Archive for May 1st, 2009

01
May
09

Maia says no new jail

Every month, the dynamic, smart, and ready-for-action interns at the WA Bus organize ShortBus, the Bus’s all-ages political throwdown. In April, ShortBus attendees not only made superfly Bus shirts (sneak preview to come…), but they asked other young people why they support Initiative 100, the No New Jail initiative. What did they say? Well, see for yourself! We’ll be putting up videos periodically, with the first one below, care of the awesome Maia!

01
May
09

Don’t be scurred.

Do you want to do PowerCorps? Did you miss yesterday’s deadline? Don’t be scurred (as the title of this post suggests). You can still apply via the rolling admissions process, which has a deadline of May 22nd.

What does that mean? It’s means you’re still good to download that application and send it in, or to nominate that young person who you think should take over the world.

Roll on. With your homies.

01
May
09

What starts with “special” and ends with “session”?

Jeez, it's not THAT bad.

Jeez, it's not THAT bad.

Hint: there’s nothing in between.

It’s all but official, the legislature is going to be re-convening in Olympia for a short session sometime this summer. When and for how long, well that’s a different question.

The Governor has the ability to call the House and Senate back to town, and to request that they work on a particular set of issues (in this case, a likely slate of three bills). But it’s up to the discretion of the House and Senate leadership to stick to that schedule. Naturally, only serious masochists would want to spend much more time in Oly following this brutal session, but there is no hard and fast rule on it. Could be a day, and theoretically could be up to a month.

So what bills are the likely targets? The three subjects are wide-ranging, and potentially divisive. Of the three bills, one would allow school districts more flexibility with school levies, one would reduce the minimum sentences for specific drug charges, and the third would allow the immediate deportation of illegal immigrants who are convicted of crimes.

None of those bills are without controversy, and it’s never too early to contact your legislators and tell them how you feel. Want to look up their info? Check it here.




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