Posts tagged ‘Evergreen Freedom Foundation’

April 2, 2010

Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control

by lewwaters

After speaking on the radio Wednesday of 3rd Congressional District candidate Jaime Herrera’s co-sponsorship and twice voting for HB 1329, an act to “provide collective bargaining for child care center directors and workers,” I was initially pleased to receive an email from Casey Bowman, Jaime Herrera’s campaign manager titled “Herrera Information.”

Assuming that Casey heard me explain my understanding of Jaime’s involvement with the bill and thinking she was finally sending me her reasoning and explanation of her support for such a “draconian piece of legislation,” as previously mentioned in A Phone Chat With Jaime Herrera, I quickly became disappointed to see the email was nothing more than a snow job attempt at damage control, as news of Jaime’s involvement in such an anti-conservative bill must be hurting her campaign.

The message turns out to be little more than a memo circulated to supporters, I assume, smearing those of us who have serious questions about Jaime’s judgment, especially in regards to her co-sponsorship and two votes in favor of this liberal pro-union bill. The memo itself is preceded with a curt comment from Casey that said,

“Lew –

Please see the attached memo. Consider it the Herrera Campaign’s response to your questions about this issue. We appreciate your patience with Jaime’s limited schedule in light of this extended legislative session.

Casey Bowman
Jaime Herrera for Congress”

The memo itself says,

From: Casey Bowman, Campaign Manager, Jaime Herrera for Congress
Memo: Jaime Herrera and SEIU

It won’t shock you to learn that there’s a false accusation being made in the race for Washington’s 3rd Congressional Seat, but you might be surprised at just how off base the claim is that Rep. Jaime Herrera is a big union supporter. In 2008 Jaime was endorsed by every major business group in Washington state, including the Association of Washington Business, NFIB, Independent Business Association of Washington, Washington Restaurant Association and others. She has never supported compulsory unionism and never will. She is a strong opponent of “card check” because she has seen the excesses of union leaders and is fully aware of the threats and intimidation that card check would inflict on workers.

To prove the false claim that Jaime is a big union supporter, her detractors point to legislation, HB 1329, she supported involving child care centers. Their claim is that the legislation forced “compulsory” unionization of child care workers. That simply is not true. Here are the facts:

· Washington state reimburses child care centers for care of kids under the state’s sponsorship. Many of these business owners believe that they should receive a better reimbursement rate from the state for caring for the most vulnerable children.

· The bill allowed child care center owners and workers to choose to have SEIU represent the business in negotiating better reimbursement rates from the state.

· The bill said nothing about unionizing the workforce. Child care center workers wouldn’t pay union dues or fees and wouldn’t be forced to join a union, at any time. The bill was at the request of the small business owners of day care centers.

Those are the facts about this legislation. Again, Jaime has never supported compulsory unionism and never will. That is why she is such a fervent opponent of card check. If the facts don’t sound anything like the claims of those attacking Jaime and her voting record, then you should ask them why they are spreading these false claims.”

Is it a “false claim” that Jaime co-sponsored and twice voted for this bill? No. Is it a “false claim” as to what we see in the bill? Casey Bowman says it is. But, what about others? Why was Jaime one of only 3 Republicans in the House to co-sponsor such a bill alongside 28 Democrats?

30 of her fellow Republicans and 4 Democrats voted against this bill while 57 Democrats voted for it alongside Jaime and a couple others.

In doing actual research into the bill I was amazed at just how much opposition there has been to it, apparently missed by both Herrera and her campaign manager, Casey Bowman.

Bowman emphasis’s that support of the bill “was at the request of the small business owners of day care centers.” Yet, a 2009 House Bill Report indicates those speaking in support of it before Commerce and Labor were Kim Cook, Megan Price, and Barbara Tristan, Service Employees International Union; Lucinda Young, Washington Education Association and American Federation of Teachers; Diane Gaile, Mariah Collaborative Arts Center and Washington Educators for Early Learning; Molly Boyajian, League of Education Voters; and Kim Gilligan, Washington Educators for Early Learning.

Opposed were Tom Emery, Love and Laughter Learning Center; Ginger Still, Kid’s World Childcare; Candi Doran, Little Orca Learning Center; Colleen Hill, Country Kids Playhouse; Kim Pressell, Middleland Kiddie Korral; and Margo Logan, Washington Parents for Safe Child Care.

Before the House Ways & Means Committee, those testifying in support were Adair Dammonn, Service Employees International Union 925; and Lucinda Young, Washington Education Association.

Those opposed were David Foster, Washington Child Care United; Tom Emery, Washington Child Care Alliance; and Amy Bell, YMCA of Washington.

While there is an element of truth in the bill does not mandate union membership, NOW, after the senate was successful in inserting a “voluntary opt-in” clause, several editorials were published condemning and opposing the bill’s original intent of making union membership “mandatory.”

In February 2009, Washington Policy Center issued a 10 page Policy Brief titled Unionizing Daycare that begins with,

For unionized daycare workers, membership in the union Local would be a mandatory condition of employment, and failure to pay union dues in full and on time would be cause for dismissal.”

Around the same time, editorials began appearing around the state in opposition of this bill. The Yakima Herald-Republic had Bid to unionize child-care centers still a bad idea. KOMO News ran Not all daycare owners thrilled about child-care unionization. The Seattle Times had State Senate should kill child-care unionization bill. The Tacoma News-Tribune ran Fund child-care, skip the middleman.

After the bill died in committee again, the Northwest Religious Liberty Association posted FORCED UNIONIZATION BILL IS DEFEATED!

Evergreen Freedom Foundation ran several posts in opposition as well. January 27, 2009 saw SEIU wants their cut of money for kids. February 10, 2009 saw Newspapers argue against unionizing daycares. Damning the bill, March 10, 2009 saw State House puts SEIU ahead of children.

In all, a search of Evergreen Freedom Foundations website of HB 1329 resulted in about 10 posts in opposition, many claiming “compulsory unionization” at least in part.

Scott Dilley of Evergreen Freedom Foundation gave neutral testimony before the House mentioning conservative concerns with this bill.

The Family Policy Institute of Washington ran two posts expressing strong conservative concerns with the bill titled WA Legislature Threatens Women’s Choice and Bill Encourages Churches to Indoctrinate Young Children?

Casey Bowman tells us we are “spreading false claims.” Are we to believe all the above, newspapers and conservative institutes that do not even mention Jaime or any of her opponents and largely remain neutral in campaigns are “spreading false claims” as well?

Jaime Herrera’s co-sponsorship and twice voting in favor of this bill are a matter of public record. What remains not public is her reasoning and thought process to go against the majority of conservatives in the legislature by supporting this “draconian piece of legislation.”

Bowman also states “Jaime has never supported compulsory unionism and never will.” If I am to accept that, which I largely do, then it brings to mind, Did Herrera Even Read HB 1329?

Jaime Herrera’s campaign would do much better by just honestly admitting to and explaining her reasoning in supporting this bill and not trying to blow it off with such a weak effort at a snow job.

Voters deserve no less.

March 14, 2010

State Spending Still Increasing?

by lewwaters

Time to drain the swamp in Olympia.

How many reasons do you need to vote Republican this November?

January 12, 2010

Tell Olympia, Cut Spending, NO NEW TAXES!

by lewwaters

Once again our state legislature has convened facing yet another massive budget shortfall of some $2.6 Billion.

As can be expected, our tax happy Democrat legislators are proposing a plethora of new taxes to make up the difference. We are told in the Seattle Times which would include “suspending or modifying Initiative 960, which required a two-thirds legislative majority or voter approval for tax increases.”

Also included is a general tax increase, increasing the sales tax we already pay, placing the sales tax on candy, muffins and bottled water and as we can always expect now, increasing tobacco taxes.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane says, “It’s not the desire to raise revenues. It’s what we believe is the moral necessity.”

Maybe it is that “moral necessity” that prevents her from mentioning SB 6520 (to implement an income tax for Washington) and SJR 8219 (Amending the Constitution to allow an income tax) in the latest attempt by Democrats to stick Washington Citizens with an Income Tax.

A more complete list of proposed bills may be seen at Washington Votes.

In her first proposed budget, governor Gregoire proposed to “gut services to the poor and suspend programs such as all-day kindergarten. Subsidized health insurance for thousands of low-income families and aid to people unable to work because of disabilities.”

Of course, she’ll be happy to withdraw those provided we get stuck with tax increases.

Evergreen Freedom Foundation is sponsoring an online petition No New Taxes in 2010 – PUSH BACK demanding no new taxes be placed on the already over-burdened Washington Citizens.

More information may be seen at WWW>PUSHBACKNOTAX.COM

Part of what they recommend,

“Pursuant to RCW 41.80.010(6) and effective immediately, we hereby direct both parties to all state collective bargaining agreements to immediately enter into collective bargaining for a mutually agreed upon modification of the agreements that results in a significant reduction of state spending.

Moreover, we hereby direct a revision of allotments of appropriations from the state General Fund to all state agencies including those agencies headed by elected officials and to the budgets of the Legislature and Courts. Each affected agency shall reduce its expenditures from the state General Fund by 8.4 percent of the agency’s total biennial state General Fund appropriations to be effective January 31, 2010, unless the legislature takes action prior to that date to save a corresponding amount.”

Even the Columbian joins in seeing the need for Public Employees to share in the hardships we are facing and urging the state to get Public salaries and benefits under control.

I urge all who believe we are already taxed too much, you that are struggling to make ends meet and see that paying more taxes will only hurt you more to please sign the petition by January 24th when they hope to deliver it to the legislature.

It is time for Olympia to learn they answer to us, not the other way around. We The People must take our government back if we are to survive and thrive again.

November 13, 2008

Bloggers, Are We Lobbyists?

by lewwaters

washington-sealPerhaps you think that is a silly question, but currently, the Public Disclosure Commission in Washington State is conducting hearings to determine if we should be required to register and file records as lobbyists in the state of Washington.

PDC Document (pdf file)

The first hearing was held November 12, 2008. Mike Reitz, of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has been covering this here and here.

I know that we who blog on political matters rarely agree and quite often are at extreme odds with each other, but do you think we are lobbyists?

A lobbyist is a person or group who tries to influence public officials, usually for specific groups or legislation who would gain from passing certain pieces of legislation. We seem to have a love/hate relationship with lobbyists, depending on just what official they are trying to influence on what specific piece of legislation.

While we may express our views in support of or opposition to candidates or legislation to the public who chooses to read our blogs, I do not see this as lobbying. I see it as expressing our views as we are entitled to under the First Amendment of our Constitution.

In a way, we supply Op-Eds and Letters to the Editors that escape editing by the local paper or that never get published. Often, we express a view either counter to what has been published or in support. Occasionally we speak out on a subject that should have been published, but wasn’t.

Look upon it as an Internet Soap Box in the park, but in the comfort of our homes.

Of course, we visit each other’s blogs and sometimes, engage each other, supplying lurkers with a reasoned argument, hopefully, that they will not see anywhere else. Sadly, those discussions all too often break down in ad hominem, but we do supply legitimate citizen debate and discussion without censorship, other than what we bloggers do not allow on our sites.

Should this effort by the Public Disclosure Commission succeed, I see this as a direct infringement on not only my free speech, but yours as well. I disagree with the Liberals all too often, but do not advocate their being silenced.

Bloggers, be you Liberal, Moderate or Conservative, we need to stand together on this one and protect our free speech on the Internet. Government should not be allowed to regulate us or silence us by forcing us to register as lobbyists.

Whatever your political views are, we need to flood Olympia with phone calls, letters and emails expressing our disagreement with this effort. It may very well affect all of us, should they pass it.

They meet again on December 4 to discuss this further. Join me in letting them know we will not stand for our free speech to be denied!