Governor Inslee’s $750,000 report on the Snake River dams informs everyone that there are “differing perspectives” on the extreme measure of tearing down the structures.
In our latest Newsmaker Interview, Shift talks with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman. The two-term guardian of the state’s election system, corporate and charity registration, and state archives talks with us about a wide variety of issues. Wyman provides her perspective on the success of the new VoteWA project, election security, and the great news about her health. (ShiftWA)
(We are instituting another new feature – “Governor Zero.” The logo commemorates the Governor’s failed presidential campaign, during which he spent millions of dollars to lower his poll support from 1% to 0%, during which he talked almost solely about climate change. The Governor continues to campaign on the issue, while not being able to demonstrate much positive impact of his policies.)
A draft report of the Snake River dams was released by the Governor’s office and it provides no recommendations about the dams’ future. The much-anticipated report contains interviews from 100 individuals and groups. Ironically the $750,000 study states, “Despite some recent improvements in collaboration, many of the participants remain wary of the cycle of study, lawsuits and court decisions.” After considerable expense to Washington taxpayers, the draft report’s “findings” are there are “differing perspectives” on the extreme measure of destroying the dams. (AP)
Despite saying climate is his top priority, Governor Jay Inslee’s latest climate change proposals focus on the least effective methods to reduce CO2. It is the latest example of Inslee saying we are facing a climate crisis while making expensive proposals that do little to seriously address reducing carbon emissions. (Washington Policy Center)
Following the release of a House investigation that found that Rep. Matt Shea “participated in an act of domestic terrorism,” he was suspended from the House caucus and removed from his House committees. In a tweet, House Republican Leader JT Wilcox also stated that Shea’s office will be moved and that he should resign. (House Republican Caucus media release and Twitter)
The Sound Transit board unanimously supported a proposal from Republican Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier for the agency to go to the Washington legislature asking it be allowed to use new car tab calculations which will reduce the fees. This action takes place after voters supported lower car tab fees by passing I-976 and legal proceedings which demonstrated the agency overcharged vehicle owners by using over-inflated car values. (Seattle Times)
As expected, extreme environmental groups and the Puyallup Tribe have filed challenges with the Pollution Control Hearings Board, to stop Puget Sound Energy’s Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility from being constructed on the Tacoma Tideflats. This takes place after the LNG facility passed a strenuous examination by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, which approved necessary permits for construction. (News Tribune)
The Seattle Times has changed the way it will use the terms “black” and “white” when referring to people. According to an internal memo, these changes are the result of discussions with a “Diversity & Inclusion task force.” (MyNorthwest)
After previously being denied permits by Snohomish County, a new application to build nearly 3,000 condominiums in Woodway has been submitted. Blue Square Real Estate is seeking to build the large complex at Point Wells which currently contains industrial structures and will need extensive environmental cleanup (Everett Herald)
Todd Mielke, a former state legislator, Spokane County commissioner, and CEO of Greater Spokane Inc., has been named the chief administrator for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. In his new role, Mielke will oversee the office’s finances, government relations, and special projects. (Spokesman-Review)
Former legislator and Spokane County Republican chair Leonard Christian announced he is running for the House seat currently occupied by Representative Matt Shea. Shea was removed from the Republican caucus and stripped of his committee assignments following a House report that stated he had been involved in domestic terrorism activities. The 4th legislative district takes in eastern Spokane County. (YakTriNews)
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