Happening in Olympia
Conservative radio host John Carlson argues that, despite liberals holding a commanding vote advantage in Olympia, Republicans should spend their time in the minority playing offense. “The Republicans need an agenda that matters to voters, not interest groups — an agenda that will win back parts of King County,” he wrote. Carlson wants to see Republicans reduce the sales tax, end freeway toll lanes, and ban heroin injection sites, among other priorities. (Seattle Times)
Matt Cieslar, owner of Talos Tactical said he still plans to sell semi-automatic assault rifles to those under 21 following recent changes to age restrictions from Initiative 1639. “We are working to the letter of the law,” said Cieslar. “Everybody seems to be coming to me asking me questions with the premise that we’re edgy, and that’s not it at all.” Cieslar believes he can sell anything to buyers between 18 and 21 until the portion of the law that defines “assault rifle” takes effect on July 1. (Tri-City Herald)
Their titles won’t say “shadow mayor,” but two lefty political consultants have amassed an immense amount of influence at Seattle City Hall. The consultant group credited with helping to elect Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has become her go to counsel for matters from the jobs tax to the homeless issue. “My decisions have to be based on what’s best for the people of Seattle,” the mayor said. “I make sure that I’m listening to all voices and particularly listening to those voices that can’t afford to have paid lobbyists.” She forgot to mention her lefty campaign donors but perhaps that goes without saying. (Seattle Times)
Seattle City Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda and Lisa Herbold will travel to New York to warn local politicians of how Amazon has impacted the Emerald City. “We’re going to share our experiences — some lessons learned and some mistakes,” Mosqueda said. Because all of those dang jobs the company created in Seattle are the cause of the city’s ills. We’re also willing to bet that taxpayers will be picking up the tab for this junket. (Seattle Times)
The Walla Walla Clinic Surgery Center received notification from the state Department of Health that their application for a Certificate of Need is set to be approved. The approval means the clinic can open its operating rooms to more community physicians and expand access. The clinic must confirm the project description, conditions and the $175,000 capital investment it estimated, within 20 days of the Dec. 31 letter. (Union-Bulletin)
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