Devastating 2016 Republican Agenda in Olympia

January 12, 2016 by islandersvoice1


Unbelievable but true! The following email message was received yesterday from Jamal Raad, Communications Director for the Washington State Democratic Party. This is a perfect example of what can happen to a democracy when gerrymandering led by the Republicans runs amok. Let’s support our Democratic state senator and representatives Kevin Ranker, Kris Lytton, and Jeff Morris to make sure that none of the proposed bills listed below are approved.

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From: Jamal Raad, Washington Democrats <>
Date: Monday, January 11, 2016
Subject: First Day of Session


Today marks the first day of the 2016 legislative session in Olympia. I wanted to pass along a few links to share.

1.We put out a release this morning highlighting the deeply conservative agenda the Republicans are pushing this session:

Here’s a taste of some of the bills:

HB 2291 – Rolling Back The Minimum Wage. Republicans want to account for health benefits when calculating the minimum wage rate and provide a “youth wage” which would cut the minimum wage for thousands of workers.

HB 2294 – Defunding Planned Parenthood. Republicans in Washington State are joining the national Republican mania of defunding Planned Parenthood.

HB 2325 – Math, Science and…Guns? Republicans want to bring the NRA into our high schools at taxpayer expense to teach our students about their far-right interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.

SB 6158 – Raffling Off Guns Without Background Checks. This bill would allow conservative and Republican political groups to give out guns to their members at fundraisers without voter-approved universal background checks

SB 6173 – Banning Policies To Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions. One of the State Senate’s lead recipients of campaign cash from the fossil fuel industry, Doug Ericksen, a Donald Trump supporter, is sponsoring legislation that would block action to protect Washingtonians from climate change.

HB 2293 – Awarding Electoral Votes To Republicans. Knowing they are most likely nominating a radical conservative like Donald Trump for President who has no shot at winning here in Washington state, Republicans are trying to sneak a way to award electoral votes to the GOP nominee for president even when they eventually lose.

2. Today, it was announced there will be an effort to raise the minimum wage on the ballot this November. The minimum wage will be raised to $13.50 over the next four years if the measure passes.

Look forward to more updates as the session progresses.


Jamal Raad
Communications Director, Washington State Democrats

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