A new poll of Seattle residents releases unsurprising results of how the public views the Seattle City Councilmembers – but will it change anything?
Hey, the public is concerned about public safety in Seattle, and just maybe 80% of voters being against the city council is a bad thing for them
Seattle City Council members may not know much about good public policy, but they do evidently understand math enough to know that when 80% of the public lacks “confidence” in you, it’s time to not run for re-election. So, this year Seattle voters will get several mulligans for past bad decisions, and elect a new majority on the council, since according to a newly released poll, “nearly 80% of respondents lack confidence in the current council’s approach to improving public safety” and “A majority of respondents think Seattle needs more police officers and that the city’s Police Department needs more money to adequately address public safety.” Now we’ll get to hear from the candidates – will they be like the last bunch, and promise voters they will spend more on public safety, and then cave into their loud and angry Twitter-base and cut police funding when they get into office? (Seattle Times)
Democrats try to outrun pursuit bill, get caught in Senate anyway
Legislative Democrats have been trying all legislative session to outrun their 2021 mistake of restricting police from doing their jobs by actually chasing suspects fleeing a crime scene. Remember, as The Herald reminds us, “in January Senator Manka Dhingra said it (a bill to reform the non-pursuit law) would not advance any further?” Turns out that “any further” meant the Senate floor, where Senate Bill 5352 was pulled and passed yesterday, and “By beating a 5 p.m. deadline for action on a non-budget bill originating in its chamber, the Senate keeps alive a conversation on one of the session’s most divisive pieces of legislation.” Now we’ll see if the Democrats’ pro-criminal caucus in the State House can keep outrunning the pursuit bill for the rest of session. (The Herald)
Jay Inslee goes to visit Fremont Troll, accidentally stumbles on homeless encampment on state property, promises something
Every once and awhile our crack governor finds a problem he didn’t know existed, like people living outside. So, while in the vicinity of the Fremont Troll tourist attraction in Seattle, KOMO news reports that Governor Jay Inslee instead found the so-called Ship Canal encampment, which “is within one block of the John Stanford International School, where parents have expressed concern for months that not enough is being done to clear the site after multiple people have been shot since last fall.” So now Jay knows, and certainly something will be done. (KOMO News)
The market at work – no post-recycled bags for you!
Well, that’s the free market for you. Politicians can ban plastic bags so they can signal their fake environmental virtue to all who can see, but maybe the world’s largest retailer has a different opinion on what their customers will pay for (and therefore what they will provide). According to Walmart, “Paper or plastic will no longer be a question asked by Walmart cashiers across Washington as the company moves to go bagless starting in April.” (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)
Would you have expected anything else from the crack bureaucrats in Seattle?
When Seattle officials are behind in their work, listen for this excuse (this time from a Mayor Bruce Harrell spokesperson) “the outcomes, programs, or timelines may have to shift in scope.” Which means, they are not doing their job, and will not be doing their job any time in the near future, even when we’re talking about something as important as 911 service. Which is an unintended consequence of de-funding the police to satisfy your political base. Thanks City Council. (Axios-Seattle)
The Democrats’ pro-criminal work is never done
It was not enough for the pro-criminal caucus in the Democrat-controlled State House to block police pursuit reforms yesterday on the floor – leaving it to the State Senate to pass a watered down reform bill – they also took time to advance to the Senate HB 1268, which will reduce sentences for felony gang-related crimes and other things that liberals are not too concerned about. As Jason Rantz noted on his show, “Washington Democrats are pro-criminal. They routinely pursue bills that show an eagerness to give passes to the bad guys while dismissing the concerns of victims or future victims.” Now we’ll see where Senator Manka Dhingra takes this bill in her Senate committee. (MyNorthwest.com)
And don’t forget – Democrats did nothing on emergency powers reform this year, again
Even with all the noise coming out of Olympia during a legislative session, sometimes it’s the quiet things that tell the story – like the extreme lack of any sound coming from liberals fulfilling their re-election campaign promises to fix the state’s broken emergency powers laws. Shhh, Democrats at work here. (thecentersquare.com)