Thursday, January 22, 2009

Choppers, choice and spinal manipulation

It’s a common (and often inspiring) sight to see groups of regular folks come to Olympia and make a case for legislation. It’s also common practice that groups on opposing sides of an issue converge in Olympia at about the same time. Take today as one example.
As reported by the Seattle Times, chiropractors and physical therapists are in Olympia today to “square off” over the right to manipulate your spine. That explains all the yellow umbrellas and red fleece jackets peppering the capitol campus.

Then there were the pro-choice advocates who rallied today on the capitol steps to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This followed a demonstration by the anti-choice folks who were here in full force yesterday.

In addition, members of the Washington State Confederation of Clubs (a motorcycle club advocacy group) were in Olympia lobbying for an anti-profiling bill that would “condemn and prevent the widespread law enforcement practice of motorcycle profiling.” In this case, we didn’t see any groups lobbying against the anti-profiling bill. We can’t imagine why no one wants to take this group on… We'll pass any legislation these guys want.