Teachers’ union is doing its best thug imitation by attempting to take out a local school board member with its deep war chest.
The schoolyard bullying by the Washington Education Association (WEA) has begun in Centralia. As reported previously, the WEA has dumped over $82,500 into an “independent expenditure” for a single school district race in Centralia. There are approximately 13,300 registered voters in the school district. This amounts to $6.21 a voter!!! (ShiftWA)
“Do As I Say, Not As I Do” liberals desperately attempt to manufacture outrage over Amazon. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is “extremely disturbed” by Amazon’s $1 million donation to business-friendly council candidates via the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), calling it a “fistful of cash on the scales of democracy.” That same night, however, Jayapal was at Washington D.C.’s swanky InterContinental Hotel attending an elite fundraiser for a coalition of environmental groups that make Amazon’s “fistful of cash” look like pocket change. In 2018, this group funneled $60 million to help Democrats win back Congress. (ShiftWA)
Happening in Olympia
A Public Disclosure Commission complaint has been filed against the City of Olympia for using taxpayer funds to mail material encouraging a No vote on I-976. The city admits it used public money to promote a campaign position. The question will be how severe of a punishment will be handed down on the city and will it be enough to deter other government entities from doing the same thing in the future. (Public Disclosure Commission)
Republican legislators are expected to fight a Democrat proposal to restore voting privileges to convicted felons once they are released from prison but before they have completed community service or pay restitutions. Republican Senator Hans Zeiger stated that the current laws regarding the restoration of voting rights ensures individuals serve out their full sentence. (MyNorthwest)
King County Executive Dow Constantine says Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is “on a public relations offensive” attempting to smear immigration communities. Constantine was responding to criticism that his policies allowed a repeat criminal to be released and then became a suspect in a murder. Constantine made these comments to deflect from the fact that if his policies were not in place, there is a very high likelihood that local law enforcement would have worked with ICE and Carlos Daniel Carillo-Lopez would not have been free to become involved in a murder. (Bellevue Reporter)
In a fundraising email, Kshama Sawant made this comment about her Seattle City Council race, “This is the most important local election in the country.” This self-centered grandiosity is because Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders stated they don’t like Amazon having the same freedom of speech as left-wing organizations enjoy. (Kshama Sawant campaign email)
In late January the Tacoma News Tribune and the Olympian will follow the lead of other in-state McClatchy newspapers (Bellingham Herald and the Tri-City Herald) and stop producing Saturday print editions. The papers will expand their Friday editions and still be providing news content on their websites “24/7.” (News Tribune)
Even though city elected officials claim that crime is decreasing in parts of Seattle, the reality is that crimes are simply not being reported. Many retailers are not reporting to the police the shoplifting that takes place in their stores. (Crosscut)
A study commissioned by Ballard and SoDo business groups found that one million gallons of raw sewage is annually dumped into Puget Sound waters due to RV campers. The waste goes untreated as it is dumped into storm drains that flow into the Duwamish River and Salmon Bay. (HotAir)
A new report refutes the belief that if the lower Snake River dams are removed that replacing the clean electricity generated by the dams would be easy or low-cost. The report states there is nearly no evidence that replacement sources of energy will be available and affordable. (Washington Policy Center)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) believes that if the City of Yakima moves to a mayor-lead form of government it would be violating a 2014 federal court ruling. Previously the ACLU was successful in repealing the city’s “at-large” council districts because they violated the Voting Rights Act since it was determined that the district system disenfranchised Latino voters. (Yakima Herald)
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