slamdunk April 13, 2017, 7:02 a.m.
Funny...the closer you get to Idaho, the more popular president dufus seems to be.
slamdunk April 4, 2017, 10:14 a.m.
Good thing there is something bright there. The occupants of the building are pretty dim.
Borg_USA March 20, 2017, 9:10 a.m.
The voters approved the tax, so they have nobody to blame but themselves
Warren Trout March 19, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
End government greed
Smugglers Blues March 9, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
Instead of following the 22 inch signage rules and regulations from the alcoholics, they have allowed billboards above their stores. Why not have colorful full wall murals and turn the Emerald City green????
bikeboy March 8, 2017, 9:31 a.m.
It's too bad what happened to Sam Thompson. But - at least he didn't kill an innocent bystander! That's the real tragedy of deliberately-distracted driving! (With people who end up being their own victims, I'm more of a mind to "let nature take its course.")
Obviously thousands of casualties aren't enough to pass stricter laws, with stiffer penalties. We as a society have decided that we can live with the collateral damage.
widderdumpty1 Feb. 28, 2017, 6:48 p.m.
I love and trust Ozzie, and we are on opposite sides of lots of issues. I know he is thoughtful in his response, respectful. I have a lot of regard for Ozzie.
Luna Azule Feb. 28, 2017, 6:35 p.m.
When I signed the petition to legalize pot, I was told the proceeds would go towards fixing schools. 1Billion in pot revenue later the schools are still a mess so taxes have to be raised?
Did I not understand what part of 'pot sales go towards fixing schools' or are our 'fearless leaders' needing to 'fix' their wallets?
Wedeln4REFUGEES Feb. 28, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
omg who would live in Reardan?
mmortz Feb. 21, 2017, 12:47 p.m.
Great way to save taxpayers' money. It also could ensure that proper medical care is provided, which is another source of wrongful death lawsuits. It should have oversight of both publicly and privately run jails and prisons to prevent the horrors that went on in Idaho's privatized prisons before they ended the contracts. It should ensure sufficient resources for community-supervised offenders. It should also ensure sufficient resources for innovative methods to prevent repeat offenses.
slamdunk Feb. 21, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Let the repubs offer HSA's. In other words, nothing. Then let them pay at the polls.
Karen Madsen Blaine Feb. 20, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
You talked about how important for you to hear from your constituents. To hear us, you have to listen with the mute button off. Pre-selecting questions and callers may give you control but does not allow for a two way conversation. The "protest" that you and your caller referenced on the 28th, is NOT a protest, it is a Town Hall meeting. You have been invited, the press has been invited. And hundreds of interested constituents have been invited. I think is important that you hear ALL of you constituents. You can do and should do better.
2jm1 Feb. 20, 2017, 7:04 p.m.
I received a code for her conference call and am told it is not valid, is this another one of her avoidance tricks?????
Bsabco Feb. 20, 2017, 6:50 p.m.
Did not Cathy McMorris Rogers attack then Tom Foley for being out of touch. Time for her to retire before being voted out.
Bsabco Feb. 20, 2017, 6:48 p.m.
Oh and fill out the info in a form just to list to a phone call. The info you provide will help her staff to updated the campaign donor list.
kiph Feb. 20, 2017, 6:24 p.m.
I believe it was at the Lincoln Center. I've covered at least three town hall events there.
rosehips Feb. 20, 2017, 4:56 p.m.
Cathy, you need to hold a town hall in person. You need to face your constituents in person. Hear our voices! And not on the phone.
ts52 Feb. 20, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Thx Kip ... doubt that it was an event HERE!
admiral2040 Feb. 20, 2017, 4:38 p.m.
How courageous of her to allow her constituents to be as close as a telephone wire. She just as well stay in La Jolla permanently and stop the pretense of living in the 5th district. Her only representation is that of the Republican party not the citizens of this congressional district.
RaiseMoreHell Feb. 20, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Simply an attempt to use the current uproar over her lack of accountability to add names to her campaign email list.
g0ble Feb. 20, 2017, 3:16 p.m.
This isn't good enough. Better move is to do nothing. Doing something that is basically "then give them cake" is mind numbingly arrogant and completely without thought for those concerned in her district is much worse. Continue to tie yourself to the cement block that is the trump administration and you will drown with them.
EdubU Feb. 20, 2017, 2:38 p.m.
They are afraid to face constituents face to face, cowards!
kiph Feb. 20, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
The photo above was taken at an event in August 2014.
19thcenturybadhairday Feb. 19, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Go cry yourself to sleep in your safe space you made in your mother's closet. Don't forget to grab one of your d!ldos to suck on like a pacifier.
nero88888 Feb. 19, 2017, 2:40 p.m.
You right wingers are delusional nut jobs. go grab a noose and hang yourself you subhuman piece of chit.
19thcenturybadhairday Feb. 19, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Conservatives don't need safe spaces like liberals. We're not gender confused like liberals. We don't show up to your candidates rallies and assault people like you liberals do. We don't block highways and drag people out of their cars like you liberals do. YOU Nero are the true mentally ill person here.
nero88888 Feb. 19, 2017, 7:39 a.m.
yes they will.You right wingers are fringe extremists.
nero88888 Feb. 19, 2017, 7:38 a.m.
you are proof that conservatism is a mental disease
nero88888 Feb. 19, 2017, 7:38 a.m.
pot calling kettle black
you right wingers suffer from conservatism, which is a mental disease.
19thcenturybadhairday Feb. 18, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
None of these bills will do anything to stop crime. It only hinders law abiding citizens.
And the safe storage bill...sounds mighty unconstitutional.
19thcenturybadhairday Feb. 18, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
nero88888, YOU are the one sounding like a mental case here. You liberals have gone off the deep end lately. It's getting sad now.
skeptic Feb. 18, 2017, 2:15 p.m.
Gun control laws are no more than politicians' attempts to garner voter support by "doing something." Once the decision has been made that homicide/suicide is an appropriate solution to a problem, all that follows is simply white noise, to be dealt with in any way possible. E.g., narcotic drugs are illegal in every country in the world. Yet...the U.S. is inundated by thousands of tons of same every year; is anybody naive enough to believe guns wouldn't follow the exact same path even if guns were completely outlawed?
ml_Oath Feb. 18, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Maybe you should start making citizens arrests
ml_Oath Feb. 18, 2017, 8:42 a.m.
So you hate minorities....got it
Indigena Sinergia Feb. 17, 2017, 4:08 p.m.
Spokane Veterans For Peace have published their account of what took place on Sunday.
nero88888 Feb. 17, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
You're a low info deplorable who believes in Alex Jones. hahaahah
HadEnough Feb. 17, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
And.............you didn't answer my question!!! I wonder why with "us" being the minority? LOL
nero88888 Feb. 17, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
These right wing pro=NRA terrorists are COWARDS.
nero88888 Feb. 17, 2017, 2:17 p.m.
You right wing terrorists belong in jail. Conservatism is a mental disease.
Reno Blue Feb. 17, 2017, 2:16 p.m.
If you left wing nuts can contain yourselfs and not wind up in jail.
nero88888 Feb. 17, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
You NRA vermin are a small fringe minority.
nero88888 Feb. 17, 2017, 2:09 p.m.
We sane rational people are not going away and we outnumber you right wing extremists by a lot.
Steve Feb. 17, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
You say right wing and gun nut like it's a bad thing. Yea, I'm not afraid to let you know, minority status or not, we aren't going away. Go put your black hoodie on and smash up a Starbuck's to show the world how grown up you are
HadEnough Feb. 17, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Really? How many of the bogus laws were passed this time?
nero88888 Feb. 17, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
You right wing gun nuts are an extreme minority in WA State.
HadEnough Feb. 17, 2017, 11:46 a.m.
Many thanks to Vicki Kraft for her help!!!
ml_Oath Feb. 17, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
My understanding was an arrest was not made but they did add the I-594 violation to the charges faced by Mark A. Mercado of Oak Harbor. The only thing was he was 19 at the time and thus it was illegal for him to even have the firearm which he then sold without a BGC. The Prosecution does not even have the firearm as they think it was thrown into Puget Sound. It has all the appearances of just another charge that they will plea bargain away. But the bottom line is he was not arrested for an I-594 violation, nor has he yet been prosecuted....one thing is certain...it didnt prevent the crime this guy is accused of either.
Derek Li Feb. 17, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
First, there's no definition in RCW that defines "assault weapon", and the bill for such proposal, like you said, was not submitted for committee voting. So it's inaccurate and irresponsible as a reporter to report that buying a semi-automatic rifle with certain cosmetic features equals to "buying a semi-automatic assault weapon".
Second, there's no such thing as "military assault weapons". There is what's called "assault rifle" and by definition it required the refile to have select-fire capability, semi-automatic and full-automatic mode that is.
Doris Gerhart Feb. 17, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
No, they finally made an arrest under 594. Boy, they put on the party hats and were blowing horns over it also!
HB 1122 stated: (5) Nothing in this section mandates how or where a firearm must be stored.
It only created a gross misdemeanor crime if someone left a gun around and a prohibited person accessed it.
In other words, the state was trying to legislate stupid. The watered down version was palatable. Considering so many of these high profile crimes are from people who had no lawful access to weapons and the crime was only a gross misdemeanor, it sounded reasonable to attempt to wake stupid people up a little and influence better storage when the these gun owners have people around that should not have access to weapons. If you have your guns sitting in your house and a 15 year old broke in and stole them, that didn't count. It's only if you KNEW you had people around that shouldn't access it and you made the decision to leave guns laying around.
ml_Oath Feb. 17, 2017, 7:35 a.m.
No HB1122. The operational security details of my home are none of the State's business period. In addition I-594 needs to be repealed. We are two years in with zero arrests, zero prosecutions and no measurable reduction in crime by any metric. It's time the state of Washington, and people like Laurie Jinkins and the Nick Hannauers of the world start leaving law abiding Washington State gun owners alone
Doris Gerhart Feb. 16, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Some of the bills I approved of, like the safe storage and the reporting of someone prohibited who attempts to purchase a weapon. Some things while sounding good on the surface are a waste of time and effort and only serve to create more ineffective laws. Those who pays attention to reality know that gun crimes are mostly done with firearms that are stolen out of cars and burgled from homes. VERY few offenders pay retail for weapons, and they don't buy them online without a background check as the media likes to say. That's a lie. They use handguns because they are concealable.. They don't put suppressors on them because they are less concealable. They don't use semi-auto rifles with scary features because they don't fit in someones pants real well.
I followed the bills closely and some amendments made the bills fairly workable in my view. Of course, I'm not heart broken over the outcome either.
steve Feb. 16, 2017, 9:07 a.m.
You can bet ICE will be here and soon. Lets see these Libtards try to stop them. This is just too silly, why would you protect an Illegal immigrant?
jacky Feb. 15, 2017, 5:12 p.m.
border patrol deports only rifraff and illegal jerks trying to call usa their home.
Art the Dodger Feb. 15, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
The Intermodal Center is not a sanctuary intermodal, but the rest of the City is? What was the city council going to do if they were checking ids on city property?
TheContraContrarian Feb. 15, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
"City council President Ben Stuckart said he'd just received a message
on his phone and told the room, "ICE was actually just at the
Intermodal center, which is owned by the city, doing checks on IDs of
people,” Stuckart said."
Troublemaker Stuckart, scaring all those illegals. Shame on him!
Auko Feb. 15, 2017, 3:51 p.m.
Sounds like Stuckart was just fanning the flames..as usual.
Doris Gerhart Feb. 15, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
How dumb. The border patrol is always there, also because of the train station. That's been going on for years. I know, I worked in that building several years ago (not under this name) and the Border Patrol was frequently there at all hours.
Riddler Feb. 11, 2017, 10:40 p.m.
?? Haven't we seen this show before ¿¿ https://uploads.disquscdn.c...
Gene Banik Feb. 10, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
gl locking up everybody they would have2 make alot of jails & i thinks it time 4 the feds 2 leave us alone & go after meth,heroin & other hard drugs that are destroying u.s.a.
Riddler Feb. 9, 2017, 7:55 p.m.
Doris Gerhart Feb. 9, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Is this state going out of its way to battle the federal government? In the end, the state may win the immigration battle but at what cost?
The fact is Inslee won't wind up in jail, the poor retailers who are selling or the commercial growers are going to be the ones who will suffer the brunt of the Feds lack of humor in Washington States BS. When the Feds come down on Marijuana and send a clear signal they are in charge, it will be the citizens who are slammed in jail with federal crimes, not the AG or the Governor. With the bills in legislature along with the immigration fight, I'm embarrassed to say I live in Washington.
Pedro Bautista Feb. 4, 2017, 3:42 a.m.
Good blog edited
KellyKAFIR Feb. 3, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
You're not the leader. I'm thrilled Matt is the leader😊😊😊🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
ggregory Feb. 3, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
It'll be interesting to see how my rep does this and maintains his silence to any information source.
themob5 Feb. 3, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Crazy is as crazy does
Way to go gop
inmates in control of the asylum
DF Jan. 31, 2017, 6:32 a.m.
I have been riding Motorcycles for 53 plus years and it should be your choice. Helmets do obscure your peripheral vision and hearing. It should be your option.
2lineshigh Jan. 26, 2017, 8:48 a.m.
I have a question to the people who oppose this idea. Why is it legal for some to produce their own beer and hard liquor while not permitting others to grow pot? I guess because they are either alcoholic or conservatives, just wondering.
Elaine Jan. 24, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Thanks, Joan! Feel free to join in these discussions. I'm feeling kinda feisty lately....I wonder why?
joanberko Jan. 24, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
There are going to be a lot more marches Cathy.....better make sure you start paying attention cuz we are only going to grow in size and noise.
joanberko Jan. 24, 2017, 11:42 a.m.
Great comment Elaine!!! You go girl!!
Elaine Jan. 23, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
I'm not sure why Cathy sees the marches on Saturday as troubling. I was at the Spokane gathering, and it was the most fun, uplifting, positive feeling I've had in many months. Nothing scary or negative. They were 100% peaceful, democracy in action people getting off their butts and speaking their minds. Hmmm. Maybe the fact that we aren't "falling in line" (as she did) is what is really troubling her. We aren't sheep, Cathy.
biff777 Jan. 23, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
cathy, aren't you from san diego now? pinkslime cathy? The birthing teabagger... thank you for your passive aggressive stance on "Obama wasn't born here". Racist!
I'm quite sure the crowd of people at the Women's March would have had a few quite choice things to say to you.
Top Republican dismisses Facebook praise for ObamaCare... http://thehill.com/policy/h...
Congress Quietly Passes New Rule Allowing House Members To Hide Records From Ethics Probes... http://www.huffingtonpost.c...
Scoutster Jan. 23, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
"I don't believe that policies should be created in a vacuum," she said. "It's important to hear from a whole host of people."
That's a good one, Cathy! When you gonna start that?
V E Shaw Jan. 23, 2017, 2:36 p.m.
Tell Your Representative, "Vote No on HR 7, Yes for Women's Healthcare": You would think, in the wake of Saturday's monumental Women's March that Congress might show some respect for women's rights. You'd be wrong. Instead, on Tuesday, January 24th, the House has scheduled a vote onHR 7. This unnecessary and intrusive legislation meddles with the private insurance marketplace and attacks women's reproductive rights. It’s not the first time Republicans have tried to pass this anti-woman bill. (202) 225-2006 = C. Mcmorris Rogers' DC #
skeptic Jan. 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.
Having some problems trying to think of any other adjudicated civil right that requires a "license" from the state for participation...? The number of murders that are committed with _all_ long guns is minuscule. Why all this effort to force something down the citizenry's throats when it'll make only a vanishingly small difference, even _if_ 100% effective? Do applicants have to take a "gun safety" course every three years to keep their license current? Where will those courses be offered? At what cost? What cost for the license? What constitutes "secure storage"? If the firearm is beside you in the truck, is that "secure"? How is the signing of the statement to be enforced? Will the state require random searches of licensees premises to see that the storage is secure? Can anyone else have access to the "secure storage"? Ferguson must be planning on running for gov or something required an infusion of King County dollars... Limousine liberals are the only people to whom these bills appear to be anything other than nonsensical.
jim wade Jan. 20, 2017, 3:26 p.m.
no no no,,,here we go again,,,the liberals are crying again..leave my guns alone,,if this ever pasts,,,they will come after all guns in this state,,,,there is more things to worry about than taking my guns..we need to put stop to this now...i am getting tired of the westside liberals telling me how to run my life....so stop this..please tell me what assault weapon is...i am exmilitary and i do know what one is..these liberals have no idiot what one is....full auto but not my ar15
Doris Gerhart Jan. 19, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
So in other words, hardly anything is different than getting a concealed weapons permit in Utah, Idaho or Arizona. All those states require training. The only difference is the safe storage. If they want to force laws down our throats, why not just create a modified Washington CPL, or an enhanced one, like Idaho has, that also permits the possession of the "black scary" rifle and the standard capacity magazines. It's simple, get a Washington CPL "enhanced" that permits a person have assault weapons. They take the class, step through the hoops and then the state can shut up until they shove more laws and more laws and more laws....oh wait, that's why we fight every stupid anti-gun law huh!
Forget everything I said above. It's just another stupid anti-gun law that isn't based on facts, just innuendo and misinformation.
Ron Danielowski Jan. 19, 2017, 4:47 p.m.
"Washington residents who want to own, buy or sell a semi-automatic assault rifle would have to obtain an annual license..." Because you know, the mundanes shouldn't be able to afford an "assault weapon."
"...to improve gun safety, by extending background checks..." Because you know, it's people who go through the current red tape that are the causes of crime so why not burden them with more restrictive laws.
“This is not a ban,” she said. “Washington voters have said ‘We expect the state to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.’ A separate bill was introduced last week that would ban new sales of assault weapons under many conditions." Lol
"The bill would cover some semi-automatic rifles and pistols based on different features like flash suppressors, folding or telescoping stocks, grenade or flare launchers, or second hand grips." Because you know, there are so many killings using "assault weapons" and those accessories make them so much more lethal.
"It also requires a license for large capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds." Correction: "standard capacity magazines."
Riddler Jan. 7, 2017, 1:49 p.m.
?? How many times have new taxes been proposed with the promise "It's ALL gonna go for education ¿¿
TheContraContrarian Dec. 25, 2016, 2:32 p.m.
funny...no piquing, either!
Maxxi Dunn Dec. 19, 2016, 3:24 p.m.
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Well........I.m back...it went splendidly;..lots of protesters...I met this guy,and had my say with him...,and it wasn't pretty..
mlloyd57 Dec. 18, 2016, 2:47 p.m.
Those darn invasive species!
TheContraContrarian Dec. 17, 2016, 7:40 a.m.
IF Cathy would have moved on up, my support would have gone to Mr. Parker.
Funny to watch the politicians scramble...
ChefGus Dec. 16, 2016, 3:16 p.m.
Thanks for the artic!e! The Judge was likely correct in that there is No Tort.... These folks will do fine if they do go ahead and Not Vote for Sec Clinton... And are fined andThen go to court with their case. J
Saturday morning now... Edit....
Thank you so much for your learned, well researched and informative front page article this morning!
I am in hopes that people read Federalist 68 by A Hamilton, and The 12th Amendment to learn more and be informed. Best John
pat hayes Dec. 15, 2016, 7:28 a.m.
Now just hold on. There's plenty of Under-Sec positions for a variety of things at Interior. Since the Colville Biz Council already ponied up an endorsement maybe she could be Chief Cowgirl @BIA.
Mayocynic1 Dec. 15, 2016, 2:13 a.m.
Seems like Baumgartners done a very good job in Olympia.
Don Barbieri Dec. 14, 2016, 7:17 p.m.
All in for @ben_stuckart & a great start for #5thCDWA 2018. let's make it happen! Join us at benstuckart.com
Jeffrey_Grey Dec. 12, 2016, 9:57 a.m.
So the clearly stated rationale for the creation of the Electoral College was to put 'electors' between the popular vote and the actual selection of the President, on the theory that average voters weren't sophisticated enough or informed enough to make the choice directly. They were only able to select from their midst people whom they - the voters - felt were better able to make such an important decision. Well ... okay. So be it. This is the system the Founding Fathers felt was best for the nation they were creating and it is the system we have.
And yet here in Washington State, (and other states as well) we then feel the need to enact laws that say unless the electors cast their ballots in conformity to the popular vote, the electors need to be punished and probably replaced.
And this is logical? We have to have electors between the results of the popular vote and the selection of the person to be elected, but those electors have to make their decisions in conformity to the popular vote.
Deborah Lawrence Hale Dec. 11, 2016, 11:25 p.m.
Republicans can only win elections by cheating. I can't imagine they would want to with a traitor like Donald Trump. I have to wonder about any American who would help Russia's puppet into the White House. They're not even fake communists anymore! Now they're real fascists!!
square_root Dec. 11, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
The only faithless elector I know about in Washington state is Mike Padden, one of Shea's cronies, and he keeps getting re-elected, too. I wonder if Padden got fined?
AbleAmerican1 Dec. 9, 2016, 2 p.m.
Love to see California cecede.. hopefully B4 the St. Andreas Fault make Arizona NEW beach property !
AbleAmerican1 Dec. 9, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
If splitting the state gets rid of the Murray, Cantwell, Smith & Inslee FERTILIZER infestation & ongoing contamination..I'm ALL for it.. !!
S/Sgt. John Sharp, USAF SIS, Disabled Korean War Veteran. 1950-54 Federal Way, WA.
TheContraContrarian Dec. 9, 2016, 6:40 a.m.
When I recently heard of the prospect of a 51st state, I thought Puerto Rico was going to be admitted into the Union; not that WA state was going to split into two states. Not going to happen but I love reading the over reactions of people, responding to the idea. Good times!
slamdunk Dec. 8, 2016, 3:14 p.m.
This guy wants to turn Washington's funding of public education into Idaho's. None.
slamdunk Dec. 8, 2016, 3:13 p.m.
The Governor could be Cathy McMoNo.
Bsabco Dec. 8, 2016, 2:44 p.m.
Oh yeah, create another Red State that feeds off the public taxpayer dole.
Go ahead and create your own state in Eastern Washington and watch the area become like a Third World Country with not many social and police services.
Besides I would like the reduced taxes that I have to pay here in Western Washington in support of all those in Eastern Washington on public assistance and other social services. Plus you can figure out how to pay for your your roads and emergency services. Go for it, make this taxpayer happy.
Michael Muto Dec. 8, 2016, 10:54 a.m.
What you fail to mention after quoting Baumgartner is that the definition of basic education was approved in 2012 and got bipartisan support from both houses of the state government. The definition is not from the 1800s. Our tax code? That is definitely in need of updating because it IS still based on an agrarian society from the 1800s. School districts, teachers and parents in Spokane should be outraged by this proposal to amend the constitution. It literally strikes the guarantee "that all children without distinction regardless of race, color, class, or caste" will have access to funded public education. It's a power grab that makes the legislature the sole authority on how to fund any and all education in the state including higher education.
themob5 Dec. 8, 2016, 8:49 a.m.
LOL Would this new area rank above Mississippi?
I think not
square_root Dec. 7, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
What did ol' Bob think of Shea? Some times Matt reminds me of that guy in "The Music Man", suckering the rubes by claiming: "We got trouble right here in River City."
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