Howard Schultz realizes his “independent” campaign pushing liberal ideas would take votes from the Democrats.
Happening in Olympia
Washington is now zero for two in having our state’s candidates last more than a few months on the presidential trail. After Jay Inslee dropped out a couple of weeks ago, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz ended his presidential dream on Friday. Schultz stated he was fearful that his “independent” campaign might take votes from Democrats and help Trump win re-election. (Seattle Times)
Many Washington jails are finding some success in prescribing buprenorphine to inmates who are addicted to heroin. The drug eases cravings for heroin both while they are inmates and after they are released. Some jails report that as many as 50% of their inmates are users of heroin. (Seattle Times)
“In the name of tolerance, we are allowing anti-social behavior to become entrenched.” In a lengthy column, artist Candace Mercer details how liberals have succeeded in making good people feel guilty simply because they accurately describe the impact of homelessness. The result has been further spread of homelessness, drug addiction, and crime. (Medium)
Three years after Lincoln County Commissioners voted to conduct open collective bargaining with public unions, they are still embroiled in court. The Teamsters 690 have been fighting the commissioners’ vote both within Public Employment Relations Commission and the court system. Other counties (Kittitas and Ferry) and a few school districts have followed Lincoln County’s bargaining decision, but they have not faced the same problems in implementing an open process due to willingness of labor groups. (The Lens)
City of Spokane voters will be voting this November on whether bargaining between city officials and public unions will be public. If Proposition 1 passes, then Spokane will be joining a few local governments around Washington state in having an open bargaining process. Almost half the states around the country already have transparent collective bargaining. A recent poll shows that over ¾ of Washington voters support an open process between government officials and public unions. (Washington Policy Center)
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