State Senator Mona Das regrets speaking out about the “hate, sexism, racism, and misogyny” within the Senate Democrat Caucus.
Happening in Olympia
“The hate, sexism, racism and misogyny I experienced when that caucus room door closed would shock only the white folks in the room because the brown folks know it’s there,” said State Senator Mona Das (D-Auburn) regarding what takes place behind the closed doors of the Democrat caucus in Olympia. Since reports of Das’ comments were made public, Das has said she was misquoted. Yet, video of her remarks in front of the Kent Chamber of Commerce confirmed the reports were accurate. (The Olympian)
The state will push forward with its new VoteWA voter registration system for the August 6 primary, despite problems. County election officials have identified issues during testing which the Secretary of State’s office claims have been corrected. However, both King and Spokane counties said they had to manually correct addresses on overseas and military ballots that were mailed this last week. (Seattle Times)
Amazon provides a “candidate’s forum” for their employees. After being the scapegoat for the failed policies of the Seattle City Council, Amazon provided an opportunity for its employees to become better informed by discussing the issues with many of this year’s council candidates. A large percentage of Amazon’s 45,000 Seattle employees live in districts where there is currently a hotly contested race. (Seattle Times)
48 hours after Seattle City Councilmembers pledged a “Green New Deal” for Seattle, another incident of raw sewage flowing into Puget Sound was reported. This forced city officials to close off swimming at Golden Gardens Beach. Here is hoping that once the council starts discussing which policies will be part of their “Green New Deal” package, they will consider doing something about the on-going issue of the city’s sewage being dumped into our local waters. (Seattle Times)
A Department of Labor and Industries study found a pattern of disrespect and unprofessional behavior from Yakima School District administrators. L&I interviewed 23 principals, teachers, and paraprofessionals who were kept anonymous. Those interviewed described verbally abusive behavior, threats, and retaliatory behavior. (Yakima Herald)
The hotly contested race for Spokane Mayor had its first candidate’s forum on Tuesday in Spokane. The major focus of the event revolved around homelessness and downtown public safety. The candidates were diverse in their solutions. They included mandatory drug treatment, enforcing the current laws, building more housing, and moving a police precinct. This will be a very interesting race to watch in the coming months. (Spokesman-Review)
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