Tag Archives: Washington

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)


Seattle surprise: When you raise prices by government diktat, people usually buy less

Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“Three years ago, the city of Seattle voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour, in the name of human decency and basic fairness. The minimum wage went from $9.47 to $11 per hour in 2015, and then to $13 per hour in 2016. Similar policies have been enacted or considered in countless other cities. Critics argued that boosting wages by bureaucratic diktat rather than increases in worker productivity or market demand would lead to fewer hours and fewer jobs for low-income and low-skill workers. Now what The Washington Post calls a ‘very credible’ study from researchers at the University of Washington’s School of Public Policy and Governance finds that the critics were right. … The findings may surprise progressives who believe that the only limit to increasing pay for workers is the greed and selfishness of business owners, but they don’t come as a surprise to people who recognize that the law of supply and demand can’t be abolished by city councils.” (06/27/17)


WA: Evergreen sprinkles a little security theater on its snowflake antics

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Officials at The Evergreen State College in Olympia closed and evacuated the campus after receiving an unspecified threat of violence. ‘In response to a direct threat to campus safety, the college is closing immediately for the day,’ read a statement on the school’s website. … The evacuation comes at a time when racial tensions at the university are running high. … In April, the university observed its annual ‘Day of Absence’ in which white students were asked to stay off campus and attend a program focusing on ‘allyship and anti-racism work from a majority culture or white perspective.’ … In March 15 email to Rashida Love, director of the First Peoples Multicultural Advising Services Staff, biology professor Bret Weinstein objected to the planned demonstration, calling it a ‘show of force, and an act of opposition in and of itself.’ That email led to demonstrations last week from students and faculty calling for Weinstein to be fired along with other campus officials.” (06/01/17)


WA: Regime buckles to federal “REAL ID” imposition

Source: US News & World Report

“People in Washington state likely won’t have to worry next year about the identification they take to the airport after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Tuesday seeking to make the state one of more than two dozen in compliance with federal identification requirements. Washington and several other states have struggled for years to comply with the REAL ID Act, a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the United States [sic]. The law was passed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to strengthen rules for identification [demanded] at airports and federal facilities.” (05/16/17)