Friday, March 15, 2013

A Lesson in Confrontational Politics...HB 1588...A Timeline of Defeat

A lesson in Confrontation Politics (by H.L. Richardson...many of you have seen the stack of these in my office)...a timeline of defeat...HB 1588 Universal Background Checks...

July-August 2012 - All Legislators receive a questionnaire from the NRA asking whether we support or oppose Universal Background Checks. Mike Hope answers he opposes.

January 21-25 - Rep. Pedersen is seen lobbying Mike Hope to sign on to Universal Background check bill. Rep. Matt Shea alerts NRA West Coast Liaison of potential bill.

January 24 - Reps. Taylor, Overstreet, Shea, and others introduce HB 1371 Firearms Freedom Act

January 28-30 - Republican members try to talk Rep. Hope out of his sponsorship. Entire House Republican Caucus is warned about even considering signing onto gun control bills.

January 31 - Rep. Pedersen and Hope introduce HB 1588 Universal Background Checks. February 5 - Reps. Overstreet, Taylor, and Shea, post Freedomcast 8 railing against gun control bills.

February 9 - After being alerted, Mikael Thalen posts an article on to rally the grassroots to defeat HB 1588.

February 10 - Clayton Strang posts an article on alerting the grassroots and giving phone numbers of legislators to call.

February 10 - Reps. Shea, Taylor, and Overstreet post across social media alerting the grassroots to join the fight to stop HB 1588 in committee.

February 11-14 - NRA begins campaign to defeat HB 1588. NRA changes Rep. Hope's rating from "A" to "F" for introducing Universal Background Checks contrary to the questionnaire he filled out in the summer.

February 13 - Judiciary Hearing on HB 1588. Reps. Rodne, Shea, and Klippert hammer the bill in committee.

 February 19 - HB 1588 voted out of committee with Rep. Mike Hope as the deciding vote (Rep. Kirby a Democrat votes with pro-gun Republicans).

February 23 - Rep. Shea highlights new page Crime Victims Against Gun Control.

February 28 - Reps. Overstreet, Taylor, and Shea post Freedomcast railing against Guns and Taxes...

March 8 - Rep. Shea is asked to coordinate the amendments and floor fight for the House Republicans on HB 1588.

March 9 - Reps. Taylor, Shea and Overstreet post the final last push No Compromises, No Deals on HB 1588

March 11 - Rep. Taylor introduces amendment to HB 1588 banning collection of sales tax on private firearm transactions highlighting that HB 1588 as amended is also a arguably a tax increase.

11: 30 a.m., March 12 - Reps. Shea, Taylor, Overstreet, Taylor, Kochmar, and Magendanz introduce a 6 more amendments highlight various follies of the bill.

2:00 p.m. March 12 - House Republicans remain steadfast on all amendments, Democrats Blake and Takko fight to defeat on their side.

8:00 p.m., March 12 - Democrats acknowledge impasse and send everyone home.

5:00 p.m. March 13 - HB 1588 is declared "dead."

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