Inslee campaign image makeover #327 – No longer the “two-faced” candidate, he is now the “no-face” candidate.
Happening in Olympia
Reversing his support for the Kalama methanol manufacturing facility is one of the reasons why Inslee is polling behind Biden, Warren, Sanders, and Harris in Washington state. Many blue-collar Democrats are upset with the Governor’s decision to sacrifice over 1000 jobs in his attempt to obtain a job for himself. The construction of the NW Innovation Works facility would have brought over a thousand jobs to the Cowlitz community. As union official Mike Bridges asks, “Why did Governor Inslee go from supporting it to opposing it? You’ll have to ask (him), but (Inslee’s) opposition doesn’t seem to be based on the facts.” (To answer Bridge’s question — wealthy urban environmentalist can better fund Inslee’s presidential campaign than blue-collar workers.) (The Stand)
As government policies make Seattle too expensive and less safe to raise families, Seattle’s population continues to grow with those retired (boomers) and those just starting their careers (millennials). New census data shows Seattle retired population has grown 31% in the past ten years while there are 43% more millennials. Meanwhile, the number of those who are raising families has remained the same. (Seattle Times)
After negotiating 14% – 19% pay raises for teachers, the Tacoma School District is facing a $30 million deficit and will likely cut 156 positions, including many school nurses. This could leave the district with a ratio of 1 nurse to over 2,000 students which is far below the state’s recommendation of one nurse for every 1,000 students. (News Tribune)
The Chinook Observer (Long Beach) is another newspaper calling for Jay Inslee to end his presidential campaign. Pointing out the cost to Washington taxpayers to pay for Inslee’s “vanity” protection unit, and that “Inslee has no realistic chance of obtaining the Democratic nomination for president,” the paper editorialized that Inslee “should wrap it up and stay home.” (Chinook Observer).
Due to dry summer conditions, Trout Unlimited is working with the state Department of Ecology to pay farmers to forgo late season irrigation. Current low-water conditions are harmful to migrating fish. “Any water is good water, especially when it comes to those smaller tributaries,” said Trout Unlimited spokesperson. (Ellensburg Daily Record)
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