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  • Seattle fires research team that proved minimum wage hike would hurt low-wage workers

    07/21/2017 10:35:29 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    redalertpolitics ^ | July 6, 2017 | Alana Bannan
    Seattle leaders are displaying shocking bias by turning over a study on their minimum wage increase to Michael Reich, a left-leaning economics professor at the University of California Berkeley, after their initial sanctioned study with the University of Washington (UW) proved their decision to raise the wage was having adverse effects. Seattle’s 2014 legislation called for a gradual increase of the city’s minimum wage until it reaches $15 an hour. Following the vote, commissioners recruited a team of UW researchers to find the effects of the steady rising minimum wage. Not to the surprise of fiscal conservatives, the study found...
  • Press Downplays Seattle Mayor's Party ID As New Evidence of Teen Abuse Surfaces

    07/17/2017 11:25:24 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 17 July 2017 | Tom Blumer
    In May, as noted at NewsBusters, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray ended his run for reelection in the wake of "mounting allegations that he sexually abused underage boys in the 1980s." On Sunday, the Seattle Times reported that records previously thought destroyed revealed that "An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded" that" Murray "sexually abused his foster son in the early 1980s." The Times, as well as related wire reports from the Associated Press and Reuters, have only told readers that Murray is a Democrat in very late paragraphs. Specifically, a newly surfaced May 20, 1984 Multnomah County, Oregon social services document assessing...
  • Now considered racist: removing human feces from sidewalk

    07/16/2017 12:30:42 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    It’s now considered racist, at least in liberal loonville of Seattle to remove human feces from the sidewalk. In the socialist-communist utopia like Seattle, human feces on the sidewalks is an all too common occurrence. Black racist Democrat Councilman Larry Gossett is “concerned” that power-washing the feces and urine off the sidewalk would bring back images of the civil-rights era when black civil rights activists were hosed by local authorities. This is yet another fine example of why liberalism is a mental disorder. Now considered racist: removing human feces from sidewalk Now considered racist: removing human feces from sidewalk A...
  • Seattle Councilman: Cleaning Poop Off Sidewalks Is Racist

    07/14/2017 8:16:11 AM PDT · by 2banana · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/2017 | Amber Randall
    A Seattle, Wash., councilman implied that a new effort to clean excrement off the side walk outside the local courthouse could be racist Tuesday. The crime and smell of urine and excrement have gotten so bad outside a King County courthouse that two judges are scrambling to find ways to fix the situation, reports the Seattle Times. King County councilmember Larry Gossett isn’t a fan of one solution to power wash the feces from the sidewalks to tamp down on the smell. Power washing the sidewalks is too reminiscent of civil rights activists being hosed down, he said. The area...
  • Calling a Foul on Seattle Storm's Partnership with Planned Parenthood

    07/13/2017 10:05:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2017 | Ryan Bomberger
    Truth should be a slam-dunk. Yet activists that support and defend Planned Parenthood just keep blocking the facts. The WNBA’s Seattle Storm co-owner, Dawn Trudeau, is taking pride in being the first sports team to partner with the nation’s leading abortion business. The team is donating $5 from every ticket sold for their upcoming July 18th game. Oh, the irony of female players and owners celebrating an organization from which they were spared.Trudeau claims that “the league leadership is very socially conscious”. Sadly, that doesn’t translate into being informationally conscious. Trudeau told Politico recently: “It is pretty clear that people...
  • A new way to help Seattle’s homeless: Navigation Center set to open Wednesday

    07/10/2017 6:53:33 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 7-10-17 | Vernal Coleman
    Inside the newly refurbished facility in the Little Saigon neighborhood are sleeping cots with blue cushions that couples can push together... Unlike more restrictive shelters, clients will be able to store their belongings, bring along their pets and partners, and come and go when they like. While discouraged, drug and alcohol use inside the facility will be allowed unless it disturbs other clients or the surrounding community.
  • Seattle City Council approves income tax on the wealthy

    07/10/2017 3:48:41 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 74 replies
    http://www.seattletimes.com ^ | 07/10/2017 | Daniel Beekman
    The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a pioneering new income tax on wealthy residents Monday. A a legal challenge is widely anticipated. The measure applies a 2.25 percent tax on total income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for married couples filing their taxes together. The city has estimated the tax will raise about $125 million a year and cost $10 million to $13 million to set up, plus $5 million to $6 million per year to run and enforce. The council’s finance committee cleared the tax last week, increasing the rate from 2 percent to 2.25 percent.
  • Charge: Drunk, gun-wielding husband killed wife in Uber ride

    07/07/2017 10:44:34 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 32 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 06 July 2017 | Levi Pulkkinen
    Murder charge filed after Seattle woman, 29, fatally shot riding home from a wedding All Jennifer Morrison Espitia wanted was to Uber home safely. Instead, King County prosecutors say, she was shot dead by her husband during a drunken, nonsensical argument. Charged Thursday with second-degree murder, Cameron Espitia, 31, is alleged to have shot Jennifer in the back of the head on Sunday while both were riding in an Uber. Prosecutors say Espitia was drunk and irate after attending a wedding with Jennifer. “Despite the fact that he was armed with a loaded firearm, he consumed numerous alcoholic drinks and...
  • Lessons from Seattle’s courageous minimum-wage experiment

    07/01/2017 10:25:57 AM PDT · by Renkluaf · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 6/28/17 | Mark C. Long and Robert D. Plotnick
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote: “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance, passed in 2014, exemplifies courageous experimentation by a local government. The ordinance aims to increase earnings of low-wage workers as one response to the troubling rise in income inequality and stagnant wages of low-wage workers. There is national and international interest in knowing how it is working. Unfortunately, not all social experiments work entirely as planned. On April 1, 2015, the...
  • Not Just Seattle. NYC Feeling The Heat From Minimum Wage Hikes

    06/27/2017 7:43:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday, Ed Morrissey looked at the “controversial” (not really) figures coming out of Seattle showing the downward pressure on employment and wages experienced there since the minimum wage suddenly spiked upward. This is unwelcome news in the Fight For 15 community and they’re pushing back on it as hard as possible. But the figures don’t lie and this result was entirely predictable in a free market economy. Seattle, however, isn’t the only place this effect is being seen. The minimum wage has been jumping upward in New York City also and similar effects are being felt. Nowhere is this...
  • Seattle’s minimum wage hike hurting low-level workers, study says

    06/26/2017 3:28:55 PM PDT · by Hadean · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2017 | Dan Springer
    Seattle's first-in-the-nation $15 per hour minimum wage law is hurting the workers it aimed to help, a new study has found. The working poor are making more per hour but taking home less pay. The University of Washington paper asserts the new wages boosted worker pay by 3 percent, but also resulted in a 9-percent reduction in hours and a $125 cut to the monthly paychecks. The law also cost the city 5,000 jobs, the report said. Seattle's minimum wage ordinance, passed by the Seattle City Council and signed by Mayor Ed Murray in 2014, was sold as a way...
  • Seattle gun tax failure? Firearm sales plummet, violence spikes after law passes

    06/16/2017 6:03:05 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2017 | Dan Springer
    But since the tax took effect, those costs have only risen as gun violence in the city has surged. And the tax has apparently brought in much less than city leaders projected it would. “How much data do you need?” asked Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag.com and member of the Second Amendment Foundation. “The data says the law has failed to prevent what they promised it would prevent.” [Snip] Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced the tax in 2015. It puts a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and up to 5 cents per round of...
  • At First Hearing, Loud, Repetitive Support for a Tax on the Rich

    06/16/2017 1:07:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Seattle Weekly ^ | June 15, 2017 | Casey Jaywork
    Of 65 public comments over more than two hours, only a handful were against the income tax. At a public hearing on a proposed income tax on high earnings at Seattle City Council chambers Wednesday night, a near-unanimous consensus emerged from the sometimes soaring, sometimes stammering oratory: pass it. After a presentation from a council central staffer, the council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee heard from 65 commenters in total. Of these, only a handful spoke against the measure. I counted three. One identified himself as a Republican, another as a libertarian before saying that “taxation is theft,” and...
  • In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican?

    06/05/2017 2:44:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 2, 2017 | Danny Westneat
    Can we just get along? This question is being asked more and more, what with the bitter polarization of the nation. The answer, right now, would appear to be a resounding no. It’s not because we can’t. We don’t want to. I had that thought the other day when I was listening to the Seattle City Council. Many council meetings of late involve left-wingers shouting at other left-wingers for not being left-wing enough. But on this day, a new purity test of left-wingedness was revealed. The council was debating the juvenile-justice issue. Not everyone agrees whether a new jail should...
  • Carroll: Seahawks not signing Kaepernick 'at this time'

    06/02/2017 2:32:26 PM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 40 replies
    The Score ^ | June 2, 2017 | Dan Wilkins
    Colin Kaepernick won't be catching on with the Seattle Seahawks following a recent free-agent visit, but Pete Carroll believes it's only a matter of time before the quarterback finds a new home. The veteran head coach told reporters Friday that, although Seattle won't be signing Kaepernick right now, the team is well aware of what he's capable of doing on the field.
  • Overwhelming number of people speak in favor of Seattle income tax (Tax the Rich!)

    06/01/2017 7:35:12 AM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | May 31, 2017 | MYNORTHWEST.COM
    An overwhelming number of people spoke in support of a citywide income tax in Seattle on Wednesday at City Hall. People in support of taxing the richest residents cited everything from “simple justice,” to the untapped pool of money that could be used to deal with pressing problems like homelessness and drug abuse. The proposed tax would be 1.5 percent on adjusted gross income over $250,000 per year. Councilmember Lisa Herbold says there are still many undecided details, chiefly how that income level would be calculated. The legal basis for such a selective tax is shaky and whatever the...
  • 'Community member' term for suspects on Seattle police use of force reports

    05/20/2017 3:45:27 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    When Seattle police officers write use of force reports they no longer call a suspect a suspect. “Community member” is the new term. Several officers say the term is offensive, explaining their work with violent suspects. Sources point to the suspect who shot three officers last month after a downtown Seattle armed robbery. When officers involved in that incident were writing their use of force reports they were required to refer to the shooter, Damarius Butts, as a “community member,” not a suspect, police sources said. Police fatally shot Butts after they said he shot the officers. “I think this...
  • Parents frustrated over proposed schedule changes for Seattle Public School students

    05/19/2017 5:09:58 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    KIRO 7 ^ | 19 MAY 2017 | SIEMNY KIM
    Some parents are frustrated by proposed schedule changes for Seattle Public School students. “I find this really heartbreaking,” Corinne Crabs said. The district wants to add 20 minutes to the school day by starting school 10 minutes earlier and ending 10 minutes later. On top of that, it’s proposing a change from a three tier to a two tier system, which means her kids, in high school and middle school, wouldn't get out until almost four in the afternoon.
  • 'Community member' term for suspects on Seattle police use of force reports

    05/13/2017 3:42:02 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    Kiro7.com ^ | May 9, 2017 | Casey McNerthney, Amy Clancy
    When Seattle police officers write use of force reports they no longer call a suspect a suspect. “Community member” is the new term. Several officers say the term is offensive, explaining their work with violent suspects. Sources point to the suspect who shot three officers last month after a downtown Seattle armed robbery. When officers involved in that incident were writing their use of force reports they were required to refer to the shooter, Damarius Butts, as a “community member,” not a suspect, police sources said. Police fatally shot Butts after they said he shot the officers. “I think this...
  • Mayor Murray drops out of race(breaking)!!!

    05/09/2017 10:34:33 AM PDT · by djf · 36 replies
    Mayor Murray of Seattle has just dropped out of the Seattle mayors race.