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  • Secret Olympia Budget Proposal To Register Your Guns With DOL – I-594

    03/29/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    30calgal.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | 30calgal
    Our Anti-gun foes are sneaky. From enough public outcry Olympia has had to delay their budget proposals until Monday. The Democratic Legislature was only going to allow the public a total of 90 minutes to read through hundreds of pages of the budget document. Enough people complained and they had to delay the hearings until Monday. There happens to be a secret budget proposal that corresponds with the passing of I-594 and the Dept of Licensing. Here is the letter written to us by our local Protect Our Gun Rights group.
  • Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

    03/28/2015 9:12:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 61 replies
    Ottawa Sun ^ | 03/28/2015 | REUTERS
    A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement.
  • Obamacare flying machine begins a death spiral

    03/26/2015 8:00:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/26/2015 | Sean Parnell
    Premiums are rising rapidly and the young and healthy are bailing out The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Obama administration’s decision to award tax credits for health insurance sold through federally established exchanges, could turn on the question of whether a ruling that ends the tax credits on federal exchanges might cause something known as a “death spiral” in health insurance markets.The good news is the answer is probably no, but the bad news is that’s only because the death spiral has probably already started.
  • Home folk tell Rep. McMorris Rodgers: Don’t mess with Obamacare [WA]

    03/26/2015 8:10:19 PM PDT · by steve86 · 29 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | March 26, 2015 | Joel Connelly
    She was asking for horror stories about health care, but Rep. Cathy Morris Rodgers, R-Wash., instead found her Facebook page filled with testimonials to the Affordable Care Act. A member of the House Republican leadership, McMorris Rodgers wanted a replenishment of anecdotes like stories of questionable accuracy she told when giving the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. “This week marks the 5th anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law,” wrote McMorris Rodgers. “Whether it’s turning your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer had reduced your work hours, I want...
  • Environmental review of Gateway Pacific Terminal coal terminal delayed a year

    03/26/2015 5:31:15 AM PDT · by thackney
    Casper Star-Tribune ^ | 3/25/2015 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    An environmental review of a proposed Washington coal port will be delayed until 2017, one year after the analysis was scheduled to be completed. The delay comes after the project's developer, SSA Marine, submitted an updated plan for the Gateway Pacific Terminal to the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers. SSA Marine acquired more land in the area of the proposed dock and reconfigured its site plan, said Bob Watters, a company executive. The move will reduce the project's overall footprint by 17 percent and its impact on wetlands by 49 percent, he said. "From an environmental standpoint, we thought it...
  • Cops Bust HOV Cheater— With 'Most Interesting Man'

    03/25/2015 11:29:56 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Newser ^ | 3/25/15 | Jenn Gidman
    If you're going to circumvent HOV-lane rules, go interesting or go home. That was apparently the goal of one driver in Fife, Wash., who was pulled over by a trooper Monday afternoon after the officer noticed the guy's passenger seemed a little stiff, KOMO reports. "The trooper immediately recognized it was a prop and not a passenger," fellow trooper Guy Gill tells the New York Daily News. "As the trooper approached, the driver was actually laughing." That's because the serenely smug-looking passenger was a cardboard cutout of "The Most Interesting Man in the World," the Dos Equis mascot portrayed by...
  • What is Killing the Restaurants of Seattle?

    03/22/2015 10:01:57 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 84 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | For March 30th Publication | The Scrapbook
    "Why Are So Many Seattle Restaurants Closing Lately?” asks a recent Seattle magazine headline. The Scrapbook is no restaurateur, let alone knowledgeable about the local economy, but we’ll guess it has something to do with the fact that Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage starts phasing in on April 1. However, the first rule of liberals confronting the laws of basic economics is deny, deny, deny. A feature in the Seattle Times called the “Truth Needle” (we’re guessing the Times didn’t want to pony up to license PolitiFact’s logo) declares the claim that minimum wage has anything to do with the...
  • Seattle's Silly War On Oil Rigs (title shortened)

    03/21/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 16 March 2015
    Reminder, The City Is Also Home To Boeing, The World's Largest Jet Maker If a plane flies over Seattle, does anyone hear it? Probably not, because they’re all down at the docks protesting the parking of drilling rigs used in the Arctic. When the port of Seattle agreed to allow Shell to park drill ships on the city’s waterfront, a “kind of civic call to arms” erupted, according to the New York Times. “A unanimous City Council lined up alongside the mayor to question the legality of the agreement with the Port of Seattle, a court challenge was filed by...
  • Feds sought records of employee who worked with Auditor Troy Kelley in past business

    03/20/2015 7:35:04 PM PDT · by TheConservator · 4 replies
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | 03/20/2015 | Melissa Santos
    A grand jury subpoena released late Friday by the state Auditor’s Office shows that the U.S. Department of Justice sought documents about a part-time technical writer who used to work with state Auditor Troy Kelley in a business that tracked loan and real estate documents. The federal subpoena requested email conversations between Jason Jerue and other auditor’s office employees relating to Jerue’s past employment at Post Closing Department, Kelley’s company that became embroiled in a lawsuit with a former client, Old Republic Title. The subpoena, which was served on the Auditor’s Office March 6, also requested emails between Jerue and...
  • Seattle’s $15 Min. Wage Is Making Something Happen That City Leaders Never Expected

    03/17/2015 8:50:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 77 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | MARCH 16, 2015 | RANDY DESOTO
    Early indicators suggest the $15 minimum wage will not be as positive as City Hall intendedIn a few weeks, Seattle’s new, highest in the country, $15 per hour minimum wage will go into effect. Like many liberal policies, it was passed by City Hall with the best of intentions. The only problem is, in the end, it may do more harm than good for many. Private businesses, unlike government entities (which, in theory, can always raise taxes or borrow), must make more than they spend in order to pay the rent, make payroll, keep the lights on, pay their business...
  • More Seattle restaurants close doors as $15 minimum wage approaches

    03/14/2015 11:33:54 AM PDT · by grundle · 53 replies
    shiftwa.org ^ | March 12, 2015
    Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law goes into effect on April 1, 2015. As that date approaches, restaurants across the city are making the financial decision to close shop. The Washington Policy Center writes that “closings have occurred across the city, from Grub in the upscale Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, to Little Uncle in gritty Pioneer Square, to the Boat Street Cafe on Western Avenue near the waterfront.” Of course, restaurants close for a variety of reasons. But, according to Seattle Magazine, the “impending minimum wage hike to $15 per hour” is playing a “major factor.” That’s not surprising, considering “about...
  • Seattle eateries closing as $15 minimum wage approaches

    03/14/2015 10:39:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last summer we talked about the rather faint hopes that some Seattle businesses were clinging to as the city moved toward jacking up their minimum wage (for some jobs) to $15.00 per hour. Employers – particularly in the restaurant industry – were asking the city council to reconsider as they evaluated their options in the face of labor costs which were about to rise to between 42 and 47 percent of their operating expenses. It all fell on deaf ears, unfortunately, and the plan is moving forward. And rather than waiting for the roof to come crashing down, some...
  • Businesses Still Feeling Pressure From Port Dispute

    03/14/2015 9:38:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/14/2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Despite port owners and union officials reaching a deal last month, businesses are still suffering from the aftereffects of a nine month long labor dispute that devastated the west coast. The dispute began in May when the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) were unable to agree on a new labor contract. The inability to come to a deal and the resulting port congestion prompted economic problems in many industries. It wasn’t until pressure from the president and a visit from Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Feb. 20 that the two sides were able...
  • Seattle restaurants going dark as $15 an hour minimum wage goes into effect

    03/14/2015 6:54:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 156 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 3-14-15 | Rich Moran
    Seattle is about to embark on a civic experiment that most experts predict will be an economic disaster; a $15 an hour minimum wage is set to go into effect on April 1st. And some restuarants in the city have already shuttered their doors and are either going out of business or moving to friendlier climes. This was entirely predictable - and was predicted when the measure passed the Seattle city council. Restuarants are particularly sensitive to this sort of increase in wages since most of their employees are paid at the minimum, and such a large percentage of their...
  • Washington state's ObamaCare exchange faces funding shortfall

    03/11/2015 10:38:03 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2015 | By Dan Springer
    The Washington Health Benefit Exchange call center in Spokane is so busy that staffing has been quadrupled, with the center receiving up to 10,000 calls a day. The problem is not enough of those callers are actually signing up for insurance. The state has enrolled 160,000 paying customers in ObamaCare exchange health plans but that's more than 50,000 short of goal, which has led to an extension of the enrollment deadline and a request that the Washington State Legislature fork over $125 million to fund the exchange. Republicans are angry because they were told the exchange would be self-sufficient by...
  • Right to Work Initiative in Washington State

    03/11/2015 9:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2015 | James Simpson
    On Tuesday, March 10, Washington State’s Employee Rights Political Action Committee (erpac.org), announced a grassroots initiative to replace restrictive employee laws with personal choice that both allows employees to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, and assists business in growing jobs. Called the “Employee Rights Act,” (I-1395) this new ballot initiative, if passed, will end compulsory union membership, ensuring an employee’s ability to find and keep gainful employment regardless of membership status and allow employers to hire without regard to a prospective employee's union participation. It will also allow employees to opt out of automatic union dues deduction....
  • King County (Washington, of course) Metro hiring a bathroom break coordinator {{altered title}}

    03/09/2015 7:01:03 PM PDT · by Baynative · 18 replies
    My Northwest ^ | Feb 20, 2015 | Kipp Robertson
    King County Metro Transit has announced it's hiring a "comfort station coordinator," after it was learned that drivers were wetting themselves on the job.
  • Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant attends Democratic Party fundraiser (not good)

    03/07/2015 5:21:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | 3/07/15 | Eric London
    Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s Socialist Alternative City Councilmember, was captured on video entering a February 21 fundraiser and birthday celebration for a local leader of the Democratic Party, King County Councilmember Larry Gossett. The video was posted online, but has subsequently been removed. Sawant and the organization to which she belongs have not yet sought to explain why a self-proclaimed socialist would spend an evening rubbing elbows and clinking glasses with the political elite in a major American city. Nor did Socialist Alternative announce beforehand that Sawant would be appearing at an event sponsored by the Democratic Party establishment. That’s because...
  • Restoring West Coast Ocean Cargo Service May Be Costly Proposition

    03/06/2015 11:41:00 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 7 replies
    Logistics Management ^ | 3 March 2015 | Patrick Burnson
    Expected post-Lunar New Year cargo growth will accelerate equipment, cargo handling and other costs going forward, maintain ocean carrier executives. While the full impact on ocean carrier deployments to U.S. West Coat ports has yet to be measured, major players comprising the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) are standing firm on raising rates. According to TSA spokesman, Niels Erich, container shipping lines have begun the slow work of repairing their networks as U.S. West Coast congestion difficulties ease. “At the same time, forward bookings suggest that post-Lunar New Year cargo demand will resume after the week-long Asia holidays and continue to...
  • Bipartisan Common Core Opposition

    03/03/2015 9:45:16 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Contrary to popular belief, aka news media coverage, opposition to the Common Core education reforms of President Obama is stretching across party lines. “The Democratic Party in the state of Washington just passed a resolution condemning Common Core,” Emmett McGroarty said last Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Bear in mind, this is the same state Democratic party that consistently endorses far-Left candidates such as U. S. Senator Maria Cantwell. McGroarty works with the American Principles Project. Forty-five states originally signed onto Common Core, Sabrina Schaeffer of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) pointed out. Schaeffer moderated the panel...
  • Meet Bloomberg’s Out-Of-State Operatives In Washington

    03/03/2015 9:25:03 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    progressivestoday.com ^ | 3/1/2015 | Michael Strickland
    Washington has been one of the target states for Bloomberg and his gun control efforts. Using strategies similar to Obama’s Organizing For America, combined with a multi million dollar public relations push, they were able to successfully pass a ballot initiative that would mandate background checks for private firearm transactions (though, by a considerably smaller margin than their initial polling). So who are the folks working behind the scenes to make this happen? You probably won’t be surprised that many of them are from out of state, shipped in to “organize”.
  • (61) Members of Congress Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech (Iran Lobby says 61 will boycott!)

    03/02/2015 7:01:25 PM PST · by Dave346 · 51 replies
    NIAC ^ | March 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM
    Currently, 61 members of Congress have confirmed they will not attend the speech. Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) California Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) — “I am disappointed Speaker Boehner chose to irresponsibly interject politics into what has long been a strong and bipartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. As President Obama has noted, it is inappropriate for a Head of State to address Congress just two weeks ahead of their election. I agree that Congress should not be used as a prop in Israeli election campaigns,...
  • Washington State Legislature Hypocritically Tackles Aliens and Crime With A Sanctuary Bill

    03/01/2015 7:50:33 PM PST · by zeestephen · 8 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 20 February 2015 | Dan Cadman
    A sanctuary bill has been introduced into the Washington state legislature. Its sponsors call it the "Washington Family Unit Act", but in fact, what the law does is shield alien criminals from identification and apprehension by federal immigration authorities. The bill is a model of duplicity and hypocrisy, from the title onward.
  • (Socialist) Councilmember Sawant tells judge she’ll represent herself at trial

    02/28/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 2/19/15 | Natasha Chen
    SEATAC, Wash. — Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant told a SeaTac municipal court judge Thursday that she will represent herself in an upcoming trial for disorderly conduct prompted by her arrest in November during a protest. On Nov. 19, Sawant and three others were arrested for not leaving a roadway during a protest against big airlines for not paying their workers a living wage. Of those arrested, Sawant, Socrates Bravo and John Helmiere appeared together before a judge for a pretrial hearing. A judge exonerated their bail amounts.
  • Highway Patrol Error Results In Hellish Roadside Experience For Classic Car Owner [VIDEO]

    02/28/2015 1:38:46 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/26/15 | Chuck Ross
    A string of errors on the part of troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol resulted in a humiliating and frightening experience last year for a couple from Washington who were pulled over while cruising down the highway in their classic 1962 Chevy Impala. Now, the couple, Robin and Beverly Bruins, has filed suit against the troopers and the Nevada Highway Patrol. Trouble started for the Bruins when they were pulled over by a trooper after he initiated a “routine records check” on the car. When the check did not return a match, the trooper pulled the couple over, Las Vegas’...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • Officials searching for missing house in Klamath Falls [OR]

    02/26/2015 1:25:39 PM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    kobi5.com ^ | 02-26-2015 | Staff
    Klamath Falls, Ore. --- A house is missing and deputies with the Klamath County sheriff's office are looking for it! Sheriff Frank Skrah made the announcement during a press conference around noon on Tuesday, February 24th, "We had a complete home stolen. This isn't a motor home, this isn't a mobile home and this is a 'home.'" When asked if the home was already on wheels Skrah responded, "No, it was not, it was on the foundation you see it on now." The 1,200 square foot home from the Sprague River area was reported missing on Tuesday. The home was...
  • Florist refuses attorney general’s options to settle lawsuit over same-sex weddings

    02/23/2015 7:32:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has offered florist Barronelle Stutzman a deal: She can cater to same-sex weddings or she can stop doing weddings altogether. Of course, there’s always a third option: She can go out of business. Ms. Stutzman, the 70-year-old owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, is opting for none of the above. “Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about,” Ms. Stutzman said in a letter to Mr. Ferguson. “It’s about freedom, not money. I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything...
  • WEST COAST DOCK STRIKE SETTLES JUST IN TIME FOR REFINERY STRIKE

    02/22/2015 11:41:56 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Feb 2015 | CHRISS W. STREET
    With the West Coast ports labor dispute involving 13,600 unionized dockworkers inflicting pain on 318 million Americans by causing billions of dollars a day in losses to the U.S. economy settling yesterday, now 30,000 unionized refinery workers across America intend to play the same leverage game by cutting off two-thirds of all U.S. diesel and gasoline supplies. Just after US Labor Secretary Tom Perez took to the television circuit to tout how the Obama Administration believes the US economy can “recover quickly” from the nine months-long port turmoil, the United Steel Workers (USW) launched the first nationwide oil refinery strike...
  • G'mother Who Refused to Make Gay Wed Floral Argmt May Lose House, Life Savings After Guilty Verdict

    02/21/2015 10:27:36 AM PST · by NYer · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 20, 2015 | SAMUEL SMITH
    Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers, poses for a photo outside of her Richland, Washington, floral shop. Putting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state's anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding due to her religious convictions.After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding...
  • Tri-City Florist declines Settlement Offer [Arlene's Flowers]

    02/20/2015 2:12:22 PM PST · by steve86 · 72 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Feb. 20, 2015
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Tri-Cities florist has declined state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's offer to settle a discrimination case involving flowers for a gay wedding. Barronelle Stutzman on Friday sent a letter to Ferguson rejecting his offer to settle the case by paying a $2,000 fine and agreeing to sell flowers to people planning gay weddings. Stutzman says in a press release that she continues to believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. The 70-year-old Stutzman has earlier said she plans to appeal a judge's ruling that she broke a Washington state anti-discrimination law by...
  • West Coast paralysis: Some winners...sort of

    02/20/2015 10:29:20 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Allen Wastler
    West Coast docks are paralyzed as employers and longshoremen continued to spat about contracts and congestion problems. There are plenty of losers. Exporters, like farmers and ranchers, can't get their perishables to Asian markets during the Lunar New Year when demand for fruit and meat is particularly high. And importers large and small are beginning to report shipment delays and inventory shortages. Are there winners? Kind of … Air Freight. Some importers, like electronics dealers and luxury retailers, can afford to put their cargo on planes, despite at least a ten-fold increase in shipping costs. ... East Coast/Gulf Coast ports....
  • Kirk Groenig, Central Washington Tea Party founder, dies at 59

    02/19/2015 3:59:14 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | February 19,2015 | Mike Faulk
    ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Kirk Groenig, founder of the Central Washington Tea Party, died Wednesday. He was 59.Groenig, an outspoken critic for several years of Democrats and Republicans alike, pushed a hard-line conservative stance on social issues, the economy and immigration reform.Groenig, formerly of Yakima, died at his home in Ellensburg, according to a death notice received by the newspaper from Brookside Funeral Home and Crematory. Further arrangements are pending, according to the notice.The cause of death could not be confirmed today, although Groenig recently made public posts on social media discussing his increasing struggle with bone cancer.Groenig is survived by...
  • Franklin drops gender from graduation ceremonies (Seattle high school)

    02/19/2015 2:15:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    http://seattletimes.com ^ | february 17, 2015 | leah todd
    For as long as anyone at Franklin High School can remember, young men and women have marched in pairs into the school’s graduation ceremony. The band strikes the first note of a processional song. Then come the students two by two — girls draped in green robes, boys in black. For the whole event, the girls sit separate from the boys on opposite sides of a wide aisle. Five other Seattle high schools graduate in a similar way, with gender-specific gowns. At least one school in Shoreline and two in the Lake Washington School District do, too. But Franklin will...
  • Mesa County takes step toward suit over grouse listing ( Colorado )

    02/18/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2015 | Emily Shockley
    Mesa County commissioners on Tuesday directed Mesa County Attorney Patrick Coleman to draft a notice of intent to sue the federal government over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species. Gunnison County filed its own notice of intent in December to bring civil action against the Fish and Wildlife Service for, the county believes, improperly listing the bird as a threatened species and naming Gunnison County and acreage in a handful of other Colorado and Utah counties, including Mesa, as critical habitat for the sage-grouse. Mesa County decided to follow with its...
  • Obama to intervene in West Coast port dispute: reports

    02/15/2015 11:27:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Feb 14, 2015 5:09 p.m. ET | DanielGoldstein
    Containers collecting at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., because of the slowdown at West Coast ports following stalled contract negotiations between port operators and unions. ************************************************************** President Obama plans to send Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California to attempt to break the labor deadlock and end the shipping slowdown at 29 West Coast cargo ports, according to news reports Saturday. Shipping has been subjected to delays during stalled contract negotiations between unions and the association representing shipping companies and port operators.The White House says it is intervening because the strike has hurt imports and exports of...
  • Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns

    12/26/2014 3:41:58 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 December 2014
    The consortium building the third set of locks for the Panama Canal is making fresh claims for cost overruns totaling $737 million ... Work began in 2007 to expand the canal with a third set of locks to enable it to handle the modern mega-freighters that global shipping companies prefer. But the $5.25 billion project has been plagued by delays, strikes and a bitter dispute over $1.6 billion in cost overruns with the consortium carrying out the upgrade, led by Spanish construction firm Sacyr. Initially scheduled for completion in 2014, the project's due date has been pushed back to early...
  • Why the West Coast port slowdowns are cracks in the foundation of the U.S. economy

    02/12/2015 10:23:22 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | Feb 12, 2015 | Sarah Aitchison
    One of the big reasons for the slowdown at the 29 West Coast ports isn't on the tip of everyone's tongues, including elected officials, is because the public doesn't see it, he said. It's like cracks in the foundation of a house: virtually invisible but still very dangerous for the structural integrity of the house.
  • GOP lawmaker denies global warming as Inslee climate bill advances

    02/11/2015 4:06:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 11, 2015 | by Jim Brunner
    Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to cap state carbon emissions and impose $1 billion a year in new charges on oil refineries, aluminum smelters and other top polluters passed its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, clearing the state House Environment Committee on a party-line vote. But as the bill headed for a final committee vote, the ranking Republican on the committee, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, raised a line of argument that GOP leaders have largely shied away from this year. Shea, one of the legislature’s most conservative members, disputed the overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is occurring, likely due to...
  • “It’s so wrong” Gay woman attacked with knife, marked with homophobic slurs (seattle)

    02/10/2015 6:11:42 PM PST · by Baladas · 139 replies
    FOX13 ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2015 | JOHN HOPPERSTAD
    TACOMA — Police are still looking for the man accused in a violent attack on a lesbian woman. The 45-year-old woman was attacked, stabbed and dragged by a leash early Sunday morning in what police are treating as a hate crime. “It’s so horrific that she can’t even fathom how this could happen to anyone let alone herself,” said Gretchen, the victim’s roommate, who spoke on behalf of her friend because the victim is still so scared. “It’s so wrong.” The woman was attacked around 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning as she left her home to look for her dog, which...
  • Woman stabbed by stranger; Homophobic slurs written on body

    02/10/2015 6:59:11 AM PST · by CityCenter · 63 replies
    KIRO 7 Seattle ^ | 2/10/2015 | KIRO News
    TACOMA, Wash. — A Tacoma woman said she fears for her life after a stranger attacked her in an alley, wrapping her dog’s leash around her neck, writing homophobic slurs on her body, and stabbing her. Tacoma police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
  • It’s a bad snow year in the NW; possibly record-setting bad

    02/09/2015 11:43:45 PM PST · by steve86 · 20 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 8, 2015 | Erik Lacitis
    SNOQUALMIE PASS — For sure, Warren Miller, who for decades annually produced a ski movie eagerly anticipated by his fans, would have passed on filming here this winter. Snow levels are near a record-level disaster: possibly the lowest since the state began keeping annual counts 66 years ago. Consider these numbers: The record for lowest annual snowfall at Snoqualmie is 191 inches, in the 1976-77 season. Hyak, a resort at the pass, ended up filing for bankruptcy. Its attorney said in a Feb. 5, 1977, Seattle Times story, “The Hyak ski area has been open one day this year, and...
  • $1,200-a-Day Union Workers Force Shut-Down of 29 West Coast Ports

    02/08/2015 12:57:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | by Chriss W. Street
    The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced that loading and unloading operations at all 29 West Coast ports would temporarily be suspended this weekend in response to union slowdowns that brought freight movements at the ports to a near standstill. PMA members stated that they cannot afford the almost $1,200 per day cost to employ International Longshore and Warehouse Union members to do little work. After Breitbart broke the story on Thursday that union members of the ILWU planned to “walk out within the week,” the PMA employer group announced they can no longer continue to pay workers the premium pay...
  • Washington State University med school bill hits snag over reproductive health

    02/08/2015 1:02:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    modernhealthcare.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Associated Press
    A widely supported bill to let Washington State University open a medical school in Spokane hit a snag when a Seattle lawmaker asked the school to promise that it would not limit teaching on reproductive health or end-of-life care because of its partnerships with religious hospitals. House Bill 1559 was scheduled to be voted out of the House Higher Education Committee on Friday, but the vote was delayed after Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, pushed that amendment, the Seattle Times reported. WSU supporters say they have no intention of restricting medical education. But they say Pollet's amendment has no place in...
  • Adams-Kinard gets 20 years in death of WWII veteran

    02/07/2015 10:31:49 AM PST · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Spokane Spokesman-Review ^ | February 6, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating death of World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton. The 2013 murder garnered national media attention as much for Belton’s status as a war veteran as for the racial overtones: The two teens suspected of attacking and robbing him as he sat in his parked car outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane are black; Belton, who later died from the beating, is white. Demetruis Glenn, the other teen accused...
  • Longtime Seattle manufacturer moving 100 jobs to Nevada (Min. Wage)

    02/07/2015 7:35:22 AM PST · by llevrok · 39 replies
    KOMO News (TV) Seattle ^ | February 6, 2015 | Elisa Jaffe
    SEATTLE -- If you own outdoor recreational gear, there's a good chance you have something made at Cascade Designs. The company manufactures MSR camping stoves, Platypus hydration packs, SeaLine dry bags, and Therma-A-Rest sleeping pads -- hundreds of products made by workers in Seattle. Those workers had a bombshell dropped on them Thursday. The company based in Seattle's SODO district along 1st Avenue South is moving 100 jobs later this year to a new plant it's leasing near Reno, Nevada. That's 20 percent of the work force. Some employees have been offered positions, but others will have to reapply. "We...
  • West Coast port operators halt ship work over weekend

    02/06/2015 10:25:00 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 6, 2015 | Coral Garnick
    The Pacific Maritime Association suspends weekend vessel operations at all 29 ports along the West Coast. For the second time this week, terminal operators controlling the West Coast ports have raised the stakes in contract negotiations with their dockworkers. On Friday, the Pacific Maritime Assocation (PMA) said it would suspend weekend vessel operations at all 29 ports along the West Coast. “After three months of union slowdowns, it makes no sense to pay extra for less work,” PMA spokesman Wade Gates said in a statement. “Especially if there is no end in sight to the union’s actions, which needlessly brought...
  • U.S. West Coast shippers invoke specter of port shutdowns

    02/05/2015 8:19:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 4, 2015 10:21pm EST | By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES
    The Port of Los Angeles is seen at dawn in San Pedro, California in this August 20, 2014 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson/Files **********************************LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The chief labor negotiator for shippers and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports raised the ante in contract talks with the dockworkers' union on Wednesday, warning that ports plagued by chronic cargo slowdowns were days away from complete gridlock.But union officials downplayed the potential for shutdowns, suggesting management was exaggerating a crisis as a late-hour negotiation ploy, and countered that the two sides were already close to a settlement.The contract...
  • Gun Owners Prepare for Arrest at WA State Capitol

    02/04/2015 7:13:12 AM PST · by Baynative · 31 replies
    Patrick Henry Society ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Kit Lange
    Olympia, WA – Liberty activists and gun owners organized by Liberty for All and The Patriots Stand are converging at the WA State Capitol in Olympia on Saturday at a rally meant to protest and violate new rules imposed by the legislature banning open carry in public viewing galleries. The Washington State Patrol is expected to arrest anyone entering the viewing chambers openly carrying a firearm, although individuals with a concealed pistol license will be allowed to carry concealed weapons into the chambers. “If the legislature feels the need,” said Sam Wilson of Liberty for All, “to prohibit peaceful citizens...