Corporations Politics Washington State Politics

Puget Sound Energy campaign donations

Puget Sound Energy is planning to lay down new power lines on the Eastside, claiming that the existing infrastructure is too old and too inadequate to deal with the expanded energy needs of the booming population. They call their project Energize Eastside. But community groups oppose the project, saying that new technology such as batteries […]

Citizens United Constitution Politics Washington State Politics

SJM 8001 and SJM 8002: Two Washington State resolutions proposing to amend the U.S. Constitution

Two Washington State resolutions call for amending the U.S. Constitution: SJM 8001 – 2019-20: Calling on Congress to exercise its authority under Article V of the United States Constitution to regulate money spent on elections. (Sponsors: Hasegawa, Frockt) SJM 8002 – 2019-20: Asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the […]

Homelessness Housing

Trickle Down Town: a film about homelessness in Seattle

I went to see the film Trickle Down Town, by Thomasz Biernacki, about homelessness in Seattle. It was inspiring. Mostly it was in-depth interviews with several people who faced homelessness. One is a (beautiful) young woman who became addicted first to Oxycontin and then to heroin; who went through a period where she sold her […]

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Push-back from Congress on US meddling in Venezuela

The Hill is reporting that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) has released a statement in opposition to US intervention in Venezuela: “I do worry about the president’s saber rattling, his hints that U.S. military intervention remains an option. I want to make clear to our witnesses and to anyone else watching: U.S. […]

Politics

To Settle or Not to Settle: the ongoing battle between mainstream and progressive Dems

These first two meme images shared on social media make a similar point: On the other hand, On facebook, I often seem images and posts like these. Some people threaten to unfriend anyone who (1) criticizes or fails to support their favorite candidate , or who (2) criticizes any Democratic candidate.  Given the cost of […]

Health care Washington State Politics

Fate of Senate bill 5222 (universal healthcare)

I heard from Whole Washington that Senate Bill 5222 (universal healthcare) was stalling in committee. I emailed Senator Anette Cleveland to ask why she’s holding it up and to encourage her to support it. Here’s her response: From: Cleveland, Sen. Annette <Annette.Cleveland@leg.wa.gov> Date: Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 4:56 PM Subject: RE: Senate Bill 5222: […]

Clean Energy Climate Change Politics

Rep. Adam Smith meets with 30 climate activists at his Renton office

This morning, Rep. Adam Smith (WA, CD-09, D) met at his Renton office with about 30 climate change activists who came to thank him for signing on to support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution. Rep. Smith said “A durable progressive majority is the best way to get a Green New Deal.”  For now, with […]

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Speech to Adam Smith, for the 41st LD Dems meeting in Issaquah on Feb 20, 2019

Thank you, Representative Smith, for writing your statement, for attending this meeting, and for your efforts. We are honored by your presence. The United States has killed millions of people and wasted trillions of dollars in corrupt, misbegotten, disastrous wars and proxy wars. These wars have propped up brutal regimes and have led to immense […]