Governor Gregoire Must Resign or Face Recall

by lewwaters

Governor Christine Gregoire, first elected as Washington States governor in 2004 and under some fishy circumstances, is now working against the desires of voters within our state and has led our state to near bankruptcy.

She must resign or be recalled and soon. We can little afford to see her finish her term to 2012.

Her arrogance has gotten out of hand and she has shown that the will of the people does not matter to her. She no longer represents the people of Washington State, but represents the interests of her party and the deep pockets that have elected her twice now.

Under her domination, state spending has drastically increased, taxes have increased and we voters have had our voices ignored.

She has lied on not wanting to implement an income tax, unconstitutional in our state.

We are bankrupt and in deeper debt than ever and her answer is to stick it to voters, the taxpayers, and us with no regard to our well being or desires.

She was all to happy to sign away the will of the people of Washington state and to deny us our right to know how our elected officials voted on more tax increases when she signed the suspension of I-960.

And now, she has even gone beyond that! Seattle Times.

As I touched on earlier today, Attorney General Rob McKenna has announced he intends to join in with other states in filing lawsuits in opposition the recent unconstitutional seizure of our healthcare system voted in by House Democrats March 21, 2010.

Several states see this seizure as usurpation of states right, violation of the Tenth Amendment and places an even larger burden on our already over stretched budget. Every poll I have seen on this vote clearly shows the overwhelming majority of American Citizens and Washington State citizens are angry and opposed at the Democrats seizure of our healthcare system in this manner.

Governor Gregoire, totally ignoring the will of the very people she has sworn an oath to “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the state of Washington, and [to] faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Governor to the best of [her] ability.”

She has violated that oath by her actions listed above and now, she once again violates our trust by attacking Attorney General Rob McKenna over his standing up for the people of Washington State in fighting this unconstitutional seizure of our healthcare system.

Gregoire has said,

“I don’t know who he represents. He doesn’t represent me. I don’t think he represents a million and a half Washingtonians that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents small business that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents Medicare people who will be helped by this.”

Can she be that out of touch with her constituents?

AG McKenna represents me, Governor. He represents the approximately 650,000 taxpayers seeking jobs. He represents every taxpayer that sees their tax bill keeping them from providing properly for their families. He represents those who can ill afford to pay the federal fine for not having government approve and mandated health insurance. He represents every single person in our state that is tired of the budget deficits and rising taxes and tired of being raped by spend happy Democrats who pass oppressive taxes, fees and charges that you sign into law.

That’s who he represents, Governor.

Who do you represent, Governor Gregoire? Surely not the people of Washington State who must bow before your gilded throne of power.

In her arrogance, Gregoire adds,

“[I] told him to ‘get ready to represent me’ because [I] intend to file a legal brief opposing McKenna’s action.”

Gregoire then said she believes he had a ‘duty’ to consult with other top state officials before agreeing to sue the U.S. government.

The unmitigated gall of this woman to speak about “duty” after her treatment of Washington citizens and violating our trust. When has she shown any sense of “duty” towards us?

The very first section of the Washington State Constitution says, “

All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”

Our constitution also says at

SECTION 33 RECALL OF ELECTIVE OFFICERS. Every elective public officer of the state of Washington expect [except] judges of courts of record is subject to recall and discharge by the legal voters of the state, or of the political subdivision of the state, from which he was elected whenever a petition demanding his recall, reciting that such officer has committed some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office, stating the matters complained of, signed by the percentages of the qualified electors thereof, hereinafter provided, the percentage required to be computed from the total number of votes cast for all candidates for his said office to which he was elected at the preceding election, is filed with the officer with whom a petition for nomination, or certificate for nomination, to such office must be filed under the laws of this state, and the same officer shall call a special election as provided by the general election laws of this state, and the result determined as therein provided. [AMENDMENT 8, 1911 p 504 Section 1. Approved November 1912.]

My fellow citizens, we not only have the right, we have the duty to stand up to these tyrannical politicians who continue to tax and spend the state, and us, into bankruptcy.

We must stand together and in a loud voice demand that Governor Gregoire resign her office. If she will not voluntarily step aside due to her egregious conduct, we must begin legal proceedings to remove her by recall,

UPDATE: I have set up a facebook page open to all interested as an initial step for getting this effort going. Recall Governor Gregoire

Lend your voice and expertise and let’s actually do this.

27 Comments to “Governor Gregoire Must Resign or Face Recall”

  1. WRONG!! McKenna is the one who should be recalled!!

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  2. What an eloquent and well thought out comment……NOT!

    If you used your head instead of your emotions, you’d see that McKenna is standing up for the people, not special interests and socialists hell-bent on ruining our great nation and state.

    Gregoire and her fellow Dictacrats have bankrupted our state and their solution is to plunge us further into dispair and drive more jobs out of the state.

    Where do they intend to raise taxes for the next budget? How much more will they squeeze citizens who are now struggling? What will you do for healthcare with nearly 1/3 of Physicians saying they will simply retire instead of knucking under to this seizure?

    And, if we don’t turn it around, where would we most likely end up?

    What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us

    The Cuba I Saw

    A couple final points. If, as you seem to think, this bill was so great and wonderful, why did Obama & Pelosi have to resort to strong-arm tactics and bribes to get their own party members to vote for it?

    And, if those doctors that speak out in support are really concerned about healthcare expense, why don’t they lower what they charge?

    Wake-up while we still have a country left.

    For once, I support Rob McKenna as he is doing what the majority of citizens desire.

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  3. We can let our elected representatives know our disgust and who runs this country.

    Remove Murray, Cantwell and Baird from office for:

    Law: Const. Art. I § 33
    • Malfeasance or misfeasance while in office
    • Violation of oath of office

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  4. I am perplexed by the following blog I recently read:

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Attorney-General-Rob-McKen-by-Steve-Elliott-081007-317.html

    Help me dissect it, Lew.

    Jane

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  5. Jane, I’m not sure just what sort of dissecting you desire, it’s someone’s opinion.

    McKenna is not my idea of a perfect Republican. Many stands on issues he has taken frustrates me and I would have a hard time supporting him for the governorship. Many will disagree with me.

    If he were running against Gregoire, I’d support him, although reluctantly.

    But, when he takes the right side of an issue, I’ll stand with him.

    What we have to be careful of and stop doing is letting the left keep us in their box, defining who and what we are, which I see much of this op-ed attempting to do.

    Is he transgender as some fringe lunatic blogs claim? Personally, I neither know nor care. I doubt it, since he was an Eagle Scout, but that has nothing to do with this lawsuit.

    That is the left trying to play us again to pull away our support from someone they know can cause them harm to benefit us.

    I did not like that he filed that suit against the state GOP, but if they violated the law, he must. Just think, if he hadn’t, wouldn’t the left be crying how he allows us to get away with whatever?

    It’s an old game that we have fallen for too long now.

    John Ladenburg is a leftwinged Democrat who lost to McKenna last time. I’m sure he’d like to run again and win, so naturally, he’s going to cry conflict of interest. That would also weaken the chances of a successful lawsuit against the seizure of our healthcare system.

    Throughout this op-ed, I see mostly support for McKenna’s former opponent by a left-winged writer advocating marijuana usage, legalizing it. His bio reads like a flower child born too late for the hippies, but who embraced it early on in his life and never really outgrew it.

    Don’t be fooled by these dirty tricks of the left.

    This is just one person’s opinion against McKenna, trying to weaken our resolve.

    All the more reason I think we should begin a recall effort of the Head Lib in our state who ignores the people and has bankrupted us.

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  6. You might want to do something to get that petition started Lew. Or find someone who can actually do more than just blog about it. Maybe the ladies at the knit shop?

    Myself, I was very happy with Mr. McKenna until this came up. He runs a good office that has been highly responsive to some matters involving my family and especially my now deceased mother. At any rate, independents determine elections nowadays in most cases and wing-nut ways (right or left) won’t engender votes. It would take a good candidate to change my vote, but that is a possibility now. Yes, I’ve let Mr. McKenna know how I feel on this. You should let him know how you feel as well as he may give us complainers more consideration than otherwise.

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  7. My my, Pat. Does due process and adherence to the constitution disturb you that much?

    And yes, I would like someone with the legalese to actually start a petition drive to work with me or on their own. I would support them any way I could.

    Your right about Independents, especially if the base isn’t energized. What do you think Independents will do when they realize they will be forced to purchase government approved health insurance or pay a stiff fine?

    I contacted McKenna’s office before he announced filing this lawsuit encouraging him to do so. I think he knows how I feel about it.

    I appreciate and like your idea on ladies from the knit shop, though. I wonder if we can get one to take your seat on the council?

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  8. How many signatures do we need, and when can I sign?

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  9. We need someone with the legal experience to work with us, Charlene.

    Then we’ll need signature gatherers statewide.

    I’m hoping this post will spur some to action and we will gan someone to help work out the proper details.

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  10. I’ll gather signatures. Just forwarded this to others who will so so also. Name a site to post info, and let’s roll.

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  11. I’ve got inquiries out seeking help on just how to go about it, properly. I hate to go through the work and have it all thrown out because some wording was improper or something needed left out.

    I hope to receive word back soon, though.

    I think this would send a louder message than symbolic letters or gatherings were we remain ignored. And, it is possible it couldwork.

    It did in California a few years ago.

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  12. Attaa Boy Lew. I will join in.

    Larry

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  13. atta boy lew

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  14. I support Rob McKenna;s actions. The government should be in the hands of the people, I am with Charlene on this. Let’s roll!

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  15. Recall law in Washington is very strict. Basically, you have to have some very serious grounds. Someone’s pipe dream wouldn’t work as a basis (this is the same for the left side of the wing nut who is after Rob McKenna.)

    Lisa Ghormley’s petition drive on the Port of Vancouver’s tax increase was an entirely different matter. For us that collected signatures, it was a very, very easy matter as people flocked to their front doors when he showed up. It actually worked contrary to what Larry predicted.

    My opinion is that McKenna is Constitutionally incorrect. I believe as my Attorney General he has every right to do what he did. As one of those who voted for him, I voiced to him my displeasure. That is democracy. If you don’t like it … oh well.

    I’ll try to get us a link to the WA recall law.

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  16. This should help:

    http://www.ncsl.org/LegislaturesElections/ElectionsCampaigns/RecallofStateOfficials/tabid/16581/Default.aspx

    Gives an overview and comparison between several states as well.

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  17. Washington Constitution, Article 1, Section 33:

    Section 33
    Text of Section 33:

    Recall of Elective Officers.

    Every elective public officer of the state of Washington expect [except] judges of courts of record is subject to recall and discharge by the legal voters of the state, or of the political subdivision of the state, from which he was elected whenever a petition demanding his recall, reciting that such officer has committed some act or acts of malfeasance or misfeasance while in office, or who has violated his oath of office, stating the matters complained of, signed by the percentages of the qualified electors thereof, hereinafter provided, the percentage required to be computed from the total number of votes cast for all candidates for his said office to which he was elected at the preceding election, is filed with the officer with whom a petition for nomination, or certificate for nomination, to such office must be filed under the laws of this state, and the same officer shall call a special election as provided by the general election laws of this state, and the result determined as therein provided.
    Amendments

    * State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 8, approved in November 1912.

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  18. Pat, I have no problem with you voicing your opinion. I think I show that by many of the comments I allow here from many opposed to my views. That too is a Representative Republic, which is my understanding of what we have, not a democracy.

    I don’t think this is just a pipe dream of mine. Believe me, it isn’t personal in the sense of I have a grudge against her. I don’t. I do believe she has violated her oath to the people in the state.

    I had looked into the constitution, which I used a portion of.

    However, I also appreciate your link and will look more into it as I continue this. Like I said, I’m just an aging blue collar worker and don’t like seeing our rights and liberties slowly disappearing before our eyes.

    It won’t be overnight, but neither was Gray Davis’s.

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  19. Thanks Lew. I appreciate the opportunities here. A lot of blogs aren’t open for discussions. – Pat

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  20. When I called McKenna’s office to express our support they had so many calls that they set up a separate message line for people to leave comments for him. The support for this lawsuit is overwhelming. There’s a small document that purports he do this on our behalf and it’s called
    The Constitution.
    On the Medicare subject her statement is false. The Part D doughnut
    hole only affects about 100,000 out of the 5.3 Million Medicare patients. Only the very sick take that many prescriptions a year that take them to the $2,850 expenditure limit and they usually then are automatically qualified and put on state Medicaid. Soundbites are good until you verify the statement and learn the real facts.

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  21. Lew-
    dont get me wrong – i have little respect for republicans or democrats – they both steal from me. i do have respect for our constitution – and i am totally offended that we have a jackass for governor, who wouldnt be our governor except for a block of dead people that voted for her, probably thanks to acorn. So, count me in……the governor has broken her oath to support the constitution and should be recalled, impeached, and tarred and feathered, never being allowed another government position to steal from the people. I heard you on Victoria Taft…..how do we get a hold of you.

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  22. HealthcareWorker, thanks. We need people from the Medical Field to join and speak out.

    Walter, any who want to volunteer to help out and offer some knowledge on doing this may contact me at lewwaters@gmail.com

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  23. Thanks Pat Campbell. We may wish to find the interpretation of “malfeasance”. In other discussions nationwide I’ve heard that it in not strictly defined, and is basically misbehavior and/or misdemeanors.
    To dismiss the overwhelming response in support of Mr. McKenna’s actions, crying that HER rights supercede the rights of our citizens is an egregious act of dereliction of her duties as governor, For her to threaten to use state funds to sue him when the state is in serious financial trouble..after she has personally turned a budget surplus into a deficit is and is professionally and morally irresponsible.
    And with all due respect, we are not a democracy…we are a representative Republic.

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  24. Charlene, as I understand it, misfeasance is more in line with her actions. The definitions I find for misfeasance are, “1.a wrong, actual or alleged, arising from or consisting of affirmative action.
    2.the wrongful performance of a normally lawful act; the wrongful and injurious exercise of lawful authority.”

    Malfeasance is close with, “the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; wrongdoing (used esp. of an act in violation of a public trust).”

    I learned last evening that a recall petition has been submittd to Sec State Reed already and is being reviewed by a judge.

    I don’t have more information than that, just yet. But, if there is a sincere petition already and it gains approval, we might just try to blend efforts.

    I’d like to see there because it was submitted maybe a month or so ago, which would mean her latest actions would not be on it.

    If anybody else hears of any such efforts, we all need to join ranks in a concerted effort to send her packing.

    And no, that doesn’t mean I’m giving this up, just seeking the best way to manage it.

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  25. I am a lifelong washington state resident (born in seattle) I remember when there was a tax on grocery store food. The courts then ruled grocery store food tax is illegal and violates washington state constitution. The grocery store tax was then reinstated pending appeal. The appeal upheld the ruling that grocery store food tax was illegal and grocery store food tax came off. I believe this was in the 1970s.

    We now have the state legislature “deeming” certain food items as “unnecessary” (candy) so they placed the tax back on those items. Next they will “deem” other food items such as sugar, doughnuts, and pizza as “unnecessary” Just because they want to raise taxes does not mean they can go against what the courts have already ruled (and upheld) by deeming certain items “unnecessary”. There is also an issue of some items whether they will be taxed under this illegal scheme: Would caramel apples and chocolate strawberries be taxed? if so, then why won’t chocolate / candy dipped ice cream be taxed? This economy some companies cannot even make payroll and the state legislature thinks giving them a “tax break” will help??? They are doing and end run around washington state law and think they can get away with it.

    Taxing bottled water is a bottle tax. If you take your own bottles into safeway, you can refill the bottles and pay for the water – there is no way no how the state can charge a sales tax on the property (bottles) you already own. Also water is a necessity and should not be taxed like this – based on the sales tax rulings the courts have made in the past (see above)

    Taxing SOME beer and SOME soda pop and not others based on the success of a business is socialism. Bigger businesses should be given tax breaks, not penalized, for having more employees and bringing more money into the community. This part of the law is entirely unfair and unethical.

    I am also upset the state legislature thinks it can go behind a court ruling and reverses the court ruling that extended tax breaks to out-of-state direct sales companies. They, once again, are interfering with the judicial branch of government and doing end runs around the law.

    Something else extremely offensive, and should be illegal, is the state legislature went behind the voters backs and overturned the requirement for 2/3 majority to pass any tax increases. It blows my mind they can suspend something the voters passed just by taking a vote to suspend it. What good are referendums and voting if the legislature can suspend any of them they want to? The people voted for a 2/3 requirement and they did not want the legislature to overturn it just because they didn’t like it. Why even bother to get a referendum on the ballot if the legislature will suspend or invalidate it if they don’t like it??? It makes me believe the people have absolutely no say in the state.

    The entire tax package passed by the state legislature goes against the washington state constitution, is entirely illegal, goes against the will of the people, tramples the judicial branch of state government, and should not be allowed to go in effect.

    I feel my vote does not count and is worthless when the state legislature can suspend the will of the voters whenever they want just by voting on it. Somebody needs to enforce washington state law and stop the legislature from over stepping their branch of the government.

    What can I do and who should I contact to stop this illegal budget going into affect? Also, governor gregoire needs to be recalled. She was the top attorney in the state so she should know how illegal this budget is – and she doesn’t care and she said she will sign it. Don’t the legislature and governor take an oath to uphold the constitution of the state of washington (as well as the united states constitution) ? If so, they are violating their oaths and all of them need to be impeached / recalled or whatever can be done in the state of washington.

    If the state of washington / city of seattle listened to the voters the under capacity viaduct replacement tunnel would not be built and the viaduct would be rebuilt – saving enough money to balance the budget with no new taxes. But the legislature and governor would rather over spend and place illegal taxes on the people.

    I am extremely angry with the state legislature and the governor.

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  26. Kim, here are some links to upcoming events this week and to groups that might interest you.

    We The People USA

    ResistNet.com

    Washington State Tax Day Tea Party
    04/15/10 12:00pm

    TEA FOR TWO – TAX DAY TEA PARTY
    2 Great Events – Go to one or go to both!
    Olympia: Captiol Steps from noon to 3:00 pm
    Seattle: Westlake Park starting at 5:30 pm
    All updates and information are available at http://www.teapartypatriots.com and http://www.piercecountyteaparty.com and http://www.southsoundteaparty.com

    WTP Freedom Rally-Vancouver
    04/17/10 11:30am

    We The People Freedom Rally at Esther Short Park
    Speakers: Victoria Taft, Samuel Adams, Rev. Wayne Perryman, and others TBD.
    When: April 17, 2010 – 11:30 to 1:30 PM
    Where: West Columbia and 8th Street, downtown Vancouver
    Cost: Free

    Organizers: We The People
    http://www.WashingtonPatriotHub.org

    http://www.WeThePeople-Vancouver.org

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  27. This Governor and her administration are out of touch and out of control.Please check out my new anti-gregoire song at the follopwing link:

    http://www.myspace.com/daryljohnson1961

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