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Reinvesting in Washington


What would we cut if there was nothing left?

Year after year, our state held the budget together by cutting services and delaying investments in our future. And Washington families have been unfairly left to pick up the check for what’s left.

But at some point, we have to take a stand. We have to be willing to make a real investment in the future of our children and our grandchildren — and that’s what my 2015 budget will do.

Are you ready to take a stand for a working Washington? Click here to declare your support for my 2015 budget plan.

This isn’t another plan that puts a Band-Aid on our budget problems. This plan is sustainable, responsible, and fair. It champions the values we care about most, from education to cleaner, healthier communities — and I need your help to make it a reality.

Do you believe we must stop climate change before it’s too late by charging our state’s biggest polluters?

Do you believe we can’t stop at making overdue repairs to roads and bridges — that we must create jobs building the transportation infrastructure of tomorrow?

Do you believe it’s time to invest in our schools and lead the country by making some of our largest and smartest investments in education ever — from pre-K to college and job training?

Do you believe our budget should be rooted in fairness?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, I need you to step up and sign my petition — right now.

Help me pass a budget that reinvests in the future of Washington. Click here to declare your support.

This is bigger than just one year’s budget. This is about moving our state in a new direction, and I need your help to get there.

Thanks for standing with me today and in the days ahead.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

97 Vaquitas left


Black market trade is killing vaquitas.

Take actionTake action today to tell Hong Kong to stop the illegal trade that’s killing the last 97 vaquitas.

Take action

There are only 97 vaquita porpoises left in the world, all living in Mexico’s Gulf of California. And these tiny porpoises are being senselessly killed due to a black market demand for endangered species.

Illegal trade of the endangered totoaba fish, whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy by many in Hong Kong, is putting TWO endangered species at risk: the totoaba, and the vaquitas caught and killed in the fishermen’s nets.

Vaquitas are running out of time. Send a message to Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung today and ask him to stop the illegal totoaba trade to protect our planet’s endangered wildlife.

Your words matter. When 470,000 people from all across the globe asked the Mexican government for help, Mexico’s president immediately took action, expanding the vaquita’s protected zone and banning destructive gillnet fishing for two years.

Mexico’s actions are an important first step, but a recent undercover Greenpeace investigation discovered a vast smuggling operation of totoaba bladders from Mexico to Hong Kong. As long as the totoaba trade remains lucrative for smugglers, the vaquita will not be safe. Mexico has taken action and now Hong Kong must do its part too.

Tell Hong Kong authorities to stop the illegal trading of endangered animals before it’s too late.

Greenpeace is committed to stopping destructive fishing all over the world, whether it’s caused by illegal smugglers catching vaquita or giant industrial tuna trawls decimating Pacific fisheries. With your help, we want to turn 20% of our oceans into protected marine reserves by 2020.

You can be part of the solution. By taking action right now, you will help pressure the Hong Kong authorities to STOP the devastating trade of totoaba swim bladders, and to take tangible steps to cut the link to destructive fishing immediately.

Thank you,

Phil Kline
Senior Oceans Campaigner, Greenpeace USA

P.S. There are only 97 vaquitas left in the world. Take action now to tell Hong Kong to help save this critically endangered porpoise.

“Woven Into The Fabric Of America”


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“Woven Into The Fabric Of America”

by CAP Action War Room Posted on June 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Five Years Later, The Affordable Care Act Has Transformed Our Health Care System

Five years ago, the idea that healthcare reform would give millions of uninsured Americans health coverage, guarantee access to insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, eliminate lifetime limits on Americans’ health coverage, and help slow the growth of healthcare costs sounded ambitious to put it gently. But five years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, all of that has become a reality.

In a speech this morning, President Obama spoke about how health care reform has now been woven into the fabric of America. “So five years in, what we are talking about it is no longer just a law. It’s no longer just a theory. This isn’t even just about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. This isn’t about myths or rumors that folks try to sustain. There is a reality that people on the ground day to day are experiencing. Their lives are better,” he said. The reality is that the ACA has succeeded at delivering quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans. Here is some proof:

Despite all the evidence that the law is working, opponents of the ACA continue to work to undo all its success. The president put it best this morning when he said, “It seems so cynical… to punish millions with higher costs of care and unravel what’s now been woven into the fabric of America.” With King v. Burwell the Supreme Court has the potential to reverse much of the progress health care law has made and take away the peace of mind that millions of Americans have gained thanks to the law’s success.

For more about the impacts of King v. Burwell, check out this new video from the Center for American Progress and visit HearTheNine.org to read stories from Americans whose health coverage is on the line.

BOTTOM LINE: Since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, millions of previously uninsured Americans have gained health coverage. American families have been saved from financial catastrophe and lives have been saved. But still, despite the fact that none of the doom-and-gloom predictions came to pass, ideologically-charged politicians continue to try to undo all the progress that has been made.

10 Reasons Dish Soap May Be the Only Product You Need?


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If you think dish soap is just a boring kitchen essential, well, we hate to burst your bubble.

That little inexpensive plastic bottle of Joy or Palmolive (or store brand, if you’re thrifty) is actually far more useful than we give it credit for! Not only can you clean a sink-full of dirty dishes with it, you can do everything from lightening your hair color to ridding your pets of fleas!

Instead of heading to the supermarket and spending a small fortune on products that fix squeaky hinges, kill the weeds in your lawn and clean your air conditioning units, use that inexpensive bottle of dish soap you already have to handle all of that.

1)

Remove Carpet Stains

 Mix dish soap with warm water (approximately 1 tablespoon to 2 cups) and blot the stain with the solution. Continue to do so until the stain has lifted. To remove residual soap, simply sponge the area with a damp sponge or cloth.

2)

Get Your Hair Squeaky Clean

If your shampoo is not cutting it and the natural build-up of oil is causing your hair to look a little lackluster, wash it with dish soap. This grease fighter will eliminate what your shampoo has left behind. Lather, rinse and follow up with shampoo.

3)

Fight Grease Stains on Shirts

You don’t have to invest in stain fighters – just use dish soap. Simply squirt a drop or two on the grease stain and let it work its magic overnight. Once it’s had time to work the stain, wash your shirt as usual.

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4)

A Longer Lasting Manicure

Did you know the natural oils around your nails can shorten the life of your manicure, if you don’t eliminate them pre-polish? Soak your fingers in a bowl of warm water and a few drops of dish soap before you add your polish. Just make sure you dry your hands thoroughly before you paint them.

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5)

Fix Hair Color Overload

If you’ve colored your hair at home and took it a few shades to dark, dish soap can save a bad situation. Wash your hair with this miracle product to lighten color.

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6)

Lubricate Those Squeaky Hinges

Add a drop or two of dish soap to any hinge that’s making a sound when it shouldn’t. No need to rinse it off – just let it work its magic.

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7)

Clean Your Air Con Unit to Stay Cool

The filters on your air conditioning unit attract dust and all manner of dirt and if you don’t keep them clean, you’re breathing all that in. Remove the filters from your unit, soak them in warm water and dish soap and give them a gentle scrub. Once they’re clean, dry them completely and return them to the unit. You’ll be nice and cool and breathing clean air at the same time.

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 If your furry friend is suffering a flea infestation, bathe him using a healthy amount of dish soap, which will dry out and kill the fleas.

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 9)

Kill Weeds Without Harsh Chemicals

The last thing you want is to douse your lawn and plants in heavy duty chemicals. Mix a little bit of dish soap with ¼ – ½ cup of coarse salt in a spray bottle and fill to the top with distilled white vinegar. Spray the troublesome areas and watch weeds wither away.

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10)

Create an Ice Pack

Fill a freezer sandwich bag with dish soap and freeze it completely. It’s ideal for bumps and bruises as well as keeping a lunchbox chilled. Dish soap takes longer to melt than water.

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Dolphins drowning in oil


The California coast is drenched in oil from a shoddy pipeline rupture, while Plains All American CEO Greg Armstrong raked in over $5 million in compensation last year, and is guaranteed $29 – $87 million in golden parachute cash! Enough is enough, dolphins are dying. Sign now calling on California’s Attorney General to file charges:

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