Wednesday, August 5, 2015
► In the Seattle Times — Does the Trans-Pacific Partnership die with a whimper? (by Jon Talton) — In the end, the TPP’s biggest enemy won’t be liberal politicians, labor unions or environmentalists. It will be nations looking out for the interests of some of their most politically potent industries.
► From SecState.wa.gov — Rep. Gregory in tight race in the 30th District — Republican challenger Teri Hickel edged Rep. Carol Gregory (D-Federal Way) 50.7% to 49.3% in Tuesday’s primary race.
► In today’s Spokesman-Review — Rep. Dye likely will face Democrat for state House seat — Democrat Kenneth E. Caylor, a former Othello City Council member, is in position to move to the general election to face Republican Mary Dye (48%) with his second-place showing of 27%.
► In today’s Yakima H-R — Yakima City Council: Latinos advance, incumbents cruise — For the first time in Yakima’s history, a Latino candidate is guaranteed election to the City Council: Two advanced in the race for District 1, and three more are advancing to the general election in other district races.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This year, state Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) introduced HB 1104, to try to make Washington the ninth state with an ag-gag law. Whistleblowing employees have played a vital role in exposing animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems on farms. For example, in May 2014, the United Farm Workers released disturbing photos of sick cows at Darigold dairies that workers were ordered to milk. Not surprisingly, ALEC is behind the national push to enact such ag-gag laws.
► In today’s Seattle Times — Lanham retires as head of aerospace group she founded — Linda Lanham, who lobbied for the Machinists union in Olympia for 26 years, then founded an aviation-industry trade group promoting the interests of aerospace companies including Boeing, has retired… In the most recent legislative session, Lanham testified against efforts by both the Machinists union and SPEEA to tie the existing aerospace incentives to employment levels and to a minimum wage.
EDITOR’S NOTE — The Aerospace Futures Alliance had one paid employee — Lanham — and was run out of her house.
► In today’s P.S., Business Journal — Video lauds Legislature for long-awaited $16B transportation package — The Seattle Metro Chamber is wasting no time expressing gratitude to the state Legislature for passing a $16.1 billion transportation package to improve roads and bridges across the state.
► In today’s Spokesman-Review — People, not city, should vote on workers’ bill of rights (by Shawn Vestal) — The city of Spokane has, in essence, sued its citizens on behalf of corporations, trying to prevent voters from getting even a peek at an initiative that would enshrine the kinds of workers’ rights that give the business community the night terrors.
► In the Seattle Times — Groups go to court to challenge city’s OK of Hedreen hotel plan — Unite Here Local 8 and Alliance for a Livable Denny Triangle have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the city’s go-ahead for R.C. Hedreen Co.’s proposal to build a 1,264-room hotel at 808 Howell St. in the Denny Triangle neighborhood.
► From CBS News — Companies face new disclosures about CEO pay — The SEC on Wednesday is expected to adopt final rules requiring disclosure of the ratio of CEO pay to the median worker at publicly held companies. “We’ve been waiting eagerly for more than five years now. The disclosure will provide important context for investors,” said Heather Slavkin Corzo of the AFL-CIO.
► From The Hill — Aviation bill is up in the air — The FAA bill, which includes funding for air traffic controllers, is scheduled to expire Sept. 30. But Congress is expected to return its focus on highways upon returning to Washington next month. Air travel advocates are worried that the twin cliffs will mean aviation will get the short end of the stick when lawmakers return to Washington.
► In today’s NY Times — The Voting Rights Act at 50 — Today, there are no poll taxes or literacy tests, but the right to vote is more fragile than ever.
ALSO at The Stand — Something scary happened in 1975 — to wages (by Stan Sorscher)
► In the LA Times — High drama in union vote — Actors, extras, stunt people and other performers are once again squaring off over who should lead SAG-AFTRA in an unusually close election that has highlighted growing anxieties over how talent is compensated in the Internet age.
► From Think Progress — What’s the matter with Kansas? They’re losing all of their teachers — Kansas embarked on an experiment with radical right-wing policies since Gov. Sam Brownback (R) was elected in 2010, and it failed miserably. Now, a teacher shortage appears to be the latest consequence of Kansas’ abject failure to manage its economy. It’s not hard to see why teachers don’t want to work in Kansas.
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