Stop the so-called Freedom Foundation from bringing bigot Dinesh D’Souza to Bellevue

I got this email from the Northwest Accountability Project. D’Souza sure is a despicable bigot. I don’t think it’s “censorship” to oppose his appearance. I do not propose denying his free speech rights. I just oppose giving him a platform to spread his disgusting views.

The Freedom Foundation has sunk to a new low. Their annual fundraising event is scheduled for later this month and they’ve chosen outspoken bigot Dinesh D’Souza as their keynote speaker. We’re calling on the Hilton Bellevue, the hotel hosting the scheduled September 28 fundraiser, to respect workers and the community, and cancel D’Souza’s appearance.

D’Souza is a convicted felon who has been pardoned by President Donald Trump. D’Souza has made millions from his racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-working class writings and movies. He opposes the Civil Rights Act, called President Obama a “boy” from “the ghetto,” said that American slaves were treated “pretty well”. In college, as the editor of the student newspaper, he publicly outed LGBTQ students without their permission. He was even deemed too radical for CPAC, the annual gathering of Republican ideologues, after he repeatedly mocked teenage survivors of mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

He may be too extreme for most conservatives, but according to the Freedom Foundation’s CEO Tom McCabe, he’s the “perfect fit for the Freedom Foundation.” For once, we agree with McCabe’s assessment.
The Freedom Foundation may endorse his brand of bigotry, but our community businesses should not give a platform to this kind of intolerant hate mongering.
D’Souza is an extremist provocateur whose hateful rhetoric is inconsistent with our shared Northwest values. By choosing D’Souza as their keynote speaker, the Freedom Foundation have shown us all their true colors. Will you join us in taking a stand against the Freedom Foundation and D’Souza? Tell Hilton to cancel D’Souza today.

In solidarity,

The team at the Northwest Accountability Project

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The budget deficit dropped two-thirds during the Obama administration. Forbes: GOP Has Been Playing Us All For Suckers

From PolitFact: “We rate the claim Mostly True.” Barack Obama claims deficit has decreased by two-thirds since taking office

From Forbes: On The Deficit, GOP Has Been Playing Us All For Suckers
The GOP budget and tax plan overwhelmingly benefits the rich.

Just a few months after the tax bill was signed, the GOP-controlled Congress agreed to increase federal spending and the budget deficit by another $130 billion or so.

Think about this. The same congressional Republicans who over the previous eight years wanted everyone to believe they were fiscal conservatives hell-bent on balancing the budget and not increasing the national debt, sponsored, passed and then danced around the fire because of legislation that will result in a permanent $1 trillion deficit and a debt that will soar to close to 100 percent of GDP by 2028.

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KCTS9: What’s Up With Washington State’s Tax System?

Washington state’s vibrant and diverse economy doesn’t hint at it. Neither does Seattle’s red-hot construction and tech boom, nor the sheer wealth of some of our residents. You’d never know it by the tens of thousands of people moving to Puget Sound for the plentiful jobs and outdoorsy lifestyle. But, Washington has a tax problem. It simply can’t seem to raise enough money to fund basic services. Especially not in ways that feel fair to most people or even meet what courts say are the fundamental expectations for important services. Read more: https://kcts9.org/node/55446

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My-Linh Thai for 41st LD State Rep Position 2!

My-Linh Thai has earned sole endorsements from the 41st District Democrats, King County Democrats, The Seattle Times, NARAL Pro-Choice WA, Children’s Campaign Fund, WA Education Association, WA State Labor Council, OneAmerica Votes, FUSE Washington, Win With Women PAC, etc. Also endorsed by the Alliance for Gun Responsibility. And more sole endorsements – Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Lt Governor Cyrus Habib, WA Sup’t Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, 41st District State Senator Lisa Wellman, King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, and many local elected officials and supporters around our region.

My-Linh Thai for 41st LD State House position 1: many endorsements

See https://www.my-linhthai.com/

Please vote for My-Linh Thai for 41st District State Representative, position 2.

Her “Democratic” opponent is funded by many of the same corporate interests that backed Republicans in recent elections.  Hence the numerous fliers they’ve been sending out.

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Fake Dem Wendy Weiker getting help from Phillips 66, Master Builders, charter school proponents, and other corporate entities

Residents of the 41st LD are getting lots of fliers in their mail in support of fake Democrat Wendy Weiker.  Weiker is running for the state House against My-Linh Thai, who is the current president of the Bellevue School Board  and is the candidate endorsed by the 41st LD Dems and by most Democrats.

Citizens for Progress Enterprise Washington, 1603 116th Ave NE Suite 120, Bellevue 98004 sent out the ad below. It says the top 5 contributors are : Enterprise WA’s jobs PAC, Phillips 66, WA Assoc of Realtors PAC, WA Hospitality Assoc PAC, Master Builders Assoc of King & Snohomish County Affordable Housing Council.

Ad for fake Dem Wendy Weiker, funded by corporate PAC Citizens for Progress Enterprise Washington

If you do a search on Washington State’s Public Disclosure Commission for Enterprise WA’s Jobs PAC you see that its top contributors are:

Weiker is also being supported by the pro-charter schools Stand For Children PAC, which is funded by Bill Gates and other rich people. (If you do a search of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission’s website, for Stand for Children, the source of the money is obfuscated. In 2017 $1,000,000 came from Stand for Children Portland, Inc.)  Stand for Children sent out at least one mailer for Weiker.

Stand for Children (pro-charter schools) PAC's ad for fake Dem Wendy Weiker

Another fake Dem is Rodney Tom, who flipped control of the State Senate to the Republicans in 2012. See this resolution.

In fact, Progress Enterprise WA, who is supporting Wendy Weiker, also supports Rodney Tom, and last year they supported the Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund who ran and lost against Manka Dhingra in the 45TH LD Senate race.  Prior to that they supported Republican Lisa Wellman. The Seattle Times reports in Running as a Democrat for the state Senate, Rodney Tom attracts help from Republican-leaning groups:

As of Monday, Republican-leaning groups have spent roughly $193,000 on ads in support of Tom.

Of that, $186,000 comes from a political-action committee called Citizens for Progress Enterprise Washington, with the balance coming from the Mainstream Republicans of Washington.

Citizens for Progress Enterprise Washington was one of the biggest players in last year’s 45th District special Senate election, which became the most expensive legislative race in state history.

In that race, the group spent more than $1 million in favor of Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund, or against Manka Dhingra, the Democratic candidate who prevailed.

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Fireplaces burning in the summer when it’s 90 degrees!

Yesterday in downtown Bellevue, I attended the Bellevue Arts Festival and popped into Lincoln Square South and other stores to cool off. I looked into the classy Hotel W and saw that they were running gas-powered fireplaces:

This is despite the fact that it was about 90 degrees outside.

I see other buildings in downtown Bellevue doing the same thing.

I suppose they do it for the mood. But what a waste!

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