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.

………

The Logic of Lesser-of-two-evilism

Suppose you are being held hostage by deranged criminals who give you an ultimatum: tell them your bank pin number, social security number and other identifying information, or they’ll rape your wife and daughters and mutilate you.

As a matter of principle, you oppose giving away your money to criminals — a clear evil. But you realize that the alternative is worse. So you settle for the lesser-of-two-evils.

Here’s another example. Suppose you’re terminally ill and in constant pain. You can’t walk, enjoy food, or enjoy sex. Your doctors tell you that your condition will worsen. In such a case, ending your own life might be the lesser-of-two-evils.

Here’s a more whimsical example: you’re a young man “in love” with a woman who insists that you marry. You kinda think marriage is evil, but the alternative — being alone — is worse. You settle for the lesser-of-two-evils, marriage.

Now for a serious, political example. Suppose that you lived in Louisiana in 1991 and had to choose between virulent racist David Duke and flawed, corrupt corporate Democrat Edwin Edwards in the race for the governor. Not a pleasant choice. But, as did a broad coalition of Louisianans, you could, with a clear conscience, vote for the lesser-of-two-evils, Edwards. That example is from Alfred Reed, Jr’s convincing article Vote for the Lyinc Neloiberal War Monger: It’s Important.

Quoting from that Reeds article again:

I assume readers get the allegorical point of that story [about Louisiana]. Just to drive it home, here’s another, more dramatic one that Harold Meyerson adduced last month in The American Prospect: in the early 1930s, as the National Socialists gained strength, Ernst Thälmann, the Chairman of the German Communist Party held to the line that the Social Democrats were a greater threat to the working class and to the possibility of revolution than were the Nazis. The Communists’ conflict with the Social Democrats was both not without justification and mutual. Some Communists believed that the elements of the working class who were drawn to the Nazis, e.g., those in Ernst Röhm’s Brown Shirts, could be won from them. In 1931 some sought to collaborate with the Nazis to bring down the weak Social Democrat government. In expressing the conviction that the Social Democrats were the main danger in German politics, Thälmann uttered the quip that has long outlived him as a cautionary device: “After Hitler, our turn.” His point was that a Nazi victory would expose them as fraudulent with no program for the working class. What Thälmann didn’t count on was their success at criminalizing and liquidating all opposition. He died in a concentration camp.

Indeed, many leftists who hate the Democrats often say similar things about the Democratic Party: they’re as corrupt as the Republicans.  Or they even claim that the Democrats are more dangerous, because they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. I hear such claims all the time online, particularly on OpEdNews. (I expect comments to that effect on this article.) Proponents of such claims say that the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans because  — take your pick — Bill Clinton approved NAFTA, Bill Clinton overturned Glass-Steagall, Barack Obama prosecuted whistle blowers, Barack Obama supported drone wars, Barack Obama continued the Bush bailouts of Wall Street, Hillary Clinton was hawkish, etc., etc.

I am convinced those people are wrong.  Yes, those Democrats pursued some evil policies. But the Democrats are much better than the Republicans: on women’s rights, on the environment, on taxation, on gay rights, on unionism, on education, on the Supreme Court, on civil rights, on voting rights, etc., etc. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a right wing troll or is deluded.

Gore was an environmentalist and a moderate Democrat. Bush and Cheney launched the immoral and disastrous war in Iraq; they transferred trillions to the rich and gutted environmental regulations.

Obama did many bad things, but he’s nowhere near as bad as Bush, Cheney, or Trump. I needn’t tell you how much damage Trump and the GOP Congress are doing now.

So, in response to:

Warning to Democrats for 2020

I suggest:

Welcome to Bust

I could show dozens of other examples of how Trump is far, far worse than Hillary would have been. Only on militarism is it unclear whether Trump is worse. Hillary is a neocon. But Trump may start a war with Iran, North Korea, or China; and he is giving billions more to the military. And he is pulling out of the nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

But I understand where such Bernie-or-Busters are coming from.

Virtue scale

If we could rate politicians on a scale of virtue, with 0 being pure evil and 100 being pure good, we might rate dictators such as Hitler and Stalin in the low single digits. (They didn’t murder everybody.) Let’s say Dick Cheney is a 10, George W. Bush is 15, Bernie Sanders is 75, Dennis Kucinich is 85. What’s Trump? 20? What’s Hillary? 30? 40? 50? 60? What’s Obama? 40? 50? 60? Your ratings will differ. But given your ratings, suppose you’re voting in an election in which the two leading candidates are on the evil side of the scale: under 50. Suppose that one candidate scores a 10 (very evil) and the other scores a 35 (somewhat evil). Would that difference be enough to warrant voting for the lesser-of-two-evils? How about if their ratings were 10 versus 48? 10 versus 15? 30 versus 40?

Perhaps it would take a 20 point spread for you to vote for the lesser-of-two-evils.

Of course, the logic of lesser-of-two-evilism should take into account not just the two leading candidates but also third-party candidates, their chances of winning, and, most importantly, the effect of our votes on future elections. Such considerations greatly complicate the reasoning and weighing of effects.
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If the third-party candidate has a decent chance of winning, then it might be a risk worth taking to vote for her.

In 2000 and in 2016, everyone knew there was virtually no chance that Nader or Stein would win.

But someone can argue it’s better to vote for a third-party candidate because that will send a message to the future: we will not vote for an evil candidate — at least not one who scores less than, say, 45.

Such reasoning is like a sacrifice: I’m willing to suffer for the next four years (or next 40 years, realistically, given the judicial picks) so that future politicians will think twice before crossing a line.

Such a strategy might work. It can be quite costly. It’s not clear that future politicians will hear the message. I suppose it’s like the decision a general in a war needs to make: should I sacrifice these troops to set us up for victory in the future.

I suspect, though, that the votes by leftists for Nader in 2000 and for Stein in 2016 sent the following message to Democrats: “We Nader and Stein supporters are fools. Ignore us.”

There’s yet another way to view lesser-of-two-evilism. Instead of looking at the consequences of your vote, look at the virtue of the candidates. In such a case, one could have a principle: I will not vote for candidates who are less than, say, 40 on the evil scale, no matter how evil the more evil candidate is.  Such a view of voting largely ignores consequences.  It’s not a view that I support. How about you?

Who funded Washington State campaigns and initiatives in 2016 and 2017?

I downloaded from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission a spreadsheet listing contributions to political campaigns and initiatives. After loading it into a database, I ran some queries to see who’s spending the most.

Over $60 million was donated to campaigns and initiatives in 2017, according to the PDC data.

In 2016, over $144 million was spent.

MariaDB [contributions]> select sum(Amount) from contrib where `Receipt date` >= '2017-01-01';
+-------------+
| sum(Amount) |
+-------------+
| 60918944.17 |
+-------------+
1 row in set (0.85 sec)

MariaDB [contributions]> select sum(Amount) from contrib where `Receipt date` >= '2016-01-01' and `Receipt date` < '2017-01-01';
+--------------+
| sum(Amount)  |
+--------------+
| 144721261.22 |
+--------------+
1 row in set (1.29 sec)

2017 biggest spenders

Notice that you generally can’t tell from the names who’s paying for it — the individual contributors are hidden — and what they’re trying to buy. Stand for Children, Inc, which has the largest entry, is a pro-charter schools PAC funded by Connie Ballmer, among others.

Eastside Leadership Council (a pro-Manka Dhingra group) donated numerous times, for a total of $1,345,000. Here’s their facebook page.

Likewise, Working Families donated a total of $1,240,000. It’s a “pro-family, pro-life, pro-growth” PAC: https://www.cwfpac.com/

Use the scoll-bar further down to see the right side of the data.

MariaDB [contributions]> select `Filer Name`, Office, BallotNumber, ForOrAgainst,`Contributor name`, Amount from contrib where Amount >= 100000 and `Receipt date` >= '2017-01-01' order by Amount DESC;
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+-------------------+--------------+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------------------+------------+
| Filer Name                                                             | Office            | BallotNumber | ForOrAgainst | Contributor name                                                          | Amount     |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+-------------------+--------------+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------------------+------------+
| STAND FOR CHILDREN WA PAC                                              |                   |              |              | STAND FOR CHILDREN, INC.                                                  | 1000000.00 |
| PEOPLE FOR JENNY DURKAN                                                |                   |              |              | CIVIC ALLIANCE FOR A SOUND ECONOMY (SPONORED BY THE SEATTLE CHAMBER)      |  475000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY EXEMPT                                               |                   |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            |  400000.00 |
| EASTSIDE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                            |                   |              |              | NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                         |  350000.00 |
| ORANGE DONALD J                                                        | PORT COMMISSIONER |              |              | WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                |  290000.00 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                 |                   |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            |  250000.00 |
| CIVIC ALLIANCE FOR A SOUND ECONOMY SPONSORED BY THE SEATTLE CHAMBER    |                   |              |              | AMAZON.COM                                                                |  250000.00 |
| CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA                                         |                   |              |              | PHILLIPS 66                                                               |  250000.00 |
| REPUB ST LEADERSHIP COMM WA PAC                                        |                   |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE                                     |  250000.00 |
| WA CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                     |                   |              |              | LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS                                             |  250000.00 |
| CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA                                         |                   |              |              | ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBS PAC                                          |  235000.00 |
| EASTSIDE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                            |                   |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              |  225000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE                                 |  200000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 775 QUALITY CARE COMM                     |                   |              |              | SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION POLITICAL EDUCATION AND ACTION FUND |  200000.00 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                 |                   |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            |  200000.00 |
| EASTSIDE VALUES                                                        |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY/EXEMPT ACCOUNT                          |  200000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  200000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  200000.00 |
| EASTSIDE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                            |                   |              |              | NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                         |  200000.00 |
| EASTSIDE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                            |                   |              |              | NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                         |  200000.00 |
| EASTSIDE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                            |                   |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              |  170000.00 |
| MASTER BUILDERS ASSN OF KING & SNOHOMISH CO AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL |                   |              |              | MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF KING & SNO COUNTIES                        |  150000.00 |
| GREENE KRIS L                                                          | PORT COMMISSIONER |              |              | VANCOUVER ENERGY                                                          |  150000.00 |
| GREENE KRIS L                                                          | PORT COMMISSIONER |              |              | TESORO SAVAGE PETROLEUM TERMINAL LLC                                      |  140000.00 |
| MASTER BUILDERS ASSN OF KING & SNOHOMISH CO AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL |                   |              |              | MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF KING & SNO COUNTIES                        |  131238.00 |
| CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA                                         |                   |              |              | ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBS PAC                                          |  130000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  125000.00 |
| WA CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                     |                   |              |              | STEYER TOM                                                                |  125000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | STEYER THOMAS                                                             |  125000.00 |
| EASTSIDE VALUES                                                        |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY/EXEMPT ACCOUNT                          |  125000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | BLOOMBERG MICHAEL R                                                       |  125000.00 |
| CAMPAIGN FOR TRIBAL SELF RELIANCE BY WA INDIAN GAMING ASSN             |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION                                      |  125000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | BLOOMBERG MICHAEL R                                                       |  125000.00 |
| URQUHART JOHN W                                                        | COUNTY SHERIFF    |              |              | URQUHART JOHN W                                                           |  125000.00 |
| GREENE KRIS L                                                          | PORT COMMISSIONER |              |              | ENTERPRISE WA JOBS PAC                                                    |  122314.40 |
| COALITION FOR HEALTHY KIDS & EDUCATION                                 |                   |              | For          | BLOOMBERG MICHAEL R                                                       |  115000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  115000.00 |
| CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT SENIORS                          |                   | 1501         | For          | SEIU 775                                                                  |  110000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES                                  |  110000.00 |
| URQUHART JOHN W                                                        | COUNTY SHERIFF    |              |              | URQUHART JOHN                                                             |  103000.00 |
| REDUCE SEATTLE HOMELESSNESS NOW                                        |                   | 126          | For          | HANAUER NICK                                                              |  100000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 1199 NORTHWEST PAC                        |                   |              |              | SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199 NW                                                   |  100000.00 |
| CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA                                         |                   |              |              | ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBS PAC                                          |  100000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES                                  |  100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  100000.00 |
| CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA                                         |                   |              |              | PHILLLIPS 66                                                              |  100000.00 |
| ENTERPRISE WA JOBSPAC                                                  |                   |              |              | CHEVERON POLICY GOVT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS                                     |  100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  100000.00 |
| SENATE REPUB CAMP COMM                                                 |                   |              |              | JOHN BRAUN FOR STATE SENATE                                               |  100000.00 |
| ENTERPRISE WA JOBSPAC                                                  |                   |              |              | TESORO COMPANIES                                                          |  100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  100000.00 |
| ENTERPRISE WA JOBSPAC                                                  |                   |              |              | BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY                                                      |  100000.00 |
| CIVIC ALLIANCE FOR A SOUND ECONOMY SPONSORED BY THE SEATTLE CHAMBER    |                   |              |              | AMAZON.COM                                                                |  100000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS                                            |  100000.00 |
| YES FOR VETS AND HUMAN SERVICES                                        |                   | 1            | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           |  100000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY EXEMPT                                               |                   |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            |  100000.00 |
| DE-ESCALATE WA I-940                                                   |                   | 940          | For          | PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS                                                 |  100000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                |  100000.00 |
| ENTERPRISE WA JOBSPAC                                                  |                   |              |              | TESORO COMPANIES                                                          |  100000.00 |
| KENNEDY FUND                                                           |                   |              |              | LABORERS POLITICAL LEAGUE EDUCATION FUND                                  |  100000.00 |
| EASTSIDE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                            |                   |              |              | NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                         |  100000.00 |
| EASTSIDE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                            |                   |              |              | NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                         |  100000.00 |
| WA CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                     |                   |              |              | BIG ORGANIZING ACTION FUND                                                |  100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                   |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    |  100000.00 |
| EASTSIDE VALUES                                                        |                   |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY/EXEMPT ACCOUNT                          |  100000.00 |
| JENSEN JAMES E                                                         | PORT COMMISSIONER |              |              | JENSEN JAMES E                                                            |  100000.00 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+-------------------+--------------+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------------------+------------+
68 rows in set (0.84 sec)

MariaDB [contributions]> select sum(Amount) from contrib where Amount >= 100000 and `Receipt date` >= '2017-01-01' and `Filer name`='Eastside Leadership Council';
+-------------+
| sum(Amount) |
+-------------+
|  1345000.00 |
+-------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [contributions]> select sum(Amount) from contrib where Amount >= 100000 and `Receipt date` >= '2017-01-01' and `Filer name`='Working Families';
+-------------+
| sum(Amount) |
+-------------+
|  1240000.00 |
+-------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

2016

MariaDB [contributions]> select `Filer Name`, Office, BallotNumber, ForOrAgainst,`Contributor name`, Amount from contrib where Amount >= 100000 and `Receipt date` >= '2016-01-01' and `Receipt date` < '2017-01-01' order by Amount DESC;
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+---------------------------+--------------+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------+
| Filer Name                                                             | Office                    | BallotNumber | ForOrAgainst | Contributor name                                                          | Amount    |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+---------------------------+--------------+--------------+---------------------------------------------------------------------------+-----------+
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                         | 750000.00 |
| CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT SENIORS                          |                           | 1501         | For          | SEIU 775                                                                  | 700000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM NON EXEMPT                                        |                           |              |              | HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS CAMPAIGN COMM.                                    | 600000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY ACTION FUND                                      | 500000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | BALLMER STEVEN                                                            | 500000.00 |
| STAND FOR CHILDREN WA PAC                                              |                           |              |              | BALLMER CONNIE                                                            | 500000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 500000.00 |
| WA EDUCATION ASSN PAC                                                  |                           |              |              | MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS                                                    | 500000.00 |
| ACCESS FOR ALL                                                         |                           | 1            | For          | CULTURAL ACCESS WASHINGTON                                                | 489332.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM NON EXEMPT                                        |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN                                     | 433000.00 |
| A SAFER SNOHOMISH CO                                                   |                           | 1            | For          | STILLAGUAMISH TRIBE OF INDIANS                                            | 400000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                         | 400000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              | 400000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | SOROS JONATHAN                                                            | 400000.00 |
| COMMUNITY PROGRESS                                                     |                           |              |              | THE REAGAN FUND                                                           | 400000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COM                                            | 375000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | HOUSE REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATIONA                                            | 375000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | REPRESENT US                                                              | 360000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | OUR WASHINGTON                                                            | 360000.00 |
| WA ST ASSN FOR JUSTICE JUSTICE FOR ALL                                 |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE JUSTICE IN ACTION                | 358150.66 |
| CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT SENIORS                          |                           | 1501         | For          | SEIU 775                                                                  | 350000.00 |
| GOOD GOVT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                           |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 350000.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 300000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 1199 NORTHWEST PAC                        |                           |              |              | SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199 NW                                                   | 300000.00 |
| CIT FOR WORKING COURTS ENTERPRISE WA                                   |                           |              |              | VULCAN INC.                                                               | 300000.00 |
| NO ON 732 SPONSORED BY THE ASSN OF WA BUSINESS                         |                           | 732          | Against      | KAISER ALUMINUM                                                           | 300000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 775 QUALITY CARE COMM                     |                           |              |              | SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION POLITICAL EDUCATION AND ACTION FUND | 300000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION WA ST COUNCIL PAC                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 300000.00 |
| COMMUNITY PROGRESS                                                     |                           |              |              | THE REAGAN FUND                                                           | 300000.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 290000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | ALLEN PAUL G                                                              | 250000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION WA ST COUNCIL PAC                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 250000.00 |
| OUR WASHINGTON                                                         |                           |              |              | DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSN                                                 | 250000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 250000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 250000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | BALLMER CONNIE                                                            | 250000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              | 250000.00 |
| JUDICIAL INTEGRITY WA PAC                                              |                           |              |              | FISHER KEN                                                                | 250000.00 |
| MAINSTREAM VOTERS OF WA                                                |                           |              |              | HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                         | 250000.00 |
| NO ON 732 SPONSORED BY THE ASSN OF WA BUSINESS                         |                           | 732          | Against      | AMERICAN FUEL & PETROCHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS                               | 250000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | BALLMER CONNIE                                                            | 250000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM NON EXEMPT                                        |                           |              |              | ORR JAMES L                                                               | 250000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 250000.00 |
| OUR WASHINGTON                                                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WA STATE COUNCIL PAC                                                 | 250000.00 |
| WA CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                     |                           |              |              | LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS                                             | 250000.00 |
| SOUTH SOUND FUTURE PAC ENTERPRISE WA                                   |                           |              |              | ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBSPAC                                           | 250000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM NON EXEMPT                                        |                           |              |              | BLOOMBERG MICHAEL                                                         | 248000.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 239440.00 |
| AUDUBON WA                                                             |                           | 732          | For          | AUDUBON SOCIETY DBA AUDUBON WASHINGTON                                    | 234000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 225000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION WA ST COUNCIL PAC                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 210000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION WA ST COUNCIL PAC                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 210000.00 |
| SENATE REPUB CAMP COMM                                                 |                           |              |              | SENATE COMMITTEE FOR MARK SCHO                                            | 205000.00 |
| FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                       |                           |              |              | THE FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                      | 200247.00 |
| CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT SENIORS                          |                           | 1501         | For          | SEIU 775                                                                  | 200000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION                                          | 200000.00 |
| STAND FOR CHILDREN WA PAC                                              |                           |              |              | HASTINGS REED                                                             | 200000.00 |
| OURVOTESCOUNT                                                          |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 200000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS PAC                                   | 200000.00 |
| GOOD GOVT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                           |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 200000.00 |
| GOOD GOVT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                           |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 200000.00 |
| CIT FOR WORKING COURTS ENTERPRISE WA                                   |                           |              |              | GATES BILL                                                                | 200000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 200000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | REPRESENT US                                                              | 200000.00 |
| CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT SENIORS                          |                           | 1501         | For          | SEIU LOCAL 925                                                            | 200000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 200000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | REPRESENT US                                                              | 200000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                         | 190000.00 |
| BRYANT WILLIAM L                                                       | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | KING COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY                                              | 185000.00 |
| WA REALTORS PAC                                                        |                           |              |              | NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS                                          | 181830.35 |
| BRYANT WILLIAM L                                                       | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY                                         | 175000.00 |
| KNOW YOUR JUDICIAL BALLOT PAC                                          |                           |              |              | WEA PAC                                                                   | 175000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION LOCAL 925 PUBLIC SERVICE PAC              |                           |              |              | MISCELLANEOUS RECEIPTS                                                    | 174346.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 172000.00 |
| BRYANT WILLIAM L                                                       | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY                                         | 170000.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 170000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION                                     | 162000.00 |
| CAMPAIGN FOR TRIBAL SELF RELIANCE BY WA INDIAN GAMING ASSN             |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION                                      | 160000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | EVERY VOICE                                                               | 155000.00 |
| STAND FOR CHILDREN WA PAC                                              |                           |              |              | WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC                                                    | 153200.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | FISHER KENNETH L                                                          | 150000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | EVERY VOICE                                                               | 150000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 150000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | MICROSOFT                                                                 | 150000.00 |
| HOUSE REPUB ORG COMM                                                   |                           |              |              | FRIENDS OF DAN KRISTIANSEN - S                                            | 150000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 150000.00 |
| MAINSTREAM VOTERS OF WA                                                |                           |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              | 150000.00 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                 |                           |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            | 150000.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | WA EDUCATION ASSN PAC / WEA PAC                                           | 150000.00 |
| WA REALTORS PAC                                                        |                           |              |              | NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS                                          | 150000.00 |
| NO SOUND TRANSIT 3                                                     |                           | 1            | Against      | FAMILIES FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT                                          | 150000.00 |
| MASTER BUILDERS ASSN OF KING & SNOHOMISH CO AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL |                           |              |              | MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF KING & SNO COUNTIES                        | 150000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | EVERY VOICE                                                               | 150000.00 |
| CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT SENIORS                          |                           | 1501         | For          | SEIU 775                                                                  | 150000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | LABORERS' POLITICAL LEAGUE                                                | 150000.00 |
| KEEP WA ROLLING                                                        |                           |              |              | MICROSOFT                                                                 | 150000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | THE FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                      | 150000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | UFCW LOCAL 21                                                             | 150000.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | WA EDUCATION ASSN PAC / WEA PAC                                           | 150000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 150000.00 |
| BRYANT WILLIAM L                                                       | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY                                         | 150000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              | 150000.00 |
| MCLAUGHLIN STEVEN A                                                    | PUBLIC LANDS COMMISSIONER |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY                                         | 150000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | ELDRIDGE SEAN                                                             | 150000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM NON EXEMPT                                        |                           |              |              | STEYER THOMAS F                                                           | 150000.00 |
| SENATE REPUB CAMP COMM                                                 |                           |              |              | COMMITTEE FOR MARK SCHOESLER S                                            | 145000.00 |
| FUSE VOTES                                                             |                           |              |              | FUSE WASHINGTON                                                           | 145000.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 140000.00 |
| ALLIANCE FOR GUN RESPONSIBILITY ERP COMM                               |                           | 1491         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 140000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES  (WFSE)                          | 140000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION LOCAL 925 PUBLIC SERVICE PAC              |                           |              |              | SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION                                     | 136762.25 |
| SOUTHWEST COMMUNITIES ENTERPRISE WA                                    |                           |              |              | ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBSPAC                                           | 134000.00 |
| CULTURAL ACCESS WASHINGTON                                             |                           |              |              | SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP                                                     | 133732.00 |
| LEGISLATIVE MAJORITY PAC - SPONSOR DEMO LEG CAMP COMM                  |                           |              |              | DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE                                 | 130000.00 |
| MCLAUGHLIN STEVEN A                                                    | PUBLIC LANDS COMMISSIONER |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY                                         | 130000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 775 QUALITY CARE COMM                     |                           |              |              | SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION POLITICAL EDUCATION AND ACTION FUND | 129168.67 |
| WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC                                                 |                           |              |              | BALLMER CONNIE                                                            | 125000.00 |
| WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC                                                 |                           |              |              | BALLMER STEVE                                                             | 125000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 1199 NORTHWEST PAC                        |                           |              |              | SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199 NW                                                   | 125000.00 |
| WA CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                     |                           |              |              | OREGON GIVING BACK FUND                                                   | 125000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION WA ST COUNCIL PAC                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 125000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                         | 125000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | DEDOMENICO MARK DR.                                                       | 125000.00 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                 |                           |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            | 125000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | SEIU WA STATE COUNCIL                                                     | 120000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              | 120000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION WA ST COUNCIL PAC                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 120000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION WA ST COUNCIL PAC                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL                                             | 120000.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 119720.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | SEIU WA STATE COUNCIL                                                     | 117500.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | SEIU WA STATE COUNCIL                                                     | 117500.00 |
| KNOW YOUR JUDICIAL BALLOT PAC                                          |                           |              |              | JUSTICE FOR ALL PAC                                                       | 115000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | DEDOMENICO MARK DR.                                                       | 115000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL PAC                                         | 115000.00 |
| DENTISTS FOR PATIENT CARE (WA ST DENTAL PAC)                           |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DENTAL PAC                                               | 112000.00 |
| REAGAN FUND                                                            |                           |              |              | HOLLAND CLYDE                                                             | 110500.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | HANAUER NICOLAS                                                           | 110000.00 |
| REAGAN FUND                                                            |                           |              |              | FISHER KENNETH                                                            | 103375.00 |
| YES ON I-125 COMM                                                      |                           | 125          | For          | SEIU 775 HEALTHCARE NW                                                    | 100000.00 |
| SENATE REPUB CAMP COMM                                                 |                           |              |              | ANN RIVERS FOR STATE SENATE                                               | 100000.00 |
| REAGAN FUND                                                            |                           |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            | 100000.00 |
| COMMUNITY PROGRESS                                                     |                           |              |              | THE REAGAN FUND                                                           | 100000.00 |
| BRYANT WILLIAM L                                                       | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY                                         | 100000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES  (WFSE)                          | 100000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | HOLLAND CLYDE                                                             | 100000.00 |
| ENTERPRISE WA JOBSPAC                                                  |                           |              |              | CHEVERON POLICY GOVT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS                                     | 100000.00 |
| QUALITY COMMUNITIES COMM (REAGAN FUND)                                 |                           |              |              | THE REAGAN FUND                                                           | 100000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | HOLLAND CLYDE                                                             | 100000.00 |
| FAMILIES FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT                                       |                           | 1            | Against      | KEMPER HOLDINGS                                                           | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | VON MUEFFLING WILLIAM                                                     | 100000.00 |
| INSLEE JAY R                                                           | GOVERNOR                  |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE                             | 100000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS                                                 | 100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 100000.00 |
| JUDICIAL INTEGRITY WA PAC                                              |                           |              |              | FISHER KEN                                                                | 100000.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | SEIU 775 QUALITY CARE COMMITTEE                                           | 100000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | AMAZON                                                                    | 100000.00 |
| SENATE REPUB CAMP COMM                                                 |                           |              |              | JOHN BRAUN FOR STATE SENATE                                               | 100000.00 |
| HOUSE DEMO CAMP COMM                                                   |                           |              |              | FRIENDS OF FRANK CHOPP SURPLUS ACCOUNT                                    | 100000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | MICROSOFT                                                                 | 100000.00 |
| SENATE REPUB CAMP COMM                                                 |                           |              |              | CURTIS KING FOR STATE SENATOR                                             | 100000.00 |
| WA CHARTERS ACTION PAC                                                 |                           |              |              | BINDER KATHERINE                                                          | 100000.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | SEIU 1199 NW                                                              | 100000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | THE FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                      | 100000.00 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                 |                           |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            | 100000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 775 QUALITY CARE COMM                     |                           |              |              | SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION POLITICAL EDUCATION AND ACTION FUND | 100000.00 |
| OUR WASHINGTON                                                         |                           |              |              | SEIU WA STATE COUNCIL PAC                                                 | 100000.00 |
| MAINSTREAM VOTERS OF WA                                                |                           |              |              | HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                         | 100000.00 |
| OUR WASHINGTON                                                         |                           |              |              | WA FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES                                          | 100000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | FISHER KENNETH L                                                          | 100000.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE                                 | 100000.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | SEIU HEALTHCARE UNITED FOR QUALITY CARE 1199 NW                           | 100000.00 |
| SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTL UNION 1199 NORTHWEST PAC                        |                           |              |              | SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199 NW                                                   | 100000.00 |
| COMMUNITY PROGRESS                                                     |                           |              |              | THE REAGAN FUND                                                           | 100000.00 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                 |                           |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            | 100000.00 |
| FAMILIES FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSIT                                       |                           | 1            | Against      | KEMPER HOLDINGS                                                           | 100000.00 |
| WA ST DENTAL PAC                                                       |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON STATE DENTAL ASSOCIATION                                       | 100000.00 |
| QUALITY COMMUNITIES COMM (REAGAN FUND)                                 |                           |              |              | THE REAGAN FUND                                                           | 100000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | WASHINGTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION                                          | 100000.00 |
| MAINSTREAM VOTERS OF WA                                                |                           |              |              | KENNEDY FUND                                                              | 100000.00 |
| CIT FOR PROGRESS ENTERPRISE WA                                         |                           |              |              | ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBSPAC                                           | 100000.00 |
| FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                       |                           |              |              | THE FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                      | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | SOROS JONATHAN                                                            | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | DEVAAN JON                                                                | 100000.00 |
| CARBON WA                                                              |                           | 732          | For          | KELLY PETER                                                               | 100000.00 |
| NO ON 732 SPONSORED BY THE ASSN OF WA BUSINESS                         |                           | 732          | Against      | PUGET SOUND ENERGY                                                        | 100000.00 |
| REAGAN FUND                                                            |                           |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            | 100000.00 |
| AUDUBON WA                                                             |                           | 732          | For          | THE DURST ORGANIZATION LP                                                 | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | REPRESENT US                                                              | 100000.00 |
| CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT SENIORS                          |                           | 1501         | For          | SEIU 775                                                                  | 100000.00 |
| HARRY TRUMAN FUND                                                      |                           |              |              | WA EDUCATION ASSN PAC                                                     | 100000.00 |
| SEATTLE PROTECTS WOMEN UNITE HERE LOCAL 8 FOR YES ON 124               |                           | 124          | For          | UNITE HERE LOCAL 8                                                        | 100000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION                                          | 100000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION PAC                                      | 100000.00 |
| THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                 |                           |              |              | STRAT PAC                                                                 | 100000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | VULCAN, INC.                                                              | 100000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | EXPEDIA                                                                   | 100000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | WASHINGTON ENGINEERS PAC                                                  | 100000.00 |
| KENNEDY FUND                                                           |                           |              |              | SEIU LOCAL 775                                                            | 100000.00 |
| FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                       |                           |              |              | THE FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                      | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | ELDRIDGE SEAN                                                             | 100000.00 |
| WA ST REPUB PARTY NON EXEMPT                                           |                           |              |              | HOLLAND CLYDE                                                             | 100000.00 |
| SOUTHWEST COMMUNITIES ENTERPRISE WA                                    |                           |              |              | ENTERPRISE WASHINGTON'S JOBSPAC                                           | 100000.00 |
| GOOD GOVT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                           |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 100000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | WASHINGTON FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES                                  | 100000.00 |
| OUR WASHINGTON                                                         |                           |              |              | WA FEDERATION OF STATE EMPLOYEES                                          | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | ELDRIDGE SEAN                                                             | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | ABRAMS JEREMY JJ                                                          | 100000.00 |
| WORKING FAMILIES                                                       |                           |              |              | THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL                                                    | 100000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199NW                                                    | 100000.00 |
| SEATTLE PROTECTS WOMEN UNITE HERE LOCAL 8 FOR YES ON 124               |                           | 124          | For          | UNITE HERE                                                                | 100000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | THE FAIRNESS PROJECT WA PAC                                               | 100000.00 |
| KENNEDY FUND                                                           |                           |              |              | SEIU HEALTHCARE 1199NW                                                    | 100000.00 |
| NEW DIRECTION PAC                                                      |                           |              |              | SEIU WASHINGTON STATE COUNCIL PAC                                         | 100000.00 |
| OUR WASHINGTON                                                         |                           |              |              | WA CONSERVATION VOTERS ACTION FUND                                        | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | ELDRIDGE SEAN                                                             | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | JOHNSON JOHN S  III                                                       | 100000.00 |
| WA ST DEMO CENT COMM EXEMPT                                            |                           |              |              | PUYALLUP TRIBE OF INDIANS                                                 | 100000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | IBEW PAC VOLUNTARY FUND                                                   | 100000.00 |
| MASS TRANSIT NOW                                                       |                           | 1            | For          | GATES WILLIAM  III                                                        | 100000.00 |
| REAGAN FUND                                                            |                           |              |              | REPUBLICAN STATE LEADERSHIP CO                                            | 100000.00 |
| RAISE UP WA                                                            |                           | 1433         | For          | THE FAIRNESS PROJECT                                                      | 100000.00 |
| NO ON 732 SPONSORED BY THE ASSN OF WA BUSINESS                         |                           | 732          | Against      | KAISER ALUMINUM                                                           | 100000.00 |
| INTEGRITY WA                                                           |                           | 1464         | For          | WILSON FRED                                                               | 100000.00 |
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See Campaign money pours into Washington state races days before election.

Time to stop being polite to Repugs: Stop being Complicit

In society there are rules of etiquette that enjoin us to respect political and religious differences.  For example, at work, at the store, and on social networks such as nextdoor.com, we are expected to be nonpartisan and to respect differences of opinion.

But given the racism, sexism, craziness, and all-round destructiveness of the conservative movement — especially as realized by Donald Trump — it is our moral obligation to loudly oppose conservative thinking in all its forms.

Just as we are morally obligated to oppose fascism.

Shout down and insult conservatives in your midst!

As Senator Jeff Flake said in his speech announcing his retirement, “I will not be complicit.”

Kushner admitted: “Trump thinks Republicans are stupid”: “So basically Trump was deliberately and successfully lying about his belief that Obama’s birth certificate was somehow false since 2011.  He perpetuated this lie because it would appeal to Republicans — and it did — but he didn’t actually believe it himself.”

From The Atlantic:

In 2008, three-quarters of the major GOP presidential candidates said they believed in evolution, but in 2012 it was down to a third, and then in 2016, just one did. That one, Jeb Bush, was careful to say that evolutionary biology was only his truth, that “it does not need to be in the curriculum” of public schools, and that if it is, it could be accompanied by creationist teaching. A two-to-one majority of Republicans say they “support establishing Christianity as the national religion,” according to Public Policy Polling.

Before Trump won their nomination and the presidency, when he was still “a cancer on conservatism” that must be “discarded” (former Governor Rick Perry) and an “utterly amoral” “narcissist at a level I don’t think this country’s ever seen” (Senator Ted Cruz), Republicans hated Trump’s ideological incoherence—they didn’t yet understand that his campaign logic was a new kind, blending exciting tales with a showmanship that transcends ideology.

The fact-checking website PolitiFact looked at more than 400 of his statements as a candidate and as president and found that almost 50 percent were false and another 20 percent were mostly false.

Conservative commentator George F. Will: “It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence. ”

James Madison” “The day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility… because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few.”

Valerie Tarico: “Trump is appointing a fox to every henhouse based on what kind of hens each fox most wants to eat.”

David Stockman (former Reagan budget advisor): “[T]he Republican Party was hijacked by modern imperialists during the Reagan era. As a consequence, the conservative party cannot perform its natural function as watchdog of the public purse because it is constantly seeking legislative action to provision a vast war machine of invasion and occupation.”

Our technology and progress are due to scientists. Repugs are science deniers.

Trump is dismantling the EPA.

Trump and the Republicans want more tax cuts for the the rich, despite record concentration of wealth.

Yet almost half the electorate are brainwashed into electing an obviously incompetent and unstable conman as president. So the problem is not just Trump.  The problem is the conservative movement and the right wing media and billionaires that fund it.

Report on the AAPI candidates forum with state senate candidates Dhingra, Englund, Kuderer and Darnelle

On Thursday October 5, the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Eastside Candidate Forum was held at the North Bellevue Community Center. Sponsors included the Korean American Coalition – Washington, American Civil Liberties Union, MAPS-AMEN (Muslim Association of Puget Sound — American Muslim Empowerment Network), APACEvotes, Tasveer, Seattle JACL, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Eastside Asian Pacific Islanders, India Association of Western Washington, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, and International Community Health Services.

Candidates and moderator for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Eastside Candidate Forum

The speakers were, from left to right are 48th LD state senate candidates Michelle Darnell (Libertarian) and Patty Kuderer (Democrat); Aneelah Afzali (the moderator, from MAPS-AMEN); and 45th LD state senate candidates Jinyoung Lee Englund (Republican) and Manka Dhingra (Democrat).  There was a large turnout of mostly Asian people.  Samosas and kofta were provided.

The format was:  the (excellent) moderator asked each of the candidates questions.  Each candidate had four minutes to respond.  There was no time at the end for questions from the audience, though the candidates stayed and responded individually.

For a transcript of several of the speeches see this Bellevue Reporter article about education funding and this Bellevue Reporter article about hate speech.

Manka Dhingra wants to fund education by reducing some of the many tax loopholes that favor corporations and that don’t benefit the middle class by producing jobs.    Dhingra said that state senate Republicans supported the creation of a registry of Muslim residents.  (“Republican state legislative leaders, however, have been cool to the idea on proposals aimed at protecting against deportations” — source. See also this.)    At one point Dhingra mentioned that the state senate majority leader (Mark Schoesler) once wore a “Make America Great Again” hat in the senate chambers. (Presumably, Dhingra was trying to associate state Republicans with the albatross of extremism of Trump and the D.C. Republicans).  In response, a south Asian (Indian?) audience member rose and shouted, “What’s wrong with that?”.   (What’s wrong with wanting America to be great again?   Or what’s wrong with supporting Trump?)  The moderator and several audience members worked to calm down the woman, who continued to mumble to the people around her.  Dhingra mostly ignored the woman’s interruption.  Asked what bill she would introduce first as a state senator, Dhingra said: a bill to close loopholes in gun laws that allows people convicted of harassment to continue to own guns.

Jingyoung Englund said there is extremism on both sides and repeatedly blamed one-party rule, in both Olympia and D.C., for our political problems.   (But Republicans have controlled the state senate in Olympia since 2012.)  She says that one reason to vote for her is that Republican politicians in D.C. would be more likely to listen to her pleas than to the pleas of a Democrat.  (She is basically admitting that the D.C. Republicans are extreme.)  She claimed Asian Americans would be the majority by some point in the 21st century.  Several of Englund’s answers were vague or  confused. She called for everyone to get together and have “conversations.” Asked what issue she would first address as state senator, Englund said: transportation. “The legislation that I would proactively pursue has to do with transportation. Because when I go door to door, the people in my district over and over the things I feel most about is I feel overburdened by taxes, I want to maintain quality education and public schools, and number three: traffic. Traffic is awful. Wherever you are in Washington State, it’s awful.” (Untrue! Traffic is not awful in rural areas.)   But she offered no solution. Instead she proposed lowering car tab fees — which wouldn’t help traffic at all! She said one Romanian family pays $1200 in car tabs. “I would work with both Democrats and Republicans to find a way to bring relief to the families who suffered this year and then, moving forward, make sure that they don’t have to keep paying such high fees.”   Here is a video of her remarks on transportation.

The moderator asked Englund about our regressive tax system.  Englund avoided the question and didn’t give a straight answer. After the forum, I asked the moderator why she didn’t press Englund about it (the moderator made a point of interrupting the speakers if they strayed from topic); she said she ran out of time, but she encouraged me to ask Englund in person. So I did. Englund again avoided the question and just said that the voters don’t want more taxes.  I said, it’s not a matter of more taxes, it’s a matter of fairer taxes. Still, Englund didn’t respond.

In her closing statement, Englund said that extremism is “deteriorating our democracy” and, overall, gave an impression of someone too immature to be a state senator.   Below is her closing speech, in which she speaks like a high schooler:

Patty Kuderer, who was appointed to the 48th LD state senate seat, emphasized education and the state’s responsibility to amply fund it, per the state Constitution and state Supreme Court rulings.  If we don’t educate the kids, they end up in the court system and we end up paying times as much to prosecute and imprison them.  Kuderer wants to eliminate the real estate tax break for (oil) companies that was hidden in the last-minute budget deal designed largely by the state senate.  Kuderer spoke of our regressive tax system and of the need for a capital gains tax, that would target only 1% of the population.  Asked to name the first bill she would submit as senator she said she’d propose a state infrastructure bank similar to, but more limited than, Sen. Bob Hasegawa’s proposal for a state bank.  Half the cost of infrastructure is debt servicing paid to Wall Street. The state pays $3 billion every year (or two) to Wall Street. But the state can finance projects itself and save a lot of money. North Dakota has a similar bank, and it survived the recession well.  Such a bank would complement, not replace, private banks.

Michelle Darnelle is opposed to the the monopoly on government by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, which she said are corrupt. She claims to be sympathetic to the concerns of both many on the left (Occupy) and the right (Tea Party) who are fed up with the two main political parties. She called for “incentivizing” quality education via choice, charter schools, and vouchers. She suggested that a strong economy would reduce anti-immigrant views;  she gave the analogy that crowded, starved rats become cannibalistic.    Because of the Las Vegas massacre there will be calls for more government surveillance and meddling with Americans’ rights.    She claimed the ultimate cause for such massacre is the widespread use of anti-depressants, which have nasty side-effects.  Darnelle raised her voice in anger at several points.  Her first bill as senator would be a homeowner’s bill or rights, to protect homeowners from foreclosure when the next recession hits. She claimed that Attorney General Bob Ferguson did little or nothing to protect homeowners in that way.  (But see this and this.). When I asked her she would do about traffic suggestion, Darnelle suggested eliminating tolls on roads. (Wouldn’t that mostly just increase traffic?)    I believe Darnelle has little chance of winning against Kuderer.  No Republican candidate survived the top-two primary.  This is Darnelle’s fourth run, I believe she said.

How the Seattle Times could prosper

I’ve never subscribed to the Seattle Times. The reason is that, as a progressive, I disagree with many of the political endorsements by the editorial board.

Yet when I speak with conservatives they often say they dislike the Seattle Times because it’s too liberal! The Seattle Times gets hit from both sides of the political aisle.

Admittedly, the editorial board is more libertarian than conservative. That is, they’re generally liberal on social and foreign policy issues and conservative on tax and fiscal issues.

And it sure is sad and dangerous that journalism is struggling and that the news room and the public have to pay the price.

Yet I have a suggestion about how the Seattle Times and other news outlets can win back subscribers: Stop endorsing candidates and policies. The main purpose of a newspaper should be to present the news as objectively and fairly as humanly possible. The editorial page can still be used to present opposing viewpoints by outside commentators, but except in cases of obvious incompetence or political extremism, the board should avoid partisan politicking.

Recognizing a Tyrant

Symptoms by which you may recognize a tyrant:

1. Fears losing their position; actions driven by this fear
2. Attempts to rise above the rule of law
3. Does not accept criticism
4. Cannot be called to account for their actions
5. Does not listen to advice from those who do not curry favor
6. Prevents those who disagree from participating in politics

If any of this sounds familiar, we are in trouble. By definition, a democracy rejects tyranny in all its forms.

[Paraphrasing Paul Woodruff, First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea]

In Bellevue, the issues of the homeless shelter and safe injection sites are wedge issues promoted by scared Republicans

In Bellevue and other Eastside communities, there is highly partisan debate underway, online and at city meetings, about the proposed men’s shelter in Eastgate, and about King County’s plan to have safe injection sites for the most addicted opiate users.

The real reason for the fervency of the opposition on these issues is that Republicans need wedge issues to distract voters from Donald Trump and from the fact that the Republican-controlled state senate just raised King County homeowners’ real estate taxes by up to $800 a year.

Republicans have lost control of the eastside in the state legislature: all legislators in the 41st and 48th legislative districts are Democrats (and female). That fate was sealed last year when Democrat Lisa Wellman defeated Republican Steve Litzow for the 41st LD state senate seat.

Likewise, in the 2016 election, every single precinct in the 41st, 45th, and 48th LDs preferred Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine over Donald Trump & Michael Pence. (Source: database downloaded from: King County Elections) Opposition to Trump is what probably sank Litzow, who even sent out campaign literature stating his opposition to Trump.

Finally, in the recent primary election in the 45th LD, Democrat Manka Dhingra beat Republican Jimyoung Englund by double digits. (source)  Check out this to see who’s funding Englund.

The real estate tax increase was a result of the need to fund education, to satisfy the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Even Republicans agreed that the state needed to raise revenue. Rather than taxing the rich, as the Democrats wanted to do with their proposed capital gains tax and their plan to eliminate tax exemptions, Republicans insisted on funding McCleary almost entirely by raising existing regressive taxes (“no new taxes”). Another reason for the budget deal was to make sure that King County would subsidize the (mostly Republican) districts in the eastern part of the state.

All six Democratic legislators in the 41st and 48th legislative districts voted against the budget deal. But Democrats have only a two seat majority in the state house, so the bill passed, hours before the deadline that would have shut down the government.

This is the background that explains what’s going on with the opposition to the homeless shelter and safe injection sites.

The Eastgate shelter site is beside a transit center, a public health facility, and Bellevue College but is otherwise in a non-residential area. The closest homes are 850 away. But many citizens say they’re worried that the shelter — which would be “low-barrier” — would bring drugs and crime to the neighborhood and would lower real estate values.

Likewise, there is debate about whether safe injection sites should be located in King County, as has been proposed by the King County Council. The Council agreed that such sites would be located only in cities that welcomed them. City councils in Bellevue, Auburn, and Federal Way have voted to oppose such sites.

On social networks such as nextdoor.com, at town council meetings, in letters-to-the-editor, and at community meetings, some people are using their strong opposition to the shelter and the safe injection sites as wedges to attack politicians. There is a petition, I-27, to oppose heroin injection sites.

The petition and the opposition to the shelter are being driven by partisan Republican zeal to find wedge issues to win elections. Republicans are scared and need issues to win back votes.

The Seattle Times article Initiative proposed to ban heroin safe-injection sites in King County explains the origin of the safe injection petition:

The initiative campaign has been partly funded by major donors to Republican campaigns including Clyde Holland, Ken Fisher, Bruce McCaw and Skip Rowley. Signature-gathering began in Redmond and was focused on the Eastside suburbs, Sinderman said, though it was unlikely a site would be proposed there. And a spokesman for the I-27 campaign, Keith Schipper, is a former communications director for the Republican State Party…. Chris Vance, a former state Republican Party chairman, said he believes those leading the I-27 campaign sincerely believe safe-injection is bad policy. But they also see it as a way to make political gains. It is “absolutely the type of thing that’s been a wedge issue that allows suburban Republicans to differentiate themselves from Seattle Democrats,” said Vance, a former Metropolitan council member.

When I posted that quote on nextdoor, someone responded by telling a sad story about her niece dying in the hospital from liver failure due to drug use. I responded:

So sorry to hear about your niece. That’s why society needs to set up various kinds of treatment options. Surely you don’t think the supporters of safe injection sites like opiate use? Injection sites are one of many options for treatment, and only for the most addicted people. Besides, as the article points out, and as others have said, Bellevue and other Eastside communities are very unlikely locations for such a site. The City Council voted unanimously against it. Mostly, the issue is a wedge issue and a distraction from more pressing issues. For example, you point out “There are no beds. Medicare does not have coverage.” Why do you think that is? It’s because of our regressive, unfair tax system and corrupt political system. People are misled by propaganda. The issues of safe injection sites and the homeless shelters are distractions from more important issues.

Jared Nieuwenhuis, candidate for Bellevue City Council, used the issues of the shelter and safe injection site in his (nasty and dishonest) campaign literature. Here’s an image of the flier I got in the mail:

Campaign flier for Jared Nieuwebhuis attacking Karol Brown

In theory the city council elections are non-partisan. In practice, they are anything but. Look at the highly partisan campaign literature distributed by Jared. What does “Loyal to Seattle Special Interest Groups” mean? It falsely claims that Karol Brown will bring heroin injection sites; she opposes them. I can’t speak for whether Ms. Brown supports an income tax, but she should, and so should you, because our regressive tax system is very unfair to the middle class. Indeed, real estate taxes in Bellevue are going up about $800 next year because the Republicans refused to support a capital gains tax and refused to eliminate tax breaks for corporations and rich people.

Many experts and informed politicians think there is a role for safe injection sites.

“An article published this week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine addresses the massive scope of opioid addiction in the United States, and discusses numerous benefits of giving drug users a supervised place to inject–something other countries have put into practice all over the world.” See “Opioid Activists Are Going Rogue To Prove That Safe Injection Sites Save Lives” (Opioid Activists Are Going Rogue To Prove That Safe Injection Sites Save Lives)

Safe injection sites are a radical new approach to battling addiction

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supervised_injection_site

Yet I myself do not think Bellevue is the right place for a safe injection site. Besides, the issue is settled in Bellevue, since the city council has voted to oppose the site. Nor do I have strong opinions about the location of the homeless shelter.

I just think the massive opposition to safe injection sites, and to the homeless shelter, is blown way out of proportion. Both are being used as wedge issues. If people are so concerned about drug abuse, please support funding for other solutions to these problems.

How can we address the opiate crisis, homelessness, pollution, traffic, and our grossly unfair, regressive tax system that burdens the middle class and causes increasing concentration of wealth? Those are the real issues we face.