Entries by Joseph Backholm

WA Supreme Court’s Rules Against Arlene’s Flowers and First Amendment

Though it wasn’t surprising, it is still disappointing.

Barronelle Stutzman is a florist in eastern Washington who told long-time customers that she could not decorate their same-sex wedding in 2013.

Despite the fact that she has employed people who identify as gay and is happy to sell flowers (including wedding flowers) to same-sex couples, she stated that she could not be the florist for their wedding because of her beliefs about marriage.

DOJ Ends Effort to Force Men into Spaces for Women and Girls

Last week, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as President Trump’s new attorney general to lead the Department of Justice. It has taken only days for the impact to be felt across the country.

On Friday, the Department of Justice signaled that it is ending efforts to force school districts to allow boys into girls facilities as a condition of receiving federal funding.

Last year, the Obama Justice Department invented new definitions of the term male and female under Title IX (without legislative input) that had the effect of forcing school districts to choose between the privacy of their students and the availability of federal education funds.

House Committee Debates Bringing Obamacare Mandates to Washington

Should controversial mandates from Obamacare—which many believe are on the way out in Washington, D.C.—be made a permanent part of Washington State law?

That is the question the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee considered this morning.  The committee heard public testimony on HB 1523, which would require all health insurance plans to cover all preventative services required under federal law as of December 31, 2016.  It also bans plans that would share the cost of any of those services with employees.

Religious Freedom Executive Order Leaked; Progressives Panic

For many, it could define his Presidency.  And it’s a decision that could come within the first month of his term.

A leak of an executive order on religious freedom indicates that President Trump is seriously considering actions that would roll back many of the Obama Administration’s  assaults on religious freedom.

Generally, they’re concerned it would give individuals and religious organizations too much freedom.  This article from the Daily Signal summarizes some of what it would do.

Everything You Need to Know About Neil Gorsuch

Yesterday, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, from the 10th Circuit Appellate Court, to fill the vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s death on the Supreme Court.

Urge Washington State’s Senators Murray and Cantwell to support Justice Gorsuch’s nomination, as they did when he was originally elevated to the 10th Cirucuit Court of Appeals by signing our petition right here.

According to the White  House Press release announcing the pick, “Judge Gorsuch is a brilliant jurist with an outstanding intellect and a clear,

WA Bill Seeks to Make Obamacare Mandates Permanent in WA

As lawmakers in Washington DC prepare to repeal Obamacare and its mandates, a group of Washington State lawmakers have proposed legislation that would make some of those same mandates permanent law in Washington State.

This continues a trend of attempts to force people in Washington to buy things they don’t want to buy.

Three times in recent years, the House of Representatives passed legislation to require every insurance policy to cover abortion only to see the bill defeated in the Senate.

Bill to Permit Prayer After Sporting Events Introduced in State House

In apparent response to Coach Joe Kennedy’s ongoing to dispute with the Bremerton school district, legislation was introduced today that would  allow anyone to make public demonstrations, including prayer, after sporting events at public high schools.

The legislation is sponsored by Rep. Jesse Young, whose district includes Bremerton, and co-sponsored by forty-five others. All the sponsors are Republicans.

Joe Kennedy is a retired Marine who was also a football coach at Bremerton High School until he was fired for praying on the field after football games.

House Votes to Make Hyde Amendment Permanent

In the second major move this week to stop taxpayer funding from being used to fund abortions, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to make the Hyde Amendment Permanent.

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Mexico City Policy. 

The Hyde Amendment has prohibited taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions since 1976.  However, it became a hotly debated issue during the Obama Administration.

The Hyde Amendment was never permanent law but has been routinely attached as a “rider”

President Trump Issues Executive Order to Reinstate Mexico City Policy; Prohibits Funding for Abortions Overseas

On his first Monday in office, President Trump signaled that the pro-life commitments he made during the campaign was more than campaign rhetoric.

He signed an Executive Memorandum to reinstate the Mexico City Policy.  The policy prohibits taxpayer funding of groups that perform and promote abortions overseas.  It does not, however, stop non-abortion international assistance. The order ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars.

How President-Elect Trump Made Progressives Like “Discrimination” Again

What a difference eight years makes.

When President Obama was elected in 2008, he campaigned on the idea that marriage was a relationship between a man and a woman.

His political party was obviously good with that.

When he leaves office tomorrow, most of that same political party believes that people who hold the position he held when he was elected President should lose their businesses for it.

As a result bakers,