Rep. Jim “Ghostbuster” Walsh is the one answering the call to rid the Washington Legislature of their “Ghost Bill” problem.
Government Policies Make Seattle Unsafe for Everyone. The mass exodus from the Seattle Police Department of experienced officers is most disturbing. Members of law enforcement are leaving due to city policies that hamper the officers’ ability to do their job and because they feel they are not supported by Seattle’s elected leaders. (Shift WA)
Happening in Olympia
State Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) has announced that he will introduce a bill to eliminate “Ghost Bills” at the start of the 2020 legislative session. If passed, the legislation will end the practice of passing bills without public notification or testimony. In order to avoid constitutionally mandated transparency procedures, the Democrat majority has used “Title Only”, or “Ghost” bills to pass major tax increases in the closing hours of recent legislative sessions. (KXRO Radio)
Apparently, California billionaire Tom Steyer has not been impressed with Jay Inslee’s campaign and has announced his own campaign for the Democratic nomination. Steyer says he will put $100 million of his own money into the campaign. He may have trouble hiring staff as many of his PAC’s key staff have gone to work for Inslee and Robert (Beto) O’Rourke. (PBS News Hour)
Jon Scholes, President of the Seattle Downtown Association, states in a Seattle Times op-ed that the voters of the city “have an opportunity to elect leaders who will courageously confront” tough issues like homelessness. He states it is apparent the voters have rejected the excuse that business caused the problem and we need to develop real solutions to the crime and drug crises currently taking place on Seattle’s streets. (Seattle Times)
City of Kittitas Police Officer Benito Chavez returned to work on Monday. Officer Chevez was injured and Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson was killed during a shoot out in March. They had pulled over Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro for a road rage incident before gun fire was exchanged. Del Toro, who was in Washington state illegally, was also killed in the incident. (KHQ)
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