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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 12 at 3:18PM PST until February 14 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...WARM, RAINY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO STREAM RISES... A MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING RAINS AND WARM TEMPERATURES. MELTING MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW, IN COMBINATION WITH THE RAINS, WILL LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. MONDAY AND TUESDAY ARE FORECAST TO BRING EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES...SOME NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES...ALONG

This Afternoon

Hi44° Rain Likely

Tonight

Lo35° Rain Likely then Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo39° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo41° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi58° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Wednesday

Hi49° Chance Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo39° Chance Rain

Free speech and its regulators

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It’s about freedom of speech, and nothing else. It is about government stopping or controlling you when you express your political opinion. It is a debate over when government is justified in limiting how your political views are expressed. It is about two views of freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. Does the First Amendment forbid government to interfere in political debate, or is government the essential regulator protecting the fullest public expression in the “marketplace of ideas”?

The fundamentals will be lost when discussing the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision Wednesday in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The court did not strike down the limits on contributions to individual candidates, but the controls on the number of candidates and committeees a donor may support, the “aggregate limit” of federal election law. The critics will say the Supreme Court is bent on eviscerating campaign finance laws and handing government to hyper-rich conservatives. With this ruling and its corporate personhood granted in Citizens United, the court promotes oligarchy where the rich rule and the voice of ordinary people is drowned out in the white noise of right-wing issue ads.

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