Monday, August 25, 2014
► In today’s (Everett) Herald — A changing political landscape (editorial) — On Friday, a federal judge issued a sweeping summary judgment, presaging a more representative political landscape in Yakima. It’s a case study in democracy, in the occasional need for litigation to prod the better angels, and in the weight of Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act. It also signals a sea change in the business-as-usual, pay-no-attention-to-the-changing demographics of Northwest politics… In the next legislative session, lawmakers need to make passage of the Washington Voting Rights Act a priority. If the arc of the moral universe is long, it still bends toward justice — and democracy.
EDITOR’S NOTE — Delegates representing unions from across Washington unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Voting Rights Act and will work to get it passed in 2015. Meanwhile, as advocates fight for a better democracy…
► In the (Everett) Herald — Snohomish Co. has worst voter turnout in state — The county’s final turnout figure was 25.6 percent.
► In the News Tribune — Pierce Co. is 38th of 39 counties for voter turnout — 27%.
► In today’s Olympian — State wants more time to stop ‘parking’ mental patients in ERs — Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration says it has identified an extra 145 beds at a cost of up to $30 million and asked the Washington State Supreme Court for more time to add them.
► In the Spokesman-Review — State’s fiscal choices far from easy (editorial) — As the political campaigns begin in earnest, voters should ask tough questions about how they expect Washington to meet all its obligations. Until this biennium, the answer was tuition increases at state universities. That’s the wrong answer for the state’s middle class, and the aerospace, and information and biotechnology industries that are the key to the state’s future.
► In today’s Seattle Times — Boeing wins 82-jet order from BOC Aviation — Singapore-based BOC Aviation ordered 50 737 MAX 8 and 30 Next Generation 737-800 aircraft from Boeing. The order is valued at $8.8 billion at list prices, but buyers get large discounts on big orders so the real price is likely around $4.3 billion.
► In the News Tribune — County executive wants authority to pay employees up to two hours for bad-weather days — The change aims to provide flexibility while avoiding having to shut down county facilities and pay workers for their entire shift, as happened in 2012.
► In The Hill — As Obama returns, advocates look for executive action — Obama’s two weeks on Martha’s Vineyard were plagued by dual crises, in Iraq and in Ferguson, Mo. But his break was also something of a blackout period for news about actions the White House is weighing on immigration reform and so-called corporate “inversions,” a business maneuver companies use to reduce their tax burdens.
It’s become obvious to me that Walmart purposefully does this to make up for the chronic under-staffing. I’ve often had to cut associates hours in order to ensure that all of the salaried managers would receive our annual bonuses. This practice is one of the most corrupt Walmart uses — they tie the payroll costs to salaried managers bonuses.
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