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  • Garbage from Washington state’s booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills

    08/15/2018 1:15:53 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/14/2018 | by Kristen Millares Young
    SEATTLE — Washington state’s penchant for getting high is trashing the place. Plastic “doob tubes” and small Mylar bags used to package pot are moldering in gutters, bleaching out in landfills and bobbing in waterways. Concentrated nutrients and fertilizers left over from cannabis growing operations are being dumped in public sewers and making their way past wastewater treatment plants into Puget Sound. And millions of pounds of weed harvest waste that could be composted are instead getting trucked to landfills. This, in a part of the country that prides itself on being environmentally friendly. “We’re seeing a lot of marijuana...
  • Seattle Judge Dismisses Young Activists' Climate Lawsuit

    08/14/2018 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Rinnwald · 16 replies
    KIRO 7 News ^ | 8/14/18 | AP
    SEATTLE - A Washington state judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by young activists who argued the state is violating their rights by failing to protect them from climate change. In his ruling Tuesday, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott says the issues in the case are political questions that must be addressed by the legislative and executive branches and cannot be resolved by a court.
  • CNBC's John Harwood, US senator in alleged marriage scandal

    03/08/2010 8:15:17 AM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 96 replies · 826+ views
    Examiner ^ | 3/6/10 | Cherie Saunders
    The reporter who was interviewing President Obama when he famously swatted a fly is suddenly the buzz of DC, thanks to a New York Post gossip item about his marriage. According to unnamed "spies" for Page Six, CNBC Washington correspondent and New York Times writer John Harwood has split from his wife Frankie Blackburn, and it's all because of an alleged romance with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) The Post's March 5 column quotes anonymous "well placed sources" who claim Harwood managed to keep the sordid details out of one DC paper "by sobbing to a reporter until he agreed to...
  • Family of man who stole plane at Sea-Tac express 'shock,' others say 'Beebo' was friendly guy

    08/12/2018 5:53:29 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies ^ | 8/12/18 | Bradford Betz
    The family of a man who authorities say stole a Horizon Air turboprop plane from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed it on an island in Puget Sound on Friday night, said news of the incident was a "complete shock" to them. Statement from Russell's family: "... Beebo was a warm, compassionate man. It is impossible to encompass who he was in a press release. He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend. …This is a complete shock to us." — Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) August 12, 2018 Richard Russell, 29, who is presumed dead, was...
  • Richard Russell, ‘Rich’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know (Stole plane at SeaTac)

    08/11/2018 12:41:20 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 60 replies ^ | August 11, 2018 | Jessica McBride
    Richard Russell, who dreamed of being in the military and once ran a bakery with his wife, was identified as the suicidal airport mechanic who stole an airplane from Sea-Tac International Airport and took it on a dramatic unauthorized flight, where it was chased by fighter planes as he attempted “stunts” in the air before the plane crashed. The man known as “Rich” in air traffic control audio and dubbed the “skyking” on Twitter broke hearts on social media as people followed the unauthorized flight because it came to a fatal end. The incident led to a dramatic and tragic...
  • U.S. airline worker steals plane, takes it for flight before crashing it

    08/11/2018 5:14:47 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 33 replies
    An Horizon Air ground service agent took the controls of a Bombardier Q400 turboprop airplane in a maintenance area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at about 8 p.m. local time Friday and took off, embarking on flight over Seattle before crashing about an one hour later on Ketron Island in Puget Sound, Horizon sister carrier Alaska Airline said online.
  • Plane stolen by 'suicidal' employee crashes near Seattle

    08/11/2018 12:57:36 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 49 replies
    WDTN ^ | 08/11/18
    A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday night, officials said. Preliminary information suggests the crash occurred because the 29-year-old man was "doing stunts in air or lack of flying skills," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said. Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, said on Twitter the man was suicidal and there was no connection to terrorism. Video showed the Horizon Air Q400 doing large loops and other dangerous...
  • Senator Murray Statement on Devos Proposal to Abandon Gainful Employment Rule:

    08/10/2018 7:33:25 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) ^ | Aug 10 2018 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on the Department of Education’s proposal to abandon an Obama Administration-era “gainful employment” rule—which would hold predatory career training programs accountable when their students are unable to find jobs that allow them pay back their loans. By its own analysis, the Department’s proposal will cost taxpayers $5.3 billion over ten years.
  • FBI arrests longtime fugitive Joseph Dibee sought in eco-sabotage case [Eco-Terrorist]

    08/10/2018 3:03:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | August 10, 2018 | Maxine Bernstein
    Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, 50, was arrested by the FBI and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 4:53 p.m. Thursday. He's been wanted for 12 years, after he was indicted in 2006 on charges of arson, conspiracy and animal enterprise terrorism. In 2008, he was believed to have been living in Syria with family members, and federal officials announced a $50,000 reward for his arrest. (FBI) A fugitive sought for more than a decade and accused of taking part in a string of eco-sabotage attacks across the West is in custody in Portland and was to make his...
  • Results point to real contest: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown nearly tied in primary

    08/08/2018 3:17:03 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 31 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | August 8, 2018 | Kip Hill
    There’s no doubt now. The race for Congress in Eastern Washington is for real. Out of more than 120,000 votes counted, Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers had a lead of a little more than 500 votes in Tuesday’s primary over Democrat Lisa Brown. The contest, between the high-ranking congressional Republican and a Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership, has drawn national interest and big spending as the parties vie for support in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump took office. Buoyed by the down-ticket performance of other Democrats, a beaming Brown took the stage...
  • 2 Spokane GOP members resign after white national speaker (Really three so far)

    08/05/2018 12:28:21 PM PDT · by narses · 56 replies
    SPOKANE, WASH. Spokane County Republican Party Cecily Wright wasn't the only one to resign after a video surfaced showing her defend a 22-year-old white nationalist. The Spokesman-Review says Abigail Osborne and Vitaliy Maksimov also stepped down from the county GOP's Central Committee this week after Wright came under fire Tuesday for introducing James Allsup during a July meeting of a local conservative group. A prolific YouTuber known for racist taunts and extreme stances on immigration, Allsup now belongs to a white separatist group called Identity Evropa. Osborne was an elected precinct committee officer and a leader of the College Republicans...
  • Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

    08/04/2018 7:44:24 AM PDT · by narses · 7 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | 8.4.2018 | Sue Lani Madsen
    There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a generation ago. The Spokane County Republicans denounced him in June with this statement over Cecily Wright’s signature as chairman: “His past statements, affiliations and actions are deeply out-of-step (sic) with the values of the Republican Party, as well as the values of the Spokane County GOP and our members.” The Spokane County GOP denounced him again this week, after now ex-Chairman Wright flip-flopped and applauded Allsup at a meeting of...
  • Seattle Judge Blocks Release of Documents on How to Make Guns

    08/04/2018 5:11:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 60 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 August, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Judge Robert Lasnik is a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle, Washington. He has issued a restraining order, forbidding Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed from releasing documents on the Internets that show how to make simple guns and gun parts with 3D printers.The judge issued the restraining order as requested in a lawsuit filed against the federal government, for refusing to prevent the publication of the information. From During the Tuesday hearing in Seattle, Eric Soskin, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department, said they reached the settlement to allow Defense Distributed to post the material online because...
  • Senators Murray,Cantwell Introduce Resolution to Protect Vehicle Efficiency Rules

    08/03/2018 8:30:37 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) ^ | Aug 03 2018 | U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) blasted the Trump Administration’s unilateral decision to roll back national fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards, despite a broad coalition of support from business, labor, consumer, and environmental groups.In response, Senators Murray and Cantwell introduced a resolution with 32 of their colleagues to protect the current standards, which are expected to cut U.S. oil consumption by 200 billion gallons by 2040.“Families, businesses, and communities in Washington state and across the country will not be bullied by this latest attempt by the Trump Administration to deny...
  • Janus Ruling Fallout: Washington state employees sue to 'escape' union

    08/03/2018 9:22:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Several Washington state employees are suing for the right to break ties with their union, claiming the Supreme Court's landmark Janus decision should allow them to cancel their membership immediately. That June ruling said state government workers could not be forced to pay so-called “fair share” fees to support collective bargaining and other union activities. The decision delivered a blow to public-employee unions. But the lawsuit filed Thursday, if successful, could point to further repercussions. The six plaintiffs have all attempted to leave the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) since the Supreme Court decision, but say they've been told...
  • Cecily Wright resigns as Spokane County GOP chair, calls Allsup defense a ‘serious mistake’

    08/02/2018 5:53:37 AM PDT · by narses · 9 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | 8/1/18 | By Chad Sokol
    A day after a video surfaced showing her defend a 22-year-old white nationalist, Cecily Wright resigned as chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party. The announcement came late Wednesday in a post on the local GOP’s Facebook page. On Tuesday, Wright had come under fire for introducing James Allsup, a former president of the College Republicans chapter at Washington State University, during a July 11 meeting of the local conservative group Northwest Grassroots. A prolific YouTuber known for racist taunts and extreme stances on immigration policy, Allsup, who now belongs to a white separatist group called Identity Evropa, was invited...
  • Cecily Wright resigns as chair of Spokane GOP

    08/01/2018 9:53:04 PM PDT · by narses · 11 replies
    email | 8-1-2018 | Cecily Wright
    SPOKANE, Wash. – Effective immediately, Cecily Wright resigns as Chair of the Spokane County Republican Central Committee. Vice Chair Isaiah Paine becomes Acting Chair. Cecily Wright issued the following statement: “I profoundly apologize for giving James Allsup a platform to speak at the Northwest Grassroots meeting in July. I consider this a serious mistake in my judgment and I deeply regret that decision. “The Spokane County GOP remains committed to standing against white supremacy, racism, and bigotry in all forms. We will always support a free society where individuals are judged on the content of their character rather than the...
  • Smug Seattle keeps throwing money after streetcar, bike lane fiasco that’s totally off the rails

    07/31/2018 11:00:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2018 | Printus LeBlanc
    Once again, the oh-so progressive, oh-so enlightened Seattle City Council is showing the rest of the country what not to do. The idealistic leftists who control the Council are wasting millions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars in failed attempts to solve problems the Council members created. All this is turning Seattle into the poster city for the failure of Big Government. The city best known for fish markets, coffee stores, rain and flannel-wearing musicians is now becoming legendary for its incompetent leadership and its financial boondoggles. The latest example of Seattle senselessness is the Council’s costly and deeply flawed efforts to...
  • Co-sponsor pulls support for Seattle stadium funding, cites housing crisis

    07/31/2018 10:00:45 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/18 | Avery Anapol
    A county official in Seattle abruptly withdrew her support for a plan to publicly fund a new baseball stadium, saying most of that money should instead be used for affordable housing. King County Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles announced Tuesday that she was taking her name off the measure to use about $180 million to renovate Safeco Field, according to The Seattle Times. Kohl-Welles vowed instead to introduce a proposal to put $25 million toward the stadium and use the rest to fund affordable housing. “The bottom line is our region is experiencing a major housing crisis,” Kohl-Welles said, according to...
  • Spokane GOP chairwoman defends alt-right provocateur James Allsup at tea party meeting

    07/31/2018 3:50:39 PM PDT · by narses · 3 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | 7.31.2018 | Chad Sokol
    Alt-right provocateur James Allsup, whose views have been widely condemned as racist, is introduced by Cecily Wright, the chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party, during a July 11 meeting of Northwest Grassroots, a group of local tea party conservatives. (Northwest Grassroots)