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  • Now illegal to eat, drink, smoke, or groom yourself while behind the wheel in WA State come July 23

    07/18/2017 9:53:25 AM PDT · by RainMan · 53 replies
    The Olympian | 7/17/17 | By Abby Spegman
    Cannot post article because of copyright, but it is here. http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article161874198.html The interesting part is the 3rd paragraph where you see they snuck in eating, drinking, smoking, grooming and reading as offenses that you can also be ticketed for. Subsequently found out that many municipalities here such as Seattle, Tacoma, and Redmond also have these laws going into effect next week, but as primary offenses.
  • Press Downplays Seattle Mayor's Party ID As New Evidence of Teen Abuse Surfaces

    07/17/2017 11:25:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 17 July 2017 | Tom Blumer
    In May, as noted at NewsBusters, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray ended his run for reelection in the wake of "mounting allegations that he sexually abused underage boys in the 1980s." On Sunday, the Seattle Times reported that records previously thought destroyed revealed that "An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded" that" Murray "sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s." The Times, as well as related wire reports from the Associated Press and Reuters, have only told readers that Murray is a Democrat in very late paragraphs. Specifically, a newly surfaced May 20, 1984 Multnomah County, Oregon social services document assessing...
  • WWII aviator’s remains found embedded in tree

    07/16/2017 9:30:16 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 16 July 2017 | Laura Italiano
    Two best-friend aviators from Washington State, one who survived World War II, and one who did not, are now buried side by side — a sad reunion made possible after the one vet’s bones were discovered in Germany, embedded in the roots of a tree.
  • Dem senator beclowns herself on Senate floor

    07/14/2017 1:55:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 73 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | July 14, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The needle on my schadenfreude gauge just moved into the red zone, where my soul may be in peril. After all, it is indecent to take pleasure in the suffering of another being, and I have no excuse. But really, am I supposed to pretend this misspelling by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) on a giant poster on the hallowed Senate floor doesn't deserve mockery? In the interest of fairness, here is the entire context on video. It is even better because she doesn't notice the misspelling as her aide switches the cardboard posters on the easel, and she drones on,...
  • Sen. Murray: Trumpcare 3.0 is “Even Meaner” Than Previous Versions

    07/13/2017 5:41:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Jul 13 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    ***WATCH VIDEO OF SENATOR MURRAY’S REMARKS HERE***Washington D.C. – Following the release of the third version of Senate Republicans’ extremely unpopular Trumpcare bill, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate health committee, participated in a press conference with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to highlight all the ways the latest version of Trumpcare doubles down on raising costs for families and undermining care. Watch video of Sen. Murray’s remarks here. Senator Murray’s remarks as prepared for delivery:Well, if President Trump called the House bill “mean” in a rare moment of honesty—can you imagine what...
  • Seattle Councilman: Cleaning Poop Off Sidewalks Is Racist

    07/13/2017 12:02:54 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 88 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/2017 | Amber Randall
    A Seattle, Wash., councilman implied that a new effort to clean excrement off the side walk outside the local courthouse could be racist Tuesday. The crime and smell of urine and excrement have gotten so bad outside a King County courthouse that two judges are scrambling to find ways to fix the situation, reports the Seattle Times. Seattle councilmember Larry Gossett isn’t a fan of one solution to power wash the feces from the sidewalks to tamp down on the smell. Power washing the sidewalks is too reminiscent of civil rights activists being hosed down, he said. The area around...
  • Campus Is Unsafe for White Students–“I’ve Been Told Not to Speak Because I’m White”

    07/13/2017 8:37:14 AM PDT · by davikkm · 38 replies
    A recent “black power” student takeover at Evergreen State College in May shocked and appalled many Americans. Students were seen shouting “BLACK POWER!” inches away from a disoriented-looking white professor’s face while, ironically, later on claiming “whiteness is the most violent system to ever breathe!” The Gateway Pundit learned that the President of Evergreen State College in Washington State, George S. Bridges, stated that he is “grateful” for the “passion and courage” of the “black power” students who can be seen in footage harassing white professors and attempting to shut down classes. In the footage, the students were shouting expletives...
  • Stuck on Stupid: Seattle Approves Rich-Only Income Tax

    07/11/2017 3:14:56 PM PDT · by Renkluaf · 31 replies
    Newser ^ | 7/11/17 | Rob Quinn
    (Newser) – Supporters waved "Tax the Rich" signs Monday as Seattle's city council voted unanimously to do exactly that. By a vote of 9-0, the council approved an income tax that only applies to wealthy residents, with the 2.25% tax starting at income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for married couples filing joint returns, the Seattle Times reports. The city estimates that the tax will raise around $140 million a year from Seattle's 20,000 or so wealthiest residents. Washington state doesn't have a personal income tax and a 1984 law bans cities and counties in the state from...
  • A new way to help Seattle’s homeless: Navigation Center set to open Wednesday

    07/10/2017 6:53:33 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 7-10-17 | Vernal Coleman
    Inside the newly refurbished facility in the Little Saigon neighborhood are sleeping cots with blue cushions that couples can push together... Unlike more restrictive shelters, clients will be able to store their belongings, bring along their pets and partners, and come and go when they like. While discouraged, drug and alcohol use inside the facility will be allowed unless it disturbs other clients or the surrounding community.
  • Seattle City Council approves income tax on the wealthy

    07/10/2017 3:48:41 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 74 replies
    http://www.seattletimes.com ^ | 07/10/2017 | Daniel Beekman
    The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a pioneering new income tax on wealthy residents Monday. A a legal challenge is widely anticipated. The measure applies a 2.25 percent tax on total income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for married couples filing their taxes together. The city has estimated the tax will raise about $125 million a year and cost $10 million to $13 million to set up, plus $5 million to $6 million per year to run and enforce. The council’s finance committee cleared the tax last week, increasing the rate from 2 percent to 2.25 percent.
  • Bainbridge Island authorities warn of active shooter near Eagle Harbor

    07/08/2017 10:55:16 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 11 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 07/09/2017 | Jessica Lee
    An active shooter has been firing a gun from a boat toward the Bainbridge Island shoreline late Saturday, near Eagle Harbor. People are advised to avoid the shoreline area. No one has been injured, said Assistant Fire Chief Luke Carpenter. “He was just firing randomly,” Carpenter said. Washington State Ferries suspended Bainbridge Island-Seattle service until further notice. Law-enforcement officers were called to the area around 9 p.m., said city spokeswoman Kellie Stickney, though it’s unclear under what circumstances.
  • Charge: Drunk, gun-wielding husband killed wife in Uber ride

    07/07/2017 10:44:34 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 32 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 06 July 2017 | Levi Pulkkinen
    Murder charge filed after Seattle woman, 29, fatally shot riding home from a wedding All Jennifer Morrison Espitia wanted was to Uber home safely. Instead, King County prosecutors say, she was shot dead by her husband during a drunken, nonsensical argument. Charged Thursday with second-degree murder, Cameron Espitia, 31, is alleged to have shot Jennifer in the back of the head on Sunday while both were riding in an Uber. Prosecutors say Espitia was drunk and irate after attending a wedding with Jennifer. “Despite the fact that he was armed with a loaded firearm, he consumed numerous alcoholic drinks and...
  • Evergreen profs asked to make 'accommodations' for protesters

    07/06/2017 10:40:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | July 6, 2017 | Anthony Gockowski
    Evergreen State College’s provost asked professors to consider “the physical and emotional commitment” of student protesters when deciding their final grades. In emails obtained by Campus Reform through an open records request, the embattled school’s Interim Provost Ken Tabbutt reminded faculty members that “student protesters have diverted time and energy from their academic work to promote institutional change and social justice,” and should therefore be treated leniently with regard to grading. Evergreen State College’s provost asked professors to consider “the physical and emotional commitment” of student protesters when deciding their final grades. In emails obtained by Campus Reform through an...
  • Lessons from Seattle’s courageous minimum-wage experiment

    07/01/2017 10:25:57 AM PDT · by Renkluaf · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 6/28/17 | Mark C. Long and Robert D. Plotnick
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote: “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed in 2014, exemplifies courageous experimentation by a local government. The ordinance aims to increase earnings of low-wage workers as one response to the troubling rise in income inequality and stagnant wages of low-wage workers. There is national and international interest in knowing how it is working. Unfortunately, not all social experiments work entirely as planned. On April 1, 2015, the...
  • VIDEO:As Senate Republicans Pull Vote on Trumpcare Bill,Sen.Murray Warns:

    06/27/2017 5:56:00 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Jun 27 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    *WATCH SENATOR MURRAY’S REMARKS HERE*Today, Senate Republicans were forced to delay vote on Trumpcare following pressure nationwide, disastrous analysis of bill that would raise costs on Washington state families and rip coverage from millionsOn Senate floor, Sen. Murray pushed her colleagues, advocates, families to keep fighting, not let up the pressure  Sen. Murray highlighted two constituents from WA who would be impacted by Trumpcare’s increased coverage costs and cuts to MedicaidSen. Murray: “The backroom deals and arm-twisting are going to go into overdrive starting now” 
  • Not Just Seattle. NYC Feeling The Heat From Minimum Wage Hikes

    06/27/2017 7:43:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday, Ed Morrissey looked at the “controversial” (not really) figures coming out of Seattle showing the downward pressure on employment and wages experienced there since the minimum wage suddenly spiked upward. This is unwelcome news in the Fight For 15 community and they’re pushing back on it as hard as possible. But the figures don’t lie and this result was entirely predictable in a free market economy. Seattle, however, isn’t the only place this effect is being seen. The minimum wage has been jumping upward in New York City also and similar effects are being felt. Nowhere is this...
  • Study: Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike Hurting Hours, Employment

    06/26/2017 12:37:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | June 26, 2017 | By Andrew Soergel, Economy Reporter
    A new minimum wage study suggests Seattle's quest for a $15 minimum wage may not be completely painless. Not all is rosy in Seattle as the city gradually pushes to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, according to a new study that suggests hiring and the number of hours worked among lower-wage employees took a hit last year as minimum pay rose. The National Bureau of Economic Research unveiled a working paper on Monday that found the number of hours worked in low-skill professions dropped more than 9 percent in Seattle during the first three quarters of last...
  • Best Places to Make a Living: MoneyRates.com Ranks the Top States

    06/25/2017 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Money Rates.com ^ | May 23,2017 | by Richard Barrington
    All of these financial factors are especially important if you are thinking of moving to another state, or finding a way to jump-start your career. Are things likely to be tougher or easier if you relocate? To help you look before you leap, MoneyRates.com has assembled a list of the best and worst states to make a living. This list is based on the following factors: Cost of Living Workplace safety State tax burdens Median wages Unemployment rates Based on a combination of the above five factors, these are the best and worst states to make a living in 2017:...
  • VIDEO:In Testy Exchange on Senate Floor,Sen.Murray Slams Republicans’Secretive Process

    06/24/2017 2:02:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 27 replies
    Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Jun 22 2017 | Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    ***Click here to play video***
  • Seattle landlords must give voter-registration info to new renters, City Council decides

    06/21/2017 8:57:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 21, 2017 | By Daniel Beekman
    The new ordinance comes as Seattle has become the fastest-growing big city in the nation and studies show that people on the move vote at lower rates. Landlords will be required to provide new tenants with voter-registration information under a new ordinance approved by the Seattle City Council. The council voted 6-0 on Monday to approve Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s proposal. Three council members, Mike O’Brien, M. Lorena González and Tim Burgess, were absent. Property owners already are required to give tenants an information packet on housing laws, prepared by the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections. Landlords have the option...