Jay Inslee says his campaign is experiencing a recent “surge of support.”
Happening in Olympia
In a story on whether Jay Inslee should drop out of the race for President, the candidate is quoted as saying, “Our campaign has experienced a surge of support since the July debates.” “Surge” might not be the appropriate description for a campaign that has not registered above 0% in any of the recent polls. Since the debates Inslee has been passed in the polls by corporate investor Tom Steyer, motivational speaker Marianne Williamson, and former Congressman Joe Sestek. Even in recent polls conducted in individual states (Nevada, Colorado, South Carolina. New Hampshire, Iowa, California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania), Inslee is still unable to show support above 0%. (Q13 News and RealClearPolitics)
Referendum 88 is receiving strong financial support from individuals within the Asian and high-tech communities. Passing R-88 in November will over-turn the legislature’s recent actions that overturned the 20-year-old law that prohibited affirmative action. In just two months the R-88 campaign has received nearly a million dollars in contributions, nearly all from individuals with Asian surnames who are employed with high-tech companies. (Washington State Wire)
Study shows that Washington should not expect marijuana tax revenue to continue at its initial pace. A study by Pew Research finds that revenue from marijuana sales are unpredictable and should not be considered a steady source of income. It is estimated that Washington state collected $425 million in 2018 from taxes on marijuana sales. (Spokesman-Review).
Two Lime ride-share bike batteries have caught fire recently in Seattle. Even though similar fires have also occurred in San Francisco and New York City, both Lime and Seattle Transportation officials are playing down the incidents. (Crosscut)
The political shenanigans continue in Wapato where former Mayor and City Administrator, Juan Orosco, was recently arrested. At Monday’s city council meeting neither the current mayor, Dora Alverez-Roa, nor three of the city council members attended. It was learned that Mayor Alverez-Roa placed the city treasurer on administrative leave and some bills were paid without going through proper procedure. Remaining councilmembers passed a second vote of no confidence in the mayor. (Yakima Herald)
Hundreds of temporary workers will be hired to work at Boeing’s Moses Lake facility as the company plans to return the 737 Max back to service. Along with their pay, the technicians and mechanics will receive housing and meal allowances as they prepare the fleet that has been grounded since March. (Columbia Basin Herald)
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