The partial government shutdown is now 14 days old as the deadline for the federal government to raise its debt limit looms this Thursday. But in recent days, momentum seems to be building towards a short term solution. Why now?
Slate writer Will Saletan says it has a lot to do with record-low polling numbers for the GOP, and shaky financial markets. He talks with Steve Scher.
As the partial government shutdown drags into its third week, some companies haven’t missed the opportunity to squeeze some publicity out of it. Last week, Starbucks gave away free cups of coffee to anyone who bought another person a beverage in its stores. The company also urged customers to sign a petition, asking lawmakers to end the shutdown.
And until Monday night in unincorporated King County, going in public was allowed. That's when the council voted to ban public urination and defecation and to fine violators $125. The new rule doesn't apply to those younger than 12.
Light rail has been a contentious issue for the Bellevue City Council in recent years, with members divided on the project. Now the Eastside’s light rail line is in final design and no longer in doubt. But those light rail disputes are still campaign fodder for incumbent Kevin Wallace and his challenger Steve Kasner, one of three races for the council that will be taking place in November.
Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:29 pm
Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest. It's another effect of the partial government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation's capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.
Timber companies received letters from the Forest Service telling them to cease operations. That's because the employees who oversee and inspect timber sales were furloughed.
Seattle incumbent mayor Mike McGinn and challenger state Senator Ed Murray met in their first televised debate this week. Our panel weighs in on the candidate's performance and the latest polling. Word of a compromise is heard from Washington, D.C., as the partial government shutdown continues into a second week. Where does the Washington state delegation stand? Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank dials in from Chicago.
When it comes to Washingtonian sentiment about government gridlock, partisan politics is the name of the game. Whether it’s here in the Puget Sound region, or in the Central and Eastern parts of the state, political leanings are the lens through which Washington residents are viewing the crisis.
Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 2:14 pm
Washington schools chief Randy Dorn says the time has come to raise taxes to increase funding for public education. And he’s prepared to lead the fight.
Dorn styles himself as a bit of a maverick. He says his job is to make adults uncomfortable. He recently gave the legislature a grade of "incomplete" for its first down payment on a Supreme Court decision that says Washington is not adequately funding public schools.
Paychecks and research have come to a halt at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle due to the partial government shutdown. Some NOAA researchers have been given special dispensation to come in to work only to feed the fish and invertebrates they study.
Morale at NOAA is pretty low for the skeleton crew that continues to come in to forecast the weather. So on Thursday they held a potluck to raise their spirits, serving up dishes with names like sequester quencher soda and filibuster parfait.
Correspondent Anna King speaks with David Hyde about the firing of Hanford whistleblower Walter Tamosaitis and reports on the Department of Energy’s announcement of more cleanup delays of the Hanford radioactive waste site.
Washington state is facing a crisis when it comes to providing beds for psychiatric care. On a per capita basis, according to a 2009 national report, Washington ranks at the very bottom.
When beds are unavailable at psychiatric hospitals and regional mental health providers, hospital emergency rooms are often a last resort. Mental health advocates say this is a huge problem, because in some cases, mentally ill people are housed in emergency rooms for months, without access to sufficient treatment.
In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support.