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  • newIsraeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15
    Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside.
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  • newBoehner praises doctor who saved Herrera Beutler's baby
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  • newCBS event tonight marks civil rights anniversary
    A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:59am -
  • newPlane with Malaysia Airlines bodies leaves Ukraine
    A Dutch military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday and a second prepared to go, while Australia's government dispatched 50 police officers to London to prepare to join a propo…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:46am -
  • newCruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate
    Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might face on cruises.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:37am -
  • newGlitch crashes global US passport, visa operations
    The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:36am -
  • newFAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:31am -
  • newSocial Security's $300M IT project doesn't work
    After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:31am -
  • newCruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:16am -
  • newDemocrats stand by senator amid plagiarism claim
    Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on post-Iraq war trauma.
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:16am -

Stateline Headlines


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The Olympia Report


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  • Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, politicians
    JZ Knight is desperately trying to suppress videos that show her making bizarre, bigoted statements in order to protect the politicians she supports and allow them to continue deceiving the public. On Friday, Knight filed a suit against the Freedom F…
    - 65 days ago, 20 May 14, 11:20am -
  • Key Inslee aide resigns in midst of scandal over crude emails
    Two weeks ago, Washington State Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) wondered aloud on his Facebook page whether, “… the media will denounce Ted Sturdevant’s comments regarding Republicans and call for his resignation.” By and large, the answer…
    - 73 days ago, 12 May 14, 1:46pm -
  • State GOP chair says it’s ‘essential’ Dems reject Knight’s cash
    Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchinson on Wednesday echoed calls for the Thurston County Democratic Party to return a recent $65,000 donation from Yelm-based spirit channeler J.Z. Knight, even as the local party chair implied severa…
    - 84 days ago, 1 May 14, 2:21pm -
  • Auditor questions $17 million of spending on CRC project
    An investigation into the since-aborted Columbia River Crossing (CRC) by the Washington State Auditor’s Office has concluded there was no “financial misconduct or abuse” by the state Department of Transportation or its general contractor during…
    - 92 days ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:32pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 25 Feb 14, 3:43pm -

Red County WA - Blog


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Sound Politics - Blog


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  • President Obama Deserves Some Perverse Credit For The Scheduling On His Latest Fund Raising Trip To Seattle
    If he were trying to wreck the afternoon and evening commute, that's what the schedule would look like. This has happened often enough in this area so that I suspect that Obama — and his millionaire contributors — are...
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 8:24am -
  • Two Sets Of Pictures Of The Fire Devastation At Pateros, And The Surrounding Area
    One slick set from the Daily Mail. And then, in contrast, four minutes of video taken by a drone, flown by Chelan HD Productions.  Here's their brief explanation of what you are seeing in that video. Video starts on outskirts...
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 2:19pm -
  • Endorsements for August 5, 2014 Primary
    It is just a primary election but there is one "watch your wallet" ballot measure and several vitally important State Senate races. Proposition #1 - Seattle Park District This Trojan Horse establishes a new taxing authority run by a commission...
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 11:54pm -
  • Democrat candidate shoots stuffed elephant in his own ad
    Democrat Estakio Beltran shoots a stuffed elephant in his video ad. He makes it clear that he is symbolically shooting Republicans. He is running for the 4th-district seat in Congress being vacated by Doc. Hastings - central Washington. Breitbart …
    - 10 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 8:54am -
  • Teachers protest money in education
    Teachers marched Thursday to protest Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's involvement in K-12 education. They marched from Westlake Park to the Gates Foundation across from the Space Needle. I don't know if they blocked any traffic, but the city was…
    - 27 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 4:17pm -
  • Jorge Carrasco Doesn't Want You To See A 2008 Seattle Weekly Story
    So, here it is. Sample: A short, slight Texan, Carrasco has brought a certain kind of cowboy justice to City Light, unsurprising, perhaps, from someone who earned the nickname "Jorge Fiasco" while city manager in Austin, Texas, the first of...
    - 29 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 2:52pm -
  • Independent Third Place Books works around Amazon
    Amazon.com is in a battle with large publisher Hachette. While there is no new agreement, Amazon is downgrading the display and marketing of Hachette titles. Even making it hard to find some Hachette title and they took away the...
    - 31 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 8:31am -
  • This decision is too important for you
    When will be the last election for President of the United States? The readers of the Seattle Times are not qualified to have any say in very important decisions... Today it was decided/announced to never, ever again mention the...
    - 35 days ago, 19 Jun 14, 10:16pm -
  • It's Obama's Fault This Time
    George W. Bush was rightly faulted for not anticipating the chaos that followed the fall of Saddam. He invaded Iraq with enough military force to overwhelm the Iraqi army but not enough to maintain order until a new government could...
    - 38 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 3:03pm -
  • What Does The ACLU Think Of The Udall Amendment?
    They are against it, and see it as an attack on freedom of speech. In their letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, they gave seven examples of what the amendment would allow: Congress would be allowed to restrict the publication...
    - 38 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 2:30pm -

Liberty Live - Blog


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  • Tax Freedom Day in Washington State
    Tomorrow, April 25, is Tax Freedom Day in Washington state. That means if all of the state’s economic output, starting on January 1, went to local, state, and federal taxes, it would take until tomorrow to pay those bills. And that does not even in…
    - 91 days ago, 24 Apr 14, 3:53pm -
  • Appeals Court judge claims he lacks the authority to second-guess government
    Washington State’s Division 1 Court of Appeals issued a procedural ruling on Monday that probably won’t warrant much attention even in Bellevue, but it goes a long way towards explaining why ordinary folks and private-sector businesses too often…
    - 92 days ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:57am -
  • State Senators hold hearing exposing DOE’s abuse of citizenry and local government
    Last Thursday, members of the Washington State Senate convened in Sumner to discuss the damaging effects of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) on property rights.  We referenced this hearing here. Of particular interest in this discussion was the ro…
    - 94 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 5:33pm -
  • Environmental Extremists Exploit Grief after Oso to Advance Agenda
    On Saturday, March 22, the nation’s attention turned to the tiny Washington community of Oso after a massive landslide crashed onto State Route 530.The deluge swept cars, boats and entire houses towards the Stillaguamish River in a moving wall of…
    - 94 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 12:14pm -
  • 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…
    - 97 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…
    - 98 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…
    - 98 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…
    - 99 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. UPDATE:  if you missed the meeting here is a link to the article, t…
    - 100 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…
    - 14 Apr 14, 4:15pm -

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The Freedom Update - Episode 29
The Freedom Foundation has been hard at work fighting the Union Political Machine. We've launched a lawsuit on behalf of state employees, filed a campaign finance complaint against a union as well as having filed a petition to change a rule to make c…
- 6 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 5:11pm -
The Freedom Update - Episode 28
This week on The Freedom Update:We uncover more emails exposing government workers targeting certain groups of people,We call on Governor Inslee to end secret union contract negotiation meetings, andThe Freedom Foundation launches a lawsuit again…
- 13 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:08pm -
The Freedom Update - Episode 27
This week on The Freedom Update:Retired Washington Supreme Court Justice James Johnson joins the Freedom Foundation,We update you on Kristi Brumfeld's story, which exposes the true interests of public sector unions, andWe write a letter to Govern…
- 21 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 5:38pm -
The Freedom Update - Episode 26
This week on The Freedom Update:A recent survey conducted answers the question "Do state employees need a raise?"The U.S. Supreme Court postpones their ruling in the landmark case Harris v. QuinnVoters will decide if the City of Seattle should fo…
- 27 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 4:48pm -
Second Annual Northwest Freedom Shootout
Come out to our second annual Northwest Freedom Shootout to enjoy some cigars, barbecue, and of course, guns. Go to www.FreedomShootout.com to sign up today.
- 30 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 8:03pm -
The Freedom Update - Episode 25
This week on The Freedom Update:The relationship between Washington unions and Democrats becomes official, The California Superior Court strikes down teacher tenure, and Kristi Brumfeld's story is being broadcast across Olympia.If you are one of…
- 34 days ago, 20 Jun 14, 3:19pm -

Seattle Times Politics Blog


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  • newBoehner praises doctor who saved Herrera Beutler's baby
    The Associated PressA choked-up House Speaker John Boehner has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman's infant survive a rare condition.In a break from his chamber's often acrid political divisions, the Ohio Rep…
    - 8 hours ago, 24 Jul 14, 6:13am -
  • Obama visits Seattle for two fundraisers
    President Obama dropped into Seattle Tuesday afternoon for a quick visit to headline two Democratic fundraisers.Obama touched down at Boeing Field shortly after 3 p.m. and was greeted by officials including Gov. Jay Inslee, who rode with Obama in th…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 10:31pm -
  • Report: SEIU halts mandatory fees for some workers
    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month striking down mandatory payroll deductions for public-sector unions has started to show some impact in Washington state.The Harris v. Quinn ruling said home-health care workers in Illinois could not be forced t…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 8:16pm -
  • Medina says it will send former Costco CEO bill for Obama visit
    Big checks have been written to attend a Democratic fundraiser Tuesday headlined by President Obama at the Hunts Point home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal.For the privilege, Sinegal may end up writing a big check himself to the City of Medina.Th…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:16pm -
  • Obama to raise money for super PAC at former Costco CEO's house
    Update: Updated to note Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are remaining in D.C. and will not attend fundraiser.President Obama's Tuesday fundraising swing through the Seattle area will include a high-priced dinner event benefiting a Democratic s…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 12:01pm -
  • Obama fundraiser includes familiar hosts, may cross Lake Washington
    President Obama's political fundraising swing through Seattle on Tuesday will include a reception at the waterfront home of Bruce and Anne Blume, according to Democratic sources.The Blumes are major Democratic donors who also hosted Obama in 2012 at…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 2:01am -
  • Seattle in its own minimum-wage bubble
    Seattle is the only area in the state with a plurality of voters who believe that a $15 minimum wage would help the economy more than hurt it, according to an Elway poll released today. That puts city voters at odds with those elsewhere, includin…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 3:46pm -

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