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- Lawmakers Jab at State Supreme Court: Bill Would Make Justices’ Elections Partisan December 22, 2014In a shot at the state Supreme Court, 19 state representatives — including three Democrats — have filed House Bill 1051, which would turn races for the state’s high court into partisan contests. (The court’s nine justices are now elected in nonpartisan races.) The post Lawmakers Jab at State Supreme Court: Bill Would Make Justices’ Elections Partisan appeare
- Inslee Cap-and-Trade Plan Could Hit 130 Enterprises, Including 5 Refineries December 22, 2014Early indications are that a number of companies that are household names — including Boeing’s Everett airplane plant, BP’s refinery in Whatcom County, and several of Puget Sound Energy’s power plants around the state — could be covered under the proposal that would in effect tax emitters of more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon […] The post Inslee Cap-and-
- EPA To Step In On Fish-Consumption Rule If State Fails To Act December 19, 2014The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it plans to come up with updated water quality standards for Washington partly tied to how much fish people eat – in case the state doesn’t do it by next year. The post EPA To Step In On Fish-Consumption Rule If State Fails To Act appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- THE WORLD CLASS HOUR on FTR RADIO – 12/16/14 – with @SamARosado December 17, 2014It’s with a heavy heart and after much consideration that I’m writing this. I’m stepping down as the Director/Producer/Putin Picture Purveyor of The World Class Hour. I’m not the same guy I was 2 or 3 years ago when we started this. I was single, underemployed and went to bed a hell of a lot […]
- 3 International Stories to Watch Today: Attacks in Pakistan, Syria & Yemen December 16, 20141) The Pakistan Taliban attacked a military-run school in Peshawar leaving 141 dead, most of them children, and an additional 120 people were wounded in the largest attack of its kind in Pakistan. 2) A car bomb attack in Yemen killed 25 people, the bomb hit a school bus at a (Shia) Houthi crossing point, […]
- 3 International Stories to Watch Today: Mexico, Denmark & Israel December 16, 20141) Several officers were injured during a clash with protesters in Mexico. The protesters were organizing a concert in support of the 43 missing students, lost more than 2 months ago. 2) Denmark has presented an official claim to the North Pole, challenging Russia and Canada. 3) Sec. of State John Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister […]
- Facebook Helps Putin Shut Down Dissidents December 22, 2014Facebook is facing heightened scrutiny of its conduct in countries with authoritarian regimes amid reports that an events page for Russia’s most prominent dissident was blocked by the company at the insistence of the Russian government.
- Obama Gives Military 1 Percent Pay Raise December 22, 2014A majority of U.S. military service members will receive a 1 percent pay raise in their basic pay beginning in January 2015, the Pentagon announced on Monday.
- China to Target Foreign-Funded Groups December 22, 2014Chinese officials are discussing a law that would clamp down on the activities of foreign-funded organizations, Reuters reports. If passed, the new policy would further suppress dissent in the country.
- Highway User Fees December 22, 2014The American Petroleum Institute has a web page showing how much of the price you pay for gasoline goes to the government in each state. They include ordinary gas taxes as well as sales taxes on gasoline, but not taxes paid by the oil companies themselves. Click image to go to the API web site […]
- More Expensive Than It Should Be December 19, 2014The Economist reports that housing in China is “cheaper than you think.” The magazine-that-calls-itself-a-newspaper’s measure of affordability is the average price of a 100-square-meter (1,076-square-foot) home divided by average household income. Older mid-rise homes in Shanghai are torn down and replaced with high rises. Flickr photo by Paolo Vasta. In meg
- Buying a Self-Driving Car December 18, 2014BMW has announced that it will demonstrate a valet-parking car at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. This is more than a car that can parallel park by itself. Instead, it is a car that can cruise through a parking garage until it finds an empty space and park there until […]