Galloping towards the Apocalypse

Democrats and progressives have been celebrating their electoral gains in the House of Representatives and in local and state races.

But Republicans will gain one or more seats in the U.S. Senate, and 85 year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg just had a bad fall and broke some ribs.

If the Supreme Court rules that that Trump can fire Mueller or that the House of Representatives can’t investigate Trump, that would cause a constitutional crisis and result in massive civil unrest.

Such rulings are more likely now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed and will be even more likely given the likelihood that Trump will get to appoint a third Supreme Court Justice.

Trump has already threatened to bring the government to a halt if Dems investigate him.

The question is: would voices of sanity in the Supreme Court (maybe Chief Justice Roberts) realize that a highly partisan ruling about investigations of Trump could result in a constitutional crisis?

The right is so deranged, living in a fantasy world of fake news and conspiracy theories. I fear for the future of the nation.  Hopefully Roberts and others on the Supreme Court will realize that the nation’s future is at stake.

For an example of craziness, consider: Matthew Whitaker: acting attorney general said judges should be Christian “Trump’s replacement for Jeff Sessions to lead the justice department said judges needed a ‘biblical view of justice’.”  Whitaker has also expressed skepticism about the Mueller investigations.

Another example: Spokane GOP leader authors ‘Biblical Basis for War’ manifesto calling for end to abortion, same-sex marriage and death of enemies who disagree. FBI investigating Washington state rep. for manifesto urging ‘all males will be killed’. But the legislator, Matt Shea, won re-election.

Another example: Right-wing Evangelical letter opposing Faithful America, containing conspiracy theories and distortions.  The letter, signed by over 4000 right wing Christians denounces, in part:

1. A growth industry trafficking in human baby organs and body parts, funded and defended by the Democratic Party.

2. The abandonment of a biblical view of marriage that protected and liberated children and adults from centuries of pagan slavery, poverty, polygamy and non-life-giving sexuality.

3. The Transgender agenda including gender “reorientation” of our children, also being forced on our neighbors, businesses, schools, military and churches.

4. Socialism, higher taxes and government regulations. These policies stifle human creativity, productivity, family stability and generosity. Such policies increase joblessness, welfare dependency and national debt.

Faithful America also reports: “In Georgia, the Republican candidate for governor used his position as secretary to state to purge more than 1.5 million voters from the rolls and shut down hundreds of polling places – likely enough to decide the election.”  Such voter suppression tactics are widespread.

Is it true that 1.5 million voters were purged in Georgia?  According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 500,000 voters were recently purged.   “Since 2012, according to federal and state data, Georgia has removed about 1.4 million people from the voting rolls.”

Whatever the exact number, such blatant voter-disenfranchisement is despicable and warrants an organized national response.  Boycott of Georgia?

North Carolina and other states enacted similar policies.

Given all this craziness, this well-written article seems quite plausible: America’s Next Civil War.  “The United States shows all the warning signs of impending social and political collapse.”   The article describes the extreme divisions in American politics and the failure of major institutions. It envisions the outbreak of violence.

So, progressives don’t have a lot to be pleased about. What’s more, this article, Progressives’ plan for victory just took a gut-punch. Now what do they do?, suggests that progressives flipped few seats in the 2018 election. “Despite a good night for congressional Democrats overall, nearly all of national progressive groups’ star candidates fell short in their contests in red or purple districts and states, potentially slowing the momentum the emboldened left had enjoyed since Hillary Clinton’s loss two years ago.” (Or is that story biased?)

The far left — meaning those who regarded Hillary and the Dems as the “lesser-of-two-evils” and refused to vote for them — may be correct that the mainstream Dems were helping the GOP set the U.S. on a path towards environmental, budgetary and military destruction. But at least the Dems were doing so slowly. Realistically, the mainstream Dems are centrists and, generally, hawks, but they’re not deranged like the Republicans.  They would have protected the EPA, the Supreme Court, the separation of church and state, gay rights, labor rights, etc., etc.

The Republicans are galloping towards the Apocalypse, or a Second Civil War.

Progressive Dems — many of them young women — won many races. So there is hope. But can the center hold or will the nation further split into warring factions of Trumpian Republicans on the one hand, and Democrats and other leftists on the other?  Furthermore, can the Left heal the divisions between the Democrats and the radicalizing socialists fed up with the corporate, centrist Dems?  If the socialists would join forces with the progressive Dems, together they could together kick out the corporate Dems and reform the Democratic Party.

Quickie: Scary piece: America’s Next Civil War

America’s Next Civil War

American chaos is already oozing over the border: the trickle of refugees crossing after Trump’s election has swollen to a flood; a trade war is underway, with a US trade representative describing Canada as “a national security threat”; and the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military the world has ever known openly praises authoritarians as he attempts to dismantle the international postwar order. The US has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council, pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and scorned the bedrock NATO doctrine of mutual defence. Meanwhile, the imperium itself continues to unravel: the administration is launching a “denaturalization task force” to potentially strip scores of immigrants of their US citizenship, and voter purges—the often-faulty processes of deleting ineligible names from registration lists—are on the rise, especially in states with a history of racial discrimination. News of one disaster after another keeps up its relentless pace but nonetheless shocks everybody. If you had told anyone even a year ago that border guards would be holding children in detention centres, no one would have believed you.


Looking back at Nader and Stein

In 2000, starry-eyed Nader supporters rejected ardent environmentalist Al Gore and helped elect George W Bush, the worst (or second worst) president in American history. The Nader supporters thought Gore was the “lesser-of-two-evils.” Similarly, in 2016 starry-eyed Stein supporters refused to vote for centrist Democrat Hillary Clinton. Yes, she was a neocon. But Hillary was excellent on some issues (e.g., women’s rights) and decent on most others. Voting for Nader and Stein accomplished nothing useful at all. Refusing to vote for the left-of-center liberal (Gore) or centrist (Hillary) Dem didn’t “send a message” to the Democrats, in the swing states anyway, other than “We Nader and Stein supporters are fools. Ignore us.” Now we have Trump and a GOP Congress and will have to deal with a far right Supreme Court for a generation.

Of course there are dozens of reasons why Hillary lost — e.g., she had the hubris to forgo campaigning in the swing states.

Added on Nov 8: Ruth Nader Ginsburg (85) fell and broke her ribs. It looks like Trump will get to appoint a THIRD Supreme Court Justice. With the GOP gaining one or more seats in the Senate, it will be impossible to stop him.

You can thank the radical Hillary-bashers, Gore-bashers, and Dem-bashers who refused to vote for centrist Dems — e.g., for ardent environmentalist Al Gore in 2000. It wasn’t just their votes that made a difference. It was also their relentless propaganda (“lesser-of-two-evils”, “no better than the Republicans”, etc).

Right-wing Evangelical letter opposing Faithful America, containing conspiracy theories and distortions

The progressive social justice group Faithful America is reporting in an email:

President Trump’s religious right supporters have just launched a new antisemitic conspiracy-theory video attacking Faithful America and other Christian social-justice organizations.

The so-called “American Association of Evangelicals,” which first emerged on the eve of the 2016 presidential election, alleges that we’re part of “Soros’s formula for killing America.”

Many of the religious-right leaders behind this video are among President Trump’s official advisers and endorsers. Their strategy is clear: Delegitimizing those who dare to challenge the administration as “fake” Christians acting at the behest of a shadowy Jewish billionaire.

Below are excerpts from the letter sent out by right-wing Evangelical leaders. The letter is useful for exposing the thinking of such people, including the distortions, lies, and conspiracy theories.

“An Open Letter to Christian pastors, leaders and believers who assist the anti-Christian Progressive political movement in America”Each of us is called to repentance. Our entire nation will be revived as we return to the Lord. We, the evangelical and Catholic signatories below, know we are sinners forgiven by the saving work of Christ. And believers who normally turn the other cheek are, at times, also called to overturn tables. This is a moment for such believers to speak truth to power.

With hope for justice and restoration, thousands of Christian believers continue to urge ‘progressive’ evangelicals and Catholics to repent of their work that often advances a destructive, anti-Christian political agenda. Many believers mean well but don’t understand the financial, political forces at work, thus we write this letter (and videos) to pull back the curtain. We desire the best for you.

As leaked documents confirm, and as Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners eventually admitted, wealthy, anti-Christian foundations, following the lead of billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, fund and “rent”* curious “evangelical” and “Catholic” “mascots” serving as deceptive validators for their causes. The consequent realities include injury to countless people, the Church, the family, nation and the global Church including many martyrs.

We must reclaim the Church’s witness in the world. Biblical truth and wisdom are the highest love for human beings. While God loves justice and mercy for all, many “social justice” campaigns are politically crafted and not the true Gospel. Only the truth of our sin, both personal and systemic, and Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for our salvation and rebirth, is true hope for persons and nations. The gospel charges all things with hope.

Consider some of the consequences of ‘Progressive’ political activism over the past few decades:

1. A growth industry trafficking in human baby organs and body parts, funded and defended by the Democratic Party.

2. The abandonment of a biblical view of marriage that protected and liberated children and adults from centuries of pagan slavery, poverty, polygamy and non-life-giving sexuality.

3. The Transgender agenda including gender “reorientation” of our children, also being forced on our neighbors, businesses, schools, military and churches.

4. Socialism, higher taxes and government regulations. These policies stifle human creativity, productivity, family stability and generosity. Such policies increase joblessness, welfare dependency and national debt.

5. Heightened racial division and tension, and the growing phenomenon of paid demonstrators being recruited and dispatched to instigate protests that often become riots.

6. Open borders and lawless ‘sanctuary’ cities increasing drugs, disease, crime, gangs and terrorism.

7. Amnesty efforts that attempt to give voting rights to millions of non-citizens, giving the results of our elections and nation’s future to many who disregarded our laws, customs, history, identity and values. This does not honor our long-standing tradition of legal immigration to those who come in good faith and to assimilate and bless America.

8. Forced refugee resettlement in hundreds of American cities without citizen consent, mandated by the Obama-era federal government in partnership with the United Nations. (Refugees were primarily non-assimilating Muslims, while authorities often reject persecuted Christians.)

9. Hostility towards Judeo-Christian religious liberty in our courts, large corporations, media and universities including the suppression of conservative speakers, free thought and moral education.

10. The growing recognition of a “Deep State” within our government, including ideological bureaucrats embedded in our DOJ, IRS, FBI and Department of State, that intimidates and seeks to subvert conservative, patriotic and Christian groups that disagree with the ‘Progressive’ political establishment.

For many years, Soros’s Open Society and other liberal foundations have funded not only most of the disturbing campaigns mentioned above (1-10) but also the Religious Left, using and creating ostensibly evangelical and Catholic organizations to “message and mobilize” Christians into Progressive causes. They use the Marxist-Alinsky tactic of funding “ministers” who cherry-pick faith language to confuse and divide the Church’s morality, mission and vote.

At a time when many Christian ministries are struggling, a few of the Soros network “faith” and “interfaith” grantees are Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Richard Cizik’s New Evangelical Partnership, Telos, J Street to malign Israel, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Faithful America and Gamaliel. Faith in Public Life to “counter” Christians and conservatives in the media and, with PICO, advocate for amnesty, mass Islamic migration, and even to attempt to influence the visit and priorities of the Vatican and Pope Francis himself. Billions of additional dollars to “Christian VOLAGs” for large scale “refugee” and migrant resettlement came from the Obama State Dept. and USAID.

Joining “faith” fronts, the Soros network also funds thousands of other collaborators and projects that suggest a pattern and goal to demoralize America (and Europe). The list includes: film studios and hundreds of media outlets; attempts to control the Internet; racial and gender agitation; euthanasia; drug legalization and “injection zones;” abortion and the “sex worker” industry; Al Gore’s Climate campaign; pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel projects; the rights of jihadists and Sharia advocates.

In the ironic rhetoric of compassion, Soros and allies fund mass immigration, amnesty redistricting schemes, illegals’ voting “rights,” protests and smears on Judge Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court, while financing the 2018 campaigns of Democrats Andrew Gillum (D-FL), Jon Tester (D-MT), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and many more. (Soros has long been a major donor to the Democratic Party, co-chairman of Ready for Hillary PAC and previously funded Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Franken and many far-Left Democrats).

Many now ponder the end goal. Perhaps it is the imposition of a global monoculture. It is at least the destruction of our national identity through demoralization, open borders, drugs, crime, law-fare and media propaganda — the “fundamental transformation” (weakening) of American civil society for the leveraged power of global ‘elites.’ (Mr. Soros has manipulated Asian currencies and elections, broken the Bank of England, is a convicted felon for insider trading in France and is demoralizing many European, African and Latin American nations, while manipulating their elections.)

We urge you to resist collaboration with persons and organizations that receive money from Soros and related globalist social engineers. We must not give control of America’s future to this radical, anti-Christian political and social agenda.

We ask those who have intentionally or unwittingly aided the Progressive agenda in the past to look at the actual consequences of their policies. Please stop inviting fellow believers to assist global profiteers and political activists who are determined to de-Christianize America. Please repent, refuse funding and turn away from those who attack the Church and injure the nation.

A small selection of the 4,000+ signers:

Lt. Gen. Wm. “Jerry” Boykin (U.S. Army, retired)
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (U.S. Army, retired)
Dr. Alveda King (author, speaker with Priests for Life)
Bob McEwen (former U.S. Congressman from Ohio)
Steve Largent (NFL Hall of Fame; former U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma)
George Barna (author and pollster)
Eric Metaxas (author)
Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary professor)
Everett Piper (president, Oklahoma Wesleyan University)
Jay Richards (professor, Catholic University)
Fr. Frank Pavone (Priests for Life)
John Becker (Ohio state representative)
Bishop Harry R Jackson, Jr. (High Impact Leadership Coalition)
Mat Staver (founder and chairman, Liberty Counsel)
Tim Wildmon (president, American Family Association)

Who’s buying votes in Washington State?

The Supreme Court said that political spending is a form of free speech. But they allow states to require donors to submit reports of their spending. Washington State’s Public Disclosure Commission collects such data and makes it available on their website.

I downloaded the database of campaign contributions from this link. The database has 3,831,155 records, dating back to about 2001. It includes individual donations by citizens like me, as well as donations by large corporations and organizations.

Contributions from 2018 show huge amounts spend by Big Oil and by beverage companies, no doubt to prevent a carbon tax (I-1631) and to try to convince voters to support I-1634, which would make taxes on beverages and other groceries illegal.

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| Contributor name                                                          | sum(Amount) |
| BP AMERICA                                                                | 13125362.77 |
| THE COCA-COLA COMPANY                                                     |  9701582.33 |
| PEPSICO, INC.                                                             |  7314788.48 |
| PHILLIPS 66                                                               |  7218094.47 |
| ANDEAVOR [Now owned by Marathon Petroleum Corporation]                    |  4362827.17 |
| THE NATURE CONSERVANCY                                                    |  3375771.27 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                         |  2382010.25 |
| KENNEDY FUND                                                              |  2171532.25 |
| KEURIG DR PEPPER (FKA DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP, INC.)                      |  2124220.60 |
| MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS                                                    |  2039187.94 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  1694500.00 |
| LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS                                             |  1442614.30 |
| ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBS PAC                                          |  1279600.00 |
| AMERICAN FUEL AND PETROCHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS                             |  1250000.00 |
| ALLEN PAUL G                                                              |  1228795.44 |
| SEIU 775 QUALITY CARE COMMITTEE                                           |  1008695.17 |
| GATES WILLIAM H  III                                                      |  1002000.00 |
| BLOOMBERG MICHAEL                                                         |  1000000.00 |
| VALERO ENERGY CORPORATION                                                 |   995000.00 |
| HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           |   989018.00 |
| KOCH INDUSTRIES, INC.                                                     |   950000.00 |
| DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP, INC.                                             |   911021.38 |
| SEIU 775                                                                  |   900035.96 |
| REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            |   775000.00 |
| HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE                                       |   770291.72 |
| SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199 NW                                                   |   753231.94 |
| HANAUER LESLIE                                                            |   746518.00 |
| PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS                                                 |   712696.00 |
| THE REAGAN FUND                                                           |   692977.76 |
| WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATS                                                |   678484.68 |
| SMALL CONTRIBUTIONS                                                       |   674827.35 |
| HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CAMPAIGN COMM.                                    |   660000.00 |
| JUSTICE FOR ALL PAC                                                       |   640500.00 |
| WASHINGTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PAC                                      |   637000.00 |
| BALLMER CONNIE                                                            |   623000.00 |
| STOLTE CHRIS                                                              |   614000.00 |
| BALLMER STEVEN                                                            |   613500.00 |
| MCKIBBEN CRAIG                                                            |   581000.00 |
| U.S. OIL & REFINING COMPANY                                               |   558531.31 |
| WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY                                         |   551214.67 |
| NORTHWEST REGIONAL ORGANIZING COALITION                                   |   523069.65 |
| EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY ACTION FUND                                      |   511500.00 |
| MERNER SARAH                                                              |   503500.00 |
| ACTION NOW INITIATIVE LLC                                                 |   500000.00 |
| CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.                                                       |   500000.00 |
| SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE                                      |   498186.50 |
| WASHINGTON SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN                                     |   461096.16 |
| PSE OF WA                                                                 |   457168.28 |
| WA STATE DEMOCRATS                                                        |   456218.56 |
| HOUSE REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATIONA                                            |   422500.00 |
| HOUSE REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITTEE                                 |   416996.85 |
| WASHINGTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION                                          |   404442.05 |
| PBF ENERGY, INC.                                                          |   400000.00 |
| LAURENE POWELL JOBS TRUST                                                 |   400000.00 |
| MUCKLESHOOT INDIAN TRIBE                                                  |   392300.00 |
| SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199NW                                                    |   360329.79 |
| VULCAN INC                                                                |   347100.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                         |   341751.17 |
| TESORO COMPANIES, INC.                                                    |   339000.00 |
| HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE                                |   332476.26 |
| WASHINGTON INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION                                      |   329000.00 |
| PHILLIPS 66 COMPANY                                                       |   329000.00 |
| SEIU WA STATE COUNCIL                                                     |   312500.00 |
| UFCW 21                                                                   |   308191.42 |
| WA EDUCATION ASSN PAC (WEA PAC)                                           |   304000.00 |
| WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS PAC                                    |   303000.00 |
| SEIU LOCAL 925                                                            |   299505.83 |
| PROCEEDS FROM LOW COST FUNDRAISER                                         |   295494.47 |
| WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS                                            |   275427.51 |
| WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS                                        |   271800.00 |
| SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL PAC                                         |   265500.00 |
| AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION INC.                                       |   252225.00 |
| HANAUER NICOLAS J                                                         |   252000.00 |
| THE HOLLYFRONTIER COMPANIES                                               |   250000.00 |
| SOUTH KING COUNTY DESERVES BETTER                                         |   250000.00 |
| SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COM                                            |   247000.00 |
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| CORNFIELD LINDA                                                           |   243000.00 |
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| RED BULL NORTH AMERICA                                                    |   238387.21 |
| GREEN ADVOCACY PROJECT                                                    |   230000.00 |
| OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION                                                   |   230000.00 |
| WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL                                          |   220417.94 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION                                     |   218498.75 |
| ACLU WASHINGTON                                                           |   205815.73 |
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| MILLIKEN ROGER  JR                                                        |   200000.00 |
| NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA                                     |   200000.00 |
| GRANTHAM JEREMY                                                           |   200000.00 |
| AFSCME                                                                    |   200000.00 |
| BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON                               |   195064.35 |
| ACLU OF WASHINGTON                                                        |   192834.54 |
| JOINT COUNCIL OF TEAMSTERS NO. 28                                         |   187622.21 |
| SEIU INITIATIVE FUND                                                      |   187500.00 |
| UFCW 21 PAC                                                               |   186125.00 |
| CENTENE MANAGEMENT COMPANY LLC                                            |   178000.00 |
| HDCC                                                                      |   175154.01 |
| MICROSOFT                                                                 |   173250.00 |
| PHRMA                                                                     |   171000.00 |
| SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199NW PAC                                                |   166904.61 |
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| WASHINGTON HOSPITAL PAC                                                   |   155500.00 |
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| WASHINGTON STATE LABOR COUNCIL                                            |   153993.64 |
| PUGET SOUND ENERGY                                                        |   153144.00 |
| VOTER ACTION                                                              |   150000.00 |
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| WASHINGTON STATE DENTAL PAC                                               |   141550.00 |
| CORNFIELD DAVID                                                           |   140000.00 |
| KEMPER HOLDINGS, LLC                                                      |   140000.00 |
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| ORR JAMES L                                                               |   132000.00 |
| STOLTE CHRISTOPHER                                                        |   127000.00 |
| CLEAN AIR CLEAN ENERGY WA                                                 |   125000.00 |
| SEIU LOCAL 925 PUBLIC SERVICE PAC                                         |   123583.45 |
| MENNET LISA                                                               |   121000.00 |
| GOLDMAN PETER                                                             |   120350.00 |
| SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             |   120000.00 |
| COMMITTEE TO ELECT JUDITH WARN                                            |   120000.00 |
| CREDIT UNION LEGISLATIVE ACTION FUND                                      |   117905.50 |
| THE BOEING COMPANY PAC                                                    |   117000.00 |
| PEOPLE FOR PEDERSEN SURPLUS FUNDS ACCOUNT                                 |   116250.00 |
| FRANKENBURG SIBYL                                                         |   115000.00 |
| OLBRECHTS KRISTEN E                                                       |   115000.00 |
| WA SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN                                             |   114832.40 |
| COMMITTEE TO ELECT JT WILCOX -                                            |   113200.00 |
| WASHINGTON AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL                                     |   112000.00 |
| WASHINGTON STATE DENTAL ASSOCIATION PAC                                   |   111500.00 |
| WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN                                      |   111273.82 |
| SWINOMISH TRIBAL COMMUNITY                                                |   110200.00 |
| SABEY CORPORATION                                                         |   109500.00 |
| PUGET SOUND CHAPTER NECA PAC                                              |   108000.00 |
| TORRANCE MARK                                                             |   107000.00 |
| KEMPER HOLDINGS LLC                                                       |   107000.00 |
| WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL OF FIRE FIGHTERS PAC                             |   105000.00 |
| WA MEDICAL PAC                                                            |   105000.00 |
| FRIENDS OF DAN KRISTIANSEN - S                                            |   105000.00 |
| NORDHOFF NANCY S                                                          |   104500.00 |
| CHEVRON POLICY GOVT & PUBL AFFAIRS                                        |   104000.00 |
| HENNESSY JOHN                                                             |   102935.00 |
| ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON BUSI                                            |   102000.00 |
| TAYLOR KATHRYN                                                            |   101000.00 |
| NW ENERGY EFFICIENCY COUNCIL                                              |   100550.00 |
| WEYERHAEUSER GEORGE                                                       |   100500.00 |
| MOGA GREGORY                                                              |   100500.00 |
| PREMERA BLUE CROSS                                                        |   100200.00 |
| WASHINGTON HOSPITAL SERVICES                                              |   100100.00 |
| PETERSON KENNETH                                                          |   100050.00 |
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| THACHER NANCY                                                             |   100000.00 |
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| NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY                                                  |   100000.00 |
| ATTWOOD JAMES A  JR                                                       |   100000.00 |
| PACKARD JULIE                                                             |   100000.00 |
| FRIENDS OF DREW STOKESBARY- SU                                            |   100000.00 |
| BENIOFF MARC R                                                            |   100000.00 |
| O'NEILL DANIEL D                                                          |   100000.00 |
| HANAUER LENORE M                                                          |   100000.00 |
| STEYER THOMAS                                                             |   100000.00 |
| DLCC                                                                      |   100000.00 |
| SEATTLE FOUNDATION                                                        |   100000.00 |
| HEYWOOD BRIAN                                                             |   100000.00 |
| BARDACKE FRANKLIN                                                         |   100000.00 |
| THACHER DAVID                                                             |   100000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION                                                             |   100000.00 |
| KESSEL STEVEN                                                             |   100000.00 |
| GREEN TECH ACTION FUND                                                    |   100000.00 |
| SONNENFELDT MICHAEL                                                       |   100000.00 |
| DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE                                 |   100000.00 |
| DELTA DENTAL                                                              |    99500.00 |
| WA CHARTERS ACTION                                                        |    97656.02 |
| WASHINGTON FOOD INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION                                      |    95000.00 |
| BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION                                             |    95000.00 |
| WASHINGTON HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION PAC                                    |    93000.00 |
| BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY                                                      |    91000.00 |
| PSE SEIU 1948                                                             |    90951.80 |
| WA ST. COUNCIL OF CO & CITY EMPLOYEES                                     |    90750.00 |
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| SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER'S GUILD                                            |    90000.00 |
| ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LLC                                                |    89000.00 |
| CLIMATE SOLUTIONS                                                         |    88626.35 |
| LOCAL 48 ELECTRICIANS PAC COMM                                            |    86947.26 |
| CIVIC VENTURES                                                            |    86860.50 |
| FISHER KENNETH L                                                          |    86500.00 |
| NISQUALLY INDIAN TRIBE                                                    |    85750.00 |
| FERRERA KRISTIN M                                                         |    85325.00 |
| JOE FITZGIBBON CAMPAIGN SURPLUS ACCOUNT                                   |    85000.00 |
| WASHBANKPAC                                                               |    83000.00 |
| WESTERN STATES PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION                                      |    81878.65 |
| WEYERHAEUSER                                                              |    81100.00 |
| THARINGER SURPLUS FUNDS ACCOUNT                                           |    81000.00 |
| BLUMENTHAL JABEZ                                                          |    80500.00 |
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Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Maralyn Chase for State Senate!

by Sue Peters

  1. SENATOR MARALYN CHASE is the only candidate in the race with over 16 years of distinguished, award-winning experience in state government as both a representative and senator.
  2. CHASE is the only candidate with firsthand knowledge of the state’s legislative processes. And as the legislature’s delegate to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), Chase draws on her extensive knowledge about international and domestic trade. She also works closely with Washington State tribes and rural populations in her work as chair of the Economic Development and International Trade.
  3. MARALYN CHASE is a proven progressive legislative leader. In the 2018 session, as a member of the Rules Committee, Chase was instrumental in moving a record number of Democratic bills to passage by Senate Democrats. They passed: the 2017 Capital Construction Budget, investments in education to satisfy McCleary, a statewide property tax cut, gun safety measures, equal pay for women, protections against sexual harassment, the Net Neutrality Act, the Reproductive Parity Act to require employer insurance to allow women to make their own reproductive choices and for preventive healthcare, protections for college students from predatory loans, a ban on conversion therapy, an expansion of the Breakfast After the Bell Program, the phasing out of salmon net farms, expansion of higher education for Dreamers, reforms for juvenile justice to reduce recidivism and racial disproportionality, prohibition of housing discrimination for renters using Section 8 vouchers, and also Ban the Box, for equal employment. In this session, Chase also co-sponsored or supported the passage of other key bills on gun safety, school funding, and lowering taxes. Chase helped to pass a groundbreaking ban on bump stocks on guns. She and her colleagues passed multiple bills on housing, and provided $107 million for the Housing Trust Fund in the Biennial Capitol Budget, which preserves and builds affordable housing for those at the lowest income levels. Chase supported the allocation of funds to recommend a plan to create a state’s public bank to save $4 billion a year in debt service to Wall Street banks. Senator Chase introduced the “Healthy Washington” bill, modeled on the California’s single-payer healthcare bill that passed in their state senate.
  4. You can count on MARALYN CHASE to defend your civil rights. In 2018 Chase worked with Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos to introduce the first bill in the Senate to reinstate Affirmative Action. She also promoted passage of the revision to the 1943 Equal Pay Act, requiring employers to provide equal pay and opportunities to their employees regardless of gender.  She and her colleagues passed three bills ensuring voting rights, same-day registration and prohibiting racially based gerrymandering. Chase has always been far ahead on LGBTQ2 rights and helped pass the 2018 bill prohibiting conversion therapy. Chase is a vocal supporter of I-940 to de-escalate police violence, and demand accountability in police involved shootings. Her strong civil rights and human rights record is one of the reasons she has earned the sole endorsement of State Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.
  5. CHASE has always been a champion for the environment and for education. In 2011, she wrote the bill to shut down TransAlta, the state’s dirtiest coal plant. In 2015, she chaired the committee for Initiative 522, to require labeling of genetically modified foods. It lost by a narrow margin after large corporations spent $22 million to oppose it, setting a state record for money spent on a ballot measure. Chase is now facing retaliation by Monsanto, which now funds her opponent, Jesse Salomon. Chase works hard to protect the Puget Sound, wild salmon runs, works with local tribes and family fishing businesses to promote sustainable and local business operations. This includes co-sponsoring the 2018 bill to phase out toxic salmon pen farming. In 2004, Chase helped lead the effort to overturn a charter school bill passed by the legislature. Her position was affirmed by the voters who passed a referendum to reject charter schools. (In contrast, her current opponent, Jesse Salomon, has received over $40,000 in financial support and an endorsement from pro-charter-school privatizers, Stand for Children.) Senator Chase organized a bipartisan hearing on Common Core standards in 2017 to ask the difficult questions about a costly and undemocratically imposed initiative on K-12 education.
  6. CHASE has been recognized for her legislative advocacy by numerous organizations. In 2015, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides awarded Chase the Rachel Carson Award for her work in reducing cancer-causing pesticides in the food chain, such as Roundup.  The National Minority Business Advisory Council named Chase their “2017 Legislator of the Year” for her role in the unanimous passage of SB 5734. This legislation guarantees equal opportunity in bidding for small works contracts with state and federal agencies. According to the Shoreline Area News, “Chase, D-Edmonds, was chosen for her work on the Small Business Bonding Relief bill, which brought Washington state’s government contracting provisions into compliance with federal law governing small works bonding requirements.” Said Chase, “As a former small business owner, I understand the challenges these companies face on a daily basis. I’m proud to accept this award, and will continue to work hard for small, minority businesses statewide.”
  7. MARALYN CHASE brings a wealth of experience to the legislature. After she earned her BA and MA degrees from the University of Washington in political science, she organized for women’s reproductive rights and was a labor advocate. Chase built a successful family business in the construction trades and knows what it takes to run a business and a family. Her policies come from knowing that in order to have a good life, people need a good education, a good job, a good home and a healthy environment. Her policies are people-focused. When evaluating the merits of a proposal, Chase always asks, “How will this policy affect people?“
  8. MARALYN is committed to engaging in dialogue with constituents and organizations to shape her policies. She has been a strong progressive voice and a people’s representative. She has a history of courageously defending people from the agendas of powerful interests.
  9. MARALYN CHASE’S commitment to democracy is the reason she is endorsed by a broad and diverse coalition that includes: the 32ndDistrict Democrats, Snohomish and King County Democrats, the Metropolitan Democrats, the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, Washington State Labor Council, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Washington Education Association (WEA), Congressman Rick Larsen, State Sen. Manka Dhingra, State Sen. Sharon Nelson, State Sen. John McCoy, State Sen. Bob Hasegawa, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, Seattle City Council Member Teresa Mosqueda, City Councilmembers from Shoreline, Lynwood, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Washington State Federation of Democratic Women, Young Democrats of Washington, Snohomish County Young Democrats, Washington State Progressive Caucus, Environment and Climate Caucus of the Washington State Democratic Party, Alliance for Gun Responsibility Victory Fund, National Women’s Political Caucus, Our Revolution, WA State, and National, Planned Parenthood Votes, SEAMEC, Sierra Club, Swinomish Tribal Community, Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), Win With Women PAC, Washington Conservation Voters, The Cannabis Alliance, Carbon Washington, Tree PAC, Equal Rights Washington, Washington State Council of Firefighters, Aerospace Machinists Industrial District Lodge 751 (IAM 751), AFSCME Council 28/Washington Federation of State Employees, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587, IBEW Local 77, Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific (IBU), International Union of Operating Engineers Local 609 (IUOE Local 609), Washington State Nurses Association-PAC 5/22, Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, Washington Interior Systems Local Union No. 41, Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30, and many others.
  10. MARALYN CHASE has not accepted campaign money or support from multinational pharmaceutical, oil and chemical corporations like Chevron, Merck, Phrma and Monsanto, or anti-union, education privatizers, Stand for Childrenunlike her opponent, Jesse Salomon, who has.
  11. *BONUS REASON* SENATOR MARALYN CHASE has not resorted to negative campaigning or smear tactics, unlike her opponent, Jesse Salomon and his wealthy backers, Stand for Children PAC, WA REALTORS PAC and the deceptively named “Democratic Friends,” which is funded by Friends of Cindy Ryu, Elect Jesse Salomon, and Elect Lauren Davis. At a recent forum, when asked if he would denounce the many deceitful mailers attacking Chase which have bombarded the 32ndLegislative District on his behalf, Salomon refused. (As did Ryu and Davis.)

 Experience Matters. Character Matters. Courage Matters.


What others have said about Maralyn Chase:

“State Rep. Maralyn Chase (…) has been a dedicated liberal voice in the legislature for the past 16 years, fighting to double the estate tax to pay for student aid; pushing legislation to give local governments the ability to place a cap on condo conversions; and proposing quixotic (but righteous) environmental legislation, including a ban on petroleum-based plastic water bottles; a carbon tax; a ban on plastic bags, and a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers.

Chase’s unabashed liberalism (she testified in support of impeaching George Bush) will be a nice jolt to the Senate caucus, where proposals such as an effort to end big bank tax loopholes died last session.

(…) People laugh at her for being a crazy lefty, but two years after Chase introduced a global warming bill, Gregoire introduced it herself.”

 — PubliCola endorsement of Chase when she first ran for State Senate in 2010

RE-ELECT Maralyn Chase to State Senate, District 32!


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Realtor and pro-charter school PACs trying to buy a state senate seat for Jesse Salomon

In the 32nd Legislative District race between progressive incumbent Maralyn Chase and corporate Democrat Jesse Salomon, outside interests are spending big bucks and sending out attack ads against Chase. According to the Public Disclosure Commission’s data, Washington Realtors Political Action Committee and Stand for Children WA PAC (a charter schools PAC funded by billionaries) have donated over $37,000 each to Jesse Salmon’s campaign.

Top independent expenditures for/against this campaign

Independent expenditures are made by third parties without the candidate’s approval or collaboration.

Senator Chase is one of the most progressive members of the state senate.  Her record on civil rights, the environment, Single payer healthcare, affirmative action, environment and clean energy, keeping public schools public, and reproductive rights is outstanding. Unlike her opponent, Senator Chase does not take the big bucks from the oil, gas, and coal industry, and instead prioritizes the “health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”

Scary, nutcase theories of Nathan Choi

The web page of Nathan Choi, candidate for Washington State Supreme Court, is filled with crazy conspiracy theories and misspellings.

Normally, such an unqualified and extremist candidate would be no concern against a competent sitting Supreme Court judge, Steven Gonzalez. But a poll indicates that Choi was in the lead. (Watch Justice Steve Gonzalez’s challenger run away from KIRO7’s Essex Porter on camera!.)

Here are some of the things Choi says on his webpage. I’m copying them at length here, in case Choi corrects the errors.


In the Begining [sic] since the time in Genesis, they have attempted to build a one world government. They attempted to reach the heavens by building the Tower of Babel which was gracefully destroyed during the time of Peleg. It was located in Babylon reminding me of Revelations 18 about the new Tower of Babel and the Babylonian System.

The Globalist Elites have built the Tower of Basel right next to the Gotthard Tunnel. Confirm this yourself. It’s located in Basel Switzerland. This tower is the head of their New World Order. It is the top of all the Private Central Banks across the world. Search this matter out. Please see the opening ceremony of that Gotthard Tunnel. For religious people, Revelations is about the current time and it states that this new Tower will Fall and its conspirators will be paid back double.

The final video below is the glue that puts it all together. Before watching, I ask that you say a prayer to block any hexes or vexes that are embedded in commercials of this video so they may return to the sender 7 fold. While viewing this, pause it often and verify facts. A fair Judge will hear both what is presented and other narratives of the same set of facts. A fair judge must consider all the evidence and reach a conclusion based on credible evidence.


First of all, Nathan Choi does NOT support illegal entry into the United States. It makes no sense for a union to ask you to vote for open borders. Don’t Illegals work for less and take jobs away? 1 plus 1 does not equal 3. The population is not dumb to figure that illegals take jobs away? Could it be that immigration is being framed for a more sinister motive? After practicing immigration law for about 20 years, I can safely tell you immigration is not a Republican or Democrat issue. you must look at this from a freedom vs oppression point of view. The People vs the Globalist Elites.

One of the best ways to implement their end goal is through mass immigration, by blending the people of developed countries with famished ones to cause social disorder resulting in their New World Order, a One World Government solution. Cause the Problem to obtain a Reaction and implement a preconceived Solution…..


Did you know there were a group of young adults that flew in from abroad to film the incident, cheered, and popped champagne after the plane hit? The FBI caught them and let them return to Isreal [sic] where they went on air admitting that they knew it was going to fall and flew in to film it.


A Rothchild once stated that he cares not which puppet is the leader of the country. He who owns the money is the true ruler through donating/bribing its leaders. When you are a multi-Trillionaire who has partial ownership of every central bank on earth (except 3 click here to learn more) you can do anything you want through threat or bribe. This system enriches only their cronies AND is the true source of misery on earth, the lack of funds for important projects, and other social problems we face in our nation/world. If you watched the videos above, you can see how a global cabal of CEOs, Presidents, Congressmen, and unfortunately Judges can do this.


Please vote for Steven Gonzalez for Supreme Court.

Trump’s strategy

A friend says: Just in case there’s any doubt at this point about the game Trump plays. From Anthony Scaramucci (who still supports Trump) on Friday:

“What he likes doing, and what I tried to present at CNN yesterday and that ended up with the headline, “Scaramucci calls Trump a liar,” what he likes doing, he likes saying very provocative things, and in the case of lighting up the media, he likes saying very inaccurate things, cause he knows the media will jump on him like a hall monitor in middle school and reprimand him. And he knows that his base loves it when the media reprimands him. It galvanizes them. It gets them angry. It brings them to the fore, and he’s doing that to try to get them to participate in the vote on November 6th. And so, you can hate him for that, you can hate me for explaining it, but in my mind, he’s intentionally lying, as opposed to just lying lying. As it relates to a nationalist, he’s saying the word nationalist, cuz he’s hoping that somebody that really understands that word that hates him will get up on the television and say this SOB is a militant nationalist. And his base, they enjoy it. They don’t mind it. And now you guys can be upset about that, but that’s what it is.”