No fire zone
The Seattle Times reports that Mayor Mike McGinn is preparing to ask Seattle businesses to ban guns from their premises. About a dozen local businesses, including Cafe Racer, scene of last year’s fatal shooting, have already signed up for their “gun free” decal. Local governments can't make their own gun laws in Washington State. So McGinn took what the Times called a “unilateral executive action, in coordination with Washington CeaseFire.” Apparently, the mayor failed to share his gun free plan with the City Council, an oversight which prompted Bruce Harrell, erstwhile mayoral contender and chair of the council’s Committee on Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology, to wonder whether the mayor ought to be focused on changing the law that prevents Seattle from regulating firearms. Meanwhile, gun rights activist Alan Gottlieb called the no-guns idea bad business: “If these businesses want to turn off their customer base I guess they can do it,” the founder of Bellevue’s Second Amendment Foundation told the Times. “It’s a free society.”
This weekend, the major media outlets were all yapping about the 2016 presidential field. Why? We have no idea. But we do know that despite all the attention given the growing list of GOP White House hopefuls (Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, etc.) New York Times columnist Frank Bruni is putting his money on Jeb Bush in 2016. The Bush scion and former Florida guv has something that all the other wannabes want, writes Bruni: “the unalloyed affection of the Republican party’s most influential moneymen.” A potential Bush-Clinton (again!) contest in 2016 may be distasteful to many, or most of the electorate. But as Bruni says, the thought of “Barbara Bush’s muttered asides” is reason enough to “wish for the matchup.”
Also in the Seattle Times comes news of a solar flare(up). In retaliation for a trade complaint from seven U.S. solar panel makers — and subsequent, U.S.-imposed tariffs on Chinese solar panels — the Chinese government has leveled big duties on American-made polysilicon, the main panel ingredient. The impact on REC Silicon, a Norwegian-owned company in Moses Lake, could be disastrous. REC has already backburnered plans to expand its Moses Lake plant. The latest news is "potentially a massive blow to our business,” REC general counsel Francine Sullivan told the Times. Gov. Jay Inslee is rolling up his sleeves. Good thing. “We’re doing all we can to keep going," said Sullivan. "But we can’t manage too much longer without government help.”
Gone in 10
Between the munchies and the Hempfest crowd’s desire to devour the educational messages printed on the bags, the free Doritos that Seattle police were handing out at last weekend’s festival ran out in 10 minutes. The SPD Doritos stunt made national news: CNN, ABCNEWS, The Atlantic Wire and other Big Media all carried the story. But what of the Hempfest stoners left yearning for chips and tips, such as “Do listen to Dark Side of the Moon at a reasonable volume”? They can head over to the SPD blog and print out the very same educational sticker the SPD affixed to its Dorito bags. Unfortunately, you have to buy your own chips.
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