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Sausage Links, tree-cutting edition

Timber! The Seattle Times has a series of special reports about the lack of oversight in the logging industry and the cost to state taxpayers. According to the report, no one checked when Weyerhaeuser started clear-cutting unstable slopes, some of which eventually slid and cost millions of dollars to clean up. Naturally, David Goldstein at Horse's Ass blames Republican-led deregulation. ...


Timber! The Seattle Times has a series of special reports about the lack of oversight in the logging industry and the cost to state taxpayers. According to the report, no one checked when Weyerhaeuser started clear-cutting unstable slopes, some of which eventually slid and cost millions of dollars to clean up. Naturally, David Goldstein at Horse's Ass blames Republican-led deregulation. ...

Gregoire or Rossi? Who's it gonna be? For those of you who aren't interested in the presumed Democratic or Republican candidates — you'll have to vote for someone else. Rich Roesler at the Spokesman-Review takes a quick peak at a few of the "other-ran" candidates.

Meanwhile, the folks at Sound Politics say the latest efforts by state Rep. Jay Rodne, R-North Bend, to expand the state's attorney-client privilege law is ridiculous. ...

New kid on the block: Washington residents will soon be notified by e-mail if they want to know when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood. ...

No new head on the block: Another big settlement against the Seattle Police Department has led to a huge crackdown on police brutality another day without discipline for offending officers. Still, the SPD is optimistic about bringing more cops onto the force. ...

New kid on the docket: Despite a formatting error in the text of Initiative 1029 — a ballot measure that would require all long-term care workers to earn a state certification — Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed says there's no problem there. ...

Nothing to see here: Reed also assured voters that the "top-two" primary will go ahead as planned, despite claims from the Democratic and Republican parties that the state is ignoring an order from a federal judge. ...

Nothing to worry about: The op-ed board at The Seattle Times says Mayor Greg Nickels' proposed 20-cent-per-plastic grocery bag fee is well worth it. ...

A lot to worry about: Just like everyone else in the city, North Seattle residents don't want a jail near their community either. ...

Good advertising: Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian notes Sunday's New York Times story about Portland's young liberals and Barack Obama is perfect product placement for the PDX brand. ...

Bad advertising: P-I columnist Joel Connelly berates the Building Industry Association of Washington for its "Don't let Seattle steal this election" signs in Eastern Washington. ...

For whom the bell tolls: Eli Sanders at The Stranger notices Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner isn't on her party's list to receive extra money for her closely contested race against Republican incumbent Sen. Dave Reichert. ...

For whom the toll bells: The News Tribune reports commuters in Tacoma are dying not to be the only ones in the state who have to pay to cross a bridge. ...

For whom the poll swells: The voter registration deadline in Washington state is getting closer. ...

And finally, meet Pro-Life (yep, that's his real name), the Idaho Senate candidate attempting to take over the vacant seat of notorious foot-tapper Larry Craig. He's pro-life, pro-gun, an organic strawberry farmer, and a father of 15 children. ...

Clark Fredricksen is a Crosscut staff writer. You can reach him at clark.fredricksen@crosscut.com.


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