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30 Dec
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Fossil Fuel donations and the Green New Deal

I was asked today if I would reject all donations from the fossil fuel industry and pledge to support the Green New Deal.

In a word: No.

Full disclosure, I have not yet received any donations from the fossil fuel industry.

My pledge is that I will work for the people of Washington, not the bureaucracy of the “Washington State Swamp.” I will accept donations from just about any lawful source to accomplish that goal, but am publicly stating up front that donations absolutely will not entitle any person or special interest group any preferential treatment.

For all the feigned concern about the climate, I find it interesting that the State of Washington has taken no action regarding all the RVs in Seattle dumping their sewage tanks onto city streets and the recent news of a Seattle business illegally dumping chemicals into a sewer. In the latter case the federal government was taking enforcement action, but not the State of Washington or the City of Seattle.

As I have said many times before, there is plenty of work that needs to be done here at home. I want everyone to have clean water and a good environment, and that can be accomplished without signing onto the climate hysteria that has taken a number of forms since at least the 1970s.

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24 Dec
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Merry Christmas!

I am truly thankful for all the gifts I’ve received in my life.

I am thankful for and humbled by all those who have given me the gift of their support in my run for attorney general, whether volunteering their time, feedback/constructive criticism or financial donations.

From my family to yours: Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of year when the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
“Merry Christmas, may your New Year dreams come true”
And this song of mine in three-quarter time
Wishes you and yours the same thing too

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22 Dec
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Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish family and friends!

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17 Dec
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Ferguson sues the Trump administration for the 53rd time in 3 years

Hypocrite Sideshow is at it again. The alleged underpinning of his beloved sanctuary state law is that immigration is a federal issue and that state and local law enforcement should not be involved. Yet he turns around and wants to tell federal law enforcement when and how they can do their jobs. Pull your head out Bob!

I am all for treating people fairly. But people who come to our country illegally, and usually must break other laws in order to survive here (identity theft involving social security numbers, etc.) should know the perils they place themselves and their family members in each and every day.

The law abiding are not second class citizens! Will Sideshow give you a pass when you break the law and then tell law enforcement to leave you alone?

There are two sides to the equation. For every story of a poor *illegal* immigrant who finds themselves in our justice system, there is another party whose rights must also be considered.

The examples cited in the story meant to evoke sympathy should not. The person seeking the protection order: If their abuser is also here illegally it seems Ferguson would be in favor of protecting that person as well. It seems to me that would re-victimize the survivor. Remember this person has a legal country of residence. If that person was in fear or concerned the US justice system could not protect him or her, why wouldn’t they go home?

The man driving without a driver’s license: Unless there’s some insurance policy I’m not aware of he was almost certainly driving without insurance as well. What incentive does he have to obey our traffic laws?

The woman in court for a traffic collision: Again, she almost certainly did not have insurance. Who will pay for any damage? Answer: all of us in higher insurance premiums.

Ferguson’s lack of concern for those who are here legally, his waste of our tax dollars suing the federal government over federal enforcement of federal laws, and his unwillingness to stay in his own lane renders him completely unfit to be our state’s attorney general.

Is Ferguson representing you and your interests?

I want to return our state to a place where we enforce our laws uniformly, without regard to *any* person’s individual characteristics. Sideshow’s selective application of our laws based on a person’s immigration status sounds discriminatory, doesn’t it?

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-state-attorney-general-bob-ferguson-sues-trump-administration-over-courthouse-immigration-arrests/

Seems like a good time to dust this video off.

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16 Dec
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Heartbreaking and angering at any time, but especially during the holidays

I have posted before about Ferguson suing the Trump administration over the alleged housing conditions of illegal alien children in other states, while Washington’s foster care system is a disgrace.

Perhaps Sideshow could do some good if he held some people closer to home accountable, whether state contractors, foster parents who should not be foster parents, or DSHS leadership.

I found this paragraph particularly alarming:

“The challenge, at times, is driven home by another example in Dowd’s report — the 11-year-old who spent 77 nights in a hotel. Brought to the U.S. through an international relief program for orphans, the child had severe mental health and behavioral issues and was, at one point, removed from a residential treatment program after verbally abusing staff, breaking car windows and running away from the facility and into traffic. The adolescent is now at an out-of-state facility.”

Why are we importing any children, let alone children with severe problems, without a vetted sponsor who will take care of the child until they are able to care for themselves? The tax payers of Washington are on the hook for bringing this child from another country, only to be housed in another state at our expense. To say someone should lose their job over this is an understatement.

Who are you “fighting for” Bob? It certainly isn’t the children or the tax payers of Washington.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/report-reveals-alarming-increase-in-number-of-children-in-state-care-sent-to-hotels-its-a-crazy-bad-idea-top-official-agrees/

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10 Dec
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Sideshow fear-mongers by attempting to tie me to the NRA

A supporter forwarded the following email from the Ferguson campaign. It was complete with a link to donate to Ferguson’s campaign, and I have no reason to doubt its authenticity.

“…We have just one week left until the fundraising freeze.

My pro-NRA opponent is working to repeal I-I639, Washington’s common sense measure to address gun violence. Those aren’t the values Washingtonians want from their attorney general — but because he’s not an elected official, he’ll be able to continue fundraising throughout the freeze.

I refuse money from large corporations. My campaign relies on grassroots donors like you. But with only eight days left until the freeze kicks in, I need your support today.

I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for this campaign and our efforts to stop powerful interests from hurting Washingtonians. I know that with your support today, we can hit this goal. I really appreciate anything you can do to help us now…”


Ferguson’s attempt to link me to the NRA might help him with his donors but my response was to shrug my shoulders.  I have yet to receive any donations from the NRA.

Are you tired of candidates and public officials who easily wilt?

I am!

So I say this: If and when the time comes that the NRA, the GOA, or any similar organization decides to donate money to my campaign, I will gladly accept that donation.

Ferguson’s claim that he is leading a Grassroots effort is laughable.

Ferguson has raked-in over $2 Million since the 2016 election, and burned through an astonishing $858,303.89 which is absolutely insane considering the far-left and the media think he’s safe.

Your support of an independent, first-time candidate means that you are the Grassroots.

I haven’t had time to evaluate Ferguson’s claim that he does not accept donations from large corporations. He does however accept donations from labor unions and powerful PACs.

I have yet to receive a donation from any corporation, large or small.

We are clearly making progress even if Ferguson does not yet realize just how unpopular he and his policies are.

I know it’s the holidays and you have other things to spend your money on, but I would appreciate any help you can offer. I want you all to know that I know how hard you work for your money and because of that I am working hard to keep my costs down as much as possible, which means so far I have been doing most of the behind the scenes work myself.

No donation is too small.

Click on the Donate tab above, paypal.me/BrettRogersforAG, or by check to:

Committee to Elect Brett Rogers

PO Box 258

Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Thank you all for your support!

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06 Dec
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Getting to know Brett, Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts detailing some of my life and work experiences that I will bring to the role of Washington State Attorney General. (Tip of the cap to Beth M. for the suggestion)

My first job in the criminal justice system was with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. As a correctional officer I worked in a Maximum/Medium male prison in Racine, WI.

I promoted to sergeant and began supervising inmates confined to their residences under electronic monitoring (“ankle bracelets”) in the Milwaukee, WI metro area when the program was in its infancy.

I worked alone and unarmed. When an inmate violated a condition of their release it was my responsibility to locate them, take them into custody, and return them to a brick and mortar facility.

In those situations the inmates knew what was in store for them and they also knew I was unarmed. There were a few hairy situations, but through those experiences I learned the value of verbal communication…I literally had to talk people into handcuffs. Those experiences, learning to talk to people in stressful situations, later served me well as a police officer and in everyday life.

I rounded out my corrections career at a maximum/medium female institution in Taycheedah, WI best known for an escape by infamous inmate Lawrencia “Bambi” Bembenek.

Fun fact: I spent my summers in high school working as a bat boy for the Madison Muskies, then a Class A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. I got to meet Jose Canseco, Luis Polonia, Terry Steinbach, and others before they made it to “The Show.”

To be continued…

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05 Dec
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Special Session required to address I-976

If Governor Inslee does not call a special session to remedy the I-976 fiasco it will be one of the biggest blunders (which there are many) of his political career.

If 976 is unconstitutional based on the single subject rule or other similar provisions, then 1639 is also unconstitutional…along with the majority of the garbage Olympia churns out.

I imagine the Legislature does not want any more daylight showing just how they make sausage. Any case law on the “single subject” issue created during the litigation of 976 would apply to the Legislature as well. I can’t imagine they would want that, and if legislators are paying attention they could prevent that by passing legislation enacting 976.

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04 Dec
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Two opportunities to meet each other in Spokane 12/14/19

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29 Nov
0

I-976

I share your anger and frustration over the recent court order enjoining the implementation of I-976.

Given the current state of our politics and the contempt for the will of the people by elected officials and unelected bureaucrats, no one should be surprised by this development. Even before the judge’s ruling, Sound Transit vowed to continue collecting the taxes repealed by I-976, voters be damned.

Our judicial system is in desperate need of reform. There is a slate of 2020 candidates, including myself, who want to reform government and we could all use your help.

Now is not the time to give up in the face on continued adversity. Constructively focus your anger and do not surrender!

The case underlying the injunction has yet to be litigated, and there are increasing calls for a legislative special session to enact $30 car tabs.

I have heard a number of people planning on acts of civil disobedience by not paying for their tabs when they come due.

If you are one of those people, here is some unsolicited advice…take it or leave it.

Expired tabs may as well be a neon sign to police officers; I suggest:

1) Strongly consider not having a single drop of alcohol (or any other substance) if you’re going to drive with expired tabs, especially during the holidays. You don’t want your political protest to catch you a DUI.

2) Have all your other ducks in a row, including proof of insurance and registration (even if it’s expired).

3) Be courteous to the officer who stops you.

            a) The officer may or may not agree with your political views. Officers are             supposed to impartially enforce the law, but they are humans too. Would you do a   favor for someone who is being a jerk to you?

            b) The smaller the community you live in, the more likely that same officer will      notice you and your expired tabs again.

4) Expect a ticket and be thankful if you don’t get one…this time.

5) If you go down this road, be all-in. Request a full hearing and the presence of the ticketing officer. Beyond that I leave it to you to find your own legal advice and plan your own strategy.

We have the chance to take back our state government in 2020. Support candidates who share your beliefs. Consider running for office—any office—yourself. Talk to your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and make sure they’re registered to vote…and then in August and November talk to them again and make sure they do vote.

It is ok to be angry and frustrated. It is not ok to give up.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/tim-eymans-car-tab-measure-on-hold-judge-orders/

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