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Groups sue over grazing on California coast – —Resident ranchers fear for the future of agriculture

by Jason Campbell for Western Livestock Journal

Posted 2/29/2016

Just a year after officials with California’s Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) garnered national headlines by shutting down an oyster farm within its borders, three anti-grazing groups have filed suit, contending that the ranchers who graze the property just north of San Francisco should be removed as well.

The suit however, filed against the National Park Service (NPS) earlier this month by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Western Watersheds Project (WWP), and the Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), does not call for an immediate end to grazing. Instead, it criticizes PRNS management of wildlife, including the resident elk herd, and accuses them of favoring ranching interests over environmental concerns. Continue reading

Commentary on WA State Bathroom Rule by Rains-Hewitt

WA State Bathroom Rule

WA State Bathroom Rule
Chapter 162-32-010 WAC TOOK EFFECT DEC. 26, 2015


The final rule removed any discretion for school officials and mandates that all schools must allow boys into the girl’s locker room if they claim to be a girl. Continue reading

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

Despite orders, Washington HS coach prays on field after game

Despite orders, Washington HS coach prays on field after game

Posted 6:12 pm, October 17, 2015, by , Updated at 06:18pm, October 17, 2015
 As Joe Kennedy knelt to pray at the 50-yard-line Friday night he felt a presence around him.

And it grew.

The assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington state was being joined by some of his opponents and fans — some of whom had come to the game to pray with him.

After the Knights’ homecoming loss to the Centralia Tigers, Kennedy walked to the middle of the football field, hoping to say his usual thanks to God by himself.

He had been told not to do it. The Bremerton School District had said if he prayed while on duty as a coach he would be violating federal law.

Kennedy, as he has done after most games for seven years, prayed anyway, defying the order. He opened his eyes to find a huge crowd of supporters around him.

It was overpowering. The coach cried as he spoke to reporters.

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Landowners express anger over water rights issue that blocks their ability to build

By Shannen Kuest
Skagit Valley Herald

The meeting was called by the Skagit chapter of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights.

About 120 people filled the American Legion Hall on Tuesday night to discuss the water and property rights issues facing Skagit County. Among them were property owners and Alliance members, who took the state’s 2001 instream flow rule to task.

When some at the meeting suggested building on their properties without county permission, one audience member shouted, “To hell with the county!”

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The ROSS Approach to Puget Sound – Restoration Shell Game

Editorial by Pearl Rains-Hewitt
Behind My Back

Posted 5/11/2015

A highly convoluted “GAME OF RESTORATION” that is involving the sleight of many, many hands, in which hundreds of inverted Federal agencies, WA State agencies, WAC’S and /or other NGO, NUTSHELLS are moved about, and hard working taxpayers must attempt to spot which is the one, of many thousands, with  NGO’S or other government agencies are underneath the “RESTORATION” plan.




designing a unified plan, and making sure money is being spent efficiently, and our region is making progress,” says Gerry O’Keefe, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership. Continue reading

Virginia enacts law to protect landowners from predatory land trusts

March 11, 2015

by Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

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

LF defends Emerald Isle beach homeowners against a “taking” by town officials

News Release from PLF

Town of Emerald Isle, N.C.; March 19, 2015: This week, the nation’s leading property rights defense organization stepped in to represent an Emerald Isle couple who are fighting the town’s unconstitutional imposition of a 20-foot-wide government driving lane across their privately owned sandy beach property.

Donor-supported Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is a public interest legal organization that defends limited government and property rights in courts across the country.  Because of the importance of the Emerald Isle case, PLF now represents beachfront homeowners Greg and Diane Nies, free of charge, in challenging the Town government’s unconstitutional seizure of their property rights.  PLF, which is headquartered in Sacramento and maintains an Atlantic Center based in Florida, is representing the Nies along with Keith Anthony, Esq., and North Carolina’s Morningstar Law Group. Continue reading

Special Report – Minimum Wage

Special Report by Erin Shannon,
Director, Center for Small Business
Washington Policy Center


Jan. 2015


Snapshot of Minimum Wage Earners in Washington State

  • The average family income of a minimum wage earner in Washington State is $47,540.
  • In Washington State, just 8 percent of minimum wage earners are single parents with children.
  • Nearly 60 percent of minimum wage earners in Washington State live with a family member or have a spouse who also works.
  • In Washington State, fewer than 4 percent of minimum wage workers have a college degree.

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Sequim, WA: Rally to support law enforcement draws crowd

by Lois Krafsky-Perry
Citizen Review
Posted 1/10/2015
Sequim, WA – On Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, local citizens joined together to rally on behalf of law enforcement officers throughout the county, state and nation and in support of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day as suggested by The National Fraternal Order of Police.
Approximately 45 people gathered at the main street in Sequim to show respect and support for the men and women in blue, waving signs and American flags,  while acknowledging thumbs-up and honks from passersby.

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Marketplace Fairness Is Not A Fair Option

By Deborah Collier |Wastewatcher

October 2014,

On July 15, 2014, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act.  This legislation would make the current moratorium on Internet access taxes, which was first enacted by Congress in 1998.  However, Democratic leaders in the Senate allowed the bill to languish in an effort to appease a few senators who wished to tack on to the bill a more controversial taxing measure, the Marketplace Fairness Act.  In order to avoid the expiration of the existing Internet access tax moratorium on November 1, Congress included a temporary extension in the continuing resolution until December 11, 2014.

S. 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) sounds innocuous.  However, in Orwellian fashion, the title means quite the opposite (think…Affordable Care Act).

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Washington game managers criticized for wolf shooting

by Don Jenkins | Capital Press

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The east-west divide over how Washington should manage conflicts between ranchers and the state’s growing population of wolves was apparent Tuesday at a meeting in this Seattle suburb.

Speaker after speaker told state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials that game managers shouldn’t have OK’d the shooting of a wolf in August to deter a pack from preying on sheep in Stevens County in northeast Washington.

A week ago at the Stevens County Fairground in Colville, game officials were accused of being slow to stop livestock predation. At the Lynnwood Convention Center, they were charged with being quick to kill wolves at the bidding of ranchers. Continue reading

Who Killed the American Family?

by Phyllis Schlafly
WA Eagle Forum

Posted Oct. 6, 2014

September 24, 2014 – The British press just reported the result of a new study by academics from Oxford and the University of London that children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved than classmates brought up by unmarried parents. Children raised by married parents show lower levels of anti-social attitudes and hyperactivity.

Recent U.S. surveys show that the U.S. taxpayers’ money appropriated to “close the gap” between higher-achieving and lower-achieving students has failed to achieve this goal. Contrary to conventional wisdom, poverty is not the principal cause of the gap, but whether or not children grow up in a family with their own mom and pop compared to kids who lack that advantage. Continue reading

BLM secret memo outlines plan to lock up an area as big as Colorado and Wyoming combined

By Thomas Mitchell | 4th St. 8

Posted 5/21/2014

President Obama today was to announce the creation of a national monument in southern New Mexico — the 500,000-acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

It looks suspiciously like an opening round in a bid to carry out a plan — first outlined in a secret Bureau of Land Management in 2010 — that would lock up abut half of the BLM’s 264 million acres, about the size of Colorado and Wyoming combined, and halt most productive private use, such as ranching and mining and oil and gas exploration.

The Washington Times reported that about half of the land involved in today’s announcement is to be set aside as wilderness, meaning it would be closed to vehicles and construction and mining. Local ranchers say it’s a land grab that will interfere with their grazing rights.

The Congressional Western Caucus released the 2010 memo — which is headed “Internal Draft – NOT FOR RELEASE” and labeled “Treasured Landscapes” — Tuesday. It lists more than two dozen specific areas from which the agency seeks to lock out most human activity. Three of those are in Nevada. Continue reading

Enemy at the gates: New Mexico plots criminal charges against feds in land fight

Gov’t, locals want to fend off a new Bundy-type clash

By Valerie Richardson | The Washington Times

Posted 5/26/2014

New Mexico ranchers are plenty mad over the U.S. Forest Service’s refusal to open a gate blocking their cattle from reaching water, but all sides say they are working hard to avoid an armed showdown reminiscent of Nevada’s Bundy ranch skirmish any time soon.


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BLM carries out the order of one federal judge, while ignoring the order of another

by Thomas Mitchell, 4th St. 8

Posted April 17, 2014

A number of people have noted that the BLM was just carrying out a federal judge’s order when it bungled its attempt to roundup rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle from federal public land in the Gold Butte area.

Federal Judge Lloyd George authorized the BLM to confiscate Bundy’s cattle and the agency dutifully attempted to do so. Continue reading

Reid, China, Solar Power and Bundy’s Ranch – The Connection

Exclusive as reposted from World Net Daily
Exclusive: Joseph Farah exposes China deal possibly driving fed action against rancher

He exposed the utter ruthlessness, brutishness and Gestapo tactics of the federal government in dealing with honest, hard-working Americans who live off the land – our land.

Claiming Bundy’s cattle ranching operation was endangering desert tortoises, the Bureau of Land Management treated him like he was Ted Bundy. I take that back. The serial rapist, mass murderer and necrophile got due process. Continue reading

Harry Reid and his allegations

Victor Davis Hansen

Posted 4/25/2014

We should ask Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) the same question once posed to Sen. Joseph McCarthy by U.S. Army head counsel Robert N. Welch: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

Reid is back in the news for denigrating the peaceful supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a popular critic of the Bureau of Land Management policy, as “domestic terrorists.”

McCarthy in the 1950s became infamous for smearing his opponents with lurid allegations that he could not prove, while questioning their patriotism. Reid has brought back to the Senate that exact same McCarthy style of six decades ago — and trumped it.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Reid libeled candidate Mitt Romney with the unsubstantiated and later-refuted charge that Romney was a tax cheat. “The word’s out that he [Romney] hasn’t paid any taxes for 10 years,” Reid said. Continue reading

Under attack: Depth of federal arms race should surprise, shock citizenry

by Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog


SANTA FE — In late February, four federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.”

Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and impaired driving in the ski resort’s parking lot and surrounding area.

But the agents weren’t from the FBI, ATF or even the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rather, the agents represented the U.S. Forest Service.

“It’s one of the untold stories about government,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lives in Taos, is an avid skier and has been a leading critic of the operation that turned up only a few minor infractions. “People don’t grasp the size and the scope of these entities and their law enforcement arms.” Continue reading

Editorital: A War on Wild

Editorial series by Pearl Rains-Hewett

Posted 1/31/2014

Part 1:

There is a time to be silent and a time to speak

 A time to keep and a time to throw away

 There is a time for every activity

 Now is the time for many of us to speak of a War On Wild and keep our rights.

Is it your time?

We are American citizens, we are private property owners, we are the stewards of our pristine forest land, it is our heritage, it is who we are and what we do, it is our way of life, it is our source of employment and income, it provides our shelter, the roof over our heads, food on our tables and heat from our hearth, indeed it has been  the  lot of our lives for many generations of local  families.

So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil Continue reading

Irony Abounds in Abortion Mandate Hearing

by Joseph Backholm
Family Policy Institute of Washington


Posted 1/15/2014


Olympia, WA – Monday afternoon (Jan. 13, 2014) the House Health and Wellness Committee held a hearing on HB 2148, which would require all insurance policies in Washington State to cover abortion. Proponents of the legislation refer to it as the Reproductive Parity Act (RPA).


Supporters of life and insurance choice significantly outnumbered abortion industry advocates, filling the hearing room and two over flow rooms as well.


Proponents of the bill argued that the mandate is necessary to ensure that women’s choices about their pregnancies are not dictated by their insurance coverage. 


Rep. Paul Harris, from Vancouver, suggested an alternative to a mandate would be a requirement that the summary of benefits clearly state whether the policy covers abortion or not. Continue reading

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