Roll on Columbia, I was thinking, my state (Washington) was solidly in the Obama camp, has 6 of 9 Democrats in congress, a Democratic Governor and both of our Senators are Democrats, so it seems kind of ironic that we may be the conservatives ideal state. Here in WA: No income tax Low property tax rates Free interstates 11 Wilderness areas 7 large military bases 88.64% White We are 11th in Agricultural Production We have the State Initiative process The Washington State Constitution has a separate right to bear arms and Washington is one of the original "shall issue" states. The county sheriff or city police chief shall issue a concealed pistol license to any applicant, age 21 or older, who meets certain requirements, including no felony convictions, no misdemeanor domestic violence convictions, and no outstanding warrants. In addition, a concealed pistol license is not required to carry a concealed pistol if the person carrying the firearm is in route to, in route from, or actively participating in a "legitimate outdoor activity". Washington is also a "Stand Your Ground" state, in which there is no duty to retreat in the face of what would be perceived by an ordinary person to be a threat to themselves or others by another person that is likely to cause serious injury or death. We also have some of the strongest protections for Speech and Illegal Search and Seizure found anywhere in the country. So, what gives? Why havent the democrats we keep electing stripped us of all our state rights? Why didnt all of us apparently freedom & gun loving Washingtonians vote McCain?