Washington state doesn’t have a “cooling off” period before legislators and high ranking officials can become lobbyists.
Happening in Olympia
Results Washington, one of the many failed initiatives of Governor Inslee’s administration, held an event to discuss ways for improving public services. “How do I become a better executive? I’m serious. I’m just thinking of my own life,” Inslee asked. Well, it’s difficult to imagine ways in which Inslee could do worse. (The News Tribune)
Washington is one of only a handful of states that doesn’t require a “cooling off” period before a legislator, high-level staffer or cabinet official can take a lobbying job. This would have prevented what former Sen. Guy Palumbo (D-Maltby) did when he resigned his senate seat on Friday and started as Amazon’s Washington state lobbyist the following Tuesday. Legislation has been offered to prevent this in every session since 2015, but Olympia lawmakers have failed time and time again to pass it. (Crosscut)
Former Seattle City Councilmember and interim Mayor Tim Burges is leading a new independent political action committee dedicated to electing “good governance” city council candidates. “It’s to help support city council candidates that will restore good governance, accountability and transparency to the city council,” said Taylor Hoang, committee member and owner of the Pho Cyclo Café chain. No surprise Burges would be looking for responsible adults to hold seats on the council after seeing the destruction inflicted on the city from extremists like socialist Kshama Sawant. (Crosscut)
King County Executive Dow Constantine is facing allegations that he has been abusing the power of his office and tried to retaliate against a detective that he suspected spoke out about it. Members of Constantine’s Executive Protection Unit have complained that he’s been using them less like trained security officials and more like chauffeurs. “You don’t use the protection to drive your family around when you’re not there, which he does, and you treat the detectives with some sort of respect,” said a source close to the protection unit. (MyNorthwest)
Amazon announced they decided to lay off over 1,000 security professionals so they can bring on two unionized contractors to handle security going forward. “All employees of the current security vendor will have the opportunity to apply to the new vendors,” said an Amazon spokesman. (Seattle Times)
The Spokane Library is considering removing blue lights in its bathrooms, which are used to deter drug use. The blue lights make it difficult for drug abusers to find a vein. Deputy Director Caris O’Malley said that data showed the lights have lowered the bathroom needle incidents but have increased use in other areas of the library as a result. (KXLY)
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