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  • FDA chief: Feds may step in if states don't get tougher on vaccinations

    02/22/2019 8:06:47 AM PST · by bgill · 76 replies
    wfaa ^ | Feb. 22, 2019 | Travis Pitman
    The head of the FDA says the federal government may have to intervene if states don't get tougher on making sure children get vaccinated. It comes as Washington state is dealing with an outbreak that has led to a state of emergency. Forty-seven states allow parents to exempt their children from getting immunized. While most states allow them to do this for religious reasons, 17 states allow for philosophical exemptions because of personal, moral or other beliefs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)... "Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they're creating the opportunity for...
  • Seattle woman says state Sen. Joe Fain raped her in 2007; Fain denies allegation

    09/28/2018 4:07:27 PM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 65 replies
    seattletimes ^ | 09/28/2018 | By Heidi Groover, Mike Baker and Joseph O’Sullivan
    A Seattle woman said Thursday that prominent Washington state Sen. Joe Fain raped her after her college graduation in 2007. Fain denied the accusation and called for an investigation into the alleged incident.
  • Washington state House committee passes bill to ban personal, philosophical vaccine exemptions

    02/16/2019 8:05:50 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 144 replies
    The Hill ^ | Morgan Gstalter -
    A Washington state House committee on Friday passed a bill to ban the personal or philosophical exemption for the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) for school-age children amid an outbreak of the virus. The bill passed through the state's Health Care and Wellness Committee, despite opposition from critics who say parents should have a right to choose whether to vaccinate their children, The Seattle Times reported. All nine Democrats on the committee voted to advance the bill, as well as the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Paul Harris, the only Republican to support it.
  • The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it

    02/14/2019 8:02:19 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 2/12/2019 | Juliet Eilperin and Dino Grandoni
    The Senate on Tuesday passed the most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade, protecting millions of acres of land and hundreds of miles of wild rivers across the country and establishing four new national monuments honoring heroes including Civil War soldiers and a civil rights icon. The 662-page measure, which passed 92 to 8, represented an old-fashioned approach to dealmaking that has largely disappeared on Capitol Hill. Senators from across the ideological spectrum celebrated home-state gains and congratulated each other for bridging the partisan divide. “It touches every state, features the input of a wide coalition of our colleagues, and...
  • Senator Murray: Border emergency is ‘based on lies and a manufactured crisis’

    02/15/2019 6:37:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 41 replies
    Bainbridge Island Review ^ | February 15, 2019 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray blasted President Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency and circumvent Congress to get funding for a wall on the southern U.S. border.Trump’s announcement came minutes before the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to keep federal government agencies funded and avoid a second shutdown of the federal goverment. Murray, Washington state’s senior senator, called the emergency declaration “an outrageous, horrific, and un-American abuse of power.”
  • Amazon had NYC in the bag. Then left-wing activists got fired up.[ WaPo & owner: NYC too liberal]

    02/15/2019 1:46:56 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 78 replies
    The deal drew opposition even before it was officially announced. The news that Amazon picked Queens as one of its coveted second headquarters in exchange for nearly $3 billion in tax subsidies broke the day before the 2018 midterm elections, and negative reactions from a newly energized left wing grew quickly in New York City. The company, valued at $800 billion as of early February, hosted a beauty pageant of a search for what was believed to be a single headquarters, only to split its workforce and settle on two already-thriving East Coast cities. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,...
  • Amazon invites Ocasio-Cortez for tour,calls worker claims untrue

    02/15/2019 6:12:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 15,2019 | David Shepardson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Amazon.com Inc executive on Friday disputed claims raised by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon workers face “dehumanizing conditions” as being untrue and invited her to take a tour of company facilities. Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected progressive Democrat who was an outspoken critic of the plans to locate Amazon’s second headquarters in a New York City neighborhood near her congressional district, asked on Twitter if Amazon’s culture of “strict performance” is “why Amazon workers have to urinate in bottles
  • Cuomo slams Ocasio-Cortez, others, as Amazon ditches New York

    02/14/2019 3:05:32 PM PST · by ETL · 133 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Feb 14, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia | Fox News
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lambasted politicians such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others over Amazon's decision to leave New York City. Opponents of the deal with the tech giant had "put their own narrow political interests above their community," he said. "[A] small group [of] politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community -- which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City -- the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state," Cuomo said in the statement, which did not mention Ocasio-Cortez or other lawmakers by name. "The...
  • Ocasio-Cortez takes a victory lap after Amazon scraps plans to build in New York

    02/14/2019 1:55:23 PM PST · by Mariner · 144 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 14th, 2019 | David Knowles
    Notch another victory for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman Democratic representative celebrated online retailer Amazon’s decision Thursday to scrap its plans to build a new headquarters in her New York City district. “I think it’s incredible,” Ocasio-Cortez responded when asked to comment on Amazon’s about-face. “It shows that everyday Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities and they can have more say in this country than richest man in the world.” Earlier Thursday, the company announced it was reversing the plan, announced in November, to build new East Coast headquarters buildings in New York City and...
  • Plan knots together carbon fee, gas tax and new US 2 trestle

    02/14/2019 1:03:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Everett Daily Herald ^ | January 22, 2019 | Jerry Cornfield
    OLYMPIA — A plan for raising billions of dollars to build new bridges, widen old highways and open up fish passages will get its first public review this week. And, depending on the response, it could be its last. Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, has drawn up a 10-year, $16.3 billion package of transportation improvements financed largely with a 6-cent hike in the gas tax and new fees on carbon emissions and development. Hobbs, who is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, calculates that much money is needed to cover the cost of removing state-owned culverts to improve fish passages,...
  • Ocasio-Cortez cheers as Amazon scraps NYC headquarters

    02/14/2019 11:45:28 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 110 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 14, 2019 | Ruth Brown
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a victory lap on Twitter Thursday over news that Amazon is scrapping its plan to build a new headquarters in Queens. “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted. The freshman Democratic lawmaker had been a vocal opponent of the deal to lure the online retail giant to Long Island City — which would’ve given Amazon $3 billion in city and state subsidies in exchange for bringing a...
  • Amazon pulls out of plan to build New York City headquarters after backlash

    02/14/2019 9:34:57 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia
    Amazon announced Thursday it was turning back on its plans to build its second headquarters in New York City, a company spokesman said in a statement. The move comes after backlash from lawmakers, notably Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who bemoaned the project. "After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," the Seattle-based Amazon said in the release.
  • WA State AG to Sheriffs: Put Your Political Views Aside And Enforce Our Gun Control Law...Or Else

    02/13/2019 3:58:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2019 | Beth Baumann
    Washington State has been the battleground over gun control, especially over the last year. Back in November, 60 percent of voters passed I-1639 , a ballot initiative that: • Raised the age someone can purchase a rifle to 21. • Created an "enhanced background check system similar to what is used for handguns." • Required a person to complete a firearms safety training course. • Created a common stand for secure gun storage. Sheriffs across the state refused to enforce the law, saying they believe it violates residents' Second Amendment rights. Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich even received death threats over...
  • Bill Gates slams Ocasio-Cortez, says her tax policy is 'missing the picture'

    02/12/2019 2:00:13 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 12, 2019 | Chris Ciaccia
    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who has a net worth approaching $100 billion, has slammed tax policies like the one put forth by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying they miss the larger picture and could create tax dodging.
  • Bikini baristas appeal city ordinance issuing dress code

    02/09/2019 1:23:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 112 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 7, 2019 | Alexandra Deabler
    How much “anal cleft” is one allow to show while at work? That’s the question one Washington court is trying to answer. A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing an ongoing legal saga between bikini baristas and the city of Everett over the anatomical phrase “anal cleft” and whether dress codes imposed on businesses violate their civil rights. Both sides appeared in court Monday to further argue the city’s ordinance, which was passed August 2017, that restricts what employees of “quick-service” restaurants wear by requiring that the “bottom one-half of the anal cleft” be covered, Herald Net reported. According...
  • Winter Storm Maya Is Bringing Snow to the Northwest, Including Seattle....(T)

    02/09/2019 9:35:12 AM PST · by rktman · 57 replies
    weather.com ^ | 2/9/2019 | stafff
    Winter Storm Maya will bring another round of snow to the Pacific Northwest to start the weekend, just days after Winter Storm Lucian snarled travel in both Seattle and Portland, Oregon, and this will kick off yet another expansive wintry mess of snow and ice across the Plains, Midwest and East into next week. (MORE: The Science Behind Naming Winter Storms at The Weather Channel)
  • Seattle almost reached its yearly amount of snowfall in one day (state of emergency declared)

    02/09/2019 4:46:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    WSLS ^ | 2/09/19 | CHRIS BOYETTE
    Seattle got almost the same amount of snow it gets in a year in one day, leaving officials scrambling to get people off the streets and the governor declaring a state of emergency. **SNIP** Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had 6.4 inches of snow Friday, according to the National Weather Service. It's the second most snow recorded in the area in a day for the past 20 years - and more is still to come. It's only the fourth time the area has seen six inches of snow since 1991. Seattle averages 6.8 inches of snow over the course of an entire...
  • Not just Oregon: Saudi students in at least 8 states, Canada vanish while facing criminal charges

    02/09/2019 7:17:43 AM PST · by cutty · 23 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | February 08, 2019 | Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
    They’re not just in Oregon. University students from Saudi Arabia have vanished while facing criminal charges here and in at least seven other states as well as Canada — evidence that a growing number of defendants from the wealthy Persian Gulf kingdom have fled justice in the United States. There are likely more to be discovered. The Oregonian/OregonLive uncovered five examples in Oregon and began searching other states in late January. We’ve found similar cases in Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. We also found two cases in Nova Scotia: Saudi students in two separate incidents skipped bail...
  • ‘It will take off like a wildfire’: The unique dangers of the Washington state measles outbreak

    02/07/2019 7:20:03 AM PST · by NRx · 121 replies
    WaPo ^ | 02-06-2019 | Lena H. Sun and Maureen O'Hagan
    VANCOUVER, Wash. — Amber Gorrow is afraid to leave her house with her infant son because she lives at the epicenter of Washington state’s worst measles outbreak in more than two decades. Born eight weeks ago, Leon is too young to get his first measles shot, putting him at risk for the highly contagious respiratory virus, which can be fatal in small children. Gorrow also lives in a community where she said being anti-vaccine is as acceptable as being vegan or going gluten free. Almost a quarter of kids in Clark County, Wash., a suburb of Portland, Ore., go to...
  • BREAKING: Democrat Patty Murray blocks Senate bill banning infanticide after failed abortions

    02/04/2019 6:40:46 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 104 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, blocked the unanimous passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act today, a bill which would have required doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive during failed abortions. This was a unanimous consent vote, a mechanism under which the bill passes the U.S. Senate if no senator objects and individual senators’ positions are not recorded. Murray objected to the motion, claiming there are already laws against infanticide. “This is a gross misinterpretation of the actual language of the bill that is being asked to be considered and,...