The Inslee Administration is illegally hiring relatives to be on the state payroll.
The Washington Education Association is so extreme, and so powerful, it has spent $275,000 attacking an incumbent Democrat (that’s right, not a Republican) senator, and forced Governor Jay Inslee to support his opponent. In the 5th Legislative District (Issaquah and Sammamish Plateau), the powerful Washington Education Association (WEA) is spending a huge amount of cash attempting to defeat Democrat Senator Mark Mullet and install his far more liberal opponent. Why would the WEA want to take out a Democrat state senator? Because Mullet refuses to march lockstep with the WEA’s demands (like supporting public charter schools options) in education and is against a state income tax. (Shift)
One of the most surprising results in last month’s primary election occurred in the 8th Congressional District, and that could be a good thing. First-term Representative Kim Schrier received only 43% of the vote, despite the heavy Democrat turnout and her campaign spending over a million dollars before the primary (and over $20 million to buy the seat two years ago). National attention is now being focused on the contest, and on former Army Ranger and health care manager Jesse Jensen’s opportunity to return the seat to rational representation. We sat down with Jesse Jensen to learn his perspective on the race, why Kim Schrier has failed to support police officers who are being physically assaulted by protesters, and why the incumbent refuses to debate before the election. (Shift)
Governor Jay Inslee’s administration allowed a clear violation of nepotism to take place, and when it was publicly revealed, he (again) failed to punish the offender. A top official at the Washington State Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS), Judy Fitzgerald, hired both her daughter and nephew to work under her supervision. Both actions are obvious violations of the state’s employment laws. Yet, upon learning of the illegal activities, DSHS Secretary Cheryl Strange only reaction was to speak to Fitzgerald and inform her that her actions were “problematic.” As we have seen with Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine keeping her job despite her incompetence costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, the Inslee Administration is consistent in not disciplining its top officials for failing to maintain the public trust (or even just failing to follow basic rules). (Everett Herald)
Candidate for Washington State Attorney General Matt Larkin says incumbent AG Bob Ferguson is more concerned about becoming governor in four years than he is in performing his duties. “We’ve had eight years of all the statistics in the world rising under his watch, with rising homelessness, drug abuse, crime, all of these things the attorney general should be looking out for and keeping down have been rising under his watch,” Larkin said in a radio interview. “It seems like we have an attorney general who is too focused on being governor in four years.” (KIRO Radio)
Washington State’s long-standing anti-business atmosphere could lead Boeing to consolidate the 787 Dreamliner manufacturing in South Carolina, where liberal Democrats do not control all the levels of government. Previous anti-business political decisions led the airplane assembler to decentralize the company’s manufacturing facilities outside of Washington in 2009. As the company currently explores cost-saving measures, there is the very real possibility that Dreamliner jobs could be consolidated in less-expensive, and less “progressive” towards taxation, South Carolina. (Seattle Times)
A local economist states that Amazon’s recent announcement, that the online retailer is adding an additional 10,000 jobs to the 15,000 it had originally planned to locate in Bellevue, is a direct indictment of the Seattle City Council. Earlier this summer the council passed the controversial (and inaccurately named) “JumpStart Seattle” tax, that is encouraging Amazon and other major employers to move jobs outside the city limits. In 2018, the Seattle City Council immediately reversed its “Head Tax” legislation when the normally economically challenged city council realized its legislation would reduce net tax revenues. Thus far the current councilmembers have yet to make the same obvious connections with their 2020 anti-business legislation. (MyNorthwest)
In a hard-hitting commentary, Brandi Kruse asks if Councilmember Kshama Sawant and the other six councilmembers who supported the job killing “JumpStart Seattle” tax, will “own” the results of their actions. Kruse states that Amazon’s decision to move more jobs to Bellevue demonstrates Seattle’s “aimless leaders who got so caught up on a slogan, that they let their city suffer. And, all the city will be left with is a tax on high-paying jobs, with no high-paying jobs left to tax. (Q13’s The Divide)
Over 40 legal claims have been filed against the City of Seattle due to the recent race-related protests and the city’s response to the lawlessness in the streets. Claims have come from protestors, businesses, residents, and family members of those murdered in the CHAZ. As a result, two (out of six) of the city’s insurance providers have stated their intent to drop Seattle as a customer. The city pays claims up to $6.5 million, but is dependent on insurance companies to pay more expensive judgements. The remaining insurance companies have stated they will be increasing the premiums the city must pay for coverage, given its inability to maintain control of its own streets. (Seattle Times)
In the latest example of liberal organizations attempting to deny 1st Amendment rights to those who are not in agreement with their beliefs, the Multi Identity Based Union (MIBU) at the University of Puget Sound, has condemned the university for allowing former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster to speak this evening (virtually) as part of a lecture series. MIBU’s intolerance is due to McMaster formally being part of the Trump White House and for a 15-year-old human-rights allegation at an Iraqi detention center. McMaster’s lecture this evening will be presented via Zoom and is free to the public. (News Tribune and University of Puget Sound lecture series)
Organizers of a Christian rally claims the City of Seattle discriminated against them because of their religious beliefs. On Monday, the City of Seattle closed Gas Works Park prior to the start of a scheduled “Let Us Worship” rally, citing “anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents.” Yet organizers state the city does not conduct the same preventative actions with the on-going violent protests on Capitol Hill. “They don’t say the same thing about the Black Lives Matter movement. They don’t say the same thing about antifa. A lot of those guys have been destroying things.” (Seattle Times)
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has been told by Governor Inslee to draft new rules to ensure wolves socially distance themselves from livestock. Environmentalists, who are the sources of major campaign contributions to Inslee’s campaigns, have pushed the governor to revise the rules (which environmental groups helped create) over when wolves can be killed after attacks on cattle. A total of 34 wolves have been killed (mostly in Northeastern Washington) by the state since 2012. Environmentalist have been calling for a revision of the rules and the methods used deter wolves from attacking livestock. An environmentalist spokesperson said, “These wolves shouldn’t be gunned down just for trying to feed their families.” There was no comment from the environmentalists as to whether farmers had the right to protect their livestock so they could “feed their families”. (AP)
The Benton and Franklin Health District reported fewer than 17 daily new coronavirus cases for the past four days. Following daily reports of over 100 new cases for most of July, the Tri-Cities region is finally seeing the impact of adherence to health guidelines. Both counties remain in a modified Phase 1, whatever that means these days under Gov. Inslee’s latest rules. (Benton-Franklin Health District)
The Chelan County Auditor reminds voters that owning property in the county does not qualify a person to vote in the county. Auditor Skip Moore was responding to an email from the group Short Term Rental Alliance of Chelan County, which advocated that its members switch their voting address to their ownership properties to vote on local items on the November ballot. Moore informed citizens that they need to establish residency at the address they list on their voter registration, so that the county can continue to provide taxation without representation to the property owners. (Wenatchee World)
Community volunteer and former Marine Dave Lucas is challenging Senate Democrat Leader Andy Billig in Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District, which has much different priorities than the high-tax, big-government caucus he leads in Olympia. Republican Lucas correctly points out that Billig is among the Legislative Democrat “leaders” stubbornly refusing to call the legislature back into session to fix the state budget decimated by the coronavirus outbreak, primarily because the Democrats don’t want to run on a platform of raising taxes until after the November elections. Lucas has also criticized Billig’s support for the controversial mandatory sex education bill (which is the subject of Referendum 90 campaign). (Spokesman Review and Parents for Safe Schools)
In one of the more hypocritical statements attributed to Governor Inslee (and that is saying something), he denounces actions that he himself is constantly guilty of committing. In a fundraising email for a supremely unqualified Democrat candidate for Washington State Treasurer, Mike Pellicciotti, Inslee strangely attacks “pay-to-play politics” that allows political candidates to accept donations from those who can financially benefit if the candidate is elected. As the recent pay raise the Governor just handed to his major contributors in the state employee unions proves, our governor is a foremost expert in pay-to-play politics. (Pellicciotti for Treasurer email and Shift)
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