The big, Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group today bought Fisher Broadcasting, the longtime owner of KOMO radio and TV as well as several other radio stations here and 19 other television stations. The Seattle Times Jon Talton sums it up with his typical direct insight as "bad news" for Seattle; a loss of corporate jobs and "distinct local voice." Scott Sunde at seattlepi.com notes Sinclair's conservative leanings, including a report that it forced all its stations to air an anti-John Kerry piece two weeks before the 2004 election.
Two state Democratic senators today sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (a Republican), expressing their regret for what they describe as the "undignified reception" he received in Olympia from the Republican-dominated Majority Caucus Coalition.
Republican Sen. Don Benton, in particular, boasted in a Republican blog post that he'd demolished LaHood in a discussion over the proposed Columbia River Crossing. Did we say boasting? Or crowing. Or strutting: The headline reads "Benton 1, U.S. transportation secretary 0." "[I]t wasn’t even a fair fight," Benton reports in the post. "I’d say we schooled the transportation secretary in a way he couldn’t possibly have expected."
This could get juicier, too. Republicans took down a video of the discussion and deleted a tweet about it. According to a Senate Democratic spokesperson, LaHood and his host, Gov. Jay Inslee, hadn't been told they were being recorded. Which would be illegal under Washington state law. A spokesperson for the Republican Caucus took a number to return a call for comment.
Luckily, for all of us Senate gossip-mongers, a YouTube user by the name of "Otis Firefly" managed to save the video, so you can see for yourself who came out on top.
Tunnel deja vu
Meanwhile, the tunnel-boring machine is ready to start doing its thing on the waterfront. Just in time for activists to rally around another initiative against it. As the Seattle Times reported recently, the "tunnel termination" measure, created by tunnel opponent and one-time mayoral candidate Elizabeth Campbell, would require another public vote on the tunnel. It could go to the Legislature next January. Warning to Oregon and LaHood: In Washington state, it's never too late
GoDaddy.com, a leading web site hosting company, is moving into the Seattle market in search of engineering talent, according to a report today from GeekWire's Todd Bishop. The company is leasing in Kirkland and plans to open its own office. Up to 30 people could be hired within months.
The report comes on the same day that the New York Times compared the geek appeal of New York City vs. Seattle. Bottom line: Lots of educational opportunity in both Seattle and NYC. NYC has Mayor Michael Bloomberg's new Applied Sciences Initiative, which brings a variety of college offerings together, but there is more opportunity for students to work with data on the West Coast. Plus, how can you keep 'em in the Big Apple once they've seen South Lake Union, the 520 floating bridge and the Microsoft Campus?
EPA and the coal ports
A Republican senator spoke up for coal ports today during a Senate hearing for Gina McCarthy, President Obama's pick for EPA administrator. Sen. John Barasso, R-Wyoming, greeted her with an opening statement that blamed the EPA's emission rules for unemployment among coal miners and for forcing coal companies to look for export markets in Asia.
He also complained about the EPA's stance on an environmental impact review of a coal port proposed near Bellingham:
Your EPA has written a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers encouraging them to look at the greenhouse gas impacts of allowing coal to be shipped overseas through these West Coast ports.
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