Wednesday, February 10, 2016
► In today’s Seattle Times — A new low point in state governance (editorial) — Republicans’ standing on (transportation) issues was undermined by their brash and hyperpartisan approach, including over-the-top verbal attacks on Peterson on Friday.
► In today’s Olympian — Ex-Rep. Unsoeld offers sound advice (editorial) — Says the former member of Congress:
“Today our nation as a whole, and certainly our political institutions, are polarized to an extent that has nearly paralyzed us from governing ourselves in a way that serves the common good rather than the victory of one group over another … In the long run, how we treat each other is as important as who serves as transportation secretary or who holds the current majority in the Washington State Senate.”
► In today’s Olympian — Peterson’s firing fits with 2016 campaigns (editorial) — If this legislative session wasn’t already the warmup to a season of bare-knuckle campaigns in 2016, it is now. Stay tuned to see who is next.
► From KUOW — Lawmakers consider putting a price on carbon — State lawmakers this week began discussing a measure that could make Washington the first state to tax residents and businesses on their carbon emissions.
► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Nearly $3 million in tax breaks used to recruit AutoZone to Washington — Washington taxpayers will invest nearly $3 million to bring Memphis,-based AutoZone Inc. and its 200-job distribution warehouse to Pasco.
► In today’s News Tribune — Lawmakers seek changes at Western State Hospital — A proposal set to be introduced Wednesday in the Legislature comes as federal inspectors are paying a visit to Western State Hospital this week to check on safety problems they found last year.
► In the P.S. Business Journal — Everett Boeing supplier nixes contract offer, negotiations resume — Workers at Cadence Aerospace-Giddens in Everett may have surprised even union organizers by roundly defeating a contract Machinists District Lodge 751 had endorsed. In voting Friday, 94 percent of the company’s 220 employees voted to reject the contract, and 89 percent voted to strike.
► In the P.S. Business Journal — Boeing leader paints bright picture of future despite pointed questions about company weaknesses — Director of Marketing Randy Tinseth took a cup-half-full approach to several pointed questions on Tuesday.
► In today’s News Tribune — Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way is sold — Industrial Realty Group purchased the Federal Way campus of Weyerhaeuser, which plans to move its corporate headquarters to Seattle.
► In today’s Oregonian — Portland contractor threatened violence against whistleblowers, labor commissioner says — Oregon’s top labor official says Evan D. Williams threatened to physically harm his employees last fall in response to a state investigation into unfair pay.
► From The Hill — Trump, Sanders post big wins in New Hampshire — Both anti-establishment candidates won handily on Tuesday.
► From The Hill — Clinton allies panic over message — Allies say her campaign’s problems boil down to a fundamental problem: messaging.
► From Politico — GOP establishment stares into the abyss — Far from winnowing the crowded field of mainstream GOP contenders and allowing it to unify around a standard-bearer, New Hampshire thrust it further into chaos.
► From The Atlantic — Restoring voting rights for felons in Maryland — The Maryland General Assembly restored Tuesday the right to vote for more than 40,000 released felons, overriding a veto by Governor Larry Hogan.
► In today’s — Virginia argues centuries of racism are ‘not relevant’ to current Voter ID law — Attorneys for the state of Virginia are trying to prevent any testimony about the state’s history of racism from being heard in an upcoming trial over Virginia’s strict voter ID law.
► From Politico — Obama seeks tax hikes on banks, the wealthy to pay for budget — President Barack Obama’s final budget proposal is a clarion call for Democratic progressivism — a $4.1 trillion spending blueprint that would pour billions into clean energy, education and health care, and pay for it by raising taxes on big banks and the wealthy.
► In today’s Tri-City Herald — Obama proposes Hanford budget cut next year
► In today’s NY Times — Republican budget tantrum (editorial) — It’s a new low when the chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees won’t even hold hearings with the White House budget director.
► From TPM — What congressional Republicans’ snub of Obama’s budget really says — It is his final budget blueprint, his last chance to put his vision for the future in front of voters and Congress, but Republicans will not even pretend to give President Obama’s last budget plan any serious consideration, a brush off that upends decades of decorum on Capitol Hill.
► From Workforce — Congress puts brakes on ‘Cadillac’ — Just as employers were gearing up to address the looming “Cadillac” tax, Congress has pumped the brakes on it. In a rare bipartisan effort in this Congress, the legislators in December deferred the 40 percent excise tax until 2020. And it has many employers taking their collective foot off the gas and breathing a sigh of relief, at least for now.
► From The Hill — Customs bill expected to clear Senate on Thursday — An agreement was reached allowing the customs bill to move forward in exchange for consideration of a measure that would enable states to collect sales taxes from online retailers. The AFL-CIO sent a letter to senators on Tuesday calling on them to oppose the bill over numerous issues including currency, climate and the Internet tax ban.
► In today’s NY Times — Justices block Obama restrictions on coal emissions — The Supreme Court’s willingness to issue a stay while the case proceeds was a hint that the emissions rules to fight climate change could face a skeptical reception.
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