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  • Downtown Seattle shooting leaves two injured

    01/24/2015 10:22:56 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 10 replies
    KIRO 7 News ^ | 21JAN2015 | Alison Grande
    SEATTLE - An Eastside couple was stuck right in the middle of Wednesday night’s shootout at Third Avenue and Pine Street. Jennifer Bowman and her boyfriend Aaron Gazes left an event nearby and were headed home when the light turned red. All of sudden -- they heard gunfire. “We watched a gunfight go down. It was the scariest thing I’ve seen in my life,” said Bowman, who showed KIRO-7 how she tried to put her seat back to hide. Gazes considered running the red light, but was afraid he’d draw the attention of the gunmen -- 5 or 6 men...
  • Planned Parenthood Permanently Closes Abortion Clinics in New York and Washington

    01/23/2015 7:47:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Cheryl Sullenger
    As pro-life supporters from around the nation gather in Washington, D.C. today to mark the 42nd memorial of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in the U.S., Operation Rescue announces that two more abortion facilities have permanently closed. “Today, as pro-lifers, we should be encouraged that our efforts have not been in vain. Abortion clinics are closing in record numbers due to their tireless work of men, women, and young people all across this nation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “America is beginning to reject abortion, and that is evidenced in closed clinics and...
  • Obama: States more likely to legalize pot

    01/23/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama believes more states are likely to legalize marijuana following efforts in Colorado and Washington state. "My suspicion is that you're going to see other states look at this," the president told YouTube blogger Hank Green. Obama said that the federal government was "not going to spend a lot of resources" enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum...
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 291 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • As National Press Mostly Snoozes, Add Seattle to the List of Cities Where Homelessness Is Rising

    01/23/2015 7:21:44 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    News Busters ^ | January 22, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    A week ago, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, called homelessness in his city and the rest of King County a "full-blown crisis." Based on the numbers presented in coverage of the area's situation, we can certainly add the Emerald City to the list of areas where homelessness has been on the rise. Odds are that many readers here didn't know that, because the national press hardly ever pays attention to homelessness when a Democrat occupies the White House. Now imagine the firestorm which would erupt if a Republican or conservative proposed the "solution," however allegedly temporary, Murray is advancing...
  • Health-exchange problems easing, but nagging, board told

    01/22/2015 10:15:32 PM PST · by steve86 · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Patrick Marshall
    Staff of the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, which manages the state’s Wahealthplanfinder health-insurance exchange, told its board today that it had significantly improved the processing of account invoices and payments to insurance carriers. Richard Onizuka, CEO of the exchange told board members that of the accounts processed in December, those with carrier-payment problems were down to 1.7 percent, and those with invoicing problems were 1.5 percent. “We are seeing some improvement,” Onizuka said. “It still means that too many people are being affected.” “It seems enormously high to me,” new board member Mark Stensager said. “And it’s a trend that...
  • Gun rights rally at Washington Senate gallery results in ban on firearms

    01/19/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    guns.com ^ | 1/19/2015 | Chris Eger
    Blaming a rally by a group of legally armed Second Amendment advocates at the state Capitol in Olympia Thursday, Washington’s Lt. Governor ruled Friday that guns are now banned from the chamber. The rally of some 200 gun rights activists on the steps of the Capitol building Jan. 15, was a continuation of the vocal opposition to the state’s background check ballot referendum, I-594, passed by voters last November. However, when the protest spilled over into the public gallery, there was an altercation between an open carrier and a state police lieutenant that ended with threats of removal and arrest....
  • Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state

    01/16/2015 7:20:24 AM PST · by posterchild · 298 replies
    AP via finance.yahoo.com ^ | Jan 16, 2015 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's legal marijuana market opened last summer to a dearth of weed. Some stores periodically closed because they didn't have pot to sell. Prices were through the roof. Six months later, the equation has flipped, bringing serious growing pains to the new industry. A big harvest of sun-grown marijuana from eastern Washington last fall flooded the market. Prices are starting to come down in the state's licensed pot shops, but due to the glut, growers are — surprisingly — struggling to sell their marijuana. Some are already worried about going belly-up, finding it tougher than expected to...
  • Opponents of new gun law rally in Olympia, trade guns in House gallery

    01/15/2015 8:19:50 PM PST · by steve86 · 27 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 1/15/2015 | Joel Connelly
    OLYMPIA — Gun rights supporters rallied on steps of the Washington Capitol on Thursday, admitting they were caught off guard by Initiative 594 while vowing to change and repeal the voter-passed initiative on gun background checks. One legislator, Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, urged outright disobedience of the law, which requires criminal background checks for those purchasing firearms at gun shows and on-line. “We will not comply: We will ask our sheriffs and prosecutors not to comply as well,” said Shea. Shea was a visitor last year to the compound of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay...
  • Marines jump in to help woman confronted by robbers (Lynwood WA)

    01/14/2015 10:56:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    KIRO-TV, CBS 7, Seattle ^ | 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 | David Ham
    Three U.S. Marine Corps recruiters said they heard repeated honking from inside their office on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m.—when they ran out to see what was going on. “We thought there was road rage involved or a fight broke loose,” said Sgt. Riccardo Schebesta. Schebesta and two other recruiters rushed outside and saw a woman yelling for help. “She said, ‘Help me; I’m being robbed.’ I stopped paying attention to her. She's not the problem,” said Staff Sgt. Ben Shoemaker. He immediately saw one of the suspects, and ran to try and catch them. “No—that kid was never going to...
  • Report: Louisiana Named the Most Pro-Life State, Washington Most Pro-Abortion

    01/13/2015 8:20:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/13/15 | Steven Ertelt
    Americans United for Life today released its annual report about the most pro-life and pro-abortion states when it comes to passing pro-life legislation that protects women and unborn children. In a replay of last year’s best and worst, Louisiana was named most pro-life and Washington most pro-abortion. Americans United for Life released the 2015 results after analyzing progress made legislatively or in litigation in 2014. The Life List takes into account the 50 states’ overall advances since Roe v. Wade toward re-building a culture of life, including events of the last year. After Louisiana and it’s first place ranking, the...
  • Secretary Jewell Unveils Greater Sage Grouse Plan

    01/11/2015 5:15:40 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective rangeland fire response. “Targeted action is urgently needed to...
  • Undo Damage of I-594 Rally – Protect Our Gun Rights

    01/08/2015 9:22:56 AM PST · by rktman
    30calgal.com ^ | 1/7/2015 | 30calgal
    On January 15, 2015 starting at 9 a.m. a coalition of local and national gun rights groups will host the first 2015 Legislative Rally against I-594 on the front steps at the Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. The grassroots event will include hundreds of supporters of the Second Amendment rights with speakers Adina Hicks (Executive Director, Protect Our Gun Rights), Rick Halle (National Coordinator, Gun Rights Coalition), Paige Biron (President, Pink Pistols of Seattle), Alan Gottlieb (Founder, Second Amendment Foundation), Joe Huffman (Boomershoot), Bill Burris (WAC Board member, WSLEFIA Spokesperson), Rep. Brian Blake, and others that will kick off...
  • Teenager pleads guilty in beating death of WW2 veteran

    01/08/2015 1:18:24 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 50 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 1/7/15 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the beating death of 88-year-old Delbert Belton, a World War II veteran who survived the battle of Okinawa but was killed in a robbery outside a Washington state bar in 2013. Kenan Adams-Kinard pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for two lesser charges being dropped. He faces a standard sentence to 20 to 27 years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.
  • Judge: Arlene’s Flowers owner can be sued in her personal capacity

    01/07/2015 5:13:30 PM PST · by steve86 · 78 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | January 7, 2015 | Sara Schilling
    The owner of a Richland flower shop being sued over her refusal to provide services for a same-sex wedding can face claims in her personal capacity, a Benton County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Barronelle Stutzman and her Arlene’s Flowers are being sued by the state Attorney General’s office and a same-sex couple. Stutzman, a Christian, declined to provide services for the couple’s wedding because of her religious beliefs. Her attorneys argued the claims against her personally should be dropped, describing them as unprecedented and unjust. Attorneys for the state and the couple argued Stutzman can be held personally liable...
  • SECOND FLOCK INFECTED - Avian Flu Spreads in Benton County

    01/07/2015 11:45:53 AM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | January 6, 2015 | Kristi Pihl
    (They have slightly changed the title in the online edition to: "Avian flu found in second Benton County backyard flock") Veterinarians covered in white protective gear herded hundreds of chickens, ducks and other birds into blue trash-can sized barrels Tuesday in rural Richland. The vets picked up most of the birds and carefully placed them into the carbon dioxide-filled cans to kill them. State and federal employees had to use nets to capture some of the poultry and waterfowl, which had been exposed to a highly contagious strain of avian influenza. It’s deadly to birds, but humans can’t catch it....
  • I-594 Struggles, No Structure To Enforce

    01/06/2015 9:45:39 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    gunsnfreedom.com ^ | 1/6/2014 | Tim
    Initiative 594 has been in place since Dec. 4, but those who have to deal with the law requiring background checks for all firearm sales and transfers still aren’t sure what to do. No one is even certain who is enforcing the implementation of I-594, said TRAC General Manager Troy Woody, whose Pasco venue plays host to gun shows. “From what I read, there’s more confusion than answers,” he said. I-594, which passed statewide with 59 percent of the vote despite failing in Benton and Franklin counties, requires universal background checks, including on gun sales made online and at gun...
  • Second Amendment Foundation Files Federal Lawsuit Against Washington State’s Gun Control Initiative

    01/01/2015 12:46:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Second Amendment Foundation has never been one to let the rights of law-abiding citizens get trampled on without putting up a fight. It should come as no surprise, then, that they’ve taken Washington state’s gun control Initiative 594 to court. Well, parts of it at least. Via SAF: The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Tacoma, seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of portions of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure that took effect Dec. 4, alleging that “portions of I-594…are so vague that a person of ordinary intelligence cannot understand their scope,” and that other...
  • Workers Say They Are Hurting In West Coast Port Slowdown

    12/28/2014 7:18:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 26, 2014 | Connor D. Wolf
    The West Coast port slowdowns are hurting workers as well as retailers this holiday season.The NBC affiliate in Seattle reported that many of those who work for the ports can’t afford utilities or Christmas gifts for their families because the slowdowns have delayed their paychecks. The work slowdowns are the result of a seven-month labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Each side of the dispute blames the other.Vicki Raiter, the mother of one of the Port of Tacoma workers, told the local NBC affiliate, “If the shipments aren’t coming, then...
  • Kilmer calls for swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools program ( WA and across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:35:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    kbkw ^ | December 19, 2014
    Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on Congressional leaders to reauthorize a program that provides key support to rural communities. Representatives Kilmer, Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) led a letter urging the swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) to help counties with national forests. Since national forest land cannot be taxed by counties or states, for more than 100 years the Forest Service has shared revenues from timber harvests on federal lands with the nearby communities. In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the members pointed out that SRS...
  • Dropped Federal Funds Have Counties on Alert ( Rural areas across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:26:27 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Molly Priddy
    Flathead, Lincoln counties could lose millions if Secure Rural Schools is not reauthorized. Congress recently passed a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the United States government in operation, but missing from that bill are the funds that many counties in Montana have come to rely on in their annual budgets. The budget bill dropped $330 million in funding from Secure Rural Schools, a federal program run through the U.S. Forest Service providing funding for counties and schools. Last year, Flathead County received just over $1.6 million in SRS funding; roughly $1,067,000 went toward the county’s road department, and the...
  • Cultural Winner and Losers, 2014

    12/26/2014 4:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood's power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the "Rock the Vote" gang couldn't help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn't exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California. The year's biggest loser was Sony, which looked pathetically powerless in the wake of an alleged North Korea's hack attack. Worst yet were the people involved. A clearly frustrated George Clooney announced there was no one in that industry willing to sign a...
  • Washington State Supreme Court Reverses Sentences In Lakewood Cop Killings

    12/25/2014 1:16:19 PM PST · by zeestephen · 24 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | 24 December 2014 | Gene Johnson
    The Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed gun convictions and exceptional sentences issued to two people who helped Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop in 2009.
  • The 20-year Demise of a Blue State

    12/22/2014 4:35:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    I left Washington state about 20 years ago for Arizona. A Washington native, I had become fed up with the left-wing politics of Seattle. A couple of years ago, I moved back to the Pacific Northwest. A lot had changed while I was gone, and very little for the better. The only “improvement” I noticed was more greenery everywhere. The environmentalists had gotten so many restrictions passed on logging and burning dense forestation that the Evergreen State had started to look like a jungle. Everything else had gone downhill. The roads and traffic had become horrendous, especially in the Puget...
  • Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation

    12/15/2014 9:09:32 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 12/12/2014 | unknown
    In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights. In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.
  • ‘I Will Not Comply’ rally draws gun-rights supporters to Olympia

    12/14/2014 10:35:16 AM PST · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | J O’Sullivan
    Protester rallied at the state Capitol in Olympia to denounce an expanded initiative on gun-purchase background checks that voters widely approved last month. Following a tradition going back to at least the Whiskey Rebellion of the early 1790s, demonstrators gathered here Saturday afternoon at the Capitol to protest the tyranny of what they consider unlawful American government. But instead of decrying a tax on distilled liquor such as Pennsylvanians did just years after the U.S. Constitution was ratified, demonstrators here at the “I Will Not Comply” rally denounced a law expanding gun-purchase background checks that was approved last month...
  • Washington Florist Who Declined to Make Arrangements for Gay Wedding May Lose Her Business, Assets

    12/09/2014 7:12:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2014 | Samuel Smith
    A lawsuit is moving forward against a Washington State florist who refused to supply floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding ceremony based on her religious objection, which could put her at risk of serious financial loss and the loss of her business. Baronelle Stutzman, who owns and operates Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, is being sued by the Washington State attorney general's office for refusing to supply flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding ceremony. Instead, she referred the couple to another nearby florist who could supply flowers for their wedding. The attorney general's office filed its lawsuit against Stutzman in...
  • Dash cam shows officer-involved fatal shooting after 7-11 stabbing

    12/09/2014 8:28:14 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 12/09/14
    The mortal stabbing last month of a Linfield College student at a 7-Eleven near the McMinnville campus appears to be a random attack, and three officers were cleared in the fatal shooting of the assailant minutes later, the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Authorities released more than 170 pages of police reports detailing interviews from investigations into the Saturday, Nov. 15, stabbing of Parker Moore, 20, of Woodinville, Washington, and the officer-involved shooting of Joventino Bermudez-Arenas, 33, of McMinnville. No motive has been determined for the stabbing of Moore, a Linfield College football player, by Bermudez-Arenas, a tree-farm...
  • Gun control group’s work only just beginning in Washington state

    12/06/2014 8:28:58 AM PST · by rktman · 6 replies
    guns.com ^ | 12/5/2014 | chris eger
    With that law now in effect, organizers are focusing their attention on other measures to limit access to firearms in hopes of combating gun violence. They include increasing the list of misdemeanors — such as for domestic violence — that result in barring gun rights, establishing criminal penalties for those who have their unsecured guns fall into the hands of children who use them and challenging perceived public health risks from lead at shooting ranges. On top of these, the group also wants to move on the new tactic of gun violence protection orders.
  • I-594: They passed it, now we get to see what’s in it

    12/06/2014 8:15:02 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 12/4/2014 | Dave Workman
    On Tuesday, USA Today reported that anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety – a heavy financial supporter of I-594 – is now active in at least a dozen states, emboldened by what the newspaper said was a “string of victories” last month. The story noted that, “Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety also is weighing similar background-check initiatives in Arizona and Maine, and is backing one already underway in Nevada.
  • Utah to seize own land from government, challenge federal dominance of Western states

    12/04/2014 12:37:49 PM PST · by george76 · 129 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Transfer of Public Lands Act’ demands Washington relinquish 31.2 million acres by Dec. 31. In three weeks, Utah intends to seize control of 31.2 million acres of its own land now under the control of the federal government. At least, that’s the plan. In an unprecedented challenge to federal dominance of Western state lands, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012 signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act,” which demands that Washington relinquish its hold on the land, which represents more than half of the state’s 54.3 million acres, by Dec. 31. ... With the 2012 law, Utah placed itself on...
  • Seattle Muslim arrested for threats against Ferguson officer

    12/03/2014 12:12:16 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies
    gopusa.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Seattle Times
    Federal prosecutors have charged a Kirkland man with making interstate threats against the life of the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and his family.
  • Editorial: NRA needs to keep hands off Initiative 594

    12/03/2014 9:09:33 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 11/30/2014 | editorial
    Lawmakers have enough work to do without wasting time on misguided NRA attempts to curb Initiative 594.
  • Washington Felon Arrested for Threatening to Kill Darren Wilson & White Police Officers

    12/02/2014 7:14:07 PM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Dec. 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Jaleel Tarik Abdul-Jabbaar, from Washington, was arrested in Seattle for making repeated threats on Facebook to kill Darren Wilson and white police officers.</p> <p>Abdul-Jabbar wrote, “I would love to smoke a white motha f*cking cop.”</p> <p>A Kirkland man with a criminal history was arrested in Seattle after making repeated threats on Facebook to kill white police officers in Ferguson, Mo., including former FPD officer Darren Wilson.</p>
  • Kirkland man arrested for threats to kill Ferguson officer

    12/02/2014 2:43:46 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Komo News ^ | 12/02/14
    SEATTLE - Federal officials have arrested a Washington state man for allegedly posting Internet threats to kill the police officer who shot and killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of Kirkland was arrested early Tuesday at his home. According to court documents, he began posting threats to kill the officer and members of his family on a Facebook page soon after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. The criminal complaint only refers to former officer Darren Wilson as D.W. He has since resigned from the police department.
  • Officious White Hipsters Crash Seattle Tree-Lighting Over Ferguson, MAKE LITTLE KIDS CRY

    11/30/2014 8:10:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2014 | Eric Owens
    A caffeinated gang of annoying white hipsters in Seattle did their level best to ruin Christmas this year by surrounding the city’s annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, chanting and making a bunch of little kids cry. The young, well-heeled, largely white crowd of demonstrators was protesting in response to Monday’s announcement that a grand jury in Missouri had refused to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black male, on Aug. 9. Friday’s incident in Seattle occurred at Westlake Mall, according to local NBC affiliate KING-TV. Westlake Mall is some 2,119 miles away from Ferguson, Mo.,...
  • ‘Terrified’ Young Christmas Carolers ‘Burst Into Tears’ as Michael Brown Protesters Surround Them

    11/29/2014 9:40:31 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 103 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 29, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    Among the feats many Michael Brown protesters pulled off as they stormed Seattle’s Westlake Mall on Black Friday was targeting a children’s choir set to sing Christmas carols, KING-TV reported as part of a video segment. A journalist with KING, Mark Wright, wrote this on his Facebook page: Some of you may know that tonight’s tree lighting at Westlake Center was cut short by protesters. I feel really bad for a group of children from the 5th Avenue Theater. They came tonight, excited to sing. When the protesters overtook the balcony, the children were absolutely terrified. I helped usher them...
  • Seattle protesters take to street to decry Ferguson decision(all 100 of them)

    11/24/2014 7:02:31 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/24/2014 | Paige Cornwell and Steve Miletich
    About 100 people are marching in downtown Seattle to protest the decision by a Missouri grand jury to not indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. Shouting “No justice, no peace,” the marchers are headed from Westlake Park, site of an earlier rally, down Fourth Avenue and then looping back to Westlake Park. Dozens of Seattle police  bicycle officers are stationed along the streets, watching the crowd, which has thus far been peaceful.
  • (Seattle Socialist Councilwoman) Sawant spends five hours in jail and continues $15 wage push

    11/20/2014 7:01:15 PM PST · by steve86 · 14 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/20/2014 | Jennifer Sullivan
    Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said Thursday that even though she spent five hours in jail the previous night, after a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac, her push to raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 will continue. Speaking from her office, Sawant said “last night’s action was really inspiring for everybody.” “We have to keep up the pressure,” Sawant said. “We’ve seen how big business has been on the offensive against workers rights. We need to defend our victories and fight for $15 an hour for all workers.” Sawant was booked into the South Correctional...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • OR and WA Differences in Recreational Marijuana

    11/18/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by steve86 · 4 replies
    Local NBC Right Now ^ | 11/18/2014 | Morgan Ashley
    KENNEWICK, WA- Measure 91, approving recreational marijuana use in Oregon, has lawmakers developing rules and regulations. Many wonder if Oregon will adopt similar policies as Washington. Both Liquor Control Boards have set rules for both I-502 in Washington and Measure 91 in Oregon that will take effect on July 1st of next year, but there are a few big differences between the states. NBC Right Now spoke with both boards Tuesday to simplify the details. In Washington and Oregon you can have up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana in your possession. In Oregon you can have up to 8...
  • Washington's First Pot Auction Brings In $600,000

    11/16/2014 6:53:05 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 16 November 2014
    Fireweed Farms of Prosser sold about 300 pounds of pot to state-licensed processors and retailers Saturday...Buyers were provided with a detailed list of strains and lot sizes that provided a complete potency profile, labeling requirements and the date the batch was tested by Confidence Analytics, a state-certified laboratory.
  • Thousands Of Washington State Gun Owners Plan Huge Civil Disobedience Event

    11/16/2014 1:43:36 PM PST · by Robwin · 39 replies
    Truth and Action ^ | November 15, 2014 | Truth and Action
    "We will rally at the capitol, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way … We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT comply.” Under I-594, transmitting a gun to someone in most circumstances – such as lending your gun to a family member or friend at the shooting range would constitute a felony. Many gun owners have transmitted their gun at one point to a friend or relative to...
  • First-day glitch shuts state’s health-insurance exchange

    11/16/2014 6:14:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 16, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler and Patrick Marshall
    Internal checks determined the state Healthplanfinder website was miscalculating the amount of tax credits applicants were eligible for. So exchange officials decided to shut the site down for repairs. They hope to have it back up on Sunday. “It’s our plan to be up as soon as possible,” said Michael Marchand, communications director of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. By early evening Saturday, the exchange issued a release saying it is expected to be back online by 8 a.m. Sunday. The tax-credit calculations are critical to the site’s utility. Based on an applicant’s income level, the credits...
  • Marijuana Auction Sells Close to 500 Pounds, Attracts Nearly 100 Bidders [WA]

    11/15/2014 8:16:28 PM PST · by steve86 · 28 replies
    KNDU Right Now ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Raven Richard
    PROSSER, WA- Fireweed Farm made history Saturday after they hosted the first marijuana auction in the state. Nearly 500 pounds of marijuana were auctioned off Saturday to approved producers, retailers, and processors. Those bidders came from all over to get in on the marijuana action. There is a first time for everything, and many did not know what to expect. “I expected nothing to be quite honest with you and everything at the same time,” said Jack Ron, marijuana grower. Nearly 100 producers, processors, and retailers from Spokane, Vancouver, Bellingham, and other areas around the state, bid on marijuana from...
  • Teachable Moment on Israel

    11/14/2014 6:45:46 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 13, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of activists in the state of Washington are promoting an anti-Israel curriculum that high school social studies teachers are considering adopting. Ed Mast and Linda Bevis, of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, have developed “The Palestine Teaching Trunk.” Bevis gave a presentation on it in October at the Washington State Council for the Social Studies annual meeting, Edward Alexander reported in The Weekly Standard on November 10, 2014. “In 1967, Israel seized control of the West Bank and Gaza from Egypt and Jordan,” the “Teaching Trunk curriculum reads. “Israel instituted a military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank—which...
  • New England coastal communities threatened by feds' ban on cod fishing

    11/12/2014 9:57:04 PM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 12, 2014
    Federal regulators slapped a six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next year’s catch by up to 75 percent, in a move some say will destroy the livelihoods of fishermen across the region. ... NOAA announced several measures, including the ban which expands no-fishing zones, on Monday. But fishermen whose livelihoods rely on catching cod, as well as the coastal communities that depend on money coming in from that industry, worry the new regulations will devastate them.
  • WE STAND RALLY, OLYMPIA WASHINGTON

    11/13/2014 9:29:48 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 13 replies
    We stand | NOV 14, 2014 | we stand
    Date: 12/13/14 Time: 11am Location: WA State Capital, Gateway Park. 416 Sid Snyder Ave SW Olympia, WA Pass the word. WE STAND! On Nov 4th 2014 a new gun law was passed in Washington that will make as much as handing a friend your gun a felony. We will not tolerate this law and I am going to do what I said I would do in my video. Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyrants, or will you stand for the liberty of your children? We’re not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is...
  • 24-Year-Old Republican Baffles Democrats, Heads to the State House

    11/13/2014 12:05:09 PM PST · by Baynative · 54 replies
    Seattle Weekly ^ | 11/11/14 | Ellis E. Conklin
    From the outset to the bitter end, Democrats would not take her seriously. She was too young, they said, unseasoned and unqualified—just a pretty face with a thin resume and no political experience. Then 24-year-old Melanie Stambaugh shocked them all and won going away.
  • Gunnison sage grouse gets federal protection ( Colorado and Utah )

    11/12/2014 10:30:17 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    ap ^ | Nov. 12, 2014
    Federal wildlife officials have granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse, a move that could to bring restrictions on oil and gas drilling and other land uses to preserve the bird's habitat in Colorado and Utah. ... They're related to the greater sage grouse, which is at the center of a separate and larger debate over federal protection across 11 Western states.