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  • ‘Trump … blinked, Seattle won,’ Durkan says as police get federal funds (trun)

    10/15/2018 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Drango · 26 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | October 15, 2018 | Daniel Beekman
    The Trump administration, after threatening to withhold funds for Seattle in retaliation for the city’s immigration policies, has agreed to hand over the money, according to Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes. Seattle and nearby jurisdictions have been approved for $657,975 in Justice Assistance Grant funds, the U.S. Department of Justice said in an Oct. 10 letter to the city. Durkan and Holmes are declaring the news a victory for Seattle and its policies, ... ~snip “Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions blinked, Seattle won and public safety prevailed,” Durkan said in a statement over the weekend. The Trump...
  • Washington State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty [last state that allowed hanging]

    10/12/2018 11:48:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 8 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10-11-2018 | Mark Berman
    The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down the death penalty there as unconstitutional and “racially biased,” a ruling that makes it the latest in a string of states to abandon capital punishment in recent years. The order will not stop any scheduled executions because Washington state has already frozen its death penalty under a moratorium by Gov. Jay Inslee (D) in 2014. But the court’s order, which declares that death sentences in the state should be converted to life in prison, is a sweeping rejection of capital punishment at a time when it is being used less...
  • Washington state ends ‘racially biased’ death penalty

    10/11/2018 3:31:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2018 3:04 PM EDT | Rachel La Corte and Gene Johnson
    Washington’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday, ruling that it had been used in an arbitrary and racially discriminatory manner. Washington has had a moratorium on executions since 2014, but the ruling makes it the 20th state to do away with capital punishment by legislative act or court decree. The court converted the sentences of the eight people on Washington’s death row to life in prison. “The death penalty is unequally applied — sometimes by where the crime took place, or the county of residence, or the available budgetary resources at any given point in time,...
  • Washington Supreme Court tosses out state’s death penalty [Barf Alert]

    10/11/2018 9:22:17 AM PDT · by fwdude · 41 replies
    AP News ^ | 10/11/2018 | Rachel La Corte
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty violates its Constitution. The ruling Thursday makes Washington the latest state to do away with capital punishment. The justices said the “death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially.” They ordered that people currently on death row have their sentences converted to life in prison.
  • Prosecutor: Rape Allegations Against Three Cops Fabricated, But Too Late For One

    10/11/2018 6:12:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    Defense Maven ^ | 10/10/18 | Sandy Malone
    Investigators now say the woman who accused three Bellevue officers of rape has a history of making false accusations. Bellevue, WA – Prosecutors have dropped the charges against a now-former police officer who served 49 days in jail because of what investigators now say were fake rape allegations.
  • Poll: Washington State Battleground District Moving Safely Back to GOP

    10/10/2018 3:29:36 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct 10, 2018
    A new poll from Washington’s eighth congressional district shows Republican Dino Rossi raking a commanding lead over Democrat Kim Schrier in the wake of Democrats’ failed smear attempt on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The poll, published Wednesday, shows Rossi with a commanding 10-point lead in the battleground district in his race against Schrier to replace retiring Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) in one of the districts that could determine the fate of the majority of the House of Representatives. At 49 percent, Rossi leads Schrier’s 39 percent, well outside the poll’s five percent margin of error. The survey of 400...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton are going on an arena tour [PROJECTILE VOMITING ALERT]

    10/08/2018 10:17:35 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 55 replies
    Consequence of Sound ^ | 8 Oct 18 | Alex Young
    The former President and former Secretary of State will tour throughout 2018 and 2019 Following the lead of former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are hitting the road for their very own arena tour. “An Evening with President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton” will feature the Clintons in conversation, sharing “stories and inspiring anecdotes that shaped their historic careers in public service, while also discussing issues of the day and looking toward the future,” according to Live Nation, which is producing the tour.
  • News Releases VIDEO: As Republicans Ignore Women’s Voices

    10/05/2018 5:57:01 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Oct 05 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    News Releases VIDEO: As Republicans Ignore Women’s Voices and Plow Through to Last Hurdle to Confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Senator Murray Highlights Credibility of Dr. Ford’s Testimony, Sexual Assault Allegations Against Judge Kavanaugh Oct 05 2018 Following the Senate’s narrow vote to close debate on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senator Murray joined Senators Kamala Harris & Richard Blumenthal on the Senate floor to underline Judge Kavanaugh’s lack of fitness for the nation’s highest court, urge their colleagues to vote against his confirmation In back and forth with her colleagues, Senator Murray highlighted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations...
  • ‘Make them scared’ website posts uncorroborated sexual assault claims against male students

    10/05/2018 8:02:12 AM PDT · by McGruff · 77 replies
    The College Fix ^ | October 5, 2018 | Daniel Payne
    A website allegedly run by University of Washington students allows individuals to publicly accuse people of sexual assault with no evidence. The website, titled “Make them scared UW,” was first registered in November of last year but reportedly launched in late September of this year by University of Washington students, the Daily UW campus newspaper reports. It appears that the list of accused rapists and sexual assault perpetrators has grown substantially on the site in recent weeks in the wake of the rape claims made against U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Constitutional Law Professor: Here's How the Democratic Crusade Against Kavanaugh

    10/01/2018 4:58:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Outside of the partisan bubbles, legal observers concede that Democrats dropping the sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the 11thhour should make Republicans furious. At the same time, they think the GOP should have given ample time to investigate these claims, not establishing an artificial deadline. George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley has an op-ed in The Hill, where he lays out his concerns about the probe, noting that we need an end to this drama, not a prolongation of it. Also, he notes the dangerous precedent that Democrats are setting by warning in not so uncertain terms that...
  • Woman Says Washington State [GOP] Lawmaker Raped Her In 2007

    09/28/2018 8:38:55 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 28 September 2018 | Phuong Le
    SEATTLE — A woman has accused a Washington state lawmaker of raping her 11 years ago, saying she was inspired to speak out as she watched the televised allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...."I'm done being silent," she wrote.
  • Senator Murray Following Today’s Hearing:“Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw immediately”

    09/27/2018 8:22:47 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 91 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Sep 27 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    (Washington, D.C.)  – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) issued the following statement after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.“This morning I was one of the many people across the country watching with tears in my eyes as Dr. Ford so bravely and eloquently shared her experience of being sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh with the United States Senate and her fellow Americans. And when she said that she was ‘100% sure’ that Judge Kavanaugh was the one who attacked her all those years ago, I believed her.
  • Washington Gun Control Initiative Puts 10-Day Waiting Period on AR-15 Purchases

    09/24/2018 11:16:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/24/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington ballot initiative I-1639 puts a 10-day waiting period on AR-15 purchases and raises the minimum age for AR-15 purchases to 21. The initiative also puts special background checks in place and adds other controls to such a degree that the Seattle Times reports the initiative’s passage will make “Washington’s firearms laws…among the strictest in the country.” Washington state made news by passing universal background checks via ballot initiative in 2014. The initiative was bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires such as Steve and Connie Ballmer, Nick and Lenore Hanauer, and Bill and Melinda Gates, among others. The campaign supporting the...
  • Photos: ‘Just Like 2016!’ Massive Lines for Trump Las Vegas rally

    09/20/2018 7:06:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    GP ^ | September 20,2018 | Kristinn Taylor
    Photos posted online from Las Vegas show a massive turnout for President’s Trump’s campaign rally being held Thursday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The half-mile-plus lines in the 95 degree heat are reminiscent of the huge crowds that turned out in 2015-2016 for Trump’s presidential campaign rallies. The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker reported on the enthusiasm of the Trump supporters, “Some brief anecdotal scene from the Trump rally here in Las Vegas: One woman drove in from San Diego. Another drove 16 hours from Elk City, Idaho. A man and his son flew down from Washington State. And...
  • WATCH: Thief rampages through Seattle Target for 15 minutes

    09/18/2018 3:45:00 PM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Sept. 18, 2018 | KIRO RADIO STAFF
    Police say a career criminal ripped off a downtown Seattle Target store three times in four days, even after being arrested and released for his crimes. Surveillance video from August allegedly shows 41-year-old Jason Lewis confronting sales workers on the electronics floor of the department store. At one point, he head bumps an employee. The terrorized employees left him alone after that. Lewis then destroyed display cases and grabbed as many electronics as he could over 15 minutes. “He then begins to push over and drags store displays and he uses one as a weapon, swinging it like a sled...
  • CEO of California's $350B pension fund has no degree (CALPERS Union hackery)

    09/14/2018 3:21:58 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 67 replies
    KRON4 News ^ | 9/14/2018 | KRON4
    https://www.kron4.com/news/california/ceo-of-california-s-350b-pension-fund-has-no-degree/1444506328 KRON4 News - CEO of California's $350B pension fund has no degree Updated: Sep 14, 2018 11:07 AM PDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The chief executive of California's $350 billion pension fund does not have a college degree and the revelation has startled some retirees. Marcie Frost leads the California Public Employee Retirement System, the nation's largest retirement system. The Sacramento Bee reports that Frost did not claim to have a college degree when she was hired to lead CalPERS in 2016, but Frost is under fire now after a blogger alleged Frost implied in her application and in a...
  • Teens rob store after clerk collapses from heart attack [video from store's security camera]

    09/11/2018 10:32:25 PM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    YouTube ABC13 Houston ^ | September 11, 2018
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQy3RobT5MY
  • Senators Murray,Cantwell Join Judiciary Committee Democrats to Demand Trump...

    09/07/2018 5:55:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 39 replies
    U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) ^ | Sep 07,2018 | U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined 17 of their Democratic colleagues in calling on the White House to make Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s complete White House record available to the Senate and the public.  “Access to a Supreme Court nominee’s full record is necessary for the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty to advise and consent,” the senators wrote. “More important, it is essential for the American people to have confidence in our confirmation process.”“The rush and secrecy has left us to wonder what the White House is withholding from the American people,” the senators...
  • Twitter CEO Apologizes About Slow Action on Threats to Meghan McCain, Acknowledges Flaws in System

    09/06/2018 2:15:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was in the hot seat Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee over his company’s practices on content moderation. Both Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) asked about the excessive amount of time it took the company to take down a tweet threatening Meghan McCain despite many people reporting it.An image of McCain crying by her father’s casket was doctored to show a gun trained at her with the caption: “America, this one’s for you.”Many Twitter users, including Meghan McCain’s husband Ben Domenech, complained as the image was left up for five...
  • More than 23,000 Californians were registered to vote incorrectly by state DMV ( illegal aliens ?)

    09/06/2018 8:17:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | SEP 05, 2018 | JOHN MYERS
    Tens of thousands of Californians have been registered to vote incorrectly by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, including some who were assigned the wrong political party preference, officials said Wednesday. Officials insist the errors were limited to 23,000 of the 1.4 million voter registration files sent to elections offices between late April, when California’s new automated “motor voter” system went into effect, and early August. Californians who were affected will soon receive notifications in the mail instructing them to check their voter registration status. Jean Shiomoto, the state’s DMV director, and Amy Tong, director of the California Department of...