Progressives launch effort to block popular parental rights education law
Jun 20, 2024

On June 6th, Washington’s new Parental Bill of Rights law went into effect. This popular law is a result of direct democracy.  It was presented to the state legislature in January by over 454,000 citizens who signed Initiative 2081.

Lawmakers could hardly ignore such a grassroots movement, and the measure garnered huge bi-partisan majorities – passing in the Senate by acclamation and being approved in the House by a vote of 82 to 15.  Even far left-wing members like Sen. Jaimie Pedersen and Rep. Tomiko-Santos supported it.

As a staunch defender of the status quo Governor Jay Inslee may not like the measure, but his opinion doesn’t matter.  Citizen initiatives become law without the governor’s signature.

Yet some members of the establishment are angry at the idea of protecting parent rights in public education.  Kathleen Taylor, the Executive Director of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, apparently doesn’t think “civil liberties” should extend to parents.

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George Nethercutt's wonderful life and lasting legacy
Jun 19, 2024

George’s long contacts and friendships in Washington D.C. helped bring some of the nation’s top thought-leaders to speak at WPC’s annual dinner events. It was thanks to George that WPC first brought the Hon. J.C. Watts to keynote our annual event and it was thanks to George that former Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Senator Joe Lieberman, delivered a keynote presentation on choice in education, a presentation that Nethercutt moderated in 2018.

A few years later, in 2021, George was named Washington Policy Center’s Champion of Freedom.  By then the tall, lanky, confident man had lost some of his mobility, vision and speech and, with the aid of Mary Beth, his wife of more than 44 years, he appeared via video at a WPC Dinner one last time to accept the award.

Despite all the hardships progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurodegenerative brain disease, could hit him with, he was still smiling.  He still had his sense of humor, jabbing the other Eastern Washington Congressional District as the second-best one, and assured us he maintained his 6-day a week physical workouts.  

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The constitutionality of California Proposition 22 classifying gig workers as independent contractors, to be decided by the California Supreme Court
Jun 14, 2024

Unions in California, much like the unions here in Washington, are working to re-classify every independent contractor as an employee in an effort to swell the dwindling union ranks. The latest attempt to limit workers freedom is the Service Employees International Union opposition to Proposition 22, passed by the voters of California in 2020 by over 58%.

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