the senate 4/10 April Recess **CONGRESS** Pro Forma 4/24 the house

Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Monday, April 24, 2017 The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:   Monday, April 10 at 1:30pm; Thursday, April 13 at 8:30am; Monday, April 17 at 4:30pm; and Thursday, April 20 at 7:20pm.   When the Senate adjourns on Thursday, April 20, it will… More

yell “spider” and hope that scares people instead? ~ Working Washington,state

We are Working Washington

Did you see these two stories in the news this week

First the business press reported that the SeaTac hotel industry is booming:

PSBJ headline

And then came word of a near-record-low 2.9% unemployment rate in Seattle as the $15 minimum wage phases in:

Seattle unemployment -> 2.9%

So uh yeah at this point I’m thinking it’s pretty safe to conclude that all those Chicken Little predictions were wrong.

And that puts the sky-is-falling crew in a bit of a bind.

They’re not going to stop fighting against higher wages just because they’ve been wrong for more than a hundred years. (It’s basically their job, after all.)

But they must know they’re running out of options here. Which raises a question:

Now that it’s obvious the Chicken Little scare stories didn’t quite pan out, what do you think the trickle-downers are going to throw at us next?

 Death panels!

 Yell “spider” and hope that scares people instead

 Sue someone over something

 Start a war maybe?

 I have another idea…

At this point, the doomsday arguments have been consistently wrong for more than 100 years of rising labor standards. So it’ll be…interesting…to see what they come up with next.

Let us know what you think — and what you’re hearing,

Sage, Working Washington

on this day … 4/24 1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.

1519 – Envoys of Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America.

1547 – Charles V’s troops defeated the Protestant League of Schmalkalden at the battle of Muhlburg.

1558 – Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis.

1800 – The Library of Congress was established with a $5,000 allocation.

1805 – The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.

1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain.

1877 – Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

1877 – In the U.S., federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans. This was the end to the North’s post-Civil War rule in the South.

1884 – Otto von Bismarck cabled Cape Town that South Africa was now a German colony.

1889 – The Edison General Electric Company was organized.

1897 – William Price became the first to be named White House news reporter.

1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.

1915 – During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians.

1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.

1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.

1952 – Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the “Gruen Guild Playhouse” in an episode titled, “The Tiger.”

1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1955 – “X-Minus One,” a science fiction show, was first heard for the first time on NBC radio.

1961 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters becoming the first major-league pitcher to do so on two different occasions.

1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

1962 – MIT sent a TV signal by satellite for the first time.

1967 – Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.

1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts.

1970 – The People’s Republic of China launched its first satellite.

1973 – Albert Sabin reported that herpesviruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.

1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.

1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

1997 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.

2000 – ABC-TV aired the TV movie “The Three Stooges.”

2003 – A U.S. official reported the North Korea had claimed to have nuclear weapons.

2015 – The Nasdaq Composite closed at a record high of 5092.09.

2015 – The S&P closed at a record high of 2117.69.

Voting is a Right NOT a Privilege ~~ The Struggle continues

votingTime to pass the Voting Rights Act, change redistricting rules and make it easier for ALL Americans to VOTE

Dear America

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.

 On March 7, 1965, hundreds of brave unarmed nonviolent women and men dared to March for African Americans right to vote.

The fact is that less than 1% of eligible Blacks could vote or register to vote.

People organized a Peaceful Protest March from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. However, as these protesters crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Montgomery the police, some riding on horses had, looking back, a predetermined  tactical intervention against protesters, police proceeded to engage in “excessive use of force” brutally beating protesters such as #RepJohnLewis   some of these officers actually killed using their nightsticks,  sprayed water cannons while others used tear gas. These kids had no weapons, they did NOT fight back, but showed courage and strength. We must never forget that some of our fellow  Americans died for the right to vote in an adverse harmful environment, hastily retreated while journalists and photographers became witnesses to the violence and suffering .

The brutal reaction by the police was not only caught on tape it forced then President Johnson, who was once against civil rights programs as a Senator to call on Congress for equal voting rights for all on March 15.


The Voting Act of 1965 was signed into law on August 6; is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.

A day that started out peacefully quickly descended into an awful johnlewisbeatwithknightstickugly March of death for the right to vote called ,”Bloody Sunday”.

Now, some 48 years later, a new “Jim Crow” era has emerged with a major step backward in the fight for civil and voting rights. There are conservative states targeting not only African Americans but also Senior citizens, first time voters, early voting, Students, low income, immigrants and the undocumented though Republicans call them (illegals) Dreamers. In addition, Governors from Republican controlled States are allowing election officials to purge voters, people without birth certificates were given limited or completely denied access to the voting booth failing to meet new voter ID regulations in time and were treated like possible (illegals). This  is the 21st Century; we should be on a progressive path toward equality for all not one that will re-engage folks in the act of racism or exclusion leading to suppressing participation in the election process. This year, new stricter voter ID legislation is pending in thirty-one states. This includes, voter ID proposals in thirteen states with proposals to strengthen existing voter ID laws in ten states, and eight states that will amend the new voter ID laws passed in 2011.

We need to push back  on all attempts to suppress the right to Vote.

With so much at stake, it is time to stop sitting on the sidelines. If we are going to succeed, Conservative lawmakers NEED to hear our Voices.

We cannot let the naysayers turn back the clock on Voting Rights or the next generation.

Thank You for Taking Action


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