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  • newTranscript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
    The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.
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  • newIn Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
    Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Apr 14, 9:56am -
  • newNurse-visit program for families faces uncertain funding
    A federal program authorized by the 2010 Affordable Care Act sends nurses, social workers and others into homes where outside help might improve a child’s future. The expiration of the nurse-visit program has been looming at the end of the current…
    - 12 hours ago, 19 Apr 14, 11:09pm -
  • newArchived papers reminder of combative nature of Clinton White House years
    The release of more documents from the Clinton White House years did not uncover much new ground about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role as first lady but they again illustrated the combative fashion in which the Clinton administration drove its agenda…
    - 14 hours ago, 19 Apr 14, 9:31pm -
  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law
    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Apr 14, 5:16am -
  • Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    - 1 day ago, 19 Apr 14, 5:16am -
  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as gui…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Apr 14, 5:16am -
  • Colorado deaths stoke worries about pot edibles
    A college student eats more than the recommended dose of a marijuana-laced cookie and jumps to his death from a hotel balcony. A husband with no history of violence is accused of shooting his wife in the head, possibly after eating pot-infused candy.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 10:01pm -
  • APNewsBreak: Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead
    The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 10:01pm -
  • Next stop: The vote on the tax for Metro Transit, Proposition 1
    The campaigns for and against King County Proposition 1 are making their final pushes on the bus-and-roads proposal, even though more than half of the people expected to vote have already sent their ballots in.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 9:24pm -

Stateline Headlines


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The Olympia Report


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  • Whatcom County settles suit with ex-deputy, whistle-blower
    The Washington Counties Risk Pool (WCRP) last week agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of former Whatcom County Deputy Paul Murphy against the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The suit alleged Sheriff William Elfo termi…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 3:43pm -
  • Corporations make early commitment to Tom’s campaign
    As one of two Senate Democrats currently siding with Republicans to form the self-described Majority Caucus, Medina’s Rodney Tom can expect financial support from neither major party in his November re-election bid. Then again, if early fundraising…
    - 31 days ago, 20 Mar 14, 11:12am -
  • Senate GOP: ‘Inslee lied, broke confidentiality agreement’
    Gov. Jay Inslee’s characterization of Washington State Senate Republicans as having been unwilling to compromise during negotiations over a multi-billion-dollar transportation package during the 2014 legislative session are an outright lie, GOP lea…
    - 36 days ago, 15 Mar 14, 3:09pm -
  • With Eide’s seat up for grabs, GOP eyes control of Senate
    Washington state Republicans see a legitimate opening to win outright control of the state Senate in the wake of yesterday’s announcement that Federal Way Democrat Tracey Eide won’t seek re-election in November. Eide, who co-chairs the Senate Tra…
    - 40 days ago, 11 Mar 14, 10:07am -
  • GOP-led committee passes Democrats’ prevailing wage bill
    A Republican-led Senate committee on Friday surprisingly approved a bill that would replace the current formula for calculating the prevailing wage on public works projects with the existing, union-negotiated collective bargaining agreement for the c…
    - 51 days ago, 28 Feb 14, 4:22pm -
  • Benton scolds GOP members who voted for anti-initiative bill
    One of the Senate’s most outspoken Republicans took House members from his own party to task on Monday for supporting a bill that would make it more difficult for signature-gatherers to circulate the petitions needed to qualify an initiative or ref…
    - 54 days ago, 25 Feb 14, 3:43pm -
  • Libs don’t want insurance commissioner replaced by board
    A phalanx of liberal interest groups closed ranks on Monday in opposition to a bill that would replace Washington’s elected insurance commissioner with a bipartisan board of appointees having expertise in various areas of the insurance industry and…
    - 75 days ago, 4 Feb 14, 3:25pm -
  • Two-thirds majority amendment bill debated in committee
    A vote in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 8213 wouldn’t necessarily mean the threshold for raising taxes in Washington would be restored to a two-thirds majority, initiative promoter Tim Eyman reminded lawmakers in Olympia on Monday. Under state l…
    - 81 days ago, 29 Jan 14, 9:42am -
  • Baumgartner hoping to cut Supreme Court down to size
    The Washington State Senate’s Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday heard testimony on a bill to shrink the size of the state Supreme Court whose sponsor readily admits his motives include more than a measure of retaliation. “The timing of this…
    - 88 days ago, 22 Jan 14, 4:54pm -
  • Inslee wants to restore teacher COLAs, hike minimum wage
    Following last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court that Washington’s Legislature wasn’t moving fast enough in fulfilling its desire to see billions more dollars pumped into K-12 education by 2018, Gov. Jay Inslee announced during Tuesday’s Sta…
    - 96 days ago, 14 Jan 14, 1:58pm -

Red County WA - Blog


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Sound Politics - Blog


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  • As Democrats push gender equality, will they push McBride out of 48th Senate seat?
    State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom's announcement yesterday that he was dropping his re-election bid due to family and health-related issues shocked the small coterie who intensely follow Olympia politics. Attention immediately turned to the pol…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 2:14pm -
  • "I expect to be able to respond to your request by April 22, 2014"
    Wednesday's post noted that King County Councilmember Larry Phillips' office fulfilled a public records request from pro-Proposition 1 campaign manager April Putney with record speed. The request was most likely pre-arranged, with Putney filing the r…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 9:31am -
  • What Would You Think Of An Employer Who Paid Their Female Employees 66 Percent Of What They Paid Their Male Employees?
    Different people would, I suppose, have different answers to that question.  I, for one, would want to know whether the men and women were doing the same jobs, worked the same hours, and other such boring details. President Obama and...
    - 10 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 5:04pm -
  • King County staff identified "transit advocates" on behalf of Prop 1 campaign
    Washington's public records act is an expansive law passed by voters in 1972. The law says it "shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed" because "the people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies...
    - 11 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 3:40pm -
  • Debate on pay inequality and $15 an hour - live at 7 pm Wednesday
    KTTH radio is hosting a debate on pay inequality and $15 an hour minimum wage Wednesday, April 9. Their Ben Shapiro will debate Seattle City Member Kshama Sawant. They sold tickets for the event and sold out in short time. I...
    - 11 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 9:08am -
  • Danny Westneat, Quasi-Official Democratic Party Spokesman
    Last year, I described Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat as a "quasi-official Democratic spokesman".  I should have added "Party" to that description, since Westneat is more interested in speaking for party leaders, than for party voters.  (Wh…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 2:54pm -
  • If Saturday Night Live is making fun of Obama's frantic call for sign ups...
    He has lost Saturday Night Live. They are making fun of Obama's frantic call for last-day sign ups for Obamacare... Powerline Blog Reality has been outrunning satire for a while in the Age of Obama, but the folks at Saturday...
    - 20 days ago, 31 Mar 14, 10:21pm -
  • How many uninsured now have insurance due to Obamacare?
    How many people who had no insurance last year now have it with Obamacare? Junking much of our health care system was a required emergency measure in 2010 because of uninsured people. (It was such an emergency that Congressmen were...
    - 20 days ago, 31 Mar 14, 7:59am -
  • Oso Mudslide
    I wrote a song, The Mountain's Comin' Down, about the Oso Mudslide, which is up in my neck of the woods. Please keep the community in your prayers....
    - 26 days ago, 25 Mar 14, 5:20pm -
  • School districts have huge amount of money
    Many people were shocked when Senator R. McAuliffe opposed the bill she sponsored. Seattle Times SB 5246 would have modified state teacher evaluation to be in line to get a waiver from President Obama's No Child Left Behind Act and qualify...
    - 29 days ago, 22 Mar 14, 9:30am -

Liberty Live - Blog


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  • Did you get your permit to prune?
    Has the city council in Des Moines, Wash., been watching Edward Scissorhands? Or maybe they were inspired by the Knights Who Say 'Ni'?Some members of the city council there hope to impose permit requirements on landowners who prune or remove trees a…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 4:06pm -
  • Gophers, artillery, and US fish & Wildlife
    The Freedom Foundation has written extensively about the Thurston County Mazama Pocket gopher saga. This was another Endangered Species Act (ESA) story about a little rodent that through no fault of its own has become a symbol of the abuse of people…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 1:23pm -
  • Why “$15 Now” Has Nothing to Do With Inflation, Productivity, or a Living Wage
    Originally published by PubliCola on 15 April, 2014The frenetic push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle has some sensible observers asking the question: Why not $14 or $16? And if increasing the minimum wage is good for the economy, why not boost it…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:47am -
  • Big Government stares down Cliven Bundy, feds flinch first
    Last week, using officers dressed up like soldiers going into combat, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sought to confiscate one Nevada ranch family’s cattle. In response, neighbors, other citizens, and state legislators from across the West stood…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 10:24am -
  • Sen. Pam Roach to host Property Rights Town Hall
    This Thursday (April 17th), members of the Washington State Senate will convene in Sumner to discuss the damaging effects of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) on property rights. Property Rights Town HallDateThursday, April 17TimeBegins at 7:0…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 4:44pm -
  • WEA endorses parent choice and other strangeness
    April 3-5 was the Washington Education Associations "Representative Assembly" where the most ardent union supporters gather for a few days of union business.On the agenda every year is an opportunity for participants to vote on position statements a…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 4:15pm -
  • I-1329: Amend the First Amendment?
    A group of corporations is raising money for a political campaign to get corporate money out of political campaigns. The national group, called Move to Amend, wants to eliminate constitutional protections for people working together, that is, for cor…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 12:17pm -
  • 5 Facts about Education Funding
    Few people have the time to comb through all the sources and data on the state's education funding. Yet the information is valuable for parents and taxpayers who care about how funding is allocated. School Directors and lawmakers also benefit from u…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • Parents Needed for DEL Brainstorming
    Are you a parent with children receiving services from a day care or early learning provider? The Department of Early Learning (DEL) is seeking input from parents and providers at a brainstorming session on the evening of April 21 and part of the da…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 11:54am -
  • C-Tran approves $200,000 “Budget Dust” to begin work on Bus Rapid Transit
    On April 8th, the Clark County Transit Authority (C-Tran) authorized spending $200,000 to begin work on Bus Rapid Transit—an idea Clark County voters recently rejected. Battle Ground city council member and C-Tran board member Bill Ganley tried to…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 3:37pm -

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The Freedom Update - Episode 16
This week on The Freedom Update: a union's "Representative Assembly" has some strange agenda items, a group is gathering signatures in a call to amend the First Amendment, and we discussed the Bundy Standoff with Rep. Matt Shea who was there on the g…
- 2 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 10:42am -
The Freedom Update - Episode 15
This week on The Freedom Update - an obvious union backed candidate runs for state senate, the Department of Early Learning seeks parent input, and C-Tran approved $200,000 for an idea voters rejected.If you think that government waste is hurting t…
- 9 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 3:49pm -
Should Tacoma Adopt a Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Ordinance?
Labor Policy Analyst Max Nelsen testifies before the Tacoma City Council about the negative consequences of mandatory paid sick leave laws for businesses and employees.
- 11 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 2:13pm -
Why the Minimum Wage Isn't An Economic Stimulus
Labor Policy Analyst Max Nelsen explains to the Seattle Income Inequality Advisory Committee why a $15 minimum wage won't boost the economy through higher wages.
- 11 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 2:13pm -
The Freedom Update - Episode 14
This week on The Freedom Update - Freedom Foundation notes a sharp contrast between Govenor Inslee and previous WA governors, in Vancouver WA, labor unions are enjoying legal protection to avoid democratic processes, and last week, the City of Seattl…
- 15 days ago, 5 Apr 14, 2:26am -
The Freedom Update - Episode 13
This week on The Freedom Update - in Vancouver WA, labor unions are enjoying legal protection to avoid democratic processes, the City of Seattle held a biased Income Inequality Symposium, and a local union giant is getting involved in the Seattle min…
- 23 days ago, 28 Mar 14, 4:14pm -

Seattle Times Politics Blog


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  • Poll: Voters support taxes for roads, schools, parks
    Washington state voters are willing to pay higher taxes to support a variety of community services, including roads and public transportation, according to a public poll released Thursday.The Elway Poll reported that 74 percent of voters surveyed la…
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  • Hilyer running for Supreme Court
    Former King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer is running for the state Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice James M. Johnson's retirement at the end of the month.Johnson announced his retirement last month, citing health concerns. Cons…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 5:55pm -
  • Newhouse leads fundraising in race to succeed Doc Hastings
    Former state agriculture chief Dan Newhouse has emerged as the leading early fundraiser among a pack of Republicans vying to represent Central Washington's 4th Congressional District.Newhouse raised $162,000 through the first quarter of the year, to…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 4:01pm -
  • DelBene challenger Celis donates $36,000 to his campaign
    Republican Pedro Celis and his wife have kicked in $36,000 to seed his challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the First Congressional District.Celis, a retired Microsoft engineer, raised about $200,000 in about a month since he announced…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 11:31pm -
  • New poll: Opposing gun measures both have majority support
    Washington state voters support both expanding background checks for gun sales and restricting background checks for gun sales, according to an Elway Poll released Tuesday.The poll, the first public survey of voters to gauge support for the initiat…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 1:16pm -
  • State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom drops re-election bid
    State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat who joined with Republicans to give them control of that chamber, told colleagues Monday morning that he is dropping his bid for re-election.Tom, 50, a polarizing figure who started his care…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 7:31pm -
  • $15 Now files ballot initiative to raise Seattle's minimum wage
    Activists this morning filed a Seattle city charter amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2015. The measure calls for a three-year phase-in for small business and non-profit organizations and defines a small business as…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 3:40pm -

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