Proud of Washington state for first to sue Trump

I am so proud of my friend and Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, for denouncing President Trump travel ban on Muslims from certain countries. And for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for leading the nation in suing the Trump Administration over its actions against immigrants. And my birth-state of Minnesota joined the suit two days later.

A federal judge ruled in favor of the lawsuits and people from the affected countries can now apply for entry to the U.S.

“Judge Robart’s decision, effective immediately … puts a halt to President Trump’s unconstitutional and unlawful executive order,” Ferguson said. “The law is a powerful thing — it has the ability to hold everybody accountable to it, and that includes the president of the United States.”

I’m proud to have been publisher (and editor of our editorial page) of The Olympian, the only major daily newspaper in Washington state that endorsed Inslee for governor when he first ran in 2012. We also endorsed Ferguson. Both turned out to be excellent choices.

(The Olympian Editorial Board in December 2014, from left community members Jill Severn and Larry Jefferson, Gov. Jay Inslee, Publisher George Le Masurier, columnist John Dodge and state house reporter Brad Shannon}

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