are now on display at Island Transit Board meetings, thanks to Mr. Servatius.

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The video below was taken at the Senate Transportation Committee meeting held on 11-20-2014 where the findings of the recent audit of Island Transit were discussed with the committee.

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The tabulation of the votes today increased Rick Hannolds lead in the District 3 Commissioners race.

Rick Hannold now has 14,828 votes to Karla Jacks 14,689 votes, a 139 vote lead.

These close results will call for a recount of all the ballots cast in this election but history has shown that in Island County the votes have been always counted accurately and an election has never been overturned in a recount. We had a recent recount in the race for Treasurer in the primary election and the difference between the recounted votes and the original vote tally was zero. This is due to the excellent job that Sheilah Crider and her staff in the elections office do.

I do believe it is now time to congratulate Rick Hannold in his win for the seat of Island County Commissioner for District 3.

Congratulations Rick! Wooooo Hooooo!

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