The Seattle Times by By Jim Brunner and Hal Bernton

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday laid out an ambitious plan for cutting Washington’s carbon emissions that would vault the state to the forefront of global efforts to combat climate change.

The sweeping proposal drew cheers from a crowd of environmentalists, labor leaders and other supporters on hand for Inslee’s climate-plan unveiling at Seattle’s flagship REI store.

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A new bill in the Washington State Senate will stop citizens from being able to touch or hold their cell phone while driving, even to call 9-11.

Senate Bill 5656 calls for a ban on all handling of a cell phone while driving, sitting at traffic lights or stop lights. In addition to not being allowed to text and talk on your phone you will now not be allowed to e mail, enter phone numbers, touch, handle or pull up websites on your device.

The new law is supposed to encourage you to use hands free devices for all users of cell phones in your car.

If you are fortunate enough to have a newer vehicle with these features built into your vehicle you will be allowed to use them, if you have the means to purchase after market hands free systems these will also be legal to use. If you happen to have a vehicle with a noisy interior you will find these hands free devices to be useless. Your only option is to purchase a newer quieter vehicle or pull over to the side of the road to talk. The option to use a headset is also in question. As you will no longer be able to type in or select a number without voice control these will also be outlawed.

Meanwhile, eating, drinking, smoking, putting on makeup, reading and tending to your children will still be allowed as long as you are not distracted while doing so. All of the other distracted driving offenses are handled under our regular distracted driving laws with the exception of cell phones.

Why is Washington State enacting these stringent proposals? Federal Grant money… so it is not really about public safety it is about making Federal dollars available to our state.


The Washington Times by Wesley Pruden

Everybody’s for free speech — until somebody says something he doesn’t like. But the genius of the First Amendment is that it is so direct and plain that even a lawyer or a judge can understand it.

The amendment does not guarantee thoughtful speech, polite speech or even responsible speech. The Founding Fathers wanted to say only that speech must be free, unfettered and at liberty to flower. The guarantee is unique among nations, and it sounds so good that a lot of politicians in other nations pay it lip service but are aghast if their constituents want to try it at home.”

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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  following letter is self  explanatory.

I post it  here   because  many  of you  were deeply involved in documenting   the destructive actions  by Commissioners  Price-Johnson and,  Homola   via  their   puppet Bobby Pederson.

Rather  than me  being the only  messenger responding to  this  man needing our  help,  I thought  it best  all of you who were involved in fact finding would  be the best ones to respond  to  Mr. Fagan and  prevent Pederson doing his number  in  Kodiak

Please contact him and provide your items and opinions.

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At the December 19, 2014 Island Transit Board meeting it was obvious Transit continues efforts to regain public trust relating to recovery from the recent fiscal disaster. The state auditor’s report placed responsibility for Transit’s financial  disaster on the Board for failure to perform their responsibilities.

Three of the 5 member board members were still at that meeting  trying to prove to the citizens they have saved the sinking ship, but County citizens are not buying their  political spin press releases of great accomplishments.

In another attempt  to  get at least  some  public trust and support, the Board at this meeting announced the following:

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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


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