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Results of the 2007 legislature and May 15 special election

Sorry about not posting this sooner… it all started to pile up (that’s why it’s sort of long… sorry).  So, if you want quick answers if you’re short on time, just look for red and bolded words.

   Ø      If you received a ballot in the mail for the May 15 Special Election for Kitsap County about the library, this is for you:

I think it’s a great cause, but do we really need to upgrade our libraries?  They seem to have everything I need when I go to research or do a paper.  I sort of feel the same way on this issue as I did on the school levy, I’m in the middle and not quite decided myself. “The Board of Trustees of the Kitsap County Rural Library District adopted Resolution No. 2007-03 proposing to increase the District’s regular property tax levy.  This proposition would authorize the District to increase its regular property tax levy to $0.48 per $1,000.00 of assessed value for collection in 2008 in order to maintain existing services and meet increasing library service demands.  Levy increases in subsequent years would be as allowed by chapter 84.55 RCW.  Should this proposition be approved?” A simple majority is needed in order for this measure to pass. (50% saying yes)

  

A lot of good and bad things have

happened this year politically. Here are some…

  

  • The Domestic Partnerships bill that will give elderly homosexual and lesbian couples some of the rights that come with marriage was signed by Governor Christine Gregoire into law April 21, 2007.  Boo yah! Bad…bad…bad.  What is this State coming to!  God have mercy!

  • The sex education bill that would require every school to use the program (very graphic) starting 5th grade and up passed the House and Senate but has not been signed by Christine Gregoire due to the Speaker of the House (Frank Chopp) not giving it to her by the deadline.  She now has until May 15th to sign or veto.  Please contact her and pressure her to VETO it. Call her at (360) 902-4111 and urge her to veto SB 5297. Click here to email your message. (Don’t forget to ask for a response.) Call your friends and ask them to do the same!  Click here for an updated analysis on SB 5297.

What’s wrong about it?  IT’S BOMB BAD!!!  It was written by a lesbian and will require all schools to have this program which is more “scientifically accurate” (very graphic…bad).  It does not say anywhere in it about marriage… weird huh? “It mandates that
Washington’s public schools teach comprehensive sex education to include contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. The bill also eliminates a school district’s choice to teach only abstinence.” (http://src.wa.gov/issues_cutoffcasualties.htm)  So, it has a homosexual, lesbian view (emphasizes that the definition of family can be mom and mom, dad and dad, or mom and dad), doesn’t include marriage (which should be the first one mentioned for this subject), is very, very graphic, teach 5th grade (10 year olds!) and up, and won’t separate boys and girls while it is being taught.  One positive thing is the parents can choose (and see the curriculum) to remove their children, but most parents trust the schools, don’t have time, or don’t want to tell their kids so they’ll have the school do it.  Most parents don’t know they have this option though, because it is not emphasized or bold print.

  

  • The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban 5 to 4!!!!  Praise God!  What an awesome victory for life!  Now, it is by law that a woman cannot have an abortion when they  are past 3 months pregnant, unless their life is in danger.

Voted for it: Justice Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. Alito.

Voted Against: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, and Stephen G. Breyer.

 This is one small step to slowly outlaw abortion, and one giant leap for life! 

  • The U.S. Congress passed the Stem Cell Research bill that would fund embryo cell research (very bad).  But, President George Bush has threatened to veto it.  Amen!  Also, Congress does not have a three thirds majority to override the Presidents veto, so it’s pretty safe that it will not pass. (You never know with politics though.) 

Adult Stem Cell Research is good, it’s voluntary, has found many cures for things, and takes the cells from bone marrow.  These cells are used to replaced destroyed or damaged cells from an injury… there’s a lot more, but I don’t know the exact details.  But, what this bill would do is allow funding for embryo stem cell research which kills a life, isn’t voluntary (they don’t have a voice, just like victims of abortion!), has not found cures for things so far, and you have to take the embryos in huge quantities in order to attempt to get a cell to use.  The reason why they like embryos is because the adapt to their surroundings when put into someone, but adult cells carry certain specifics like blood, you can’t just stick them into any Joe Bloe.  The embryo why kills many lives for a single cell!  It’s just as bad as abortion.  Frozen embryos are unborn babies!  You can actually adopt frozen embryos.  I met a lady at the Capitol who had a 4-year-old daughter who she had adopted as a frozen embryo.  Just think, for scientific research, is it really worth it to kill lives to possibly harvest a single cell of an embryo to use for medical and health problems and research for cures?  I kept thinking of that little girl, and how hundreds of her are being murdered!  Has the quality of life been brought so low that the murder of thousands of innocent babies does not bother
America, or are they just ignorant of this, like the holocaust and concentration camps?

  

  • In case you want to know, a bill was passed the banned talking on cell phones while driving.  It isn’t a law yet, but I have no doubt it won’t be long before the governor signs it.  I’ll update you on this when I have details.

  • Last week, Molly and I went to a government class called TeenPact.  Our group this year was too small, and if we don’t get more people to attend, we can’t have a TeenPact next year!  It is an awesome, Christian based and view of politics, hands-on, (99.9% all homeschooled) government program that brings in speakers (a Senator, Representative, Lobbyist, and Supreme Court Justice), does a mock legislature, does mock committees over lunch, and much more.  If you’re interested, I’ll tell you more.  You can also check them out at www.teenpact.com.
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April 28, 2007 - Posted by | Political Updates

6 Comments »

  1. I appreciate the summary of what is happening in today’s government. Thank you so much!

    I wrote to the governor- forgot to ask for a reply but I did try my best to convince her to veto it! Thanks for letting me know!

    Keep it up!

    Comment by Amy | April 28, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thank for taking the time to put this info out. I also wrote the governor and asked her to veto 5B 5297. Thanks, Sarah

    Comment by Sarah Figueras | April 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. Way to go Amy and Sarah! It is so encouraging to know that people like you are contacting your legislators about things you’re concerned about. Not many people do this, so keep up the good work!

    Comment by Betsy | April 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. It is great that life is being protected from cruelty. In the partial birth abortion no pain killer is given to the baby to aliviate the pain of having the surgical instruments piercing the skull…

    It is not just the killing of a human being, it is also how he or she is killed. Not even animals are treated with such cruelty.

    Great to save them!

    Comment by Ignacio Segarra | April 30, 2007 | Reply

  5. Have you heard any more news about SB 5297? Was it vetoed?

    Comment by Amy | May 11, 2007 | Reply

  6. Unfortunately, it was signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on May 2, 2007. http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=49164

    I personally think we (the people) should make a referendum to this. I know A LOT of people who do not support this. Anyone interested or know how to do this?

    Comment by Betsy | May 11, 2007 | Reply


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