King County is one of the most politically intolerant areas in the country – but we didn’t need to tell you that.
Happening in Olympia
If you thought Gov. Inslee was going to struggle to finance his campaign, think again. A huge pro Inslee super PAC just dropped $1 million on an ad buy directing voters to Inslee’s campaign website. Most of the other liberal presidential candidates have said they don’t want a super PAC to work on their behalf. When asked about the PAC, Inslee said: “They are climate advocates. I’m not going to speak against them or condemn them by wanting to fight climate change. This is something we’d all be involved in.” (Seattle Times)
Washington State Wire broke down a list of all the television appearances absent Governor Jay Inslee chose to make yesterday instead of, you know, actually do his job. “The reason fundamentally I’m running is because we need a president who will say this, ‘America is going to defeat climate change…” he said while appearing on The View. Perhaps he could take time away from campaigning for his next gig to help fix our state’s mental health system, which has been a nonstop disaster under his administration. (Washington State Wire)
Rich O’Neill, the director of labor and media relations for the Seattle Police Officers Guild says that federally mandated police reforms have damaged the willingness of officers to seek out crime. “The incentive to get out and be a proactive officer I think has been damaged, ” he said. “And something the city cannot deny anymore is that we have had a real hit in recruiting — retaining officers.” When it comes to officer recruitment however, O’Neill says it’s much more than just the reforms as blame, siting Councilmember Kshama Sawant, “calling our people murderers” as one such example. (Seattle Times)
Any non-liberal progressive can attest to what The Atlantic published earlier this week. The magazine pointed to the greater Seattle area as an example of one of the most intolerant areas in the country. The article said King County is “more likely to stereotype and disdain” those who have different political beliefs. Liberals are pretty tolerant, so long as you aren’t different than them. (MyNorthwest)
A recent state auditor’s report found that the city of Wapato misappropriated more than $300,000 of city funds and at a yesterday’s council meeting citizens let the council know how they felt about the findings. A number of outbursts along the lines of “Shame on you!” directed toward the council interrupted proceedings throughout the meeting. One resident said, “You need to have transparency,” Guzman-Garcia said. “What you’re doing is illegal.” (Yakima Herald)
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