CALL TO ACTION: Put a STOP to Catalytic Converter Theft

Senator Jeff Wilson of Longview has sponsored a bill that would help crack down on the rise in theft of catalytic converters across the state. This bill needs our help to get passed!

*Please note: filling out the sign in form does NOT mean you have to testify. Simply complete page 1 of the form, make sure you select “PRO” for your position and at the bottom click “I’m Done”. See below for options to testify in the meeting.

SB- 5495 would prohibit scrap dealers from purchasing catalytic converters except from commercial enterprises and vehicle owners. Scrap dealers who knowingly purchase or receive stolen catalytic converters would face misdemeanor charges. This bill also requires scrap metal dealers to confirm ownership when catalytic converters are resold and maintain records of vehicle identification numbers. This bill would also prohibit cash payments on the spot.

In a recent press release, Senator Wilson said:

“Catalytic converter theft has become the crime of the day. We see reports on every police blotter in every corner of the state. And the crime has exploded in just the last year.”

Senator Jeff Wilson – R, Longview, WA

Washington has been identified as one of the “hot spots” for catalytic converter thefts, rising 470.5% in 2021 over 2020.

“We live in an age in which some say we should look the other way at petty crime, because thieves are needy.” Wilson said. “But let me tell you, it’s not going to seem petty when you start your car and you hear a blast from the tailpipe. Replacing a catalytic converter is expensive, and even when it is covered by insurance, sometimes it can take weeks to get a replacement. This isn’t a nuisance crime. It’s an epidemic.”

Let’s help get this important bill passed so we can get this crime of catalytic converter theft under control. We need each Washington citizen to TAKE ACTION TODAY!

This bill has a hearing tomorrow, January 25, 2021, at 10:30AM in the Senate Law & Justice Committee.

Sign in for the committee members to see that you support tightening the law about reselling stolen catalytic converters please.

Make your position noted in the legislative record by filling out this form and selecting “PRO” at the top.

You can also SPEAK at the hearing by computer on Tuesday the 25th at 10:30 in a digital meeting.

If you want to testify fill out this form now, and then log in on the 25TH AT 10:30

Those who sign up to speak will be given two minutes. Technical experts are ready to talk about the law, but most needed are stories of how bad this problem is getting. 


CALL TO ACTION: No Involuntary Quarantine/Mature Minor Age

Representative Jim Walsh has dropped several bills this session that need our attention. The following two bills have been introduced but have not been given a hearing. It’s up to us to help get them a hearing.

Please read about each bill here and then take 5 minutes on each bill to email the members of the committee (especially the Chair and Vice Chair – if you’re limited on time) and ask them to give the bill a hearing. Remember: when you email your representatives, it doesn’t have to be elaborate or lengthy. A couple of heart-felt sentences that get right to the point is all you need.

HB-2030 seeks to prohibit the use of involuntary quarantine and isolation.

You probably remember the widespread panic of the Washington State Board of Health meeting a couple weeks ago when people became aware of the Washington Administrative Codes (WAC) for quarantine and isolation that had been created in 2003. Obviously, we have been living with these codes for nearly 2 decades but now that we’ve been under King Inslee’s unending emergency powers for nearly 2 years, the likelihood of these codes being put into action seems imminent. That’s why Jim, Brad Klippert, Jesse Young and other conservatives have introduced this bill.

Please EMAIL the Health Care & Wellness Committee members and let them know you’d like this HB-2030 to have a hearing. Health Care & Wellness Committee Members and Staff (wa.gov)

You can also COMMENT on this bill and get EMAIL updates.


Another bill we’d like the Health Care & Wellness committee to have a hearing for is HB-2041.

HB-2041 would raise the age all “mature minor consent” on healthcare matters from age 14 to age 16.

This bill seeks to begin to remedy the mature minor issue in Washington state that allows children to make their own medical and mental health care decisions. The current law allows children 13 and over complete privacy in their medical records from parents. As we see the greater push for gender re-assignment and birth control and abortions available to children without parental consent or knowledge, this is a good step in the right direction.

As with the previous bill, please EMAIL the Heath Care & Wellness Committee members and ask them to give this bill a hearing. If you know the story of what happened to my own 14 year old daughter last March, you know just how terrifying the ramifications of the current “mature minor” law are and just how important it is for us as parents and concerned citizens to fight for change! Health Care & Wellness Committee Members and Staff (wa.gov)

You can also COMMENT on this bill and sign up for EMAIL updates.


Choosing Life

Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22, 1984, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. His message declared, in part: “I call upon the citizens of this blessed land to gather on that day in homes and places of worship to give thanks for the gift of life and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life.”

In September 1995, I had spontaneously moved to southern California with my new boyfriend. I was 20 years old, a college drop-out, just trying to figure out my place in this world. I was shocked and scared when I learned shortly after we arrived in California that I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I were not ready to become parents – we were still finding our way as a new couple. We had scheduled for me to get an abortion but a few hours before the appointment, I just couldn’t bring myself to go through with it.

My firstborn daughter was born in May of 1996, and she is now a gorgeous, smart, talented 25-year-old. I spent much of her life as a single mother. We went through a lot of very difficult times together and for many years, life was anything but easy. But I can’t imagine my life without her in it. She is part of me, but most importantly, she was created by God…on purpose, for a purpose. I have the privilege of watching her live out that purpose.

My story is one of millions. Many parents who had unplanned pregnancies have not had an easy road. And many of these parents have miracle stories like mine.

Conservative Ladies of Washington is on the side of life. Life is THE issue. Everything begins and ends with life itself. It is our duty to come alongside those who are facing unplanned pregnancies and offering them hope and support to choose life for their unborn child.

*By Julie Barrett, Founder, Conservative Ladies of Washington – proud mother of Natalie, 25 (oldest of 4)


Official Endorsement: Robert J. Sutherland, 39th LD Representative

Conservative Ladies of Washington

Endorsement of Robert J. Sutherland, 39th Legislative District Representative

It is our honor to give State Representative Robert J. Sutherland our endorsement for his re-election to the 39th Legislative District.

Rep. Robert Sutherland, R-39

Rep. Sutherland was elected to the Washington State Legislature in 2018 and began his first term in 2019. He has been a critic of Governor Inslee’s abuse of emergency powers. He is also one of Washington’s greatest advocates of election integrity and ensuring that we have fair and honest elections. Naturally, this has drawn the criticism of Governor Jay Inslee and a few within his own party.

Rep Sutherland is focused on cutting through government bureaucracy, reducing state property taxes, making our communities and schools safer, and dramatically improving our transportation system, especially along the I-5 corridor, WA-9, US Route 2, SR-522 and WA-20. As we begin to recover from the impact of extraordinary lockdowns Sutherland believes we must encourage small business growth to strengthen our local economy and bring jobs back to our communities.

Rep Sutherland is being challenged by Republican, Snohomish County Councilman Sam Low. We are giving Robert our full and complete endorsement because we believe that Washington state does not need another “moderate Republican” in the state legislature. Robert has a proven track record in the state legislature, and we believe he is the best choice to fight for our conservative values, our constitutional rights and our freedom.

Rep Walsh’s Bill Brings Washington & American History Back to Classrooms

On January 6th, Washington State Representative Jim Walsh filed HB-1807, to protect “civic education and academic discourse” in Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. (There is already existing law for civics education in high school). This bill is getting a hearing in the House Committee on Education on January 25th at 8AM.

HB-1807 would teach students “the fundamental moral, political, and intellectual foundations of the American experiment in self-government and Washington’s role in that noble experiment; The history, qualities, traditions, and features of civic 21 engagement in the United States and in Washington.”

Some of the founding and historical documents of the United States that would be included in this civics education:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The United States Constitution
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations
  • The second of John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government
  • The transcript of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate
  • Writings from Frederick Douglass’s newspaper, the North Star
  • The Fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850
  • The Indian Removal Act; and  Jefferson’s “Letter to the Danbury Baptists”
  • The history of white supremacy, including the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the origins of the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which these systems of belief sowed division, caused harm, and were combatted through peaceful protest, civic engagement, and the American courts
  • The history and importance of the American civil rights movement, including the following documents at a minimum:
    • Frederick Douglass’s Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
    • The Emancipation Proclamation
    • The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution
    • Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and “I Have a Dream” speech
    • The federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 2000a et seq.)
    •  The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483
  • Read the full bill: 1807.pdf (wa.gov)

Many parents have become concerned and even removed their students from the public schools system altogether because of CRT (Critical Race Theory) being taught in our schools today. In the name of social just and equity, our students are not learning about American history – the good and the bad – and instead area being taught to hate our country, and often to hate themselves.

HB-1807 also protects students from CRT. Teachers may “not be compelled” to teach from resources such as “The 1619 Project” or “How to Be Anti-Racist.” And if they do, they must present various perspectives and not give favor to one over another. It also prevents requiring teachers and staff to participate in “anti-racist” training. We know of many teachers who have left the public-school systems due to being forced to sit through trainings that made them feel guilt for their race or sex.

This bill would be a great step in the right direction for education in Washington state. But WE THE PEOPLE will need to step up and help make it happen. Please TAKE ACTION TODAY. See below for various action steps you can take.

Note your position for the legislative record: this screen shows that you are signing in to testify – you can note your position without signing in to testify. In the first screen enter your position as PRO and then add your details below. Click here: CSI (wa.gov)

If you would like to TESTIFY in the Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 25th at 8AM please register here: CSI (wa.gov)

TIP: Writing out your statement ahead of time will ensure that you are able to articulately deliver the points you wish to make.

IF you would like to TESTIFY in WRITING, please register here: CSI (wa.gov)

You can also send an email to the entire Education Committee giving them your input on this bill. It doesn’t have to be long, just a few sentences as to why you want them to vote YES on HB-1807. The list can be found here: Education Committee Members and Staff (wa.gov)

*By Julie Barrett, Founder, Conservative Ladies of Washington


CDC Admits Natural Immunity Outperforms Vaccines

What would get us disappeared from social media and all of society just a few months ago is now coming directly from the CDC.

Americans who received their primary series of vaccines and previously contracted Covid-19 had the highest protection against reinfection and hospitalization during the Delta variant-fueled outbreak, according to a new study from the CDC.

Many people have opted not to receive the mRNA injection in favor of trusting their natural immune system. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 plandemic, many have taken extra steps to boost their immune systems through nutrition and dietary supplements. In the past, this was considered a good thing to do but since the injection became available that has become the only acceptable measure.

Antibody tests are made extremely difficult to obtain and they are not an acceptable proof of “protection.” We have watched thousands of people lose their jobs because they refused the injection in favor of natural immunity. And here we are, the CDC’s own study proving natural immunity to be the highest protection against reinfection and hospitalization.

Washington state representative, Brad Klippert, has introduced HB-1680 which would recognize the lasting immune protection resulting from recovery from COVID-19.

The Latest science…Most governments accept ‘recovered’ status as a form of proven immunity against Covid-19. Meaning, if you have been infected and since recovered, you are considered adequately immunized.” They say: ‘Trust the science’…well, okay, then…here ya go!” ~Representative Brad Klippert

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor debate, March 3, 2020.

HB-1680 states: “The legislature finds that the immune protection gained from a prior COVID-19 infection is at least as protective against COVID-19 as a COVID-19 vaccine. It is therefore declared to be the policy of the state that there is no rational basis to treat individuals who have had a previous COVID-19 infection differently from individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine”

This bill would protect people who have natural immunity and who have chosen not to receive the injection. We are seeing in workplaces, schools, businesses, restaurants, events, the discrimination of people who have chosen natural immunity over the injection. This bill would prevent Washington state from discrimination and would allow citizens freedom of choice.

This bill does nothing if it doesn’t get a hearing. Please take a few moments to send an email to your representatives – especially your Democrat representatives – and let them know you want this bill to have a HEARING.

*By Julie Barrett, Founder, Conservative Ladies of Washington


School Bonds & Levies: It’s Not “For the Children”

We already know that public schools are inundated with far-left ideology. I pray for teachers who are feeling the pressure to hide their common sense ideas for fear of losing their jobs.

But the public schools are doing more than that here in Washington and especially in my district, the Everett School District, which encompasses Mill Creek and some unincorporated areas. They’re working with the union to take more and more of your tax dollars. While I’m writing from the view of an Everett School District (ESD) resident, I know that neighboring districts, like Northshore, have people in the fight against their levies as well. The “how” of obtaining our hard-earned tax dollars is detailed and it took me several weeks to truly understand how it has been done in the ESD. I’ll do my best to explain this simply.

We start with the McCleary Decision which determined that the state, and not a local levy, is to fully fund basic education. The state teachers’ union (the WEA) has stated that they endorsed and fully support the McCleary decision. So, now our property tax bill shows a “state school tax.” In Everett, it shows State School 1 and State School 2. The taxes you pay in those categories go to the district in which you live. A lot of people don’t understand that. Many are under the impression that it goes into some kind of shared pot and gets distributed throughout the state. That is not correct. It goes to YOUR district in total. More than 65% of your property tax dollars go to fund the public schools.

This state school tax is not enough to feed the hungry union beast. The local unions demand higher and higher salaries to the point that the district’s budget cannot cover it and the district complains to the legislature that the state has not met the requirements of the McCleary decision to fully fund education. The Everett School District has won this race to the top of the salary scale.  

In 2018, the Everett School Board approved a contract that gave teachers an 18% raise in one year. There’s nothing wrong with having well-paid teachers, but with this contract, median teacher total compensation reached over $150,000 (some teachers make over $200,000). The median salary for Mill Creek residents is $103,000. Some of the most affluent areas in the district reach $133,000 median salaries (median salaries by zip code is available online). There was very little the public knew or could do about the contract, since the board approved it on a consent agenda (a sort of package agenda item that includes no discussion). Mere weeks after approving the contract in 2018, the Board was informed that the district did not have the funds to meet their contractual obligation. Only by begging the legislature for more funds did the District avert insolvency. Problem solved for that contract.

In summer 2021, the Board, again on a consent agenda, approved another contract with a significant raise that includes an agreement for yet another raise in 2 years based on inflation. That’s right. Two raises with one contract and, since the next raise is based on inflation, we don’t even know how much that raise will be. It’s a blank check.

Did the District’s budget grow enough between 2018 and 2021 to meet the obligation of two more raises promised in this new contract?

I present to you the “replacement” EP&O levy up for vote in February. Please don’t be fooled by the tired old line “It’s for the children.” The taxes collected with this new levy will be dumped into the general fund from which compensation is paid. More than 85% of the budget goes toward compensation. Without this levy, the District will not be lamenting the inability to fund student programs. They’ll be scrambling to meet its contractual obligation … again. And we’re not just talking about the highest teacher pay in the state (higher than more affluent districts like Mercer Island). Our Superintendent makes nearly twice what the Governor makes (over $300,000). We also have four Vice Superintendents, all of which make over $250,000 total compensation. ESD has less than 20,000 students. Seattle has more than 50,000 students and has only two Deputy Superintendents.

If you live in the Everett School District, vote no on this levy. The Board works for the union and not for the constituents that elected them. See this video of the most recent Board meeting where the union president thanked the Board for the “best contract in the state” by bringing them cake to show them love. While they’re having their cake and eating it, too, taxpayers are being taxed out of their homes. For honest cost analysis, visit www.nolevy.com.

If you live in a different school district with a levy on the ballot, email Jeff at toomuch@nolevy.com. He can give you more information on how your district is spending your hard-earned tax dollars. He’s also on the con committee for 30 school districts’ levies throughout the state.

There are fewer and fewer unions remaining for the Left to squeeze taxes out of us. The public school system is one of their last stands and they’re using our money to indoctrinate our kids against our traditional values.

*By Jeannie Magdua

Jeannie is a CLW Founding Member, Teacher, and was a 2021 ESD School Director Candidate


Magazine Ban Legislation Alive & Kicking in Washington

Last spring we reported on the “death” of SB-5078 that would ban the manufacture, possession, sale, transfer, etc., of magazines that “are capable of holding”, or hold more than, 17 rounds of ammunition (the substituted bill increased the restricted count from 10 to 17). This includes conversion kits or parts from which any such magazine may be assembled. 

Well, unfortunately, this is Washington, and we know our Democrat majority loves to power-grab at our constitutional rights. No surprise that this bill is “alive and kicking” in the state Senate right now. So here we go again!

“These so-called “high capacity” magazines are, in fact, standard equipment for commonly-owned firearms that many Americans legally and effectively use for an entire range of legitimate purposes, such as self-defense or competition.  For example, the Glock 19 was the most commonly purchased firearm of 2021 and has a standard-issue magazine that holds 15 rounds of ammunition. Those who own non-compliant magazines prior to the ban are only allowed to possess them on their own property and in other limited instances, such as at licensed shooting ranges or while hunting.” NRA-ILA

SB-5078 has a companion bill in the House – HB-1164: Addressing firearm safety measures to increase public safety. This bill was introduced in committee last week. You can send the same comment on this bill to your representatives. Provide comment: Washington State Legislature – Public Bill Comments

 We will keep you posted on the progress of both bills.

Washington Legislators Propose Bill to Make OSPI Governor Appointed Position

CALL TO ACTION!

The Democrats want to make the Washington OSPI a Governor-appointed position to take away more power from “we the people.” OSPI Chris Reykdal stated in his press conference a couple of weeks ago that a bill is expected this legislative session that would make the OSPI a governor-appointed position and that he is in favor of this.

Of course he is.

Well, the wait is over, friends! That bill was introduced on January 12th by Senators Carlyle and Hunt.

SB-5820 states:

“The superintendent is appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate and must be paid a salary fixed by the governor”

This idea was proposed in the Senate in 2011 and then OSPI, Randy Dorn said: “. . . this isn’t a new idea. I’ve been a legislator, and every governor I’ve known has wanted more power. They’ve tried to abolish offices. That is not in our Constitution. Ours is direct election by the citizens of this great state.”

We believe it is important for the OSPI to remain an elected official, answering to the voters of Washington. And unless the Constitution has changed since this 2011 statement (it hasn’t) then this position must remain an elected position.

It is our hope that this will be a bipartisan issue and it will die a quick death in the legislature. However, anything is to be expected these days. That means we need to step up and TAKE ACTION! This bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education at 8:00 AM. You can COMMENT on this bill, you can send the committee your POSITION of OPPOSITION on this bill and you can also sign up to TESTIFY.

To note your position or testify click HERE: CSI (wa.gov)

Select Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee for 1/21/22 at 8AM

You can then select to testify remotely, have your position noted for the committee or testify in writing. If you choose to testify remotely, please prepare a statement beforehand so that you sound articulate and knowledgeable about the issue when you speak. It can be intimidating to give a testimony, so being prepared will definitely help you!


Snohomish County: “GOP Duel???”

Let me start off by saying – I’m new to this whole “game” of politics. I’ve never really cared or been involved in politics, elections, or government. It was the wake-up call of the 2016 election that changed all of that for me. Since then, I’ve been on a deep dive to understand and learn as much as I can.

What I’ve learned: Politics IS a game.

When I started Conservative Ladies of Washington as “just a little Facebook group” two years ago, my purpose was to create an environment for likeminded ladies who love their country, love their families, want to speak freely, and want to step up and affect change. While personally and as an organization we typically align politically with the Republican platform, CLW was never and is not to this day, affiliated with “The Party.”

One of the things we defined early on as an organization was that we would make great efforts to fight the establishment by supporting America-First, Conservative Republicans. As former President Donald Trump would say…DRAIN THE SWAMP. And we all know, it’s swampy.

When I learned last Sunday that Snohomish County Councilman, Sam Low had announced that he would be “opposing” Representative Robert Sutherland for his house seat, I became very troubled. I live in Snohomish County. I voted for Sam Low. CLW supported Low for his re-election to the county council in 2021. I don’t know Sam personally, but what I do know, I think he’s a good guy.

However, as I read articles and learned that Sam “bills himself as a moderate Republican focused on transportation as his main priority” I became very concerned.

The last thing we need more of in Washington, or America, is a “moderate Republican.” That’s a huge red flag to me. I get it – maybe this district is pretty purple, and a moderate Republican seems more palatable to people. What we’ve learned about “moderate Republicans” is that we cannot rely on them to consistently vote the way we desperately need them to. We simply do not have room for “moderate”, for “lukewarm”, for RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). We are too far down the road, and we have a country to save, and we need elected leaders who we can rely on.

Over the last couple weeks, we have seen Representative Sutherland become a target of Governor Inslee, along with Representatives Klippert and Kraft who have been outspoken about election integrity. Last week, Inslee announced that he would be working to get legislation to make “lying” about election results a crime. He was specifically targeting Sutherland and other Republicans who attended Mike Lindell’s cyber symposium last fall.

Any time someone mentions “election integrity”, the left, the mainstream media, the moderates, put them in the category of being “far right.” Sorry, but I’ve lived in Washington long enough (46.75 years to be exact) to remember when Dino Rossi won the first two counts and Gregoire miraculously won the 3rd recount and became Washington’s governor. In fact, as a young 27-year-old who was voting for the first time, I threw up my hands and said: “I’m not voting if y’all are just gonna count until you get the result you want.” And I didn’t vote again until 2016.

Election integrity has been an issue in Washington state for decades. And the governor wants to make it a crime for people to talk about it. The timing is not lost on me – that as these announcements came from Inslee, it was a perfect time for a “moderate Republican” to step in.

From the moment I read the article announcing the great “GOP Duel” in Snohomish County, I was very disturbed. I’m not sure what the strategy is here but I see that this brings good probability for a Democrat to snatch up this seat. I see that this race is going to create division at a time when we are already greatly divided. I’m sure there are “party politics” to which I am not privy and I’m perfectly ok with that and would prefer it to remain that way.

I will take a position because these are the things that matter. These are races that we cannot afford to lose – we can’t afford to lose to a Democrat or put another “moderate Republican” (RINO) into our state legislature.

Robert Sutherland has a track record. We know where he stands. We know we can count on him to vote with us on the things that matter most.

We don’t need more deals with Dems in the legislature. I get it, it’s part of the game. Well, we’re not winning, so perhaps that’s not the best strategy.

I hope that Sam Low will reconsider. Filing isn’t until May, so he has time to reconsider, and I hope that he will do that. As a Snohomish County resident, I also have concern that he will not be able to give his full attention to the county council and the state legislature at the same time. But that’s really neither here nor there. We have a conservative in the 39th seat. He needs to stay there, and he needs our support.

Robert Sutherland has my support.

*By Julie Barrett, Founder, Conservative Ladies of Washington