Inslee is welcomed back off the campaign trail with a lawsuit from the legislature.
Happening in Olympia
Republican and Democrat legislators from both the Senate and House filed a lawsuit against Governor Inslee for overstepping his constitutional role when he vetoed six sentences from the Department of Transportation bill. Senate Republican leader Mark Schoesler said, “The state constitution provides the executive branch with the power to veto sections of legislation or specific appropriation items. It does not give the governor the power to veto individual sentences.” What a governor can veto are clearly detailed in the Referendum 140 that was passed by a public vote in 1974. (Senate Republican Caucus and Washington Policy Center)
In a case of on-line media not conducting thorough research and social justice warriors not learning facts before acting, Marysville Washington officials are blasted for comments made in Marysville, Michigan. A candidate from the mid-west Marysville had said she wanted her town to be a “white community.” MSN had attached pictures of the Washington city in their story of the racist remark and city officials were flooded with emails and social media attacks. (Seattle Times)
Alaska Airlines provides the option of buying carbon offsets to passengers who want to reduce the “footprint” of their flight. The money is spent on projects around the world that reduce the amount of CO2 emitted. (KING-TV)
Six months after a Spokane woman died from being fed cleaning strength vinegar by medical staff, DSHS has yet to make public its findings or disciplinary measures against those responsible. The 62-year-old woman, who lived in an assisted living residence, was supposed to receive laxatives but instead was given vinegar which quickly caused fatal internal damage. DSHS has denied attempts from the media to provide the names of those responsible or even if they have done an investigation. (Inlander)
At the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber Luncheon, Representative Dan Newhouse warned about the seriousness of those in Western Washington who aim to tear down the lower Snake River dams. He said he is working with Democrat Senator Patty Murray to ensure they are not successful, but that local leaders and citizens must also, “stand up for those dams and educate people of their importance and what they really mean to the whole Pacific Northwest region.” (KEPR)
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