County commissioner, election challenger sue WA governor in federal court


Franklin County, WA Commissioner Clint Didier has joined with other Washingtonians in a federal lawsuit against Gov. Jay Inslee. (Screen snip, YouTube, Franklin County)

A Franklin County, WA commissioner and a Republican gubernatorial candidate are among plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed against Democrat Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, alleging civil rights violations for emergency orders that have closed many small businesses and put people out of work via quarantines who aren’t ill, according to published reports.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. Franklin County Commissioner Clint Didier, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Eyman and other individuals are involved.

One of them, registered nurse Lisa Thomas of Richland, has helped raise about $27,000 to help pay for the lawsuit, according to the Seattle Times.

KEPR News said Didier filed the lawsuit, which he had previously threatened to do, “on behalf of businesses all over the state that are deemed non-essential.”

“One size doesn’t fit all,” Didier said, as reported by the station. “We have seen in the stats and the numbers. We have numerous counties, 19 that have zero deaths. You can’t lock everybody down. We have to have our rights restored. Our civil liberties restored in this state and it has to start now.”

As noted by the Tri-City Herald, Inslee said he will allow business in the state to reopen in “four phases—each one separated by at least three weeks.”

But people are getting impatient. Thomas, the nurse, has been active on Facebook, challenging the veracity of some claims about the COVID-19 outbreak, and she’s garnered no small degree of support for her skepticism.

This is just one more manifestation of public anger over several states arising out of the pandemic panic affecting not only Inslee, but the governors of other states including California and Michigan.

In Michigan, Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also announced plans for a slow re-opening of business, but that didn’t come soon enough for hundreds of angry Michiganders who descended on the Capitol in Lansing last month, some of them armed, to protest Whitmer’s handling of the crisis. They claimed she has far exceeded her emergency powers authority.

Down in California, thousands of people “stormed” beaches in Orange County to protest the actions of Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom. As the weather warms up, it appears likely thousands more Californians will openly defy the governor’s shutdown orders.

Several days ago, a Circuit Court judge in Lynchburg, Va., ruled against Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam in a challenge to his emergency order that closed down an indoor shooting range in that community.

It hasn’t helped that the Trump administration is reportedly predicting 3,000 coronavirus deaths daily by June 1, according to The Hill. People determined to resume some semblance of a “normal” life with a paycheck and groceries in their pantries and refrigerators are left confused by sometimes conflicting information.

According to The Hill, “Data and modeling from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the federal government is expecting the number of cases and deaths associated with the pandemic to continue mounting, even as President Trump and other officials push for states to lift restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus in favor of reopening businesses.

“The projections show the U.S. reaching 200,000 new cases daily by June 1 with a daily death toll of roughly 3,000,” The Hill reported. “The number of daily cases peaked in late April at just over 30,000. The current daily death toll varies, but typically falls between 1,500 and 2,000.”

However, Fox News is reporting, “Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House task force, has seen the document even though it has not officially been presented to the full task force.

“While such projections are sure to raise concerns about plans – at the national and state level – to begin reopening parts of the economy, sources said the modeling behind these projections does not take into account mitigation guidelines during that phased reopening. Further, they noted the data in the report is out of line with other projections.”


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