The next President of the United States will be a Republican.
Exactly one year from today – January 20, 2017 – that next president will be sworn in to office, ending eight years of the failed policies of Barack Obama.
But Hillary Clinton wants to continue and even expand upon those failed policies. On top of that, she’s corrupt, dishonest, unpopular even in her own party – and under investigation by the FBI!
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Bipartisan vote supports subpoena of Inslee and Department of Corrections
Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, released the following statement in response to the decision of the Senate Rules Committee to issue subpoenas to the Department of Corrections and the governor’s office.
Olympia, January 19 – The Rules Committee took a bipartisan 13-7 vote Tuesday evening to support a request for subpoenas from the Senate Law and Justice Committee. The Law and Justice Committee plans an inquiry into the Department of Corrections’ release of some 3,200 violent felons before their sentences were complete. Police reports indicate at least two people were killed by former prisoners who should have been serving time, and numerous other crimes were committed. Corrections officials acknowledge they knew of the problem three years ago, but continued to release prisoners. The initial subpoenas seek records that might shed light on the case.
“This was an historic decision by the Senate Rules Committee, but I wish it had not been necessary,” Schoesler said. “It is prompted by a case of state-government mismanagement that should appall every citizen of Washington. We owe it to the people of this state to find out who is responsible, and why this sort of behavior was considered acceptable.
“The governor has launched an investigation, as he should. No one is criticizing the governor for hiring investigators to find out what went wrong at his agency. But this does not supersede the Legislature’s responsibility to get at the truth. We are equals in government, and we have a duty to the people as well.
“We think it important that the Legislature’s inquiry be on the record, under oath, with records available for public inspection. The people expect no less. The governor’s team has chosen a different methodology. But his investigators assure us that our use of subpoena power for written records will not impede their work.
“I hope we don’t have to issue more subpoenas when we summon people to testify. I hope people will come forward voluntarily. These problems at DOC have persisted for such a long time I suspect there will be many who will be interested in talking about them. If there is nothing to hide, our inquiry should cause no problems.
“We have a pledge of cooperation from the governor’s office and the Department of Corrections, and I hope we see it.”
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18 – Today, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chair Sharon Day released the following statement commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Today, as we reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us also honor his legacy by working to ensure the promise of equal opportunity for all Americans,” said RNC Chairman Priebus. “As an icon of courage, Dr. King fearlessly led the charge to create an America distinguished by harmony and justice. Dr. King’s call – for the nation to live up to its ideals of liberty and justice for all – still resonates today, and reminds us to complete the work yet to be done. We must keep striving for a nation in which everyone can achieve their vision of the American Dream.”
“Dr. King’s extraordinary sacrifices helped our nation reach new levels of equality, but there is still more work to be done,” said Co-Chairman Day. “His call to action challenges us to serve others and end injustice where we see it. In committing ourselves to defending the principles of liberty, unity, and justice, we uphold Dr. King’s legacy.”
Jay Inslee is “Governor Least Mode,” according to this recent editorial in the Daily Sun News:
‘Gov. Least Mode’ strikes again – DAILY SUN NEWS EDITORIAL (Sunnyside WA)
As we all eagerly await the return of the Seattle Seahawks’ Beast Mode this Sunday on the gridiron, we are less enthusiastic about the return of “Gov. Least Mode.”
The ink was barely dry on President Barack Obama’s executive order on guns – the crocodile tears barely dry on his handkerchief – when Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday hopped on the coat tails and signed his own gun order.
Once again, Inslee is following the path of least liberal resistance – hence, “Gov. Least Mode” – instead of setting a path that represents all of the people of Washington state, including those of us on the East Side.
That’s true for the model he used for his gun order, too.
What did Least Mode use as his template for a gun plan for the entire state, you ask? Why, King County’s plan, of course.
We wholeheartedly agree gun violence is unacceptable and must be addressed nationwide. But the way to do that – as messy as it sounds – is by finding common ground.
In fact, it would be nice to leave lobbyists and political agendas out of it all together. But there’s no chance of that here, since the Legislature will surely cuss and discuss the issue to death over the next 60 days.
Yes, the people of this state did approve gun legislation in recent years. But that does not call for the governor to unilaterally create a new bureaucracy – not to mention more red tape, more big government.
Why don’t we just enforce the laws we already have on the books? And why not step up efforts to reach out to those suffering with mental illness?
But what’s next, if we allow so-called “health concerns” as a way to further anti-gun political agendas?
If Obama issues an edict that we all should walk or bike everywhere and leave cars at home, will Least Mode declare that for the betterment of our “health” he will forbid the sale of gasoline? That may seem like a far-fetched scenario. Yet, we’re headed that direction by genuflecting to one extreme side or the other.
Let’s have a dialogue about efforts to reduce gun violence. But let’s do so by engaging the entire electorate in the discussion.
That’s the least we can do.
Our Republican Senators are taking the lead to uncover the truth about Governor Inslee’s prisoner scandal. See below:
OLYMPIA, January 13 – The Senate Law and Justice Committee will seek subpoena power to conduct its own inquiry into a management failure at the Department of Corrections that turned loose thousands of prisoners before their scheduled release dates and likely caused the deaths of at least two people.
Senate Law and Justice Chair Mike Padden and Vice Chair Steve O’Ban notified Gov. Jay Inslee with a letter Wednesday night that the committee will seek a subpoena to force disclosure of records associated with the case. Padden said lawmakers are not satisfied with an investigation that has been launched by Inslee.
“By definition the governor’s investigation cannot be considered independent,” said Padden, R-Spokane Valley. “But this isn’t the only reason the Legislature is compelled to conduct its own inquiry. We asked a number of questions about the scope and transparency of the investigation, and we have been greeted with a shrug. We filed a public records act request and were rebuffed. We have no assurance that any finding will be released before the Legislature adjourns in March.
“We have an obligation as independent elected officials to determine what happened here. And we can only conclude it will take a subpoena to do it.”
The committee will convene hearings on the matter during the current legislative session, which opened Monday. In its initial resolution, the Senate Law and Justice Committee seeks all documents from the Department of Corrections and the governor’s office pertaining to the erroneous early release of inmates. The plan is to pass the resolution in the Law and Justice Committee Tuesday so that it might be considered by the Senate Rules Committee Jan. 20. Senate Rule 43 requires a vote of the Rules Committee before a subpoena can be issued. RCW 44.16 lays out the rules for the rarely used process of legislative inquiry.
The lawmakers said they were disappointed by testimony offered by Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke at a hearing Monday of the Law and Justice Committee. Though a list of 10 specific questions about the investigation had been submitted to Pacholke in advance of the hearing, he offered few answers.
O’Ban, R-Pierce County, vice chair of the Law and Justice Committee, said he hopes the panel will not have to issue subpoenas for the testimony of individual witnesses, and that they will choose instead to testify voluntarily. “Regrettably, the Legislature must take this step to get these important documents that have been withheld by the Department of Corrections, so that we can do our job to get to the bottom of this unprecedented breakdown of public safety. If the governor had authorized the DOC to produce the documents by a date certain, we would not need to call on the Legislature to issue the subpoena.”
Inslee disclosed Dec. 22 that some 3,200 prison inmates had been released ahead of schedule since 2002. According to Inslee, the department first learned of the issue in 2012. Yet the department failed to correct the problem, delaying a fix to software 16 times. A Corrections records check currently in progress shows at least two former inmates are accused of killing people when they should have been behind bars, and numerous other crimes also may have been committed by those released before their time.
Pacholke’s testimony indicated a new information technology director learned of the problem in early November, but top department officials were not informed until Dec. 15, more than a month later. Pacholke could not explain the delay. Inslee’s office was briefed the following day. It is not clear why the governor waited nearly a week to disclose the matter publicly.
Pacholke’s testimony established that the investigators work for the governor’s office. Asked if the testimony they receive would be made public, Pacholke said he did not know. Nor could he say how evidence of negligence would be treated, whether witnesses would be placed under oath, or what time period the investigation would cover.
Legislative efforts to obtain records also have been delayed. Immediately after the problem was disclosed Dec. 22, Padden submitted a public records request to the governor’s office and the Department of Corrections. Nine days later Corrections responded with a bureaucratic brush-off saying the request had been submitted to the wrong office. No response was received from the governor’s office. Although Padden received verbal assurances from Corrections his request would be dealt with, he is still waiting for a response.
“Too many questions have gone unanswered, and it shows we need to find the answers on our own,” Padden said.