Hi, I'm Andrew Pilloud. I am a Washington native, and I've lived in Seattle since 2011. I am actively involved in grassroots politics, fighting for individual liberty, citizen's rights, and fiscal responsibility in all levels of government. I am employed at a local tech startup, Igneous Systems. In 2013, I ran for Seattle port commissioner. In 2016, I ran for state house.
Can the government require major political parties to have elected leadership or does such a regulatory scheme violate the First Amendment? Can they impose the option to elect leadership in exchange for higher contribution limits? These questions are among the issues I will be arguing before the Washington State Supreme Court later this month.
How we fund education in Washington is unconstitutional. It's not the amount of money we spend on Education that is the problem, it is how the money is appropriated. Today public education is the last to be funded, with the decision often being taken to the voters. The result is that children in poor or otherwise tax unfriendly school districts receive a lower quality education than their peers who are able to attend better funded schools.
Our budget priorities are backwards. There are only a few things called out as being required duties of the state. They are as follows:
This weekend we are celebrating our independence. An independence that was gained through a long fought revolution. It is important to remember that our right to bear arms originated not from a need for hunting, but for a need for self-defense from the government. Our founders wanted to make sure we the people have the means to overthrow the government when it becomes tyrannical. So it is only appropriate that we talk about guns.
We should work towards equal opportunity (fair outcomes) rather than using government to enforce equal outcomes. Minimum wage activists are pushing an agenda of equality over fairness. I don't think wages are something state government should be in the business of regulating. It's not because I don't care about the minimum wage workers, that couldn't be further from the truth. Rather, I feel we should be raising workers out of poverty through education and job training rather than by raising the minimum wage.
Earlier this week, KOMO News published an article on a new initiative that was filed with the Secretary of State on May 20, 2016. Initiative 873 seeks to change the law regarding use of force by removing the phrase "without malice and with a good faith belief" from the existing statute.
Earlier today I filed as a Republican candidate for State Representative running against Joe Fitzgibbon in the 34th District.
People are being shot in the streets of Burien. West Seattle might as well be an island due to the crippling traffic. Our public education system is unconstitutionally underfunded. Yet all our representatives seem to be able to do is debate who should be allowed in the women's bathroom. We need new priorities in Olympia.
Does your vote really matter anymore or has our election system degraded to the illusion of choice? In my opinion, State and Federal elections have been an illusion for years, but this election is one of the first times its been really noticeable to the public. The problem is twofold. First, the public believes only a major party candidate can win so most vote for who they perceive to be the lesser of the two evils. Second, the major parties are private so the public has no right to participate in their nominating process.
Initiative 594 is here! Regardless of your opinion on the Initiative, it becomes law December 4th. Don't fool yourself: the state legislature can't repeal it and the courts are unlikely to block its implementation. This law is effectively guaranteed to be here for at least the next two years regardless of what you think about it. So for you gun owners out there: It will soon be a crime to let someone so much as touch your gun without a background check.