……………………..Limits are for governments.

Washington State Constitution Article 1, Section 1

 

 

All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.

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17 responses

  1. There is no consent if there is no possibility of withholding consent.

    September 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  2. Hello drrik. heh heh.

    You may be referring to the fact that we had a Queen installed several years ago when votes for one (liberal) county were recounted multiple times. When a new box of ballots were found in King Co, on the third recount, the Governor’s race was declared for Queen Christine. Now she is in court for using “executive privilige” to withold documentation in her office.

    Maybe your inherent political powers are going better for you in your state.

    I sure hope so. Cheers! (:

    September 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm

  3. Here is a Washington blog:
    http://freegraysharbor.wordpress.com/

    And here is another good Washington State resource –
    http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/index.php/site/view/how_to_report_election_concerns

    http://myfreedomfoundation.com/

    October 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  4. Here is Tim Eyman’s website:

    http://www.voterswantmorechoices.com/Index.html

    Voters Want More Choices – Save the 2/3’s [majority vote needed to raise taxes]
    I-1185 – certified for the November ballot!
    WE CAN’T TRUST OLYMPIA WITHOUT IT

    Eyman sues state over I-1185 fiscal impact statement

    PUBLICOLA, August 16, 2012

    Initiative maven Tim Eyman will represent himself in a lawsuit (read the final motion here) accusing the state Office of Financial Management of misstating the cost of I-1185, his initiative requiring a two-thirds majority of the state legislature to raise taxes (and a simple majority vote of the legislature to impose or increase fees).

    OFM has estimated that 1185 will cost between $22.8 million and $33.1 million in lost revenues through 2017; Eyman says it will cost the state nothing.

    Eyman, who will make his case before King County Superior Court Judge James Dixon sometime on the morning of Friday, August 24, (jokingly) explained his legal strategy to state senior council Steve Dietrich this way: ”I’m gonna get [OFM director] Marty Brown on the stand and under intense questioning, he’ll break down crying and admit that the impact statement was wrong.”

    — END —

    October 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

  5. King County sending double ballots to 10,000 voters
    From the Seattle Times:

    Officials say some King County voters who updated their voter registration in October will receive two ballots this year, but won’t be able to vote twice.
    King County elections spokeswoman Kim van Ekstrom says that while some voters will get two ballots, one of them has already been suspended. She says voters receiving two ballots will get one that marked “replacement ballot.”

    Van Ekstrom says that the county sends their voter information to the printing vendor to create ballots on September 27.

    But voters who updated their personal information after October 9 may get the replacement ballot because there wasn’t enough time to stop the printing of the first one.
    She says there are about 10,000 voters who updated their information during that late time frame.

    Thanks to our vote-by-mail system, these voters and the rest of us will simply have to trust that King County will count the right ballot, and only one for each voter.

    http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/index.php/liberty-live/view/ballot_errors_start_to_crop_up

    November 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

  6. http://www.examiner.com/article/washington-state-election-results-2012-thursday-vote-totals-updated-by-state

    Washington State election results 2012: Thursday vote totals updated by state

    The 2012 Washington State election results have been updated again Thursday morning (November 8), revealing that nearly 2.2 million votes have been counted now. That is an increase from the almost 2.1 million votes that had been counted through Wednesday evening (November 7). The bigger news might be that the state has revealed slightly more than 744,000 votes have still not been counted.

    As of 8 a.m. PT on Thursday, 2,175,316 votes have now been counted. That is another increase in the count by more than 100,000 votes, with more updates expected to come later in the day. It is a bit shocking that there are now nearly 745,000 uncounted votes, meaning the voter turnout in Washington State will surpass the 75% mark.

    1,104,025 votes have now been made in approval of the same-sex marriage referendum and 973,493 votes to reject the measure have been made. That’s now 51.96% of voters in favor of the measure, with a separation of just under 84,000 votes on the issue. The margin has grown in the past 24 hours, making it look even more likely that that Referendum No. 74 is going to pass.

    Initiative Measure No. 502 (concerning marijuana) is seen its winning percentage decrease, with just over 55% of voters choosing to vote in favor of the measure. The numbers still indicated that Initiative No. 502 is going to pass, but not by quite as wide a margin as before. The voting differential on this topic has shrunk, with 1,177,706 in favor and 950,081 against it.

    For the office of president, Washington voters sided with President Barack Obama and Joe Biden by a percentage of 55.25% to 42.65% for Governor Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Gary Johnson and James P. Gray actually drew 1.1% in the state as well. Both President Obama and Johnson have seen increases in percentages, while Governor Romney has seen a decrease. The margin of victory for President Obama in the state just seems to keep growing.

    For the office of U.S. Senator, Democrat Maria Cantwell now has 59.5% of the vote, compared to the 40.5% of Republican Michael Baumgartner. Her victory seems to get more pronounced as more votes come in.

    In the race for Governor, Democrat Jay Inslee continues to hold a small lead over Republican Rob McKenna (51.14% to 48.86%) with about 2.2 million votes already counted. This marks an increase in the lead that Inslee had created, with a difference in votes now approaching 49,000. This race might be getting very close to being called.

    The 2012 Washington State election results will continue to get updated throughout the day and week as more votes are counted.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  7. You know, Washington has really got to stop counting King County last. That is the county with all the extra ballots accidentally sent out.

    November 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

  8. Some precincts in Florida had 140% of voters cast ballots and many in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and New York had 95 to 0ver 99% voters cast ballots with NONE for Romney ticket. Officials say “nothing wrong here”. Aren’t Computers wonderful! Back in the days of paper ballots 40% was a good turn out. pg

    November 13, 2012 at 12:48 am

  9. Not to mention the “memory failures” of the voting machines in Florida in Rep Allen West’s race. He has not conceded yet.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:46 am

  10. From WUWT:
    Aidan Donnelly says:
    November 15, 2012 at 5:55 am

    “Just a quick comment to say that I have been advocating government via Jury-Style selection along with the ‘catch-22′ .. those who volunteer to ‘rule’ over the people (which is the opposite outlook to what we need), should be banned from public office of any kind.

    I also advocate that all public employees should be paid net of tax with no deduction (it’s only recycling tax-money in the most inefficient way). That should remind us all, especially those in public service, where their money really comes from.”

    I like the thinking behind this humorous solution.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

  11. Five US Republican Governors Reject State-Run Health Markets

    Friday, 16 Nov 2012 08:27 PM

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    Five Republican governors rejected on Friday a major provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law that calls on U.S. states to set up online health insurance markets where consumers can purchase private coverage at federally subsidized rates.

    That makes it likely that the federal government will establish its own markets, known as healthcare exchanges, in those states and potentially supplant state control of private individual insurance markets.

    But in what could be a sign of thawing relations between administration officials and some state Republican leaders, three of the five governors — representing Ohio, Michigan and Florida — expressed a willingness to work with Washington as reforms inch toward a Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for full operation.
    Editor’s Note: New ‘Obamacare Survival Guide’ Reveals Dangers Ahead for Your Healthcare

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said they would not cooperate at all.

    Missouri Gov. Jeremiah Nixon, a Democrat, said the state would not run its own exchange but did not take a position on a federal partnership. He said the state legislature could take up the issue early next year.

    Meanwhile, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, deferred to the state’s governor-elect, Mike Pence, also Republican, who has said he intends to oppose both a state-based exchange and a federal partnership after assuming office next year.

    The announcements came a day after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended its deadline for states to say whether they would operate their own exchanges.

    The positions reveal an emerging split between Republican governors who had appeared to form a united front against healthcare reform before Obama’s Nov. 6 reelection ensured the law’s implementation.

    Many governors have dragged their feet on implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hoping Republican Mitt Romney would defeat Obama and repeal the law.

    They are now deciding whether to set up their own exchanges, accept a partnership with the federal government or allow Washington to take control.

    “What this reflects is the difficult position of some of these governors,” said Jennifer Tolbert of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, which tracks healthcare issues. “While they may oppose the new reform law and its requirements, some also don’t want the federal government to come in and run the exchange and take over that responsibility.”

    Friday was the original deadline for states to tell the administration whether they plan to operate their own exchanges and file blueprints to show how they would do it. The administration extended the deadline to Dec. 14 after governors requested more time to comply.

    The Affordable Care Act is scheduled to extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans beginning Jan. 1, 2014. About half of those would be covered by exchanges, designed to allow working families to purchase coverage at subsidized rates.

    A MEETING IN FLORIDA?

    At least 17 states already have told the administration that they will create their own exchanges, according to sources familiar with the situation. An HHS spokeswoman could not confirm that number. Experts predicted the total could rise to 20 by the time the new deadline passes.

    As many as 15 states from Georgia and Texas to Wyoming and Maine opposed the exchanges outright before the election.
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    But some of those, including Nebraska, have since opted to work with the federal government on an exchange. Others say they are still deliberating. Over the past week, Kansas has rejected all participation in an exchange while Nebraska has agreed to seek a federal partnership.

    States that reject the call for state-run exchanges but opt for a federal partnership could better ensure smooth market operations for residents than states that reject exchanges outright, experts say. They could also have an easier time adopting a state-based operation in coming years.

    All five Republican governors who announced their plans on Friday complained that the Obama administration has been slow to release details about how exchanges should operate and complained that the law has proved too inflexible to meet the needs of individual states.

    “At this point, based on the information we have, states do not have any flexibility to build and manage exchanges in ways that respond to unique needs of their citizens or markets,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a Nov. 16 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an HHS agency that is implementing the law’s exchange provision.

    “Regardless of who runs the exchange, the end product is the same,” he added.

    But Kasich and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder both suggested their positions could change as details emerge.

    Florida’s Republican governor, Rick Scott, said in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that he could not see how an exchange would improve healthcare access while lowering costs for Florida residents.

    But Scott said Florida was willing to “partner” with the administration to find a solution. He invited Sebelius to a meeting to discuss the issues.

    States have until Feb. 15, 2013, to say whether they would prefer a federal partnership exchange.

    Whatever the choice, Sebelius has pledged that Americans in all 50 states will have access to coverage through exchanges when the Affordable Care Act comes into full force in 2014.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/walker-obamacare-health-exchanges/2012/11/16/id/464516?promo_code=F492-1&utm_source=Test_Newsmax_Feed&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1#ixzz2ChE1BU3R

    November 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

  12. Fallin: Oklahoma Won’t Implement Obamacare Exchange

    Monday, 19 Nov 2012 08:26 PM

    By Todd Beamon

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on Monday that she will not set up a state-based insurance exchange, a key feature of Obamacare.

    The Sooner State is the latest GOP-led state to say it won’t set up the portal for people who do not have insurance through their employers to shop for coverage and compare costs and services.

    Such individuals would receive a federal subsidy to defray costs.

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    Fallin added that Oklahoma will not participate in Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, The Hill reports.

    “It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will, ultimately, be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans – and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American healthcare and the fiscal stability of the nation,” Fallin said in a statement reported by The Hill.

    Conservatives are pressuring GOP governors to not set up exchanges – in an effort to block the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, The Hill reports.

    The federal government will run Oklahoma’s exchange, like those in other Republican-led states that have rejected their own exchanges, The Hill reports.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/fallin-oklahoma-obamacare/2012/11/19/id/464791?s=al&promo_code=10D22-1#ixzz2Cn7aphTC

    November 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  13. Another important development re: state sovereignty

    Arizona Tries To Take Back Grand Canyon From Feds

    Monday, 22 Oct 2012 07:17 AM

    Arizona lawmakers want to take back the Grand Canyon and use one of the seven natural wonders of the world to generate more revenue for the state.

    A referendum placed on the Nov. 6 ballot by the Legislature would amend the Arizona Constitution to declare sovereign control over air, water, minerals, wildlife and public land including national parks — a move to sidestep federal environmental laws and open up 25 million acres of public space to more livestock grazing, logging and mining.

    Supporters say the proposition — which follows a Utah law signed in March by Governor Gary Herbert demanding some U.S. land be handed over by 2014 — sends an important message in a battle against an overreaching federal government, which controls more than half of the land in the West. Opponents say the plan is unenforceable, unconstitutional, environmentally irresponsible and typical of a state known for high-profile confrontations with national authorities on illegal immigration.

    It amounts to a “partial secession,” said Paul Bender, a constitutional law professor at Arizona State University.

    “If you want to start a war, this is the way,” Bender, dean emeritus of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, said by telephone. “When the state passes its own immigration law, people say, ‘Well, that is crazy Arizona.’ But if people go to the Grand Canyon and find a uranium mine there, they are going to be very upset.”

    The efforts in Utah and Arizona are reminiscent of the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion over restrictions on the use of public land and wilderness designations in the 1970s. They come amid a spate of states’ rights measures challenging federal firearm restrictions, the national health care overhaul…and other laws.

    Devastating wildfires, fiscal challenges facing state governments and environmental protection efforts under President Barack Obama have renewed the fervor in the mountain states. Among the environmental protections: a 20-year-ban on new uranium and other hard-rock mining on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon National Park signed by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Jan. 9.

    Aimed at protecting the $3.5 billion a year spent by tourists to the second-most visited national park, the ban is being challenged by the Nuclear Energy Institute and the National Mining Association. Denison Mines, Concentric Energy, and Vane Minerals own uranium mines in Arizona, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    Lawmakers in New Mexico, Nevada and other states are working on bills to seek control of federal land within their borders, too, said Ken Ivory, a Utah state representative who sponsored his state’s legislation and serves as president of the American Lands Council, which advocates for local control of land. Recent wildfires, which supporters blame on environmental restrictions and federal mismanagement of national forests, is helping his case as he meets with officials across the region, the Republican said.

    “The people connected to the land will be more responsive and responsible than some distant, broke federal landlord,” he said.

    The federal government controls more than 50 percent of land in Western states, compared with less than 3 percent in states east of Colorado — and that puts the region at a disadvantage, Ivory said.

    Utah’s Republican governor said royalties and severance taxes from mining, grazing and other commercial use of public lands were being blocked by “arbitrary and overly restrictive” federal policies that reduce his state’s ability to fund education and meet future needs. The U.S. controls nearly two- thirds of the land in Utah. The new state law excludes national parks and most wilderness areas and monuments designated by Congress.

    “This is not just a Utah problem, it is a western problem,” Herbert said, according to remarks posted on the governor’s blog in March. He said the state measure provides leverage for dialog with the federal government.

    Arizona lawmakers, seeking to follow Utah’s lead, were blocked earlier this year by Governor Jan Brewer. Brewer, a Republican who came to national prominence for signing the state’s 2010 immigration law that led to boycotts and a federal court battle, vetoed a measure demanding the titles to federal lands and outlining procedures for selling it off to private owners.

    “As a staunch advocate for state sovereignty, we still must be mindful and respectful of our federal system,” Brewer said in her veto letter. She said the measure, which “appears to be in conflict” with the U.S. Constitution, would create uncertainty about existing leases on federal land and be financially untenable, costing the state more than $23 million a year to manage the lands. She hasn’t taken a position on the ballot measure, spokesman Matthew Benson said.

    State Rep. Chester Crandell, a Republican who sponsored the ballot initiative, said he thinks Arizona is entitled to the entrance fees at the Grand Canyon and other national parks, as well as royalties from commercial uses of public land, which should be expanded, he said.

    The constitutional amendment requires further action by the Legislature and Congress to have an impact, Crandell said. If the referendum passes, Crandell said he’d introduce legislation to build roads through federally-protected wilderness areas at the U.S.-Mexico border to improve security.

    “We are being encroached by the federal government all the time on what we can and can’t do in our state boundaries, the air we breathe and all that,” said Crandell, 66, a first-term lawmaker from Heber, in Northeastern Arizona, now running for the state senate. “I love the open spaces like everyone else does, but I think we can open it up to industry, use our forests and grazing lands for the state of Arizona without it going back to the black hole in D.C.”

    Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club are leading opposition to the proposition. The state, which has struggled to keep its own parks open and loosened environmental regulations, can’t be trusted to manage millions more acres of land or environmental health, said Sandy Bahr, director of the club’s Grand Canyon chapter.

    “I find it offensive that in order to make a buck today we have to trash the environment for many future generations and relinquish something that is a special part of this country, our public lands,” Bahr said.

    Over the past four years, the Legislature has redirected more than $81 million of state park funds to close budget deficits, according to Cristie Statler, executive director of the Arizona State Parks Foundation. In 2010, 23 of the 31 state parks were set to close until local governments and nonprofits intervened, she said. The state has 20 national parks, six national forests and 90 wilderness areas, said Les Corey, executive director of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition.

    “Arizona is endowed with some of our nation’s most spectacular landscapes and iconic public lands,” Corey said by telephone. “These lands are lands not only for Arizonans but these are lands that belong to all Americans.”

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Wildfires Fuel Sovereignty Push as Arizona Claims Grand Canyon
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    December 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

  14. This site is called “Fully Informed Jury Association.” I will read through it more closely when I have a chance.

    Its aim is to help people called to jury duty, and inform them of how and when they can refuse to enforce corrupt laws as a juror.

    http://fija.org/

    February 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  15. Show us the science
    Up for a public hearing this morning is HB 1112, which would require the Department of Fish and Wildlife to identify the scientific source of information being relied on for any significant agency actions. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Shelly Short, who also sponored HB 1113 to place the same requirements of the Department of Ecology. That bill was voted out of committee last week with a unanimous “do pass” recommendation.

    http://myfreedomfoundation.com/blog/detail/whats-hot-today-at-the-legislature-february-5-2013

    February 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

  16. Today in Freedom from this is common sense

    In 1776, on June 12, the Fifth Virginia Convention at Williamsburg, Virginia, unanimously adopted a Declaration of Rights, several weeks prior to the adoption of the state’s constitution. George Mason, who drafted the document, stated clearly in the preamble that rights must be “the basis and foundation of Government.”

    The first four planks run as follows:

    I. That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

    II. That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people; that magistrates are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them.

    III. That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation or community; of all the various modes and forms of government that is best, which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration; and that, whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.

    IV. That no man, or set of men, are entitled to exclusive or separate emoluments or privileges from the community, but in consideration of public services; which, not being descendible, neither ought the offices of magistrate, legislator, or judge be hereditary.

    June 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

  17. Gov Scott Walker keeps parks open for fishing and hunting in his state.

    Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker has decided not follow Washington’s order to close several state parks that receive federal funding during the shutdown.

    State officials say Wisconsin provides more than half of the parks’ funding, so they can be kept open with state money, The Hill reports.

    The federal government allotted Wisconsin $701,000 for its state parks in fiscal 2013, which ended Sept. 30.

    The state also has opted to disobey a Fish and Wildlife Service order to forbid hunting and fishing on federal lands. State officials said hunting can continue in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, according to The Hill.

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    Walker instructed his cabinet to “streamline things and make sure services are available,” Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp told The Hill.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/US/walker-ignores-park-order/2013/10/04/id/529385?ns_mail_uid=5249321&ns_mail_job=1540407_10052013&promo_code=15178-1#ixzz2gykX6dZD
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    October 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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