State and National News:
As you know, the government shut down on Friday. This is being discussed everywhere and anywhere, so I’m not sure I have a lot to add, except THE DEMOCRATS DID IT. Anyway, read about it on Fox News or USA Today.
This weekend members of our state party delegation are helping choose a new chairman for WA State Republican Party.
“A Senate committee is considering a bill that could bring an end to some of Washington state’s largest salmon farms.” (Journal)
Former Washington governor, King County executive John Spellman dies, (Seattle Times or Kitsap Sun).
“Salish Sea activists occupy the front steps of the state capitol.” (Journal reports).
- Also from this article, “Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, plans to introduce the Salish Sea Protection Act that would fund oil spill prevention, update response plans if an oil spill happens, establish rescue tugboat efforts and coordinate emergency efforts with Canadian officials.”
- Mandi Johnson’s editorial in the local paper was on this as well, “What we can do today to help the orcas.”
- You can read more about it in the Island Guardian, which has a succinct summary.
The WA State Legislature passed a $4 billion construction budget and a water rights bill to deal with the effects of the Hirst decision, Bellingham Herald reports.
- “The bill passed Thursday would spend $300 million over 15 years to restore and enhance watersheds while allowing counties to once again rely on Ecology to issue building permits for land with permit-exempt wells.”
- “There were mixed reviews on the bill, which passed with a smattering of ‘no’ votes from both Republicans and Democrats.”
- You can also read our local paper’s coverage here, drawn from an affiliate of the Journal.
- Given that we discussed the Washington Policy Center in this issue, read their report on this issue here.
Governor Inslee also rolled out his plans for a state carbon tax. (Journal).
- An editorial was in the Journal titled “County should call on Congress to pass Carbon Fee-and-Dividend legislation.” Anybody want to disagree with him?
- Senator Ranker also commented on this in the Sounder: “Sen. Ranker comments on carbon tax proposal
The number of drivers in the state of Washington has reached over 1 million drivers, as the Seattle Times reports. In our county the increase is 50% more drivers over the age of 60 since 2010.
Jan 9th, Fed Judge blocked Trump’s move to end DACA program (Reuters) — inexplicably ruling that Trumps executive order can’t cancel Obama’s executive order, you know because Trump is bad and stuff. Kidding aside, what Trump was actually doing was insist that congress deal with this issue.
- His (admittedly crude) comments after were widely misconstrued as applying to people rather than infrastructure. Also, consider this Peace Core member’s experience in Africa (link to American Thinker).
From the Jan 8th Seattle Times newsletter: “Voters in our state are most worried about schools and taxes, and they aren’t feeling too sunny about the chances of improvement on those issues, a new poll says as the Legislature returns today with two Seattle-area Democrats in new leadership roles. And how will the Dems use their majorities? The Senate’s majority leader shares her plans on our podcast, The Overcast.” Mcleary and Hurst still cast a long shadow.