Commissioners Postpone I-1639 Reso

Today’s scheduled vote of the Grays Harbor County Commissioners on a resolution opposing the implementation of I-1639 has been postponed. The resolution is patterned after a similar measure passed by Cowlitz County last month.

Action on the resolution was originally set for February 5. The vote was pushed back to today to give Commissioner Wes Cormier a chance to weigh in. Cormier has been absent for several weeks due to illness.

An announcement at this afternoon’s meeting indicated that action on the resolution has been “postponed” to March.

GH Resolution Opposing I-1639

When asked about the reason for the postponement at the Media Q & A session following the 1:00 p.m. meeting, Commissioner Vickie Raines boiled it down to two:

  • Providing Commissioner Cormier with additional time to review the resolution and weigh in accordingly.
  • Additional conversations have taken place on the topic since February 5 per a similar resolution passed by Stevens County earlier this month.

Commissioner Randy Ross said that the commissioners are “concerned” about the initiative and want to make sure that the resolution “reflects what we all think.”

Look for a revisit on March 19 , “if not sooner.”

For additional background, click here and here.


Update on Resolution Opposing Implementation of I-1639

Miss your chance to chime in on the resolution opposing the implementation of I-1639 in Grays Harbor?

Not to fret. The resolution was tabled at this afternoon’s 1:00 p.m. meeting per Commissioner Cormier’s absence due to illness. So you can still weigh in at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Resolution Opposing I-1639

By the way: Washington Sheriffs Pledge Not to Enforce Gun Control Law:

Three more Eastern Washington sheriffs said Monday they will not enforce a state gun-control law that voters passed in November.

The sheriffs in Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan counties joined at least seven other county sheriffs who previously pledged to ignore Initiative 1639, which adds requirements on gun storage and background checks and raises the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles.

The sheriffs said they’ll wait to see if the initiative survives legal challenges brought by the National Rifle Association and other groups.

The Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners has also resolved to oppose I-1639.

Only one person weighed in on the proposed resolution regarding this badly flawed initiative at today’s meeting. Speaking in support of the resolution, she was pretty good once she figured out the difference between “Public Hearing” and “Public Comment.” Chalk that up to brain freeze.

With temps skimming the upper thirties in Montesano, there’s still snow on the ground. I’m now nicely thawed, thank you very much.

What’s it like in your neck of the woods?

Conservelocity Marks a Major Milestone

Is Conservelocity the oldest continuously publishing political-ish blog in Grays Harbor? I’m not sure. But today marks the blog’s ninth birthday. So we’re certainly in the running.

Plenty of others have come and gone over the years. We’re still here. So. Happy Birthday to Us! And many, many thanks to our loyal readers and subscribers!

Some of you may recall that this blog was first launched as Lady Libertee. But we wanted something more original, with a little more panache. So we switched to Conservelocity.

We’ve covered a lot of ground since February 5, 2010. Made new friends. Lost a few others. Weighed in on everything from local, state, and federal politics to creating and handing out award Braying Jackass and Soaring Eagle awards. We’ve hosted numerous guest authors and commentators. We reported on county commission doin’s for 3.5 years, beginning when the Grays Harbor County Commissioners consisted of Frank Gordon, Herb Welch, and Wes Cormier. Lots more.

In no particular order, here’s a quick look at some of our most popular posts from the last five years. What’s your favorite?

This trilogy:

  1. Mysterious Maladies in Monte?
  2. What’s Up in Monte Today?
  3. City of Montesano Issues Decision Letter on KD&S ‘Cease & Desist’ Appeal

Is Aberdeen Mayor Courting Conflict of Interest in Tesla Deal?

Russ Burke Lawsuit Over

GUEST AUTHOR: ‘Maybe It’s Just Me’ in Monte

THEIR TURN: Montesano Clerks Speak Out, Part 2

Monte City Council Member Salzer Resigns

Grays Harbor County Commission Race: When It Raines, It Pours

12 Good Things About Grays Harbor


What would you add?

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GH Commissioners to Take Up Resolution Opposing I-1639

I received an email from Commissioner Vickie Raines today regarding I-1639. Remember that one? The stupid on steroids initiative passed by the I-5/Seattle corridor and crammed down the rest of our throats? Commissioner Raines explained that she has asked that a resolution opposing the implementation of I-1639 be added to the Commission’s agenda for Tuesday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m.

Here’s the preamble:

Resolution opposing implementation of Washington State Initiative I-1639, or any trailer bill or any bill similar thereto which restricts the Individual rights of United States Citizens as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution or Art. I, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitution.

Here’s the full text of the resolution:

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms is guaranteed as an Individual Right under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and under Article I, Section 24 of the Constitution of the State of Washington; and

WHEREAS, the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms for defense of Life, Liberty, and Property is regarded as an Inalienable Right by the residents of Grays Harbor County, Washington, and:

WHEREAS, the residents of Grays Harbor County derive economic benefit from all safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting, and shooting conducted within the County using all types of firearms allowable under federal and state constitutions; and

WHEREAS, any provision or application of I-1639, and any trailer bill, or any bill similar thereto, which restricts the individual rights of United States Citizens as protected by the United States Constitution and the Washington State Constitution will create economic hardship on lawfully owned and operated, small business firearm dealerships; will create undue burdens and price increases on persons to lawfully purchase firearms; will have a direct negative impact on local economies through job loss and sales tax loss; will create a layer of burdensome, troublesome and unlawful governmental regulation; and

WHEREAS, Grays Harbor County Board of Commissioners, being elected to represent the residents of Grays Harbor County and being duly sworn by their Oath of Office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Washington, including, but not limited to the protection of a lawful Right to Keep and Bear Arms, for defense of Life, Liberty and Property, and for safe forms of firearms recreation, hunting and shooting conducted within Grays Harbor County, Washington;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE AND IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Grays Harbor County Board of Commissioners does hereby oppose the implementation of I-1639 or the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the lawful rights of its residents to Keep and Bear Arms, and would consider such laws to be unconstitutional and beyond lawful application of its legislative and governance authority or duties.

Done in open session, this ______ day of February, 2019


Randy Ross, Chairman

Wes Cormier, Commissioner
Vickie L. Raines, Commissioner
Jenna Amsbury, Clerk of the Board

Here’s the resolution’s full text in PDF: Resolution Opposing I-1639
Time to stand up to Seattle.
Time to stand up for our rights.
This resolution should pass, 3 to 0.

My Solution to Stupid

If you’re like me, you don’t have a lot of time. So I’m going to make this short and sweet with two quick points today:

  1. Thank you, Sheriff Rick Scott, for getting it right on I-1639, a dumb idea on steroids:

I-1639 and I-940 lost in Grays Harbor last November. I-1639 lost BIG:

2. So. Isn’t it time to revamp the Initiative process in Washington state?

Leftistas know they can’t ramrod their agenda through the state legislature. So they’ve hijacked the initiative process instead, using it to cram their agenda down our throats.

Well. Are you tired of King County and a couple other looney Leftista counties dictating how to live? Ramming every liberty-crushing, Big Brother government-growing, freedom-squelching, Constitution-stomping “initiative” on record down your throat?  (I-1639 and I-940 are just two recent examples.)

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Here’s my solution: No initiative gets passed and enacted into law in this state unless it wins a majority of counties. As in:

  • No more Legislation via King County Fiat.
  • No more Seattle Leftistas imposing their views statewide.
  • No more Tyranny of the Minority dictating to the rest of us. That’s just stupid.

If a ballot initiative can’t carry a majority of Washington state counties, it dies.

The End.


Who’s with me?

The Party of Evil?

You know the saying, “I’ve been up to my eye balls in alligators”? Well, guess where I’ve been lately?

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To answer some recent questions:

  • No, I haven’t closed down this blog.
  • No, I haven’t forgotten about you.
  • Yes, I can run pretty fast. At least fast enough to stay ahead of the alligators. On most days, anyway.

But really, there’s just been so much garbage coming down the pike since November. It’s hard to keep up. It’s like the Left has lost its collective mind. Again.

Continue reading “The Party of Evil?”

About That Romney Op-Ed…

So Mitt Romney decided to begin his senate career by taking President Trump to task with an op-ed in the Washington Post. After lauding Trump for some excellent appointments, Romney opines:

But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.

Romney continues, saying that the character of the president shapes the public character of the nation. And Trump’s character falls short:

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