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Budget deals, McNerney’s big pension, ACA blinders…


Monday, June 29, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From AP — Lawmakers race clock to finalize budget deal — As they adjourned a second overtime session and prepare to start a third one, House and Senate leaders worked Saturday to finalize details on a new two-year state operating budget that must be adopted within […]

Marriage equality, boomtown, shutdown, trading votes…


Friday, June 26, 2015   MARRIAGE EQUALITY!   ► This morning from Huffington Post — Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love. The decision is a historic […]

SCOTUScare, cueing up TPP, shutdown looms, SocSec worries…


Thursday, June 25, 2015   BREAKING   ► This morning from Huffington Post — Supreme Court rejects ACA lawsuit, preserving health insurance for millions — The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple the Affordable Care Act through the courts has just failed. On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the […]

Dear Employee, Obama’s big win, Mr. Muilenburg, war on unions…


Wednesday, June 24, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s News Tribune — State employees start receiving temporary layoff notices — Thousands of state employees in Washington state received notice Tuesday that they may be temporarily laid off if a new state budget isn’t adopted by early next week. EDITOR’S NOTE — “Dear Employee…” […]

WA will decide Fast Track, House budget, union charters…


Tuesday, June 23, 2015   FAST TRACK   UPDATE (9 a.m.) at The Stand — Murray, Cantwell put Fast Track over the top — This morning, the U.S. Senate narrowly approved a procedural motion that virtually assures passage of the “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority legislation. Needing 60 votes to invoke cloture and end debate […]

Murray’s hot seat, Inslee steps in, lifting all yachts…


Monday, June 22, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From Politico — Patty Murray, pro-trade Dems in crosshairs ahead of big trade vote — As the Senate barrels toward yet another cliffhanger vote Tuesday on trade, Murray is once again in the cross hairs: She has been targeted by a president who needs every last […]

Shutdown mess, Fast Track 2, America’s enduring racism…


Friday, June 19, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — Lacking a state budget, most state agencies will close July 1 — State officials on Thursday explained what will happen if parts of government shut down July 1, and it could be a mess. Thirty state agencies will completely close and […]

Fast Track revived, budget urgency, pension cuts…


Thursday, June 18, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► THIS MORNING at The Stand — House cuts TAA loose, passes Fast Track — As they did last week, Reps. Denny Heck, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith voted “no” on Fast Track today, but it narrowly passed 218-208. Reps. Rick Larsen, Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene […]

Cutting TAA loose, pigheaded in Olympia, ALEC’s Death Star…


Wednesday, June 17, 2015   FAST TRACK   ► From The Hill — House Republican leaders zero in on new trade strategy — The plan is to vote again — as soon as this week — on the Fast Track bill narrowly approved by the House on Friday, but to leave aside the Trade Adjustment […]

‘Unity Rallies’ Thursday, the other shutdown, GOP ♥’s lower wages…


Tuesday, June 16, 2015   STATE GOVERNMENT   ► From WFSE — ‘Public Service Matters’ Unity Rallies on Thursday — The Washington Federation of State Employees is coordinating “Unity Rallies” for this Thursday, June 18, were coordinated for the first day of the U.S. Open golf championship at Chambers Bay in Pierce County. Many legislators, […]


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