It was entertaining (and costly to WA taxpayers) while it lasted
Happening in Olympia
When asked if he condemned “Antifa,” Jay Inslee did not know who the radical group was despite its many recent appearances in Pacific Northwest headlines. When asked by the conservative student group Turning Point if he supported Antifa’s violent behavior, Inslee responded, “Tell me about Antifa. Tell me who Antifa is so I can tell you if that person should be condemned or not.” With Inslee out of the Presidential race, we hope the governor finds the time to catch up on local news. (MyNorthwest)
From the Democrat National Committee meeting in San Francisco, Washington Chair Tina Podlodowski sent a fundraising email stating that the Democrat party isn’t concerned enough about climate change and that environmental voters “deserve to have their national party listen to them.” Along with Jay Inslee’s climate change campaign never rising above 0% support from Democrat voters, this is yet another sign that climate issues may not have strong appeal among liberal voters. (WA State Democrat Fundraising email)
After 16 years in the legislature, Senator Barbara Bailey (R-10) will resign at the end of September. Bailey has been recognized for her work on higher education and for American veterans. The 10th Legislative District takes in Island County and portions of Skagit and Snohomish counties. Republican PCOs and county councils from those three counties will nominate and select a replacement. (Washington Republican Caucus)
By the end of 2020, almost six years after the region’s homelessness was declared an “emergency,” a regional homeless authority may finally be in place. The long-awaited new authority is a consolidation of agencies from the City of Seattle and King County. Are powerful government employee unions the cause for the delay? Even though there is significant duplicity between the two governments, the new regional authority will have nearly the same headcount of the current agencies combined. City of Seattle employees learned that the combining of homeless agencies will cost only 10% of their jobs, yet the few impacted have nearly 18 months to find future employment. (Seattle Times)
Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler is encouraging Washingtonians to attend their regional and county fairs. Schoesler, a fifth generation farmer, said it is a great place to learn about farming and “that a steer is not always steak, that milk doesn’t come from Safeway, and that there is hard work in producing the great quality food that we enjoy as Washington residents.” (Washington AG Network)
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