From Olympia to DC, Republicans haven’t been very nice in 2015. Here’s who we think Santa might be skipping this year: 1. Washington State Republican Party, for refusing to condemn Donald Trump’s racist comments and policies.
Trump said America should ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and even called for a religious test that would prevent Muslims from entering even if they are American citizens — and leaders within the Washington State Republican Party didn’t rebuke his offensive comments.
2. Congressman Dave Reichert, for voting defund Planned Parenthood,
Reichert, joined with the rest of the Washington Republican House delegvoted to defund Planned Parenthood despite the 100,000+ women and men in Washington who depend on Planned Parenthood for health care services.
3. Washington GOP legislators, for sponsoring bills to:
- Repeal local minimum wage and sick leave provisions
- Allow doctors to withhold information regarding pregnancy
- Strip away voting rights
- Implement a school voucher system to roll back funding for public schools
4. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant, for his opposition to raising — or even having — the minimum wage.
Bill Bryant said he opposes the existence of a statewide minimum wage!
5. State Rep. Jay Rodne (R-Snoqualmie), for calling Muslims “barbarians” and “incompatible with western civilization.
Bigotry and hate have no place in Washington State, let alone from the ranking GOP member of the House Judiciary Committee, yet Rodne’s GOP colleagues took no action to reprimand him.
6. Republicans in Olympia, for leaving important bills on the table at the end of the legislative session.
Republicans in Olympia failed to vote on bills that would have raised the minimum wage, provided paid sick leave to workers, guaranteed equal pay for women, and banned gay conversion therapy for minors.
7. Republicans in Olympia (again!), for coming within hours of shutting down the government.
A government shutdown would have been cataclysmic for school budgets statewide and early childhood education services.
8. Senate Republicans, for supporting drastic cuts to the Affordable Care Act.
GOP-proposed cuts would have put health plans at risk for nearly two million Washingtonians.
9. Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chair Mike Baumgartner (R-Spokane), for canceling a potential vote on equal pay for women.
Even though women in Washington still only make 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, Baumgartner canceled a vote on the the last day the equal pay proposal could have been voted on in committee to receive consideration by the full Senate. 10. Senate chief budget writer Andy Hill (R-Redmond), for crafting an absurd budget that sets Washington back and hurts working families.
Washington editorial boards called the Republican budget “illegal,” the “wrong solution,” and “shamelessly irresponsible.”