Eight is enough. After 8 years of George Bush revelers hit the streets starting on Capital Hill, marching down Pike St. to the Market, and back again. The mood was total euphoria. Two wars, countless corporate scandals, sinking economic markets, rising temperatures, they raised their voices “O – Bam – A!” and “Yes We Can!”. They screamed. They danced. They pounded drums until late in the night after Senataor Barak Obama was pronounced the winner of the 2008 US Presidential elections.
Also noteworthy was the passing of Initiative 1000, Washington’s Dignity with Death law, spearheaded by former Washington Governor Booth Gardner.
Quoting Wikipedia (updated), “While governor, Gardner signed into law a health care program that provided state medical insurance for the working poor. He helped develop land-use and growth-management policies that made Washington an early environmental leader, he steered hundreds of millions of dollars of increased spending toward state universities, increased standardized testing in public education, and improved legal protections for gay people.”
He was Governor from between 1985 and 1993. It goes on to say ” In 1994, one year after his retirement, Gardner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. In 2006 he announced his support for assisted suicide. In 2008 he filed and successfully spearheaded the campaign for Initiative 1000, Washington’s Death With Dignity Act, which was closely modeled on Oregon’s assisted dying law; he remained involved in implementing the Act. Gardner said that he supported going even further than the current Washington and Oregon laws, to eventually permit lethal prescriptions for people whose suffering is unbearable without the requirement that the sufferer have a terminal condition.