In 2010 the Congress passed and President Obama signed into law new health care legislation that enforces major changes to health care and the health insurance systems in the United States. There are two parts that make up the law. Part one is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The second part is the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The law covers many changes; primarily it requires that every legal resident must have health insurance but does allow for exceptions.Refusal to have health insurance will result in a per-person tax that starts at $95.00 in 2014, $325 in 2015 and up to $695 when fully phased in.Families will be capped at triple the per-person rate no matter how large the family is. Exemptions exist for low-income persons and hardship cases.
Friday, July 8 was the deadline to place an initiative on the general election ballot. Four Initiatives to the People were filed and will potentially be on the general election ballot in November; the Secretary of State will certify initiatives for the ballot by August 19. There are already five issues that have qualified for… Continue reading »View full post
The Washington State Legislature has allocated $11,497,000 for a presidential primary in 2016 (SB 6052, page 14). The Legislature passed on a primary in 2012 due to budget concerns. When? The default date in state lawis May 23, 2016. Secretary of State Kim Wyman proposed March 8, but that proposal did not pass. Why? The state… Continue reading »View full post
The Seattle Times is sponsoring an online chat about I-502, marijuana legalization, at noon on August 20.
It seems to have become a national pastime – rummaging through rules and regulation to lessen the visibility of political opponents. The latest regulation frenzy is underway in Washington, where the State’s Libertarian Party is trying to keep Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney off the ballot. According to Seattle’s alternatively weekly, The Stranger, the Washington State Republican Party’s failure to nominate a candidate for US Senate in 2010 appears to have cost them “major party” status under Washington law RCW29A.04.086, and that as a result Mitt Romney would need “to qualify” for Washington’s presidential ballot under rules and deadlines applied to “minor parties,” a deadline the Libertarians noted has come and gone. While the Secretary of State argued that another Washington law makes Romney eligible for the ballot, the Libertarians disagreed and filed a lawsuit to have Romney’s name removed. Read the rest of this entry »