Inslee comes home to a nearly broke gubernatorial campaign
Happening in Olympia
Coming off his failed presidential campaign, Inslee finds his gubernatorial campaign is nearly broke. Having spent nearly all the funds in the campaign for governor account (spending over $1.2 million out of $1.4 million raised) prior to launching his presidential campaign, the Inslee organization needs to raise some quick cash. On Tuesday morning the Inslee gubernatorial campaign sent a fundraising email stating they need 5,000 donors “before Thursday at midnight.” (Inslee Campaign Email)
Seattle City Council candidate Dan Strauss has created controversy by stating he is willing to place a heroin safe injection site in Ballard. One of the few family friendly neighborhoods left in Seattle, Ballard has already seen a 400% increase in homelessness in recent years. It should be noted that while Strauss supports heroin injection sites in residential areas, he favors banning vaping in Seattle. (The Stranger)
Recent survey finds over 70% of Seattle residents are concerned about Seattle Police staffing problems. Seattle police officers have been leaving for positions in other communities where they believe they are better supported by elected officials. The survey conducted by the Seattle University criminal justice department of 6,500 residents also found car prowls and homelessness issues are among residents’ top safety concerns. (MyNorthwest)
Spokane city councilwoman is finding it difficult to obtain federal bankruptcy protection while having ties to a marijuana business. Councilwoman Karen Stratton and her husband have a 50% ownership in a Sprague marijuana farm, and this raises concerns with federal bankruptcy officials. While the business is legal in Washington, the federal government considers it illegal. Stratton and her husband chose not to fight when the federal attorney moved to have their case dismissed due to the marijuana connection. (Spokesman Review)
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is currently considering killing up to 1,100 sea lions annually to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River. The sea lions prey on the fish as they go through the dams upstream. Currently the NMFS allows the killing of up to 92 sea lions at the Bonneville dam. This new option would extend the zone 300 miles up the Columbia River. (Washington AG News)
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