Happening in Olympia
The opening left by Guy Palumbo’s (D-Maltby) resignation from the Senate is creating a space for a radical tax-and-spend lefty to fill the void. Rep. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell) announced his intention of winning the appointment of the vacant seat. Palumbo was one of the few Democrat votes against an income tax last session, so if a progressive candidate gains the state Washingtonians can be sure the lefty’s greatest hits in taxes will make a reappearance next session. (The Everett Herald)
“To continue to push this lie hurts us within the immigrant community. Regardless if you’re here in the county legally or illegally, we need to be able to have the trust and the confidence that if you come to us about a criminal issue.” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has a harsh review for Inslee and the Left’s recent passage of the Sanctuary State law. “I’ve got news for the governor. I intend to fully help our federal partners take criminals off our street regardless of their immigration status.” (Fox 28 Spokane)
The Seattle School Board approved the district’s science curricula for the city’s elementary and middle-school students earlier this week. Licensing for the vendor providing the curricula could cost the district more than $4 million, while professional development could add up to a price tag of $5 million for the district. “The question for me as a board director is balancing a budget which is not funded,” said Director Eden Mack. “When we are making a decision to spend this much money, what else are we forgoing?” (Seattle Times)
While Seattle squanders away millions of dollars in its disastrous war on homelessness, Snohomish County seems to be making actual progress. Snohomish County and the City of Everett have been embedding social workers with police to reach out to those in homeless camps. “Our overall goal with this project was to help 25 people in a two-year period,” Marysville Police Chief Rick Smith said. (MyNorthwest)
The Spokane Public Library is investigating after an unauthorized video of an altercation between a guard and a library patron was posted to social media by a mayoral candidate. Candidate Nadine Woodward said the man who fought with the security guard was homeless and wrote that “our beautiful library has turned into a transient center, and that’s NOT ok!” Chris O’Malley, the deputy director of the Spokane Public Library system, said the man in the video was asked to leave because of disruptive behavior, and the library filed a police report after the incident. (Spokesman Review)
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