Washington State county elections trend more conservative

Local political races often forecast wider statewide changes in the future

Around Washington State much attention has been paid to a limited Republican showing in the statewide races.  The Republicans picked up a State Treasurer with the election of Duane Davidson.  This will be the first time a Republican has held this position since 1952, and combined with the reelection of Secretary of State  Kim Wyman,  Davidson’s election means there are now two Republicans elected to statewide office in Washington State.  With Dennis Richardson’s election as Oregon’s Secretary of State, this means there will be a total of three Republicans holding statewide office on the west coast of the United States.  This is progress for the Republican Party even if not as much as they would like.

Duane Davidson's victory means the Republicans have a State Treasurer in Washington State for the first time since 1952
Duane Davidson’s victory means the Republicans have a State Treasurer in Washington State for the first time since 1952

The Republicans in Washington State were able to hold their own in the state house – losing two seats (Linda Kochmar and Terri Hickel in the 30th Legislative District (Federal Way), and picking up two seats – James Walsh in the 19th (SW Washington) and Phil Fortunato in the 31st (Auburn).  The Republicans lost one seat in the state Senate with the defeat of Litzow in the 41st (Mercer Island/Bellevue), but still retain a slight majority in that chamber.

 However, many local county races were worth watching as they tend to be indicative of future political trends as well.  A review of these races is in order as most of these stories will not be widely reported in traditional news outlets.

Thurston County Commission- First time since statehood – no Democrats or Republicansthurston-results

We wrote in more detail about this race here.  However, in a shocking change of political control, Thurston County flipped from Democrat control to having all three Commissioners unaligned with any party.  First time since statehood.  Part of the shock with these results was the fact that the Democrats were openly bragging about the impending “coronation” of their candidates even a few weeks before the election.  Independants Gary Edwards and John Hutchings will join incumbent independent Commissioner Bud Blake to manage Thurston County next year.  

Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse - the best the Democrats had to offer for Thurston County
Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse – the best the Democrats had to offer for Thurston County

Only three years ago, this year’s election results would have seemed a fantastic delusion at best. It is now reality.  Three years ago, the commission consisted entirely of liberal/leftist Democrat women, and it will now be led by three independent men who have pledged to clean up many of the problems created by the previous commissioners.  They have their work cut out for them.  Nobody can blame Trump for this election result.  Clinton easily carried Thurston County leaving Trump with less than 38% of the vote.  Clearly a lot of Clinton voters couldn’t stand the Democrat choices for Commissioner either.

Much local political drama preceded this election.  Unpopular policies like the pocket gopher tax, crap tax, rural car tax, attempted fireworks ban, plastic bag ban, and other extreme agendas helped sour many residents and motivated a large turnout of voters who wanted change.  Many voters recognized their property rights were under direct assault from arrogant politicians and bureaucrats.   This, in combination with a variety of local scandals like  the losing $12.3 million Maytown lawsuit, the 5 year empty jail, and other incompetent actions ensured change was coming.  

Thurston County Democrat Party Official's death threats made KOMO TV news
Thurston County Democrat Party Official’s death threats against Glen Morgan made KOMO TV news

The incumbent Democrats decided to retire, so political change was certain.  The anointed and chosen Democrat successors were younger, but their agendas were just as extreme.  These new Democrat candidates did a good job raising large sums of money, including using $110,000 from local spirit channeller JZ Knight who funded a political action committee and used a 35,000 year old Lemurian warrior spirit named Ramtha to dictate the Thurston County Democrat’s election plans.  The political drama also included death threats, robocalls, restraining orders, lawsuits, public disclosure complaints, and a lot of controversy.  This added some local color and angst, but the final result was total political change.  

Grays Harbor loses the last sign-stealing Democrat on the county commission

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Democrat Grays Harbor County Commissioner Frank Gordon stealing his competitor’s campaign signs in between committee meetings

Grays Harbor County had long been dominated by the Democrat Party since the 1930s, however, in 2012, the voters elected Republican Wes Cormier to the county commission.  Additionally, another independent was elected in 2014.  This year, the voters handily returned Republican Commissioner Cormier, but they also removed longtime incumbent Democrat Commissioner Frank Gordon and chose independant candidate Randy Ross instead.  Commissioner Gordon did himself no political favors by getting caught red-handed on camera stealing his opponent’s campaign signs while in his suit in between committee meetings.  Grays Harbor will now join neighboring Thurston County with a County Commission with no Democrats, and a majority of independents.

Pacific County – elects first Republican since Roosevelt administration

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In neighboring Pacific County, political history was also made when Lisa Olsen was elected as the first Republican County Commissioner to fill this office since the 1930s.  She handily defeated incumbent Democrat Commissioner Steve Rogers who had been instrumental in harassing local businesses like Oysterville Sea Farms.  Additionally, Olsen was well known in the community and any efforts by the local Democratic Party to demonize her failed to gain traction.  This is a big change of political direction in a small county.

Oysterville Sea Farms
Pacific County’s relentless harassment of Oysterville Sea Farms became a campaign issue this year in the County Commission elections.

Snohomish County goes Low by dumping Dunshee

In another sign of the times, former Democrat legislator Hans Dunshee lost his appointed seat on the Snohomish County Council (position 5).  He was soundly defeated by Republican Sam Low.  A former Lake Stevens City Councilman and a Snohomish County native, Low was able to match Dunshee with fundraising.  Despite Dunshee’s extensive experience in the state legislature and the natural advantage of incumbency , Snohomish County went Low.  The election was to fill the remaining year of the 4-year term for this seat remaining after former Snohomish Councilman Dave Somers won his election to be Snohomish County Executive and Dunshee was appointed to fill his seat.  That appointment didn’t last long.  Now Low will need to win this election again next year to continue in this position for the remainder of the term.  

Republican Sam Low joins the Snohomish County Council next year
Republican Sam Low joins the Snohomish County Council next year

This election doesn’t dramatically change political control of the Snohomish County Council, which is dominated by Democrats, but it does bring a little bipartisan balance to the County Council which has been experiencing a variety of scandals and challenges over the past few years.  Low has a high hurdle to clear in an attempt to restore balance to this council.

Republicans have a good election week in Pierce County

Bruce Dammeier is Pierce County's new County Executive
Bruce Dammeier is Pierce County’s new County Executive

The balance of power has been close in Pierce County with Republicans holding a slight edge on the County Council for several years now.  A serious challenge on many fronts was made by the Democrats, but it looks like the Republicans managed to hold their majority.  This was an impressive feat.

 The first results on election night cast doubt on this outcome because Republican Senator Pam Roach appeared to be trailing in her race for Pierce Council position #2 and Republican Doug Richardson appeared to have difficulty maintaining Pierce Council position #6.  As the late ballots trickled in over the next few days, however, Richardson developed a decent lead and Pam Roach came from behind for the win.  Former Republican legislator for the 2nd District and incumbent Republican Council member Jim McCune cruised to an easy reelection.  

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Serious cash was spent in the 2016 race for Pierce County Executive

However, former Republican State Senator (25th District) Bruce Dammeier had an epic and expensive battle for Pierce County Executive.  Including an expensive primary battle with Republican Pierce County Councilman Dan Roach (son of Pam Roach) who had also decided to run for County Executive.  According to the Public Disclosure Commission, almost $750,000 was spent on this race alone by all the candidates.

Pam Roach continues her bigger than life political career with a come-from-behind victory for the Pierce County Council
Pam Roach continues her bigger than life political career with a come-from-behind victory for the Pierce County Council

The Pierce County Council was in a state of flux and political change partly because Councilwoman Joyce McDonald was running for the state legislature (25th District).  McDonald won her race, and it looks like Pam Roach will now take her place on the Pierce County Council.  For a time, the Pierce County Council will have son Dan Roach and mother Pam Roach on the council at together until 2018 when term limits kick in for Dan Roach.  At the same time, it looks like Pierce County also passed a charter amendment that will no longer allow county councilmembers to hold other elected offices, so with Pam Roach’s successful election, she is expected to resign from the state senate.  There will be an appointment to her soon-to-be vacated State Senate seat (31st District).

Douglas County looks favorably on change

Kyle Steinberg demonstrated strong numbers in the primary.
Kyle Steinburg handily defeated an incumbent to become one of Douglas County’s newest commissioners.

As mentioned in an article about the primary results from earlier in the season, there was a strong indication that the winds of change were blowing across Douglas County.  As we discussed in a series of articles linked here, here, and here, there were clear problems with the old business as usual in Douglas.  All candidates identified as Republican, so this was less about partisan politics than it was about changing leadership.  

Challenger Kyle Steinburg handily defeated incumbent Dale Snyder, and in the other contested seat – challenger Dan Sutton squeaked out a victory over hand-picked successor Pat Haley.  These results carry forward the trends seen in the primary back in August, and they should give hope to those who desire change and fiscal cleanup.  While there were other local issues that impacted this race, this youtube video had an impact as well – making Haley look like he was just running for Commissioner for the pay.  douglas-county-final-results

Cowlitz, Clark,  and Spokane Counties – little good news for Democrats

Arne Mortensen - Cowlitz County
Arne Mortensen beat an incumbent Democrat to be Cowlitz County’s newest Commissioner

Incumbent Democrat Cowlitz County Commissioner Michael Karnofski was defeated this election cycle by Republican challenger Arne Mortensen.  Combined with the reelection of incumbent Republican Commissioner Dennis Weber, the Republicans will now control this county seat as well.  Trump carried Cowlitz County, so these results were probably not a surprising, although both Republican commissioner candidates carried a higher percentage of the county than Trump.

Although there was bitter infighting on the Clark County Council for the past few years and substantial division within the Clark County Republican Party, it looks like the Republicans have swept the Clark County Council seats as well.  It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.  The whole point of the Clark County Charter effort was to ensure Democrats could have control over this council, and while they may have influence with some of the council members, their electoral failure to elect anyone formally associated with their party does not bode well for their party’s future in Clark County.  This should be a bit surprising because the Republican Party has been divided with a lot of bitter infighting over the past few years, however, even in this perfect storm the Democrats are shut out of the Clark County Council.

Challenger Josh Kerns pulled off a significant political upset by unseating an incumbent in the primary
Challenger Josh Kerns pulled off a significant political upset by unseating an incumbent in the primary and then handily winning the general election.

The Spokane County Commission has been controlled by Republicans for years, and this fact doesn’t change with the recent election.  Republican Josh Kerns was able to decisively win his race for Commissioner Position 1 after ousting incumbent Republican Nancy McLaughlin in the primary.  Kerns decisive defeat of Democrat candidate Candace Mumm and the reelection of incumbent Republican Shelley O’Quinn in Commissioner Position 2, ensures Republican control over this commission for the next four years in Spokane County.  

There were many other local elections around the state that merit discussion, but these are just a few of the highlights.  Most of the local political commentary will focus on statewide races and control of the legislature – important and critical political events to be sure.  However, local political results often forecast future changes for wider state office.

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

Related articles for reference and background:

Local County election results preview state-wide political trends

The Truth about Jim Cooper

Five candidates battle for Thurston Commissioner Seat, but who are they?

Thurston County goes independant – first time in state history

Thurston County Auditor bends rules to help Allen Miller (and Jim Cooper)

Thurston County punishes rural serfs again

Sandra Romero – the $200 million Commissioner

Recent elections in Thurston County shock the establishment

How Bud Blake won in Thurston County

JZ Knight tirade videos submitted to politicians she supports

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, politicians

Democrats take $50k gift from warrior spirit Ramtha, despite anti-Mexican slurs

Everett Herald – District 5 candidates diverge on how to fix county problems 

Douglas County politicians hide capital assets, file phony inventory documents, call it good.

Douglas County Commissioners commit gross misdemeanors 

Government Watchdog Doubles Down on Douglas County – KPQ interview

Is it incompetence or corruption?  Douglas County continues to hide capital assets

The war on David Madore

The war on David Madore (video version)

Petitions to recall a majority of Clark County Councilmembers filed today

Clark County deputy prosecutor arrested, convicted, probation, donates to political campaign, continues to manage department

The Columbian creates a news void in Clark County

The Clark County Council desperately needs some adult supervision

City of Vancouver Mayor and Council forced to abandon 117% pay raise

The Clark County Charter – a quest for utopia or inevitable fiasco?

Despite charter vote, Clark County trends more conservative in 2014

Primary elections – 2016 Senate Surprises and Democrats Delight

Primary election results – unanticipated outcomes and major contrasts for November

Kitsap County ground zero as 2014 conservative success demonstrates

Spokesman Review – County Commissioner Race – Kerns leads

Thurston County goes Independent – first time in state history

Death threats, Robocalls, Ramtha Cash, and Lawsuits.  The Thurston County Commission race had something for everyone, and while there were lots of adjectives that could be used to describe this year’s election – “boring” was not one of them.

For the first time since statehood, the Thurston County Commission will have a commissioner majority unaffiliated with either political party.  Washington became a state in 1889.  Depending on how the vote count trends over the next few days, this will also be the first time that the Thurston County Commission will not have a Democrat elected to the board.  This is real political change.

Commissioner Romero is looking towards retirement and seemed relieved to finish this hearing.
Commissioner Romero’s retirement after years of abusing and ignoring rural residents set the stage for change.

The announcement earlier this year of the retirements of longtime Democrat commissioner incumbents Cathy Wolfe and Sandra Romero ensured that change was coming to Thurston County no matter what.  The only question was what that change would be.  Commissioner Bud Blake’s election in 2014 as an independant removing incumbent Democrat Karen Valenzuela from the Thurston County Commission was a sign that traditional political models were changing.  Tonight’s results continue that trend.

Gary Edwards support was extensive and deep in Thurston County. Election night demonstrated this again.
Gary Edwards support was extensive and deep in Thurston County. Election night demonstrated this again.

The challenge, as always, in Washington State is that election night’s results still don’t reflect many of the ballots that will arrive over the next few weeks via mail.  However, barring some extreme swing result in the next few batches of ballot counts, it looks safe to say that Gary Edwards will be the new Thurston County Commissioner in District 2.  His depth of support was strong from the beginning, and despite being outspent by his opponent and well-funded special interest Political Action Committees, he will be the next commissioner.

Commissioner candidates Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse are hoping Thurston County can pass more taxes on rural residents
Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse were the Thurston County Democrats chosen commissioner candidates, but their support for hostile and abusive policies was not viewed positively.

The other commission seat in District 1 is still too close to call.  Election night results show Democrat Jim Cooper with a tenuous lead of just over 300 votes (out of 89,799 counted) with another 30,000 ballots to go.  This was  a far cry from the “coronation” that most of the Thurston County Democratic leadership was predicting just a few months ago.  John Hutchings is the independent candidate in that race, and it is generally believed that the late ballots are going to trend towards him more than Cooper.  The results over the next few days will prove or disprove this expectation.  However, assuming he manages to win the other seat – all three Commissioners in Thurston County will be filled by independent candidates.  No Democrats and no Republicans.

Thurston County Commissioners ignore citizens
No matter how many times people brought their concerns directly to the Thurston County Commission they were ignored, ridiculed and despised by the legacy commissioners and the Democratic Party

While it seems unlikely the Thurston County Democratic Party desires to conduct a post mortem on these election results and try to learn from their mistakes, they can’t blame these results on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.  The legacy Thurston County Commissioners were all uniquely hostile to a large portion of Thurston County residents and openly arrogant towards these voters – particularly the rural residents.  For years, they passed abusive regulation, ignored all objections, and cheerfully ran roughshod over the rural residents of Thurston County.  Every opportunity to heap insult upon tax upon regulation was approved unanimously.  The Thurston County Democrats cheered everything and never once questioned the abusive policies of the Thurston County Commissioners.  Never once.

Stop Taking Our Property Thurston County
Many Citizens opposed Thurston County’s aggressive land abuse ordinances.

For years, rural residents and people concerned about property rights, freedom and independance, reasonable budgets, rational decision making, and just asking to be treated like real people were ignored, mocked, and openly ridiculed frequently by these Democrat politicians.  One Democrat Commissioner was quoted as calling the citizens of Thurston County who spoke at Commission Meetings and hearings as just so much “white noise.” When local Democrat leaders or politicians would raise concerns and question this abusive and arrogant behavior by the Commissioners, they were drummed out of the party and shunned.  

The abuse had been here for years before some of us became aware and engaged in local politics.  Over the past six years, we organized hundreds of people to show up at public hearings.  Some of us have attended hundreds of public comment sessions over the past few years.  We placed thousands of signs showing our concerns throughout the county.  We organized town halls.  We produced videos and wrote stories.  The Thurston County Commissioners ignored us and the Thurston County Democratic Party mocked us and ridiculed our concerns.

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For daring to oppose the Thurston County Democrat Party commissioner candidates, death threats and lawsuits were the default response (source KOMO news)

Even in this recent election cycle, when we made the state’s smallest PAC expenditure with a handful of Robocalls, we found the Thurston County Democratic Party, the Washington State Democratic Party, and JZ Knight (who donated over $210,000 to the Thurston County Democratic Party over the past two years alone) went into a total frenzy to silence opposition.  Our micro robocalls generated two frivolous lawsuits, one frivolous PDC complaint, three cease and desist letters, one death threat, and two temporary restraining orders (one on the death threat Democrat PCO Laurien Weisser, and one very narrowly construed “emergency” order over caller ID).

JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money) Democrats today
JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money) Democrats today.  She financially underwrites the Thurston County Democratic Party today.

Local ancient spirit warrior channeler JZ Knight (who channels a 35,000 year old Lemurian warrior named “Ramtha” who has travelled through space and time to enter her brain and tell us to vote for Democrat County Commissioners) largely funded the Thurston County Democrats once again this year.  The JZ Knight PAC (Euphemistically called People for Thurston PAC) was nominally run by Jay Manning, the former head of the Department of Ecology, and former Chief of Staff for Governor Christine Gregoire.  JZ Knight owns the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in Yelm, WA (eastern Thurston County) and uses much of the money given to her by her students to fund the Democrat Party in Thurston County.  The $54,000 worth of PAC hit pieces alone targeting Edwards and Hutchings appears to have been wasted funds since at least one and likely both of them will be county commissioners now.

Jim Cooper has Big Plans for Thurston County
Jim Cooper’s plans are probably on hold for a few years now…

Jim Cooper’s coronation Party may have been cancelled, but ballot tracking is going to be a pastime for political insiders as the next few days of ballot counting is watched closely.  Jim Cooper’s wife was conveniently hired to work in the elections office by Democrat Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, and there are concerns that special political treatment may be provided to certain parties.  

Times are changing in Thurston County.  Election night was a big step towards repairing the mistakes of the past, but also about helping to build a better future for the residents of Thurston County.  The hard work is just beginning…

*(Update:  Within 12 hours of writing this article, the next batch of ballots were counted – John Hutchings is clearly going to win – leading by over 2500 votes.  There are more ballots to count, but they will probably just increase the gap)

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

For more background on this story:

Democrat Party official threatens to kill me

Democrat Party now openly disavows violence

Last week it was a death threat, this week he is getting sued for election Robocalls

KOMO – Thurston County Race includes death threat and criminal investigation

KTTH – 770am – Todd Herman Show – Nov3, 2016 – hour3 – discuss death threat and impacts on the election process

Man investigated for death threat tells deputy he was “fed up” after robocall

The truth about Jim Cooper

County Commission Candidates say they are both upset by PAC’s Robocalls

County Commission campaign turns ugly with PAC-funded Robocalls and Mailers

KUOW – Democrats take $50k from warrior spirit “Ramtha” despite anti-Mexican slurs

Ancient spirit channeller buys Thurston County election and Democratic Party with huge cash infusion

Ancient warrior spirit endorses Democrats

Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions (2012) 

Thurston County Auditor Bends Rules to Benefit Allen Miller (and Jim Cooper)

Mary Hall, Glen Morgan, Truth and Integrity

Cult leader joins public sector unions in political alliance

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, Politicians

Glen Morgan on being sued by JZ Knight (or maybe its Ramtha) KIRO Radio

Possessed racist attacks freedom group for exposing racism

Shocking allegations from former JZ Knight follower

Question:  Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations

JZ Knight videos now a public record in Thurston County

Thurston County Invents $42,000 pocket gopher tax for new homeowners

Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore quits, will now plague the City of Yakima

Thurston County punishes rural serfs again

Sandra Romero – the $200 million Commissioner

Why the Public Disclosure Commission needs a new director

The mission of the Public Disclosure Commission is to provide public access to information about campaign financing, lobbyist expenditures, the financial affairs of public officials and candidates, investigate complaints, and enforce compliance with Washington’s disclosure and campaign finance laws.  The values of the PDC include neutrality—fair and impartial advice and enforcement of the state’s disclosure laws.

On Capital Way just down the road from the State Capital, the Public Disclosure Commission toils away processing complaints and paperwork
On Capital Way just down the road from the State Capital, the Public Disclosure Commission toils away processing complaints and the volumes of paperwork necessary to keep elections, lobbyists, and candidates as transparent and rules compliant as possible

The director of the PDC, Evelyn Fielding Lopez, has recently been criticized by state Republicans as being biased for Democrats.  This is not the first time Mrs. Lopez has been accused of bias.  In July of this year, Mrs. Lopez recused herself from a PDC investigation of the Port of Tacoma but only after the Port requested her recusal upon discovering that Mrs. Lopez made comments on social media regarding the Port that appeared to express bias.  Now she has been accused of bias in a hotly contested legislative race after she wrote in a letter to a Democratic Senate candidate that Republican accusations in ads against him were “not correct.”

PDC Director Evelyn Fielding Lopez (photo: Tacoma News Tribune)
PDC Director Evelyn Fielding Lopez (photo: Tacoma News Tribune)

The state Republicans are right.  Mrs. Lopez is biased.  In 2014, less than a year before she was hired as the PDC’s director, Mrs. Lopez held a campaign fundraiser for a Democratic House candidate.  While it is legal to hold a campaign fundraiser, that partisan activity should have disqualified her for the position of the PDC director.  There is no question that the PDC director should be unbiased both in practice and perception.

Correspondence with Candidate Tim Probst running for the state Senate seat in the 17th District, Clark County has put the PDC director under scrutiny
Correspondence with Candidate Tim Probst running for the state Senate seat in the 17th District, Clark County has put the PDC director under scrutiny

Did the PDC commissioners know of Mrs. Lopez’ partisan activities prior to hiring her?  If Mrs. Lopez concealed that information, then she should immediately resign.  If the PDC commissioners were aware of her partisan activities, then the legislature should investigate the PDC and use its subpoena powers if necessary.  All PDC commissioners are appointed subject to legislative confirmation hearings.  Perhaps a confirmation hearing, under oath, is the best way to get the truth of what the PDC commissioners knew.

At a minimum, the legislature should reform the law to preclude the PDC from hiring any person who holds a campaign fundraiser in a partisan election.  This PDC’s reputation has been damaged by the bias of its director.  It is imperative that the PDC act quickly (before the next legislative session) to remove Mrs. Lopez and restore the public’s trust

The Public Disclosure Commission doesn't work better when it is tilted
The Public Disclosure Commission doesn’t work better when it is tilted more towards one side

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

Source/Reference Documents:

Seattle Times – Bad Judgment By State Campaign Finance Chief

(This is a link to the archives that captured Mrs Lopez’s  law-firm website before she removed it.  It advertised a fundraiser for Demcrat Representative Christine Kilduff in the fall of 2014):

Public Disclosure Commission – Christine Kilduff – C-4 report – page5 showing in-kind contribution by Mrs. Lopez for above fundraiser   (Same document downloaded and linked here )

PDC – October 5, 2016- Lopez controversial “clarification letter” 

Republican Senate/House Leadership Letter to PDC Commissioners – November 1, 2016

Republican Leaders Want Public Disclosure Commission Director Suspended

Seattle Times: State Republicans Move to Suspend PDC director

Columbian:  Republicans renew call for PDC chief to quit over Probst Case

Republicans accuse head of PDC bias

 

 

 

Democrat Party now openly disavows violence

In an interesting development on the recent voicemail death threat left by current Olympia Democrat PCO Laurian Weisser, various leaders in the Democratic Party have been forced to reluctantly come forward and disavow violence and threats of violence as part of their campaign strategy.  They should be commended for taking this brave step.

Thurston County Democratic Party Chair Katie Nelson renounces violence, which is a brave step forward
Thurston County Democratic Party Chair Katie Nelson renounces violence, which is a brave step towards civility in Thurston County (Source: KOMO news interview 11/3/16)

According to this Olympian article on Wednesday which included the excuse for the death threat in the title, Katie Nelson, the local Thurston County Democratic Party chair claimed that Mr. Weisser lost his re-election for Democratic Party Precinct Officer.  This implied that death threats are okay as long as the person issuing the threat is only a Democrat Party official for a few more months.  However, when KOMO news confronted her yesterday on camera she formally disavowed violence without qualification, which is a good step towards peace.  

Laurien Weisser in front of Olympia City Hall - apparently not threatening to kill anyone here.
Laurien Weisser in front of Olympia City Hall – apparently not threatening to kill anyone here.

In the same article, former Former Washington State Democratic Party chairman Paul Berendt of Olympia claims that Mr. Weisser is the only one responsible for the death threats and the party doesn’t need to get involved.  He is right about it being Mr. Weisser’s responsibility, and I’m sure Mr. Brandt would prefer to not be involved.

According to an email received from Karen Deal, Executive Director of the Washington State Democrat Party received on November 2, she stated

“We received your message from our website contact form.  The Democratic Party does not condone violence or intimidation as an election tactic.  We understand from your correspondence that the specific matter to which you refer is the subject of a court action at this point and we assume will be dealt with appropriately by the court”  

It was wonderful that the Washington State Democrat Party doesn’t officially condone violence as an election tactic.

Which left us with candidate Jim Cooper who most certainly distanced himself from Laurien Weisser with this Facebook “disavow” statement:

Jim Cooper made the brave decision to disavow violence in this Facebook post recently.  This is a good step in the right direction
Jim Cooper made the brave decision to disavow violence in this Facebook post recently. This is a good step in the right direction

As I mentioned in the KOMO news story, and on the Todd Herman Show (770am KTTH, Seattle) yesterday, and KGMI radio (Bellingham), I am hoping that violence and threats of violence can become something that all parties, even the Democrat Party, refrain from in the future.  

I am strongly opposed to the plague that Jim Cooper would bring upon those of us who would suffer under his reign as Thurston County Commissioner.  This is why we oppose his candidacy.  This is why we have exposed the truth about him to those who don’t know the truth.  However, most of his support is from people who live in cities and don’t need to be concerned about suffering at his hands.  The least they can do is refrain from threatening to kill those of us who are willing to speak the truth they refuse to hear.

Don’t forget to vote.  Locally, your vote matters the most.

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The Democrat Party in Washington State is struggling to disavow violence, but their efforts are not going unnoticed. Some of us call this step true progress

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

For more background on this story:

Democrat Party official threatens to kill me

KOMO – Thurston County Race includes death threat and criminal investigation

KTTH – 770am – Todd Herman Show – Nov3, 2016 – hour3 – discuss death threat and impacts on the election process

Man investigated for death threat tells deputy he was “fed up” after robocall

The truth about Jim Cooper

County Commission Candidates say they are both upset by PAC’s Robocalls

County Commission campaign turns ugly with PAC-funded Robocalls and Mailers

KUOW – Democrats take $50k from warrior spirit “Ramtha” despite anti-Mexican slurs

Ancient spirit channeller buys Thurston County election and Democratic Party with huge cash infusion

Ancient warrior spirit endorses Democrats

Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions (2012) 

Cult leader joins public sector unions in political alliance

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, Politicians

Glen Morgan on being sued by JZ Knight (or maybe its Ramtha) KIRO Radio

Possessed racist attacks freedom group for exposing racism

Shocking allegations from former JZ Knight follower

Question:  Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations

JZ Knight videos now a public record in Thurston County

Thurston County Invents $42,000 pocket gopher tax for new homeowners

Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore quits, will now plague the City of Yakima

Thurston County punishes rural serfs again

Sandra Romero – the $200 million Commissioner

Democrat Party official threatens to kill me

The death threat arrived via voicemail yesterday.  It was 8 seconds long, and you can listen to it below.  While the caller doesn’t identify himself, he used his home phone number.  The guy threatening to find me and kill me (according to the voicemail) was Laurian Weisser, the elected Democrat Party Precinct Committee Officer of Precinct #223 (Olympia).

Laurian Weisser in front of Olympia City Hall - apparently not threatening to kill anyone here.
Laurian Weisser in front of Olympia City Hall – apparently not threatening to kill anyone here.

Mr. Weisser is a good friend of Thurston County Commissioner candidate and current Olympia City Councilman Jim Cooper and is helping that campaign.  He has not enjoyed hearing the truth about Jim Cooper’s past mistreatment of women or employees who worked for Mr. Cooper.  That being the case, it appears to be second nature for Mr. Weisser to threaten to kill those who expose the truth.  You can listen to the message he received that enraged him to launch this death threat here.

While death threats may be acceptable and regular behavior for officials in the Democratic Party, it seemed prudent to notify the police about this matter (Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Case #16-5708) and obtain a temporary restraining order (UHS 16-243) against Mr. Weisser.  Unfortunately, Mr. Weisser has been a recipient of other restraining orders in the past (Case #03-2-30083-4 – Thurston Superior Court) , when a former girlfriend/roommate of his obtained a restraining order (extended once) against him in 2003.

Laurien apparently has an anger problem (source Laurien Weisser Facebook page)
Laurian apparently has an anger problem (source Laurian Weisser Facebook page)

Mr. Weisser may be the only elected Democrat in Thurston County making official death threats via voicemail right now, however, other types of threats seem to be a common staple in the local Democratic PartyCandidate Jim Cooper has been threatening any local politicians who endorse his political opponents, and his threats appear to carry weight.  They were weighty enough in the past that he could force a collective “gag order” on the employees at Together, a small local nonprofit, when they threatened to collectively quit if he wasn’t fired.  The Board of Directors unanimously voted to fire him, but Jim Cooper’s political threats were convincing enough that the gag order remains in effect.  As the Olympian’s reporter discovered, nobody there wants to talk about Jim Cooper’s firing.  Yet, despite his inability to run a small local nonprofit, somehow he has become the best Democrat option to run Thurston County?

Shortly after threatening to kill the author, Laurian posted this friendly post (Source: Laurian Weisser Facebook page)
Shortly after threatening to kill the author, Laurian posted this friendly post (Source: Laurian Weisser Facebook page)

None of this is new.  We wrote all about it back in June.  Until the recent robocalls forced the Olympian to look closer, this well-known history of Jim Cooper remained buried behind these political threats.

This all raises some real questions for the Democratic Party:

  •  Will the party renounce violence and death threats by one of their own?
  • Does the Democratic Party support the threats of violence if it is done on behalf of other Democratic candidates?
  • Does Jim Cooper’s campaign encourage death threats by their supporters as part of their campaign strategy?

Until the Democratic Party can convincingly renounce threats of violence as part of their campaign strategy, they have no moral standing to question anything I am doing to expose the truth about their candidates.

It is time for the Democratic Party to renounce violence by one of their representatives. These threats have no place in our community
It is time for the Democratic Party to renounce violence by one of their representatives. These threats have no place in our community

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

For more background on this story:

The truth about Jim Cooper

County Commission Candidates say they are both upset by PAC’s Robocalls

County Commission campaign turns ugly with PAC-funded Robocalls and Mailers

KUOW – Democrats take $50k from warrior spirit “Ramtha” despite anti-Mexican slurs

Ancient spirit channeller buys Thurston County election and Democratic Party with huge cash infusion

Ancient warrior spirit endorses Democrats

Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions (2012) 

Cult leader joins public sector unions in political alliance

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, Politicians

Glen Morgan on being sued by JZ Knight (or maybe its Ramtha) KIRO Radio

Possessed racist attacks freedom group for exposing racism

Shocking allegations from former JZ Knight follower

Question:  Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations

JZ Knight videos now a public record in Thurston County

Thurston County Invents $42,000 pocket gopher tax for new homeowners

Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore quits, will now plague the City of Yakima

Thurston County punishes rural serfs again

Sandra Romero – the $200 million Commissioner

Pacific County works hard to destroy the last oyster farm in Oysterville

The latest story in our Citizen’s Alliance for Property Rights Tales of Tyranny series…this one from Pacific County. Oysterville Sea Farms is the last oyster farm in Oysterville, but that hasn’t prevented Pacific County from trying to put it out of business anyway.  With help from the Department of Ecology and Department of Health, the role of government has changed from one that helps and protects people’s individual rights and freedoms into aggressive harassment campaigns to destroy those who are not politically preferred.

We must choose what type of community in which we want to live.  Do we want to have a government that protects individual rights and freedom?  Or, do want a government that can choose to destroy those freedoms through harassment campaigns like this effort to destroy the last oyster farm in Oysterville…

Please note, the lead Central Planner in this case quit her job as this video story was being researched and produced.

Hirst Decision by Supreme Court unleashes wrath of “Futurewise” upon property owners by taking their water

The recent Washington State Supreme Court decision Hirst vs. W. Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (“Hirst”) opens a new offensive against individual property rights and common sense; and it continues the trend of legislative rule making by our Supreme Court, where the Justices have habitually strayed from their judicial role into the realm of policy making from the bench. The ruling is disastrous for property rights, and it is a crowning achievement of  decades of subterfuge by Futurewise (the prime plaintiff in this case, even though they were listed last), who together with like-minded groups, champion never-ending aggression and control of citizens via centralized planning.

It may have taken hundreds of years to recognize and implement property rights as a fundamental human right, but it only took 6 of these guys to take those rights away
It may have taken hundreds of years to define and defend property rights as a fundamental human right, but it only took 6 of these guys to take those rights away

To quote from the dissent (written by Justice Stephens):

“The majority’s decision hinges on an interpretation of RCW 19.27.097 that is unsupported by the plain language of the statute, precedent, or common sense.”

Let’s review the case and how we got here.

What is the Hirst case about?

Water. For decades, various elements of Washington State’s environmental movement have expressed anger and resentment about the potential for people to build homes in rural or suburban settings. The battle-axe used to keep people in line has been, up until Hirst, the Growth Management Act (GMA), which was passed, appropriately, on April Fool’s Day, 1990. The GMA had three effects. First, it set up a system of order and control for housing and
development. Second, it established a revenue generation system for local government to maintain and enforce control. Third, it

Governor Booth Gardner
Governor Booth Gardner signed the Growth Management Act in 1990

provided attachment points for environmental groups to litigate in order to maintain and expand government control over the most basic needs of the masses (i.e., housing). Ostensibly, the GMA was to benefit individuals by preventing urban sprawl, but in reality, only government benefited via increased control, by the addition of new revenue streams, and by providing backdoors for the government’s environmental allies to beat down citizens ever more. The current litigation leader in Washington State is a corporate “non-profit” future-liescalled Futurewise, which is a rebranded version of an earlier organization called 1000 friends of Washington. Those who have suffered at the hands of this organization call it “Future Lies.”

 

One of the most significant, but subtle, aspects of the GMA is that it introduced a whole new logic for control – that the government could, and should, manage all aspects regarding the housing of the masses. Whole new government bureaucracies were built from the ground up on the backs of individuals, a system that affects every hill and dale throughout all municipalities in the state of Washington.futurwise-offices

Now Hirst has done the same for water. It establishes an entirely new logic for government control over the most basic needs of the masses (i.e., water). You, as an individual, are no longer entitled to water unless you meet certain (virtually impossible to meet) conditions. Hirst affects all new wells and related development, and it may also affect existing wells and water users. Like the GMA, its effects will be felt in every nook and cranny of the state.

The Lawsuit

Jean Melious was the primary legal counsel for Futurewise while she was paid by our tax dollars as a professor at Huxley College in Bellingham
Jean Melious was the primary legal counsel for Futurewise while she was paid by our tax dollars as a professor at Huxley College in Bellingham

Futurewise was the lead entity organizing and facilitating the “Hirst” lawsuit in Whatcom County.  The players in this litigation drama are worth knowing.  The plaintiffs were largely represented by Jean Melious, who is often called “Jean Malicious” by many residents of Whatcom County.  She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and a professor at Huxley Environmental College at Western Washington University.  She is former head of the Whatcom County Planning Commission, and maintained a local blogsite called “Get Whatcom Planning” with one of the plaintiffs – David Stalheim. David Stalheim came to Whatcom County in 2007 as a bureaucrat from the City of Wenatchee.  In Whatcom County he was the Whatcom County Planning Director for several years, before working for the City of Bellingham in 2010 and helping to file this lawsuit against Whatcom County.  Eric Hirst was a Futurewise acolyte and board member of local Whatcom County “nonprofit” grant collection scheme called RESources since they extract as many grant resources as possible from their local community.

David Stalheim was able to collect his government check while suing his former government employer
David Stalheim was able to collect his government check while suing his former government employer (Source: BirchBayBlog)

With generous taxpayer funded salaries, the plaintiffs and their attorneys figured that they could advance the Futurewise central planning agenda and take a shotgun, hail-mary legal approach with litigation against Whatcom County claiming their planning programs in the Nooksack watershed should no longer allow private wells.  The legal path was uncertain (because the plain language of the law was against them), but the Growth Management Hearings board gave them hope with the board’s political appointees conveniently supporting serial litigation factory Futurewise.  The plaintiffs suffered a temporary setback in the Appeals process, but with the opportunity to use their case to end all private wells in one legal case, the gamble paid off.  Six Washington State Supreme Court judges (including three up for reelection this year) decided to ignore the law and write their own.

The practical effect of this decision is that no county in Washington State can allow any new private well anywhere without conducting a very expensive hydrogeological study of each well site to determine if there is some potential impact to the Minimum Instream Flow of local streams or creeks. We will discuss the significance of these studies later.  For practical purposes, this ends all private wells except for the most wealthy individuals.  While there is some debate on how widespread the Hirst decision is upon Washington State outside Whatcom County (or maybe just the majority of counties who plan under GMA), most counties will take the path that Spokane County just took and stop providing permits for any new wells.  The Department of Ecology appears to be following that lead as well.  Those who do not comply will be sued by Futurewise and their followers.  Few counties have the budget to endure this style of litigation.

Dave Larson
Dave Larson – candidate for Supreme Court Justice

What can you do about this now?

Greg Zempel
Greg Zempel candidate for Supreme Court Justice

First, we are only weeks away from an election.  The three incumbent supreme court judges all signed onto this poorly written decision.  A message must be sent.  New judges must be elected, and these sorry incumbent judges need to be replaced.  The challengers are far more likely to read the plain language of the law and interpret accordingly.  The challengers will not invent new legislation as dictated by special interests to promote an agenda (that is the job of legislators, not judges).  You can make a difference.  Vote for these guys:  Dave Larson, Greg Zempel, and David DeWolf.  

David Dewolf
David Dewolf is a candidate for Supreme Court Justice
Hilary franz has plans for the Department of Natural Resources, and as the Executive Director of Futurewise, you can be sure you are the target not the beneficiary
Hilary Franz has plans for the Department of Natural Resources, and as the Executive Director of Futurewise, you can be sure you are the target not the beneficiary

Secondly, the Executive Director of Futurewise is running for the office of Public Lands Commissioner.  She is Hilary Franz, and she is partly responsible for this legal decision as well.  Her open hostility and history of antagonistic behavior towards private property owners is well known on Bainbridge Island where she was on the council and working for Futurewise running their litigation factory. The ravages of a rapacious special interest like Futurewise only gets worse if they gain control of the Department of Natural Resources.  Vote for Steve McLaughlin for Public Lands Commissioner in November

Steve McClaughlin is the better choice for Public Lands Commissioner
Steve McLaughlin is the better choice for Public Lands Commissioner

Next, contact your state legislators and state senators and demand a legislative fix to this blatantly flawed judicial legislation by the supreme court.  There are many ideas being discussed already in Olympia, but your legislators need to hear your  demands that they reverse this decision before the harms become more widespread.

Finally, please join the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR).  You can go here to sign up or donate.  If you are already a member, encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to join as well.  We are the only organization in Washington State focused on defending your property rights in the political, legal, and grass roots arena.  We have many allies who will join CAPR for specific battles, but they are the only organization concerned about protecting your property rights in their entirety.  There is strength in numbers, so add your numbers to ours and help us become more effective at preventing this type of attack on our freedoms in this state and elsewhere.

The Watershed Hydrogeologic Model Game

Most people hearing about this decision will want to understand what a hydrogeologic study of the watershed or well site would look like.  Is it just a very expensive consultant study?  Unfortunately, it is a very expensive process, partly based on science, and partly based on theory of water connectivity and flow.  The practical result will be hundreds of thousands of dollars spent to get some fancy maps and a computer generated “model” that will demonstrate that your well could adversely impact the watershed.  Since there is no practical way to verify or disprove this theoretical model, your only recourse (if you really, really needed that well) would be to hire a competing hydrogeologist who could produce a model that demonstrated your well would not adversely impact the watershed.

D&D game
The arguments over which hydrogeologic model is superior will be intellectually equivalent to a dungeon and dragons game – roll the dice to see who wins

Then, the two models could be pitted against each other in an intellectual exercise that would not be much different than two kids playing Dungeons and Dragons arguing about which invisible laser beam could defeat which invisible force field.  In addition to creating endless job security for hydrogeologists, the Hirst Decision also guarantees a whole new realm of pointless litigation where wholly unqualified judges are going to be deciding between which invisible, unprovable model is true.  Science will be paid lip service, but mainly these decisions will just be about who can put on the best show.  While this might be entertaining, it certainly won’t be productive for individual freedom or legal certainty.

Future wells denied, existing wells now targets

Beyond the obvious problem of denying, for all practical purposes, the ability to install a new well, the Hirst decision leads to far worse outcomes almost immediately.  Futurewise is celebrating an unexpected early victory handed to them by a feckless State Supreme Court.  It doesn’t take a Huxley College graduate to realize that the same lack of logic that spawned the Hirst decision could lead to another equally flawed decision to meter or remove existing exempt wells.  After all, if any proposed well could be harmful to the watershed, then what about existing wells?

Futurewise finally gets their wish to tell you what they really think
Futurewise finally gets their wish to tell you what they really think

The plan to meter existing wells has been in place for many years, and some counties have even gone down that road already, but now Hirst can jumpstart that process and lead to various regulatory options like well taxes, well water rationing, and shutting down existing wells.  The various greeny groups can even bribe and cajole local government strapped for cash by demonstrating how much tax revenue can be gained by taxing well water (meters are the first step to taxing the water).  Smart wireless, networked water meters make the implementation of this process pretty simple.  Now the rural folk can pay their “fair share.”  Fun times.

It is always fun for Huxley College students to play on ropes in the woods while they plan their next lawsuit to take your property rights
It is always fun for Huxley College students to play on ropes in the woods while they plan their next lawsuit to take your property rights

Concerns about a legislative fix and the rule of law

The biggest concern we have with the Hirst case is less about the destruction of property rights at the stroke of a pen, although that is disastrous enough.  What should be alarming is that a majority of the Supreme Court ignored the plain meaning of the law as written and passed by the legislature.  Why would this Supreme Court follow any other law on the books?  Why would they follow new legislation passed by the legislature, even if it was written to fix the problems the Hirst case creates?  Fundamentally, our concern with the Hirst case is the problems this creates with a collapse in the rule of law.  We may not see visible anarchy outside our windows today, but if the laws written by our elected officials have no practical meaning once they go before these judges in Olympia, then what confidence should any of us have in any law as written?

Finally you can trust us, we are a Water Trust

We expect an obvious and predictable backlash from private property owners, real estate agents, farming interests, and some building organizations.  We also expect “solutions” to be proposed by the allies of Futurewise in an effort to calm the angry mobs and perhaps deflect effective legislation.  The most likely “solution” will involve a water bank or water trust type buy-back scheme.

They are the Water Trust - you can trust them!
They are the Water Trust – you can trust them!

Generally, this will be an organization that purchases, acquires, or is granted “senior” water rights in a given watershed.  They can, in turn “lease” or “rent” these rights to private well owners who will meter their new or existing wells and pay the trust or bank for the use of the water.  This has been tested in Clallam and Kittitas Counties already, so the framework is basically in place right now.  Many water-intensive farm operations with senior water rights have been shut down in recent years, and many of these water rights have already been purchased or acquired by various green groups who have seen the writing on the wall.  Additionally, many tribes in Washington State have been positioning themselves to take advantage of “super” senior water rights by speaking for the fish.

Regardless of who controls which territory (and the turf war will probably be pretty vicious in some areas), there will be some green “non-profit” entity looking for greenbacks for their water right investment.  The great thing about this is that they don’t need to install much infrastructure to your new home or existing well.  Once they have you in their utility-like district of a watershed, they just install a smart meter on your well, and they start collecting their cash.  Initially it will be a pretty modest amount to keep the rural residents from getting too restless.  Then, when everyone is more accepting of their status as purveyors of their rural water, the rates can rise.  Most likely the plan is for Futurewise or groups like them to pick which watersheds, properties, or homes will be allowed and where.  If you are a troublemaker, they can determine your well is too harmful to the watershed and shut you down.  Your property is worthless, unfinanceable, and uninsurable.  The dream of shifting more independent rural folk into the dense urban core is realized and central planning utopia has arrived.  I’m sure it will be heaven on earth.

And people wonder why I call them Gang Green

(source: Freedom Foundation)
(source: Freedom Foundation)

Please note, a version of this article was originally published at the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, and is reprinted here by permission.

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

Referenced Source Documents:

Washington State Supreme Court Decision (including Dissent) Hirst v.  W. Washington Hearings Board – Oct 6, 2016

Spokane County Public Notice regarding Hirst Decision

Whatcom County temporary response to Hirst Decision

Western Water Law and Policy Reporter (May 2015):  article after Futurewise lost in appeals – interesting reference before Supreme Court Decision

Other Commentary on Hirst Decision:

Futurewise Press Release about Hirst

Capital Press:  Washington Supreme Court casts doubt on new wells

Washington Policy Center:  Washington Supreme Court takes the liberty to make a policy decision it should not have made

Other Background articles:

Whatcom County Planning Director hired by City of Bellingham (before he filed lawsuit against Whatcom County)

Gang Green and the Government Staff Infection

Stifling Human Ingenuity 

 

 

 

Ancient spirit channeller buys Thurston County election – controls Democratic Party with big cash infusion

It certainly pays to speak for the dead, and apparently if a spirit can conjure up enough cash, it is also possible to purchase a political party as well.

JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money) Democrats today
JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money to) Democrats today

In Thurston County, Washington State, a spirit channeller named JZ Knight has been dumping large sums of cash into the local Democratic Party, exceeding the donations of all other entities (spiritual or earthly) combined.  More than several hundred thousand dollars have been directed into the coffers of the Thurston County Democratic Party directly and used in support of a few chosen Democratic candidates.  This includes a recent political action committee almost entirely funded by JZ Knight.

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Just one of the Internet Memes that is making its way around social media in Thurston County (source: Facebook) references JZ Knight/Ramtha quote from 2012 video release scandals

Racist Comments fit with local Democratic Party values

JZ Knight is a controversial political figure from the City of Yelm, WA who channels a 35,000 year old ancient Lemurian warrior spirit named “Ramtha” which has travelled through space and time to get involved in local political issues.  She/it (pronouns are always challenging when discussing JZ Knight/Ramtha) became particularly controversial in 2012 when various videos recorded by JZ Knight/Ramtha were exposed by followers and put on Youtube for all to see.  These included racist remarks about Mexicans, anti-Catholic statements, anti-Semitic statements, anti-gay statements, and hostile remarks about organic farmers.  She/it was one of the largest individual donors to the Washington State Democratic Party at that time, and eventually the State Party divested the funds she/it had donated to them, along with various politicians including Congressman Denny Heck.  Many sources for this controversy are linked at the end of this article.

Just one of the JZ Knight funded mailers supporting Jim Cooper , part of the $105,000 JZ Knight/Ramtha campaign in Thurston County
Just one of the JZ Knight funded mailers supporting Jim Cooper , part of the $210,000 JZ Knight/Ramtha campaign in Thurston County

However, the local Thurston County Democratic Party was less discerning or sensitive.  As long as the checks are large enough, they will accept the racist and hateful rhetoric.  Here are some examples of the funding that has come from this spiritual source recently.  This “enlightened” cash totaling more than $210,000 in the last few years alone – is more than any other ten sources of local political campaign funds combined (listen to this recent KUOW radio show) :

 

Hateful Speech is acceptable only if the Democratic Party gets their cash

Just one of the full page ads JZ Knight has purchased to support Democratic candidates in Thurston County (and never reported to the Public Disclosure Commission) from 2013
Just one of the full page ads JZ Knight has purchased to support Democratic candidates in Thurston County (and never reported to the Public Disclosure Commission) from The Olympian, October, 2013

Of course, JZ Knight/Ramtha has a perfect right to make hateful speeches about anyone or anything that she/it wants.  Some might be surprised that the Thurston County Democrats agree with JZ Knight/Ramtha’s statements.  However, this agreement has been purchased at a high price.  Over $210,000 so far in the past few years alone.

These donations are also mostly legal (some rules are being violated).  No law prevents wealthy ancient warrior spirits from buying a political party, candidate, or election.  It is unlikely that any campaign finance reforms, regardless of promises made over the years will be able to stop this practice, and that is probably okay.

 Let’s face it, if a warrior spirit can transcend space and time to fund and endorse the Thurston County Democratic Party and local Commissioner candidates Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse, what can mere mortal lawmakers do to stop it?  We can all be grateful that at least we know JZ Knight and/or Ramtha – completely control the Thurston County Democratic Party and their chosen candidates.  The Democratic party would not be where they are now without this ancient timeless financial support.

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Ramtha owns the Thurston County Democratic Party, Jim Cooper, and Kelsey Hulse – and $210,000 + proves it…

(Full Disclosure:  Ramtha and JZ Knight sued the author in 2014 in Federal Court for providing videos of various racist tirades she/it made in previous years to her/it’s followers as part of a public record to the Thurston County Commissioners (whose political campaigns she/it funded).  Ramtha/JZ Knight claimed that the videos were selectively “edited.”  She/it refused to release a full unedited video to prove the clips were edited out of context.  Finally, she/it wisely chose to drop the hopeless lawsuit in 2015 since it appeared that all claims were bogus).

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

For related stories on Thurston County and Ramtha:

KUOW – Democrats take $50k from warrior spirit “Ramtha” despite anti-Mexican slurs

Ancient warrior spirit endorses Democrats

Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions (2012) 

Cult leader joins public sector unions in political alliance

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, Politicians

Glen Morgan on being sued by JZ Knight (or maybe its Ramtha) KIRO Radio

Possessed racist attacks freedom group for exposing racism

Shocking allegations from former JZ Knight follower

Question:  Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations

JZ Knight videos now a public record in Thurston County

Romanian couple join mystical cult to hide $73 million tax fraud

JZ Knight Tirade videos submitted to politicians she supports

JZ Knight’s anti-Catholic rant prompts call for Democrats to Return $60k in donations

Democrats criticized over Ramtha donations – Seattle Times

Thurston County Dems accept JZ Knight Money again

The truth about Jim Cooper

Lawsuit File:  JZ Knight vs Glen Morgan

Public Disclosure Reports:

Public Disclosure Report including $2000 donation to Thurston County Commissioner Candidate Kelsey Hulse July 26, 2016

PDC report – $1000 donation to Kelsey Hulse – October 5, 2016

PDC report – $3,000 to Jim Cooper from JZ Knight plus two JZK owned corporations – September 30, 2016

PDC report $50k to Thurston Democratic Party – July 7, 2016

PDC report $54k to JZ Knight PAC (People for Thurston County) – October 12, 2016

PDC report $50k to Thurston Democratic Party – Feb 25, 2014

PDC report $15k to Thurston Democratic Party – Mar 4, 2014

PDC report $20k to Thurston Democratic Party – Sept 17, 2014

PDC report $10k to Thurston Democratic Party -May 15, 2015

PDC report $1900 to Thurston Auditor Mary Hall – Sept 10, 2014

PDC report – $1900 to Thurston Auditor Mary Hall – Aug 5, 2014 (plus another few thousand from hard-core followers)

PDC report – $900 to Thurston Auditor Mary Hall – 2013

 

 

Protesting the King’s tax in Washington

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Yakima might be the Palm Springs of Washington, but King’s gas tax bill got a chilly reception by the voters here

In Washington State’s 14th legislative district, a tax rebellion is growing against Republican State Senator Curtis King, acknowledged architect, author, and champion of Washington State’s most recent gas tax increase.  In November, local voters will have an opportunity to demonstrate whether this rebellion will have an impact at the ballot box.

Sen. Curtis King, R-14
Sen. Curtis King (R-14) was very happy about his gas tax bill

Washington’s 14th legislative district is mostly rural containing all of Klickitat and Skamania Counties, as well as a large portion of Yakima County and a small slice of Clark County.  The City of Yakima is the largest city in this legislative district.  Senator Curtis King was born in Yakima, and 2016 is the first re-election where he has an opponent on the ballot.  King was originally elected to the position when the previous state senator retired early and King defeated the appointed incumbent in 2007.  He was elected in 2008 and 2012 unchallenged by anyone.  This year is different.

King’s unpopular tax hike invites challenge

Amanda Richards is challenging incumbent Senator Curtis King. She is not happy about the gas tax
Amanda Richards is challenging incumbent Senator Curtis King. She is not happy about the gas tax

 

In 2016, King faces an opponent from his own party.  Challenger Amanda Richards is a 14-year resident from Klickitat County running as an “Independant GOP.”  King’s well publicized championing of the largest gas tax increase in Washington State history (SB 5987) was a large part of the motivation for Richards to challenge him this election year.

As chairman of the State Senate Transportation Committee, Senator King was able to push through the 11.9 cents per gallon tax increase, which ensures Washington State drivers pay the second highest gas tax in the nation at 49.4 cents per gallon (Pennsylvania’s drivers pay 50.3 cents per gallon).  When the Federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon is included, Washington State’s drivers pay 67.8 cents per gallon of fuel every time they fill up at the pump.  This might be chump change to politicians and bureaucrats in Olympia, but to average citizens it adds up quickly to take a real bite out of a family’s budget.

Notes like this are appearing at gas stations throughout King’s district

Unlike most states, Washington voters have an opportunity to vote on tax increases (thanks to initiative 960).  These votes are called “advisory votes” and they serve as an opportunity for voters to register their support or opposition to tax increases passed by the legislature and the governor.  Based on the advisory vote totals from 2015 (64% voted to repeal the tax increase state-wide) , voters strongly opposed this gas tax hike and in Senator King’s district, the opposition was even more pronounced at( 77% to repeal in Yakima, 76% to repeal in Skamania, 75% to repeal in Klickitat) .King Note at Safeway

King knows better than the children who voted for him

Throwing fuel on this fire of tax hike opposition, Senator King went on a King5 interview in February of last year and compared the voters in his district to “children” who need discipline.  Not surprisingly this quote has fueled some of the growing opposition to Senator King, and this audio clip was featured in a video created by the Richards campaign.

“I have children, and I’ve made decisions for those children that they didn’t like.  But it was the right decision…”  – Curtis King 2015 on King5 interview explaining his authorship and drafting of the gas tax bill

(click below to listen to audio)

No King Tax Notes at 76Some local residents appear to have jumped into the fray this election cycle and started to post notes at local gas station pumps throughout the district like the images shown here to inform local residents just why they are paying higher gas prices (and who to blame).  This appears to be a grass roots styled protest unaffiliated with the Richards campaign or any formal outside organization.

How much this guerilla messaging campaign can influence the
election will be seen in November.  Washington State Please Pay King at the Pumphas a “jungle primary” election system, which means that all candidates for any political office run in one primary (rather than a partisan only primary), and the top two candidates continue to the general election in November.  King was comfortably ahead in the August 2, 2016 primary over Richards, and based on his lackluster fundraising efforts he appears unlikely to change his mind on more tax increases in the future.

More King Controversies

Republican Senator King has also helped stir up opposition to his future political prospects by hosting fundraisers for Democrat Party candidates for office.  Earlier this year, King hosted a fundraiser for Democrat candidate for Lieutenant Governor Steve Hobbs, despite the fact that  there were four Republicans on the primary ballot for the same position.  Candidate Steve Hobbs didn’t make it out of the primary (Hobbs received 15% of the vote), despite King’s financial help.

Additionally, it was common knowledge that Senator King recruited a Republican challenger to neighboring conservative Republican State Legislator David Taylor in the 15th District.  King is reported to have recruited Republican David Kearby to challenge conservative Republican incumbent Taylor, but Democrat challenger AJ Cooper narrowly squeezed out Kearby in the primary by the slimmest of margins (8 votes – who says your vote doesn’t count?).  Taylor is expected to easily win reelection in this heavily Republican district, but King’s well-known efforts to intervene may not be forgotten any time soon.  

Transportation’s Tax Kingdom Come

Entrenched incumbents are difficult to remove from office.  This is particularly true when the political battle is between candidates of the same political party.  Most political observers expect the local Democrats to solidly line up behind King because that political party always supports tax hikes of any kind.  Additionally, the latest gas tax arrived at a time of falling gas prices, so the obvious impact on voter’s income was blunted.  Most residents are unaware of King’s  $16 billion tax increase.  This recent guerilla effort by local residents to spread the word in King’s district is obviously attempting to change this.  We will know if their efforts are successful in a little over a month…

It is good to be King on a Mercedes
It is good to be King in a Mercedes (Naches Parade 2016)

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Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

Additional Supporting Articles:

Washington Dept. of Revenue Gas Tax Rate

Senator King’s Senate website 

SB 5987 complete legislative history – official site

Washington Votes – SB 5987 (gas tax) leg history

2015 Advisory Vote 12 (gas tax) state results

Challenger Amanda Richards campaign website

Washington State about to have 2nd highest gas tax in nation

Driving in Washington just got more expensive and here’s why

Local Republican senator hosting fundraiser for Democrat

Senator King supports Democrat Steve Hobbs for Lt. Governor

15th District House Race a close one

Yakima County Auditor:  election recount likely between Cooper ,Kearby in state house race

No Change in 15th District Race after hand recount

Why can’t we build bridges in Washington State?

Back to the Future:  Living the Light Rail Disaster

The CRC Zombie Died:  Winners, Losers, and What Comes Next

Ancient warrior spirit endorses Democrats

An ancient warrior spirit named Ramtha has formally endorsed the Democratic Party this election cycle.  This is one endorsement that might be tough to beat.  Who else could travel 35,000 years through space and time to defy the laws of physics and common sense to make such an important declaration?

Near the City of Yelm, Washington State, local spirit channeller JZ Knight brought Ramtha to life once again in front of hundreds of her/it’s followers.  Ramtha has long been a financial supporter of the Thurston County Democratic Party.  According to Public Disclosure Commission Records, Ramtha (who can travel through space and time, but is unable to bring his considerable wealth with him (it?), so he/it needs to use JZ Knight to convert ancient gold into modern checks) has donated $50,000 to the Thurston County Democrat Party this year (see this PDC report).  

JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money) Democrats today
JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money) Democrats today

At this time, she/it (pronouns are difficult in this story) is the largest donor to the Thurston County Democrat Party accounting for over 30% of total funding this year alone.   She/it also donated $85,000 to the Thurston County Democratic Party in 2014 (see this PDC report, this one, and this one), which was 50% of all funds raised by the Thurston County Democratic Party that year.   She/it also donated $2000 directly to Democrat Thurston County Commissioner candidate Kelsey Hulse (see this PDC report) This is in addition to the many donations (see these PDC reports here , and here and here) she/it made to the Democratic Party and enlightened candidates over the past few years.

The Thurston County Democratic Party has relied on this supernatural support in recent years as more traditional support has dried up and fewer individual donors appear willing to financially support the party with their money.   From a recent article by KUOW:

“We’re considering handling it like any other contribution,” said Katie Nelson, chair of the Thurston County Democrats.

Obama and JZ Knight/Ramtha are close, so this endorsement should not be too surprising (JZ Knight/Ramtha on the right)
Obama and JZ Knight/Ramtha are close, so this endorsement should not be too surprising (JZ Knight/Ramtha on the right)

The Washington State Democratic Party has been less inclined to accept support from a 35,000 year old Lemurian warrior, in part because of racist diatribes Ramtha has revealed across the vast chasms of time, and in part because they don’t need the money that badly.  Ramtha/JZ Knight did serve on Obama’s reelection committee in 2012 after writing some large checks to his reelection campaign.  From the same KUOW interview:

Nina Martinez, Latino Civic Alliance chair, said she was disappointed to see Thurston County Democrats accept money from a source of anti-Latino rhetoric, when the state party had rejected money from the same source four years ago.

“I would like to see them donate the money back to a civil rights organization that will help all communities eliminate this hate rhetoric we’re seeing in our country today,” Martinez said.

ramtha-says
When Ramtha endorses, she/it is conveniently able to help his school (RSE =Ramtha School of Enlightenment) send donations and website links to enlightened followers

Meanwhile, the Thurston County Democratic Party is celebrating early as they plan to coronate their two county commissioner candidates next year.  After all, a 35,000 year old warrior spirit certainly knows a thing or two about local politics and politicians.  With Ramtha on their side, who can be against them?  

Despite the spirit warrior consensus behind the Democratic Party, all was not unified at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment.  Once Ramtha made her/it’s endorsement, several local residents walked out.  It is well known that the Thurston County Democrats have endorsed abusive land use regulatory policies which have harmed these people just like everyone else in Thurston County.

Commissioner candidates Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse are hoping Thurston County can pass more taxes on rural residents
Democrat Commissioner candidates Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse are now Ramtha approved.

Nevertheless, a timeless endorsement like this should have cosmic consequences for politics, even if only at the local level.  If you want to congratulate the Thurston County Democratic Party for their ability to reach across space and time for this endorsement and cash, you can email them here.  You can also call them at (360) 956-0235.  

Important – If you wish to connect telepathically, please notify them via email in advance so they can connect you to an appropriate party leader.

Telepathic communications are available with Ramtha's help
Telepathic contact with the Democratic Party may be available with a little help from Ramtha

If you want to congratulate the two prominent local Democrat politicians who have been blessed with this cosmic spiritual timeless enlightenment, you can send them your thoughts here:

Jim Cooper for Thurston County Commissioner (pos1) (for some reason he left out Ramtha’s endorsement on his campaign website, but you can make sure he knows):  Connect with Jim

Kelsey Hulse for Thurston County Commissioner (Pos2) (she also neglected to include Ramtha’s endorsement on her website): Connect with Kelsey here.

(Full Disclosure:  Ramtha and JZ Knight sued the author in 2014 in Federal Court for providing videos of various racist tirades she/it made in previous years to her/it’s followers as part of a public record to the Thurston County Commissioners (whose political campaigns she/it funded).  Ramtha/JZ Knight claimed that the videos were selectively “edited.”  She/it refused to release a full unedited video to prove the clips were edited out of context.  Finally, she/it wisely chose to drop the hopeless lawsuit in 2015 since it appeared that all claims were bogus).   __________________________________________________________________________

Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

For related stories on Thurston County and Ramtha:

KUOW – Democrats take $50k from warrior spirit “Ramtha” despite anti-Mexican slurs

Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions (2012) 

Cult leader joins public sector unions in political alliance

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, Politicians

Glen Morgan on being sued by JZ Knight (or maybe its Ramtha) KIRO Radio

Possessed racist attacks freedom group for exposing racism

Question:  Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations

JZ Knight videos now a public record in Thurston County

Romanian couple join mystical cult to hide $73 million tax fraud

JZ Knight Tirade videos submitted to politicians she supports

JZ Knight’s anti-Catholic rant prompts call for Democrats to Return $60k in donations

Democrats criticized over Ramtha donations – Seattle Times

Thurston County Dems accept JZ Knight Money again

The truth about Jim Cooper

Lawsuit File:  JZ Knight vs Glen Morgan

Public Disclosure Reports:

Public Disclosure Report including $2000 donation to Thurston County Commissioner Candidate Kelsey Hulse July 26, 2016

PDC report $50k to Thurston Democratic Party – July 7, 2016

PDC report $50k to Thurston Democratic Party – Feb 25, 2014

PDC report $15k to Thurston Democratic Party – Mar 4, 2014

PDC report $20k to Thurston Democratic Party – Sept 17, 2014

PDC report $10k to Thurston Democratic Party -May 15, 2015

PDC report $1900 to Thurston Auditor Mary Hall – Sept 10, 2014

PDC report – $1900 to Thurston Auditor Mary Hall – Aug 5, 2014 (plus another few thousand from hard-core followers)

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