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* 4 Republican WA. state senators form ‘Freedom Caucus’
* WA’s. 3 GOP reps vote against removing Rep. Greene,
* Bill introduced could decriminalize most drug possessions!

WA. State Capital
Credit: Ted S. Warren AP, The Olympian

  • Editor’s note: This story in The Olympian should grab the attention of every voter in SE Thurston County and SW Pierce, since Rep. McCune is one of the 4:
  • 4 Republican Washington state senators announce formation of ‘Freedom Caucus
  • The members are Sens. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, Mike Padden of Spokane Valley, Phil Fortunato of Auburn, and former Pierce County Council member Jim McCune of Graham.
  • A “catalyst” for forming the caucus was that Republican caucuses in the Senate and House of Representatives “refused to force a special session by denying the governor his proclamations” last year.
  • Will this also lead to QAnon adherents in our state legislature?


Seattle Times: Washington’s three GOP representatives vote against removing Rep. Greene from committees

JOLT News: Bill introduced today would decriminalize most instances of drug possession

McClatchey News: WA state health officials want you to cancel Super Bowl parties as a COVID-19 precaution. “You can link in your typical game day buddies by video or text chat.”

JOLT News: County health officer updates the community in her weekly letter

South Sound Business: Opinion: Tacoma Has the Potential to Develop Into a Cybersecurity Economic Hub


Truthout: Presidential Approval Is the Highest It’s Been Since 2009, Poll Shows – 61%

The Wrap: Fox News Viewership Down Double Digits as CNN, MSNBC Get Biden Bump

Associated Press: Fox News and three hosts sued for $2.7 billion by voting machine company over election-fraud claims [Ed. note: Murdoch’s FOX News entertainment network spewing garbage is finally being challenged!]

WaPo: Fearing violence and political uncertainty, Americans are buying millions more firearms, as gun sales surged 80% in January [scroll down]

Salon: Billionaire Family Bankrolled Election Lies, Far Right and the Capitol Siege [funded the far-right social network Parler]

Mercola: 1 in 6 Americans Went Into Therapy for the First Time in 2020

WaPo: GameStop’s craze has caught the eye of a new set of investors: Children

Ammo.com: Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement


Bloomberg: How the QAnon Conspiracy Seduces Normal People – The theory contains many of the same features that make games and detective novels so enjoyable.

CNBC: Former President Donald Trump quit SAG-AFTRA, the union of actors, broadcasters and performing artists, after the union had taken steps to potentially revoke Trump’s membership for his incitement of the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Daily Kos: GAO report on Trump’s handling of pandemic finds programs never implemented and money gone missing

Washington Examiner: Nearly two-thirds of Republicans say they would likely leave party if Trump starts new one: Poll

NBC News: A Kentucky deputy went to Trump’s D.C. rally. Now he’s under investigation at home. An officer sparks a debate over Trump, the election results and the public’s trust in law enforcement.

Business Insider: Dominion’s lawyers demand Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Parler preserve posts by Trump and other far-right figures, ahead of threatened defamation lawsuits

MSNBC’s Deadline White House: Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter: GA Republicans were worried about this exact scenario with Marjorie Taylor Greene

Posted by Steve on February 5, 2021 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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  1. My heart goes out to our ever growing homeless population.
    In the late 1940’s, I lived t my Grandmother’s boarding house.”Hobos” (as they were called then) sometimes did work for her in exchange for a meal.
    In the 1960’s in Olympia a lovely angel of a woman owned a cafe surrounded with a rooming house. No one went without a meal and a bed if needed.
    There is a huge number of reasons why there are so many homeless now. Many of these folks never thought it would happen to them and some like being part of a camping tribe. There’s addiction, mental illness many extenuating circumstances.
    It is unfortunate that desperation or activism led to a group storming into our Olympia hotel. Shutting down a business and spending tax money for arrests isn’t the best way to make change. The fact is, we must create much more low income housing! Our small tiny house project and a few of the benevolent churches are wonderful but barely scratch the surface.
    What can be done? What must we do? What kind of a town do you want to live in?

    Comment by J. Cyr on February 5, 2021 at 12:19 pm

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