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2014 Election Update

Yesterday, we posted the results of the state legislative races as of election night. While none of the races for State Senate appear close enough that the winner will be determined by the late arriving ballots, we identified 6 House races.

However, as ballots were counted the day after the election, there has been movement in each of the races and in one case, a new leader

Here are some races that are still too close to decide on a winner:

  • 17th legislative district (Vancouver): Still at 51-49%,

Election Day: What To Watch For

Today is Election Day!

If you still need a voter guide, click here.

If you want to find out if your friends and family has voted yet, click here.

Once the ballots have been mailed in and the results start coming in, pay close attention to what is happening around the state, along with the races in your district.

Currently, the House is made up of 55 Democrats and 43 Republicans.

Primary Election Update

The primary election has come and gone, but the results are still coming in. Looking at what we already know, there is a good chance that there will be changes to our state government, particularly in the Senate.

During the 2014 session, the House was made up of 55 Democrats and 43 Republicans, and the Senate was made up of 24 Republicans to 25 Democrats. In the Senate, two Democrats caucused with the Republicans to create the Majority Coalition Caucus,

Facts and Observations About the Same-Sex Family Study in Australia

We hear a lot of “a survey has found that…” or “studies prove that…” Public opinion has a big effect on issues that we face. But when presented with such surveys, studies, or polls, how do we know if all the information is accurate? Can we trust everything it says? There have been numerous instances where no one is calling out the errors or omissions in the information presented. Here is a good example that recently happened in Australia:

A study conducted by the University of Melbourne found that same-sex couples are better parents than heterosexual couples.

Port Angeles School Board Update

Last Thursday, the Port Angeles School Board met to vote on whether or not to make school bathrooms gender neutral. The vote would have determined if a boy who says he is a girl should be allowed to use the girls’ restroom (and same for girls who say they are boys). However, the school board decided to table the vote indefinitely (for more information about the meeting, click here).

The vote was tabled due to the numerous calls and emails sent to the school board in response to the vote,

Hobby Lobby Case Transcript

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard the oral arguments for the Hobby Lobby case. Hobby Lobby, along with Conestoga Wood Specialties, is opposing the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act on the basis that the mandate would force them to violate their religious beliefs about abortion inducing contraceptives. 

If you are interested in reading the oral argument transcript, click here.