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About Charlie Crabtree

Long time observer of State and Local Politics. Charlie was born and raised in Whatcom County Washington. Served in the US Air Force in the 70's and served for 12 years on the Meridian School Board (north of Bellingham Washington) and a stint on the County Charter Review Commission. Retired except for Blogging and enjoying life.

Summary of Supreme Court Decisions a Story of “Balance of Power”

The Roberts Court, April 23, 2021 Seated from left to right: Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor Standing from left to right: Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh, Elena Kagan, Neil M. Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court Let Freedom ring as the Supreme Court does its duty: as one of the ...

Two masked individuals break window at Rep. Andrew Barkus'(R) Office

Throw in a Phosphorous Flare (These offices are also home to the state House Republican Campaign Committee)   In the early morning hours of June 13th; two masked individuals were seen on video breaking the window of the office of Rep Andrew Barkis who represents the 2nd Legislative District from Chehalis WA. The attempted arson location was also the location of the Republican House Campaign Committee. A not well known office site. It is ...

Water and the Nooksack Flooding solution

Whatcom farmers share Whatcom mayors’ concern over Ecology’s misleading statements, stalled collaboration... (LYNDEN, Wash.) Whatcom Family Farmers agrees with the mayors of five Whatcom cities, who are expressing their concerns about the Washington Department of Ecology’s troubling efforts to promote a harmful legal action against local water users, rather than support an inclusive, collaborative process to reach comprehensive solutions. In a June 14 letter to Ecology director Laura Watson, the local mayors suggest the ...

Snake River Dam Insanity Will Destroy Washington Prosperity

Inslee: On the one hand destroy our dams... on the other hand manage "our fragile grid" While energy prices are reaching new highs, Governor Inslee is continuing his bipolar and ill-conceived efforts at “transforming” the energy grid in Washington state. On one hand, he appears to support destroying the Snake River dams and removing eight percent of our hydroelectric power. On the other hand, in a campaign email, he predicts a summer of blackouts, ...

County Executive plans to bring Gun Control Resolution before Council in Coming Weeks

Executive Report for Council Meeting of June 7, 2022 Satpal S Sidhu Good Evening Council and Whatcom County Residents, I would like to talk about sensible gun laws. Today Mathew McConaughey addressed this very issue to our Federal lawmakers asking them to honor their moral obligations instead of party affiliations. We all want gun laws that make sense and will make it very difficult for sick people to obtain military style assault weapons. The current ...

New WA Building Codes Will Deepen the Housing Crisis

Got Housing? New Building Codes will deepen the Housing Crisis.   Last week, in “Welcome to the Board”, we discussed boards, their duties and responsibilities (what do boards do). In addition to the common boards that you are familiar with, like school boards, there are many administrative boards that have been given rule or code making responsibilities by the state legislature. The Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) is one of these powerful unelected ...

The Parental School Revolt Continues voters delivered a message to incumbents in April

In Whatcom County of 8 challenged seats on the school boards 4 went to challengers.Read the Local Story Here. In Whatcom County in the November 2021 Elections 4 school board challengers were elected replacing 4 out of the 8 incumbents running for school board positions in Whatcom County. Generally speaking the Unions reaction to COVID and the curriculum battles over CRT along with other items have continued to  draw the attention of voters nationwide; ...

Welcome to the Board by Nancy Churchill Dangerous Rhetoric

Welcome to the Board   Last month, in a column titled “Blow the Battle Horn!” I encouraged readers to get involved in the culture war and push back against the rule of “experts”.  I wrote “You can give in to ‘the experts’ or you can exercise your civic duty to fight for the liberties defined in our constitution. This is a war of ideas, of words, of conversations, of education, of culture.” (https://bit.ly/38S2SMR) In ...

Assault Weapons Ban, the icing on the cake to further render Americans unprotected.

An Essay from Local Author Ralph Myers... A note on the Author: Ralph Myers Ralph Myers lost his son to murder in California 30 years ago. He is a long time proponent of victim's rights and writes here about disarming America as NOT being the answer...   The outrage is deafening. The call to disarm Americans is moving at a fevered pace. As, a father of a murdered son, I identify with ...

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