Election updates coming
Today's late afternoon election results should seal the deal on some races, particularly Seattle mayor. Peter Steinbrueck all but conceded in talking to The Seattle Times this morning, and he's expected to make a statement after the 4:30 p.m. release of the latest tally. One cool concession line came from fifth place mayoral finisher Charlie Staadecker, who said, "My biggest regret would have been not to have run at all." Staadecker ran a classy race in a large field, and all the candidates should feel proud about offering the city some good ideas.
Over in Bellevue, it will likely take a few days — or longer — before we know whether longtime council member Don Davidson even makes it to the November runoff. If not, Bellevue politics may take a markedly liberal turn.
Coal and the big, bad Inslee
The editorial board of Longview's excellent Daily News today declared that it has had it with Gov. Jay Inslee. The provocative editorial ("Where's the 'Working Washington' Inslee promised?"), starts off by ripping the guv on general performance — or lack thereof — with the Legislature:
This year’s Legislative session exposed Inslee’s inexperience and inadequacies. In the few instances when he attempted to provide leadership — the transportation bill, for example — he often over-reached and came away empty-handed. When the Legislature finally adjourned after two extra sessions, both Democrats and Republicans took pains to point out that Inslee had very little to do with the final compromises.
But then the editorial gets down to an issue close to home: developing coal exports to China. The paper says the governor's office was surely behind the state Department of Ecology's decision to require a wide-ranging environmental review of a coal port proposal for Bellingham.
A proposed export facility at Longview could face the same sort of review, and the editorial warns that the environmentalist governor is likely to want that. Inslee, it says, "seems determined to deny this economic development to two counties — Whatcom and Cowlitz — that badly need it." Others would argue that the wide scope of review might save the environment from greenhouse gases. But the editorial provides a strong, quick summary of an important side in the discussions.
Obama does Zillow
As Geekwire reports, President Barack Obama sat down for a webcast with Spencer Rascoff, CEO of the popular, Seattle-based real-estate search engine Zillow.com. “Home ownership is a quintessential element of the American dream,” said the president, who went on to mention progress made in recent years towards a better housing market, and even share personal stories about his family’s path to home ownership.
To what must have been the unadulterated glee of Zillow execs, Obama praised the company for shedding light on what can sometimes be a cloudy industry. “I think you guys have done a great job in helping to make consumers more empowered when they are buying home, selling a home, and it’s a wonderful service.” A great day for Zillow indeed. Though we kind of miss those newspaper real-estate ads that companies like Zillow helped to end.
The webcast was broadcast on Zillow and on the White House site, where a replay is available.
Once again, Seattle weather is making the news — this time with those strange "jellyfish" clouds over the city. KOMO meteorologist Scott Sistek said last night that the white streaks in the sky were "ice crystals precipitating from the cloud, evaporating when they [reached] the dry air below. The fact that they are light ice crystals instead of raindrops gives them more of a floating wispy look that gives the 'tentacle' look to the bottom of the clouds." (He has a good gallery of photos.)
And then there’s all that welcome, if unusual heat. KING5 meteorologist Jeff Renner noted that it's not just us imagining that the weather has been strange lately. "Over much of the western United States, temperatures have been record breaking," said Renner. With more than 1,100 new record high temperatures set, and more than 2,100 new record-breaking rainfalls.
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