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In defense of the Oregon protesters on the floor of the House

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On Tuesday, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, whose district encompasses the county where the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located, took to the floor of the House this week to give the back story that led to the occupation and protest that is currently underway. Continue reading

Snowmobile Club leads lawsuit against Northern Region Forest Plans

News Release by Paul Turcke
for BlueRibbon Coalition

November 23, 2015

SNOWMOBILE CLUB LEADS LAWSUIT AGAINST NORTHERN REGION FOREST PLANS

Ten Lakse Snowmobile ClubMISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) –Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015, in federal court for the U.S. District of Montana, claims that the 2015 Revised Forest Plans violated various federal laws, including the National Forest Management Act, the Wilderness Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Continue reading

Lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new “waters of United States” power grab

PLF lawsuit on WOTUS

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new
“waters of United States” power grab

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SACRAMENTO, CA; July 15, 2015: On behalf of a number of landowners and major organizations representing landowners, including the state cattlemen’s associations of California, Washington, and New Mexico, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) sued the Obama Administration today over its vast new expansion of Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction — an expansion that could bring virtually all the nation’s water and much of the land under direct federal regulatory control.

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M. Reed Hopper
Principal Attorney
Anthony Francois
Senior Staff Attorney

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SPECIFICALLY, the lawsuit seeks invalidation of the new regulatory rule defining the “waters of the United States” that are subject to CWA jurisdiction. Issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the rule is illegal — and unconstitutional — because it sets no limit on the CWA’s reach, while explicitly expanding it to waters that the Supreme Court has already ruled to be off-limits to federal control. Continue reading

Local group hears explanation of Home Rule Charter process

By Lois Krafsky-Perry
for Citizen Review

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Port Angeles, WA – Elected Clallam County Home Rule Charter Commissioner (District 1) Sue Forde, spoke to approximately 45 attendees at the Phone Tree meeting on Saturday.  The event was held at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles.  Forde was elected as 1st Vice-Chair of the Commission and was invited  to explain the Home Rule Charter, its history, about the current elected commission and its work and issues, and to answer questions.

“I believe government should be from the bottom up and not top down,” declared the Sequim resident, who has lived on the Olympic Peninsula for 25 years.  “I want to look out for individual rights in this county,” she announced.

She gave the caveat that she was speaking as an individual citizen,  and any opinions and statements about the Charter and its issues were  her own opinions and not in any way to be considered representing the Charter Commission.

Forde gave an overview of the county charter and its history, discussing the differences between the county forms of government.

Thirty-two of the 39 counties in Washington State operate under the “Commission” form of government.  Only seven operate under the “Home Rule Charter” form.  Those are:  Clallam, Whatcom, Snohomish, Pierce, King, San Juan and Clark.

The Clallam County Home Rule Charter (HRC) provides for the powers of initiative, referendum, mini-initiative and recall.  It also includes an elected Director of Department of Community Development (DCD), the only one in the nation.

Forde explained that our Charter has been amended five times by the voters since it was established in November 1976.

The Charter is reviewed periodically by 15 elected commission members.

Prior to 2007, it was reviewed every 5 years; that changed, and now it is reviewed every 8 years, she said.  Five members are elected from each commissioner district, chosen in the general election.

Forde reviewed what had transpired so far in the Commission review process, from election of chair (Norma Turner), a first and second vice chair (Sue Forde and Barbara Christensen) and parliamentarian (Rod Fleck).

A schedule of meetings has been set up, including six public hearings, of which three have already been held (one each in Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks), to gather input from citizens.

There are also two public comment sessions held at each meeting, to allow citizens to further let the Commission know their thoughts and desires for change to the charter to better serve the people.  Written testimony is also being received by the Commission through the form at the county website (www.clallam.net) – click on Home Rule Charter on the left sidebar.

Forde explained that the elected officials plus the appointed county administrator were interviewed by the Commission, to receive their input about what they do, and how any changes could make government run more smoothly.

At this time, subcommittees have been established with several commission members serving on each, to review the Charter Article by Article (there are 13 Articles in the Charter).

Forde then talked about what will happen next:  The Commission will continue to receive public testimony while they formulate possible amendments to the Charter based on that input.  They will meet as the whole commission to present their suggested proposed amendments and to discuss and debate those as a whole Commission.

According to the calendar, the Commission should be ready to present proposed amendments that will go on the ballot by May 5th.

The Issues Under Discussion

Forde briefly reviewed some of the issues that were debated and sent to the ballot in 2002 and in 2007.

In 2002, the citizens voted to change the position of the Director of DCD from an appointed position to an elected one – the first in the nation.

While serving as an elected Commission member in 2007, she said she was brought a proposed amendment which had been presented to the commission by Kaj Ahlburg of Port Angeles which offered protection for citizens from  Eminent Domain where property acquired from owners would be resold for a profit.  The commission agreed to send it to the ballot, where  it passed.

The issue of whether to appoint, rather than elect, the Director of Community Development (DCD)  returned to the ballot in 2007, and the voters once again decided to keep the position as elected, rather than appointed.

Another amendment that passed changed the number of years between Charter reviews from five to eight.

Forde then reviewed some of the current issues under discussion, which are listed at her website:  sueforde.com.

She then entertained questions from the audience.

Several people asked questions and made comments. Several said they believed land ordinances need to be voter-approved.

Another determined that agencies must take into account our county economics.

Unfunded mandates was also a topic of discussion.

Pearl Rains Hewett asked how many non-partisan attorneys were on the charter commission.

Someone asked, “How many times can people run for the charter?”

Another said it would be good to have term limits.

Ed Bowen asked if issues not being sent to the ballot could be sent to the county commissioners. Many in the group agreed with that suggestion.

The issue of “coordinating” with state and federal agencies was raised, which would give the county an equal voice with proposed regulations.  Many agreed that it was a good idea.

All the proposed amendments will go to Prosecutor Mark Nichols for correct language, before being placed on the ballot.

For more information on the Home Rule Charter  go to www.clallam.net  (minutes) and www.sueforde.com.  Forde said she is available to speak to organizations about the Home Rule Charter.

The Phone Tree, led by Col. Don Roberts, will meet again May 16, at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles.

 

Virginia enacts law to protect landowners from predatory land trusts

March 11, 2015

by Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.
CFACT

In a stinging repudiation of the conduct of a Virginia environmental group once viewed as politically invincible, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) March 10 signed into law bipartisan legislation that — for the first time — provides rural landowners the means with which to defend themselves against bullying by land trusts.

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Feds sued for blocking thousands of recreational routes in Plumas National Forest

The victims include all citizen users of public lands — including the disabled

Pacific Legal Foundation
SACRAMENTO, CA;  March 18, 2015: Representing two California counties and a broad coalition of associations and individuals who value public access to national forests, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) today sued the federal government for acting to prohibit motorized travel on thousands of roads and trails in Plumas National Forest that have been used for decades for responsible and legally permissible recreational purposes.

Plumas National Forest is a 1,146,000-acre National Forest in the Sierra Nevada, in northern California.  The lawsuit argues that the U.S. Forest Service, a division of the Department of Agriculture, violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), by blocking access to much of Plumas National Forest without a careful, factually specific review of environmental impacts, including consequences for the public. Continue reading

Local Governments Throw a Tantrum in Response to Citizen Initiatives

by Scott Roberts
Freedom Foundation

Posted 9/18/2014

Residents of Sequim, Wash., are taking the city to court this Thursday to settle who maintains power and control of our government. On one side stands the volunteer activists trying to change their government by citizen initiatives. On the other side is the government, which would rather have its constituents take a knee than exert their rights.

As a freedom evangelist, I travel the state preaching the gospel of liberty and extolling the need for everyday people to engage and shape their local government. Perhaps the most pure expression of citizen involvement is petitioning government by initiative.

It so happens that groups around the state have taken two ideas written by the Freedom Foundation and introduced them as local initiatives. Continue reading

Sequim sued over delayed decision on two union initiatives

Peninsula Daily News
By Joe Smilie

Posted 9/6/2014

SEQUIM –– Susan Brautigam has filed a lawsuit against the city, saying the council violated state law when it opted to delay a decision on two initiatives.

The initiatives seek to open contract negotiations with municipal employee unions and allow city workers to opt out of union representation.

“It’s clear the city is just looking for a way to sweep this under the rug, but we’re not going to just go away quietly,” Brautigam, a Sequim resident, said in a written statement issued by the Freedom Foundation, a conservative Olympia think tank.

Brautigam’s suit, filed in Clallam County Superior Court on Wednesday, asks the court to order that the initiatives be placed on the Nov. 4 general election ballot or make them city ordinances.

City officials have 20 days to respond.  READ MORE HERE>>>

King County, WA voters saying ‘no’ to taxes, higher car tab fees


Tim Eyman saysI told you so

April 23, 2014

Sky Valley Chronicle

(SEATTLE, WA) — There’s something about those car tab fees that continue to turn voters off.

King County voters are saying no to proposed sales tax hike and an increase in the car tab fee to pay for roads and to prevent cuts in Metro transit bus service.

In early returns Tuesday night, Proposition 1 was failing by a ten point margin, 55 percent to 45 percent.

The measure asks for a $60 car-tab fee and a one-tenth-of-a-cent increase in the sales tax in order to raise some $130 million a year over 10 years. Continue reading

America’s Most Important Property Rights Legislation

Opinion By Mark J. Fitzgibbons
The American Thinker

Posted 2/5/2014

American Thinker has covered the saga of Virginia farmer Martha Boneta, who was cited in 2012 by Fauquier County government and threatened with $5,000 per-day fines for hosting a private birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a permit, and advertising pumpkin carvings — even though she had a business license.

 Boneta’s tiny farm store where she sold organic vegetables, beeswax candles and fibers from her over-100 rescued animals was shut down as she took a principled course of action to fight the county.

 Every day local governments across the country abuse zoning laws to bully citizens, and violate property and other constitutionally protected rights. Most of these abuses are never known by the general public because citizens lack the resources to challenge these violations, or fear fighting back because of the well-known propensity of government to retaliate. Continue reading

The “mutuable policy” of voluminous and incoherent laws

from Pearl Rains-Hewett
www.behindmyback.org

Posted 2/1/2014

 Jan. 31, 2014  Vested American Citizens are  confronted with and being suffocated under an avalanche of WA State Laws,  US federally laws and their appointed RULE MAKING agencies, attempting to deal with the stark reality of what is being legislated and ruled in, on, RULED OUT, for  and to American citizens

 BEST FEDERAL EXAMPLES?

Obama Care Continue reading

Down on the farm, property-rights fight gains ground in VA

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

RICHMOND, Va. — Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta is hailing a bill that would give property owners a legal club to pummel overreaching government officials.

Boneta knows the stakes. In a widely reported showdown that sparked pitchfork protests in the community, Fauquier officials cited Boneta for selling homemade products on her farm. The county threatened her with $5,000-per-day fines for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls, and for advertising pumpkin carvings.

Calling her ongoing legal battle with government officials a “prime example why we need legislation,” Boneta praised HB 1219, introduced by state Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas.

“This could be the difference between keeping small family farmers on the farm, or being forced off the land,” Boneta told Watchdog.org Tuesday.

HB 1219 provides remedies, including damages and attorney fees, when localities “abuse zoning laws and violate constitutional rights,” Marshall said.

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Sustainable Thurston faces resistance

Citizens are banding together to resist and try to push back  “Sustainable Thurston” A video of their “Task Force” submitting their HUD financed “Plan” (which is Agenda 21 on a local level) being submitted and accepted by the Thurston Planning Committee on Friday December 6th, and all the resistance to it, is shown on the following youtube videos.
Part 1  http://youtu.be/ffSozxDGyDU
Part 2  http://youtu.be/05GV2pFJRbs
Part 3  http://youtu.be/3PVINL8KAyQ

Anyone wishing to join in and help us please contact:   truegrassroots@fairpoint.net

Another video shows Gov. Inslee trying to install the Cap and Trade program yesterday.
Part 1  http://youtu.be/-fXXSHmIy0g
Part 2  http://youtu.be/-IM-9BNKvek

Submitted by investigative journalist: Wally Brown, 16717 Vail Loop SE, Rainier, WA 98576 360-446-1015

Activist raises questions about method of Forest Plan “collaboration”

 


Editor’s Note:  This article is in response to an emailed newsletter sent by US Representative Derek Kilmer, (D – 6th Congressional District).  See the letter here.Olympic Peninsula Collaborative -Derek Kilmer announcement, 12.6.2013.

 

To Kilmer on Forest Plan

The Bottom line
How will your Olympic Peninsula Collaborative plan work?
Are you confident that the “US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution” has achieved a National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule that will satisfy the conflict “We the people” have with the NGO Environmental Groups?

The formation of your new partnership is called the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative.

Can you give the specific “Collaboration Process” that will be used in the context of this partnership?

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Public Participation: Requirements for public participation (including collaboration) have not changed between the proposed and final rules? Continue reading

Taxpayers paying to defend EMT accused of hitting on patient

KOMO News

Posted 11/9/2013

SEATTLE — A local firefighter/EMT is under investigation for allegedly crossing the line and hitting on a patient. 

Now a KOMO 4 Problem Solver investigation has discovered that taxpayers are paying for him to defend his medical license. 

When firefighters, EMTs, or paramedics answer a 911 call, it’s often at the caller’s worst moments —  maybe a heart attack, an accident or other emergency — and it can leave a patient critically vulnerable.  Continue reading

LPRC to Co-Host Property Rights Seminar in Klamath Falls, OR Nov. 16

Posted 11/7/2013

Danny Martinez, Ramona Hage Morrison, Michael Shaw and Debbie Bacigalupi are presenting a seminar geared to provide property owners with some of the steps necessary to protect property rights including water rights against government intrusion.  Speakers will focus on the Klamath water crisis, property rights unique to range land ranches, and Constitutional protections.  Martinez, CEO of Liberty and Property Rights Coalition (LPRC), will also highlight the purpose of LPRC in its mission to provide ongoing education and support to property owners involved in attacks on their property rights. Continue reading

A message from Karen Budd-Falen: Federal Government Bullying and Rural Cleansing – Your Chance to Make a Difference

by Caren Cowan
http://www.nmagriculture.org/index.html

posted 10/23/2013

I looked up the definition of “bully” in the dictionary.  It read, “a blustering browbeating person; especially: one habitually cruel to others who are weaker.”  While I certainly would not characterize every child in a school-yard as a bully, nor every person working for the federal government as abusive, there are some individuals who fit that description.  They may be the exception, but the label still fits.

 

The problem is that while there are actions you can take to stop a school-yard bully, there are NO actions you can take to stop a bureaucratic bully.  We must get Congress to change that paradigm.  I am asking for your help.

 

On October 29, 2013, a group of ranchers are going to testify before a Congressional Committee, telling their stories of being targeted and bullied by federal government employees simply based upon their ownership and use of private property and private property rights.  The result is not only harm to the individual, but a “cleansing” of rural America as the free-market system fails.  Their stories are compelling, and on October 29, will be told to Congress and the Nation.  But we want to tell your stories too.  At the end of this request, I will let you know how to help. Continue reading

Pre-existing Conditions

Preexisting Conditions

THE CONDITIONS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (full text below)

THE CONDITIONS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS

THE CONDITIONS OF THE  CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
 
CONDITION NUMBER ONE
Governments are instituted among Men, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED (USING DUE PROCESS OF LAW)

Everyone of our elected representative took an oath to “Defend the Constitution?”

WHO IN OUR 2013 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, IS PROTECTING THESE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?

THESE WERE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LONG BEFORE OBAMACARE.

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Crowd storms World War II Memorial

WTOP News

Posted 10/13/2013

WASHINGTON – Thousands of people converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday morning and tore down the barricades blocking it off, protesting the closure of the memorial during the federal government shutdown.

Beginning at about 9:30 a.m., Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, were among the luminaries in a crowd that chanted “Tear down these walls!” and sang “God Bless America” as well as other patriotic songs as they entered the memorial, which has been closed since the government shutdown that began Oct. 1. Continue reading

‘Barrycades’ torn down, Dumped at White House

 

Obama, you can’t call on the SEALs because the SEALs are already there’
 
 
Posted 10/13/2013
 

Thousands of Americans have taken the government shutdown into their own hands, literally, as they stormed into the nation’s capital, tearing down barricades blocking off the World War II Memorial on the National Mall Sunday morning.

“Barrycades are down,” tweeted Sherry Lucas, a reference to President Barack Obama’s childhood nickname of Barry.

Many of the barricades were then hand-carried by the protesters and dumped in front of the White House.

This weekend has seen the convergence of U.S. veterans and truckers on the nation’s capital, as many protest the closure of public memorials as well as the president’s policies. Continue reading

NH Tea Party works to discourage “regional government”

Editor’s Note:  Is your town or county experiencing a move toward “regional” rather than “local” government?  The following is from the New Hampshire Tea Party, in an attempt to educate folks about the problems involved with regional government.

Excerpts from NH Tea Party

Posted 10/8/2013

Help  fight the coming “regional governance” in your NH town.

THE PROBLEM

Powerful non-governmental influences such as the National Governor’s Association, are promoting Common Core Curriculum in our schools; and insidious programs such as the UN’s International Baccalaureate Programme have been instituted with help from agents of the World Bank.

It has become apparent that our local, state, and federal governments are being manipulated by a gaggle of NGOs and corporate foundations (such as the Carsey Institute) who are associated with public universities such as UNH. These groups, with their very special interests, are attempting to override the wishes of the local community.
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Citizen’s group challenging GMA ruling in San Juan County

Posted 10/8/2013

by Jeff Rhodes
for The Olympia Report

 

Members of a local citizens group have filed an appeal in Superior Court of recently adopted updates to San Juan County’s Growth Management Act, claiming their aim is to block development entirely rather than address the potential impact of specific projects.

 

San Juan County, WA – Believing that the San Juan County Growth Management Board failed to address several critical and fatal flaws in its December 2012 Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO), both Common Sense Alliance and the Taggares Co. on Wednesday filed petitions for review of the board’s decision in Superior Court.

The court will be asked to stay the Growth Board order to remove the pressure of any compliance deadline.

At issue is whether the CAO was written in such a way as to address the effects of of specific development — as the law requires — or as an obstacle to all development. Continue reading

Colorado state senators recalled over gun control support

Two Democratic lawmakers in Colorado, including the president of the state Senate, were recalled Tuesday in elections brought about by their support for tougher gun control laws. 

 According to unofficial results, voters in Colorado Springs favored recalling state Sen. John Morse, the body’s president, by 51 percent to 49 percent. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo was defeated in her recall election, 56 percent to 44 percent.   

The Colorado Republican Party called the vote results “a loud and clear message to out-of-touch Democrats across the nation” in a statement released late Tuesday. Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, said he was “disappointed by the outcome of the recall elections” before calling on state residents to “refocus again on what unites Coloradans — creating jobs, educating our children, creating a healthier state — and on finding ways to keep Colorado moving forward.” Continue reading

Freedom supporters named ‘enemy’ of this government agency

by GlenMorgan
for Freedom Foundation

Posted 8/18/2013

 

The Freedom Foundation has been in the news lately for filing information requests with a handful of state agencies. You can read a few of these news articles here

The Puget Sound Partnership was one of these agencies. One of the ways Puget Sound Partnership spent your tax dollars last year was to hire a consultant group to create a 14-page “messaging document.” This outside consultant reviewed all the press releases and stories related to shoreline master plans (SMPs) in Washington State and had some interesting things to say about the “opposition.” Apparently, according to their 2012 messaging guide, if you support freedom and prosperity, then you are the “opposition.”  Continue reading

Judge delays release of Trinity water for Klamath salmon

Capital Press

Posted 8/14/2013

 

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily halted plans to release water from the Trinity River to protect Northern California salmon.

The Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/16OdZN8) says the judge in Fresno halted Tuesday’s planned release and pushed it back to Friday so the court can have time to examine arguments by opponents.

The federal government plans to release up to 100,000 acre-feet of water from a reservoir in the next few weeks to protect salmon in the Klamath River, downstream from the Trinity. Continue reading

Hage Case goes back to Claims Court

Posted July 30, 2013

News & Updates | June 20, 2013

Monday, June 17th, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition to hear the Hage v. United States takings case overturned, in part, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 2012 (Appellate Court).

The case, originally filed in 1991, by Wayne and Jean Hage, claimed the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management caused the taking of their ranch through regulations and physical confiscations of property. They received a landmark judgment that, with interest, totaled $14 million, plus attorney fees from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 2008 (Claims Court). The court awarded the Hages compensation for the taking of their range improvements, ditch rights-of-ways and the water that flowed from the federal lands to their private lands. The case was the first ever filed asserting the taking of private property rights on federal grazing allotments. Continue reading

Is there no LEGAL protection against Agenda 21 ACTIVISTS?

Commentary by Pearl Rains Hewett
Posted 7/29/2013
 
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
 
Surfrider Foundation IS PROMOTING UN, Agenda 21 GLOBALLY IN 18 COUNTRIES 
 
Are there no laws? Is there no LEGAL protection against GLOBAL, NON-PROFIT, SPECIAL INTEREST Surfriders radical environmental, Agenda 21 IMPORTED MOB RULE in SEATTLE, Bellingham and Gray Harbor?
 
Surfrider Foundation HAS INFILTRATED  LOCAL public meeting BY BRING IN their, HUGE out of area mobs and organizers of Radical environmental extremists.
 
Surfrider Foundation HAS SATURATED our FEDERAL? WA State government? with A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF 20,000 comments from global Radical environmental extremists. Continue reading

PLF Wins Case Against Offsite Mitigation Extortion!

Posted 7/6/2013

Whatcom Excavator

Whatcom County, WA – In January WE shared news that the Supreme Court accepted a case fought by Pacific Legal Foundation related to wetlands mitigation for land disturbance, “Koontz v. St. Johns River Management District.”

We are happy to report that they won, and that nexus and proportionality really do matter.  

 

Additional information at the PLF site. Continue reading

Federal Court Finds Conspiracy, Orders FS and BLM to Reinstate Hage Grazing Permits

Posted 5/30/2013

News Release from Ramona Morrison
Liberty and Property Rights Coalition

(RENO, NV)  Friday, Chief Judge Robert C. Jones of the Federal District Court of Nevada issued a historic 104-page ruling protecting western ranchers’ grazing preferences and finding conspiracy by federal agents to deprive ranchers of vested property rights.  The decision stems from a 2007 trespass case, U.S. v. Hage,  brought by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) against embattled central Nevada rancher Wayne N. Hage and the Estate of his father, well-known property rights activist, E. Wayne Hage.

 

Wayne Hage commented from Pine Creek Ranch, “This decisions is landmark for western ranchers. I am pleased to announce for the ranchers of the Western states that it has been proven that a permit is not simply a revocable privilege, but rather there is a property interest in the permit for the purpose of the Due Process Clause, both procedural and substantive. This is important because it will safeguard rancher’s rights and historical grazing practices.”

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A year later, E. Oregon forest road plan on shelf

Corvallis Gazette-Times

Posted 5/30/2013

A U.S. Forest Service plan to close thousands of miles of roads in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon remains in limbo a year after the agency shelved the idea.

There may be no change in the forest’s road plan until at least 2016, the Baker City Herald (http://bit.ly/133SDY9) reported.

The plan released in March 2012 led to protests. Residents said closures would hinder four-wheelers, hunting and firewood cutting. Continue reading

Can trees grow without Central Planning?

How many government employees does it take to plant a tree? 

April 17, 2013

by Glen Morgan, Property Rights Director
Freedom Foundation, Citizens Action Network blog
as posted on The Whatcom Excavator

It sounds like an old joke (the answer starts at five and grows from there), but it is a real question some of us have asked when we see the expansion of “Tree Ordinances” in local jurisdictions in Washington State.  The City of Tukwila, for example, is exploring a tree ordinance consisting of many pages of make-work rules to manage every aspect of pruning, planting, protecting, removing, and enjoying trees and landscaping.  The question, unanswered, of course, is how did the City of Tukwila become one of the most heavily treed cities (47% according to their “consultant” report) in Washington State without this critical, crucial, crises ordinance process to save our trees from ourselves?  This is indeed a mystery nobody in the Tukwila government appears able to solve.  However the citizens and elected officials of Tukwila still have the opportunity to avoid the tree ordinance fiasco which the Mercer Island City Council attempted to impose on their citizens (and which was impressively rejected by the residents in 2001). Continue reading

WA Florist Sued for Beliefs About Marriage

by Joseph Backholm |
Fmily Policy Institute of Washington

April 9, 2013

Yesterday, newly elected Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against a florist in Richland, Washington because she declined to provide floral arrangements to a same-sex wedding ceremony.  Arlene’s Flowers is a small busines whose owner, Barronelle Stutzman, had served this customer for years.  She knew he was gay, and it was never an issue, because she’s happy to serve everybody.

But she isn’t willing to lend her services to every activity, and when it came to a same-sex wedding, she just couldn’t do it.   According to her statement, she explained herself, he said he respected it; they hugged and he left. Continue reading

U.S. Claims Court To Hear Case Involving Unlawful Seizure of Livestock by U.S. Forest Service

from Liberty Scene

Posted 4/17/2013

Arizona – In a published decision handed down April 4, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied a U.S. Forest Service motion to dismiss in a case brought by Arizona rancher Daniel Gabino Martinez asserting a Constitution Fifth Amendment taking of property in the nature of cattle.   The cattle were grazing both on patented lands, and utilizing vested water sources on rangelands appurtenant to the ranch in the area at issue.  The Martinez complaint alleges a taking of property without a either a court order or a warrant, and the denial of Constitutional and statutory due process of law.  Continue reading

Washington activist plans to help educate legislators about Agenda 21

by Scott Roberts
Freedom Foundation

Washington State – April 9, 2013 – There is at least one thing about our government that we would all like to change. The thing that separates Paula Baruffi from many of us is that she’s doing something about it.

For the past year, Paula Baruffi has been organizing a group in Issaquah called “Liberty 21”. It’s a group of people that meet once a month to learn about Agenda 21, and how it has seeped into our government. They have been learning about how Agenda 21 is working to deprive Americans of our freedom.

Here’s what Paula has to say:

Hi, my name is Paula Baruffi, and I want to tell you about a project I’m doing this year to help educate our Washington State legislators about Agenda 21 and how laws in our state are being impacted by this agenda.

First, I was concerned that so few of our elected officials knew about Agenda 21, so I wanted to help educate them by providing each of them a copy of this book – Behind the Green Mask – written by Rosa Koire.

The author, Rosa Koire, is a Democrat and you can learn more about her at her website democratsagainstagenda21.com

However, this is not a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats alike need to understand this subject and how Agenda 21 poses a great risk to our property rights and local control over the future of our communities.

I’ve purchased 150 copies of Behind the Green Mask, which is enough copies for each of our elected state representatives and state senators. I’m going to go to each of their offices in Olympia on April 24th and hand deliver a copy of this book along with a short message to each of them.
I would like to invite you to join me and others concerned about Agenda 21 and its influence on our laws and government on April 24th in Olympia and you can go with us to ensure that your representative receives this book and reads it over the summer so that when the legislative session starts next year, they will be better educated on this subject.

There is one big thing that you can do to help me with this project, and that is write a short note to your legislator about why they should be informed about Agenda 21. Send me your note (either handwritten or email) and I will include it with the book I deliver to them.

wcfase@gmail.com
Paula Baruffi
PO Box 1234,
Mercer Island, WA. 98040

Also, if you would like to help me pay for the books, I’m graciously accepting donations. The books cost about $15 each. If you would like to help with the purchase, you can send a check made out to Paula Baruffi and mail it to me at:

Paula Baruffi
PO Box 1234,
Mercer Island, WA. 98040

You can also join us on the Capitol steps in Olympia at 10:00 am on April 24th when we deliver the books. Please let me know if you are interested in helping deliver books to legislators by emailing me at  wcfase@gmail.com.
Thanks for your help!

Bainbridge Island, WA: Property owners group prepares for legal fight

By RICHARD D. OXLEY
Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
March 8, 2013 · 11:58 AM

Bainbridge Island, WA – The city’s update to the Shoreline Master Program spent months being hammered out by the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission. Now the city council is perched on a decision on the update of its regulations for seaside development amidst heavy public criticism.

Critics of the new rules are gearing up for a fight.

Island activist Gary Tripp has been amassing support for an assault on the proposed Shoreline Master Program.

Tripp manages an island listserv for interest groups around the island, and also oversees the Bainbridge Shoreline Homeowner’s blog. In a Feb. 20 email written to his followers, Tripp asked for financial donations in order to combat the city’s work on its Shoreline Master Program. Continue reading

CA: Agenda 21 stokes property-rights fears

by Tim Hearden
Capital Press

Posted 3/29/2013

Others say U.N.
land-use blueprint having no impact

QUINCY, Calif. — Carol Viscarra doesn’t consider herself a political activist, but Agenda 21 caught her attention.

The cattle, hay and vegetable producer from the Indian Valley near here is also an emergency-room nurse, so she doesn’t have much time to “bounce around the county addressing regulatory boards,” she said.

But battles over water from a stream that feeds her 450-acre ranch have taken Viscarra on a journey of research that led her to fight a proposed update of Plumas County’s general plan, which she believes could slowly destroy private property rights.

“I am an American,” she told the county planning commission recently, “and I believe that one of the primary pillars upon which rests our most fundamental freedoms as Americans is private property rights.”

Viscarra and some of her neighbors assert the updated plan closely mirrors Agenda 21, a United Nations document that’s drawn fire from some landowners and activists in the West who fear it’s behind a planned depopulation of rural areas. Continue reading

What happens when the Central Planners fail?

by Glen Morgan
Property Rights Director for
Freedom Foundation

Posted 3/26/2013

When I was in college, my peers and I would have our makeshift debates in the dorm hallways, arguing about the fundamental problems with Marx and other prophets of the left.  We usually came to the conclusion that Marx just didn’t understand the nature of man.  Columbia University still required all undergrad students to read a core curriculum of largely western thought at the time.  So we studied Marx, John Stuart Mill, The Federalists Papers, Plato, Hobbs, etc.  These debates were not unusual then (I hope they still happen today).  The influence of the Socialist Utopian view of the world is still with us today, of course, under a variety of different titles and schemes, and they all share the same fatal flaw that dooms Marxism every time:  that some “educated elite” or, to quote Plato, mythical “Philosopher Kings” could lead the masses to utopia .  Like a chronic disease, we can’t seem to shake these failed concepts regardless of how many times they end in disaster.  Continue reading

CAN – Citizen Action Network organization helps give citizens a voice

from Freedom Foundation

Posted 2/4/2013

The Citizen Action Network (CAN) is an outreach project of the Freedom Foundation, and a grassroots movement dedicated to connecting, equipping, and mobilizing the people of Washington State to help keep freedom alive.  In a nation that has lost its way, there are those who stand and fight for freedom.  Will you join us?

Join CAN Now

What’s At Stake…
Most of us talk to our elected officials regularly…through the television set or radio when they are guests on talk shows and say something to set us off.  But when do we actually talk with the people we have elected to represent us?

Some people do spend a lot of time talking with politicians. Those would be special interests who want government to provide a new service or expand an old one. Because officials have been saying “Yes!” to them for a long time now, government has become huge, arrogant and expensive.

But America belongs to us. We’re supposed to be in charge. That means we need to engage in the conversations and decisions that shape our everyday lives. Our future depends on it. Continue reading

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