[UPDATED 7/31/2014]: Here’s the uncensored photo….
Another day in Washington state politics. Apparently it is like the town in “Footloose” on the other side of the Cascades. Amy Biviano, Democratic candidate for Spokane Valley’s 4th District House of Representatives, has been “outed” for having posed for Playboy magazine’s “Women of the Ivy League” in 1995. She was a student at Yale at the time
“Outed” is a stretch of the term since Amy Biviano, nee Amy Nabors, wrote a passionate, no-apologies essay about her experience around the time the Playboy pictorial was published:
So do I believe that my future might be affected by posing for Playboy? Yes, I believe that it will. But, it has made a positive contribution to my life – I gained a sense of self-reliance which I lacked before the posing scandal. Yes, it was fun to have my five minutes of fame both on the Yale campus and on the national scene. It is a nice little boost to the ego to know that some people consider me to be attractive enough to be in Playboy. But of course I know now, and I knew when I first chose to pose, that these benefits will fade, and they will only be remembered by a few people searching through dusty archives. However, posing for Playboy has permanently changed me by making me think a little bit differently about myself – I’m now more of a risk-taker, fear social approval less, and know a bit more about what I’m capable of. I may never do something this controversial again, but it’s nice to know that I could and did.
Amy Biviano, a Sunday school teacher and business owner, is in a brutal race with Matt Shea (R-4th district) in a heavily Republican area. She trailed Shea by 20 points in the August primary.
It has been reported that Shea has posted photographs on Facebook of himself smiling outside her house and refused to remove them. The congressman has also labeled Biviano a “radical socialist.”
So when the conservative website Western Center for Journalism gleefully “exposed” Amy Biviano for her past work for what they call the “soft porno magazine” Playboy, it simply added the personal attacks on top of the idealogical slander of her opponent.
Biviano is a far from a socialist (she’s a corporatist who believes in the privatization of worker’s comp programs) and her support for abortion rights and marriage equality are the majority opinions of Washingtonians. There is nothing “radical” about her platform.
One has to ask themselves if they are willing to not vote for a candidate with whom they agree on the issues, simply because they chose to pose nude during college. Eastern Washington is in the midst of recovering from a bad fire season and an even worse economy. Those should be the issues, not whether someone was naked in the 90s.
If you are without sin, we’d love to hear from you in the COMMENTS section. If you have a lot of sins, we’ve love to hear from you even more so.
[UPDATE]: Amy Biviano’s congressional opponent Rep. Matt Shea has “condemned” the release of Biviano’s Playboy past. A heavy emphasis of the QUOTE, UNQUOTE. Shea postures with a good old-fashioned “Have you stop beating you wife” technique full of snark and backhanded concern:
I am saddened by the release by a national media outlet of my opponent’s involvement in pornography. I strongly condemn the release of this information. Our campaign was aware of this information several months ago, and made a very determined decision to not use or disperse this information in any way, shape, or form. I specifically instructed the few members of my campaign team who knew of this situation to not disseminate this information, engage in negative, personal attack campaigning, even though my opponent had already done so. This type of negative campaigning is exactly what is wrong with politics today. While these revelations are indeed alarming, my heart goes out to Amy and her family. My wife Viktoriya and I will continue to pray for her.
With “condemnation” like that, who needs friends.
Amy Biviano, herself, released a statement expressing how there was not even an attempt by her campaign to hide her pictorial in Playboy “Women of the Ivy League” in October 1995. Biviano, like most people of the 21st century, believes that nude pictures have nothing to do with the challenges facing Washington state’s 4th district.
Hey, Washingtonians, it’s July 1. Just like January 1, July 1 means new laws for the state. Government excels at making crimes out of things you’ve done legally for years. But AP is reporting some interesting new laws that are in effect as of today:
- Your potential employer can no longer ask for your social network password or require you to “friend” them.
- Beer, liquor and wine tastings are now legal at farmer’s markets.
- If you drop your weed at a pharmacy, the drug store now has to destroy it. Sorry.
But we here in the state of Washington still have some really, really dumb laws on the books. Here’s some of them via DumbLaws.com:
- The harassing of Bigfoot, Sasquatch or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment. The Henderson’s are criminals for messing with Harry.
- It is illegal to entice girls away from the Maple Lane School for girls. You will have to settle for Seattle Girls’ School, pervs.
- It is mandatory for a motorist with criminal intentions to stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he is entering the town. Wow, why isn’t the state crime rate at zero?
- It is illegal to pretend that one’s parents are rich. The Olsen Twins movie It Takes Two now has another reason it’s a cinematic crime.
- When two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed. This law was apparently written by Confucius.
To quote Thomas Jefferson – “That government is best which governs least.”
It’s official, we rock.
Forbes looked at all 50 states and calculated income, taxes, cost of living, unemployment, and workplace environment info. The result – Washington is the very best state to make a living.
“Washington is one of only eight states where the average wage is in excess of $50,000 a year,” Barrington says. “However, Washington is the only one of those eight states where high wages are not offset somewhat by a high cost of living. Each of those other states has a cost of living at least 20% higher than the national average; in Washington, the cost of living is only 2.5% higher than the national average, so the state’s residents get the benefit of high incomes without an unusually high cost of living.”
And, also, we don’t have an income tax. Let’s keep it that way.
From the Seattle Times:
The state Supreme Court on Thursday made it easier for state lawmakers to increase taxes.
The court, in a 6-3 ruling, decided a state law requiring a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes is unconstitutional.
“Our holding today is not a judgment on the wisdom of requiring a supermajority for the passage of tax legislation,” the court said in its majority opinion.
“Such judgment is left to the legislative branch of our government. Should the people and the legislature still wish to require a supermajority vote for tax legislation, they must do so through constitutional amendment, not through legislation”
“The People’s Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” aka I-522 is a grassroots push to get the state of Washington to label its GMO foods. Should not be a big deal, right? Well, California and Oregon voters had the chance to label their foods but were fooled into voting against their own best interests.
LabelITWA.org does not want Washingtonians to fall for the same tricks. The organization will have a hearing before the state legislature tomorrow, February 14th, at 10:00am.
If you cannot make it, at least endorse the petition to show your support. House bill 1407 is before our lawmakers right now. Show them you support food labeling.
Hell, if GMO is so awesome, shouldn’t big business be loud and proud about their frankenfoods?
They’re little, they’re tough and they’re endangered. The wolverine is reemerging here in Washington. Yes, it will most likely eat everything precious to you and that is why they are nearly extinct. Folks have killed, hunted and poisoned the wolverine to the brink.
Wolverines used to range along the Cascade Crest from the Canadian border all the way to Mount Rainier, but now remain exceedingly rare, with perhaps just 25 animals in Washington, and only about 250 to 300 in the Lower 48.
Endangered species laws offer protection to the wolverine from man but their comeback is hampered by the changing climate which threatens the snow-covered areas the species needs to survive.
Here’s a Washington wolverine sighting from last winter:
Washington state’s 2012 had more rain than normal but there was a legendary “dry spell” that made headlines. The period of dryness extended from late July through early October which, conveniently enough for us lushes, is the exact period wine grapes get good and tasty.
The 2012 Washington wine harvest is expected to be spectacular. This from the Bellingham Herald:
“Two positive aspects of cool nighttime weather were very apparent in the grapes at harvest, these being high acid and deep color. Another result was longer ‘hang time,’ particularly in white varieties like Chardonnay, leading to more tropical and citrus notes with the bright acid normally associated with more herbaceous flavors. One thing the 2012 vintage will not be is boring.”
The world ends on Friday. It must be true, the Mayans said so. That means the this is the week to live life to the fullest. Live like there’s no next week.
We will be giving a suggestion-a-day that you, as a Washingtonian, need to do. The end is nigh, right?
And if the Earth still stands on Saturday then at least you did something exhilarating.
Monday’s suggestion – go snowshoeing on Mt. Rainier. Our lil’ mountain is one of the largest objects in this hemisphere. It’s a relatively short drive to stand on top of the western world.
The Washington Trails Association, WTA.org, has info on the proper way to get you snowshoe on.
You can’t win them all. Enjoy as your Washington schools are sucked try of talent and treasure and that talent and treasure is giving to private corporations. 40 schools that get the “good stuff” while the rest of our schools aren’t just left wanting, but left bleeding. In Washington state, a good education is the new lottery.