Tag Archives: Washington

WA: Idiot Seattle pols allege Facebook violated laws it isn’t subject to

Source: GeekWire

“Seattle officials say Facebook violated city laws that require anyone selling advertising related to local elections to disclose data on the ads, including who paid for them. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission sent letters to Google and Facebook demanding they provide that data for ads sold during 2017 Seattle election. The Stranger reported Monday that the commission said Facebook’s response ‘doesn’t come close to meeting their public obligation.’ It will discuss next steps with the City Attorney’s office. Google asked for a deadline extension.” [editor’s note: Facebook and Google operate from California, not from Seattle. Seattle’s government has no more authority over them than it has to set speed limits in Virginia – TLK] (02/05/18)


WA: Olympia regime sues Motel 6 for ratting potential abductees out to rival gang

Source: US News & World Report

“Motel 6 was sued on Wednesday by Washington state’s attorney general, who accused the discount hotel chain of illegally providing guest lists to U.S. immigration authorities, knowing of their interest in people with ‘Latino-sounding’ names. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said six Motel 6 locations in Washington provided names, birth dates, license plates and other personal information belonging to at least 9,151 guests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from June 2015 to May 2017. Ferguson said Motel 6 knew ICE used guest lists to target people based on their national origin, and that the disclosures led to detentions of at least six people.” (01/03/18)


WA: At least six dead after Amtrak train derails along new, $181 million rail corridor

Source: Seattle Times

“Monday’s fatal derailment of an Amtrak train occurred on a rebuilt, $181 million track corridor that was supposed to make the trip between Seattle and Portland more reliable. Amtrak Cascades 501, with 70 people aboard, was the first regular service to use the ‘bypass’ track that goes directly from Tacoma to DuPont, instead of a slow but scenic path along Puget Sound at Tacoma Narrows. The railcars derailed onto I-5 on an old overpass that was outfitted with all new rails, said Janet Matkin, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). There are no switches in the immediate area, she said. The Associated Press said at least six people died, while dozens of others were transported to hospitals or treated by medics.” (12/18/17)


WA: Police say woman stabbed man in self-defense after he assaulted her and another woman

Source: KEPTR TV

“Kennewick Police investigated a stabbing that took place at the Heatherstone Apartments on Sunday. According to KPD, officers responded to the apartment complex around 6 P.M. for a disturbance involving a knife. When officers arrived on scene, they identified that one man and two women were involved. KPD says the man, identified Aaron Goedhart, 24, was in a relationship with one of the women. Police say Goedhart first destroyed over $1,000 worth of property before assaulting the women. One of those women then stabbed Goedhart with a knife in self-defense. Police say he then ran off, but was later found and transported to an area hospital.” (11/13/17)


Election 2017: Dems notch wins from coast to coast

Source: The Hill

“Democrats roared back on Tuesday a year after suffering perhaps the most demoralizing defeat in modern political history, claiming big victories in races up and down the ballot and across the country. … Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) won the Virginia governorship by a wider-than-expected margin, even with Democrats fretting about his late campaign strategy. Democrat Justin Fairfax won the lieutenant governor’s office, becoming only the second African American to win a statewide post in Virginia since Reconstruction, while Attorney General Mark Herring (D) won re-election. In New Jersey, former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy (D) easily won the right to replace deeply unpopular Gov. Chris Christie (R) …. In Washington, Democrat Manka Dhingra (D) appeared headed for victory in a special election to fill an open state Senate seat …. Georgia Democrats celebrated winning two deep red districts in special state House elections.” [editor’s note: Unmentioned in this account is that Bill de Blasio was also re-elected mayor of NYC – TLK] (11/08/17)


WA: Voters cannot ban injections sites by ballot initiative, judge rules

Source: KIRO 7 News

“Voters do not have the authority through ballot initiatives to decide if supervised injection sites should be banned, according to a King County Judge’s ruling on Monday. Over the summer, a group gathered nearly 70,000 signatures for a February ballot initiative that would allow the public to vote on banning injection sites. Seattle leaders, who support safe injection sites, joined a lawsuit to get I-27 off the ballot and stop the public vote. On Monday, King County Judge Alecia Galvan declared that I-27 is invalid because it ‘extends beyond the scope of the local initiative power.’ Galvan instructed that it not be included in winter ballot.” (10/16/17)


WA: Purdue asks judge to dismiss city’s frivolous Oxycontin suit

Source: King 5 News

“A federal judge in Seattle is deciding whether to allow Everett’s suit against Purdue Pharma to continue. The suit involves accusations that Purdue knew its highly addictive painkiller Oxycontin was making its way to specific clinics and dealers in Everett but didn’t do anything about it. The implication is that the company made huge sums of money while allowing people to get hooked on their painkiller. … Attorneys for Purdue refused requests for an interview. In court, they testified there are a lot of steps that happen between the company providing legal pharmaceuticals to a legal wholesaler and the drugs then making their way into an addicts [sic] bloodstream in Everett. They argued the company cannot be held responsible for that totality. The City of Tacoma recently filed a similar suit against Purdue.” (09/19/17)


WA: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after latest child sex abuse allegation

Source: CNN

“Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday, hours after new sexual abuse allegations surfaced against the embattled politician. Murray, a Democrat and the city’s first openly gay mayor, said he was resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday so the scandal would no longer overshadow his office. The mayor’s announcement comes after his cousin gave an interview with the Seattle Times alleging abuse, the latest in a series of similar accusations. The cousin is the fifth person to publicly accuse Murray of child sexual abuse since a lawsuit was filed against him in April. Murray denied the allegations, as he has in the past. Previously, he called them part of a political effort to stymy his progressive agenda and support for LGBTQ and immigrant rights.” (09/12/17)


Boeing wins WTO ruling declaring its corporate welfare legal

Source: US News & World Report

“Boeing notched a key victory in a years-long legal case against its European rival, Airbus, after an international body rejected the European Union’s claims that Washington state was giving Boeing illegal tax incentives. … Monday’s decision by the World Trade Organization’s appellate body reverses a ruling by a lower WTO panel in November that said that Washington state — which is home to much of Boeing’s plane manufacturing operations — had provided prohibited subsidies through a tax incentive for production of the Boeing 777X. The panel also called on the U.S. government to take action to end the support. The U.S. had appealed the panel’s decision in December. Monday’s ruling, which is final, found that none of the tax incentives provided by Washington state were illegal.” (09/04/17)


Why Seattle’s minimum wage law is now destroying wages

Source: Acton Institute
by Dylan Pahman

“The first phase raised Seattle’s minimum wage from $9.47 to $11 per hour in 2015 with relatively no negative effect on unemployment or hours worked. So why is the second phase different? According to Ben Casselman and Kathryn Casteel at FiveThirtyEight, ‘In high-cost Seattle, not many workers earned less than $11 an hour even before the law took effect.’ … The point where minimum wages become relevant is where they are no longer below the labor market’s natural equilibrium, where supply freely meets demand. The difference between the first and second phases of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance demonstrates this basic economic reality. Fixing prices on anything will have no effect so long as the price is below what buyers and sellers would freely agree to on their own anyway. However, when that is not the case, we end up with supply surpluses.” (06/28/17)