State Legislative Scorecard: The Good, The Not-So-Good, and the MIA

The Chinese water torture session that’s been going on in Olympia is finally winding down. Not surprisingly, individual liberty, religious freedom, Second Amendment rights, and pretty much anything relating to common sense have taken a beating during Washington’s 2018 legislative session.

Once again, the so-called party of “choice” showed itself to be anything but, with Democrats showing their true colors as the Party of Eugenics and Big Brother Thuggery.

Rep. Matt Shea explains:

You can also watch at this link.

For those of us stuck in the 24th LD (Clallam and Jefferson Counties and parts of Grays Harbor), the 2018 legislative session has been – also not surprisingly – like stumbling around the dance floor a la the Beautiful Blue Wall (with profound apologies to Johann Strauss).

This year I’ve made dozens of contacts by phone, email, and personal visit with Reps. Mike Chapman, Steve Tharinger, and Senator Kevin Van De Wege of the 24th LD. Every contact was firm but polite. No flame-throwing. I requested responses from all.

From one day:

Here’s my Response SCORECARD for 24th LD legislators:

The Good: Rep. Mike Chapman

I received the most responses from Rep. Chapman’s office, by a wide margin. It may have taken some time, but Rep. Chapman generally got back to me. On occasion, his office also included external links to additional material or sources per my request.

To be clear, I don’t agree with Rep. Chapman on much of anything. But at least he makes constituent communications a priority. That’s certainly more than can be said of either Thoughtless Tharinger or Van De Wege.

The Not-So-Good: Sen. Kevin Van De Wege

From January through today, I’ve received a total of two responses from Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, usually a month to six weeks after my initial contact. In both instances, he seemingly waited until after a bill cleared the Senate and was on its way to the House before responding. Like: “Well, golly gee whillikiers. Thanks for contacting me, but that ship has already sailed.”

Seriously?

The MIA: Rep. Steve Thoughtless Tharinger

Guess which state legislator gets the Big Raspberry Award?

Tharinger’s office posted a total score of zero in the response category for 2018. Zero. Zip. Nada. As in, I haven’t receive a single response from Tharinger on anything during the entire legislative session to date. Not one. This, despite specifically requesting responses with each contact. That includes hand-written notes from outside the House chamber in Olympia.

In fact, I can’t recall ever receiving any response from Thoughtless Tharinger on anything. Ever. And he’s been in office for four terms.

Who keeps voting for this guy?

Incidentally, all three 24th LD legislators – Chapman, Thoughtless Tharinger and Van De Wege – voted for SB 6617, which explicitly exempts state lawmakers from the state’s Public Records Act. Here’s the roll call vote.

Meanwhile, some of the worst Yea votes from “Larry, Moe, and Curly” include votes:

  • For the Abortion Insurance Mandate bill, SB 6219, which passed without a single amendment to protect religious freedom or conscientious objections or prohibit abortions based on the sex of the child.
  • For SB 6037, the paid surrogacy bill also known as “rent-a-womb,” allowing the commercialization of childbirth. Democrats refused every amendment, including the release of medical records to the child so s/he can have a full medical and genetic history. (See Shea video, above.)
  • For SB 5722, the “conversion therapy ban” bill. This bill essentially bans Christian counselors from practicing according to the tenets of their faith.

So much for “choice…” I call cow pucky!

Biggest Take-Away From The 2018 Session: If you’re a conservative, forget trying to lobby these guys. Your time, effort, and energy would be much better spent on getting them un-elected.

The good news: Chapman and Thoughtless Tharinger are up for re-election in November. I say it’s time for a change.

Who’s with me?

***UPDATE on SB 6219, 8:34 p.m.:

While the bill did pass the House, an amendment was attached. Not a conscience-related amendment or any kind of protection related amendment. BUT this means SSB 6219 (that’s not a typo) has to go back to the Senate for reconciliation. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR SENATOR ASAP and tell them to vote against the bill, especially if you’re in the 24th and your Senator is Van De Wege:

1-800-562-6000; Kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov;

Olympia office: (360) 786-7646

Cell: (360) 477-0548

***UPDATE: March 23, 5:00 p.m.

The state legislature adjourned on March 8. To date, I have not received a single response from Thoughtless Tharinger’s office on anything. Not once. For the entire session.

Go figure.

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