Hello Loyal Readers,
It is that time again for Friday Odds and Ends. Sometimes my tidbits for the end of the week unintentionally organize themselves into neat little themes. This week’s them is fighting fights that have already been lost.
First up, former mayor Dan Pike criticized Mayor Kelli Linville’s negotiations with the Port while speaking as part of the Huxley Distinguished Lecturer series (you might remember, I did that earlier last year with Kathy Kershner). I’m glad to see that Dan Pike is keeping busy these days.
Abortion to be included in your heath insurance costs. This week legislation was introduced that would require you to pay more for health insurance and support abortion. The bill requires all private, state-regulated health plans to provide coverage for abortions if the plan provides maternity coverage. Under Obamacare, all health plans are required to provide maternity coverage; therefore, if this bill passes, all plans will be required to cover abortions.
Not only would this law take more money from hardworking taxpayers, it’s also a direct attack on religious liberty and freedom. I oppose this legislation and will be working to stop its passage.
Now you, my loyal readers, know better than Rep. Buys because you read my article earlier this week in which we discussed this bill, the Reproductive Parity Act. You know that this bill would not require insurance customers to pay any extra since every plan in Washington state already covers women’s health choices. It is bad enough that Rep. Buys wants to stop women from having access to the health care they need, it is just disappointing that he has to stretch the truth to defend his position.
Finally, Constantine Papadakis of Bill Elfo’s Public Safety Now group wrote a letter to the Cascadia Weekly trying to do damage control. He was furious that I had exposed his organization as a front group and criticized their efforts. You should read it because in his attempts to “correct” the “misinformed accusations,” he actually confirms my reporting. For example, Papadakis writes that he wants to debunk a claim:
. . . that our “group was formed almost entirely of Elfo’s former campaign committee and employees.” Actually, of the 15 total members, there are less than a handful of former committee members, myself included. We are the pioneers of PSN.
So not only are there several members of Elfo’s campaign committee in Public Safety Now, but they are the leading members as well?
The real crux of the issue, the point that Papadakis continues to miss, is that his group is not advocating for the 500-700 beds that the Jail Planning Task Force recommended. His group, according to their website, is advocating for “600-750 beds.” You say that is close, right? But, the difference between 500 and 600 beds comes to about $800,000 of taxpayer money. That is a ton of money we don’t have and don’t need to spend. You can accuse me of bias or an “individual agenda” but when it comes down to it, I’m advocating for a jail that we can afford and is the size we need, while your group is trying to waste the county’s time and money building something too big for our needs.
I apologize for the somewhat grumpy tone of this week’s Odds and Ends. It will be cheerier next week, I promise.