Hello Loyal Readers,
As I’ve written about before, I wear a great deal of hats and many of them intersect in public. By day, I work for WWU as a fundraiser. In my off hours, I write this blog, I volunteer with local campaigns, and I participate in my local political party. So let me be perfectly clear; when I write on this blog, I am expressing the views of precisely one person. J. Riley Sweeney. That’s why I put my name in big bold letters at the top. I sign my real name to everything I say (unlike Greg Brown, Ellen Baker and the rest of the Whatcom Excavator’s) but on this blog, I only represent me.
Moving right along, did you know we have a national organization of prison non-profits headquartered in Whatcom County? The National Coalition of Community-Based Correctional and Community Re-Entry Service Organizations or NC4RSO is based out of Blaine but opening a second office on the East Coast in 2013. They do a great work connecting organizations that are often overlooked by the non-profit community. They recently put out this press release about gun control promoting mentoring. They are worth checking out.
In more entertaining news, it has only been a couple of days, but the new Republican majority in our state senate has already stepped in it. They have appointed mercurial Republican senator Pam Roach to chair the government oversight committee.
Sen. Roach is infamous for having sanctions placed on her by her fellow Republicans in the last couple of years for her abusive behavior towards government employees. She repeatedly verbally abused and threatened committee staff, her own legislative aides and basically anyone within shouting distance. In the past, she was forbidden to speak to committee or caucus staff, but since the change of leadership, now she is in charge . . . of overseeing all government employees everywhere. In response, someone created a satirical craigslist ad advertising a job as her legislative aide.
Finally, Carl Weimer pulled a bit of legislative wizardry at the last county council meeting. Luckily, Shane Roth was there to get the whole story, check it out here. It is definitely worth the read.
That’s it for today, I will have more material this week about our state legislators.