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The Good, the Bad, and the Fucking Nuts

Here are the bills that we hope will pass in Olympia this year, the bills that we hope will die, and the bills that make us worry about the sanity of our lawmakers.

The Good, the Bad, and the Fucking Nuts

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THE GOOD

House Bill 1877: Ban disposable shopping bags

The days of free plastic shopping bags—the sort that fill waterways and landfills with zillions of toxic particles—are numbered. Bellingham, Mukilteo, Edmonds, and Seattle all banned plastic shopping bags this year, to the chagrin of the plastic bag industry. Now a bill from freshman representative Joe Fitzgibbon, who represents West Seattle, would ban all disposable shopping bags (paper and plastic) from retail stores across the state. There would be exceptions for recycled bags. Sorry, plastic lobby, filling the ocean and landfills with the state's estimated two million plastic bags per year is not an American right.

HB 1217: Slow the fuck down on neighborhood streets

Turns out the state makes it very expensive to lower a speed limit—who knew?—and this bill, technically, just makes it a lot cheaper to do so. But HB 1217's broader impact could be huge for cyclists and pedestrians, says Craig Benjamin, director of policy and government affairs for the Cascade Bicycle Club, because "lots of cities would love to lower their speed limits on nonarterial streets, but right now they have to do a costly state-approved engineering and traffic study first." By eliminating that study requirement, this bill would help spur cash-strapped cities (like Seattle) to build more bicycle-friendly greenways. Which is great for everyone because, as Benjamin points out, a person who gets hit by a car going 20 miles per hour has a 5 percent chance of dying, while at 30 miles per hour, that chance of dying spikes to 45 percent. This bill died in the senate last year. This year, with more senate support and even AAA behind the measure, backers—including Cindy Ryu (D-32) and Jamie Pedersen (D-43)—smell victory.

Senate Bill 6239: Legalize gay marriage

Duh.

HB 2330: Affordable abortions for all

This smart, lady-friendly bill sponsored by Representative Eileen Cody of West Seattle would require all health-insurance policies sold in Washington State that offer maternity coverage to also cover abortions. In the last year, 13 states have restricted women's access to insurance-covered abortions. Washington would be the only state to buck that national trend.

SB 6265: Protecting pot patients

Last spring, Governor Chris Gregoire had the chance to protect medical marijuana patients from arrest and allow dispensaries by signing a law passed by the legislature. Instead, she vetoed most of it. Even worse, Gregoire claimed she did it to avoid federal prosecutions of state employees—an excuse that legal experts widely called bogus. So now Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who represents Northwest Seattle, is back at it again with a new, slightly tweaked bill that takes state employees out of the licensing business for medical marijuana cooperatives (to address Gregoire's debunked concerns). Mellow enough for you now, Chris?

HB 2563: Tax the rich!

Tacoma representative Laurie Jinkins's proposal to tax capital gains (mostly profit from selling stocks, bonds, and real estate) is a no-brainer. This 5 percent tax on capital gains over $10,000 would raise $500 million a year for the state while impacting only the wealthiest 3 percent of Washington households. That would help our state's perpetual budget shortfalls and help level the playing field between the rich and poor, in which the wealthiest 1 percent currently pay a lower tax rate than the bottom 20 percent. Important footnote: It wouldn't tax retirement savings or inheritances, or profits from the sale of a primary residence or farmland. But, you know, it's a tax. So good luck with that.

THE BAD

HB 2200: Psychological warfare on pregnant women

This condescending pro-life bill, championed by Representative John Ahern (R-Spokane), would force physicians to describe "the anatomical and physiological characteristics of [an] unborn child" to all women seeking abortions because, as the bill helpfully explains, most women don't really understand what abortions are. (We routinely overhear women ordering double-stack abortions at Burger King. Words are so confusing!)

HB 1950: The Steal the White House Act

This is part of a national conspiracy to game the Electoral College to the Republicans' advantage. Sponsored by Representative Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley), this bill is one of many measures being selectively introduced in legislatures nationwide that would assign presidential electors proportionately by congressional district in blue states, while leaving red states winner-take-all. The result? A virtual GOP lock on the White House. Assholes.

HB 2428: Charter schools

As in comedy, timing is everything in politics, which is what makes Southeast Seattle representative Eric Pettigrew's charter schools bill all the more regrettable. When the state supreme court unanimously ruled earlier this month that the state was underfunding K–12 education by as much as $8.9 billion per biennium, Democrats could've seized upon the ruling as a rallying cry for more education spending. Instead, we're wasting time talking about charter schools, which use public money to fund private schools with their own zany rules. It's a reform thrice rejected by voters and with no track record of improving average educational outcomes.

SB 6286: Bite Democrats in the ass

We know why Senator Adam Kline (D-Seattle) is filing this measure: He's pissed about Republican attorney general Rob McKenna's lawsuit against President Obama's health-care-reform law. Hey, so are we. Kline's bill would put limits on what lawsuits future attorneys general can file without being "requested to do so by a state officer with authority over the subject matter." Which sounds like a good idea until you imagine a day when, say, Rob McKenna is governor and a Democratic attorney general wants to file a lawsuit that McKenna doesn't like. (In other words, this bill is hopelessly shortsighted.)

THE FUCKING NUTS

HB 2099: Sawed-off shotguns!

If there's one thing we could use more of here in Washington State, it's short-barreled shotguns and rifles, at least according to Representative Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), whose bill would lift the state's current absolute ban on possession of such weapons. Oy.

HB 2202 and HB 1514: License plates about guns and God!

These bills, sponsored by Representative Dean Takko (D-Longview) and Representative Jim McCune (R-Graham), respectively, would add National Rifle Association (NRA) and "In God We Trust" license plates to the roster of specialty plates people can tack onto their minivans. (That way, if the rapture happens during a family road trip, He'll know where to find you!)

HB 2382: Emergency guns!

This legislation, also introduced by Representative McCune, aims to put guns back where they belong: in public places during times of extreme crisis. As it now stands, if shit hits the fan—say terrorists bomb the Jackson Federal Building—and the governor declares a state of emergency, she has the power to prohibit people from carrying firearms or other deadly weapons "in a place other than that person's residence or business." This bill would scratch that provision and make it legal for gun-toting motherfuckers to run around in public armed with their personal arsenals. What could be safer than that?

HB 2629: Refuse to let the SPD cooperate with the Feds

Here's a conflict of interest: Mike Hope, a Seattle Police Department officer who moonlights as a Republican representative in a district northeast of Everett, is capitalizing on his legislative post to oppose accountability AT HIS DAY JOB. Presumably, he takes issue with the recent US Department of Justice report that finds Seattle cops are using excessive force and need to adopt new practices. Hope's bill would prevent SPD—and other police departments across the state—from adopting new use-of-force policies prescribed by the Feds unless they are "expressly required or authorized by an act of Congress." At least one brave, armed man is willing to thwart justice—no matter how fucking nuts it makes him look. recommended

 

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I agree with most of your opinions on these bills and I mostly agree with how you spin them as well, but god damn, I do love my guns.... Bang! Pow! Yeeeee Haaaw!
Posted by Orangeoverlord on January 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 2
Forgive my ignorance, but why do we hate paper bags again?
Posted by Joe Szilagyi http://twitter.com/joeszi on January 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Foghorn Leghorn 3
HB 2099 should be called the Urban Cleanliness Act. Because what is a Street Sweeper for? Sweeping the streets, obviously! Very civic minded of them.
Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on January 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
internet_jen 4
What the heck? You guys suck. There is a bill to introduce an WA state infrastructure bank: HR2434: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.…

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Washington Investment Trust bills to be heard this week

A bill that would create the Washington investment Trust has been scheduled for a public hearing this coming Thursday at 8:00 a.m. The Senate companion bill will also be heard this week.

“While the Washington Investment Trust is modeled after the Bank of North Dakota, this startup legislation is much narrower in approach, since it will focus on infrastructure lending to municipal governments and student loans,” said Rep. Bob Hasegawa (D-Seattle), the bill’s prime sponsor. “The Washington Investment Trust will keep our money in Washington, working for Washingtonians instead of ending up in Wall Street.”

The Washington Investment Trust would:


· Facilitate investment in, and financing of, public infrastructure systems that support economic development, and will create jobs, increase public health, safety and quality of life, improve environmental conditions, and promote community vitality.

· Assist students who are in need of additional low-cost loans in order to finance the cost of higher education.

· Leverage Washington's taxpayers’ dollars to build a better Washington.



WHAT: Washington Investment Trust bills’ hearings

WHEN/WHERE:
HB 2434 - Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 a.m.
House Committee on Business & Financial Services
House Hearing Room B
John L. O'Brien Building
Olympia, WA

SB 6310 - Wednesday, January 25 at 1:30 p.m.
Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Housing & Insurance
Senate Hearing Room 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

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Rep. Bob Hasegawa (360) 786-7862, bob.hasegawa@leg.wa.gov
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Posted by internet_jen on January 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM · Report this
internet_jen 5
No love for HB 2434 - 2011-12 ?
Posted by internet_jen on January 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
internet_jen 6
(sorry for double post I am experiencing tech difficulties)
Posted by internet_jen on January 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Amnt 7
HB 2099: Sawed-off shotguns!

Can you name the reasons why this is bad other than sounding scary from watching movies?

Short-Barreled Shotguns (SBS) are regulated by National Firearms Act and if you wanted to own one, you have to register it, pay a tax, and go through a background check. The people that buy these are law abiding gun citizens following the rules. Changing this rule will have no effect on crime or violence, it just puts state law in line with federal law. This represents a fundamental misunderstanding of law and criminal activity.

Plus, there is a certain kind of SBS (Serbu Super Shorty) that is registered differently as an AOW and is already legal in WA. Haven't heard of too many murders from them so far.

Try researching the laws instead of simply resorting to reflexive anti-gun reactions.
Posted by Amnt on January 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
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HB 1217 is just one more attempt by the cyclistas to extend their war on cars. I guess the 23% approval rating of their beloved Mayor Michael McDope hasn't convinced them that there are more of drivers than there cyclists.

We don't want your cyclista "greenways." In fact, we don't want your cyclistas at all. Nor do we want to throw out a half-century's worth of accepted traffic engineering so a handful of obnoxious hipsters can find another way to fuck with drivers.
Posted by Mister G on January 25, 2012 at 1:39 PM · Report this
balderdash 9
@8, funny how that "half-century's worth of accepted traffic engineering" only came about after the top-down, unpopular removal of pedestrian-friendly and streetcar-centered infrastructure.

If there were a war on cars - and you're an idiot for saying that, by the way, although that was clear enough when you thought you were clever for making a staggeringly shitty pun out of someone's name - then cars would be the ones that started it, and you wouldn't get to whine when someone finally got around to fighting back.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on January 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM · Report this
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You can already own a short barreled shotgun in Washington. It takes about an hour worth of paperwork, and a $200 fee. If you're approved by the feds (as I will one day be:), you can have your short barreled shotgun in about 6 months.

Don't believe me? Go to my shooting range, "Wade's", in Bellevue, and take a look at em behind the counter. I will definitely own one soon...

Obviously, I support the two gun bills. Thanks for alerting me to this, The Stranger! I'll call all the legislators that are undecided on this issue, just I did so to legalize gay marriage!
Posted by scratchmaster joe on January 25, 2012 at 4:33 PM · Report this
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Thank you for the rejection of the charter school bill(s) (fyi, they are identical which is something of a tip-off to who might have written them).

Here's the basic argument against:
- only 17% of all charters in the US (in 41 states) do better than traditionals (about 44 do the same and 33% do worse)
- as The Stranger said - we aren't fully-funding EXISTING schools, so how is bringing new underfunded ones on-line going to help?
- where is the money coming from for the administration of this program? (And they create yet another commission that they plunk in the Governor's office with the Governor's budget covering the adm work.)
- again, as The Stranger said, we have visited this issue before, both in the Legislature and at the polls. Do Legislature think voters are dumb or forgot? Enough about this.

And on this bill in specific,
- it allows charter groups to contract with for-profit companies to operate and run public schoos
- it allows a parent (or teacher) trigger - meaning, if a majority of parents or teachers at a school want a charter to take over, they sign a petition and it will happen. the ramifications to any district are obvious and huge
- it allows a charter to buy/lease at or BELOW market value any district building that a district is selling/leasing

It's a mess and should be rejected.
Posted by westello on January 25, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
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a staggeringly shitty pun out of someone's name

I'm not the one who was the coverboy for Dope magazine. That was your hero, Mayor Michael McDope!

As for the rest, well, I guess you and the rest of the cyclistas still haven't absorbed the shock of being trounced on the tunnel vote, and on Proposition 1. Keep screwing around, and we'll spank you some more.
Posted by Mister G on January 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM · Report this
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@Joe Szilagyi: We hate paper bags because they are dangerous---they can cause paper cuts, which can get infected, turn into gangrene, and lead to the lopping of limbs. They also carry rabies and have been known to attack school children. And, they're made of trees, and cutting trees is bad. So, we brought out the plastic. Now the idiots of Seattle want to ban the plastic bags because they choke whales who also eat other garbage they don't mention because it's not conducive to getting their phony-baloney point across, nor did the whale live it's whole life in Puget Sound, so, we have to be green, by going back to tree-murdering paper bags, or, as these idiots now want to do, make everyone carry 50 dirty, filthy reusables around, which, for the most part, are made of plastic themselves. Can you imagine going shopping for a large family and having to haul all those bags? It takes two 'reusable' bags to replace one plastic, as they don't have as much give, and are generally smaller. Douches making a douche point. The planet WILL take care of itself, long after the douches have been tsunami'd away.
Posted by cattycat on January 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM · Report this
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So... You really expect the rest of the world to go slower for you because you ride a bicycle? This is the Northwest and it rains constantly, so those of us who who like to avoid getting pneumonia during the winter drive cars with a heater in them. Yeah it pollutes the air, but this is the fucking Pacific Northwest where we have billions of trees that give us some of the cleanest metropolitan air IN THE WORLD despite the massive amounts of traffic. Bicycling in the northwest is illogical in every capacity until they implement better public transportation where you can combine biking/trains to travel greater distances and also figure out a way to control the weather.

Fuck all of you bicyclists and your elitists attitudes, it's laughable here in a cold climate area. Go move to a place where they actually need more bicyclists like LA (we should ship a few trees down there too) and stop asking me for a fucking ride every time it snows.
Posted by Guest1111 on January 25, 2012 at 9:48 PM · Report this
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What's with the banning of both kinds of bags?! Why not simply charge something awful ($.50-$1.00) for them, put back into some kind of eco-fund thingy? I'd hate to have no bag the day I left my 'filthy reusables' at home. (thx, @13 for the chuckle)
As for not having any, at $1.00 each at the USPS, I think even the poorest among us could afford a reusable.
Posted by OutInBumF on January 25, 2012 at 11:05 PM · Report this
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"Fuck all of you bicyclists and your elitists attitudes"? Wow, why the fuck did I move to this shithole city again?
Posted by factoryfactory on January 26, 2012 at 8:07 AM · Report this
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Dammit, I tried to edit my comment to say something more intelligent than the first thing that popped into my head and it didn't take. Now I sound like an asshat hater. Oops.
Posted by factoryfactory on January 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM · Report this
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Wow, why the fuck did I move to this shithole city again?

Because you couldn't find a job in Portland, maybe?
Posted by Mister G on January 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM · Report this
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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Well, I guess what I have to say about the bags: I went to live in Ireland back in 2005, far more ignorant than today, and was just shocked and appalled to find out I had to pay for a bag if I didn't bring my own. So, it made me remember to bring a bag every time. And it wasn't a big deal. I came back to Seattle, and I always forget my bags. It's not like anybody has an express right to grocery bags, for pete sake. I'm sure it's difficult to speculate because we are naturally short-sighted even if we try not to be. And honestly, who's to say we aren't perpetrating some other use of oil that is used to make the fibers of the reusable bags? I guess we'll just give it a try.
Posted by lindsaybee on January 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
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It's not like anybody has an express right to grocery bags, for pete sake.

True. It's up to the retailer, or it ought to be. But not in Seattle, where providing plastic bags will be forbidden because some fashionistas want to make yet one more boutique statement of their environmental credentials.

It's always great fun to inconvenience other people. How about a special tax on retro clothing boutiques? Why? Give me some time, and I'll come up with some bullshit rationale.
Posted by Mister G on January 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM · Report this
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Please move HB1217 to Fucking Nuts.

It's a "Shoot the Messenger" bill that puts an end to quality traffic engineering studies before making the substantial change of reducing 35, 40, and 45mph speed limits to school-zone 20mph speed limits in the dead of night without a study, public input, or accountability.

This needs to occur on cyclists favored routes because cyclists favor slower vehicles...

The objective is fast cash from flash speed traps that harvest "speeders" for a few days then move along to another stretch of road for some more victimization of drivers. A pesky RCW 46.61.415 is standing in the way, preventing this from happening. Cyclists are on the warpath to remove this "obstacle".

Please, we don't need cities manufacturing speeding tickets to hide their fiscal mis-management.

Posted by MommaRaisedNoFool on January 27, 2012 at 4:13 AM · Report this
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Just because a bag is paper doesn't mean it's "disposable". I keep the Trader Joe bags around for *LONG* time.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on January 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this
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> a person who gets hit by a car going 20 miles per hour has a 5 percent chance of dying, while at 30 miles per hour, that chance of dying spikes to 45 percent.

"Spike" implies a spike-like shape. I.e., that in a collision at > 30 MPH the chance of dying drops off. Of course it doesn't; things are even worse at 40 MPH. This sentence should probably be something like, "while at 30 miles per hour that chance of dying goes to 45 percent."
Posted by fatty on January 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
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someone please explain to me why we should care what these hippies think? anyone?
Posted by lolololol on January 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM · Report this
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I am disappointed this article is so blindly anti-gun.

"This bill would scratch that provision and make it legal for gun-toting motherfuckers to run around in public armed with their personal arsenals."

Lets reword this without the silly bias.

This bill would make it legal for citizens like you and me to protect themselves in public with legally owned firearms in the event of a federal emergency.

When shit hits the fan and the lovable SPD aren't able to protect us I want to be permitted to protect myself. Why is that so fucking nuts?
Posted by dutifulbog on January 28, 2012 at 1:33 AM · Report this
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It's fucking nuts because here at the Stranger, unless it supports smoking weed, gay rights, bike riding douchebags in spandex or an opportunity to mock a conservative it's wrong.

Take everything (including this) written on this website as being the thought processes of a bunch of overwrought losers with nothing better to do than vomit electronic detritus onto the comment board.
Posted by Kindumbseattle on January 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
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It's a "Shoot the Messenger" bill that puts an end to quality traffic engineering studies before making the substantial change of reducing 35, 40, and 45mph speed limits to school-zone 20mph speed limits in the dead of night without a study, public input, or accountability.

The fun part is the hypocrisy. The same people who told the Roosevelt neighborhood that they were rich old NIMBY racists because they didn't want 65-foot buildings next to their high school turn right around and want Miss Grundy in any neighborhood to be able to get the city to cut the speed limit to 20 mph in front of her house.

The cyclistas hate cars and so does the mayor. But we hate the mayor, and we'll get him out of there in 2013. Question is how much damage will the fucker do in the meantime?
Posted by Mister G on January 28, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
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HB 1217 is short-sighted and backwards ass, which seems to play right into the Stranger review board. The last thing Seattle needs is to slow down traffic (people here drive so cautiously it's infuriating, even as a bicyclist I find it annoying). You start screwing with the already stressed flow of traffic and you're likely to just create more mayhem.

On the East Coast, you respect the fact that cars are bigger than you and will kill you if you get in their way and ride accordingly. Seattlites, are cavalier about their surroundings when en route. I don't know how many times I've almost hit a pedestrian crossing against the light and they don't even acknowledge I'm there. Many bicyclists are no different, assuming that you'll negotiate them, not vice a versa, which to me is completely insane. If you're riding a bike in the city, you better be on point at all times or else you shouldn't be riding.

If I were to suggest a solution, it would be to utterly revamp the DMV and the way in which drivers are tested. There are so many basic concepts of safe driving that are not taught, and should be.

Posted by brandnutopian on January 28, 2012 at 3:09 PM · Report this
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#28, drivers here aren't nearly as cautious as they were 20 years ago. It's a matter of attrition; those old Norwegians in Ballard, they of 15 mph in the left lane with their right blinker on, have been dying off.

We still have way too many people lingering in the left lane on the freeways, but speeds have risen where possible. The idea of different driver testing is one of those Worthy Goals, but it wouldn't make much difference given that you only get tested once.

HB1217 comes from the cyclista lobby. They want to make it as hard as they can to own a car here. They hope that people will demand more fixed rail systems that we'll never be able to afford, and which reflect a cityscape that existed only in the East and Midwest, and even there was outdated after the 1970s.

It's a weird mindset: part nostalgia, part rail fetish, part liberal Puritanism, part the architect/planner's lust for a retro-moderne city that existed in the sci-fi films and literature of the 1940s through the 1970s. In short, a geek's vision strictly from books and movies.

The remarkable aspect of it is that they've been able to con so many people into voting for rail lines, and for politicians who will enact their "war on cars." They do it by spinning a fictional vision of a smoothly operating city that will never exist. It's a fantasy world, and people need to be made to see that it won't happen.

There are alternatives that make much more sense and can actually happen over the next few decades: electric cars and remote guidance of individual vehicles. Google already has this up and running on a test bed in California. It can provide all of the benefits that the transit types say they want, while preserving the messy personal freedom that, in the end, the cyclistas, New Ubanists, and mass transit fetishists absolutely hate.
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Posted by Mister G on January 28, 2012 at 4:47 PM · Report this
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HB 2382 should be supported. The Stranger doesn't like guns. It's probably because they've never been shooting before. I used to make it my mission to take people shooting who had an aversion to guns. As an NRA trained instructor, I know how to teach people to shoot. If you do it gradually with no blame and correct major flaws in their technique, they generally have a great time and if they don't become pro-gun, they can at least get the knee-jerk reaction out of their legs.
Posted by GabrielDiesel on January 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM · Report this
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The Stranger doesn't like guns. It's probably because they've never been shooting before.

Being anti-gun is a tribal thing among liberals, until they get robbed.
Posted by Mister G on January 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM · Report this
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#29 Seattle drivers STILL drive slow and overly cautious. I've lived here for just over 20 years, and by my experience it's only grown worse, not better.

The part that really irks me is that we're collecting no extra tax revenue from these two-wheeled whiners AND they want there own lanes. I say OK, but let's make 'em pony up the license fee or whatever. No free ride for you bozos!
Posted by brandnutopian on January 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM · Report this
slade 33
Homicide shootings need to be addressed as America is way ahead of other nations who have the same amount of guns per population.

Some nations require military service and basically arm citizens to the teeth and still they have no violent crime in comparability to America.

some gun stores are being operated by drug addicted criminals who are not doing a good job as similar to SPD?

SPD needs to be addressed as they are still trying to cling to Dino's lounge and all of that its ok if police are criminals as its all undercover work and we are just making it a world where criminal police can own and operate drug and criminal infested lounges.seems most of the policepiggys and politypiggys have neglected to remember the D.C. Sniper and his Seattle Tacoma antics? then again they don't remember anything until they get shot and then we are all to feel sad and remember them?

as most of it is corn flakes its really a hog troth to keep pigs busy from addressing real issues as they don't have time to save America from going broke or getting killed or being treated like shit?

right after the weather men said la nina was a bust as we had two months of warm dry winter after the first winter storm Seattle says its spent all its budget for Winter DOT work?

So its like they call it a "budget" but in fact its fabricated amount of fictional moneys reported for some Blind accountant with hearing problems?

one storm? in a mild winter and yup! the clowns are broke.
Posted by slade http://www.youtube.com/user/guppygator on January 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
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#32, we'll just have to agree to disagree about the over-caution issue. As it concerns bike licensing, you are preaching to the choir. I think they ought to be treated like motorcycles for licensing purposes, with an exemption for riders under 18 who are in school.

But I also think it's a side issue. To me, the main event is this irrational faith in fixed-rail mass transit. I believe that Portland will eventually abandon the white elephant it has built.

In cities with the density to support meaningful commuter rail networks, such as Boston or Chicago, those systems are in financial crisis. Boston just announced that it will be raising commuter rail fares by 40% and cutting night and weekend service, which was pretty much skeletal to begin with.

If they are doing this in East Coast cities far more affluent and densely populated than Seattle or Portland, the rail fetishists here should be looking for other solutions. But there is no sign of their even considering that. For them, it's full steam ahead, right towards the cliff.

Very strange.
Posted by Mister G on January 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
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Mister G, I just wanted you to know that I took a shit and named it "Mister G" as it swirled down the drain. All that's left is its smell. Like you...
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on January 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
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HR 2563, because the wealthy can't move assets from the state.

Ask Oregon how much they lost on the 2% millionaire tax, or New York.

Tax poverty until there are no poor no more.
Posted by Slam1263 on January 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM · Report this
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Arthur, you left out the part about how you ate half of it first.
Posted by Mister G on January 30, 2012 at 3:58 AM · Report this
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Mandatory abortions and medical marijuana for republicans, and then put them on a bicycle.

I've been riding a bike since I was twelve. That's fifty years of biking. I also drive. I joined a bike club. Sometimes I have to drive to get to the ride. I have driven from Spokane to Vashon to take a boat to Blake Island and go mountain biking.

I feel uncomfortable going over twenty miles per hour on a side street. We had a meandering dirt road full of potholes. Everybody drove real slow. Now we have an urban street. Everybody speeds everywhere. There is no serenity and nobody waves anymore. Be careful what you ask for.

We get five cents credit for every grocery bag we reuse but they don't last forever. And we do have reusable bags. I carry an extra rucksack in my bicycle bag so I can pick up groceries on my way home from a ride.

One day I did all my shopping by bike. I planned my route so I would get the small light items first and saved the big stuff and frozen foods for the last stop. I had my basket and backpack full and grocery bags hanging from the handlebars. It didn't seem to take any longer and I got some exercise. It seemed to take all day when I would drive the car anyway.

I don't beong to any organized political party, I'm a democrat.
Posted by Charlie Greenwood on January 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM · Report this
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I'm a liberal and I love guns. The sawed off shotgun legislation IS fucking nuts, just like last year's silencer bill.

The emergency guns bill is just common sense. It prevents the governor from denying Washington citizens their federal constitutional rights to keep AND BEAR arms when every time it snows 4 or 5 inches.
Posted by Paddy Mac on January 31, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this
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I'd like a law making Stranger writers do cursory fact-checking.
Posted by Shafted by Stranger posting false charges from a waitress on January 31, 2012 at 10:47 AM · Report this
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HB 2637 and SB 6298 - Label GMOs in Washington.

Protect our organic food and label genetically modified organisms. Call today to demand support:

Senators
Hatfield, Brian (D) Chair JAC 237 (360) 786-7636
Shin, Paull (D) Vice Chair LEG 407 (360) 786-7640
Honeyford, Jim (R) * INB 107 (360) 786-7684
Becker, Randi (R) INB 115B (360) 786-7602
Delvin, Jerome (R) INB 202 (360) 786-7614
Haugen, Mary Margaret (D) JAC 305 (360) 786-7618
Hobbs, Steve (D) JAC 239 (360) 786-7686
Schoesler, Mark (R) INB 110 (360) 786-7620
*Ranking Minority Member
Representatives
Blake, Brian (D) Chair JLOB 306 (360) 786-7870
Stanford, Derek (D) Vice Chair JLOB 318 (360) 786-7928
Chandler, Bruce (R) * LEG 427B (360) 786-7960
Wilcox, J.T. (R) ** JLOB 424 (360) 786-7912
Buys, Vincent (R) JLOB 470 (360) 786-7854
Dunshee, Hans (D) JLOB 370 (360) 786-7804
Finn, Fred (D) JLOB 418 (360) 786-7902
Hinkle, Bill (R) JLOB 421 (360) 786-7808
Kretz, Joel (R) LEG 335A (360) 786-7988
Lytton, Kristine (D) JLOB 310 (360) 786-7800
Orcutt, Ed (R) JLOB 408 (360) 786-7812
Pettigrew, Eric (D) LEG 434B (360) 786-7838
Van De Wege, Kevin (D) LEG 434A (360) 786-7916
*Ranking Minority Member **Asst. Ranking Minority Member
Posted by dscreeen on January 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
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Charlie Greenwood - are you having a stroke? Call 911 and get to the hospital, as soon as possible. When you partially recover, please move out of my neighborhood and back to the drunk tank whence you came.
Posted by jenc01 on January 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
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I want all cyclist to obey the fucking rules of the road. When I approach an intersection with caution and cyclists (who should stop as well then get the right of way) blast through without yielding, I get a little upset at the whining. I would estimate very conservatively that over 50% of cyclists don't know that they are breaking the law, and most don't care. They don't yield to pedestrians either!!! Sick of your fucking bitching, cyclists!!! Obey the rules...I do! That's why you're not splatted across the bumber of my delivery vehicle!!!
Posted by deedee666 on January 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM · Report this
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Protect our organic food and label genetically modified organisms.

Does this include hybrid tomoatoes and anything made from them? If so, then everything tomato will have a label, because every single tomato anyone has ever eaten for at least the last two centuries has been a genetically modified organism.
Posted by Mister G on January 31, 2012 at 3:21 PM · Report this
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For HB2563 you neglect to mention the $10,000 threshold for the tax to kick in is for a joint return. For individual filers like myself the threshold is $5,000. I currently make about $60,000 and the most I ever made was about $70,000 a year thanks to a bonus. I currently have a modest amount of unrealized capital gains in excess of $5,000 in an unsheltered acount with money I earned and that I put at risk. Please drop the arguement that the tax will only impact the only the wealthiest 3%.
Posted by Spookie on January 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM · Report this
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Protect our organic food and label genetically modified organisms

Almost everything we eat has been genetically modified to make it better for human consumption. Corn is a huge example; tomatoes; etc., Cross breeding is genetic modification people!
Posted by anarchyeddie on February 1, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
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I know this is a bit off topic, but WHY does The Stranger have an online ad for petitioning to overturn Roe vs. Wade???? Do you guys really need the money? Cienna? Jen? Anyone? Hello?? WTF??
That wins the prize right there for fucking nuts!
Posted by auntie grizelda on February 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM · Report this
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That wins the prize right there for fucking nuts!

No, no, no! They're in second place. Auntie, you don't give yourself nearly enough credit.
Posted by Mister G on February 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
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@48: Oh, yeah, that's right, I forgot, Mr. G. You're right down there with all the fucking nuts.
Posted by auntie grizelda on February 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this

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