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  • Amazon drops additional $1 million-plus into Seattle City Council races

    10/16/2019 7:11:56 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Oct. 16, 2019 | Daniel Beekman and Jim Brunner
    Amazon is dropping an additional $1 million-plus into Seattle’s pivotal City Council races, boosting its spending on politics in its hometown this year to an unprecedented $1.45 million. The corporate giant has now shelled out more on the council races than any other business or union, and all of Amazon’s company money has gone to a political-action committee (PAC) associated with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, which has been buying direct-mail advertisements and paying door-to-door canvassers. Amazon’s outlay is the largest “in anyone’s memory” by a single entity in a Seattle election cycle, said Wayne Barnett, executive director of...
  • Please, Please More Democratic Debates!

    10/16/2019 4:47:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2016 | Ann Coulter
    With all the rancor in politics these days, the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate on Tuesday night delivered a rare moment of comity: Twelve Democrats agreed, apparently without compensation, to appear in a Donald Trump ad. Other points on which the Democrats came together in peace and harmony: -- Trump should be impeached. -- Abortion is great. -- Obamacare sucks. At least we’re all finally agreed on Obamacare! Obamacare has given us a system -- to quote Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- “which is dysfunctional, which is cruel, 87 million uninsured, 30,000 people dying every single year, 500,000 people...
  • Fact Check: CNN, New York Times Asked Zero Questions About Climate Change

    10/16/2019 8:43:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    brietbart.com ^ | 10/15/2019 | Joel Pollak
    CLAIM: CNN and the New York Times failed to ask a single question about climate change during the fourth Democrat debate on Tuesday evening. VERDICT: True. Though CNN held a separate town hall on the subject, the moderators never brought up the issue during the debate, enraging left-wing critics on social media. Washington State governor Jay Inslee — who bowed out of the presidential race after focusing his campaign almost exclusively on the issue of climate change — took moderators to task on Tuesday evening for failing to ask a single question about climate change.
  • Why Costco is going Republican — at least at home

    09/15/2014 3:33:15 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    On July 24, President Obama traveled to Medina, a small, wealthy enclave outside Seattle, to attend a fundraiser for a Democratic super PAC at the home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, one of the Democratic Party’s most reliable donors. But at the same time Sinegal was raising money to help Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate, he and two of the wholesaler’s top executives were also shelling out cash to help Republicans win the Washington State Senate. In fact, the three Costco executives — long among the most reliable donors to Democratic candidates and causes — have spent...
  • Amazon takes a stand: Company releases "Our Positions" paper

    10/12/2019 2:59:09 PM PDT · by Boomer · 56 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10/11/19 | Amazon
    Amazon took the extraordinary step of laying out its positions on nearly every hot-button topic in the world in a web page that unveiled Thursday, bringing new clarity to the tech company’s public policy agenda. The page, which is simply titled “Our Positions,” states where the Seattle tech giant stands on eleven issues -- several of which have a direct impact on business in America.
  • Washington State University: Catch 22, No Guns for You

    10/12/2019 6:07:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 October, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    To those who wish the population disarmed, gun laws do not need to make sense, be reasonable, efficient, or effective. Any reduction in the number of legal gun owners, guns, or use of guns is seen as positive. It is why this bit of insanity at Washington State University (WSU) is unlikely to be addressed. Washington State University is primarily in the Southeast corner of Washington state, located at Pullman, Washington. It is an agricultural and rural area. Guns are popular. Even so, WSU has a very restrictive gun policy. From wsu.edu: WAC 504-26-213 Firearms and dangerous weaponsNo student...
  • The 5 worst traffic spots in western Washington

    10/11/2019 12:49:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | September 13, 2019 | Brittany Moorer
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. — We're taking a look at the worst of the worst traffic spots in western Washington – and some of the solutions to the problem. Marysville A problem spot in Marysville has city and state transportation officials working to come up with a fix. Interstate 5 traffic between Everett and Marysville gets congested during rush hour. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, between 1980 and 2017, the population of Snohomish County increased 137%. It's expected to gain another 200,000 residents by 2035. This explosive growth increased the number of vehicles using I-5 between Everett and Marysville,...
  • Oregon and Washington: We’ll start building a new Interstate Bridge by 2025

    10/11/2019 12:29:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | September 24, 2019 | Andrew Theen
    Federal highway officials on Tuesday endorsed an accelerated timeline proposed by Oregon and Washington transportation officials that sets the two states on a fast track toward construction on a new Interstate Bridge by 2025. Last month, the two states requested a 10-year extension on their timeline to show progress on the bridge project or face repaying nearly $140 million in planning costs tied to the Columbia River Crossing Project. That request would’ve given the states until Sept. 30, 2029, to either start buying up right-of-way or began construction on the I-5 project. While seeking a decade delay, the states simultaneously...
  • Russian carrier Aeroflot cancels order for 22 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

    10/10/2019 1:40:02 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 23 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 8, 2019 | Dominic Gates
    Boeing’s backlog of 787 Dreamliner orders was cut by 14 in September when Russian airline Aeroflot canceled its 2007 order for 22 Dreamliners — 18 of the smaller 787-8s and four 787-9s — while the company booked one new order from Air New Zealand for eight of the largest 787-10 model. The lost order is a cause for concern in Everett because the 787 backlog is dwindling fast as the company aims to roll out the planes at a rate of 14 jets per month. Boeing has been seeking new 787 orders to ensure it can maintain that high production...
  • Sanctuary city jails defy ICE detainers, put dangerous criminals back on streets

    10/09/2019 5:02:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2019 | Stephen Dinan
    Police in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue had a chance to get Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez, an illegal immigrant, off the streets in March — but a local jail defied a deportation notification request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and released him into the community. Three weeks later, police say, the 19-year-old Guatemalan, eager to join the violent Surenos street gang, took part in a murder posse that tracked down and slew a teen from a rival gang. Mr. Carillo-Lopez, who came to the U.S. as part of the Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) surge, is at the crossroads of the...
  • Seattle Suffering From Street Crime And City Attorney That Won’t Deal With The Criminals

    10/09/2019 12:16:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2019 | John Sexton
    Impact Bioenergy runs a “micro food digester” in Seattle which converts grain leftover from a nearby brewery into natural gas and fertilizer. But KOMO News reports this green company is moving out of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood because of the persistent, low-level crime: “We did a pilot to demonstrate new ways to divert commercial food waste away from landfilling,” says Impact Bioenergy president Jan Allen…Unfortunately, the quintessential Seattle business that prides itself in being in the forefront of a green economy is leaving.“Just all this street crime is crushing us, we are a small company we just can’t do it,”...
  • Several guns seized from Redmond man after 'concerning Twitter posts' for 'Joker' movie

    10/09/2019 3:46:26 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 78 replies
    KOMO ^ | October 8th 2019 | KOMO News Staff
    Investigators became aware of the posts last week, including one dated Sept. 26 showing the man holding two AK-47 guns -- one in each hand, pointing skyward, fingers on triggers. The caption on the photo read: "One ticket for joker please," according to Redmond police. The post comes as U.S. officials had issued warnings about the potential for mass shootings at the movie, which opened on Thursday to increased security around the Seattle-area movie theaters. FBI intelligence officials had uncovered social media posts related to extremists classified as 'incels' -- short for "involuntary celibate" -- and the man had been...
  • Thousands of People Line the Streets in Over 1600 Cities to Tell Americans “Abortion Kills Children”

    10/07/2019 2:01:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 7, 2019 | Micaiah Bilger
    Thousands of pro-lifers stood outside in all kinds of weather Sunday to pray for unborn babies and their mothers. People gathered in about 1,600 communities in the United States and Canada for the annual Life Chain, according to organizers. The event brings pro-lifers together in their local communities to pray for an end to abortion and peacefully witness to the truth about life in the womb. In West Reading, Pennsylvania, about 75 people stood on the sidewalks in the rain, holding signs encouraging mothers to choose life, the Reading Eagle reports. “We got rained on quite well but people stayed...
  • Two shot in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood early Saturday

    10/07/2019 7:38:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Q13fox.com ^ | by Ryan Hodges, Updated at 11:56AM, October 6, 2019
    SEATTLE -- Seattle police are investigating a shooting in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood outside of a nightclub that sent two people to the hospital. Police say the shooting happened on the 1200 block of Pine Street at about 2 a.m. "Officers began arriving and heard multiple gunshots and saw a group of people attempting to flee the area," said Detective Patrick Michaud. "An officer approaching the scene spotted a 30-year-old man hobbling away holding a handgun." An officer recognized the man as a convicted felon who wasn't legally allowed to have a gun on him. The man was taken...
  • 'Driven by greed': Bellevue ex-CEO gets over 7 years for [H-1B] visa fraud scheme

    10/06/2019 4:09:59 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 17 replies
    KOMO News ^ | September 20th 2019 | KOMO News Staff
    SEATTLE - The former CEO of two Bellevue tech firms was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in federal prison for a sophisticated visa fraud scheme that cheated workers out of their wages and cheated the government out of over $1 million in taxes. Pradyumna Kumar Samal, 50, a citizen of India, then used the illegally obtained cash to enrich himself and fund a luxurious lifestyle, court records show. Samal was arrested in August 2018 when he arrived on an international flight at Sea-Tac Airport and has been in custody ever since his arrest. At the sentencing hearing U.S....
  • Woke Math In Seattle

    10/01/2019 8:18:49 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 16 replies
    American Conservative ^ | 9/30/2019 | Rod Dreher
    In the future, historians will look back upon the suicide of our civilization and will see this poison for what it is. In Seattle, the city’s public schools have decided that everything, even mathematics, has to be seen through the lens of oppression and racism. Below are actual screenshots from the guidelines for math education there: Read the whole thing here. The young people who are going to learn real math are those whose parents can afford to put them in private schools. The public school kids of all races are going to get dumber and dumber … and this...
  • Homeless In Seattle, Part 1: High-Tech & The Homeless

    10/01/2019 8:07:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/01/2019 | Ilana Mercer
    Big Tech and the other multinationals are exacerbating the problem of homelessness in Washington state. For these stateless corporations are the major importers, into King County and the surrounds, of a high-tech, feudal elite, thus compounding the homeless quagmire. The corporations who straddle the globe rely on immigration ignoramuses to perpetuate the single-cause theory of homelessness: addiction or mental illness. However, even if drug addiction and mental illness are seen as necessary in causing homelessness, they are seldom sufficient. Substance abuse and mental anguish can, in themselves, be the consequence of other exogenous, existential and intractable circumstances. Like being priced...
  • Aberdeen (high school) forfeits football game for safety reasons

    09/27/2019 11:02:56 AM PDT · by llevrok · 101 replies
    KXRO News Radio ^ | 9/27/2019
    According to Head Coach Todd Bridge, “The administration, coaches and I believe playing Kelso would be detrimental to our team. Kelso isn’t just a good football squad, they’re a physical team and I promised our parents at the beginning of the season that my primary responsibilities is the safety and well being of their sons. Because we are in the foundational building stages here at Aberdeen football, playing Kelso tonight would damage our growth. Not only would we lose a handful of players prior to our league opener next week, I would lose the fragile trust of our parents.” Aberdeen...
  • Beto Blasts 'Baffling' Decision at This Weekend's DNC Meeting in San Fran

    08/26/2019 9:20:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/26/2019 | Cortney O'Brien
    Jay Inslee would be disappointed. It seems just as soon as the Washington governor abandoned the 2020 election, the Democratic Party abandoned his climate change agenda. At a Democratic National Committee meeting in San Francisco over the weekend, party leadership voted down a plan to hold a climate-centered presidential debate. As you can see, climate activists were bitter - and vocal - about it. Party delegates voted 222 to 137 against allowing candidates to participate in a debate dedicated to the topic, after a heated floor fight interrupted by protesters chanting “We can’t wait!” and “Failure of leadership!” The bitter...
  • Ex-ICE director clashes with Dem at hearing on detention facilities: 'You work for me!'

    09/26/2019 1:29:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2019 | Ronn Blitzer
    A tense hearing over border detention practices erupted into a shouting match between former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., as Homan grew frustrated in his attempts to defend his former agency. Jayapal, the vice chairwoman of the House Judiciary Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee, repeatedly cut off Homan for exceeding his allotted time. It started when the former ICE director responded to a previous statement Jayapal made about the Trump administration's use of funding for additional detention beds. "I'd like to remind you, under the Obama administration we did that most of the...