DelBene angry at administration
First-term Congress member Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, is angry about revelations that the government has repeatedly violated the surveillance procedures ordered by a secret court overseeing massive email and phone snooping. DelBene and fellow members of the House Judiciary Committee today invited Obama officials to discuss the court's newly released findings of violation. A member of Congress demanding accountability from an administration run by her own party? Maybe that's a step back to sanity in D.C. Next up, congressmembers should quit opposing everything the president does on party principle.
Syria. Hmm. Not sure.
Washington's congressional delegation is firmly undecided on whether the United States should strike Syria over the criminal use of chemical weapons. So, as The Herald's savvy political writer Jerry Cornfield notes, it's probably good for them that President Obama wants to put off a decision to pursue military action while a Russian diplomatic idea is pursued. Cornfield's survey shows that both Washington senators as well as Representatives DelBene, Rick Larsen (D), Dave Reichert (R) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) are listening, but not committed either way. Even Seattle Democrat Jim McDermott's spokesperson says he is officially undecided. Given his repeated opposition to use of force though, it might be hard to imagine him voting for it in Syria. Even if Obama continues to make the eloquent case for force as an option.
Tunnel to nowhere
Felt the earth move under the waterfront? We didn't either. Danny Westneat today traced the lack of digging on the new waterfront tunnel to a major management error that granted rights to the same handful of jobs to two different unions. And he wondered about something that must be on a lot of minds: How is it that with so many Democratic leaders, including the governor, none of them can get their union friends to push the project through? Publicola asked mayoral candidate Ed Murray, who always favored the tunnel, if he's worried. Short answer: Not yet. Well, until somebody gets worried — or furious — nothing's going to happen.
Macklemore on the ranch
Hip-hop stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' new video sets Seattle hearts racing with shots of Dick's Drive-In. But the Ellensburg Record adds some more local pride: A few ranch clips came from a spot near there. Rancher Ron Bridenback had no idea who the stars were beforehand. But he did some quick research and found the duo's video mega-hit, "Thrift Shop," which he thought "was funnier than heck." Bridenback didn't ask for any compensation. But Macklemore posed for lots of photos and the family has a standing offer for VIP passes for any upcoming shows.
Results Washington: Some progress
Gov. Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) is getting ready for a Twitter Town Hall tomorrow to discuss his plans for a leaner, more efficient government. On Washington State Wire, Erik Smith details the progress so far on Inslee's Results Washington initiative, which just put out 205 proposed measurements for how well government is delivering services. Details on exactly how much progress to expect from state government and by when still remain largely undefined. The digital Town Hall (#ResultsWA) starts at 10 a.m.
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