Washington State’s liberal Democrat politicians appear determined to outrage and amuse conservatives at the same time lately, with the Seattle mayor floating a property tax hike to help the homeless, the attorney general declaring himself a defender of the constitution while he pushes for a ban on guns, and the governor being suggested as a presidential aspirant.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray made headlines Tuesday for his suggested $55 million property tax hike on homeowners and businesses to support homeless programs. Murray is also threatening to sue the Trump administration if his public information act requests for information regarding President Donald Trump’s executive orders on so-called “sanctuary cities.”
Ironically, the city is continuing to fight a Public Records Act request by the Second Amendment Foundation and TheGunMag.com for revenue data on its controversial “gun violence tax,” adopted in 2015. Gun tax proponents had estimated $300,000 to $500,000 in revenue from the city’s gun tax, which is now being challenged in court. Critics believe those estimates to have been optimistic on a delusional scale.
According to the Seattle Times, Murray took a swipe at the president, stating, “Where the president spreads darkness, Seattle will shine a light, and offer a different vision.”
Murray reportedly has enlisted the help of billionaire Nick Hanauer, who helped bankroll the onerous gun control Initiative 594 in 2014.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Bob Ferguson has been sending Facebook messages that declare, “When our rights are under attack, I’m the first line of defense for Washingtonians. As Attorney General, I can and will challenge in court Trump Administration policies that violate the civil and constitutional rights of our people. I will defend our state even if that means standing up to the President of the United States. Add your name to join me in this fight!” He’s got this website.
Ferguson’s attempts to severely regulate or completely ban so-called “assault weapons” did not survive a Legislative cutoff last week. Gun rights activists see Ferguson as someone interested in defending some civil rights, but not all of them.
“If President Donald Trump violates the constitutional rights of Washingtonians, I’ll be on the front lines defending our people, our rights, and our environment,” Ferguson’s message says.“I’m prepared to sue the federal government to block illegal and unconstitutional policies that hurt Washingtonians.”
Would he be that zealous if the government suddenly announced plans to ban handguns and outlaw concealed carry?
As for Gov. Jay Inslee, the veteran Democrat who served in the State Legislature, then Congress, quitting that post to run for governor, his “rising profile” prompted a story in the Seattle Times hinting at a potential presidential run. Inslee poo-pooed the idea, and Times readers are running decidedly hot and cold.