“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

May Meeting Agenda (updated)

Good day!  My apologies for the delay in getting this out.  The May meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on May 14th, in the Father's House, 304 North 2nd Avenue, in Walla Walla.  This is a change from our past location.

The meeting agenda is: 
  • Local elected officials and filing dates
  • July 4th in the Park
  • Special Legislative Session called by Governor Inslee
  • Committee of Safety
There are 68 positions open for election in 2013 in Walla Walla County.  If we are to re-take our country, we can start at the grass roots, and that means conservatives running for office.  UPDATE:  The County Auditor runs the elections, and a list of open positions is available here.  If that link doesn't work, go to the Auditor's home page, and click on "Positions Open For Election" on the right side, under "Announcements".

Of special concern:  If you are not able to attend, please be sure to contact your representatives the State Legislature about the current "special session" in Olympia. 

Governor Inslee has the legislature headed for a "special session" at taxpayers' expense, because the House majority and the Governor want to raise taxes by $1 billion dollars and the Senate does not want to raise any taxes.  New taxes are not needed because Washington is expected to collect around $2 billion dollars in natural revenue growth this biennium.

This a major dispute over how much the state should be spending.  Most of the issues extraneous to the operating budget are issues that have already been rejected by the Senate this session, and by the House, in a number of examples.  But Governor Inslee seems committed to seeing several divisive social issues reconsidered when lawmakers reconvene.

Any time spent back in Olympia should be short and focused exclusively on the passage of an operating budget.  It's important that we keep an eye on Governor Inslee and the State Legislature.  More importantly, we need to let them know we are watching them.